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Belgian Design Brand Ethnicraft Introduces New Collection


Ethnicraft was established in Antwerp more than 25 years ago by two friends, Benoit Loos and Philippe Delaisse. Quickly finding its identity, today the brand continues to broaden its creative palette, developing and extending a collection that remains true to character with beautiful furniture and decorative objects designed as foundations for the home. For their latest collection, they have expanded on their range by introducing some of their beloved essentials in unique finishes and fabrics, as well as new products designed to bring comfort for the change of season.

The collection sees the introduction of wall art with the new Layered Clay collection. Mineral pastes are applied by hand in different compositions, resulting in a captivating display of earthy colours and textures. Beautiful as a statement piece on its own, or arranged in a pair or grouping, the artwork above has been paired with the new sideboard, an addition to the Roller Max collection.  

Always on the lookout for sculptural accessories, I love the new range of Book Ends. The PI book ends, designed by Alain van Havre, honour nature with strength, curves and lines, and are finished by hand, ensuring respect for the individual character of the wood.

The Grooves book ends are also hand carved, making each piece truly unique with its own rhythm and dynamics. Available in three finishes, these book ends complement the wider Grooves collection.

A new range of Poufs for both indoor and outdoor use add style and comfort to the home, as well as a surprising colour pop to enhance neutral décor. Indoor colourways for the Barrow poufs include off-white, ginger and copper fabrics, and Outdoor colourways for the Donut poufs include Mocha, Marsala and Natural-checked fabrics. 

The ever-comfortable N701 sofa is now available in an upholstery featuring recycled cotton from the fashion industry. Refined and luxurious, the new Graphite textile is Italian-made and features a technologically advanced flat weave, woven to allow movement in the cloth, which brings depth to the fabric’s surface.

The iconic oak Bok dining table and chairs, as well as the popular Corto dining table, are now available in a brown-tainted varnish finish. A great midway option alongside the natural varnish finish and the black varnish finish, the warm-toned wood shows the beautiful character in the grain.

The Mahogany PI wall shelves showcase the masterful work of Ethnicraft's skilled artisans. Interesting shapes are discovered in the sleek, 'polished imperfect' finish. Available in three different shelf options, these allow you to play and combine as you wish to create the most stylish storage solution.

To see all of the new collection pieces, visit Ethnicraft
Available worldwide, find your nearest stockist here

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Nordiska Kök presents the Gärsnäs Concept Kitchen by Lotta Agaton


Together with renowned Swedish interior designer Lotta Agaton, Nordiska Kök has created a concept kitchen for The House of Gärsnäs showroom in the heart of Stockholm. The beautiful space fuses the classical heritage of Gärsnäs, which is located in a historical building from the 1860s designed by Victor Ringheim, with the modern minimalism that Nordiska Kök kitchens have become known for.

House of Gärsnäs has for decades been the first choice for many architects. Designed as a source of inspiration and a meeting place, the new showroom allows you to see and feel the world of Gärsnäs furniture - a light touch an innovative design - where each room represents a different character, and, of course, the temptation to translate the settings into your own home.

The soul of the house has emerged thanks to a comprehensive renovation, led by interior designer Lotta Agaton, under the supervision of the National Property Board of Sweden. In one of the rooms is the Julius sofa and Julius easy chair and the Elsa stool and Jack stool, all designed by Färg & Blanche. The Bond table by Märta Friman sits atop the white hand-tufted rug Ines from Kasthall.

The concept kitchen developed by Lotta Agaton and Nordiska Kök is a fusion between a kitchen and a beautiful piece of furniture. The muted colour scheme is soft and calming, while the Thala gray worktop adds a subtle, textural element.

The Gärsnäs concept kitchen will be a part of Nordiska Kök’s kitchen selection for fall 2022. Like all Nordiska Kök´s kitchens, it is available in any colour and material, and can be fully customized and made to measure.

Above the TAK table by David Regestam hangs the w151 XL ceiling lamp from Wästberg, and the around the table are the Hedda armchairs by David Ericsson. Designed for rest, the Dag daybed by Teresa Lundmark and Gustav Winsth provides the perfect spot to digest all the surrounding beauty when visiting the House of Gärsnäs.


House of Gärnäs interior architecture: Lotta Agaton
Photography: Pia Ulin 

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Dulux Colour Forecast 2023: Connection and Joy Through Colour


Last week I attended the exciting launch of Dulux Colour Forecast 2023 to learn about the three new palettes, Balance, Connect and Revive. After a chaotic couple of years, many of us feel an overwhelming desire to live more simply and authentically. There has been a conscious stripping away of the unnecessary and superfluous, both in terms of what we surround ourselves with and how we spend our time, to create space for more meaningful connections. In response, the palettes reflect our desire to reconnect with the environment, communities and people we love, with warming, earth-drawn neutrals, natural textures and an array of uplifting brighter hues. 

Walls: Dulux Mt Inaccessible

The annual Dulux Colour Forecast is based on year-round research into the latest global and local trends that are predicted to influence New Zealand and Australian design and how we live.

