sarjaton by iittala

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Finnish label Iittala has created a beautiful new set of tableware called Sarjaton, which be available from September 2012. Translated, Sarjaton means ‘without series’, a reference to the authenticity of the design language and the mix-and-match quality of this well-considered ensemble. I love the simple and elegant design and the beautiful soft colors that really match very well together.

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Iittala has brought together six young Finnish designers from fashion, product, graphic and digital design to create this collection with not only an inherent respect for craftsmanship and dining rituals, but also a respect for the values that enrich contemporary living.

a creative workspace

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Today I’m loving … this creative workspace which belongs to illustrator Paula Mills. You can see more images of her beautiful home here on Design*Sponge.

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(images by Tigs Machallan, via Design*Sponge)

a bit of color

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A bit of color on this rainy day. Have a wonderful weekend, see you on Monday!

(images: Sotheby’s, Julie Thevenot, The Apartment)

a rustic home in greece

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This lovely house is located on the Greek island of Sifnos. The dry stone cottage is overlooking terraced hills and is set in the middle of olive trees. After spending his summers in Greece for years, owner Aix decided to renovate this more than a century old home and use it as a family holiday home

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This kitchen is simple but oozes rustic charm.

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The sofa is made of a masonry bench covered with a sheet of linen and cushions made from tea towels. Furniture and objects are from flea markets and local bazaars. And as is tradition, each year the walls are whitewashed to protect the house from heat while flooding it with light.

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The original layout was preserved, with its small rooms arranged around a garden courtyard that allows everyone to move freely and live at their own pace.

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(images from Marie Claire Maison)

tove johansson

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Today I’m loving … the colorful designs from Tove Johansson, a Swedish designer based in Paris working in fashion, textiles and illustration.

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The bold patterned tea towel (image above) can brighten up any kitchen! The cushion on the same pattern is pretty nice too..

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(images by Aurélie Lécuyer for Tove Johansson)

loco by studio boot

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Today I’m loving … these new designs by ixxi. With this special design called Loco by Studio Boot, you can create more than 32.642 geometric designs. This collection of modular tiles (made from synthetic paper) are available in neon yellow, pink, orange, red, green, white and warm gray. More information can be found the ixxi website.

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(images from ixxi, via Poppy Talk and Simply Grove)

ochre barn in norfolk, england

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Ochre Barn is a multi purpose development: it houses a retreat, studio space and private residential accommodation for architect Carl Turner and his partner Mary Martin. The gorgeous barn is tucked away in the rural country side of Norfolk, England.

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When renovating the barn the original exterior was maintained as if it were a listed historical structure and the interior has been lined with particular attention given to highlight and expose the original bull nose brick details.

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Next to Ochre Barn, a new barn (the black one) was built. It only cost about $48,000 to build, which was incredibly cheap,” says Turner. “We got the Timber Frame Company to supply the shell, then we clad it and fitted out the interior and windows ourselves.

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(images by Christoffer Rudquist, via Dwell)