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Sundling Kickén for Riksbyggen

6.21.2018

Providing a steady stream of inspiration this year, Sundling Kickén have completed their latest project for Swedish housing company Riksbyggen. A beautiful apartment in a warm, neutral palette, I love how Evalotta and Elin execute their ideas, bringing a shared vision to life. The bedroom below is one of my favourite rooms. With a refined yet relaxed aesthetic, it features a pair of Building tables by Skagerak, the Turn lamp by Herstal Design and a lovely artwork by Agneta Jörlander. Peg hooks are the perfect finishing touch, providing  a place to hang clothes and other day to day items. 


Sundling Kickén always perfect the finer details in their styling work. The coffee table above features the beautiful new Cube vase created by Carina Seth Andersson in collaboration with Articles. The sculpture is by talented Stockholm-based artist Kriistina Haataja

Interior and Styling by Sundling Kickén / Photography by Kristofer Johnsson

I love the fragrances and display pedestals from Tambur. I think I need one of these rooms in my home!

Photos via Riksbyggen

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Brdr. Krüger's new ARV Collection by Studio David Thulstrup for Noma

6.20.2018

Brdr. Krüger, the fifth-generation Danish furniture company, has collaborated with Studio David Thulstrup on a beautiful, bespoke collection of furniture for the new noma restaurant in Copenhagen. The furniture pieces – titled ARV (the Danish word for heritage) – have now become part of Brdr. Krüger’s core collection, available to buy through the Brdr. Krüger website and a select number of retailers worldwide.


Head Chef and Founder of noma, René Redzepi, commissioned Studio David Thulstrup to design the new home of noma, including a series of furniture pieces. Collaborating with Brdr. Krüger to create the new collection, David Thulstrup designed the pieces to complement the spirit of the new noma space.


Classic yet contemporary, the ARV chair is elegant and light, with signature accents of craftsmanship that make it incredibly tactile. Beneath the chair’s seemingly simple aesthetic lies a multitude of complex design details that push the conventional limits of craftsmanship. Featuring a sculpted form of fluid curves, the backrest of the ARV chair is designed to support natural human movement and provide optimal seating comfort, while the back leg has a gentle curve, organically connecting to the back and arm rests with delicate and precise joinery. A stunning element that further emphasises the craftsmanship behind the design is the hand-woven detailing, created from classic Danish paper cord.


Achieving the utmost in comfort for the seat was also crucial to Redzepi, whose wish for guests was to sit in an armchair without having the impression of sitting on a throne. The challenge was solved through the creation of a fine and restrained armrest for the chair to bring an understated formality.

“We were delighted to work with a native design brand on this special project for noma. Despite the short time frame and complex design, Brdr. Krüger put all their strengths and efforts into making the ARV pieces and our vision for the designs possible. The furniture collection that Brdr. Krüger has brought to life is a testament to their immense passion for craftsmanship and more than 130-years’ experience as leading Danish makers. The ARV collection reflects this legacy in Danish design whilst remaining true to the quality and progressive values of noma.”— David Thulstrup


The ARV table, which comes in both a round and square version, follows the design cues of the ARV chair and shares the same branch detailing in the joinery. To create a coherent and harmonious whole, Studio David Thulstrup and Brdr. Krüger worked to ensure that the armrest of the chair slides perfectly under the table top, ensuring perfect harmony between two.



“It is a great honour to be working with René Redzepi and David Thulstrup on the realisation of the furniture for noma. We have relished the chance to work with two of the most creative people in their field and have enjoyed a close creative partnership with like-minded creatives who celebrate enduring values and reinterpret them for a contemporary audience. The ARV collection has a subtle complexity; it draws on our solidity of Danish design heritage but strives forward with a lean contemporary spirit.” — Jonas Krüger, Creative Director of Brdr. Krüger

Traditional Danish design with a fresh energy and the spirit of a new generation of design. What a beautiful fusion and end result. 

Images via Brdr. Krüger

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Mono Apartments by Note Design Studio

6.18.2018

Located in the centre of Södermalm, Mono Apartments is the first housing project by Note Design Studio for Glommen & Lindberg. Commissioned alongside architect firm Koncept Stockholm, together they are building Mono from scratch by means of a joint creative process that unites each individual element, from the façade cladding through to the interior design. 


