Scandinavian design

Gift Guide : Interior Design Books

Interior Design Books Gift Guide

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If you’re anything like me, books are one of the best presents you can receive at Christmas. I love having a selection of interior design books at my disposal and I’m starting to build up quite a collection. I’m looking forward to creating a lovely way to display them once my youngest daughter manages to stop ripping and eating book pages. So if you know a book lover who is also interested in interior design you might want to consider gifting them one of these great interior design books this Christmas.  Read More…

LYFE : The Levitating Plant Pot

Lyfe Levitating plant pot

I am so excited to share today’s post with you guys as this is one of the coolest things in product and home design that I have ever seen. As soon as I heard about the LYFE levitating plant pot I was desperate to try it out so I was over the moon when NOXU Home agreed to let me review it here on the blog. For those of you who don’t know, NOXU Home is a retailer that specializes in designer furniture. They seek out the highest quality and most stylish pieces produced by the very best independent designers and design houses. Their international collection features pieces from the Netherlands, Italy, Romania, and many other European creative hubs. It is the perfect place to shop if you are looking for something for the design-lover in your life. And the LYFE levitating plant pot is just one of the amazing products that they stock. Read More…

Danish-Designed Leather Rugs from WovenGround

WovenGround Ambition round rug by Linie Design

Other than wallcoverings, artwork and textiles, I think rugs are a really great way to personalise your space in a non permanent way. They allow you to put your own stamp on your interior and can really make a bold statement with the right design. Sadly in my flat we have no need for rugs as we are carpeted throughout, but if we had floorboards I would really go to town choosing rugs for every room. These monochrome, geometric leather rugs by Danish design brand WovenGround would definitely be strong contenders. This new collection combines the beauty of modern Nordic design with traditional craftsmanship as every rug is individually hand crafted, using quality materials. All the leather pieces are cut by hand and then combined in perfect colour and balance. I was actually quite shocked to learn that the rugs are made of leather as this was not immediately apparent on first sight. But I really like the idea of leather rugs and I’m sure that they would feel great underfoot. This collection has been designed with the contemporary home in mind and gives leather flooring a well deserved update. I can totally see these rugs being used in any Scandi-inspired interiors, can’t you? Read More…

The Red Thread Carpet & Rug Collection

SCRATCHED by Staffan Tollgård for JAB Anstoetz Red Thread Collection from £695 sqmStaffan Tollgard is one of my favourite interior designers because I really admire his philosophy and his approach to design. If you are unfamiliar with Staffan and his work you can read my interview with him here. His design philosophy is encapsulated in the Scandinavian notion of the röda tråden or red thread, which he says is the guiding principle or the string that binds his work together into a coherent narrative. Staffan says that the red thread is personal to every client and allows him to translate their life, and their story, into the language of design. I love the idea of the red thread so I was intrigued when I heard about a new collection that Staffan has just launched in collaboration with German design house JAB Anstoetz. The Red Thread carpet & rug collection is a series of exceptional designs featuring shapes, patterns, themes and colours inspired by the transformation of materials and surfaces in the environment. Read More…

Discover Scandi Pop Kitchen with Joss & Main

Joss & Main Scandi Kitchen

Scandinavian design has long been one of my favourite decorating styles for the home. There is just something about how our Nordic friends choose to live that I find so calming and serene. I think it has something to do with the minimalist, pared-back style and the use of muted, earthy tones and honest materials that makes Scandinavian homes feel like a retreat of some kind. The understated elegance and warm functionality really do take a back seat and let the lives of the people who live there take centre stage. But sometimes I do look at Scandinavian interiors, often with their overwhelming use of white, and wonder if they couldn’t perhaps do with a pop of colour here and there to add a little more personality and happiness to the home. Don’t get me wrong, I love minimal, natural interiors, but just recently I’ve been discovering a new-found love of colour and I am trying to incorporate into my own home as much as I possibly dare. And that is one thing I really like about the Scandi Pop Kitchen event that is currently running over at Joss & MainRead More…

Lunar Funiture by Stellar Works

Lunar furniture range by Stellarworks

A while back I interviewed Architectural Interior Designer Staffan Tollgard here on the blog and at the time he told me about this beautifully sophisticated new furniture range that he is stocking in his showroom this year. The Lunar Range is manufactured by a company called Stellar Works and when Staffan was telling me all about the company he described it as “an amazing cross cultural design and manufacturing company, which has a Danish design director, Japanese owner, and French historic expertise in the form of the furniture company Laval.” When you know this and you take a much closer look at the collections it does become apparent that the furniture is a beautiful melange of Eastern and Western design traditions.

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Interview: Architectural Interior Designer Staffan Tollgard

Knightsbridge-Town-House by Staffan Tollgard

Back in October I made the trip to Earl’s Court in London to check out the Scandinavia Show. It was a lovely little show and I discovered some great Scandi brands that I didn’t know about before. The highlight of the show though, apart from the yummy food that was being served up, was the ‘Nordic House’ installation by award-winning interior architect Staffan Tollgard. Staffan created three Scandinavian rooms that encapsulated the best of Scandinavian design. In an iconic display of Scandinavian interior design through the decades, Staffan created one room from the Gustavian period, one capturing the retro feel of the 50s and 60s, and one showing off design from the last 10-15 years.

I’m a big fan of Staffan’s work and so I left the show wanting to know more. Luckily, Staffan was happy to take part in an interview and here is what he had to say!

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Interview: Home Renovations with Kate Watson-Smyth

Kate Watson Smyth's House - Exterior

I don’t normally tend to feature many house projects on the blog these days and the main reason for that is the photography. You may have noticed that I am not the world’s best photographer, which can be a little frustrating for me at times as I need to rely on others to provide the imagery. So I was stoked when I spotted this gorgeous renovation project on a fellow interior writer’s blog and I was even happier to see that there were professional photographs.

Kate Watson Smyth is a freelance journalist who writes about property and interiors and has written for The Independent, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and various magazines. What really impressed me about this project is the fact that Kate, despite writing about interior design for years now, has never had any formal training or experience. It’s one thing to make over a room in your house, but to pull together an interior design scheme for the entire house, including such extensive  building works, really is an achievement in my book. And if you need any proof of that, Kate’s house has been signed up by House of Locations, an agency representing properties in the UK that provide inspirational and practical locations for photo shoots, TV and film. Not bad huh? So I wanted to find out more from Kate about her experience renovating her home, where she got her inspiration and what problems she encountered along the way.

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Interview: Marianne Lamberth of Nordic Bliss

Marianne & Andreas Lamberth from Nordic Bliss

Scandinavian design has been increasingly dominating home interior trends in the UK in recent years. We British have grown very fond of the clean-lined and useful products that are often made from natural materials that seem to feed our need for emotional comfort. I myself am a huge fan of the design traditions that have filtered through from the Nordic countries. But I wanted to find out a little but more on the topic. Luckily I knew just the person to speak to.

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