I'm heading to the airport in a few hours en route to Melbourne (follow along on my Instagram stories) but wanted to share these finds with you before I go. The first is an art-focused editorial by Dutch magazine VTWonen. Beautifully styled with an eclectic mix of art and classic furniture design, head over here to see more, including all the product details.
A little peek inside the stunning home of Carin Wester, fashion designer and design manager at Åhléns. Formerly an old brewery in Stockholm, Carin effortlessly mixes French 60's design with modern minimalism. Featured in the current issue of Residence magazine, read the online interview here.
As the interior trend of hand-crafted and sculptural pieces continues to grow, so does my love of discovering new ceramic artists. I love these stoneware pieces by Iva Polachova, a London based potter specialising in functional tableware, decorative vessels and vases. Drawing inspiration from the ideas of sculptor Constantin Brancusi, Iva’s work combines balance, clearness, fluidity and tactility.
I'm keen to get a new desk for my home office this year. I've been holding off because I really want a adjustable/standing desk and stylish ones are hard to come by here. These designs crossed my radar the other day, and while they aren't adjustable, they have a fresh look, and the built-in storage really appeals. Designed by Thomas Feichtner for Austrian brand Bene, the desks form part of Studio, a range of modular office furniture which includes desks, shelving and accessories. Designed to be combined and arranged to suit, they are aimed at freelancers who work from home or creative individuals whose work is closely linked to their day-to-day activities. It's no wonder they caught my eye! Find out more here.
Launched in 1983, Scandinavian kitchen company Kvik was founded in Jutland by Knud Bole Troelsen. Born from a desire to improve on the kitchen industry's inconsistencies while bringing down the high pricing, the company took off, and has since expanded to include bathrooms and wardrobes with stores across Europe and Asia. Founded on a belief that buying a kitchen should be as enjoyable as the life of the new kitchen, as a stylist I really love this philosophy. When we built our home around five years ago, designing the kitchen was one of the most exciting (and important) processes. With so many elements to consider, I loved deciding on the layout, cabinetry and materials. While an all-white kitchen was on the wish list at the time, I've always liked seeing the inclusion of timber, and even more so lately. Kvik's best-selling kitchen Mano, first launched in 2004 and now the heart of more than 125,000 homes across Europe, has just been relaunched in a new improved version. Featuring clean white cabinetry and a solid wood worktop, this classic combination will always be timeless.
Following suit, the Kvik Mano Bathroom is a true haven. With beautiful clean lines and classic Danish design, I would be more than happy to start and finish my day here!
I see pink tones in interiors from time to time, and while I usually only gravitate towards very muted pinks, the brighter hues I've seen lately have a fresh appeal. Paired with warm neutrals, soft greys and beige, they avoid looking too 'sugary' and instead bring a softer feel. The gorgeous kitchen renovation below, by Paris architects Heju Studio, features a simple painted splashback in a pink that mimics one of the colours in the terrazzo stone bench. Warm timber together with black and brass accents complete the look.
Danish brand ferm Living are known for incorporating muted colours into their collections, and the latest campaign imagery for SS 2018 features different variations of pink. I especially love the warm wall below featuring the new Flying Shelf designed in collaboration with Chinese furniture designer Mario Tsai.
Swedish bed and furniture company Dux enlisted Lotta Agaton to curate their stand at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Dux Spaces by Lotta Agaton showcased the company's timeless furniture classics in new contexts, accompanied by furniture by Claesson Koivisto Rune. Set against a soft pink backdrop, this colour beautifully highlights the iconic furniture and bold artwork.
Schiavello has just launched its new retail furniture line with the opening of a new showroom in Melbourne’s Southbank. The Australian company built on quality, service excellence and innovation, has been creating and servicing world-class work and living environments for over 50 years. Their fresh focus on residential furniture will establish a new visual and design language for residential living locally and beyond.
“Our decision to move into a retail offering has been prompted by the increasing blur between our personal life and work life, shifting from the notion of ‘work life balance’ to ‘work life integration.’ -Design & Marketing Director, Anton Schiavello
The new retail showroom will highlight the designs and products that bring certain workspace design sensibilities into the home, such as technology and enabled furniture. Located at ground level at Southbank’s Prima Tower, the warm, light-filled space showcasing local and international design by Schiavello and MAP features interiors by award-winning designers, Hecker Guthrie.
