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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…

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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Cushions Imitating Hard Materials by How Are You

Plywood Cushion by How Are You

How Are You is a Swedish design firm run by Emelie & Tobias. They created these great cushions as part of their Making Hard Things Soft range, which is printed and handmade in Sweden.

I asked Tobias to give me a bit of background to the company and this is what he said: “We are a couple in design and life. We both have creative day jobs, I work as a digital art director and Emelie is a freelance pattern constructor for brands such as Acne, J Lindeberg, and Filippa K. After almost 10 years and an uncountable amount of ideas that never got done we finally decided to realize them one by one under the name HOW ARE YOU. Everything we do we strive to produce ourselves in Sweden and in small editions.”

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Swedish Furniture by Svenskt Tenn

Fabric Chest by Svenskt Tenn

As could be expected from a design geek, I spend a ridiculous amount of time every week trawling the net for fantastic products, people, and stories to include either in my various columns or indeed right here on my blog. Even when I’m trying extremely hard to concentrate on something else and not get sucked into the labyrinth of links presented to me on Twitter, Facebook or the blog roll on somebody else’s blog, this seems to be mission impossible. There is just too much fabulous stuff out there waiting to be discovered by trend spotters and cool hunters and design bloggers. There really is no getting away from it. So I have to be quite selective about the things I am posting, otherwise I really would be here all day blogging.

Day Bed by Svenskt Tenn

It was whilst checking out Trendir, one of my favourite design sites, that I came across this fabulous furniture company from Sweden. Svenskt Tenn is an interior design shop located on Strandvägen in Stockholm, Sweden. It was founded in 1924 by Estrid Ericson, who recruited Josef Frank to the company 10 years later. Together they created the elegant and boldly patterned personal interior design style that continues to pervade the collection to this day.

I totally adore this colourful, bold, and bright furniture and I think it is the perfect antidote to all this gray and wintry weather we have been having lately. If I could come home everyday to a house filled with such beautiful pieces, I would certainly be on a high. The colours cheer me up no end.

Sofa by Svenskt Tenn

On the website it explains the philosophy behind Svenskt Tenn saying that Josef Frank’s vision of humane, soft modernism and Estrid Ericsson’s artistry combine to create a highly personal style with a combination of Viennese elegance and Swedish functionalism. The brightly coloured patterns used by the duo went completely against the ideals of the day, as did unabashed borrowing from both high and low cultures and eras.

They called it ‘Accidentism’ or ‘The Happy Chances Philosophy’. In 1958, Josef Frank wrote in the magazine Form: “There’s nothing wrong with mixing old and new, with combining different furniture styles, colours and patterns. Anything that is in your taste will automatically fuse to form an entire relaxing environment. A home does not need to be planned down to the smallest detail or contrived; it should be an amalgamation of the things that the owner loves and feels at home with.”

And I totally agree. A home should be full of all the things you love and feel comfortable with, regardless of whether they match or compliment each other. There was a time when I was disgusted by certain colour combinations or using certain patterns alongside one another. Now I see a beauty in this that fills me with joy. I don’t know, maybe its an age thing. My tastes have certainly changed over time and I’m glad that they have or I would never have been able to enjoy this beautiful furniture by Svenskt Tenn.

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