Apologies for being a little absent on the blog these past two weeks, I've been taking some time to spend with the kids during school holidays. It's usually a joint effort with my husband but he has had to work through this time around. I'm hoping to get a couple of hours of tomorrow to source product for a shoot next week and then I'll be picking up the pace on here next week.
I've chosen a New + Noted post to tick off a few things at once and give you a good dose of design. With news from both Scandinavian and local brands, the first is from KlipKlap, a Danish brand established by Pia Lauritsen in 2011 with a vision to create multi-functional furniture in a design and in materials that can be used for many years. The company in Aarhus creates furniture that keeps up with the times and with you.
The new KK Lounge Chair is a classic piece with a very special place in Danish furniture tradition. Designed by Charlotte Høncke, the classic lounge chair presents a raw honesty in regard to materials and joints making it a study in true furniture craftsmanship. Created to form its own little private space, which embraces the body and screens off the rest of the world with its organic, curved oak shell, its distinct structure makes it particularly stunning from the back. A pouffe is available in the same series, providing the perfect companion to the KK Lounge Chair when you need to put your feet up.
More than just a bench, but smaller than a daybed, the KK Daybench is KlipKlap's answer to a flexible multi-use piece of furniture for the entrance hall, living room or at the end of the bed in the bedroom. With a flawless hand-crafted oak frame as the base, you can style it as you wish with cushions and pillows in numerous colours and qualities. With its size and flexible construction, it invites you to create your own favourite piece of furniture - soft and colourful or stringent and practical.
Images courtesy of KlipKlap
Exciting news from Penney + Bennett today with the launch of their Beauty Pillow. A beautiful addition to their range of lifestyle products the pillow serves as the perfect accompaniment to your skin and hair care regimen. Made in New Zealand from high grade mulberry silk, the pillow helps to keep moisture close to skin and hair, and will help skin and hair stay more hydrated, minimising sleep creases and pressure. Available in Ivory and Kohl from their website and via selected stockists.
Images courtesy of Penney + Bennett
MENU, the Danish design brand with a vision to shape the future of modern living, is expanding its furniture collection with a Danish design classic: the Knitting Chair, created by architect and furniture designer Ib Kofod-Larsen in 1951. Capturing the essence of MENU, the lounge chair unites innovative form with traditional craftsmanship, bringing breathtaking materials and details, calm, natural tones, and an expressive presence to modern spaces. Defined by an exposed, triangular construction, a gently curved seat and back ideally pitched for relaxation, and distinctive cut-outs for resting the elbows when reading (or, of course, knitting), the Knitting Chair affirmed Kofod-Larsen’s reputation as a master of proportion and unexpected, sculptural form. It was put into production – but only as a limited edition. Since then, the elegant, inventive design has become an increasingly valuable and sought-after collector’s item. Exquisite!
Images courtesy of Menu
Do you remember the beautiful sound-absorbing Tone Cabinets by Norm Architects for Swedish firm Zilzenio? The Swedish brand has now enlisted Note Design Studio to design Kyoto, a stylish modular system that is blissfully simple to use and set up. As it’s name suggests, Kyoto’s inspiration comes from the land of quiet contemplation, particularly the beauty of its tearooms. In these special places, the construction of the architecture and clarity of line and form are gently harmonious. Nothing is superfluous, everything serves a clear function without getting in the way of personal interaction. Heavy on function, Note has worked Kyoto into a modular system that is blissfully simple to use and set up. Magnets keep things together so that a well-insulated space can be erected in seconds. Featuring ash frames, Kyoto’s partitions for Swedish brand Zilenzio are available in three frame sizes, with two floor drop heights and three widths.
And lastly, I'm loving these new images from H&M Home that have been emerging on Instagram this week! Featuring beautiful wabi-sabi inspired ceramics and multi-purpose woven baskets, I hope they make their way down under soon.
I recently had the pleasure of working with Melteca, creating styled images for their new website and catalogue. A leading NZ brand and part of the Laminex group, Melteca surfaces offer a range of solutions for creating exceptional interiors across the design spectrum. Teaming up with photographer Helen Bankers, the brief was to create playful, abstract and inspiring spaces that bring to life the Melteca colour palette. Presented across four different room settings, each of the sets were created out of Melteca product, showcasing the diverse collection of colours and finishes that can be crafted across a range of interior applications like cabinetry and shelving, through to commercial furniture and wall linings.
Showcasing a mix of mid-light woodgrain surfaces mixed with pops of green, Melteca Raw Birch Ply was used to create the entire set including walls and flooring. Plinths in Melteca Waxed Maple and Melteca Rock Salt were off set by the bright green Melteca Juicy. For a relaxed indoor/outdoor feel, I chose natural rattan furniture, a beautiful textured rug and lots of natural foliage.