Dulux Colour Specialist Davina Harper says “Colour forecasting for interiors is an evolution. While fashion is an important influencer, the shifts in interiors are more subtle and nuanced. The palettes we can expect to see in our homes in 2023 are predominantly warm and nurturing, with nature continuing to be a key driver of trends. Brighter hues continue, however, they are deeper than last year.”

Sustainability will be another important focus in the year ahead. As Dulux Colour Forecaster and Stylist Bree Leech explains, “We’re reframing our relationship with material things – it’s no longer enough that a piece is beautiful, it needs to earn its place in our homes. Sustainability is beginning to feel more personal; we don’t just want to know that pieces are made in a way that’s gentle on the environment, but to understand the journey they have taken before arriving in our lives – for example, by choosing traceable fabrics or learning the maker’s story. As a result, there continues to be a renewed interest in the handcrafted and pieces with a story to tell."

The Connect palette immediately drew me in with its warm earthy tones, while Balance has an understated, elegant feel that also resonates. Here's a close look at these two inspiring palettes.   


Comprising moss, wasabi, sandstone, muddied yellow-green and burnt charcoal, the Dulux Connect palette is all about fostering our relationship with the great outdoors. Calm and comforting, it speaks of an honest approach to living and is influenced by many of the pastimes we enjoyed during lockdown such as cooking, hiking and gardening.

Walls and ceiling: Dulux Pataua Beach 

Walls and ceiling: Dulux Glinks Gully

Arched wall: Dulux Waitangi, Back wall: Dulux Basset Brown

The muddied yellow-green and cinnamon hues have a nostalgic, country-house feel, while the rich, warm brown adds an indulgent and contemporary twist. As Davina says "The Connect palette could look incredible in a cosy dining room or living area of a family home or a Kiwi bach."

Back wall and ceiling: Dulux Remuera, Ceiling beams: Dulux Gentle Annie, Arched wall: Dulux St Bathans

Back wall and ceiling: Dulux Remuera, Ceiling beams: Dulux Gentle Annie, Arched wall: Dulux St Bathans

Simple, rustic furniture in timber, leather and rattan sits alongside stone flooring and bespoke, modern lighting made from recycled materials for a look that simultaneously speaks of the past, present and the future.
Walls and ceilings: Dulux Research

Walls and ceilings: Dulux Research


Dulux Balance is a refined palette of serene marine blues, gentle greens and accents of deep garnet that evokes the beauty and fluidity of the ocean and shoreline.

Wall (left and hallway): Dulux Manorburn Quarter, Wall (right): Dulux Moana Reserve Half

Walls and ceiling: Dulux Manorburn Quarter, Bannister: Dulux Moana Reserve Half

Shelves: Dulux Manorburn Quarter, Surrounding walls, ceiling and cabinetry: Dulux Rāwene

Inspired by a 'less is more' philosophy, Balance focuses on minimal detailing, drawing from nature with a restrained approach to decorating. Luxe textures, such as velvet and silk, furniture with exaggerated, curved silhouettes, abstract art, and décor pieces with organic shapes and delicate pleating complete the look. “Balance has an elegant, understated feel that would work beautifully in an inner-city apartment or a terrace home,” says Bree Leech.

Front walls: Dulux Manorburn Quarter, Back walls and ceiling: Dulux Kimberley Sea

Walls and ceiling: Dulux Ruahine, Ceiling feature: Dulux Kimberley Sea 

To finish, here are some helpful Dulux Colour Forecast 2023 integration tips by Davina Harper:

• To introduce colour, try painting the skirting boards or architraves in your living room, the edge of a door, the back of a bookshelf, a bedhead in your child’s room, or breathe new life into an old lamp base, chair or front door with a coat of paint. You’ll find that colour really makes a house a home – once you get started with paint colours, you’ll never look back!

• Before you start painting, it’s crucial when selecting colours for walls or soft furnishings that you consider other fixtures and fittings in your space that you can’t change easily – it might be carpet, tiles, laminate or stone, and/or curtains and blinds that you will need to ensure work with the new colour(s) chosen.

• For colour surety, simply order A4 Colour Swatches or Sample Pots from in your chosen colour(s) for your space - view these colours in your home’s natural light conditions. Alternatively, Dulux has an online colour advice team and a Colour Design Service if you want a design professional to assist in curating your space.

To find out more about the Dulux Colour Forecast 2022 including all three palettes: Connect, Balance and Revive, visit

Image Credits

Styling: Bree Leech 
Photographer: Lisa Cohen

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A New Wave | Nightworks Introduces the Tasman Pendant Range


New Zealand-based lighting studio Nightworks are known worldwide for their exquisite lighting designs. An original design approach, meticulous attention to detail and products designed to last in solid raw material ensure that every project stands out from the ordinary. Their latest release, Tasman, is a family of modular pendant lights that express a gentle waving form. A poetic design, developed to its fullest potential, Tasman is a beautiful alternative to traditional lineal pendants, designed to harmoniously integrate into any interior environment.

Available in single, double and triple curve options, the wave form is accentuated as further curve modules are added. The minimal exterior conceals a clever electrical system that allows for the modules to connect together seamlessly, while the dimmable LED is diffused to offer a soft white glow.

