Finnish design company Iittala has added some beautiful new designs to their collection. The Kerros (layer or storey in Finnish) shelf by Matti Klenell is a clever member of the Iittala home range. It is designed to create extra levels of small display storage for anywhere in the home. You can use it as side table made of plywood but it can also function as a tray. Kerros is designed to move around the home and be versatile in any room. One of my favorite new products is the Nappula candelabra which works as a beautiful center piece at any table setting. It creates relaxing ambiance with either antique or tealight candles. At last I would like to highlight Leimu, a beautiful lighting piece designed by Norwegian-born Magnus Pettersen. In Leimu two completely different materials meet in a fascinating way. The strong concrete base and the the impressive glass lamp portion, inspired by traditional lampshades, make Leimu a brand new lighting fixture where sensitivity encounters strength.
Taking inspiration from shaping techniques of the acclaimed sculptor Isamu Noguchi, Swedish designer Monica Förster has created a series of pendant lights in sustainable materials that exude opalescence and lightness. The Lullaby pendants are made from stone paper with ash lamellae. The stone paper is fashioned into pentagonal, yet slightly organic-looking shapes using five slender ash lamellae. Stone paper is made from crushed limestone, which is robust and water-repellent, yet soft and sensory. In addition, stone paper has outstanding luminous qualities, which enable the Lullaby to emit a soft, muted light that communicates a cosy, natural atmosphere to the room.
Cotton & Flax offers modern home decor and accessories, designed and handmade in California, USA. Erin Dollar is the owner, maker, and designer behind Cotton & Flax. Each step of the process is completed by Erin, beginning with the pattern design and the selection of heirloom quality fabrics. She draws each pattern by hand using brush and ink, and the drawing is later transferred to a silkscreen to create multiples on textiles. When it comes time to do the printing, Erin scours local sources to find beautiful linen and linen blend fabrics to hand print with her designs. She then carefully hand prints each piece of fabric with her original designs, which she later sews into pillows, teatowels, napkins, or coasters. The striking hand drawn patterns set Cotton & Flax textiles apart as a blending of fine art and fine craft. In using traditional methods to print each textile piece, Erin hopes to share her love of printmaking, and to promote greater public interest in owning unique, handmade home goods.
Margot Kat is inspired by nature which you can see in her stunning designs. All her creations originate from a deep-rooted feeling of nature’s positive influence on our lives. Nature’s textures, shapes and colors are the basis for Margot’s homeware collection. The earth, plants and animals are her inspiration. Roots for example is a collection of ceramic tableware and vases inspired by the movements and texture of roots. During the design process special attention is given to sourcing environmental, animal and human friendly materials and a sustainable production process. You can see and order her work on the Rootfolk website.
A clothes rail used to be an inexpensive way to store you clothes but now it is not only a storage tool but it has become a an eye-catcher as well. You can find a simple rail at IKEA (the rack in the fourth images is from IKEA) or you can buy a beautiful designed rail. The latter ones are often used as styling objects storing only your most beautiful pieces of clothing. If you are handy, you can also create your own rack. There are various diy tutorials to be found online (for example here and here). Don’t worry if you are not much into diy projects, there a plenty of racks on the market. For example the minimalistic designed rails from Anna Leena.
Loving these soft colored mug designed by Finnish designer Nathalie Lahdenmäki for Lokal. Lokal is a concept store located in the heart of Helsinki, Finland. They also have a online shop with worldwide shipping options.
Kids furniture label RaFa-kids has just released a new design: the playful K desk. This stable and functional desk has been designed without compromising its beauty. The K desk, which is made from Finnish birch wood, can be set in two different positions: an open and close one. When closed the furniture is clean and elegant. Once the lid is lifted you discover another layer of the desk with rounded corners and hidden organizer. A perfect place to put notebooks, iPad or little toys and treasures. The vertical part can serve as an exposition space for drawings, photos or important messages. Great attention to detailing has been put in the design: here are no screws or connectors outside. RaFa-kids originated from the shared dream of two married architects, based in The Netherlands. Two people, who in whatever they do, put all their soul and energy into it. Agata takes care of the esthetic side of the designs. Arek is the technical brain of the duo. You can see more of their beautiful designs on their website.