Clean lines, layered volumes and a mix of textural materials create balance and a distinctively architectural approach. The basis of the material palette is formed by full-height glass, light timber veneer, textured white rendered walls and natural oak flooring. With multiple lounging areas delineated by moss green and light grey carpet, the showroom offers a moment to pause and consider. A vertical garden and hand-blown glass vases with draping greenery add an organic, serene ambiance throughout.
The lighting has been carefully considered to capture different moods throughout the spaces. Custom-designed lighting and glass sculptures by Melbourne designer Mark Douglas add a distinctly residential feel, while structured light boxes recessed into the walls illuminate vases and books. Over-scaled portals allow light to filter between the spaces, enabling a glimpse of silhouettes and definition to the lounge spaces.
Schiavello is part of the Denfair Design Loop taking place during Melbourne Design Week (15th-25th March). One of 16 Design showrooms and studios inviting you to explore curated installations exploring the theme ‘Celebration of Material’, Schiavello's exhibition is entitled MR Chair Deconstruction: The Art of Sitting. I'm heading to Melbourne this weekend and am hoping to check this out! For more information take a look here.
Swedish brand Voice launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair last month with a collection of timeless essentials for the modern home. Designed to be highly functional, accessible and long-lasting, the collection is based on the concept of basics in fashion. Just as essential garments form the basis of a wardrobe, the new range from Voice offers everything that is needed for the modern home.
The collection includes five beautifully minimalist pieces by designer Mattias Stenberg, who was brought on as a creative consultant at Voice in early 2017. These include the Norm daybed that transforms into a sofa, the Aino storage tray, the Bowie stool and a 1960s-inspired Chamfer sideboard that can be stacked to create a shelf or a room divider. The American Ash wall mounted Levier shelf system by London design studio Cate & Nelson is very simple in form (no screws required) with a clever concealed hanging.
Swedish designer Nina Jobs completes the collection with Tre, a stand-alone, transparent shelf created from American ash and shelves in lacquered metal.
Architect Andreas Martin-Löf resides in one of the stunning Stockholm residences he developed with Oscar Properties. Featured previously on the blog here, here, and here, the Lyceum developments are the result of an incredible transformation of the historical university buildings into modern and exclusive homes. I have just been reading about Andreas work and home in My Residence (the international bookazine by Residence magazine), and interestingly, he has become known not only for transforming culturally and historically valuable buildings in Stockholm for the high end market, but also for renewing the quality of Stockholm's low-cost housing that is so essential in large cities. In 2014 he received the Residence Magazine's Architect of the Year Award for his work in these two areas. Here's a look inside his beautiful home.
Specially designed in laboratory green, the kitchen is by Swedish cabinet-makers Kvänum. Stools in teak and iron are by Pierre Jeanneret and the pedestal is by Matti Carlson, custom-designed for Martin-Löf's home. The 1950s style sofa in the living room has been upholstered in specially made fabric by Astrid Textiles, while the armchairs and Kangaroo chairs in teak and rattan are also by Pierre Jeanneret. The Travertine table was inherited from Andreas grandmother, and the lamps in this room and the dining area are designed by Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter, as part of their Objects Collection.
With a calming colour palette and spacious, open-plan layout, this home has a easy, livable feel. I'm currently deciding on new lighting for our dining area, and the round Japanese paper lights are up there on my wish list. There are some affordable options like the one in this home, but I would be happy to invest in one of the Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi. This apartment has two more of my lighting favourites, the Lampe Gras No.210 wall lamp above the kitchen bench, and gorgeous Mobil 100 Pendant light by by Monika Mulder for Swedish brand Pholc in the living room.
The stylish kitchen renovation side by side with vintage dining and living room furniture provides a nice mix of old and new. A generous collection of books and plants further enhance the calm, relaxed feel.
Creating quality homeware and objects designed with the essence of tomorrow’s trends is the driving force behind NZ brand Made of Tomorrow. The creative duo share a background in graphic and homeware design and take a hands-on approach to the business, with involvement in every stage from concept to completion and design to distribution. This ensures the resulting products have a connection to the creators, while also being of the highest quality. As a big fan of their popular FOLD range and minimalist stationery, I've really enjoyed experiencing their pieces at home, and I'm excited to share their newest collection for Autumn/Winter 2018.
