Author: cate st hill

Studio Kaksikko - Stockholm Furniture Fair

My top picks from Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017

Back in February, I went to Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair again – it’s the biggest meeting place for Scandinavian design in the world and it’s pretty epic. Spread across three, great, big halls at congress centre Stockholmsmässan, there are around 700 brands on show, with about 80% hailing from Scandinavia. So it’s true Scandinavian design heaven – from young, emerging brands to established greats, there’s always something new to discover. This year, I got the feeling that Scandinavian designers were trying to show that they were more than the cool, contemporary, monochrome minimalism they’ve become known for. There was a focus on sustainability, local craftsmanship and material details – New Nordic some might call it. They’re all aspects that have always been the backbone of Scandinavian design, but now there’s an emphasis on authenticity, warm minimalism and natural, earthy colours. Here I’ve picked out my highlights from the fair – including the latest product launches from my favourite names and hot talent to keep an eye out for. Made by Hand I wrote about Made by Hand back in 2015 …

COS x HAY spring/summer 2017 campaign

Fresh styling from COS X HAY Spring/Summer 2017

Spring is very nearly here, the days are lighter and everything feels brighter. As we look ahead to the new season, here’s some lovely, fresh, spring-like styling from COS X HAY’s new Spring/Summer 2017 campaign. The love affair between fashion brand COS and Danish design brand HAY continues with deep green accessories for the home, pared-back neutral ceramics and elements for springtime rituals. The curated collection, now in its third year, is available in stores and online, offering simple, straightforward, functional designs at affordable prices. Says Rolf Hay: ‘We want people to buy things that they can treasure for many years, not throw away.’ I’ll now let the images do the talking… Here are some of my favourites from the Spring collection, lots of fresh greens and soft neutrals: Shop the COS X HAY collection in COS London High Street Kensington, Vienna Neubaugasse and Gothenburg as well as online across Europe. What are your favourites? All images courtesy COS X HAY

contemporary Scandinavian rugs from Woven

Contemporary scandinavian rugs from Woven

If you’re looking for a smart, new rug to brighten up your home, I think I may have found the perfect place… let me introduce you to Woven. Woven is a London-based rug company with a beautiful, edited selection of mid- to high- range, contemporary, Scandinavian rugs by some of the most renowned designers and manufacturers in the industry. Founded in 2014, with a dedicated shop on London’s Fulham Road, their philosophy is a simple one – that ‘good design should be available at good prices’. Offering long lasting value, the finest natural yarns and elegant styles, Woven’s rugs fit seamlessly into minimal homes and for those with an eye for well-crafted design. When Woven first started out they tried to cover all areas of the rug market, but eventually found a passion and niche in Scandinavian design. Now their range focuses on designs mostly created in India, using handwoven, hand tufted and hand knotted techniques based on century-old traditions developed over generations. What appeals to me is that their rugs don’t necessarily tie into particular trends, the attraction is more in …

Travel: A stay at SP34 hotel in Copenhagen

Travel: An (honest) review of SP34 hotel in Copenhagen

The headboards at boutique hotel SP34 in Copenhagen are possibly the most instragrammed ever. I’d seen plenty of this hotel across social media, so it was first on my list of places to stay when I hopped over to the Danish capital for a work trip last month. The beautiful, minimal design lived up to all my expectations, with its pared-back style and relaxing, muted colours. There were a few things that could be improved that I’ll get onto later, but it’s still one of the best places to stay in the city. Part of the Brøchner Hotels chain, SP34 is designed for ‘luxury bohemians’ with 118 simple yet elegant bedrooms, a cosy entrance lobby and bar, a private cinema for 25 people and access to two stylish restaurants. The hotel, right in the heart of the historic city centre, opened in April 2014 and featured on Condé Nast Traveler’s list of the 60 best new hotels in 2015. Located on Sankt Peders Stræde, the name refers to its address at number 34. The bedrooms are the main draw of SP34. Minimal but refined with a …

Your Home Needs This- Cylinda line by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton-3

Your Home Needs This: Cylinda-line by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton

So in my regular series Your Homes Needs This, profiling design classics and timeless pieces of furniture that I feel everyone should have in their home, we have so far: Aalto’s vase, Lassen’s candleholder, Wegner’s chair and Saarinen’s table, to name a few. Picture this lovely scene and, if you’re partial to a cup of tea to quench the thirst, or even the odd tipple, then you might just need some cocktail and tableware in there too. Step in the subject of today’s post – the Cylinda-line designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen for design brand Stelton. Designed in 1967, and celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the series has become a true classic, synonymous with Scandinavian sophistication and a spot of mid-century glamour. The clean lines, instantly recognisable handle and elongated spout have helped secure its place in design’s hall of fame. From elegant coffee pots, tea pots and creamers to ice buckets, martini mixers and the revolving ashtray, together they are now the essence of Stelton’s DNA and the centrepiece of its portfolio of high quality Scandinavian designs. I’ve written about Arne Jacobsen …

