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Raw concrete interior at Restaurant 108 by Space Copenhagen - Joachim Wichmann14

On my radar: 5 homeware finds for April

While I didn’t get out to Salone del Mobile Milan this year – the annual furniture and design extravaganza – a host of new homeware launches have caught my eye recently. So here are five new finds for April, from affordable smart lighting solutions that can easily be incorporated into the home to modular sofas and simple side tables, enjoy! Lune sofa by Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen Fritz Hansen has launched a new modular sofa called Lune designed by Jaime Hayon. Born out of Hayon’s previous designs for the Danish company – the Ro wingback chair and the cocooning Fri armchair – Lune has the same curvaceous lines and smooth, sculptural contours. The name in Danish means the feeling of everything being just right or something being at an ideal temperature – a little bit like hygge, it could be lying on the sofa under a favourite blanket or the snow falling outside while a fire burns warm inside. The Lune sofa comes in a multitude of possibilities, from a small two-seater to a large, …

New minimal objects from Kristina Krogh - minimal design - art prints

New objects from Danish designer Kristina Krogh

Kristina Krogh is a hugely talented Danish designer and artist based in Copenhagen who creates minimal objects and prints for the home. Her work is characterised by graphic shapes, aesthetic lines, clean patterns and distinctly different textures. She has a fascination with the interaction between light and dark, colour and contrast, and the juxtaposition of materials. Artwork You might recognise some of Kristina’s gold foil calendars, but it is her art prints that caught my eye. Most of her limited-edition prints are printed on luxurious, heavy fine art paper using mineral-based archive inks. They have a lovely textured feel, with metallic foils catching the light. Ellipse, below, is made from a drawing Keogh made of thousands of little dots. It is inspired by the natural phenomenon ‘Sort sol’ or ‘Black sun’ that takes place on the marshlands of southwest Jutland in Denmark. Migrational starlings gather there in Spring and Autumn when they move between their winter grounds in southern Europe and other countries near the Baltic Sea. Sort sol takes place just after sunset when the birds fly …

Norm Architects new bathroom collection for Inbani

Norm Architects’ new bathroom collection for Inbani

Copenhagen-based Norm Architects has designed a new bathroom suite for Spanish brand Inbani, and it’s everything you would expect from the multidisciplinary design studio celebrated for its clean, pared-back, minimal designs. With a focus on quality, durability and timelessness, Norm Architects’ work draws inspiration from traditions and norms that have been refined for centuries within the fields of design, architecture and aesthetics. This new range, entitled ‘Prime’, is no exception (or should I say a prime example – get it?). Minimal and simple in form, the two white bathtubs and sink that comprise the collection are contemporary interpretations of the traditional antique roll-top baths that have become the centrepiece of the smart, stylish bathroom. The soft, rounded shape of the pieces is inspired by the way the pressure of water shapes and expands an elastic material, like filling a water balloon. They say: ‘This natural and recognisable shape of the designs along with the soft rolled edge makes the pieces extraordinarily appealing to the human eye, as well as inviting, familiar and modern at the …

Travel guide, a design packed weekend in Antwerp

Travel Guide: a design-packed bloggers tour of Antwerp

When you think of the design capitals of Europe, cities such as London, Paris, Milan and Stockholm might spring to mind. But, there’s another city out there that should be on that list, the slightly more under the radar Belgian city of Antwerp – a Flemish jewel with an emerging design scene that’s giving others a run for their money. With a strong artisanal heritage and cultural legacy, from the 17th century paintings of Rubens and Van Dyck, through the thriving, polished world of the diamond industry, to its cult status in the fashion world with Belgian fashion royalty Dries van Noten, the merchant city Antwerp has developed into a super stylish cosmopolitan centre. Today, young, emerging Belgian designers are putting their stamp on the city, while contemporary concept stores and gastronomical delights are attracting visitors from across the world. There’s certainly more to the city than frites and beer, there’s culture galore, art and architecture, and design by the bucket load, untapped and waiting to be discovered. In October I visited the city as part of a …

A light, summer workspace with Design Letters

Christmas gift guide for design lovers

It may just be the beginning of December, but I’m feeling decidedly festive already. I’m itching to get the Christmas decorations out and make the house sparkle and glow, but there’s so much to do like painting and decorating for the renovation project first. Which leaves me to write up my Christmas shopping list and get ahead with some online purchasing for my loved ones. I love buying and gifting presents, especially if they’re the more unusual finds that that person may not have come across before. So, I’ve gathered together a selection of choice design pieces and minimal products for the design lovers out there. Hand-picked from some of my favourite independent shops and Scandi brands, there’s iconic design classics such as Alvar Aalto’s vase for Iittala and by Lassen’s Kubus candleholder, as well as beautiful handmade pieces from the likes of Another Country, Cooee and Mon Pote. And making it super simple, you can purchase them all right here from my blog… I hope you might have found a present or two for …

