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    I know I've said it many times before, but I love peeking into the homes of creative people. This apartment belongs to Niklas and Jenny Jernström, the duo behind Gothenburg-based Studio Dom, and it has been beautifully styled by Sundling Kickén. Teaming up with photographer Mikael Lundblad to produce the feature for Residence Magazine, Sundling Kickén say they discovered uniquely personal details and elegant design classics in every corner of the home. Wanting to highlight these beautiful things, while at the same time creating a harmonious and restful setting, they have captured the finer details through beautiful arrangements and still lifes. Abstract artworks and statement lighting provide strong focal points in each of the rooms. The Eero Aarnio Double Bubble Lamp in the bedroom creates a wonderful graphic expression, while the ArtemideEnzo Mari pendants add interest to the small dining setting.  

    Styling by Sundling Kickén / Photography by Mikael Lundblad for Residence Magazine

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    Providing a seamless mix of architecture and interior design, Adelaide-based Williams Burton Leopardi (WBL) create inspiring spaces that are made intelligently and from the heart. Wanting to create a design office to accurately demonstrate their design philosophy, their dream was realised last year with the completion of the Williams Burton Leopardi Studio. With a uniqueness and beauty that takes my breath away, I'm excited to be sharing it with you today.

    Having revelled in the work of many residential alterations and additions over the years, WBL used these projects as a foundation for their own studio. A second home and a space to be inspired and to inspire their clients and collaborators, it was important that the studio reflect their work and values. The starting point was the discovery of a derelict 300 square metre space in the 100 year old State Heritage listed Darling Building, while en route to the pub one one day. Presenting an enticing opportunity to work with a storied building and in turn create their own, they looked past the pigeon poo and water-stained walls and carpets, to see the building's potential and delicate natural light.

    Their strategy was to touch as little as possible and as much as necessary. "Repair was celebrated, understanding that an object or space can more beautiful for having been broken, the flashes of gold throughout a nod to the Japanese art of Kinsugi."

    Contrasting the original, gritty exposed building fabric with delicate and carefully detailed insertions, these soften the masculine with the feminine, and the practical with the beautiful. With a limited budget the studio was opened up to maximise the wonderful light, while modest insertions of steel framed glazing, recycled 1920’s partitions and found objects set the scene, but not a salvaged aesthetic. Internally there are framed views of the connected spaces, and the front meeting spaces look out to the city scape. The light well allows an outlook to the sky and a window to the developing Adelaide Skyline.

    WBL's design process is both interactive and reclusive, and inspiration can happen at the most opportune and random moments. The planning and layering of the space caters for this. Senses are stimulated with adaptive reuse everywhere, tactility abounds and solitude or collaboration is there for the taking. The spirit of the fitout moves and flows like their moods, enhanced by the play of natural light and the use of the familiar, the subtle and the flamboyant.

    Photography by Christopher Morrison

    Believing that small details can make life memorable and inspiring, WBL's work builds connection through celebrating life’s daily rituals, creating environments that are distinctive to people and place. This couldn't be truer for their own studio. Not only a second home where the majority of their time is spent, it's a space to be inspired, a space to be outgoing, a space to retreat, a space to collaborate, a space to ‘live life well’ and most importantly, a space to love. 

    Images courtesy of Williams Burton Leopardi

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  • 05/15/18--22:18: Dulux Colour Awards 2018
  • The 32nd Dulux Colour Awards for Architecture and Interior Design were held at a Gala event at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne last week. The prestigious industry awards programme recognises the most creative and considered use of colour in nine project categories.

    With 15 Finalists from NZ architecture and interior design firms celebrating their shortlisted projects, this year’s awards highlighted the impact of colour as an architectural and interior design device; from the warm muted tones of a studio interior to the shimmering metallic finish on a period home extension, the varied application of colour was demonstrated with universal flair.

    Courage and innovation typifies the inspired use of colour in all of the winning projects. Excited to share a couple with you today, the first is Percy St by Bagnoli Architects. Winner of the Single Residential Interior category, the Victorian cottage has been transformed with a new home extension, while retaining as much of the original design and history as possible. Lines of sight, light, texture, colour, fixtures, fittings and detailing are custom designed throughout the entire project.

    The design connects the old to the new internally via an interplay of floating built-in furniture versus solid and rich brass and marble detailing. Circular forms define and contain moments through the design. 

    The main living area has one conical skylight, painted yellow, warmly capturing the eastern morning light and a second painted blue capturing and cooling the north/western light, marking time through the space. From sunset the LED lights within the base of the cone provide an evening glow. 

    Photography by Ari Hatzis

    The Dulux colours used is this incredible project are Spanish Olive, Bleached Coral Half, Antarctica Lake Quarter, Duck Egg Cream Quarter, Fair Bianca Half and Antique White U.S.A.

