Friday Finds

3.27.2015

I always feel a little frustrated when I miss a post like I did yesterday, but it was all for a good cause. Working hard on a beautiful bedroom shoot, I'm looking forward to sharing it with you next week. Currently in catch up mode, I thought I'd consolidate a few of my post ideas into one today. Originally noted down under the headings Soft Mood, Grey + Neutrals and Wall Hangings (which I'm obsessing over right now) it's become a Friday Finds post, with my top ten picks. Follow the links at the end to find out more. 


1. Kinnasand textiles styled by Susanna Vento. I immediately recognised the incredible home of Maja from Musta Ovi, from the first instalment, which you can see here. A beautiful bedroom setting with the sun streaming in, Susanna works her magic with the exquisite Kinnasand textiles, assisted by Pinja Forsman.

2. Tapestry artwork by Oslo artist Ann CathrinLately I've been obsessing over all kinds of wall hangings but this stunning piece would be the ultimate. See more of her amazing work here

3. A small but stylish 70sqm apartment via Stadshem. Because it wouldn't be Friday Finds without some Scandinavian real estate snooping, and I absolutely love the neutral and grey colour palette and relaxed vibe.  Photo by Jonas Berg and styling by Charlotte Ryding.

4. White ceramics by Hanako Nakazato found on Hungry Ghost. Hanako is a 14th generation potter whose technique and philosophy are rooted in the traditions of her hometown, Karatsu Japan. Her beautiful work is carried throughout many galleries and shops in Japan and also the US where she spends half her time. 

5. The new FRISBEE series by Danish furniture company Herman Cph spotted on Stylizimo. Simply elegant I have been drooling over their entire Spring Catalogue which you can view here.

6. A beach-inspired bedroom with a palette of blue and white to mirror the waves. Of course the gorgeous wall hanging caught my eye. Photographed by Prue Ruscoe and styled by Claire Delmar via Inside Out

7. Designer Faye Toogood's new furniture pieces exhibited at the Oliver Gustav studio in Copenhagen, via Residence. The perfect setting for showcasing the beautiful, soft shapes of Roly Poly in fiber glass, Faye who originally trained in fine art and had plans to become a sculptor also showed some brand new sculptures. See more here.  

8-9. One more via Stadshem styled by the talented Charlotte Ryding via Decordots. It was hard to pick just one photo so here's a couple. I especially love the bed with its perfectly draped linen and mix of knitted and graphic cushions.

10. Sea Art Exhibition. Another incredible wall hanging to finish off, this is part of a collaboration between Jacqueline Fink of Little Dandelion and stylist Lara Hutton. Jane is a crafter of hand knitted oversized scale textiles and installation works made from a selection of beautiful natural fibres and raw materials. Inspired by the intricate forms and soft muted tones of natural sea treasures washed ashore and housed in a series of still life interior installations, Sea Art captures the beauty created when forms, textures and materials converge. Styling by Lara Hutton and photograph by Sharyn Cairns. Find out more here



Mocka Jimmy Tower | Two Ways

3.25.2015

Last year I found a great little storage solution for my office, the Mocka Jimmy Stand. Like many who have followed suit, I have found it to be an incredibly versatile piece of furniture and styling staple, that can be moved from room to room as needed. When Mocka came to me about styling the Mocka Jimmy Tower, I didn't hesitate to take up the challenge, and like the stand, I have styled it in two ways to showcase its versatility. 

I have found the compact shape of this unit to be a major asset. Where space is tight, I always recommend utilising unused wall space for shelving, and because this is tall and narrow, it works really well in small spaces. Easily fitting into room corners and nooks in the hallway, bathroom or bedroom, for today's post I chose to style it in our living room and my office. 


I recently hung a wall mirror in the living room corner, and was looking to create a little reading nook below it. The Jimmy Tower works perfectly, storing books and magazines as well as providing a place for a cup of tea or coffee. The height of the unit creates a lovely sense of balance when paired with a chair, and offset wall art, and the top shelf is perfect for flowers and decorative items. The framed Letter Press Prints are by An Organised Life.


I really enjoyed having the unit in our living room for a few days, but I have since moved it into my office, where it is equally at home. The white and natural finish works in well with my existing furniture and shelves, and I absolutely love having extra storage for magazines, notebooks and a place to display favourite objects and extra greenery. I've also used it to house my felt basket by Citta, which hides other office paraphernalia. Not only does it look great, it has helped to declutter my floor and desk. I think it will be staying here for a while!

