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IKEA day bed - Upcoming collections to look forward to from IKEA - HJÄRTELIG collection

News + upcoming collections from IKEA’s Democratic Design Day 2017

The other week I went to Älmhult in Sweden, the birthplace of IKEA, for the company’s Democratic Design Day 2017. This annual global event is used as a platform to invite press into their ‘house of curiosity’ and reveal all the latest news and future collaborations and collections coming up. And let me tell you, there’s lots to look forward to! IKEA has always had the aim of making design accessible for the many. It’s something I really believe in too – design that is not an elitist thing only a few can afford, but something everyone can tap into. Now their design process is based on five key pillars: Form, Function, Quality, Sustainability and Affordability – a common language through the company to measure what is good in design. It informs every product right from the beginning, to ensure IKEA keeps pushing for simpler, smarter, and better looking objects for the home. This means they want to combine beautiful form with good function, long-lasting quality, produced in a sustainable value chain with a low price. Says Marcus Engman, Head …

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 …

Danish brand Woud's A/W 2016 collection – simple objects that stay true to the brand's Nordic heritage

WOUD’s AW16 collection

WOUD is a Danish brand I discovered and fell in love with at the northmodern furniture fair in Copenhagen back in August. They create minimalist furniture, lighting and home accessories, striving to give each product a meaning, purpose and function. From clever storage solutions and designs for compact living to timeless oak dining chairs and contemporary sofas, their products are simply beautiful and beautifully simple. They say: ‘In our designs, whether it being in form, function or choice of material, we strive to add a touch of innovation while staying true to the simplicity anchored in our Nordic design heritage. Our designs radiate “love at first sight” through colours, textiles and aesthetics.’ This second collection of theirs presents 11 new products designed by a range of international design studios and emerging names. The Pidestall planters, above, for example, were designed by Norwegian designer Emilie Stahl Carlsen, who recently graduated in Product Design from Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. Created for both indoor and outdoor use, they come in red, grey and deep …

Beautiful leather sofas by Swedish brand Fogia

Fogia is a Swedish furniture company that has been collaborating with carefully selected Scandinavian designers to create thoughtful pieces for the last thirty years. Central to their ethos is a commitment to quality and fine craftsmanship – ‘we created furniture that lasts. And is loved for a long time,’ they say. Furniture is manufactured by hand in their own factory in Gdansk, Poland and sold in their concept store at Finnboda Varv in Stockholm as well as shops across the world. Over the past year they’ve collaborated with Andreas Engesvik, Stefan Borselius and Note Design Studio on pieces ranging from sleek leather sofas and enveloping armchairs, to ash storage bowls and tables that seem to hover in the air. My favourite piece is this simple leather 3-seater sofa, called Tiki, designed by Oslo-based designer Andreas Engesvik. The thin and lightweight construction is comprised of a steel frame and solid beech, with bulbous leather or fabric cushions. Says Engesvik: ‘Tikis character is tied to the sofa’s top line and silhouette. The line gives a hint of something soft, tailored, which can …

3LEGS table collection by Studio Nomad

David Tarcali, member of the Budapest-based Studio-Nomad, has designed a coffee and side table collection called ‘3LEGS’. The three different types of tables are inspired by geometric patterns and architectural shapes, the name reflecting the simplicity of how these forms work. Despite not having actual legs, each table is folded from a single sheet of 3mm thick steel that gives it the characteristic abstract appearance seen from different perspectives (as shown above). Have a look at the project on Behance or check out the studio’s other work here.