by Lassen | New for SS 2015


I love waking up to find exciting press releases in my inbox. Danish brand by Lassen will be presenting their new Spring-Summer 2015 collection at the upcoming Maison & Objet and Stockholm Furniture Fair with two stunning new furniture pieces.

Designed by the visionary designer and architect Mogens Lassen in 1955, Saxe is a distinctive and timeless folding chair. Newly launched by by Lassen to mark the 60th anniversary of its design, the chair unites function and aesthetics with an affectionate nod to the Nordic region's materials. Mogens Lassen was strongly inspired and influenced by his surroundings, constantly experimenting with styles, basic shapes and materials. I love the chair's leather and wood elements and minimal, organic form.

A new version of the by Lassen Twin Table (first introduced to you in this post) has launched with the characteristic reversible table top in brass and misty green. I've always loved the signature cube style of the Twin and its beautifully minimalist form. The raw, yet elegant allure of brass combined with the deep green surface flawlessly compliment the warmth of Nordic wooden floors.

Images courtesy of by Lassen

New + Noted


Looking through the Menu Spring Summer 2015 collection it's fair to say I am in with love everything. When it comes to crisp Scandinavian design and what they describe as "soft-minimalism" Menu continually takes it to the next level, collaborating with designers from around the world, and coming out with exceptionally beautiful products. 

Images via Menu

Of course I want everything, but right now the Norm Wall Mirror, Peek Table Lamp by Jonas Wagell and Optical Candlestick by StokkeAusgad would make my heart and home sing. 

A recent Instagram discovery (with an exquisite feed and impressive following), Another Feather is run by Portland-based designer and jeweller Hannah Ferrara. Inspired by her travels, simplistic design, ancient relics, and an appreciation for well made objects and heirlooms, Another Feather includes handcrafted metal made jewellery and simple everyday adornments paired down to their most minimal forms. If like me you're a less-is-more kind of girl, her designs which are often described as ‘jewellery for the non-jewellery wearer’ will really appeal. 

Images via Another Feather 

It's so much fun this time of year seeing all the new collections emerge, and these talented Danish brands certainly keep us on the edge of our seats. The Ferm Living Spring Summer 2015 collection is bright and cheerful, with some highly covetable pieces, such as the stunning black and white Kelim Rug and must-have homewares like these gorgeous pots.

Images via Ferm Living

Having gained a dedicated following and earned its reputation as a coveted beauty essential overseas, bkr, the beautifully sleek glass water bottles have arrived in NZ! Now available from Paper Plane, bkr was created by two San Francisco based friends and lawyers, Tal Winter and Kate Cutler, who as intelligent, fashionable, cultured women realised they were drinking out of cheap, disposable plastic water bottles. Wanting something clean, clear, soft and beautiful that felt like a couture accessory and not camping equipment, bkr was born. Each glass bottle comes in a silicone sleeve, which looks gorgeous in every colour. I'm currently deciding which one to choose. Shop the range at Paper Plane.

Images via bkr and Paper Plane

Summer Barn House Inspiration


I've talked before about my dream of building a big, barn-like summerhouse near the beach. Scandinavian in style with the central focus being a big, open plan living area that opens to the outdoors, it would have wings off each end with ample bedroom space for friends and family to stay. Ideally there would be a high pitched roof along with large windows and doors, and be made from simple materials of wood, steel and concrete. The interior would have that Kiwi bach-feel and relaxed summer vibe. I get lost in the dream more often at this time of year, and love stumbling across homes that further inspire the ideas floating around in my head. 

Förstberg Arkitektur och Formgivning (FAF) is a small architecture studio based in Malmö, Sweden, whose projects do just that. Their latest, House with a saw-tooth roof was created for a young family, designed to expand to suit their changing needs. The framework allows for extra rooms to be added, such as an extra bedroom when the children get older, a study if they need to work from home or a spacious bathroom when they can afford it. While this home is actually on two levels, the expansion concept would work perfectly for my summer barn house!

This next project by FAF, House for Mother, is a favourite. I featured the dining room on the blog last year, as part of an interior styling post on white + wood, and always wanted to show you more. 

Images via Förstberg Arkitektur och Formgivning

An incredibly light and airy space, this home also features a fabulous built in bookshelf.  

Closer to home, this modern Black Barn by Waikato designer Tane Cox of Red Architecture has recently been added to my summer house inspo folder. Ever since receiving the media release last year - it won the 2014 SUPREME National ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Award - it's also been on my blog must-share list. The clever and economical design consists of two black barn like structures made from simple materials that create a warm, functional, industrial style home. Tane's design ethos is centred around simple designs that fit with their environment. He says his approach to the design is an important aspect that anyone can take on board regardless of whether they want to spend a little or a lot.

