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Best of 2019 | The Most Beautiful Bathrooms

1.20.2020

Rounding off the 'Best of 2019' series, I've selected some of the most beautiful bathrooms featured on TDC last year. There's no shortage of texture, with glazed tiles in fresh white through to calming neutrals in travertine and terrazzo, as well as classic marble and concrete finishes. The freestanding bath is still a favourite, and many of the spaces have a spa-like feel, with beautiful elements including statement pendant lights, soft curtains and accent stools. 

Darlinghurst Terrace by Tom Mark Henry
Styling by Claire Delmar / Photography by Pablo Veiga

Kew Apartment by Sarah Wolfendale
Styling by Nina Provan / Photography by Shannon McGrath

The Stable House by Frama
Photography by Erik Lefvander

Purgatory by Photonic

Project AG by Jessica Barouch

Perfect Storm by Killing Matt Woods
Styling by Madeline McFarlane / Photography by Katherine Lau

Stockholm Apartment by Claes Dalén
Photography by Kristofer Johnsson

The Esplanade by Golden
Styling by Marsha Golemac / Photography by Sharyn Cairns

Melfort Townhouses by Conrad Architects
Images by Third Aesthetic

Strathmore House by Inform Design
Styling by Bek Sheppard / Photography by James Geer

Warsaw/Paris by Atelier Creative Varsovie
Design by Magdalena Radalowicz-Zadrzyńska / Visualisation by Katarina Rulinskaya

H&M Home SS2019 Collection
Art Direction by Therese Sennerholt / Styling by Pernille Vest / Photography by Renee Kemps

C.Ø House by BETA.Ø

Vipp Chimney House
Photography by Michelle Halford/TDC

Wattle House by Golden 
Photography by Sharyn Cairns

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&Tradition Launches New Home Accessories Line designed by Space Copenhagen

1.17.2020

Danish design company &Tradition has launched &Tradition Collect, a new home accessories line designed by long-time collaborator Space Copenhagen. An exciting addition to their wide-ranging collection of classic and contemporary pieces, the new line will include a select offering of beautifully crafted soft furnishings and home objects.

&Tradition collect Heavy Linen Cushion SC29 & SC30, Linen Cushion SC27 and Cotton Throw SC32

Elegantly understated, the new collection reflects Space Copenhagen's commitment to quality and longevity. Founders Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou wanted to create a cohesive offering of home accessories that would bring folksy comfort to any interior. 


&Tradition Collect Heavy Linen Cushion SC28, Linen Cushion SC28, Cotton Throw SC33 and Linen Bedspread SC31

Focusing on cushions, throws and planters, they selected subdued, earth-coloured tones of burgundy, slate and sand as their primary palette. An emphasis on natural textures - including linen, merino wool, and organic cotton - accentuated this luxuriously rustic aesthetic further. 

"As architects, our work pivots around spatial composition and ambiance as we seek to create harmony in a space," Henriksen and Rützou explain. "This collection of home accessories became a natural extension of that - an architectural fragment that softens and completes the atmosphere that we are always striving to create.”

&Tradition Collect Heavy Linen Cushion SC28, Linen Cushion SC27 & SC28, Cotton Throw SC33 and Linen Bedspread

"This line marks the debut of a larger offering that will make &Tradition's collection richer and better connected," says &Tradition founder and CEO Martin Kornbek Hansen. "With this series of versatile and accessible products, we hope to create an entire universe that will appeal not only to our existing base, but will reach new customers too.”

&Tradition Collect Cotton Throw SC32

Beautiful on their own, the tactile pieces have also been designed to mix and match, and inject a sense of quiet luxury into the home.

&Tradition Collect Planter SC43 & SC44

The collection will be showcased in &Tradition's new Paris showroom, opening at the end of January, and during Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Images courtesy of &Tradition Press 

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New York Apartment by Søren Rose Studio


This exquisite Park Avenue Penthouse was designed by Søren Rose Studio for a Swiss-American couple who use it for their base when visiting New York. The 6,000 sq ft residence combines traditional Scandinavian design - including iconic furniture by Fritz Hansen - with remarkable contemporary elements, including a dark Verde Alpi marble wall which stretches all the way to the rooftop. A rich and dramatic feature, the marble was used by Mies Van der Rohe for his famous Barcelona Pavilion, which Søren Rose sourced from the exact same Quarry in the Alps.


