Category Archives: DESIGN

A COLORFUL NEW MARIMEKKO PATTERN

This colorful Marimekko pattern is perfect for summer! Ojakellukka is a new pattern of colorful flowers designed by Aino-Maija Metsola. Aino-Maija is a Helsinki-based freelance illustrator and designer who graduated with an MA in graphic design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. With her immense interest in colour, Aino-Maija creates bold yet subtle prints using different techniques ranging from watercolour to ink, markers and gouache.

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THE WORKSPACE OF DUTCH DESIGN FIRM STUDIO SLOW

This is the beautiful workspace of Studio Slow. This Dutch design specializes in interieur design, styling and graphic design. The light filled studio has high ceilings. The walls and floor are painted in a light grey NCS color which creates a perfect base for selecting colors and materials for their projects. Founder Christien Starkenburg sees beautiful in nature, art, architecture and in things mundane such as packaging. She thinks in graphics and observes with wonder and an open mind. Being born in a Nordic country, she loves simplicity, elegance and Scandinavian design. But at the same time she is inspired by Mediterranean colors and lifestyle.

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BEAUTIFUL WICKER CRAFTSMANSHIP BY ATELIER VIME

Atelier Vime in the Provence (France) offers a unique selection of vintage articles, including furniture, made of wicker, rattan or cord. Established in Vallabrègues, Atelier Vime lies at the heart of the rich history of wicker working developed in this village de Provence. Since immemorial times, the wicker culture and work have been the main trades occupying the people of this peninsula bordering the Rhône river, between Arles and Saint Rémy de Provence. Vallabrègues counted as much as 450 wickerworkers out of it’s 1800 inhabitants during the 18th century. Atelier Vime not only curates vintage pieces but also creates new designs such as the XXL Aramis suspension pendant (featured in the first image) which requires about 40 hours of braiding. The metal structure is also entirely made by hand.

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THE NEW IKEA STOCKHOLM COLLECTION

IKEA’s new STOCKHOLM collection is a carefully curated collection, designed to mix and blend in with what you already have at home – made from natural and tactile materials such as rattan, hand-blown glass and ash. In the image above you can see the STOCKHOLM sofa and STOCKHOLM rattan arm chair. I also love the rattan cabinet (featured in the 3rd picture). The beautiful blue vases in the last image are all mouth blown.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LIGHT FIXTURES

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Today is all about light fixtures, in all shapes and sizes made of various materials such as concrete, wood and brass. Here are some of the best lights that I found online. Above:concrete ceiling lamp, with natural beech wooden top

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minimal industrial cable chandelier | black wire pendant lights | Cliff suspension pendant | Atom nine light pendant |

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Cliff suspension pendant

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LEATHER HEADBOARD BY DANISH STUDIO BY THORNAM

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Give your bedroom an industrial touch with this leather headboard by Danish design studio BY THORNAM. The headboard is made in the finest handpicked aniline leather. Every hide has its own unique story and natural markings. The leather will change appearance over time and age with beauty. Usage, daylight and interior lighting affect the leather. Through time it will develop its own beautiful patina.

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FINN JUHL’S HOUSE IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

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Today some midcentury design inspiration! Finn Juhl is one of the most celebrated mid 20th century Danish and this is his home in Ordrup, just outside Copenhagen in Denmark. Juhl built the house together with his first wife Inge-Marie Skaarup. It was his ambition to create a home, where he had designed every single detail himself, and to create an overall, general look. He achieved this in 1942, when the building presented a gradual flow between different areas, rather than a collection of individual rooms. Art was Juhl’s main source of inspiration and played a predominant role at his home. He was a keen collector of paintings as well as sculptures, carpets and vases. He admired artists such as Alvar Aalto, Sonja Ferlov Mancoba, Asger Jorn, Vilhelm Lundstrøm and Erik Thommesen. The house on Kratvænget 15 is today seen as a treasure trove from a significant époque in Danish design history. It is now a museum and provides an opportunity for the public to feel and sense the design ideas, which became known as Scandinavian Modern.

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