This townhouse from 1931 located in Copenhagen, Denmark, is decorated with a mix of old (vintage furniture pieces and original features) and new (modern furniture & accessories). The old herringbone parquet floor in the living room (top image) is stunning. This type of floor is perfect for such an elegant building from the 1930′s. All together the result is a simple yet elegant decor with warmth and character.
Located in Melbourne, the Bridge House was designed by Australian architect, Robin Boyd in 1954. The building is suspended from a steel framed bridge over a creek, hence the name. Sixty years after it was first built the house was renovated by by architect Stephen Jolson. The result is beautiful: the clean lines combined with the use of natural materials give the interior a modern but warm feel.
Door and window furniture (in Dutch: deur- en raamkrukken) should not only be functional, it is important that they are visually and aesthetically pleasing as well. After all, these fittings are the finishing touch to a home. This is why Dutch manufacturer Intersteel has collaborated with well-known designers to create a collection of high quality door and window furniture that will look beautiful in any home. Together with Intersteel I would like to introduce you to three of these designers, their work and their design philosophy.
Designer Erik Munnikhof (image above) has collaborated with various international brands such as Casala and Kembo. His work is characterized by a clean design. Erik is always looking for, as he puts it, “the optimal mix of aesthetics, ergonomics, ecology, economics, design and functionality.” For Intersteel he designed ‘Dock line’, a collection of door and window handles that is modular which enable the customer to choose between the warmth of walnut, the modern look of stainless steel or the soft feel of synthetic material. The Dock line has recently been awarded with a Goed Industrieel Ontwerp (= Good Industrial Design) award, a Dutch design award that is similar to the American Idea award and the German Red dot award.
Johanna Gullichsen is a textile designer from Finland. With her label Johanna Gullichsen Textile Craft & Design she offers an extensive range of woven textiles for modern living. Bold and simple patterns, natural materials, a down to earth sensibility – the entire collection is all about comfort, colour and ease-of-use. Johanna describes her approach to design: “Handweaving with the loom is my inspiration for exploring techniques and patterns. That’s how most of my designs are born. Craft is a living design tool for me, always included in the narrative of my textiles. I am especially interested in the construction of fabrics and I am drawn to technically challenging designs, even though the final product might seem simple. The ready-made products that I design are defined by the fabric itself; by its material or by its pattern.”
One of my favorite furniture pieces (ever) is a rattan hanging chair. Ten years ago I purchased one for my previous home and over the years I have been seeing these chairs more and more. I still love them and I am thinking about getting one again for our new veranda (more about the veranda later this year when it is completely finished). Here some examples of these chairs being used inside and outdoors. My favorite chair is the one you see in the first, second and last image. This chair is available from Serena & Lilly and is also available in white.
Recording moments in life that are precious has never been so simple, yet despite this, the reality is most of us store our photos away online or just leave them on our cameras or phones and do nothing with them. Photos of loved ones, important milestones and memorable holiday adventures should be treasured and are the perfect way make a space truly your own. Together with Canon I have created some tips on how to make the most of your post–summer holiday photos and how to give them a well-deserved place in your home:
Tip 1: Organising and selecting your photos
There are many simple, yet appealing ways to get creative with your printed photos but first you will need to organise them. An easy way to manage this is to upload your photos from your camera or phone on a regular basis, deleting the bad ones as you go, to a cloud service such as irista from Canon. Not only will your images be safely stored but irista will group your favourite photos each time you upload a batch, making it much easier to find your best shots later. Choose rich, vibrant and imaginative images and think about the story you want to tell and express these with the images you select. Irista not only lets you store and protect your photos in an online cloud but also lets you group your photos into collections that you access at any time, from anywhere on any device.
Tip 2: Choosing your frames
The type of frame you choose is another way of bringing character to your photo display. Photo walls are more pleasing to the eye when the frames complement each other and the easiest way to do this is by sticking to one colour or texture. For example, you may decide to use all black frames or just wooden ones. My favourite photo frame at the moment is one from Danish label Moebe. Their minimalistic style frames consist of four pieces of oak wood and two pieces of plexi-glass which means you don’t have to worry about cutting your photos in the exact size of the frame.
Having a printer at home means you can easily try out different photo sizes and still achieve professional standard prints, so if you change your mind about what photo you would like to put in a frame, selecting and printing replacements is convenient. I am using the Canon PIXMA MG7750, which produces high quality prints in a variety of sizes (A4, A5, 20x25cm, 10x15cm, 13x18cm) at high speed.