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

To find out more about this product and to purchase it online, pop over here.

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Mocka 


Hansen

3.24.2015

Last week I received an email from Michael Hansen who together with his Dad is breathing new life into a furniture collection from 1959, that was designed by his Granddad. For four generations the Hansen family have worked with upholstery and furniture production, and just last year, after flicking through their 55-year-old furniture archives of packshots, sketches and catalogues, they stumbled across two iconic pieces, The Chair and The Footstool. The two designs which haven’t been in production since the early ‘70s tell of an interesting and inspiring story that started with the 1950's introduction of the television in Danish homes. Realising that there was a lack of seating in the living rooms, Eiler Hansen set about designing and developing chairs and footstools that could fit in every living room, making it possible for everybody to have a seat.
 
The main idea was that every piece had to be well proportioned, functional and comfortable with clean lines. Developing The Chair in 1959, followed by The Footstool, the latter was designed for use as a leg rest, or as a seat for guests. The 59er Collection became a reality, and in the following years sold in thousands, all over the world.


Now relaunched by Michael and his father John, I definitely think they have achieved their goal to create furniture that has the ability to discreetly light up any type of space. What's more, they have stayed true to the original footstool and chair designs, with the new collection characterised by great craftsmanship, a unique simple design and inherent sense of quality. Carefully chosen materials ensure each piece is built to last for generations.

"All our furniture comes with a story, capturing a moment in history, which remains relevant to this day — handcrafted and heartfelt."


Photography by Chris Tonnesen

Available in seven fresh new colours, there is plenty of 50's nostalgia in the mix. Made from beautiful fabrics that come from some of the world’s leading weaving mills, mostly in Italy, I especially love the navy. All of the the furniture frames are made from durable solid beech tree, which grow in the nearby forest areas of Lolland-Falster in the South of Denmark. 

For more information take a look here.

Images courtesy of Hansen


Marlow's Room | Dreamers Inc

3.23.2015

It would be hard to forget Dreamers Inc. the gorgeous new range of children's bedlinen that I introduced you to here. The beautiful, vibrant prints have found their way into many kids bedrooms since launching last year, looking right at home in the Scandi-style interiors that so many of us love. Given the opportunity to work some into Marlow's room was a dream come true, and I wasn't at all surprised when he excitedly chose the Green Budgie. A bird lover, it's his favourite colour and as anyone who knows Marlow will testify, this bold design reflects his personality very well! 


In my last room update, there were some subtle pops of green which worked really well against his room's monochrome palette. This time I also wanted to play on the yellow of the bedlinen, which you can see with the new wall hook from Country RoadAs mentioned last time I use 3M adhesive to attach all of the hooks, so that Marlow can remove them freely without damaging the walls. The downside to this is that they can go walkabouts, and sadly the white Hay Gym Hook has done just that. Because I love them so much and can use them all around the house, I picked up another one in a light grey. Both are from Simon James Concept StoreAs you can see I also played around with the bedside styling to show you how it looks with a lamp. This one is from LET LIV

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for TDC

A new print for the wall was the final puzzle piece. We have a lot of kids-themed prints currently, so I wanted to find one that would transition easily from here to our other spaces. Tropical by Seventy Tree had been on my wishlist for a while so was happy to find it at local store Perch Home. It provides a bold geometric touch and ties in nicely with the overall theme of the room. 

This post was brought to you in collaboration with Dreamers Inc.



Instagram | Ideas + Inspiration

3.20.2015

For this month's IG post I've picked out some beautiful feeds that I hope you will love as much as I do. First, here's a look at some of my styling and photography around home of late.

Images via @thedesignchaser

Hannah Philipsen is a student at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Design, Copenhagen. I think she has real talent for interior styling, seen here in a few pictures from her lovely home. The spaces have been thoughtfully arranged, mixing neutral colours, black and white art, wood elements and plants to create an overall warm and relaxed vibe. 

Images via @hannahphilipsen

A recent discovery, Imaginary Silhouettes is the feed of Julie Vester, a blogger based in Copenhagen whose interests include art, design, fashion and interiors. I love her minimalist style and eye for detail, which can be seen in her home below. She also shares snapshots of the beautiful city she lives in. 