With a mix of whites, beige tones and black accents, this dining room theme was one of my favourites to style. In addition to the set made from Melteca Super White and Melteca Mist, and display sheets in warm hues, the shelving unit and table were also constructed from Melteca product. The versatility of the products got me thinking about several new projects at home!
For this playful, abstract kitchen, an industrial style backdrop was created from Melteca Concrete Formwood layered with a mix of complimentary dark and light greys. The addition of the bold blue wall in Melteca Infinity, the orange cabinetry in Melteca Energise and and yellow bench top in Melteca Olympia Yellow made this the most vibrant set. Taking me outside of my neutral comfort zone but so much fun to style, this theme really shows the scope of the Melteca range.
Highlighting woodgrains, warm greys, browns and blue shades, the floor and walls of this living room set were created with Melteca Rural Oak and Melteca Malibu. To enhance the warm, textural feel of the products, I chose a beautiful tan leather sofa with ash timber frame, textural rug and statement floor lamp.
I'm thrilled to be featured on The Art of Living today. A beautiful online magazine founded by designer Anna White, it is centred around the belief that modern living is about creating a lifestyle that gives you life, not takes it away. Celebrating the art of living well through stories of inspiring people and places, Anna has interviewed many incredible women including Karen Walker, Teresa Palmer, Christiane Spansberg andKit Willow, to name a few.
This time last year I was in Spain enjoying the summer heat wave and getting a much needed dose of Vitamin D. While I can't help but wish I was doing the same this winter, there is something nice about surrounding yourself with cosy home comforts to get you through the cooler months. For me this includes beautiful bedding, and one company that always delivers is AURA Home. With a sumptuous line up for winter 2018, I've picked out a few of my favourites from the Quilted Chambray and Luxury Velvet collections.
By blending their sublimely textural chambray fabric with a light layer of cotton padding and all-over embroidery, AURA have ensured that the Quilted Chambray is not only wonderfully warm in winter, but also doubles as a bed cover during summer. Pre-washed to achieve its tactile, vintage charm, this sumptuous, linen cotton bedlinen is the pinnacle of luxury and comfort.
There's no mistaking the luxury of velvet. Imbued with a softness that must be felt to be believed, the Aura Luxury Velvet bedlinen is made to be sunk into. Effortlessly graceful, its muted, flowing contours take elegant comfort to a whole new level, while the highest-calibre pure cotton velvet creates a powdery embrace. Sounds like absolute bliss to me!
I'm very excited to have teamed up with two local loves Laing Home and Tessuti to offer an amazing worldwide giveaway over on my Instagram today. Along with details of the prize, here's some background about the two brands.
Laing Home, who I first introduced you to last year, is a women's lifestyle label focused on sleepwear and loungewear. Founded on the belief that sleepwear and fashion do not need to be mutually exclusive and that comfort should be a given, the designs are classic, current and elegantly uncomplicated. Taking sleep and lounge style to a whole new level with premium fabrics and impeccable finishing, Laing are giving away a beautiful Faye Silk Nightshirt, in Raisin.
Inspired by the 'boyfriend shirt' and tailored from pure silk for a feminine silhouette, the Faye Nightshirt is a modern spin on a timeless classic. Designed to float across your body, the silk not only gives the feeling of ultimate luxury, it also maintains your body's temperature due to its natural ability to preserve heat in the cold and wick moisture in the heat.
With a soft collar, cuffed sleeves (so you can roll if you wish) and shirt style hem that falls to the knee, the nightshirt is perfect for sleep and lounge. When styling this incredible piece I couldn't stop admiring the colour. Raisin is a beautifully rich hue that enhances the overall luxury and feel of the silk fabric.
Featured on the blog many times and for good reason, Tessuti is a well-loved Auckland store that has been in operation for an impressive 28 years. Housing a unique, hand-selected curation of luxury gifts and homewares, Tessuti offers exclusive locally-made pieces, plus an array of adored international brands. Missoni Home is one such brand and Tessuti has chosen a gorgeous pair of towels from the Viviette collection to give away.
Made from the highest quality cotton terry towelling, the towels are incredibly soft to touch and feature a vibrant striped design. Luxurious and comforting, the Viviette Bath Mat will evoke a holiday feel when stepping out of the bath or shower, while the Viviette Hand Towel features a fun fringing detail. Guaranteed to add a touch of luxury to your bathroom, they pair beautifully with the Laing nightshirt!
The complete prize package detailed below is valued at $733 NZD:
Faye Nightshirt in Raisin by Laing Home ($385 NZD)
Missoni Home Viviette Bath Mat ($299 NZD) & Viviette Hand Towel ($49 NZD) from Tessuti
I first introduced you to Swedish brand Nordiska Kök a few months ago with this stunning kitchen. Creators of tailor-made kitchens, the company offers unique solutions to suit different lifestyles. Built with longevity in mind, the kitchens are not only designed to last, they also leave the lightest possible footprint on world resources. Sharing their latest kitchen design with you today, I was immediately drawn to its warm palette, mix of natural materials and interesting textures.