Photography by Larnie Nicolson, courtesy of ADNZ

Studio Esinam


Based in Sweden, studio esinam was founded by art director Josefine Lilljegren and architect Sebastian Gokah. The creative duo produce beautiful architectural art prints that capture the unique aspects of cities around the world. Whether it's the feeling you get from visiting a certain city, the texture of a façade or the balance of an interior space, their aim is to explore and communicate the deeper qualities of architecture, by looking at it from new angles and presenting it fresh and engaging ways.

Appealing to those who have a genuine interest in interior and exterior spaces, the artworks spoke to me straight away. Aesthetically I love the minimalist style and clean lines, and was very excited to have the opportunity to style a couple of the prints in my home. I chose one of my favourite cities Paris, and one of the cities I would most like to travel to, Stockholm. 

From the Elevations series, the Stockholm print looks right at home in our living room, giving this corner a fresh update for the start of the year. I had fun styling this area in two ways, the first a monochrome setting with a few touches of copper, which you might have seen on Instagram. I chose to share the more colourful setting with you, because I think the summery vibe is perfect right now. The geometric cushions from Juno Home Studio add a playful touch. 

Styling and Photography by Michelle Halford for T.D.C

The beautiful Paris print makes the perfect addition to my picture wall. Part of a new series, Landmarks, these limited edition prints pay honour to buildings and monuments that have become synonymous with places, neighbourhoods and cities as a whole. To Josephine and Sebastien, architecture is so much more than just visual. Fascinated with the symbolic values of the buildings, they see the stories that surround them, capturing the essence of what each place means to them, in both their complexity and simplicity. 

".... it’s the smell of the bakery shop on the corner, the feeling of a handle when entering a building, the sound of cars or birds forming the back drop of a scene. It’s the memories and emotions that a place can preserve for decades and bring to life in a second, the calming experience of your grand parents old cabin or the rush hour in a metropolis."

Images courtesy of studio esinam

The Elevations series prints are 65cm x 100cm and the Landmark series prints are 50cm x 70cm. Visit studio esinam to view the entire collection and to shop online with FREE shipping worldwide!    

This post is brought to you in collaboration with studio esinam 

AIM Pendant Light by FLOS


It's no secret that I've had the iconic FLOS 265 wall lamp designed by Paolo Rizzatto on my wishlist for a very long time. Lately I've been dreaming about the FlOS AIM, a pendant light that like the 265 is uniquely minimalist and also destined to become a design classic. Designed and created in Italy by brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, AIM is naturally positioned in space ‘like a plant’ with long cables providing maximum freedom to adjust the direction and height of the light source. Similar to hanging vines, the long, free wires allow for infinite adjustability while providing a sense of the natural, as the wires seem to develop and grow like branches or climbing plants. 

Image courtesy of The Saint Martins Lofts & Press Office, via Yellowtrace

The lights look incredible suspended from the high ceilings of the London Display Loft above. A re-development of the iconic Saint Martins School of Art in Charing Cross, in collaboration with Soho-based design hub 19 Greek Street, see more of this amazing apartment here

Photography by Marcus Lawett via Agent Bauer

Above the kitchen island or dining table, the AIM lights would certainly make a great talking point at a dinner party.

Images via NEST and Bouroullec

The AIM comes is black and white and can be purchased as a single, or in a group of up to five lights. Available from worldwide stockists including ECC and NEST, visit FlOS for more information. 

Textural Blues for 2015


We're seeing a lot of textural blues coming through in interiors this year by way of watercolour artworks and tactile fabrics and ceramics. Danish design house Broste Copenhagen have highlighted this trend beautifully in their Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook. Inspired by the life of a working artist, the story created for this season really does make it feel as though you are stepping into an artist's workspace. The blue watercolours provide a stunning backdrop for the new range. 

Styled by Marie Graunbøl and photographed by Line Thit Klein and assistant Chris Tonnesen

To see more, check out the Lookbook and Catalogue.  

Broste Copenhagen teamed up with talented illustrator and graphic designer Silke Bonde to produce the beautiful watercolour artworks, and as you can see from her own personal collection below, blue is a common theme. I love the subtlety of these prints, which allow you to add small touches of blue texture to your home.

You can shop the Silk Bonde collection online, or at worldwide stockists including Norsu Interiors and The Poster Club

Multi-award winning Australian interior design practice Hare + Klein have launched an exciting collaboration with Designer Rugs. With texture as the common thread of the collection, they have incorporated raw and tactile materials including wool, hemp, silk and bamboo. The rugs have all been hand-dyed in Katmandu using a technique called Abrash, which creates subtle colour variation and character, adding to the unique qualities of each rug. The two rugs below, Etched by Eloise Fotheringham and Swept by Melanie Kightley feature beautiful blue tones.

See the entire collection here.

An established brand in modern Danish design, Casalinga was launched by ceramicist and designer Trine Weng in 2008. Staying true to an unmistakably Scandinavian expression, the products are driven and characterised by equal parts functionalism, storytelling and quality. Once again the appeal of textural blues is apparent, this time with a range of hand-made porcelain vases, bowls and candlesticks. 

For more information visit Casalinga.


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