Category Archives: DESIGN

OUTDOOR FURNITURE COLLECTION BY NORM

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Danish designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn named their company Norm to express their dedication to “working with Danish norms and standards refined over hundreds of years,” says Bjerre-Poulsen, “rather than rejecting them in the endless search for new.” The sincerity of their approach – bypassing flashy design for good design – shows in the quality of their work. Together with US company Design Within Reach they have developed a beautiful collection of garden furniture. The Finn Collection is directly tied to their philosophy in that it was built on a passion for details, tactility in design and creating for the need.

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HANDCRAFTED OBJECTS AT THE VINTAGE VOGUE

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Etsy shop The Vintage Vogue sells beautiful handcrafted objects. Shop owner Charlotte combines her love of design with her love of craft which results in a wonderful selection of wooden trays, pendants and ceramics. You can see the entire collection here.

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DYED VINTAGE TABLEWARE BY JEANINE EEK KEIZER

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The beautiful blue tableware shown here in Amsterdam shop Sukha has been created by Jeanine Eek Keizer. The wife of Piet Hein Eek gives new life to existing ceramic pieces by applying a new glaze to the various old pieces of tableware. By using uniform shade variations of colours, it was possible to put together complete sets of tableware from a collection of odds and ends of crockery. At first sight it appears to be a single, beautifully coloured tableware set, but a second look lets you discover the variety and wealth in designs and decorations shining through. A near constant flow of ‘new’ old tableware has to be supplied, making snooping about in charity shops, jumble sales and auctions no longer an objectionable addiction. Isn’t this a beautiful way of recycling?! The table ware is available from Sukha and from the Piet Hein Eek shop in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

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DELICIOUS DESIGN FROM BONBONBOX

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Bonbonbox is an online store (based in The Netherlands but shipping world wide) that offers beautiful products that have a soul and a story to tell. Bonbonbox wants to tell those stories, creating connections between the designers, the products and the design lovers and make shopping a fun and more personal experience. They work with well-established but also undiscovered designers. New designers are added every week, to offer you a new delicious selection of bonbons to choose from all the time. My favorite ‘bonbons’ are the concrete pendant light from Dutch designer Renate Vos and those lovely porcelain cups designed by De Intuïtiefabriek.

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A STREET IN PARIS DECORATED WITH LAMP SHADES

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So beautiful! A street in Paris (Rue de Mail) is decorated with linen lamp shades to create an illuminated archway. Initiated by Club Masters of Linen in partnership with 29 ‘Editeurs’ and Paris Deco Off.

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A BEAUTIFUL FREE PRINTABLE 2014 CALENDAR

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I’m loving this 2014 calendar that I found on Oh The Lovely Things. It has a simple design:no fancy typography, and a limited color palette. And the good news is that is can be downloaded for free.

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A COZY CHRISTMAS TABLE WITH IITTALA CANDLE HOLDERS

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I love this fresh looking Christmas table setting styled by Maiju of Finnish blog my second hand life. Through the dark winter months natural light is scarce in Scandinavia (in The Netherlands as well) and people take every opportunity to use candle light. The beautiful white candle holder in this table setting is Nappula from iittala. This Finnish brand has some more lovely candle holders in their collection, I have featured some below.

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1. Nappula in white | 2. Kastehelmi votives | 3. Nappula in black | 4. cast iron candle holder Allas.

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Source: images by my second hand life, via My Scandinavian Home.