Louis Poulsen PH5 lamp - a design classic

Your Home Needs This: Louis Poulsen PH5 light

This week I’m turning the focus of ‘Your Home Need This’ to lighting – and in particular, Louis Poulsen’s PH5 light, a mid-century-style pendant with a striking, curved silhouette. In case you forgot, Your Home Needs This is all about profiling beautiful design classics and timeless pieces of furniture that I feel everyone should have in their home. I want to bring the focus back on the designer and give you a little back story about how they were created. So here we go… The PH5 was designed by Danish designer Poul Henningsen in 1958. He began collaborating with Louis Poulsen in 1925 and continued to work with them up until his death in 1967, creating designs that are still famous today. Henningsen studied architecture at the Danish College of Technology in Copenhagen and started designing his own lighting after he found traditional lights to be incompatible with his smart modern interiors. He never actually graduated as an architect though, and became more known for his lighting as well as his work as a journalist, critic and author. He once said how he was …

The beautiful Frama store in Copenhagen, housed in the former home of the St. Pauls Pharmacy. Image: cate st hill

Frama store Copenhagen

I first heard about Frama store in Copenhagen when I saw the most beautifully calm, minimal images on my friend’s blog Hannah in the House. I just knew I had to pay a visit when I headed to Copenhagen for the northmodern furniture fair. So, Hannah and I popped into Frama for an evening of drinks at the store to showcase the work of Copenhagen-based Plethora magazine. Eager to have a proper nosy around, I returned the next day to wander around the fascinating space and take a few snaps. Housed in a former home of St. Pauls Pharmacy in central Copenhagen, Frama is an architectural gem of a store, where old meets new. The building has been remarkably restored, with all the original dark woodwork, decorative ceiling motifs and even the little drawers where all manner of pharmaceutical paraphernalia would have been kept. Floorboards have been sanded back, while the back rooms have been left fairly minimal with white and soft grey walls. They describe the store as a ‘work in progress’, serving as a both a retail space and a platform to …

London Design Festival guide

Top 12 things to see at London Design Festival 2016

It’s that time of the year again – London Design Festival. From 17 to 25 September the capital transforms into a hive of creative activity, from large-scale urban installation and inventions, through pop-up exhibitions and design destinations, to open studios, design tours and trails. There’s A LOT to see and get your head around, so here I’ve done the hard work for you and picked my must-see highlights for London Design Festival 2016. designjunction, King’s Cross, 22 – 25 September Now in its sixth year, designjunction returns to vast new home in my old haunt, King’s Cross. The theme this time is Immersed in Design. Across four main sites, there will be 200 international brands exhibiting, hundreds of new products launches, plus pop-up shops and street food vans to fuel up on as part of the inaugural King’s Cross Creative Quarter (KXCQ). Monopoly-style houses will be descending on Granary Square, while Satellite Architects has designed a spectacular scaffold-like facade structure to conceal designjunction’s temporary two-storey pavilion. Made of 4,000 lightweight modular components, the structure will …

My top picks from northmodern: Mater

My top picks from northmodern 2016 – part 2

I’m back with the second part of my northmodern review (did you see part one here?). I scoured the Copenhagen furniture and lifestyle show, held at the light and airy Bella Center, for the best Scandinavian design and the most exciting, up-and-coming designers to watch out for. Here, we’ve got beautifully simple ceramics, timeless furniture with fine detailing and charming home accessories to uplift your everyday. Scroll on and enjoy… 1. Mette Duedahl Designer Mette Duedahl was already on my radar, she designed this coffee pot for Muuto, but at northmodern she also shared some lovely, elegant ceramics. She graduated in 2011 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Center for Glass and Ceramics, Bornholm and through her work aims to combine high use-value with a simple, aesthetic and timeless design.    2. Mater Mater was one of the more established Danish brands at the show. Founded in 2006 by Henrik Marstrand in 2006, Mater creates timeless and beautiful designs based on an ethical business strategy that supports people, local craft traditions and the environment. They collaborate with established and fresh design talent …

Jardan furniture

On my radar #03

I’m back with the third of my regular ‘On my radar’ posts. Here, I share my latest favourite furniture finds that have popped into my inbox or I’ve discovered while out and about. This week I have four fab discoveries for you – Vipp unveils its first lighting collection, a new Swedish brand Maze launches, DesignByThem releases a new desk, and I discover the beautifully crafted designs of family owned Aussie brand Jardan. Scroll on for your design fix… Lamp series by Vipp Danish brand Vipp, best known for their sleek, monochrome kitchen- and bathroom-ware, have just announced their first lighting collection. True to the Vipp philosophy, the lamp series is based on the idea of rejecting disposable culture by introducing products made to last. The five lamps, for table, floor, wall and ceiling, are all made from powder-coated aluminium and fitted with a replaceable LED bulb. A perforated shade provides a soft diffusion of light, while stainless steel fastenings allow the lamps to tilt and bend for focused task lighting. Says Morten Bo Jensen, …