    This next project, Elsternwick House by Fiona Lynch, was awarded a Commendation for the Single Residential Interior category. With a storied past, the grand, historic bones of this magnificent Victorian home became the interior design studio's muse as they reimagined the space with respect for its past and vision for its future. 

    The brief from the client was to celebrate the existing historic features through a respectful palette and to layer contemporary fittings and furniture to reflect the young family's lifestyle. Grand rooms were made more intimate and liveable through playing with scale of carefully curated furniture and fittings. A commanding original fireplace in deep russet marble informed Fiona Lynch's choice of Dulux Elusive Blue for the surrounding walls, whilst the soaring ceiling inspired elegant velvet curtains in unexpected tobacco.

    Fiona Lynch delivered an exciting exploration of colour with a considered approach ensuring a wonderfully resolved marriage of new and old. Despite their contemporary aesthetic, the intervention of iconic pieces are at harmony with the homes historic character bound by a timeless reverence for materiality and proportion.

    "Integral to the project, and to the client, was to ensure each room maintained its own particular aesthetic - be it dining, study, formal or informal lounges. The architecture and layout dictated much of the flow, however, for us it was also important to create cohesive journey that slowly revealed itself as one moves from space to space, taking an evolutionary approach from room to room" says Fiona Lynch. Soft, earthy Dulux Pipe Clay in the lounge melds into grey Dulux Tristan in the adjacent study; through to a dining room swathed in striking blue Elusive Blue. The bedrooms were calm and enriched in deep Dulux Silkwort, with varying tones in velvet, linen and upholstery completing the calm, strikingly adult rooms.

    Photography by Sharyn Cairns

    Such a serene and elegant home!

    For information on the Dulux Colour Awards 2018 judging panel and to see the full list of winners take a look here

    Images courtesy of Dulux 

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    Combining Scandic-Bohemian feels and barefoot luxury, this beautiful coastal home in Denmark calls for slow days spent by the sea. Recently completed by Norm Architects, the renovated and modernised home is situated amongst the unspoilt nature of North Zealand, just an hour out of Copenhagen. A quiet and secluded location surrounded by stunning scenery where Japanese zen aesthetics and danish cottage style charm come together, it boasts subtle, Nordic luxury and eclectic design elements.

    With architect Linda Korndal leading the project, and Laura Bilde working on the interior architecture, the goal was to bring nature into the space, blurring the lines between inside and out - an ambition many of us can relate to in today's increasingly digital and urbanised world. 

    The serene interior features a rich and natural material palette of wood and stone. Earthy colours carry through the spaces, with a faint touch of blue and green tones in the handmade ceramics and soft linen. Furniture, sculptures, design elements and art pieces add a more refined and international sense to the house, while the surrounding nature flows through the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. This is further emphasised through references to colours, tactile surfaces and painted objects.

    Dark and light nuances are bridged by subtle midtones in the furniture and bespoke elements, creating a balanced look and feel. The soft and minimal settings are harmoniously accompanied by picture-perfect ocean views. Custom interior elements provide timeless well-tailored solutions, while the understated decor reflects the surrounding landscapes. I particularly love the living room couches designed by Piero Lissoni and the custom-made sculptural lamp in the entrance way. Oak wooden plinths, bronzed brass lamps, Noren (Japanese fabric dividers), objects, ceramics and art pieces collected by their owners during their travels embody the same design language and earthy palette.

    Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

    Peace and tranquillity with plenty of soul, this home is a true dream.  

    Images via Norm Architects 

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    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!

    Images via Alexander White 

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    Following on from their 2017 international debut in New York last year, Australian design brand NAUhas returned to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) to unveil two stunning new collections. The first is the Jolly lighting range by Kate Stokes, who many of you will know as the designer behind award-winning design studio Coco Flip. Marking her debut collection for NAU, it's great to see some female representation amongst the talented collective! An advocate of ‘slow design’, Kate is fastidious in her pursuit of quality design through detail; finding joy in creating products with personality, designed to last a lifetime. Arising from the desire to create a playful lighting collection, Jolly is an exploration of form and material. It features translucent, hand-blown glass juxtaposed against solid-coloured metal rods and shades to create a balance of material composition, while the asymmetric elfin-like form injects a cheerful sense of joy.

    The collection includes two pendant light variations, the single rod pendant and double rod pendant. Positioned at different angles, the lamps give the pendant such a fun and quirky edge. I love this design! A compact wall light completes the collection, while the gorgeous range of colours make it even more special. The refined palette includes black, eucalyptus, burgundy and satin-polished brass, all of which are designed to complement the soft glow of the opal glass shades.

    NAU also introduces the SIA chair by Tom Fereday who has been with the collective since its launch last year. Named after its unique adjustable backrest, SIA, meaning movement, is a lightweight timber chair that is slender in design yet uncompromising in comfort. Shaped from solid natural timber, the curved seat and articulated back is contrasted by a minimal steel frame that supports the sculptural timber elements and allows for a convenient stackable design. While originally conceived for the dining room, the SIA chair is perfect for both commercial and residential applications.

