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First look: IKEA x HAY Ypperlig collection - Democratic Design Day - grey HAY sofa

First look: IKEA x HAY YPPERLIG collection

Last week I attended IKEA’s Democratic Design Day 2017, a global event for launching the furniture group’s new products, collaborations and collections, held in the rural Swedish town of Älmhult where the very first IKEA store was built. I’ll share lots of exciting news in a separate post, but first I thought I’d share my favourite of them all – Danish brand HAY‘s much-anticipated YPPERLIG collection. When two greats of Scandinavian design come together with similar values, it’s bound to produce interesting results. The collaboration between IKEA and husband-and-wife duo Rolf and Mette Hay of HAY really seems like the perfect meeting of minds – both share an ambition to make good design accessible to all and an eye for sophisticated industrial manufacturing. Comprised of 72 pieces, YPPERLIG is a collection of understated yet contemporary staples that explore the functional and emotional needs of the modern home. From day-beds and sofas, through cushions and candleholders, to shelving and stools, the collection combines technical innovation with simple, pared-back design. The pieces are predominantly designed for the living room but could seamlessly fit in elsewhere in the home. They’re clean and minimal, while maintaining …

New Herman Chair Upholstered with Fiord by Kvadrat by Ferm Living

On my radar: new furniture designs and home accessories from my favourites

Today’s ‘On my radar’ is a round-up of simple chairs, tables and accessories by some of my favourite Scandinavian brands. From Muuto and MENU to Fredericia and Ferm Living, there’s a focus on celebrating the honesty of natural materials and the craftsmanship that goes into making these designs. Workshop chair by Cecilie Manz for Muuto Workshop is a simple, new chair designed by Danish designer Cecilie Manz for Muuto. I spotted the design at Muuto’s new showroom in London (on Baltic Street East) and fell in love with its sturdy shape and clean lines. The chair’s frame and legs are made of solid wood, while the gently rounded back and seat are made of veneer. It’s an understated, honest design that celebrates craftsmanship, highlighting the beautiful, refined joints and natural grain of the wood. Manz says of her design philosophy: ‘I design things that have a meaning to me. My general idea is always to have a clear argument legitimising the designs that I make. Function is essential, and if I cannot formulate a good reason for a new product, it is better to refrain from making it.’ …

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 …

Fredericia furniture: The Modern Originals of tomorrow

Fredericia furniture: The Modern Originals of tomorrow

I’ve introduced the Danish design brand Fredericia before on the blog, when I visited their beautiful, light-filled showroom in Copenhagen. Today I am excited to delve a little deeper into their furniture collection and show you some of their designs styled in my own London home. Fredericia was founded in 1911 and named after the small Danish town of Fredericia, on the eastern edge of the Jutland peninsula. It has always been a family owned and managed company, from its modest beginnings as an upholstery workshop to its role in the emergence of Danish modernism led by designer Børge Mogensen in the 1950s. Today, it is a key player in the international design scene, collaborating with a host of respected designers, such as Jasper Morrison, Space Copenhagen, GamFratesi and Geckeler Michels. The brand strives to create what it terms ‘The Modern Originals’ – high quality, timeless pieces of furniture that are built to last and become even more beautiful over time. In-house designer Børge Mogensen had a philosophy for furniture that was ‘unpretentious, pure and honest’, and that message has stuck with Fredericia. Their designs are finely crafted armchairs that …

The daily ritual of coffee making with Stelton - the Theo range by Stelton

The daily ritual of coffee making with Stelton

I used to hate the taste of coffee, now I can’t get enough of the stuff. My morning coffee is one of my favourite moments of the day and one of the first things I do when I wake up – a few quiet minutes of calm just to myself, to slowly wake up and come to before the day really begins. During the week I’m a get-up-and-go kind of girl, the more time spent in bed the better, so a quick touch of my coffee machine is my saviour. At the weekends, the pace slows down and I can brew a large, steaming pot to treasure over a big pile of books and magazines in bed. As my coffee habits have grown and matured, so has my eye for all the paraphernalia that comes with it – amassing dozens of teacups and mugs in all shapes and sizes, French presses and milk jugs in the process. But I always ended up using the same cup day in day out. Now, instead of leaving all the best …

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 …

Muuto 70/70 table in green - modern Scandinavian design dining table - plants in the home

My Muuto 70/70 table – modern Scandinavian design dining table

When I revealed my kitchen makeover, I didn’t say much about my dining table, the focus was much more on the transformation of the space and the design of the kitchen units. But, the table is so beautiful and I’m so pleased with it, I thought it deserved a post of its own. Now many of you who have read this blog a while or even a little, may well know by now how much I like to stay in my familiar comfort zone of white walls and soft, light – mostly grey – colours. It’s an approach I’ve tried and tested and feel the happiest with – using neutral backdrops and adding interest and texture with furniture, rugs, artwork and plants. But, with grey kitchen units, light grey walls and painted white floorboards in the kitchen, I wanted something a little different to my usual choice for my dining table. I didn’t want more grey, or something black and heavy, nor something white that would visually fade away into the space. So I went for green! It’s not …

I wish I lived here: bright, white interior inspiration for Spring

I wish I lived here: bright, white interior inspiration for Spring

I’m back with another ‘I wish I lived here post’. And let me tell you, this one is the dream apartment – fresh, white walls, exposed, whitewashed floorboards and beautiful period details. Just look at the ornate frame around the door to the bedroom. The space is light, airy and perfect for some white interior inspiration this Spring. I can just imagine how the sunlight might flood in through those tall windows on a bright day, or coming back from a market with a big bunch of fragrant greenery and slouching onto that sofa with all its linen cushions. Bliss! There’s lots of simple ideas to steal from this minimal space, whether it’s pairing old with new – the gilded mirror and chandelier somehow just works with the sharp, white table and black bentwood chairs. I wouldn’t have put those in that space, but it adds a bit of detail without being over the top. Or adding lots of textures to the bed to make it look inviting, or even wrapping some cheap white cloth around an old pendant …

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 …

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 …