Inspired by the Nordic Archipelago, the minimalist kitchen features a dark oak frame with hidden handles, resulting in a warm and rustic feel. The steel countertop and kitchen island in light grey Gotland limestone creates a natural contrast to the warm oak. Artfully capturing the changing Nordic landscape, I love how this kitchen fuses contemporary functionality with a timeless aesthetic.
I'm not sure of the practicalities of having a white sofa in our household but if we did, this is how I'd love to style it. Created by Ikea Livet Hemma, and showing that white needn't be sterile, the GRÖLLID couch has been paired with beige and black accents and quirky details for a fun, relaxed vibe.
I've been thinking of replacing the daybed in our second living room downstairs with a sofa or chairs, and this setting is providing lots of inspiration. A laid-back space with comfort in mind, I love the eclectic mix of art prints and use of natural materials. One of my favourite pieces is the sculptural MAJORNA paper floor lamp designed by Eva Lilja Löwenhielm and Monika Mulder.
Today I was very happy to discover a new project by Berlin-based interior designer and stylist Annabell Kutucu. Featured on the blog previously, Annabell is known for her interior design work across some incredible hospitality projects such as the Casa Cook Cos and Tulum Treehouse. Her distinctive style is marked by the use of natural materials and an understated yet warm, minimalist aesthetic. This new residence in Vienna aptly named No Ordinary Apartment features a beautiful composition of custom-made interiors, wooden furniture, rough linen and carpets, selected mid-century vintage finds and unique objects.
Located in the bustling neighbourhood of the 6th district in Vienna, the 300sqm apartment is a place of retreat for a well-travelled design aficionado. Divided in two units with seamless connection through wooden sliding doors, the apartment is light and airy with high ceilings and large windows. The bright open-plan living, kitchen and dining space forms the centre of the apartment where friends can come together for long dinners and endless talks.
One of my favourite areas is the bedroom above. I love the simplicity and rawness of the built-in rustic wood shelf. Large scale artworks feature throughout the apartment and the bright hues of this piece provide a beautiful contrast in the monochrome space.
Interior Concept, Design and Curation by Annabell Kutucu / Photography by Claus Brechenmacher
I also love the steel glass sliding doors and minimalist shelves - perfect for housing an enviable book and ceramic collection!
A couple of weeks ago in this New + Noted post I featured some incredible new lighting designs by Melbourne design studio Articolo. The brand's elegant aesthetic, use of luxurious materials and impeccable workmanship really struck a chord. Interested to find out more, I have been fortunate to obtain imagery of the brand's new lighting showroom, studio and workshop in Melbourne's Richmond. A breathtakingly beautiful space, founder and creative director Nicci Green collaborated with architect David Goss to create a refined environment that reflects Articolo’s celebration of the art of light and continued exploration of artisanship and materiality. Here's a look inside.
Nicci, who founded the business in 2012, says “We were driven to showcase our lighting within a space more akin to a gallery than a traditional showroom. The result represents my vision for how Articolo pieces beautifully intersect with interior spaces.”
The existing floorplan was adapted through the repositioning of existing walls, to create a cohesive sequence of spaces that tell the varied stories of Articolo’s revered lighting. An exploration of texture and materiality, reflecting the studio’s own ethos, is seamlessly woven throughout; with concrete rendered walls meeting brass panelling, and custom terrazzo floors melting into timber; a marriage of materials not dissimilar to Articolo’s lighting itself.
Walking through the intimately quiet space inspires a sense of discovery with a series of design “moments” anchored by form and luminance. A confidently minimalist approach to displaying the collection highlights refined detailing and the rare beauty of artisanal production. “The interior design process was remarkably insightful,” says Nicci. “It challenged our thinking and encouraged us to embrace the ‘art of light’ in a wonderful but practical application. Multiple light sources made for a difficult task, but with David’s instinctive approach, the outcome was meticulously resolved.”
Adjacent to the showroom is Articolo’s design studio and workshop, where new designs are born and each piece is finished by hand. “The design process is obviously integral to our brand, so it felt only right that the showroom, studio and workshop should coexist within the one environment,” says Green. “It represents every element of Articolo and the respect we have for each stage of the process.”
H&M Home are launching their first ever furniture and lighting collection and I've been enjoying the seeing sneak peeks on Instagram these last few days. Styled by Lotta Agaton Interiors, with art direction by Therese Sennerholt and photography by Pia Ulin, the stunning campaign imagery showcases the debut collection against a soft and moody muted palette.
Launching at the end of July across selected markets and online, the new collection is a natural extension of the homewares range. Comprising small furniture pieces such as side tables, stools and mirrors, as well as various lamps, the designs feature clean lines and a classic Scandinavian aesthetic. Contemporary pieces are mixed with natural, rustic elements and even a touch of art deco.