All posts tagged: NORM Architects

Sound absorbing cabinets by Norm Architects for Zilenzio

Sound absorbing cabinets by Norm Architects for Zilenzio

Danish studio Norm Architects has designed a new collection of acoustic furniture for Swedish brand Zilenzio. It’s their second collaboration with the company, following a colourful timber wall panel a few years ago. The colours of this collection are calmer, earthier and more muted, with rusty orange, burgundy red, yellow ochre and ocean blue. The perfect little dabble into colour for those who like their interiors minimal and largely monochrome. These sound-absorbing cabinets are designed to improve sound and help create a balanced environment in the spaces that matter the most – home offices or co-working spaces, multi-functional, open-plan spaces or hard-working living rooms. Called Tone Cabinets, they’re so smart and discreet that you would hardly know that their primary function was to dampen sound. They come in three different sizes, so can be incorporated into even the smallest of spaces. I wouldn’t mind these in my own living room, perhaps it would help quieten the noise of the busy road outside. With their slender metal legs and minimal handles, I can see them fitting in as a …

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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 …

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 …

On my radar: 7 new furniture designs

On my radar: 6 new furniture designs

Often I receive news releases or spot new designs out and about at furniture fairs, but they don’t immediately manifest themselves into blog posts. There’s been a couple of lovely pieces that have popped up on my radar recently so I thought I would pen a post dedicated to 6 new (to me) furniture designs. There’s lovely Scandi finds, newly launched initiatives and a homewares pop-up in London this month. Scroll down and enjoy… Skagerak Hang Chair This Skagerak chair, designed by Chris L. Halstrøm, transforms the humble deck chair into a contemporary lounge chair for both inside and outside. In development since 2012, the simple steel frame and padded seat is inspired by architectural elements such as suspension bridges and traditional rope bridges. There’s something quite Japanese about the design, with its simple but solid black framework. Erik Jorgensen I discovered Erik Jorgensen at Clerkenwell Design Week in May – I’m in love with Savannah sofa designed by Swedish designer Monica Forster with its smooth, minimal lines. Handcrafted in Erik Jorgensen’s factory in Denmark’s Svendborg, the chunky wooden structure is wrapped in saddleback leather …

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Hack your IKEA kitchen with these designs from Reform

Have you heard of Reform? It’s a Denmark-based brand that allows you to hack and customise off-the-shelf IKEA units into beautiful, functional and architecturally-inspired designs. Scandi-design fans can buy their basic cabinets from IKEA, then pick their favourite Reform fronts and worktops. Designs come in everything from carpenter-milled oak and fiber-concrete to clean painted surfaces and streamlined linoleum, so there’s something for every budget or style. I’ve had an IKEA kitchen in my own London flat for about eight years now and although it has lasted remarkably well, tastes change and evolve over time. This could be a quick and easy update without starting again completely from scratch. Reform has just collaborated with three renowned Danish architects – BIG, Henning Larsen Architects and Norm Architects – on three unique and modern kitchens, seen here. BIG’s ‘hyper-modern’ design features an elegant handle made of seat belt fabric, HLA’s is a sharp and classic piece of carpentry, while Norm Architects has come up with a sleek, handle-free creation. ‘The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in our home. But Interestingly, it is often …

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I wish I lived here: monochrome living with kids

This home in Gothenburg is to die for: lovely white walls, grey Scandinavian furniture and black accessories. I love the soft white and grey marble table and how the even the kids bedrooms tie in with the monochrome theme – I want some of that furniture for myself! I partly wanted to feature this home because of the lovely MENU teapot (above) designed by NORM Architects. I’ve been lusting after it for ages, then couldn’t believe my luck when I snapped it up 50% off in UK concept store Figure 8’s recent sale (a lovely shop by the way). The glass kettle fuses ‘Asian Zen-philosophy and modern Scandinavian architecture’ say the designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn: ‘Tea is so much more than just a cup of hot water, and we felt that all the healthy benefits – and the sky high “cosy factor” of tea, deserved a new teapot. One where you can actually see the brewing.’ A stainless steel tea egg sits in the middle of the pot attached to a silicone string to pull …