Two English chaps, who fell in love with two blonde Scandinavian girls… This is the intro to the Copenhagen based company, SKANDINAVISK. They’ve captured the essence of the Scandinavian word KOSE. It’s about creating those small moments. Create space, and time for each other. To enjoy some quality time, in between everyday chores and stress.
Now Skandinavisk has designed a scent free candle that’ll burn for at least 140 hours. That’s a lot of KOSE!
© Go Scandinavian
As a Scandinavian living in the UK I’m finding it hard to find good quality candles. In Scandinavia, any grocery shop will have a great selection of everything from tea candles to church candles.
Luckily -I’ve now discovered the online shop, with FREE shipping at the moment, skandinavisk.com
Danish Modern at its best, the Ro Chair by Fritz Hansen, is launched. Currently exhibiting with a seperate pop-up showroom in conjunction with the Clerkenwell Design Week in London.
The Ro chair designed by Spanish designer Jaime Hayón, in subtle shades and elegant lines, provides a space for relaxation. It’s like a comfortable curved shell shielding from and giving a break from everyday stress.
© Go Scandinavian visiting the Fritz Hansen Pop-up Showroom in St Johns St at the Clerkenwell Design Week
About Fritz Hansen, also known as Republic of Fritz Hansen is a Danish furniture design company. Designers who have worked for Fritz Hansen include legends such as Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, Hans J. Wegner, and Piet Hein. Fritz Hansen also collaborates with contemporary furniture architects including Hiromichi Konno, Cecilie Manz and Kasper Salto.
Defining Scandinavia launched this January, exhibiting a well curated selection of everything within Design & Living. Situated in the trendy and historical Øksneshallen (used to be a slaughter house in the oden days) in Copenhagen, the show was an immediate success with exhibitors, buyers and press alike.
And now the next show is coming together! Season 2 of Defining Scandinavia will take place 8th – 11th August 2013.
Defining Scandinavia presents the most distinctive trends, and in the August 2013 edition they will focus on ‘Functional Moxie’. ‘Moxie’ is colloquial slang for courage, daring and spirit. Using the term ‘Functional Moxie’, Defining Scandinavia accepts the challenge, focusing on the way existing trends, put in a new functional context, addresses the genre of design and living. We aim to embrace functionality by daring to choose only value-adding everyday objects. Sounds interesting?
© Louise Roe
Louise Roe is one designer that will be exhibiting again at Defining Scandinavia. Especially her textile products are truly sensational, bout in texture and colour. Make sure to pop by the stand if you are there or see more design essentials at louiseroe.dk
Buyers and press can register online at definingscandinavia.com
With Superfront, you have the chance to invest in a high quality furniture at a sensible price. Swedish company Superfront makes fronts, handles and legs for all of Ikea’s existing cabinet bases, extending to many base products from Ikea.
Nine surface designs, nine legs, eight handles and and twelwe different colours are currently available of your choice.
Renew your existing Ikea kitchen or an old wall lined with Ikea closets. Tweak a sideboard or even a bathroom cabinet from their line. And it’s environmentally friendly, the whole concept of upcycle rather than waist.
All Superfront products are made in Sweden. Customise your cabinet into a one off unique design piece on superfront.com
Norwegian Designer Kristine Five Melvær investigates the subject of object communication, bridging the disciplines of product design and graphic design. The result from this emerging design talent is Nordic cool -reinvented.
Inspired by the Cobbler’s Lamp from the 17th Century, the Liquid Light series is part of the Still Life project. Liquid Light is a birch wood plate holding a glass carafe and a brass socket for a candle. When the carafe is filled with liquid and the light is lit, the carafe works as a lens that amplifies the light, giving a glowing light, creating the perfect evening atmosphere.
The Liquid Light series by Kristine Five Melvær Design. Photos Erik Five Gunnerud.
Bloom is a series of three table lamps inspired by forms from the nature. Like big drops, the shades may be associated with buds, fruits or water, while the seams in the construction are reminiscent of fibers. The steel structures have different heights, which contribute to the organic feel.
The Bloom lamps by Kristine Five Melvær Design. Photos Erik Five Gunnerud.
The Spring lamps stretch towards the ceiling like living flowers, the tallest measuring two metres. When the lamp is turned on, the flesh-toned textile changes from opaque to transparent, giving the impression of a glowing forest.
