EMMAS DESIGNBLOGG

Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Stockholm print by Studio Esinam



Studio Esinam, the Swedish graphic design studio behind Elevations, a series of city posters that started with Paris, went on to Tokyo and then Berlin, and who have quickly become a big hit in the blogosphere (probably much because of their great styling), just released a new print. And yay, this time it's Stockholm, my beloved home town! The top four buildings in the poster are famous architectural landmarks such as the city hall and the main city library, and the three house pairs below that are examples of typical residential buildings from different eras.
 
"In our first print series elevations, we seek to capture the unique feeling of various cities around 
the world. Cities that most of us have some kind of relation to, but probably haven’t seen in the 
format of the architectural drawing. By studying the façades, directing attention to details that mostly 
pass unseen, we hope to touch upon qualities to the architecture that contribute to the specific 
feeling the city imposes on you."
 
At the same time, Studio Esinam is launching a new poster series called Landmarks, starting with Gothenburg and Brooklyn as the first motifs.
 
 
Photography by Patrik Hagborg
Styling: studio esinam
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bolia 2015 collection + new webshop

 
 
Bolia 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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nendo + COS

nendo cos popup shop
 
Fashion brand COS and Japanese design brand Nendo are teaming up during the ongoing Milan fair. Nendo have created an installation with COS iconic shirts, and they have also launched a special section on the COS webshop where you can by selected pieces from both brands. They work so well together, their respective brands' styles seem to be mirroring each other.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Photographic Art by The Print Atelier

 
 
As you probably already know, photography is the new graphic print. In the last few years everyone has been adorning their walls with graphic art prints and quotes, but that trend has faded and given room to a more interesting art form; photography. However, finding original photos that speak to you, and aren't already on the walls of all other homes, is quite a challenge. That is why I am happy to be able to present The Print Atelier, an online gallery of contemporary photography, offering hundreds of images in different styles, from nature panoramas to abstract art.
 
I picked out some favorites, and there is also a drool worthy video featuring a male model and a stunning room that you don't want to miss...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday Tip: Herman Cph

 
 
So I guess you saw their cushion when I posted about it on my wish list a couple of days ago, but I want to show you more from this new Danish design company called Herman Cph that just launched this August at the DesignTrade fair.
It's basically a two persons show, run by Jonas Herman Pedersen and Helle Herman Mortensen, who are both designers and producers of their collection, so far consisting of tables, small storage furniture, cushions and bedspreads made from recycled wool fabrics. I like the small scale of their company and the focus on sustainability and simplicity. Everything is produced in Denmark, using only high quality natural materials which ages beautifully.
 
 
 
 
 

Stockholms Fotoantikvariat, a shop for rare and used photography books

 
 
I don't know if you remember this picture from my Instagram that I posted here a couple of weeks ago? I promised that I would go back there with a proper photographer so that I could share this very special place with you. I kept my promise!
 
Last Friday I met up with Mikael Axelsson (the photographer behind these lovely pictures from the home of the man behind Artilleriet) at Stockholms Fotoantikvariat and got to work. Well, mostly Mikael. I was rather just pointing at things I wanted him to shoot, and chatting with Karl-Erik Jagare, the owner of this inspiring place.
 
The shop is full of interesting little details, and I love the raw concrete floor that together with the aged, but very pretty, glass ceiling and the seemingly unorganized piles of books everywhere, creates a wonderful and relaxed atmosphere. The huge bookshelf is filled with hundreds of amazing photo books, and I could stand there for hours just flipping through book after book. I can really recommend this shop if you are in Stockholm, for inspiration, gift shopping (for yourself or a loved one) or just to chat with Karl-Erik and hear one of his many stories about the photographers whose work he is selling. There are also ever changing exhibitions here, showing both big names and promising up-and-coming talents. If you are not in town, you are in luck anyway, because there is a webshop!
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

Smallable 5 years!

 
Smallable, an online shop for kids fashion and interiors, are long time advertisers here. They have been sponsoring my blog for several years, so now that they celebrate their 5th birthday I wanted to make a post to turn your attention to their beautiful range of products and the great offers they are having on their site this week. There are daily giveaways, gifts and discount codes to get you into party mood! They also have a very nice magazine, if you are looking for inspiration.
 
 
This post is sponsored by 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Merci opens online shop

Yay! Merci, the famous shop in Paris, finally has an online store with international shipping! It opened today, so the site might be a little slow at the moment due to the massive amount of visitors, but it's definitely worth to check out as it's full to the brim with beautiful items.
 
 

 


 

Giveaway: Skull cushion from Bolina

New week, new giveaway! You better get used to this, because from December 1 up until Christmas Eve I will have giveaways here every day!
 
Today's giveaway is sponsored by the Norwegian webshop Bolina, who are giving away a big linen cushion (70x70 cm) in sand grey with a cool skull print, worth 150 €. To win, just answer this question in the comments below:
 
How would you use this cushion in your home? Where would you put it, what would you match it with?
 
A winner will be drawn on Friday, November 25th. Good luck!


Ps. The winner of last weeks giveaway of two Calabash lamps from Lightyears will be announced later today.

Giveaway from L'Affiche Moderne!

My sponsor L'Affiche Moderne, an online gallery where you can get lots of great artprints and photos, is giving away a big print from their shop! If you are the lucky winner you get to choose which print you would like. The size is 50x70 cm, worth 59€. (Fits nicely in the Ribba frame from Ikea)


To enter and get a chance to win, just answer this question in the comment field below:
Q: Which print from L'Affiche Moderne is your favourite and why?


The giveaway closes on the night of Friday Nov 11.


Below are a few of my own favourites!