A design forward district, Södermalm is recognised for its impressive industrial, modernist architecture, and Mono is firmly planted in the surrounding urban, industrial landscape. With a distinctly Scandinavian feel in terms of functionality, playful solutions and colourful details give it a continental touch.  


In carrying out sustainable interior design around a restricted floor space, Note Design Studio has catered to an increasingly social lifestyle by creating room for many visitors and long meals. The Note designers have ensured that Mono packs function, quality and atmosphere into every square metre. They have also endeavoured to add a contemporary hotel ambiance through inviting corridors and plenty of communal spaces for social interaction. 



A thoughtful, considered design has been applied to every room, providing it with its own distinct character. Highly conscious of the fact that unique solutions and well-integrated interiors are sustainable in the long term, Note have focused the design around site-specific solutions and a distinct style, rather than than passing trends. High quality materials feature throughout and all features and solutions are tailor-made - the choice of wood to every detail such as the individual door handle has been selected to suit its purpose.

"Our aim is to create rooms that signal a certain emotion as you enter. We have to deliver the absolute best and we want to create something that has never been seen in Sweden before when it comes to this kind of project." — Daniel Hecksher, Interior Architect / Partner


Photography by Henrik Nero

The kitchen is designed in collaboration with Asplund, featuring the beautiful Palais Royal Table designed by Anya Sebton and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm. I also love the Flos Taraxacum pendant light. 

Beautiful and functional with so much personality, these apartments showcase compact living at its best. Find out more about the project here

Images via Note Design Studio

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Modern Times Launches Sea Lake by Brooke Holm

6.15.2018

DENFAIR in Melbourne kicked off yesterday and while I am a little sad to not be there in person this year, I'm excited to share one of the standout exhibitors with you. Fitzroy gallery Modern Times, best known for its unique combination of vintage European furniture and contemporary Australian art, has a stellar line up this year, debuting highly anticipated new works by photographer Brooke Holm, among other contemporary Australian artists.

Sea Lake V by Brooke Holm, alongside ceramic vessels by Zhu Ohmu and Nicolette Johnson



Many of you will be familiar with Brooke Holm's highly acclaimed work which I have featured before on TDC. Initially establishing herself in Melbourne with numerous sell out exhibitions Brooke moved to New York City in 2016, where she is now based. As a photographer, her work is instinctual, precise and magnificent. Working across the globe, Brooke's art practice focuses on revering the sublime elements of nature and in turn, examining the human impact on that environment.


On show at Denfair is Sea Lake, a breathtaking series that captures Lake Tyrrell, Victoria’s largest salt lake where evidence of human habitation has been found and documented as the oldest amongst Victoria and Tasmania. Brooke would like to acknowledge the traditional land owners of Lake Tyrell and its surrounds, the Boorong clan, and pay her respects to Elders past and present.


In this historically profound site of early human and nature bonding, Brooke's process explores the region from a birds-eye perspective, creating abstract visuals of the shallow crusted lake in a swirl of moving texture and colour.

It's easy to see why Brooke’s aesthetic and photographic sensibility has garnered interest from many corners of the world. This, combined with her instinctual love for nature, travel and the desire to question the way things are, has largely contributed to her fine art practice and its constant evolution.



*Sea Lake was originally commissioned by Salta for a project designed by architects Bates Smart, in collaboration with Jane the Agency, to celebrate local artists and designers creating exceptional work in their field.

Modern Times is also exhibiting the work of artists and sculptors Stacey Rees, Ellie Malin, Saxon Quinn, Nicolette Johnson, Tessy King and Zhu Ohmu. Located in the Denfair gallery zone, Stand G14, it runs through to 16th June. 

The Sea Lake series is also available in store and online at Modern Times with global shipping available. Shop the full Denfair exhibition here

Images courtesy of Modern Times

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Homes to Inspire | Classic Restoration with a Gallery Feel

Carefully restored, this spacious Stockholm apartment fuses original detailing with contemporary elements. Beautifully preserved fishbone flooring and freshly painted white walls provide an airy, gallery-like feel, perfect for showcasing the impressive collection of large scale artworks. Iconic leather furniture by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen give the space a relaxed yet luxurious feel, while sculptural pieces, natural ceramics and a touch of rattan add further texture and warmth.


