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?!
I recently spotted these Bubble lights at the Woonbeurs (top image). The huge pendant lights made from blown glass are created by Dutch designer Alex de Witte. If you prefer smaller lights made from glass then the Bolla light from FontanaArte might be an option. These organic shaped lights are featured in this beautiful Sydney home photographed by Prue Ruscoe (last two images).
I recently received an email from Kevin Lindberg telling me that he had just launched his illustrated children’s alphabet, The Curious ABCs, on Kickstarter. I took a look at his project and I loved it as it’s both artwork and a teaching tool. Each alphabet character is made up of things that start with that letter, creating a multi-layered learning experience for children that is both stimulating and fun. The Curious ABCs is designed to make the the experience of learning the ABCs a more engaging and interesting one for kids. At the same time, it is intended to be a beautiful object that would look great as a piece of art in your home. I think it is beautiful, don’t you? The drawings would also be perfect as art work in a nursery or kids room.
Kevin is trying to get the funding for this project together through Kickstarter. If you like to be a part of this, you can find more information here. For example if you pledge an amount of 30$ you will get his beautiful book. I think Kickstarter is a great way for artists and entrepreneurs to get projects from the ground and it is fun being part of it.
During my visit to the Woonbeurs last Monday I came across these beautiful wooden sinks. The sinks, made by Van Wijk Dutch Design, are available in seven models and in nine different types of wood. All products are made in a workshop in Amsterdam where they get a special treatment to make them water resistant. I personally love natural materials to be used in bathrooms and a wooden sink would look absolutely beautiful. If you prefer stone, I recently did a post about sinks made from stone which you can find here.