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Musings + Moodboards

12.02.2016

Today's moodboard is a curation of things that have caught my eye of late, including the incredible new Block collection by Apparatus Studio - a series of objects comprised of brass forms that plummet into cast crystal volumes. The Molten Swedish Barium Crystal gives the appearance of ice and acts as a plinth, both supporting and obscuring the heavy brass 'to create a sense of harmonious displacement'. The collection inlcudes a Block Vessel and Block Case which have hollowed out brass capsules that can be used for storing items, and a Block Vase. Be sure to check out the full range hereI'm also excited about the new book by highly influential, award-winning fashion blogger, writer, stylist, photographer and creative director Margaret Zhang. I have treated myself to a copy and can't wait for it to arrive! 




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Beautiful Interior Inspiration from Linum

12.01.2016

I discovered Swedish brand Linum earlier this year when I stumbled across some beautiful images from their Autumn/Winter lookbook, taken by renowned Stockholm-based photographer Jonas Ingerstedt. Their latest catalogue for Spring/Summer 2017 'Shadow Play' is equally stunning and I love the home setting, complete with outdoor styling. Perfect inspiration for the warmer months here in NZ! 

Photography by Jonas Ingerstedt

Images via Inredningshjälpen

Started in 1966, Linum began with a chance meeting between the founder who was visiting India at the time, and two ambitious brothers. A shared vision, and values surrounding tradition, quality, and durability ignited a life-long friendship and business partnership. With timeless Swedish design at the forefront, today the hand-weaving factory contains 80 looms and the company still prides itself on craftsmanship and family traditions. Too good not to share, here are some images from current Winter campaign 'Big & Bold - A Swedish Love Story'. Consisting of gorgeous textile products including textural rugs, throws and cushions, as well as homewares crafted from natural materials, find out more about the collection here.


Photography byJonas Ingerstedt



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norsu Launches Botanica Series by Vee Speers + Reader Offer

11.30.2016

It's been a while since I treated you to some exciting news from norsu, but today's launch has definitely been worth the wait. Their latest release is a beautiful new collection of prints - 'Botanica' by Paris-based Australian artist Vee Speers. 


Symbolising a moment of peaceful solitude in an increasingly complex world, the Botanica series creates a quiet space away from the chaos of everyday life. The resulting collection is fittingly described as a secret garden carefully cultivated via a series of photographic flora artwork. Immensely talented, Vee adopts the same method of photography as she does with her human portraits, capturing the flowers outdoors in black and white, then subtly colouring them to enhance and transform them. The portraits draw the viewer into a botanical world, with an ethereal feel through their fresh new hues, animated by a powerful breath of new life.



Vee Speers never fails to take my breath away with her stunning artworks. Botanica's unique connection to nature and the soft use of colour make the prints truly captivating. From the beautiful series norsu founders Kristy Sadlier and Nat Wheeler have carefully selected works that compliment their brand's well-loved palette of blush pinks, grey and muted tones. The gorgeous collection features 6 x poster sized prints in 50x70cm, in addition to a pack of 11 cards in A5 size.


Styling by Nat Wheeler, norsu interiors / Photography by Peter Berzanskis

I'm sure like me, many of you will have been following norsu's exciting #30daysofprints campaign on Instagram which has seen them add new pieces to their Scandinavian artLAB each day throughout the month of November. Finishing on a high with the release of the Botanica collection, norsu are celebrating with 10% off their entire artLAB until midnight Sunday 4 December!

To redeem the discount, simply enter the code ‘ARTLAB’ upon checkout.

Happy shopping! 

Images courtesy of norsu 

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Homes to Inspire | Grey, White + Striped

11.29.2016

The walls have caught my eye again, this time with a mix of two-tone grey, contrasting white and a gorgeous striped wallpaper. Although I do like open-plan living and dining areas, the french doors dividing these two rooms add so much charm. I love how the doors and beautiful high ceilings are painted in bright white, allowing for the original detailing and mouldings to really pop against the grey. A lighter shade of grey in the living room softens the space and creates a relaxed, calming feel, while the stunning marble-topped Gubi Coffee Table designed by GamFratesi adds a touch of luxury. Striped grey and white wallpaper in the bedroom fits seamlessly with the clean lines of the interior, while injecting a fun, graphic touch. 

Styling by Team Sarah Widman, Elin Kickén and Evalotta Sunding / photography by Fredrik Karlsson 

Images via Alvhem





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Hotel Casa Mimosa by Tarruella Trenchs Studio

11.28.2016

Casa Mimosa is a new hotel by the H10 hotel chain, designed by Tarruella Trenchs Studio. Located in a listed building on Pau Claris Street in Barcelona, the hotel design integrates original elements of the building by blending them with contemporary features. Muted colours and reclaimed elements such as coffered ceilings, mouldings and fireplaces create a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, while the rooms feature a beautiful mix of warm walnut wood, brass and velvet. Custom-made elements such as the headboard, desk and brass lamp sit alongside design pieces such as the Vitra Softshell Chair and Bai Di Di Suspension Lamp by Parachilina. What a dream it would be to stay here! 

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New + Noted

11.25.2016

In continuation of their collaborations with a select group of internationally renowned designers, Danish design house Fredericia Furniture have partnered with British design Jasper Morrison. A master of the simple, understated look, his new Pon table series is a clear example of this approach. Consisting of two sizes, the table works beautifully as a stand alone piece. Alternatively, they can be grouped together to form a contemporary interior-landscape. Designed in oak and ash, Pon is a natural continuation of Fredericia’s existing collections, which among others are strongly influenced by the Danish designer Børge Mogensen’s iconic wood furniture.

Images courtesy of Frederica

I received some beautiful imagery of the Korbo handwoven wire baskets this week. Dating back to the early 1920s in Sweden, these iconic baskets come in a range of sizes and styles. Always on the lookout for quality laundry baskets, I love the extra height of the one shown below, which you can pair with a Laundry Bag. Also great for housing plants, the Planting Bags are made of permeable geotextile which limits evaporation while at the same time allowing excess water to pass through. Clever!


Images courtesy of Korbo

Some news from Cult Design today, with the release of three new designs from the Danish lighting powerhouse Lightyears: Night Owl, Suspense and Suspense Nomad. Designed in collaboration with leading designers GamFratesi and Nikolai Wiig Hansen, the beautiful products showcase Lightyears’ trademark approach to robust materials, functionality and minimalism, with each new design sitting seamlessly alongside Lightyears’ unique collection of lighting. I'm particularly smitten with the Night Owl table lamp by Nikolai Wiig Hansen which harks back to modernist 50s styles and offers a friendly table lamp design with personality and style.


Designed by GamFratesi  the new Suspence pendant presents a fresh organic style for pendant lighting, with its natural soft curves and pinched shade. Also designed by GamFratesi  the Suspence Nomad floor lamp introduces a whole new concept of lighting in the form of a movable floor style. What's more, it's suitable for both indoors and out. 

Images courtesy of Cult Design

First featured on the blog when they launched last year, Berlin-based company Bon Ceramics have released a new and carefully selected range of handmade ceramic objects. Continuing the essence of Bon Ceramics, the new collection combines sophisticated architectural lines and rough, often unpolished surfaces. Featuring works from established ceramists as well as introducing new talents, the pieces range from tableware and functional items through to art objects. With innovative shapes and proportions, refined finishes and a diverse colour palette, there is so much to love! 


Photography by Wilkosz&Way

Imagery courtesy of Bon Ceramics 

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