FOLD Bedside Table and Spike Candle Holder
FOLD Ledge 450 and Spike Candle Holder
This collection sees the continuation of Made of Tomorrow's earthy muted palette, with the introduction of some bolder, Autumn hues. The new Terracotta and Rivergum green colours are welcome additions to the popular FOLD range, while a darker adaptation of the latter colour can be seen in the paper goods range, tying the collection together. Another key colour is pale grey, which brings a softness and warmth to the overall palette, while providing a touch of elegance.
The new colours in the FOLD range, Terracotta, Rivergum Green and Pale Grey and the FOLD Mirror in brass and tinted glass
FOLD Mag Rack
FOLD Loop Hook
FOLD Hook Mirror and Tray
FOLD Tray and Perpetual Planners
As always, there is a strong focus on practicality throughout the collection. Not only do the pieces look stylish, each one has been designed to have a purpose, and that gets a big tick from me!
Watching Stockholm Design Week closely, albeit from afar, a clear standout this year was the Ariake exhibition, A Quiet Reflection. Beautifully curated by Annaleena Leino in collaboration with My Residence magazine and lighting company Wästberg, though I wasn't there in person, the beautiful imagery I saw all over instagram and blogs last month has lingered in my mind. Held inside a private residence in the central Stockholm that was formerly the Mexican embassy, the space was chosen for its ability to interact with the furniture and artwork, in a real home environment. The original elements and rough interior walls provide an interesting, textural backdrop for the pieces which are centred around craft and expression.
Ariake is a furniture brand founded by Legnatec and Hirata Chair, two factories from the furniture producing town of Morodomi in Saga prefecture, Japan. Inspired by the spirituality of Japanese culture and urban living, the pieces blend Japanese and Scandinavian influences with a minimalist aesthetic and functional design. Made from oak, ash, hinoki, cedar, leather, paper cord, cotton canvas, upholstery and unique finishes such as sumi and indigo dye each piece is crafted in Morodomi, with furniture designs by many renowned designers including Anderssen & Voll, Gabriel Tan, Keiji Ashizawa, Norm Architects and Studio MK27.
The Wästberg lighting provided another element of wow to the exhibition with statement designs. The striking and aptly named w151 extra large pendants, are suspended above the beautiful dining and living rooms. I also love the round w171 alma light which, designed for use as a pendant light, hangs on the wall, creating a soft, sculptural contrast against the mottled plaster wall. Another favourite of mine is the w163 lampyre table lamp.
The exhibition also featured other complimentary works including those by Studio Matti Carlson, Dry Studio, Nick Ross, Anton Alvarez, Frama, Perspective Studio and many more.
Stunning in every way, the exhibition strikes a beautiful balance between old and new. I hope you feel inspired as I do.
I've been compiling design news at a very slow rate this week due to a head cold, but it feels good to finally share at least a few stories with you today! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Nanna Ditzel’s iconic Trinidad chair, Fredericia has released a selection of new shades enhancing the natural beauty of the materials in a contemporary manner. Available in smoked, grey and light grey oak leaving the veneer with a visible wooden structure, the chair features cut-out fretwork on the curved shell, providing a light visual density and beautiful decorative element. I'm itching to update my dining area and I've now added another dream chair to the wishlist!
Nuura is a new Danish lighting brand creating eclectic lighting with a modern and contemporary touch. Launched at last month's Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, there are four collections designed by award-winning Danish designer, Sofie Refer. Together with Nadia Lassen and Peter Østerberg, she founded Nuura in 2017. Through the Danish roots and global vision, Nuura wishes to spread unique Nordic light through lamps and chandeliers in a sleek and timeless design. I've picked out a few of my favourites below, but the collections, entitled Anoli, Blossi, Liila and Miira, can be seen here.
Images courtesy of Nuura
Swedish Flooring company Bolon have released a stunning new collection, Elements. Created in harmony and balance between people, objects and the surrounding space, the collection draws on the values of nature and sustainability. With the 10 new colours, these are inspired by tactile, living materials, such as stone, wood and textile. The collection is now available in Australia from The Andrews Group.