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Tiny Holiday Home by i29 + Chris Collaris

1.22.2019

For those who've been following TDC for a long time, you'll know that January is a quiet month here on the blog. The height of our summer, traditionally we head away at the end of January before the kids go back to school, and right now we're having a wonderful time staying at one of our favourite beaches. Part of the fun is looking for a holiday home and this year we chose a cute little bach close to the beach, just along from where our friends are staying. There's definitely something to be said for downsizing and simplifying while on holiday and this tiny but cleverly designed holiday home I'm sharing today is as good as it gets!   


Located in Vinkeveense Plassen in the northwest of the Dutch province of Utrecht in the Netherlands, it was designed by award-winning Amsterdam-based i29 Interior Architects in collaboration with Chris Collaris. With a footprint of just 55 m2 the compact house built for a family of four has a luxurious sense of space thanks to a clever layout that was developed from the inside-out.



Situated on an elongated island section close to the lake, the home is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the natural surroundings, views of the water and orientation of the sun. Divided into four parts, the home's diversity in size on the outside and interconnected positioning creates a stunning sculptural effect, so that it looks different from every angle. A minimal design enhances the sculptural quality, and all volumes have big windows or sliding doors which can be opened completely to fully merge the inside with the outside.


Custom furniture and integrated cabinets accentuate the graphical quality on the inside, while the use of simple materials like oak and polished concrete floors are in keeping with the natural surroundings. 

In every detail we aimed for the ultimate space efficient solution. Every aspect of the design is approached to produce a pure and unified experience to leave a strong impression. Making quality projects is, in our opinion, not always ‘the bigger the better’. With simple yet smart interventions this project is of the highest standard and at the same time energy efficient, eco-friendly, and built with a small footprint. In this sense it’s a model example of a tiny house; smart, comfortable but with no consessions to quality in both the interior and architectural design; small is beautiful. —i29


Design by i29 and Chris Collaris / Photography by Ewout Huibers via Behance

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Objects by Camilla Vest: Bringing Iconic Nordic Design to the US

1.17.2019

Fellow lovers of Nordic design living far away from Scandinavia will know the challenges in sourcing their favourite brands from this region. Luckily for those living in North America, there is Objects by Camilla Vest, a Scandinavian design source that carefully curates classic Nordic furniture, design and accessories for renowned retail partners, Hawkins New York, Design Within Reach and A+R. Showcased in a beautiful, lofty 1899 townhouse in the heart of Brooklyn, Objects is the exclusive US brand ambassador and wholesale representative for iconic Danish brands Skagerak, Brdr.Petersen and Skovshoved Moebelfabrik, which all come with that unmistakable Nordic twist - grounded in proud craftsmanship and simple, functional design.

The amazingly versatile Vivlio shelving system designed by Included Middle, seen here with ash shelves and a cinnamon brown frame.

Hot off the press, these images taken in the new Objects showroom feature pieces from the beautiful Skagerak collection. One of my favourite Danish brands who I  had the pleasure of visiting in Copenhagen, their aesthetic is the quintessence of raw minimalism. 


The stunning Reykjavik Daybed designed by Included Middle is inspired by the colours and distinctive architecture in Iceland. The bed frame is made from solid German Douglas Pine from Dinesen and the woollen upholstery is from Kvadrat. On the daybed is the terracotta Edge mug designed by Stilleben.


The Maissi bench is designed by Helsinki-based design duo Kaksikko and is inspired by old stair handrails and industrial machinery parts. The curved elements are made by laminating thin strips of oak over moulds and routing them into cylinders. Made from solid and laminated certified oak, the bench seats two people comfortably, while its narrow profile makes it equally suitable to living rooms and entranceways.



Born in Copenhagen, founder Camilla Vest has an innate appreciation for classic design and objects that are both functional and timeless. Having lived in New York for the past 20 years, the mother of two has also been influenced by her world travels working as a model, where she says she was always inspired by her surroundings. With a 'less is more' approach, Camilla believes it’s important to invest in unique pieces and create an atmosphere in your home that reflects your personal taste and lifestyle. I couldn't agree more!

A former co-founder of Goods We Love, Camilla launched Objects in 2017 with a vision to celebrate the unique stories behind iconic Danish design brands, collaborating with coveted interior stylists and magazines to inject a touch of Scandinavian style into New York living. I also recently made the connection that Camilla is the sister of renowned interior stylist Pernille Vest (whose work I frequently feature). Such a talented family!


The Nordic jugs (0.4L & 1L) sit on top of the Norr tray designed by Ditte Buus Nielsen. The tray is made from natural oak and features a simple, rectangular form. The tactile leather grip makes it easy to carry – perfect for servings in bed, on the balcony or around the fireplace.

