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New + Noted

7.14.2020

It's been a quiet time on the blog of late due to the school holiday juggle. It feels like the kids only just went back, but I know that in some parts of the world schools haven't yet been able to reopen, so we are very lucky. To make up for it, I have put together a New + Noted round up of design finds that have crossed my radar these last couple of weeks. 


Villa Copenhagen
Following three years of renovation, Denmark's new luxury hotel has opened its doors. Located in the old central post office, in a building that dates back to 1912, Villa Copenhagen fuses the past, present and future by honouring its architectural heritage, coupled with a contemporary and vibrant setting. Created by Universal Design Studio, the interior showcases a refined meeting between the modern, Scandinavian interior and well-preserved, historical elements. With a focus on conscious luxury, sustainability carries through from the design to the hotel's bakery and brasserie, with a menu based on raw materials from local producers. 

Photography by Stine Christiansen

The Gallery Collection by Kristina Dam Studio 
Kristina Dam Studio has released their AW2020 Collection, with an inspiring offering of sculptural and minimalistic designs. Articulating the ethos of danish design, each piece in The Gallery Collection is truly one of a kind, made from strong materials ensuring longevity and durability. New designs include the Globe Sculpture, available in three earthy colours and sizes, the Arch Table, which comes in Tobacco Brown (large) and Beige (small), the Cupola, a set of three earthenware sculptures to display separately or in a group, and the Pyramid shaped Sandstone desk organisers inspired by ancient Mesoamerican architecture. There's also new glassware, textile and additional furniture designs. See the full collection here.  


Ercol Centenary Collections now Available from Good Form

This year UK furniture maker Ercol celebrates a century of timeless design. To mark its centenary, the family owned business has revealed a series of high profile design collaborations that showcase a renewed fascination with its mid-century heritage. With the designs from this period reflecting the company’s enduring design and attention to quality craftsmanship, the result is a coherent and polished contemporary expression of timeless luxury with a sustainable focus. Norm Architects, which has previously worked with Ercol on last year's Pennon Table, adds to this body of work with the Canvas and Reprise Collections, as recently featured on TDC. Accomplished Swedish designer and architect Jonas Wagell's Grade Collection adds a soft furnishing element to this year’s offering from Ercol with simplified and soft, upholstered organic shapes elevated by solid timber bases. Norwegian Designer Lars B. Fjetland's IO Collection adds a moment of strength to the contemporary Ercol ranges with a selection of circular tables with a weighty, serene presence that speak to a deliberate, considered lifestyle.

Styling by Sofie Brünner / Photography by Christian Møller Andersen

The Ercol range is available in New Zealand, exclusively from Good Form. Directors Dan and Emma Eagle have a long association with the brand, having collected vintage examples for ten years before adding new production pieces to the store's offering in 2017. See the new collection pieces here

Nomad Workspace in Copenhagen updated with Nuura Lighting

Popular co-working community Nomad Workspace is located in a former courthouse building in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, designed and constructed by Bindebøll's design studio in 1848. With the help of architect Natalia Sanchez, Nomad Workspace opened its doors in 2016, and at the end of last year underwent some further updates in the common areas, adding a new café, an outdoor terrace and a dining area. As part of this makeover, Nomad Workspace invited Nuura to come up with new lighting, and the results are beautiful. Focusing on the areas open to the public and visitors, the range of lighting has created a welcoming and comfortable ambience in the colourful spaces.  


"We have furnished workspaces, meeting rooms, the café and the new terrace in a style that we hope will make everyone feel both welcome and at home. The idea is for anyone to be able to come in and enjoy everything from a morning coffee to lunch or dinner alongside those who use the building daily, and those who feel like dropping in for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in the afternoon sun." —Hans Peter Hertz, owner of Nomad Workspace. 

Images courtesy of Nuura 

Mendi Argia by Openhouse Studio
Located in San Sebastián, on the Northern coast of Spain, Mendi Argia is a new boutique hotel by Openhouse Studio. Created in collaboration with Sara Ojanguren, Openhouse carried out the interior design of the house, preserving its historic framework while at the same time giving it a contemporary feel. Ornate plaster mouldings have been beautifully restored, and natural materials such as terracotta, oak and black marble from Markina, a small town close to San Sebastian, have been used throughout. Working together with with their brand partners, Thonet, Gervasoni, Menu, Santa & Cole and Nanimarquina, Openhouse has created an elegant and peaceful escape. Learn more about the project here

Photography by Mari Lux Vidal

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