Located in a historical building in Sweden, this residence has been meticulously renovated to showcase the original features. With clean lines, luxurious textures and a refined elegance, it is quite the show-stopper. From the curved velvet sofa and statement artworks to the parquet flooring, it oozes sophistication at every turn. The two-toned walls accentuate the high ceilings while the beige marble in the kitchen provides a warm, tonal effect - so sleek!
In collaboration with Nespresso and Homestyle I've been trialling the new Nespresso Lattissima One machine by De'Longhi. Whether I'm savouring a coffee on the weekends, or requiring an intense and super fast coffee during the week, this is the perfect machine to prepare my favourite morning coffee at home. Specially designed for a single serving, this machine is compact, convenient and easy to use. I typically enjoy my coffees with just a splash of milk – preferably a piccolo – but it's fantastic to know that the machine uses all of the milk in the container so there's no wastage.
While I do like my coffees fast on busy weekday mornings, I like my surroundings to be tranquil and this machine has a very calming aesthetic. With a clean, matte finish, it's available in two gorgeous colourways - Silky White or Mocha Brown - both of which have a soft, muted look. The Silky White shown here looks right at home in my kitchen. To create this morning scene I incorporated some warm, natural elements. The handcrafted soapstone tableware, the sand coloured ceramic vase and beautiful bouquet of dried flowers compliment the colours of the machine while adding some texture to my all-white kitchen.
Nespresso offers a wide range of coffees to perfectly match my morning mood and cherished rituals. I like to keep a selection on hand, with two of my morning favourites being the intense and creamy Arpeggio, and the long roasted and velvety Dharkan.
Styling by Michelle Halford - TDC / Photography by Duncan Innes
Remember to always recycle your used Nespresso capsules by dropping them of at one of the recycling points nationally. Find your closest recycling points by visiting www.nespresso.com.
Nespresso Lattissma One & Nespresso View collection - nespresso.com
Dining Table Details
Soapstone tumblers, bowls, plate, and Reclaimed olive wood spoons - asili.co
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Back in October last year I introduced you to Danish company YUME, the world’s first one-stop destination for sustainable furniture, home accessories and lifestyle products. Following on from their global online launch they opened the doors to their concept store in December with a continued vision of bridging sustainability and design through innovative partnerships and support for sustainable endeavours. Located in Copenhagen's first sustainable neighbourhood Nordhavn, the store was recently nominated for ‘Best New Store in Copenhagen’, by the leading Danish media, AOK.
YUME, meaning "dream” in Japanese was founded by Anja Holm and Marie Engberg through a shared vision to change the world into a more sustainable place for future generations. The carefully curated collection fuses Marie and Anja’s love for the Scandinavian design heritage with products featuring eclectic style from Africa and The Far East. Some of my favourite pieces shown here in the showroom are the Nomad chair by We Do Wood, the vibrant green Tamegroute ceramics, and the amazing selection of Wall Art including the sculptural Imago Mirror Object. The Vintage Berber Rugs are also incredible!
The stunning showroom exemplifies sustainable design with every detail, from its lighting, furnishings and décor to the paint on its walls. The beautiful showroom counter above is made from recycled yoghurt pots and the huge round window was sourced by Marie from a closed down school in Copenhagen. So striking, I can't help but notice its resemblance to the YUME logo. What an incredible find! The store is a true reflection of the YUME aesthetic which is defined by clean subtle lines, a warm feel and bold colours.
All YUME products support UN Sustainable Development goals, and many are produced by artisans who are using their craft to lift themselves out of poverty. The YUME store therefore offers a most fitting environment for discussions on sustainable, positively impactful business practices, and the YUME team hopes to become a hub for sustainable design.
Another important initiative (in case you missed my last post) and the 'YUME promise' is that the company donates 10% of its proceeds to local artisans around the world, with the ultimate goal of supporting the development of new products that can be sold online and in-store. This not only fosters local artisans’ ability to create, but also provides them with an opportunity to sell their pieces and make a living.
For the YUME concept store address and opening hours, take a look here.
Images courtesy of YUME
We've been experiencing a cold snap here in our part of the world and this beautiful mountainside residence has all the winter vibes. Perched on a hilltop in British Columbia, the property, designed by Burgers Architecture, is surrounded by dense snow-covered trees with views of the Blackcomb and Whistler peaks. With high ceilings and an airy open-plan layout, the serene interior features organic, natural elements and finishes to ensure a warm, cosy feel. With a soft, Scandinavian aesthetic, the white and light wood was chosen by Vancouver-based interior designer Sophie Burke to draw attention to the lush natural landscape.
An absolute dream bedroom and ensuite, I love the full-height windows and free-standing bath. I also spy plenty of furniture and lighting throughout the home from Danish design brands including Carl Hansen & Søn, Gubi and Muuto.
Photography by Ema Peter
For more information on this project, the team that brought it to life, and to see the full house tour, take a look here and here.
