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.
I am loving these beautiful wooden candle holders and tables from Aarikka Oy. This Finnish family business was established in 1954 to mastermind and manufacture design products. The Aarikka Home range consists of furniture pieces and decoration items for everyday use and special occasions. Their design is famous for its clear, Scandinavian lines, round forms and use of wood as the primary material. Those gorgeous candle holders will make great Christmas gifts!
Taika is one of iitala’s most popular tableware series. Now some new pieces have been added to this series designed by Klaus Haapaniemi. The Taika collection merges folklore and architecture to create a modern world of ceramic dinnerware. Produced in two color schemes, Haapaniemi unveils a world of mythical creatures, animal hybrids with some human features, living within a floral and fauna based forest. The new designs have a more softer touch and the ceramic spoons, deep bowls and plates are very suitable for the Asian kitchen.
I love the work of Swedish designer and calligrapher Ylva Skarp and I am happy to see that she has recently added beautiful new prints to her collection. In the image here you can see some of new work as well as older designs. I have previously posted about Ylva’s beautiful house in Sweden which you can see here and here.
Dutch company NLXL has added new designs to their Scrapwood Wallpaper collection designed by Piet Hein Eek. The eight new prints replicates weathered wood textures. There is no repeat so this means that no two planks on the wallpaper are the same. The previous Scrapwood collections has won the Editor’s award at ICFF New York in 2011 and can be found in the permanent collection of Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Museum. With the wallpaper you can create a warm and rustic atmosphere in a room without having to use real wood.
At the Woonbeurs (Dutch home deco fair) I also spotted these very cool designs from Groovy Magnets. This Belgian label has created magnetic wallpaper with some beautiful prints. The large animal prints are true eye-catchers! The wallpaper is comprised of iron particles on a vinyl basis which makes it receptive to magnets. Ideal to hang drawings, photos and notes. There is also a blackboard version of the wallpaper (last photos). Aren’t these designs cool?!