Images via Behrer & Partners

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New + Noted

6.12.2018

Lovisa Häger, who you may know as Residence blogger An Interior Affair, has a special talent for DIY. Her creations are so beautiful they fit seamlessly into her interior design work (remember this project?) and her gorgeous home which you can follow on Instagram. This has led to an exciting new collaboration with Swedish company Wall of Art where Lovisa has created a collection of limited edition abstract art prints. 


The idea behind the collection was to provide affordable prints in larger formats, something that Lovisa had trouble finding herself. Having been on the hunt for large scale artworks that won't break the bank myself, I love this concept. As expected, the artworks reflect Lovisa's style, exuding warm minimalism across a muted palette. Consisting of five large limited edition pieces (and a range of smaller sizes) you can view the full collection here.


Images via Residence magazine 


Great news for Wellington, the NZ capital now has an Aesop store and it is stunning. Aesop's inaugural Wellington signature store is situated within the historic Change House, a local landmark that bears the influence of the Art Deco era and the early skyscrapers of the Chicago and New York schools. Designed in collaboration with New Zealand practice Knight Associates, the 88-square metre space—once occupied by law offices—makes abundant use of natural timber to create a pleasing juxtaposition with the structure’s imposing 1930s exterior.


Inside, alabaster-painted walls offer immediate contrast to this façade, investing the space with a sense of depth and softness. The large street-facing windows, set deep into the thick masonry, allow a muted light to filter through, effecting a play between light and dark materiality; in particular, between the existing walls and the timber parquetry of the flooring. Oiled timber wraps the point-of-sale counter and shelving, which curves gently along the rear wall. Here, a capacious sink fitted with aged brass tapware offers a place for product demonstrations; the space beyond houses the Aesop New Zealand Head Office and online retail store. Just exquisite, I'm looking forward to popping in for a look next time I visit Wellington. 

Images courtesy of Aesop 

Articolo is a design studio that celebrates the art of light through a commitment to artisanal craft and quality workmanship. Based in Melbourne, the studio reflects creative director Nicci Green’s passion for the textural spirit of light; producing works that are internationally regarded for a contemporary yet enduring aesthetic and the luxurious pairing of materials. Articolo's latest collection was debuted at the recent ICFF in New York and I've picked out two of the beautiful new pieces to share with you.


The new Trilogy pendant combines heritage opulence with modern minimalism. Suspended with grace, Trilogy is a quietly confident design that softly illuminates; its light source concealed within a trio of mouth-blown glass orbs. Supported by three solid brass rods that come together with a superb central cuff detail, Trilogy exemplifies deceptively sophisticated engineering, and is an exemplar of Articolo’s exploration of materiality, form and luminance.

Art Direction by Marsha Golemac / Photography Sharyn Cairns

The Glimpse pendant, inspired by the dawn of a new day as sunlight streams across the horizon, is best described as an effortless balancing act. Here, a horizontal mouth-blown glass shade appears to levitate; its waist ensconced in a solid brass sheath, and its full form suspended by two subtle vertical brass rods from overhead. A clear glass shade reveals the elegant, elongated light source to wondrous effect, while the option of an opaque finish achieves a subtler outcome. For more information about this incredible lighting company and to see more of their designs, visit articololighting.com

Images courtesy of Articolo

Some more art news, this time a little closer to home, Wellington Textile Artist Jane Denton has released a beautiful new collection entitled Once. Created at the end of summer, Jane says she was drawn to an autumnal colour palette, lots of burgundy, crimson with greens and blues. "I never set out with a clear idea of what I'm going to create, it's an organic process with form and colours coming together along the way. I notice shapes where ever I go, it might be shapes on a building or a window - I find inspiration is everywhere! As I finished the first pieces I felt they had a slight mid century feel, and to reflect that in a subtle way I named the series Once".


A long-time fan of Jane's work, I love the simple aesthetic of her pieces. Her process however is anything but simple, created through hours of intricate stitching of wool and cotton on to canvas. I've included a close up above to show the fine detailing, which is even more beautiful in real life. The subtle texture and architectural feel of this new collection is divine. See the full collection here.


Styling and photography by Bonny Beattie

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