The Spring lamps series by Kristine Five Melvær Design. Photos Erik Five Gunnerud.
Like fruits or plant bulbs, the Obelix vases look like they are growing upwards, telling the growth story of the flowers inside. The quality of the lacquer creates rough and smooth surfaces mimicking the skin of plants, fruits and vegetables. The juicy colours and brave stripes make the vases stand out with or without flowers.
The Obelix vases by Kristine Five Melvær Design. Photos Erik Five Gunnerud.
The design by Kristine Five Melvær is exhibiting for the first time during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013, taking place this week. See moe at kristinefivemelvaer.com
Don’t you just love it too… Peeking inside other people homes!? Not because you are nosy but really just because you are on a constant search for inspiration for your own home?
Well, I’m certainly picking up ideas on how to improve my own home by visiting other people homes. However, as you can only invite yourself to so many people… Best thing, and far more relaxing, is to browse through inspirational homes online.
There’s a Swedish blog that are a constant stream of delightful home and style inspiration, My Scandinavian Home. The blog is a niche blog carefully curated by Swedish blogger Niki, featuring Scandinavian homes around the globe.
And as a lover of the typical Scandinavian style; functional, minimalistic and natural -I love every post that’s published.
Here’s a small selection of the various homes that’s been featured so far on My Scandinavian Home:
Home of family home in Ystad, Sweden, as seen here
Lovely Swedish sitting rooms, here.
With Summer fast approaching it’s time to turn the attention to our outdoor space, wether you have access to a french balcony, terrace or garden. It’s all about soaking up those vitamin boosting rays as soon as the sun’s out.
We’ve made a quick list including a few ideas on how to make your outdoor life top notch and most enjoyable!
The Hee Chair by HAY
The Hee Chair by HAY from Moleta Munro is a versatile piece of modern furniture, available in several vibrant and contemporary colour. The stackable Hee Chair, in a rubber coated metal finish, is with it’s linear and contemporary form rapidly gaining status as an iconic Danish design classic. Price £145.
Homemade Garden Table
Why not make your own garden table to your specific measurement? Buy table legs from Ikea, like the VIKA MOLIDEN underframe £20. Lots of companies speciases in reclaimed wood. Above illustration is from reclaimed.uk.com
The Eva Solo Bird Feeder
The Eva Solo bird feeder from Moleta Munro is a not only a contemporary design piece but also a popular feeding place for the small birds in the garden. The hand-blown glass is easy to hang using the accompanying hanger. Price £39.00
New textiles from IKEA, cushions and throws
For interior and style on a budget, there’s always IKEA. The SPRINGKORN fleece throw is soft and snug. Perfect for adding a touch of colour and to wrap up warm on chilly evenings. Machine washable. Price £7. And why not add some unexpected prints? A fun pink flamingo cushion or a coctail sipping lady is perhaps exactly what you need? Price £3.
Go Green – Grow your Own
Last but not least, grow herbs in pots, home-grown ones taste better and cost less. It will not only look and smell nice in your outdoor living space but also be an invaluable ingredient in your cooking (and drink mixing) long after summer has gone!
Tip: Paint dull ceramic pots in desired colour(s). It’s all about those little details.
With a new home comes the need for storage and the pursuit for smart solutions is now an ongoing quest. We’ve already visited a certain Swedish furniture giant to pick up the practical Stolmen wardrobe solution. With no build in storage in our flat, our eyes have been on the storage solution from Montana. Recently we also discovered the modular storage system No.5 from Swedish company Voice. So if you don’t mind the price tag we are suddenly spolit for choice!
No.5 is based on the square root of five with slim dimensions and harmonious proportions. The system can be fitted with doors, drawers or shelves in 72 different combinations. It can be mounted on a wall, placed on a plinth or frame or fitted with castors. Either way this system will store, keep and present your belongings in a functional and sleek way.
To find out more, visit www.voice.eu/no5/
Styling: Lotta Agaton Photo: Petra Bindel
Voice is a Swedish furniture company founded in 1997. The designer of No.5 for Vouce is Jesper Ståhl, a industrial designer who trained at the London Royal College of Art. His portfolio includes kitchen utensils, lighting, electronic products, wash stands and tools. Several of them are acclaimed pieces and have won awards, both in Sweden and internationally. For Voice, Jesper Ståhl has also designed the wooden chair Bodoni and the acclaimed cabinet No. 216.