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First up today, I'm sharing some beautiful images styled by Susanna Vento for the NexTwise Design Contest. Created by Finnish flooring company Timberwise, designers and artisans were invited to come up with ideas for using leftover parquet pieces. I really love this initiative as a way to help reduce environmental impact, and as you can see below, the results are inspiring! Susanna was also on the jury for the competition, which included three categories, small object, floor object and furniture. Here's a look at the winning designs.

Kingi Side Tables and Vieno sofa table and Kingi side tables designed by Terhi Tuominen and Jitan Patel 

Block bed headboard, design by Marika Häkkinen and Joonas Huhta

Powerwise extension cable, design Kalle Järvenpää

Styling: Susanna Vento / Photography: Mikko Ryhänen / Photographer’s assistant: Jari Hämäläinen

Images via Varpunen

The Essence is a new collaboration between Sørensen Leather, Movers & Cashmere and Norm Architects where fashion, architecture and materiality merge together in moments that transcend time. Reflecting a shared passion for natural materials imbued with an intrinsic beauty, this is the second time Sørensen Leather has joined forces with Movers & Cashmere, a global apparel brand whose ethos is all about simple, minimal, enduring styles worn with effortless elegance. The new collection is a tactile mix of exquisite Inner Mongolian Cashmere and Sørensen Leather accents, where the leather enters the picture as more than merely a material, but rather as a silent partner with a presence. The beautiful collection is inspired by Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico, who is known for his use of architecture and shadows as motifs in empty spaces that evoke emotion. 

“Our collaboration with Movers & Cashmere and Norm Architects reflects our mutual mindset about the compelling appeal of natural materials, seen in this collection of soft, sculpted separates that effortlessly come together. The Essence merges the sensory experience of our leather with exquisite Inner Mongolian Cashmere, set against a clean, serene aesthetic that defies time and space. An artistic expression of our relationship with objects, ourselves and our surroundings, envisioned and captured by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen. It all echoes our own passion for taking leather beyond the typical.” —Louise Vesterskov Sørensen, Sørensen Leather

Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen / courtesy of Sørensen Leather

Stanhope is a new residential development in Melbourne's South Yarra by Kincrest. Showcasing timeless architecture by Telha Clarke, there is a restrained use of materials and a focus on quality and luxurious interior spaces. Injecting a soft version of Scandinavian minimalism, Lotta Agaton Interiors has completed the interior design with a light and contemporary feel where natural materials are in focus, including bespoke stone kitchens and bathrooms, and Dinesen flooring. 

"We have chosen high quality solid wooden floors and handpicked a sand coloured stone. Both materials feel modern but will age naturally to remain timeless in their expression." —Lotta Agaton Interiors

The renders are so beautiful, I'm very much looking forward to seeing the end result. 

Images via Kinrest 

I've been admiring the work of Belgian designer Arno Declercq for some time, so it's great to receive news this week that his pieces have made their way to us here in New Zealand. Available exclusively from Simon James, Arno's dark and bespoke monolithic pieces serve both as furniture and sculptural works of art. Artisanally created by hand with Iroko wood, Arno’s connection to ethnographic design is derived from his father’s ancient West African art collection. 

Images courtesy of Simon James 

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