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.
With the beautiful tiles from Smink Things you can mix and match tiles to create your own composition or choose just one tile design to create a repeat design. Smink Things is the London based studio of designer Marianne Smink. It is here she creates the designs featured in her collections of ceramic tiles and printed wallpapers. As a former fashion designer, Marianne has a long history with print and design. Her eyes are drawn to subtle imperfections and tiny upsets in a pattern’s balance. These often arise from the hand-crafted techniques she uses or the surprising interplay of screen-printing onto ceramic tiles. Inspiration comes instinctively to Marianne. Every first idea is intuitively developed in print then transferred to tile with each new iteration often a refinement of the last. Born and raised in the Netherlands, it’s been 12 years since Marianne made London her home. Still, there is something unmistakably Dutch in her collections. The traditional processes and finishes that she has mastered deconstruct the bold and simple shapes of her signature designs.
These beautiful bamboo pendant lights are designed by Dutch design duo Daphna Laurens. Daphna Isaacs and Laurens Manders are both graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Together they “aspire to merge applied and fine arts. The studio works on the design of poetic as well as straightforward industrially manufactured products”. These bamboo lights were designed for FairForward, a supplier of interior products that are all manufactured according to Fair Trade principles.
Now the days are getting darker and colder we will be spending more time indoors. During the cooler months there is nothing more welcoming than a cosy space to come home to. That’s why every year I start my ‘get-ready-for-winter ritual’ as soon as the leaves begin to fall. I’d like to add some soft fabric pillows to our couch. A blanket or two thrown over the back of a sofa or chair will instantly add some cosiness. And with a sheepskin rug draped in a large armchair a snug cocoon is created in seconds.
These are all small things to help creating a warm ambiance, but the biggest result can be achieved by adding warm and soft light to the various spaces in your home. Lighting always plays an important aspect in any interior space. But especially in wintertime, when there is limited daylight, we should pay extra attention to the quality of lighting in our homes. Harsh light can make a room look cold and unwelcoming. By using multiple sources of light (in stead of having one single, harsh light source in the middle of a room) you can spread the light and create a warm ambiance. Light fixtures with a lamp shade can really transform a space and make it cosy, warm and inviting. I like the ones featured here from Directlampen as they are very versatile. You can use these lights as a bedside lamp (so you don’t have to leave your warm bed to turn off the light) but they are also perfect to light up a darker corner in your living room.
Online store Directlampen is a great source for finding the right light for your home. They have a large collection of light fixtures with lamp shades. You can find one here in any type, colors, shape and size. And with more than twenty years of (retail) experience Directlampen offers a high level of exptertice and customer service. They have a free service number that you can call when you need need any advice when buying a light source.
Wall lamp Liv (top image) is made made of warm birch wood and black metal. This light is available in various styles. The table light in the second image has white shade and a wooden tripod which gives a Scandinavian feel to the design.
Prepare for winter and get cosy now!
This post was created in collaboration with Directlampen.
I love these beautiful ceramic bows made by Colleen Hennessey. All of these are pieces of art! Colleen grew up in Mill Valley, California, spending most of her days outdoors. She was influenced by the natural beauty around her. Both her parents made things with their hands: woodworking, gardening, and sewing. Trained in sculpture at Kansas City Art Institute, Colleen supported herself as a cook for fifteen years. Ceramics was a natural progression from Colleen’s art, gardening, and cooking. Her rustic-minimal style is inspired by the convergence of her background in sculpture with her passion for growing and cooking food. Each one of Colleen Hennessey’s bowls is simple, functional, and full of understated character. Her work is available from Quitokeeto.
Over the years televisions have become bigger, better and thinner. But the shiny black screens remained a dilemma for a lot of us (interior) design lovers. Why not design a television that is aesthetically attractive and that blends with your furniture? With this idea in mind Samsung Electronics asked renowned French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to design a television that complements the aesthetics of a modern home environment.
The SERIF TV is a product of two passions: technology (Samsung) and design (Bouroullec). Drawing inspiration from the simple elegance of typography, the Samsung SERIF TV forms a serif font capital “I” shape in profile (hence the name). This form enables the television to be positioned anywhere in the home. It can be placed on furniture, on a shelf or, with the attachable legs, left freestanding. The SERIF TV looks great in any type of room, as you can see from the images above and below. Whether in the living room, kitchen, bedroom or office, the timeless design makes the television blending harmoniously with its surroundings.
“From the outset of designing SERIF TV our aim was to craft an object that fused technology with our knowledge in furniture design and to create a solid presence that would sit naturally in any environment,” says Erwan Bouroullec. And Ronan and Erwan didn’t just redesign the outside of the TV; they even redesigned the user interface, coming up with an abstract but enticing setting called “Curtain mode.” Curtain mode takes whatever is being shown on the screen and blurs it, transforming it into shimmering abstract shapes like a digital curtain.
Looking closely at the design it is obvious that the SERIF TV was carefully crafted with the needs of real homes in mind. A woven removable cover hides the TV’s ports while a discreet pocket keeps the cables tidy. This makes the television look great from every angle, even from the back!
With Samsung’s SERIF TV the television is no longer a giant ugly black screen dominating a room. It is a design object that is made to fit in the world in which we live.