I tried hard not to post these pictures here as they have been doing rounds in blogosphere during the last days and I may be the last one posting them… But I couldn’t resist so here they are.
These images are from the collaboration between Swedish Residence Magazine and housing company Riksbyggen styled by Elin Kickén and Evalotta Sundlig and photographed by Kristofer Johnsson. Capturing the top 4 trends in Scandinavian interior design right now that according to the original article are sustainability, structure and colour, elegance, personal and unique style. High quality and locally made furniture which has as little impact as possible on the environment is preferred while decorating as are handcrafted and unique accessories. Instead of bright white spaces we see more and more interiors decorated in different types of beige and rusty tones mixed with simple colors like black and white. Warm hues, tone on tone, are trending right now. Matte and structured chalk paint adds texture to the walls. Simple and elegant stye which is grown up and timeless.
News from Muuto landed today into my inbox and three great new products are soon available.
Control is a new minimalistic lamp with strong references to both original Hi-Fi equipment and industrial control panels. The light is switched on and off with a heavy click by turning the solid but elegant knob, which also regulates the bulbs intensity. The small size of the lamp allows it to fit in where other lamps do not: on narrow windowsills, in tightly-packed bookshelves and on small bedside tables.
Framed is a series of colored glass mirrors designed by the prominent Norwegian design company Anderssen & Voll, who took the approach of giving new perspective to the conservative mirror.
Ply is a new woolen rug with timeless design. Ply comes in five color combinations and in three sizes with finishing tassels in the corners.
Copenhagen-based artist Silke Bonde has released new watercolor collection Under Water consisting of three art prints Melt, Stripe and Dot. The collection was inspired by diving trips where she fell in love with the beautiful new world she met beneath the surface. She says “The new “Under water collection” is inspired by the shapes, patterns and structures you find under the sea. They are all made with watercolours to reflect the organic shapes and the floating life. When you dive under the surface the red colour is the first one to disappear. The blue is the last one.”
I’m lucky to have one of these beautiful art prints and I must admit that I fell in love with it as soon as I received it. The shades used are really pretty and it brings lovely spring vibe into my otherwise quite monochrome home.
Love these beautiful new water colour art prints ‘Leaf me’ and ‘Cove‘ by Copenhagen-based artist and graphic designer Silke Bonde made exclusively for The Poster Club webshop (which I introduced you here). Silke Bonde says that these prints are inspired by the beautiful ‘skeleton’ you will find in a leaf, always varying from one another and forming its own natural expression and thereby creating small and unique pieces of art.
As I wrote a week ago, I’m currently planning my little one’s big boy room and that means I’m especially tuned for kids room decorating ideas and great products for kids room. Some days ago I stumbled across Mrs. Mighetto’s new gorgeous collection Into the Woods, which will be launched on 14th of February, and now I’m so in love with these super-cute mythical characters!
Another news for today is that a great online shop THE POSTER CLUB (you can read more about them here) has launched THE POSTER CLUB Kids, a selection of cool, cute and beautiful kids posters. As with the rest of their selection it will be a mix of some well-know classics, some new stuff and some posters exclusively sold at their webshop. And yes, the new lovely Mrs. Mighetto collection is also available in their shop!
A new beautiful chair JANINGE designed by From Us With Love design studio for IKEA. It’s made of reinforced polypropylene plastic and has a modern feel.
According to Jonas Pettersson of Form Us With Love:
“JANINGE are chairs that works equally well around a dining table in the home as a restaurant.The chairs are sleek, extremely durable and we have put a lot of care that they’ll look good from every angle – even from below.If I summarize JANINGE it’s chairs made to last long.They are durable even for the eye.”
I especially love the shape and clean lines of the armchair, I think it would fit perfectly into a Nordic style home office! Available in white, yellow and grey from mid October.
These beautiful photos styled by gorgeous Lotta Agaton and photographed by Kristofer Johnsson feature new prints and cards from Therese Sennerholt’s collection. Love both the simple geometric shapes and typography. And those pastel colours and also the deep blue.