Marrying the past with the present, the apartment delivers an easy elegance and reflects a deep appreciation for context and detail. The thoughtful curation of furniture includes the Fritz Hansen Swan™ sofa and Egg™ chair by Arne Jacobsen. The Swan Sofa™ and Swan™ chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, are devoid of straight lines, making them organic and soft to the eye despite their simplicity and strong architectural appeal. A staple of Danish design with organic curves that take on different ethos in every leather, fabric and colour, the  Egg™ chair is recognised worldwide as an essential modern design, one of the triumphs of Jacobsen’s legendary career, and a technical achievement in craftsmanship.



The discrete and elegant PK22™ chair exemplifies Poul Kjærholm’s vision and search for the ideal form and dimension. The profile of the steel frame originates from the PK25™, Kjærholm’s graduation project at the School of Applied Arts in Copenhagen. An immediate commercial and critical success, it remains a fundamentally modern chair for design enthusiasts today. It's definitely on my wish list!

Photography by Brooke Holm 

Images courtesy of Fritz Hansen Press

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ferm LIVING | Spring/Summer 2020 Collection

1.15.2020

Danish brand ferm LIVING has introduced their SS2020 collection and the theme is one that I’m sure will resonate with many. Encouraging a slower place where you can savour the moment in the sanctuary of your own ow home, the collection celebrates inner calm and a sense of serenity. Embracing the concept of 'low living', with many designs that bring you closer to the ground, the beautiful pieces invite you to lean back, rest and connect to your surroundings on a new and deeper level. Earthy tones and organic shapes meet sculptural lines and solid, robust forms are merged with soft, natural fittings, with a focus on honest materials. Here's a look a the stunning new imagery and some of my favourite picks.  


Working with designers and artisans from various countries, including award-winning Jewellery designer Helena Rohner from Spain and Danish Herman Studio, ferm LIVING continues their design journey by building on their signature use of natural materials, tactile qualities and a colour palette that spans from rich ebony to ivory, icy blue to warm sugar kelp. The embracing design universe is defined by organic shapes, clean lines and feminine tones, balancing the contrasts of wild, Nordic nature with the focus and serenity of inner calm.



The Catena Series is one that  explores the new direction 'low living', and includes the low-slung Catena sofa that is generously dimensioned for maximum comfort and relaxation. Distinguished by soft curves and top-stitched seams, the homely, module-based designs are made from high-density foam and a layer of soft padding for extra cosiness. The series comprises six individual modules that can be combined in multiple ways to create the desired expression.


Another one of my favourites from the collection is the new Vuelta Lamp. Made from opal glass, it has a rippled surface that gives the lamp a lovely textural appearance. The LED light source emits a soft diffused light, and it also includes a dimmer switch to provide different light levels as required. 


I also love the Flow Series of tableware that comprises matching bowls, plates, mugs, a jam jar and jug. Available in Black and Yellow Speckly, the pieces have a semi-matte glaze, giving them a unique finish.



In the furniture category ferm LIVING has introduced the Bevel Table and Bevel Bench made from solid oak with sculpted legs and gently rounded edges, the Desert Chair made from recycled plastic bottles, the Mineral Coffee Table that marries natural materials and contrasting finishes in stone and glass, and the Kona Bed inspired by traditional Japanese furniture and 'low living'.



As you know, I can't resist a great shelving unit, so I was excited to see the new Sector Shelves. A modern take on Mid-century design, Sector is defined by its sturdy simplicity and classic combination of wood and brass. Available in two sizes, it would work in so many areas of the home, to display favourite objects or practical, every items, such as storage jars in the kitchen.


There are also some gorgeous new Sculptural Objects and Hooks in silver and brass by jewellery designer Helena Rohner, Ceramic Baskets which have a unique and playful design, and the textural Vulca Mini Vases.


As always with new ferm LIVING collections, I come away with a huge wishlist and find it hard to narrow down the picks and images to share! I'll leave you with a few more of my favourites to finish.


View the new collection catalogue here

Images courtesy of ferm LIVING Press

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