Iris Hantverk catalogue

Iris Hantverk is a Swedish organisation that has been employing blind and sight impaired persons to make high quality household items since 1903. Perhaps some of you have heard of them or at least seen their brushes or other products? I personally think they are wonderful. And after seeing their new catalogue, I like them even more! It's styled by Cia Wedin, shot by Anna Kern and designed by Anna Larsson.


Anyway, the Swedish government has decided to discontinue their benefits towards Iris Hantverk, so now they have to make it on their own. I'd be really sad to see them go, so please, if you can, show your support by buying something from Iris Hantverk. They have two stores in Stockholm, one in Kungsgatan 55, and one in Västerlånggatan 24. If you don't live in Stockholm they have lots of retailers abroad. They are planning a webshop, but until then you can find some of their products online for example here.



Smallable FW11

French webshop Smallable, focused on kids fashion and decor, is one of my longtime sponsors here and I think they are worth some extra attention. Right now the store is full of stylish new products from the Autumn/Winter collections of brands like Stella McCartney, Finger in the Nose, Isabel Marant and Mini Rodini. I made a little autumn moodboard of my favorite products, but for some real inspiration you should check out their online magazine!



Giveaway: Poster from L'Affiche Moderne!

This giveaway is now closed and a winner has been drawn!

My sponsor L'Affiche Moderne has generously offered to host a giveaway for you! The prize is a large size (50x70 or 50x50 cm, worth € 59) poster of your choice from their big range of prints and photographs! All you have to do to have a chance to win is tell me which poster you want and why. The winner will be drawn on Thursday, May 26.

Here are some of my favourites, but do click over to L'Affiche Moderne to pick your own favourite!


Giveaway: Photograph by Reith Olsson!

Time to cheer us all up with a little giveaway, don't you think? The price is a photo by Reith Olsson in the size of 50x70 cm, provided by The Nordic Arthouse, an online art gallery selling modern art prints and photographs by Swedish artists. It's a signed and limited edition of just 150 prints, worth around $200 (1300 sek). All you have to do to get a piece of Swedish birch forest on your wall is to tell me why you want it and where you would put it. Write a comment below and I will pick the winner next friday, March 4. Good luck!

 

Introducing Black Sheep White Light!

My newest sponsor is Canadian Black Sheep White Light, who sells wonderful eco-friendly long haired Icelandic sheep skins. The skins come in four different colours, there are white and black but also grey and spotted. I have one of their black skins myself and I can't recommend them enough! I've only had Ikea's cheap skins before, but this is something completely different. First of all they are much bigger and the wool is long, between 10 and 20 cm. And also they have this beautiful shine or luster that I haven't seen on other sheep skins, and they are super soft! I am using mine to cover an old lounge chair, and it has now become my daughter's favorite place to sit. We have also used our skin outside, as a warm and cozy place to sit in the snow. But enough talking now, on to the pictures!


Introducing Ferm Living!

Yes, my latest sponsors are the fabulous Ferm Living! I'm sure you have all heard about them before, this Danish company that started as a graphic design firm, then in 2006 they released a collection of graphic wallpaper, and success was a fact. Since then they have evolved to making more than just wallpaper and wallstickers, now you can accessorize your whole house with Ferm Living products. They make blankets, candle holders, napkins, bedlinen, cushions and even toys!

Ferm Living just came out with their new Autumn 2010 collection, and I love it! The colours are just right, and they have triangles on just about everything! I love triangles, it's one of very few patterns in my home. Triangles and stripes, that's my style. Here are a few of my favorites from the collection. Don't you just love the styling and photography too?


Introducing Papershop!

I have a new sponsor that I would love to introduce! Their name is Papershop, and they are a Finnish webshop stocked full of the most wonderful, carefully chosen paper goods from small manufacturers from all over the globe. Special care has been taken to choose high quality products made in a sustainable and ethically acceptable way.
The selection changes with seasons and trends, and new items are stocked every month. You can find anything you need made of paper here, like postcards, wrapping paper, notebooks and posters. And if you can't find the perfect invitation for your party, the girls behind Papershop are happy to make it for you!

Below are some of my favorites from their current stock, a postcard, a poster and some wrapping paper with pretty birds:


Introducing Nunc!

Hi all, I hope you are still out there! I'm so sorry for leaving you without posts last week, but my life was turned upside down and I had no possibilities to write here. Now I'm back in my home, and things should be quite sorted, so hopefully this week will be better here!

To start the week off I'd like to introduce my latest sponsor, a Swedish webshop called Nunc, which means Now! Nunc wants to help you decorate like you dress, according to your mood or the seasons, just however you feel right now! They love things with a story to tell, so you'll also find vintage items from the 50's, 60's and 70's in their shop, beside all the wonderful new pieces from a plethora of Scandinavian and international manufacturers.

One thing that definitely stands out in Nunc's webshop is the great pictures and styling, and below are some examples of that. Please take note all you other shop owners, because high quality pictures are the most important thing in a webshop! I love seeing the items in a home environment, together with other objects, it makes it so much easier to imagine what the products would look like in my own home.


Ceramics by Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Swedish designer Gustaf Nordenskiöld just opened up a webshop with international shipping, so now everyone who likes his beautiful handmade ceramics can get their hands on it! I think they would make excellent Christmas presents, and if anyone is thinking of gifting me, I'd love to get the Deform mini hook, please. I promise I've been good...

Three first pics, photographer Karin Björkquist, two last pics, photographer Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Toast Sale

I just have to mention that Toast is having a sale, offering discounts up to 80%, so seize the opportunity and score yourself some british coziness at reasonable prices!



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