Every time I've visited the Hay House shop in Copenhagen I've asked the staff if I can buy the perforated steel storage trays and boxes they use throughout the store to display the smaller products in. Every time, I've been turned down. "Only for in-store display" they told me. Well, not any more!
Yes, you may think they look boring. That's kind of my goal when considering what to get for my home. Only basic, minimalist items that my eyes won't get tired of, that won't go out of trend, and will mix with anything.
As you may have noticed, the posts here are coming very sporadically and far apart... I'm feeling a bit under the weather at the moment, so my creativity and productivity have been running on low. To remedy that I figured I'll change the concept of the posts for a while, so you'll still get updates, but I won't have to feel too pressured by making them. So for a while forward, I'm going to post only one picture in each post, most often accompanied only by a descriptive link. I'm starting right now:
is one of those Danish brands that always make great lookbooks and inspiration images, and they just launched the new 2015 collection and a brand new webshop, open for everyone in the EU.
I chose some favorites from the new lookbook, but you can browse it online here
to see everything. It seems we are still moving around in a mostly gray landscape full of pastels and light wood, but one piece that instantly stood out to me is the Eclipse table below, with linoleum surfaces in brass, black and a beautiful moon pattern. The sofa above is also very tempting...
Styling: Pernille Vest
Photos: Thomas Loof and Henrik Bülow
I am crazy about scented candles myself, the high quality kind that is, and I can already say that this one with a soft scent of amber, jasmine and vanilla will be a future favorite. We wanted to make a homey, welcoming scent, something that could represent our interests in homes and interiors, and chose a name to match. KOTO
means home in Finnish.
This is how we like to describe our candle: A cosy refuge from the long dark Finnish winters, a seductress of scarce natural light, an intimate space to refresh the soul.
On a less poetic note, some basic facts: it's a big one, with four wicks and a burn time of 75 hours, and it will retail for around €60. Made from a mix of perfume, natural and mineral wax with wicks of 100% cotton, then poured into hand-blown glass.
KOTO will be presented next week at the Formex fair and is soon available in stores all over Europe, but you can already pre-order from Skandinavisk's own webshop
You know that column I started last year, Weekly Wants
? Well, it didn't exactly turn out to be a weekly column. I did it for a couple of months, then realized I didn't really want to flood the blog with products. I have always aimed for a sustainable lifestyle, and encouraging over consumption doesn't go very well with that. But sometimes you need stuff, and of course I fall for nice designs like everyone else, so sharing a few products here now and then, but not on a regular schedule, seems like a good compromise.
These things are just what I want/need for summer:
2. Willmann vases
from Menu, that I'd use for leafy greens, twigs and straws (I'm not that fond of blooming flowers), to bring a bit of nature inside.
3. Hope + CSA
Pitcher and tumblers in the new grey hue, perfect for water, elderflower lemonade and wine spritzers on warm summer days.
4. Verso Skincare
travel set. I am already using this skincare line, and find it great from every perspective except for when I travel. The regular containers are quite large so getting them through airport security just doesn't happen. But now they are launching a travel kit with the most essential products, just in time for vacations!
Let's start this gray and snowy Monday with some inspiring images from a new Swedish bathroom brand called Swoon
, designed by Fredrik Wallner, and since he is Lotta Agaton
's husband, you can guess who styled the pictures. :)
You can pick and mix any combo of handles, colours and legs, see it in 3D on their site and order it directly to your door. I love the slim legs and the thin ceramic washbasins, and the attention to detail throughout the entire collection.
These are the latest news from Japanese design house Nendo
for their own brand by | n, a range of desk accessories and office supplies, with some very clever details.
The marks on the rulers are fading from white to black, to be seen easily on any color backgrounds. Pie chart shaped sticky notes with a bigger adhesive area to solve the problem of square and rectangular sticky notes that can be easily ripped off when their corners are caught. Paperclips that come connected and are detached one by one for use, keeping desktops tidy. The paperclips are made of paper so that they're easy to detach and can be recycled along with the paper. And so on and so on... Very clever, and very stylish!
The last few weeks have been so busy (first the Marimekko styling and shopping event, then the visit at Vipp, and after that straight to a blog tour in Berlin) I have hardly had time to think about the holidays yet. Today it struck me though, it's only two weeks until Christmas! I need to start preparing, shopping, cooking and decorating!
But first things first, I thought, and started remembering all the things I have seen lately that never made it into my shopping bags. So here is my own little wishlist, with things I would love to see under the tree. However, just as usual, I'm going to have to buy this myself as we don't give gifts to adults in our family. Maybe if I wrap everything in the same paper I could be just ever so slightly surprised by the contents of the packages? ;)