Images via @imaginarysilouhettes

Carolinavd is one I have been following from the start and I'm sure you can see why. The Helsinki-based Brazilian creative takes all pics on her iPhone and has such an effortlessly cool style, I could happily move into her gorgeous home tomorrow. And little Emma, her beloved pup features in many of the photos, further adding to their charm. 

Images via @carolinavd

I hope that gives all of you fellow IG addicts some new inspo to soak up! I'm excited to be spending the rest of the day styling and shooting as I have several product styling projects on the go. I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming weeks, hopefully before Easter is upon us! 

Vifa

3.18.2015

Launched globally as a new audio band in 2012, Vifa has in fact been around since the 1930's. Decades of refined craftsmanship within loudspeaker technology is weaved with Nordic design to produce an incredible range that will appeal to music lovers who value exclusive design just as much as authentic sound. Named after the Nordic capitals, the three wireless loudspeaker series include Copenhagen, and the recently launched Stockholm and Helsinki. Featuring quality materials, craftsmanship and sound performance, each have a distinctively Nordic look, with Kvadrat wool finishes in a range of gorgeous colours. Styled beautifully, these images make me want a different design and colour for each room in the house. 


With its light Nordic design, Copenhagen is simple to use and portable, designed to fill a room with great sound from virtually any music source. 


The Nordic design of Stockholm is reflected in its simple, organic lines, the choice of textile, and user-friendliness. The understated look, discretely embossed logo and wide range of colours make the music system easy to integrate into the home.


Helsinki is the newest sibling to Vifa’s series of well-designed, wireless loudspeakers. It's also my favourite. I love the compact shape, which combined with incredible sound-capabilities, sets new standards for the segment of small, portable loudspeakers. Small and easy to carry around anywhere you wish, its sufficient battery life paired with Bluetooth connectivity liberates the product from a strict at-home use. Not only does the textile cover from Kvadrat let sound pass perfectly through its woollen threads, the fabric is water-repellent, making it great for use in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Helsinki is available in a beautiful range of colours including Willow Green, Misty Blue, Dusty Rose and Sandstone Grey, complete with leather strap from Swedish Leather manufacturer Tärnsjö Garveri.

Images courtesy of Vifa

All products are available to purchase online and through selected dealers. For shipping info, take a look here

Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus

3.17.2015

I first heard of Jan Plecháč and Henry Wielgus through their design collaborations with Danish brand Menu. Stumbling across one of their residential projects yesterday, I ended up on their website and was really excited to find more examples of their work. The pair met during their studies at The Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague and started their Czech-based studio in 2011. Their work has been exhibited at renowned international galleries and they have collaborated not only with Menubut brands such as Rossana Orlandi Gallery, Mint shop, Luminaire and Cappellini.



This Barcelona apartment by Jan and Henry gives you a real sense of their style and aesthetic. The spaces are understated, allowing the bright pops of colour and oversized lighting to stand out. The painted brick walls and ceiling beams give a sense of history to the interior, adding texture and interest. 

Photography by Martin Chum

The home features some of Jan and Henry's designs including the Ondulé collection for Limited Production shown below, which includes a coffee table and clever mirror/shelf design which you can see here.



Photo by Martin Chum

Maximum simplicity and variability were the key factors in the development of the Stick System designed for Menu. Created with the younger generation in mind, the unique series allows the formation of a work table, a hanging clothing rack, a floor lamp, and a shelving system that can be arbitrarily extended and adapted to the space. Last month, it was awarded best furniture in the Elle Deco International Awards, with the pair also taking out Designer of the Year. 

Photo by Kristina Hrabetova

My Spot, also designed for Menu draws inspiration from the legendary Bauhaus school. Playing with gravity, minimalistic shape of circle, composition and colour accent, it consists of three anchors, a weight and black string, from which to hang a calendar, message, sketch, postal order, hotel reservation or a postcard from travel. 

Photo by Martin Chum

One of their new designs, Balance of Beauty is a mirror that like an hourglass, is loaded with sand allowing a rolling motion that enables it to be set at the right angle. Elegant and airy, the collection consists of a series of three different sized objects which beautifully  complement one another. 

Photo by Martin Chum


 

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