Images via Dezeen
An interesting fact about this home is that it was created from prefabricated volumes to ensure quick assembly in between the snow seasons. In an environment where the huge snowfall limits construction duration to six months of the year, this allowed for complete control and total precision of the build. Using two trailers, the roof, walls and floors were shipped to the site fully formed and amazingly, the house was assembled in just one week.
News has started coming in from 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen and I'm excited to see what my favourite Danish design brands presented this year. Held annually, I had the pleasure of attending last year, and seeing all the coverage on Instagram last week brought back lots of fond memories!
The bold exhibition Muuto at Nomad showcased new perspectives on the modern workspace through design and art. Housed in a former courthouse building in the heart of Copenhagen, the pop-up took place at Nomad Workspace, a modern co-working space for budding entrepreneurs and creatives. Designed by Spatial Code, a creative studio founded by interior designer Natalia Sanchéz, Muuto at Nomad presented a new perspective on the Muuto universe through the context of a modern co-working space including open-plan work areas, lounge spaces and conference settings.
In her approach to the interior design, Sanchéz emphasised the application of her intuitively colourful approach to the Muuto at Nomad space, allowing for it to interact with the aesthetic and functional sentiments of Muuto designs.
“For the Muuto at Nomad space, we wanted to explore how product design within furniture, lighting and accessories could shape a creative and playful environment. A workplace to me should echo some of the same sentiments that are found within the home, giving people a welcoming, inspirational and relaxing experience. For Muuto at Nomad, we wanted to make people feel at ease within the spaces that they’d inhabit, using the underlying emotional sentiments of colour throughout the space to communicate the feeling that we’d like for people to have when entering. I believe in creating workplaces that inspire people to create and thrive while feeling temporarily at home and we wanted for the Muuto at Nomad space to communicate that ideal." - Natalia Sanchez
Bringing the presence of art into the context of Muuto at Nomad, the pop-up saw Muuto collaborate with three different creatives — art and design practice Wang & Söderström, Stockholm-based interior architect Tekla Evelina Severin and Katja Boom, a Copenhagen-based director working within the field of creative and commercial film.
Muuto's unique way of reinterpreting Scandinavian design heritage with the best of today’s contemporary designers through modern materials and technique is beautifully aligned with the Nomad ethos of new perspectives. An exciting collaboration and visual feast, I love seeing the gorgeous Muuto
products styled in this inspiring context.
Images courtesy of Muuto
A huge sheet of fresh egg pasta draped over an extra-large wooden rolling pin was the starting point of the design process for this beautiful new chair from Erik Jørgensen. Designed by British designer Damian Williamson, Ovo is a refined easy chair that strikes a harmonious balance between its contrasting materials and how they interact with each other.
‘I began to examine how this nonchalant expression could translate into an easy chair. The upholstery of the backrest and armrest has been folded in the same way as the pasta. Even the soft curvature of the lower corners resembles the fluid perimeter of the pasta. The generous soft curved forms appeal to our senses and invite us to engage with the chair. The result is a very tactile object,’ explains designer Damian Williamson.
The idea for the name came as Niels Jørgensen, CEO of Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik, and Damian were talking about the inspiration for the chair – the fresh egg pasta. Ovo is a play on words deriving from the Italian word ‘Uovo’, which means egg.
With striking curves resting on a rigid squared steel frame, Ovo features a playful integration between the leather and steel. Providing a structural base, the steel also defines the edge detail where the two upholstered surfaces meet, thus minimising the number of visible stitched seams. These key details are the result of Damian's holistic approach to the project.
The Ovo design is first and foremost about generosity but also great comfort. The chair is welcoming and very comfortable to sit in – it invites you to sit back and relax. Whether you place it in the comfort of your own private home, a relaxing hotel suite or a lobby, it will be the perfect fit.
‘I had initially envisioned Ovo being placed in the home. However, I believe that good design transcends borders; if successful, it transcends the borders between the domestic and commercial environment. There’s no reason why Ovo couldn’t also be enjoyed within the context of a hotel lounge or guest room for example,’ explains Damian.
Damian Williamson's refined aesthetic is the perfect match for the impeccable craftsmanship that Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik is known for, something I saw first-hand when I visited the production house in Denmark last year. The introduction of Ovo marks the beginning of a very promising collaboration and I'm excited to see how it evolves!
Images courtesy of Erik Jørgensen
Lovisa Häger, who you may know as Residence blogger An Interior Affair, has a special talent for DIY. Her creations are so beautiful they fit seamlessly into her interior design work (remember this project?) and her gorgeous home which you can follow on Instagram. This has led to an exciting new collaboration with Swedish company Wall of Art where Lovisa has created a collection of limited edition abstract art prints.
The idea behind the collection was to provide affordable prints in larger formats, something that Lovisa had trouble finding herself. Having been on the hunt for large scale artworks that won't break the bank myself, I love this concept. As expected, the artworks reflect Lovisa's style, exuding warm minimalism across a muted palette. Consisting of five large limited edition pieces (and a range of smaller sizes) you can view the full collection here.
