Month: May 2017

Introducing Australian design brand SP01 - minimal design - contemporary furniture - black dining table with black wire chairs

Introducing Australian design brand SP01

Here’s a new find I want to introduce you to. Founded last year, SP01 is an Australian design brand that creates minimal, hand-finished furniture. Conceived in Australia and designed and made in Italy, the pieces have a focus on rigorous design and honest materials. Evoking a sense of Scandinavian design, their furniture is fresh and contemporary, at home in a beachside terrace as much as in a London townhouse. As SP01 say, they ‘combine down-under cool with tried-and-true Italian quality’. For their first collection, SP01 collaborated with Milan-based studio Metrica on a series of elegant wooden tables, coffee tables and upholstered armchairs and sofas. I first spotted the brand though at this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, where Australian designer Tom Fereday was exhibiting his outdoor collection for SP01. His range of metal chairs, stools and tables were designed and tested to withstand the toughest outside environments, the Australian outdoors but would suit any minimal home. Coming in a variety of bold colours, the powder-coated bent steel wire chairs were a stand-out of the fair. The sculptural shapes and geometric-patterned seats look striking …

Creating a calm haven with grey wood flooring - woodpecker flooring - solid oak flooring - light grey and muted palette mood board - flat lay - interiors mood board - natural textures

Creating a calm haven with grey wood flooring

I love the look of my white painted wood floors, but to be honest they’re a pain to maintain, showing up every bit of dirt and starting to chip in places. Original wood floors look great, but if I could do it all again, I’d probably opt for a more durable oak flooring in a light stain. So when Woodpecker Flooring got in touch, I was intrigued to discover their range of grey flooring. Their warming ashen shades and dusky hues, hand-finished to perfection with lacquer or oil to bring out the natural texture, are timeless but contemporary. Each range, from Salcombe to Harlech, is inspired by natural landscapes, seaside towns and woodland forests, with the intention of capturing an element of nature and bringing it inside. Woodpecker say: ‘Our family grew up in the timber industry. Passionate about the personality, life and atmosphere that wood flooring brings to the home, we’ve loved working with this natural material for more than two decades, from our very first small factory all the way up to the thirteen manufacturing facilities that we have …

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

Simple stoneware by Mleko Living

I do love simple, hand-crafted ceramics, and today you’re in for a treat. I want to introduce you to Mleko Living, a Kraków-based design studio with a mission to simplify and improve our everyday lives. The studio was founded in 2017 by Katarzyna Goluszka and Michal Zaluski after they developed a mutual interest in architecture, aesthetics and design while living in different European cities. They have just launched a lovely, new collection of stoneware products for daily use titled Canvas. The lookbook you can see below is beautifully fresh and simple, highlighting the beauty of the material and clean design. Natural and relaxed, the images show the pieces in use, with gently creased linen, ringed coffee stains and delicate greenery. Very spring-like – it really is like a breath of fresh air! They say, ‘The objects act as a plain canvas, which we paint upon. The pieces bring ease and harmony into our everyday life and leave us room for assigning meaning and value.’ The collection is handmade in a family-run ceramic factory in southern Poland and comprises a bowl, flowerpot, vase, carafe and mug. …

Vipp bathroom - 5 simple bathroom collections for the design conscious

6 simple bathroom collections for the design conscious

My bathroom is the least bit pretty but I thought I would dream a little and share with you 6 simple bathroom collections for the design conscious out there. From modular vanity units to smooth, sculptural bath tubs, I think you’ll appreciate these minimalist, well-crafted designs just as much as me. Mya Collection by Studio Altherr for Burgbad Launched this year, Barcelona-based Studio Altherr has designed a bathroom collection for Burgbad inspired by traditional Shaker furniture. Reducing the design to the bare essentials, the new Mya collection brings past and present together with a focus on natural materials, craftsmanship and an appreciation of simplicity. Studio Altherr describes the ethos as ‘warm minimalism’. It feels very Japanese too me. The collection comprises a vanity unit, stool, full-length mirror, towel rack and room divider. The simple pieces are made of solid oak, with slender, rounded legs and dovetail-jointed drawers. Real wood veneer is used for the fronts and frames, with leather handles, while the tops of vanity units are finished in white ceramic with a softly rounded washbasin. Nothing is superfluous, joints and hardware …

I wish I lived here: white and light grey create a calm interior

I wish I lived here: white and light grey create a calm interior

How about this for a lovely, calm Scandinavian interior? It’s so beautifully and simply put together, from the light grey walls and neutral-coloured furnishings, to the centrepiece sculptural objects and artwork on display. Stepping into this home, I imagine you would feel instantly at ease. There’s something very relaxed and inviting about that soft, beige linen sofa, the reclining, leather armchair and the artfully rustic, wooden dining table with its grey Fritz Hansen chairs gathered around it. I think it shows that you only need a few key, standout pieces – a delicate, glass bubble ceiling light, a well-chosen dining chair or even a giant shell! – to create a stunning, timeless interior. When can I move in? Shop the look: What do you think, could you live here? All images: Alvhem, styling Sarah Widman

My home on Amara's Home Inspiration page - Scandinavian style interiors - grey living room

My home on Amara’s Home Inspiration page

Wonder where you can get all your favourite Scandinavian brands grouped together in one handy place? Well, look no further than online retailer Amara. You might be familiar with them for their interior blog awards they hold each year, but did you know they’re also a one-stop-shop for home inspiration. With over 300 luxury homeware brands and 35,000 products on offer, their website is a treasure trove of home accessories and furniture designed for stylish living. They’ve just launched an exciting, new section to Amara.com– a shoppable gallery of inspiring images with lots of ideas on how you can achieve the same looks in your own home. They asked a group of bloggers, stylists and designers (including me!) to style up some of their favourite pieces from the site in their own signature style. Arranged by room, style and trends, the new page takes you down a rabbit warren of inspiration, with examples from real homes showing how these products can brighten up a space. Below is my home, with pieces from some of my favourite Scandi brands. You might recognise …

Travel tips: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

Travel tips: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen

A while ago in February I went to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art for the first time. Located 25 miles north of Copenhagen (about 45 minutes by train) in Humlebaek, it’s a lovely mid-century modernist building set in the woodland overlooking the Øresund sound, the stretch of water that separates Denmark and Sweden. It’s a very peaceful gallery experience, connected to the landscape and elements outside. And it’s fast become my favourite art gallery in the world. When I had visited Copenhagen previously I had never really had the time to get to Louisiana. But I really wish I had. It’s definitely one of those places that should be top of your list when you visit the Danish capital. I went in February to see an exhibition on the Chinese architect Wang Shu. It was snowing outside and the gallery was a welcome retreat from the cold. The landscape outside looked bleak but beautiful, the large picture-frame windows framing views of the frozen lake on one side and the mysterious waters of the sea on another, as if …