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A Serene Stockholm Apartment

4.01.2020

With beautiful high ceilings and well-preserved architectural charm this apartment, currently for sale in Stockholm, blends classic design with modern functionality. In the living room the large niched windows and wall panel detailing work seamlessly with the simple lines of the fireplace, while the furniture is understated but rich in texture. 


I particularly love the Crown easy chairs by Massproductions, and the warm colour palette that combines soft grey tones with warm brown hues. An enviable collection of lighting includes the Louis Poulsen AJ floor Lamp designed by Arne Jacobsen, the Taccia table lamp by Flos, and the Petite Friture Vertigo pendant light



Though compact, the kitchen makes perfect use of space, accommodating a small but gorgeous dining area with a built in bench seat, a round stone table and rattan chairs. The built-in shelves make the most of the vertical space, and are styled beautifully with a mix of books, everyday kitchen items and quirky objects. The pendant light is the Astep Model 2065 designed by Gino Sarfatti.


A serene home that brings all the calming vibes we need right now, see the full house tour here. 

Images via Innerstadsspecialisten

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Staying In | Rearranging Areas of Home to Create a Fresh Feel

3.31.2020

I’m trying not to count the days we are in lockdown, as I know it’s likely it will extend beyond the four weeks. It did however dawn on me today that it’s been a whole week since I’ve driven anywhere or been outside of my local area. I feel so lucky that we can still get outside and walk or bike down to our beautiful basin reserve - more often than not the sun has been shining and I find the water so cathartic - but feelings of cabin fever are starting to creep in. In my first Staying In post I touched on the subject of decluttering to help with your mental state of mind and keep feelings of anxiety at bay. Of course it’s not always easy with kids at home, and the chaos they create, but what we've found is that we can now invest more time in getting them involved in household chores. With our help, our youngest tidied and rearranged his room yesterday and it’s lovely to see how excited he is by the change. It's true what they say - change is good for the soul - and now is a great time to rearrange furniture to create a fresh feeling. We recently reconfigured our upstairs living room by moving one of the sofas and coffee tables, and it has made such a difference to the feel of the room.


Whether you have an open-plan space or separate living room, there is no set way of configuring furniture. While you will no doubt have fixed pieces, such as a wall-mounted television already wired in, or a shelving unit secured to the wall (like our String System above), work around these and try switching or moving pieces of furniture. For example if you have a sofa and two armchairs, you could switch these around. Move other pieces such as coffee and side side tables and rugs accordingly, and see how much even a simple change can invigorate the space. Other pieces I move quite regularly are our mirror (a change of reflection can be fun), our plinth and floor lamps.


In addition to reconfiguring pieces around home, it's also a good time to be resourceful. As a stylist in NZ (where we are so far from the rest of the world),  this comes with the territory and there has been many times where I've had to think outside the box because I haven't been able to source what I want for home or a shoot. After finally choosing a side table for our downstairs living room and waiting patiently through the long lead time (that has been especially long due to the pandemic), I was excited to hear today that it has arrived in NZ but must be held in the warehouse until couriers are safe to transport non-essential items. In the meantime I've improvised by stacking a couple of my extra-large cushions and I have to say, it's working pretty well. 


On a smaller scale, shelves are a great place to while away the time with some rearranging. Perfect for displaying books, flowers, ceramics and favourite objects, I find the best way to approach restyling of shelves is to take everything off, give them a good clean and then start from scratch. Get creative and display pieces in different ways, such as books facing out to showcase beautiful covers, or arranged according to colour. Change out your dried flowers or forage some simple branches from outside and play around with different groupings to create a nice balance of differing heights, tones and textures. It's also a good way to declutter, and more often than not I end up culling a few things to give to hospice, family or friends. Otherwise they are put in the 'props cupboard' in our garage to bring out when I'm doing another round of rearranging. Collecting pieces slowly, over time, means that you'll want to hold on to them for as long as possible. 

Styling and photography by Michelle Halford/TDC

For more Staying In posts, take a look here and here. 

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ALIUM Gallery

3.30.2020

Today I’m excited to introduce you to ALIUM, a new multifaceted art gallery blurring the lines between art, design and interiors. An exciting project by Thomas Nissen, founder of the popular Copenhagen-based online emporium The Poster Club, ALIUM is located next to Frederiksberg City hall in a historic building, and showcases a curated collection of rotating artworks and unique objects from a handpicked selection of artists.

ALLIUM Gallery //— Styling by Tine Daring / Photography by Emil Monty Freddie

The name ALIUM, meaning ‘different' or 'unlike others' in Latin, reflects the fundamental thought behind the gallery, and its mission to offer an experience that extends beyond the visual. Altering not only the way art is displayed, but also the storytelling behind the works, ALIUM delves deeper into the narratives that surround them.

ALLIUM Gallery //— Styling by Tine Daring / Photography by Emil Monty Freddie

Challenging the traditional way of showcasing art and breaking down the barriers between home living and conceptual art, ALIUM changes and encourages the way individuals experience and buy art, online and in galleries. Existing in the space between interior design and art, ALIUM creates a fluid transition and a timeless expression that inspires visitors. Combining its Copenhagen roots and Scandinavian heritage, ALIUM places a great emphasis on uncompromising craftsmanship, focusing on quality materials, shapes and a simple aesthetic.

ALIUM Gallery //— Styling by Tine Daring / Photography by Emil Monty Freddie


ALIUM represents both established and upcoming artists, with a current selection of works by Anne Nowak, Amanda Betz, Carsten Beck, Annette Hallbäck, Linda Weimann, Noa Noon Gammelgaard, Sofia Tufvasson, Rebecca Hein and Malene Birger. An exciting line up that will evolve over time, there will be many more artists announced in the near future. Besides original artworks and objects, the gallery also offers a permanent print collection, ALIUM Archive, which is a series of open edition prints created by selected artists, exclusively for ALIUM.