My lovely blog friend norsu interiors turned one on 1st September and what would be a better way to celebrate than releasing a gorgeous set of beautifully styled photos featuring their current range of products. Norsu’s selection includes many things high on my wish list (Pia Wallen Cross blanket, leather strap hangers from Matilda Clahr, Icelandic sheepskins and By Nord bedding just to name a few) and I’m happy to say that they have now added some gorgeous products from danish brand Ferm Living into their selection. For those of you living in Australia I have some really great news today – namely, norsu is opening a new bricks and mortar store in Melbourne in this October! So sad it’s this far away from where I live – I would love to visit this shop as I’m sure it will be as lovely as their online store!
I’m so happy that lovely ladies Nat and Kristy found time to answer also some questions.
Tell us a little bit of your background.
We both come from corporate marketing and communications roles within large multinational organisations. After both having our first children (Lachlan & Annabel) within a month of one another, we were introduced through a local mother’s group. We not only shared the experience of being new mums together, but also discovered a mutual love of all things Scandinavian design related along the way. Not long after returning back to our corporate roles after maternity leave, norsu was born. It provides us with a creative outlet that we were unable to channel in our corporate jobs, while also allowing us to utilise the skills we had gained from 10+ years in those roles. Nat also has an IT degree under her belt which has really come in handy with the website management!
How you came to the idea to launch norsu?
After continuously obsessing over Scandi blogs and interior mags, one common theme emerged – the lack of access that Australian consumers had to purchase beautiful Scandinavian homewares. We were initially going to focus on selling art after an overwhelming amount of feedback received for a piece of Marimekko fabric that was on display in Lachlan’s nursery, but the business concept soon evolved once we realised we couldn’t stop at art!
How do you balance work and family life?
This is very tough at the moment. norsu is growing at a rapid rate, and it is proving difficult for the two of us to keep up with the demand. In addition to norsu, Kristy is only just stepping away from her corporate role at the end of this month, and Nat has recently had her second child, Harvey, which is a full-time job in itself. We tend to take norsu one day at a time, doing what we can, when we can, but always ensuring it doesn’t encroach too heavily on our quality family time. This often means a lot of late night work when our little ones are asleep, to enable us to spend time with them during the day.
What inspires you?
We draw inspiration from many forums, but at the moment, our favourite would have to be Instagram! We love getting to know people from all over the world, and the insights into their lives that Instagram allows us to experience. As we are dealing with designers on the other side of the world, it is not always easy to keep across their new products and collections via traditional means such as magazines or email. With Instagram, we are able to gather this information as quickly as others living in the same city as these designers, and are finding it to be extremely advantageous in keeping a finger on the pulse of emerging trends.
What is your advice to someone thinking about launching an (online) business but still in doubt?
Go for it! If you have a strong passion and a great idea, you really have nothing to lose other than your time. With the amazing software available these days, a website can be very inexpensive to set up, and extremely easy to manage. Keep things simple, and make sure you utilise other online forums such as social media to complement your core platform. Above all, back yourself, and make sure you have some fun along the way… Good luck! :)
Thank you ladies, it was so nice to get to know more of behind the scenes of norsu!
Since I’m currently enjoying my time with family and friends in magnificent Cote d’Azur I won’t post here more during this week. So I wish you a great week and see you already on next Monday! :)
Muuto now has a beautiful new chair in its collection – the Fiber Chair made of recyclable plastic and wood fibers. Fibre chair has been designed to balance maximum comfort with minimum space. With a vast palette of shell colors, premium upholstery and leather options, and four different bases, it is quite versatile chair. Another new piece of furniture in their range is Airy coffee table, which comes in four different sizes and shapes and four different soft colors of grey, black, oregon pine or off-white.
In addition to new pieces of furniture, Muuto has launched also some really nice new home accessories. In line with the marble trend, they have launched Groove trivets made from white, grey or green marble. New candlesticks called Grip, and new set of Balance vases together with a tray on which they can be attached with a big hidden magnet. Finally, maybe my most favorite piece from their new products is the Push coffee maker which combines different materials and textures in its brown-grey stoneware body, its transparent lid and the beech wood grip. Looks good and definitely feels good to use :)
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