Swedish Design

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…

Rebel Walls Wallpaper & Murals

Rebelwalls wallpaper

It’s been a while since I posted about wallpaper but I’ve been rather distracted by all the new AW14 Home collections that have been coming out recently. Then as I was browsing my rather hefty drafts folder I remembered this great company that I had bookmarked for a post. Rebel Walls is a Swedish wallpaper company with its own design studio and production headquarters in Borås. It offers a wide range of designer wallpaper but also offers the opportunity for customers to create their own patterns tailored to their requirements, both in terms of dimensions and design. Irene and Christofer Gimmersta, the founders behind Rebel Walls, are no beginners in terms of wallpaper. Part of the Gimmersta group, they have extensive experience in the wallpaper industry and are behind a number of wallpaper brands available in the market today. Their vision for Rebel Walls, which launched in Spring 2013, was to revolutionise the wallpaper industry by taking a step away from the idea of traditional collections linked to long-running collection books. I think it is safe to say that they have achieved their goal!
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Graphic Ink Wallpaper by Maria Bergström

Graphic Ink Wallpaper from PhotowallYou may remember last month I featured a fantastic wallpaper collection called High Above designed by Dutch design studio Lilesadi for Photowall. Well this week I wanted to showcase Photowall’s latest design collaboration, which is with Swedish designer Maria Bergström. Graphic Ink wallpaper is a collection of five playful graphical designs in beautiful pastel shades. It features light hovering feathers, mountain landscapes formed by graphic triangles and ink confetti drops. The motifs used in the collection have been inspired by the meeting between chance and total control.

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Ceramics for Spring by Mia Blanche

Mia Blanche Ceramics

It may not feel like it just yet, especially after the snow flurries we have experienced recently, but I am told that spring is definitely on the way. With that in mind I just had to feature these gorgeous ceramics by Swedish designer Mia Blanche. Based in Södermalm in Stockholm, Mia creates these adorable pieces in her workshop and boutique, which she shares with two other ceramic artists.

Mia has been interested in ceramics for at least twenty years, but she only launched Mia Blanche Ceramic in 2008 after the birth of her fourth child. Prior to this she was working as a lawyer but gave it all up to pursue her goal of a more creative life and she hasn’t looked back since. Her work regularly graces the pages of magazines and she is now stocked in shops around Stockholm, NYC, Berlin and Tokyo and her reach is growing.

I not only love the delightful colours that Mia incorporates into her work but those delicate patterns really are something to behold. I’ve been looking for some new ceramics for my home for a while now and I think I’ll be hard pressed to top these. If spring ever does arrive they will be the perfect accompaniment to a spot of alfresco dining. Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine soon!

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Happy World Sleep Day!

Hastens Beds on World Sleep Day

So today is World Sleep Day. So I hope you all got a good night’s sleep last night in preparation! World Sleep Day, for those of you who don’t know, is an annual event that is organized by the World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) in celebration of sleep and it aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Research shows that we spend up to one-third of our lives sleeping, which is just crazy when you think about it. Sleep is a basic human need, like eating and drinking, and therefore it is crucial to our overall health and well-being. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep is known to have a significant negative impact on our attention span, memory recall and learning. It can also lead to conditions such as obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety and even psychosis. Therefore quality sleep is really important for ensuring that we have a great quality of life. And to get a good nights sleep you really need to invest in a good quality bed. But what does that mean?

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Customize Your IKEA Furniture with Pretty Pegs

Jana&Mikael Founders of Pretty Pegs

Ever since I first moved out of my parents when I went to uni all those many years ago (thinking about it really is quite frightening) I have had a fair amount of Ikea furniture in my house. As a student, Ikea is obviously a great choice as it’s well made, hard-wearing,  and reasonably priced. Then as the years passed and I didn’t get any more wealthy it remained a great place to shop. Whilst I have relied on Ikea for a good few years now, there is one issue that I have with it. So many other people also shop there making it particularly hard to feel like your home is unique. People do tend to recognize Ikea products as soon as they see them and sometimes this is not really what you want.

However, there are plenty of products out there now allowing you to customize your Ikea furniture. One of my favourite products on the market is Pretty Pegs, like shiny new shoes for your Ikea sofas, chairs and beds. Allowing us to add colour, elegance and character to our furniture, Pretty Pegs are produced in Sweden by Jana & Mikael according to Swedish Design Heritage. They’ve won me over that’s for sure! What do you guys think?

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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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Arty Abstract Area Rugs by Calle Henzel

 By Henzel rug collection

If there is one thing I love almost as much as great wallpaper, it’s great flooring. But by great I mean that it has to be really eye-catching, colourful and original. I think you’ll agree that these uebercool area rugs by Swedish designer Calle Henzel fit all these criteria. Bold, daring, contemporary, graphic, urban, and abstract, what is not to love about them? Henzel manages to capture a youth culture zeitgeist  through his collage-based images that present fragile and fluctuating notions of identity, ciphers, corrupted beauty and symbols.

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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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