Images via Residence magazine
Great news for Wellington, the NZ capital now has an Aesop store and it is stunning. Aesop's inaugural Wellington signature store is situated within the historic Change House, a local landmark that bears the influence of the Art Deco era and the early skyscrapers of the Chicago and New York schools. Designed in collaboration with New Zealand practice Knight Associates, the 88-square metre space—once occupied by law offices—makes abundant use of natural timber to create a pleasing juxtaposition with the structure’s imposing 1930s exterior.
Inside, alabaster-painted walls offer immediate contrast to this façade, investing the space with a sense of depth and softness. The large street-facing windows, set deep into the thick masonry, allow a muted light to filter through, effecting a play between light and dark materiality; in particular, between the existing walls and the timber parquetry of the flooring. Oiled timber wraps the point-of-sale counter and shelving, which curves gently along the rear wall. Here, a capacious sink fitted with aged brass tapware offers a place for product demonstrations; the space beyond houses the Aesop New Zealand Head Office and online retail store. Just exquisite, I'm looking forward to popping in for a look next time I visit Wellington.
Images courtesy of Aesop
Articolo is a design studio that celebrates the art of light through a commitment to artisanal craft and quality workmanship. Based in Melbourne, the studio reflects creative director Nicci Green’s passion for the textural spirit of light; producing works that are internationally regarded for a contemporary yet enduring aesthetic and the luxurious pairing of materials. Articolo's latest collection was debuted at the recent ICFF in New York and I've picked out two of the beautiful new pieces to share with you.
The new Trilogy pendant combines heritage opulence with modern minimalism. Suspended with grace, Trilogy is a quietly confident design that softly illuminates; its light source concealed within a trio of mouth-blown glass orbs. Supported by three solid brass rods that come together with a superb central cuff detail, Trilogy exemplifies deceptively sophisticated engineering, and is an exemplar of Articolo’s exploration of materiality, form and luminance.
Art Direction by Marsha Golemac / Photography Sharyn Cairns
Images courtesy of Articolo The Glimpse pendant, inspired by the dawn of a new day as sunlight streams across the horizon, is best described as an effortless balancing act. Here, a horizontal mouth-blown glass shade appears to levitate; its waist ensconced in a solid brass sheath, and its full form suspended by two subtle vertical brass rods from overhead. A clear glass shade reveals the elegant, elongated light source to wondrous effect, while the option of an opaque finish achieves a subtler outcome. For more information about this incredible lighting company and to see more of their designs, visit articololighting.com. Some more art news, this time a little closer to home, Wellington Textile Artist Jane Denton has released a beautiful new collection entitled Once. Created at the end of summer, Jane says she was drawn to an autumnal colour palette, lots of burgundy, crimson with greens and blues. "I never set out with a clear idea of what I'm going to create, it's an organic process with form and colours coming together along the way. I notice shapes where ever I go, it might be shapes on a building or a window - I find inspiration is everywhere! As I finished the first pieces I felt they had a slight mid century feel, and to reflect that in a subtle way I named the series Once".
A long-time fan of Jane's work, I love the simple aesthetic of her pieces. Her process however is anything but simple, created through hours of intricate stitching of wool and cotton on to canvas. I've included a close up above to show the fine detailing, which is even more beautiful in real life. The subtle texture and architectural feel of this new collection is divine. See the full collection here.
Styling and photography by Bonny Beattie
Located in the centre of Södermalm, Mono Apartments is the first housing project by Note Design Studio for Glommen & Lindberg. Commissioned alongside architect firm Koncept Stockholm, together they are building Mono from scratch by means of a joint creative process that unites each individual element, from the façade cladding through to the interior design.
A design forward district, Södermalm is recognised for its impressive industrial, modernist architecture, and Mono is firmly planted in the surrounding urban, industrial landscape. With a distinctly Scandinavian feel in terms of functionality, playful solutions and colourful details give it a continental touch.
In carrying out sustainable interior design around a restricted floor space, Note Design Studio has catered to an increasingly social lifestyle by creating room for many visitors and long meals. The Note designers have ensured that Mono packs function, quality and atmosphere into every square metre. They have also endeavoured to add a contemporary hotel ambiance through inviting corridors and plenty of communal spaces for social interaction.
A thoughtful, considered design has been applied to every room, providing it with its own distinct character. Highly conscious of the fact that unique solutions and well-integrated interiors are sustainable in the long term, Note have focused the design around site-specific solutions and a distinct style, rather than than passing trends. High quality materials feature throughout and all features and solutions are tailor-made - the choice of wood to every detail such as the individual door handle has been selected to suit its purpose.
"Our aim is to create rooms that signal a certain emotion as you enter. We have to deliver the absolute best and we want to create something that has never been seen in Sweden before when it comes to this kind of project."— Daniel Hecksher, Interior Architect / Partner
Photography by Henrik Nero
The kitchen is designed in collaboration with Asplund, featuring the beautiful Palais Royal Table designed by Anya Sebton and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm. I also love the Flos Taraxacum pendant light.
Beautiful and functional with so much personality, these apartments showcase compact living at its best. Find out more about the project here.
Images via Note Design Studio