ALIUM Gallery and founder Thomas Nissen //— Photography by Sofie Staunsager

Artworks are available worldwide via aliumcph.com with selected pieces available at the ALIUM Gallery, now open by appointment. The gallery will also be hosting a variety of vernissages, exhibitions and events. Understandably all planned exhibitions have been postponed due to Covid-19, but you can stay up to date by following the ALIUM website and Instagram page. 

Images courtesy of ALIUM

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Friday Design Selects

3.27.2020

Currently adjusting to life in lockdown, I've been focusing on home, my family, staying active, safe and sane. I feel it's important to maintain a sense of balance and normality, so I also want to keep delivering blog content, in the hope of inspiring you all with design that I love. A Friday Design Selects blog post was ideal for today, as I have been bookmarking lots of news from favourite brands and designers lately. The first is from Danish brand New Works. With a more architectural focus than previous editions, the New Works 2020 Collection takes inspiration from the strong yet tactile world of Vincent Van Duysen. Introducing four new collections from four new collaborating designers, the pieces are simple yet sensual, intimate yet inviting. 


Designed by Regular Company, the Missing chair is New Works' take on a highly functional cafe chair. Light, stackable and durable, its straight lines have been softened to give a sculptural silhouette. Swiss duo Panter&Tourron add a stunning pendant lamp from their Award Winning Tense collection. Stretching to over one metre in length, the Tense pendant lamp gives the appearance of a soft, floating cloud. A truly modern construction, its soft Tyvek diffuser is both durable and soft, whilst being 100% recyclable. Finished with a slimline LED light source, all components fit into a tube for ease of transport. The Pleat pitcher by Omayra Maymo adds to the existing range of sculptural tableware, and there are extensions to the Florence table range and KarlJohan lighting collection. I love seeing how this brand continues to evolve. See all the new collection pieces here.


Images via New Works

I'm simply in awe of the projects coming through from Melbourne-based interior architecture practice CJH Studio. Guided by Director Cassie James-Herrick's refined eye for detail and understanding of materiality and spatial arrangement, CJH Studio celebrates the use of natural materials and soft forms. Here's a peek inside a recently completed residential project, Penthouse M, which features a warm yet minimal approach to design with beautiful curved finishes and incredible custom detailing throughout. See the entire project here. 

Photography by Cathy Schusler

I have such a huge love for sculptural ceramic art and I love discovering new artists. Online gallery The Ode To are known for scouting promising new talents who show beautiful craftsmanship in current expressions. With a focus on the handmade and tactile, their latest curated collection of sculptures and artworks focuses on interesting materials, shapes and textures. These include soft, organic shapes in the Air series by talented artist Paula Atelier, works by newly graduated design student Josefin Zachrisson, new editions of Tove Tengå's popular ceramic sculpture, The Knot, and minimalist textile wall pieces by Antwerp-based Dorothea Dejonckheere. See all the new arrivals here. 

Styling by Emilia Ilke / Photography by Frida Vega / Location by Nuda Paper

Our Androgyne Side Table by Menu is a treasured piece at home, so I was excited about new additions to this series. Designed by Danielle Siggerud, the series now includes the Androgyne Dining Table, which amplifies the beautiful silhouette of the side table to grander proportions. The Androgyne Lounge Table is a monumental design crafted from Kunis Breccia stone, marked by characteristic veins and mineral fragments in warm hues. Continuing the simple silhouette of the collection while introducing natural materials and a shape and function made for everyday settings, the versatile design makes it possible to use as both a lounge table or bench for piles of books or statement decorations. The Androgyne is a dream table - high on my wish list! See the full series here

Images courtesy of Menu




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Scandinavian Feng Shui by Nordiska Kök

3.25.2020

In an exclusive apartment in central Stockholm, interior designer Alexandra Ogonowski and Nordiska Kök have created a kitchen where modern Scandinavia meets traditional Asia in a harmonious balance of colours, shapes and materials.



The kitchen island in warm, stained oak and Jura limestone plays an important role in this beautiful home. Inspired by Japanese teppanyaki grills, where the chef entertains guests with his craft, the island is placed at the heart of the kitchen and is truly the social hub. Composed of two levels, accommodating comfortable dining chairs, the functional design combines both a bar and kitchen table in one.


Warm Japanese elements are paired with elegant Scandinavian cupboards painted in a calming grey tone. Conforming to the Feng Shui principle of living in harmony with your surroundings, all materials and colours have been carefully chosen, creating a perfectly balanced dance between the warm wood, elegant grey paint and shiny chrome details. Taking full advantage of the large room and to balance the space, the cupboards are custom-made with extra depth, offering plenty of storage. Together with generous-sized working spaces, the kitchen effortlessly follows the Feng Shui principle of being clean and tidy. 



Balancing the flow of energy, the kitchen is ideally positioned to look out over the living room and dining area. The entire space is meticulously planned and all choices have been carefully considered. For example, the fishbone parquet has the same tone as the kitchen cabinets to soften the line between the different room functions. A truly timeless kitchen, created for the modern family, I can imagine many delicious meals being cooked and enjoyed here!

Styling by Alexandra Ogonowski / Photography by Erik Lefvander

For more kitchen inspiration from Nordiska Kök, take a look at another one of their recent projects,  The Architect's Townhouse in Copenhagen.  

Images courtesy of Nordiska Kök 

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