All posts tagged: Swedish design

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Hilda Grahnat for House of Rym

Swedish Summer at Heal’s 2015

Many of you will know just how much I love all things Scandinavian. Well this summer, Heal’s is hosting a Swedish extravaganza that is not to be missed. Swedish Summer at Heal’s, taking place from 27 July to 23 August, will involve a pop-up market showcasing Swedish designer brands alongside some of the country’s signature food, fashion and lifestyle. Eighteen Swedish brands will sell their wares, from furniture and lighting to textures, accessories and ceramics (House of Rym, Design House Stockholm, Skultuna and Swedish Hasbeens, to name a few), while there will also be networking events and workshops, including flower headband-making, Swedish embroidery and quilt-making. Ticket holders to events will also be treated to a cinnamon bun and a coffee – a little break in the day that the Swedes like to call ‘fika’. In fact, celebrating Swedish design is nothing new to Heal’s, following the introduction of Scandinavian furniture to the store, and the UK, in 1951, Heal’s hosted several Scandi events, including one in 1971 that had a smorgasbord on the fourth floor, a Swedish …

Hilda Grahnat for House of Rym

The Garden Issue by House of Rym

As soon as I saw a sneak peek of homeware brand House of Rym’s Spring/Summer 2015 catalogue, ‘The Garden Issue’ on Instagram – a picture of one of their pretty teacups, nesting on a spongy layer of green grass and accompanied by the cutest mound of petit fours – I couldn’t wait to see the whole shoot and share it with you as fast as my little fingers could type. Here, they have well and truly banished away the winter blues, heading to sunny Gothenburg and the west coast of Sweden for a day of creative workshops, open-air picnics, and of course, cups of tea. House of Rym’s five designers’ meet-up takes place in Emma von Brömssen’s stunning 1930’s home, situated in an old fishing village. For this season’s collection, Emma has created the pattern ‘Lit de la fleur’ (you can see her painting it below); as the name suggests (at least if you know your French) she got her inspiration from a blossoming flower garden, which becomes a bit of a theme for the …

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Swedish designer Nina Kullberg's cushions + discount code

We’ve recently put our guest room up on airbnb so I’ve been looking for ways to make the space a little homelier and not just a spare bed in our cluttered home office. Along came Swedish designer Nina Kullberg, who designs lovely geometric cushions in some of my favourite colours – it seemed to be one of the easiest, and perhaps obvious, ways to jazz up a clean, crisp, white bed. Nina is based in London but gets the cushions handmade in Istanbul, which perhaps explains some of the graphic, almost three-dimensional patterns. She says of her designs: I am inspired by historical ornaments and structures found foremost in London, such as iconic landmarks, building entrances, balconies and tapestry, but I’ve added my personalised twist to the dimensions. I went for London in Hemlock Green, a delicate, pastel turquoise, which is featured throughout the house. Along with a light grey throw and similarly-coloured accessories, it sets a calming scene for my guests (just don’t look at the other side of the room – books packed …