Beneath the beautiful staircase in the Objects Showroom is the Georg Jubilee stool designed by Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm - a fine example of where Japanese simplicity and Danish minimalism meet.  


The Brut Table designed by TAF Architects was born under the theme ‘petit’ which is easily recognised by its elegant and slender composition. Blank brass feet give the table a slightly exalted character. On the Brut table is the Nordic jug designed by VE2 which can be used for water, rosé, or as a vase for a bouquet of wild flowers.

The Edge series designed by Stilleben is inspired by an ancient Greek-Egyptian tradition for craftsmanship.  The outside of the terracotta pieces (teapot, mug and sugar bowl) retain their original matte finish, while the inside is glazed to ensure a sturdy and water-resistant surface.

Camilla standing alongside the Brdr. Petersen Penguin Lounge Chair, an iconic Danish design from the 1950’s designed by Danish furniture designer and architect Ib Kofod-Larsen. The famed Penguin Chair series gets its name from the playful shape of its seat back. Inspired by the natural beauty of wood and raw materials the timeless, elegant lounge chair combines an oak, walnut or teak veneer seat back, with SoftArt Vacona Analine leather upholstery and a powder-coated steel frame.

To find out more about the brands and stockists visit objects.nyc
Follow along on Instagram at @objects.nyc

Styling by Camilla Vest / Photography by Sarah Elliott 

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Modern Scandinavian Living for a Family returning to Stockholm

1.15.2019

Today's project is by Refine Design Studio, an interior design agency based in Stockholm. Working across interior design, architecture and project management, Refine Design Studio work closely with their clients to realise and exceed their vision, creating cohesive and authentic spaces. For this stunning residence, the family were returning home from living abroad and wanted to combine a distinctly Scandinavian colour palette, with inspiration gained from their time spent overseas. 


Combining the family's preferred modern design aesthetic with the late 19th century architecture, the 120sqm apartment features sprawling ceilings and elaborate cornicing. These original features create an interesting juxtaposition between old and new, highlighting the best of both, without creating conflict between the two. A large social living room with openness to the kitchen and three bedrooms provides the perfect footprint to suit the family's lifestyle. 


The stunning apartment has been furnished with beautiful Scandinavian furniture, lighting and accessories. Two of my favourite pieces in the living and dining areas include the Mass Productions Crown Easy Chairs and the Palais dining table by Asplund. The built in shelves and coffee table showcase a gorgeous mix of sculptural ceramics, glass ware and books, while the combination of textiles - rugs, cushions and throws - provide a lived in, cosy feel. 


Though compact, the master bedroom is neat and stylish thanks to a custom made wardrobe solution designed to maximise storage. A colour palette of soft greys and greens pair beautifully with the warm oak finishes, creating the perfect Scandinavian feel. An enviable mix of lighting including the &Tradition Formakmi pendants and N°214 wall lamps by DCW éditions complete the space. 


The gorgeous children's room created for the family's two daughters was designed to encourage play, in their favourite colour pink. It features a specially made bunk bed with upholstered headboards and a staircase complete with storage in each of the steps leading to the upper bed.



The third bedroom has been created as a guest room, with a homely hotel feeling for family and friends who stay over.


Styling by Johanna Larsson / Photography by Clearcut Factory 

With a continuation of grey tones and Scandinavian design pieces - the &Tradition Loafer chair in the corner is another favourite - this inspiring home has a wonderful sense of warmth and cohesion. What a lovely way for the family to settle back into Sweden! 

Images courtesy of Refine Design Studio

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Tine K Home | Slow Collection 2019

1.11.2019

Over the last 20 years, Danish brand Tine K Home has released collection after collection with names that reflect the style and mood for each season. This year's Slow Collection centres around honest materials and usable colours for a calm yet sophisticated atmosphere. Shot at the dreamy home of architect John Pawson in Mallorca surrounded by the beauty of nature, the incredible architecture is vast yet simple, with walls that speak their own language with dusty red colours that reflect the soil of the area. As the sun breaks through, the light and shadow create an ethereal setting to showcase the stunning handmade products. I'll let the imagery speak for itself... 


My favourite elements of the new collection are the earthy-toned textile products, rattan and bamboo furniture, woven baskets, ceramics and clay pots. I also love the metal furniture collection which includes tables, metal stands, cabinets and clothes racks. Hand crafted with natural materials, the pieces have a beautiful textural quality, while the warm tones and rustic finishes look incredible against the fresh white textiles of the sofas. 

Styling by Pernille Vest / Photography by Mikkel Adsbol

Such serene imagery, the new collection speaks of beautiful moments that need to be enjoyed slowly. I'd like to be transported to that poolside setting right now! 

Visit tinekhome.com to see view the Slow Collection 2019 catalogue and to shop all new products (with worldwide shipping).  

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