An hour north of Oslo, located on a majestic hill side facing the Norwegian woods and Mjøsa lake, lies the Gjøvik house; a modern and minimal cluster house created by Norm Architects. “The Gjøvik house, consisting of overlapping cubes of different sizes, makes for an intimate and dynamic family home with materials, levels and inbuilt, tailor-made furniture creating a minimal yet warm and secluded feeling. The house gracefully embraces the hill side terrain, merging with its surroundings in a humble and natural manner. Having thoroughly considered the climate in the process of designing the house, the idea behind the cluster style house was to give the home a cosy and inviting feel, where you can truly hibernate while taking shelter from the frigid days of Nordic winter. ”
Danish company Fritz Hansen is celebrating 60 years with Arne Jacobnsen’s iconic Egg, Swan and Drop chairs. For this anniversary they have chosen to work with the most exclusive materials. Not only do the new materials reflect the iconic design itself. They also enhance the personality of each and every chair from head to toe. Overall, the materials carefully selected for these anniversary editions are chosen to make individual statements. The keyword is ‘purity’ because pure materials will become personal with time. The materials vary from the soft and serene PURE leather, the rich and smooth SERA wool fabric, to a 23 karat gold coated base, all of which will create patina and an expression of their own with time. The serenity of nature was the starting point for the design process of the 60th anniversary. The idea was to unite the renowned heritage with a design that was relevant in time. The result is a design appealing to all senses with a mission to turn pure materials into personal design objects. The Egg and Swan chair comes in a limited number up to 1958 pieces each. Each chair will feature a special 60th anniversary leather engraving, with numbering and is available until stock runs out. The chairs are available from The Conran Shop.
Last week I was in Eindhoven covering the Dutch Design Week with a group of 15 bloggers (#BlogTeamDDW). The blogging community has changed since the early years (I started blogging in 2006!) and to be honest I have had some moments doubting if I should continue with this blog. But I came back from Eindhoven fueled and inspired. I had missed this feeling and I loved being part of a group again. So thank you Holly (Decor8) for organising this great trip!
Timber Strips Wallpaper is a another collaboration with Piet Hein Eek. With this collection NLXL is going back to its roots: an esthetically strong collection of faux wood wallpapers. Rick Vintage, NLXL Creative Director: “Seven years ago our first collection, Scrapwood Wallpaper, proved to be a game-changer in the industry. It set the standard for digital wallpaper collections and is probably the most imitated wallpaper design to date. Today we introduce its successor: Timber Strips Wallpaper. The next step in hyper realistic faux wood wallcovering.” Piet Hein Eek: “This collection is more than ever inspired on the idea that our wallpapers should provide an artificial alternative for a wooden wall. In this case by using 3d timber strips.”
I have posted about Atelier Vime before but I love their unique selection of vintage articles so much that I could not resist featuring more of their craftsmanship. I especially LOVE the huge wicker pendant light featured above.
Laura Carlin is an award winning ceramicist and illustrator, whose eye-catching designs and quirky sculptures have developed a cult following in the UK and abroad. From whimsical illustrations to textured patterning, Laura has shown herself to be as versatile with clay as she is on paper. Her hand-decorated ceramic vessels, figurines and lamp bases are all entirely unique. Laura’s work is available from The New Craftsmen, a wonderful online shop dedicated to exceptional British craft. I especially love her glazed earthenware animal tiles. The mural featured below is composed of 84 ceramic tiles and showcases Laura’s distinctive and uniquely engaging style.
The New Craftsmen curates, commissions and sells unique contemporary objects that are rooted in craftsmanship and narrative. Spanning furniture, lighting, textiles, gifts, ceramics and decorative accessories, our range is made by a growing network of over 100 makers across the British Isles.
The vases Glasilium and Consilium with a copper stem and cork neck showcasing a single flower, straw of grass, branch or leaf in their most transparent form of beauty. The stem is placed in the vase as if it were growing in nature, bringing and capturing this concept indoors. These vases are available in a variety of colors and are beautiful either solo or as an arrangement. This is an award winning design by Swedish brand Scandinaviaform created by Eva Levin. Available from Fine Little Day.