"Tasman began as a simple line sketch of three waves, drawing inspiration from our love of the ocean. We wanted to create a product that stood out in the fiercely competitive lineal pendant market, to make something modular, yet sculptural was paramount." —Nightworks Co-founder and Lighting Designer Ben Wahrlich

Made with sustainability in mind, the precision machined components are made from recycled aluminium that can be recycled again at end of life. The design utilises energy efficient LED technology and the packaging is plastic free.

"Named Tasman in reference to the Tasman Sea that connects New Zealand and Australia, the range is available in four colours that reference the natural seascapes throughout the two countries: Salt, Navy, Bay and Bonfire." —Nightworks Co-founder and Lighting Designer Ben Wahrlich

The name Tasman and the inspiration behind the design perfectly reflect the brand’s unique history. Founded in New Zealand in 2019 by husband and wife team, Ben and Kiri Wahrlich, Nightworks was originally established in 2008 in Sydney, Australia - as award-winning lighting studio ANAESTHETIC. Quickly establishing a loyal following around the world, the couple returned to New Zealand in 2017 where they sought to refresh the brand to echo a modern Kiwi lifestyle, and in doing so, Nightworks was born.

A stunning collection that is sure to make waves, Tasman has already been selected as a finalist in the 2022 Best Awards

Now taking pre-orders, for more information take a look here. 

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Restaurang ÄNG by Norm Architects


Located in the undulating fields of one of Sweden’s largest vineyards, the Michelin-starred ÄNG restaurant is designed by Norm Architects and furnished by Japanese brand Karimoku to create a stimulating interplay between architecture, food, wine, interiors, and art - a culinary experience out of the ordinary that engages all senses.

The experience of ÄNG begins with a winding pathway leading through the lush meadow to the sparkling glasshouse that stands as a modern and refined interpretation of a greenhouse turned inside out. A small herb garden out front discloses the local touch and approach to the culinary experience, and outside stone flooring continues inside where there is an open kitchen with a grounding stone counter.

Solid wood lounge furniture by Karimoku features visible woodworking details and soft upholstery. Talented Norwegian artist Anders Pfeffer Gjengedal (Løvfall) has created seven wooden and stone sculptures with an organic design language. In addition, Danish designer, Sara Martinsen, contributed with bespoke artworks that bring further warmth and new stimuli to the space.

“With the new interior design concept for ÄNG, Karimoku has successfully completed its sixth case study, continuing the collaboration with Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design. With inspiration found in both the unspoiled Nordic nature surrounding the premises of ÄNG and Japanese sensibilities in design aesthetics and craftsmanship, the interior provides a holistic, sensory experience that refines the culinary offering and reflects the identity of the restaurant.”—Frederik Werner, Norm Architects & Creative Director for Karimoku

Connected by a shared belief in timeless aesthetics and an ambition to create products that meet everyday needs, Norm collaborated with Swedish design studio Bonni Bonne to create a curated range of tableware for the restaurant. In order to emphasize ÄNG’s strong connection with nature, parts of the collection are made from green wood – an ancient woodworking method that creates natural silhouettes and raw textures perfect for the atmosphere in the restaurant.

Tiles cut like a brick floor foster the cave-like feeling of the wine cellar. These are met with a wooden floor from Danish brand Dinesen in the main dining room, where there are floor-to-ceiling views of a natural lake and the rich fauna surrounding it.

“With the changing of light, we play on the phenomenon of Chiaroscuro; a technique from visual arts used to represent light and shadow as they define objects in order to achieve a sense of volume. When stepping into the shadows, the vision weakens while the remaining senses intensify. One automatically pays more attention to sounds, smells, tastes and touch and even the intuition and instinct are strengthened. This way, the surprising transition and changing of scenery prepare the guests for the next part of the holistic dinner experience.” —Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Norm Architects

Inspired by the Japanese Karesansui gardens of raked sand and stone, renowned for their transcendent beauty, Norm travelled to Växjö to collect the ready-made sculptures of nature from a giant quarry. Small vases that look like stones from the field are a way of translating Swedish nature and its aesthetics in an honest and modern way.

“In addition to references to Swedish nature and the use of renowned Japanese furniture design, we implemented acoustic walls made of canvas from Kvadrat, chosen in a shade reminiscent of jute sacks in which you place crops and grain. It’s not just a backdrop, but a real experience.” —Frederik Werner, Norm Architects

Filled with curated sculptures and ceramics by Viki Weiland and Ulla Bang, the shelves in the open kitchen add a personal and warm atmosphere to the striking room – creating a strong coherence between food, art, design and architecture.

As the evening moves on and the colour scheme of nature turns even more vibrant, the colours of the selected materials within the restaurant seem to change with it; the oakwood obtains a red tone and the open kitchen in grey stone appears softer. The evening ends back in the glass house, where the experience comes full circle as the sun has set when the desserts are being served. ÄNG truly is a venue enabling both guests and staff to explore, learn, elaborate and create memories.


Architect & Partner: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Peter Eland
Designer & Partner: Frederik Werner
Interior Designer: Hedda Klar
Client: Ästad Vingård 

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