Monday Cups - ceramics by Studio Lilesadi

Q&A with… Studio LileSadi

Today I want to introduce you to the work of Rotterdam-based creative duo Studio LileSadi. The studio was set up in 2012 by German textile designer Dinah Smutny and her sister Sarah with the aim of creating high-quality but affordable objects for people who appreciate good, well-crafted design. I first discovered their work in the beautifully soft, styled images of Dutch blogger and stylist Holly at Avenue Lifestyle, several of which you see here in this post. Then when I set up my blog shop with Showroom and saw that the Studio’s products were available online here in the UK, I knew I had to feature them. You might have seen their designs in my sidebar or if you’ve browsed my shop. From patterned textiles and marbled wallpapers to simple ceramics and minimal mirrors, their work sets out to brighten up people’s daily lives by bringing a hint of minimalism and poetry into homes. Their pieces are characterised by graphic details and soft neutral colours. Here I chat to the duo about what inspires them and discuss their new collection of minimalist ceramic cups for …

cate st hill IKEA kitchen makeover before and after

My IKEA kitchen makeover – the transformation

It’s a very exciting day, for I can finally reveal my kitchen makeover! It’s been a huge transformation and I’ve been beavering away behind the scenes, bringing it to life with IKEA. When we moved into our new house and found ourselves with this terribly vibrant, yellow kitchen, which was dark, dingy and unwelcoming to be in, I knew straight away that I wanted the complete opposite – a light, airy room that would be the sociable heart of the house. At the same time, IKEA were promoting the idea that ‘when we cook together, we make more than just food’. The concept that the kitchen is not just a purely functional space for feeding ourselves, but a space for ‘happy household togetherness’, whether it’s gathering your nearest and dearest and using every spare chair available, celebrating those wonderful everyday moments or connecting over long, lazy lunches. It’s a philosophy which really chimes with my own, and having had an IKEA kitchen before and been really happy with it, there was only one brand I wanted to turn …

Fredericia's new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen - light spaces - minimal design - mid-century furniture design - loft-style living

Fredericia’s new rooftop showroom in Copenhagen

The other week, following a trip to Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, I also headed to Copenhagen for a quick, whistle-stop stay. I’d already seen the new launches and furniture designs of Danish company Fredericia in Stockholm, but I was keen to check out its brand new rooftop showroom in the heart of central Copenhagen. Housed at the top of the historic Royal Mail House, a stone’s throw from the city’s famous Rundetaarn, the 1,100 sq m space spreads out across two spacious floors. It’s open from Monday to Friday and by appointment. The vast, loft-style space doubles up as a place to portray the brand’s story and a working office for the company’s growing team. It is a living showroom, with creative workspaces, a gallery for changing exhibitions and space for events. Fredericia was established in 1911 as Fredericia Stolefabrik (Fredericia Chair Factory) by entrepreneur N. P. Ravnsø. The company was named after the small Danish town of Fredericia, on the eastern edge of the Jutland peninsula, which played host to the Nordic International Furniture Exhibition from 1910 to the Eighties. Employing the most skilled craftsmen, …

Wooden window shutters from Hillarys - light living room inspiration - window treatments - scandi-style interiors

#cshhouserefurb: wooden window shutters from Hillarys

Bay windows are possibly the most difficult of windows to dress. Curtains never quite hang right, bunching up in the two corners where the window panes meet (not to mention the dilemma of short or long), blinds can look a little messy and often block off much of the top window, while translucent films can bubble and start to peel away at the corners. Window shutters might be just the answer – made to measure, they fit neatly into almost any size window, no matter how old and crooked, and offer flexibility in terms of light and privacy. If you saw my living room makeover in my previous post (here) you may have noticed that we didn’t have anything on the windows to begin with. On visits to Scandinavia I’ve been amazed how few homes have curtains, blinds or shutters – they think it’s mad that you would want to cover a window and prevent what little light there is coming in. Great for those who love to peer into peoples homes when they walk past …

New Sabi Leaves print by Norm Architects for Paper Collective - art prints - minimal design - monochrome art prints

New Sabi Leaves print series by Norm Architects

For a while now I’ve been looking for beautiful, minimal art prints to fill my bare walls and I think I might have found just the right thing. This new ‘Sabi Leaves’ series by Copenhagen-based practice Norm Architects for Paper Collective focuses in on the delicate detail of gently decaying leaves. Inspired by the beauty that can be found in nature’s little imperfections, the four prints highlight the leaf’s complex structure and it’s network of veined lines in minute detail. Rendered in a soft grey colour, the fragile leaves give the prints a sense of calm and tranquility. If it looks a little like zooming down a microscope, that’s because they were shot with the impressive, new XF 100 Phase One Camera, using a glass sheets to highlight the incredible amount of detail. Although they were captured on a solid surface, they suggest movement and grace, a moment captured in time before the leaf crumples and disintegrates. Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, partner at Norm Architects, explains the thoughts behind the prints series by rewording a paragraph from the book Wabi Sabi for …