    Art direction Heather Nette King photography Mike Baker

    The SIA chair is available with a black powdercoat frame, and the seat and backrest is made with solid timber in ash, black stained ash, oak, smoked oak or walnut.

    Currently on show at ICFF until 23 May, NAU had been awarded with Best Stand for Innovation! Once again designed by award-winning Australian firm DesignOffice, the striking stand takes inspiration from the Australian landscape and palette, with photography by Brooke Holm. If you're in New York head along and meet NAU designers Adam Goodrum, Kate Stokes and Adam Cornish at the NAU Stand (#1941) between 12.00-3.00pm each day. 

    Images courtesy of NAU

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    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

    Kitchen Details
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    Soapstone tumblers, bowls, plate, and Reclaimed olive wood spoons -
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    This is a sponsored post. I only work with products I love and all opinions are my own. For more information please visit my About Page.

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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

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  • 05/23/18--19:02: Aesop x Smith & Caughey's
  • Aesop currently presents a striking installation in the Queen Street windows of Auckland retailer Smith & Caughey’s—home to the skin care company’s inaugural New Zealand department store counter, opened in December 2017. Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the unveiling last week but it is so stunning that I wanted to share it with you before it finishes in a few days time. 

    "An ephemeral presence on Queen St", the installation reimagines several of Aesop’s signature elements—a scientific approach to skin care, distinctive amber glassware, and long-standing passion for literature and design—in a display both unorthodox and beguiling. Passers-by are warmly invited to discover the installation and to stop by the Aesop counter inside. Here, trained consultants will be pleased to demonstrate formulations and to offer personalised skin care recommendations over a restorative cup of tea.

    Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987. Its objective has always been to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality. Having opened its first signature store in New Zealand, Aesop Newmarket, in 2016, Aesop now hosts customers in three stand-alone stores, in addition to its Smith & Caughey’s counter.

    A sincere interest in sophisticated and sustainable design extends to every aspect of Aesop’s workings, predicated on an unequivocal belief that intelligent design improves our lives. And in line with a passionate, long-standing interest in the arts, the company has consistently engaged with and supported the cultural sphere.

    So beautiful! The installation will be on show until the 27th of May. 

    Images courtesy of Aesop 

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    2018 has been a busy year for Simon James Design with new product releases, projects and a pop up in NYC by Resident. Founded in New Zealand by Simon James and Scott Bridgens, Resident is a globally focused design company, managing its manufacturing and distribution in three locations - Auckland, London and Los Angeles. The pop up, Travelling Without Bags, is an experiential retail destination located in the heart of New York City. Open through till end of May, the bold installation presents the best of Resident’s celebrated furniture and lighting range as well as the worldwide launch of its 2018 collection.

    Since its launch in 2011, Resident has struck a chord with design-conscious people who are passionate about the way they live. Every object showcases the highest level of refinement, while also holding the unique fingerprint of the designer. By balancing a desire for new ideas and progression with an appreciation for simple forms, the designs have a unique way of either harmonising with a room or acting as a deliberate contrast. This ethos has been beautifully applied to the pop up space, where the elegant and refined lines of the Resident pieces are juxtaposed against the rawness of the exposed bricks and concrete floors. The vibrant Nodi rugs and soft curtains add further texture to the striking space.

    Travelling Without Bags is located at 39 Spring Street, New York City and is open until 31st May. 

    Here's a closer look at some of the new product launches for 2018.

    Having admired the Bloom Pendant since its launch last year, I was excited to hear news of the new table version. Designed by Tim Rundle, the Bloom Table light's super-elliptical form is inspired by the gentle dynamic flow of paper lanterns. Its glorious lit effect is the result of light passing through a finely perforated mesh core and onto the inside of the frosted blown glass shade, thus creating a distinctive pattern. An effect that lends itself beautifully to the table lamp version, it sits proudly atop a plated stainless steel base, and projects a warm consistent hue upwards into a space. Available in White or Black, Bloom is a truly striking and versatile table lamp.

    Bloom Table Light in White 

    Bloom Table Light in Black

    The Carousel Sofa designed by Cameron Fogo of Nonn blurs the barriers between residential and commercial furniture with multifunctional low, mid and high-back options. Though sturdy in appearance, the sofa is softened by generously sized cushions and sits upon a refined black steel frame. A timeless design The overall elegant lines create elegant and timeless.

    Alongside the Carousel Sofa is the new Buster Table Light designed for Resident by Chris Martin of Massproductions. A distinguished and noble desk lamp available in Stainless Steel and Brass, Buster is ideal for both the home and office. It uses elegantly machined levers and ball joints which work together in harmony to gift the user flexibility and directional adjustment, while the soft-touch switch allows on/ off and dimming of a warm LED light source. 

    Carousel Sofa (low- back) and Buster Table Light with the Offset Coffee Table 

    Resident Studio have expanded their stunning Circus Light collection for 2018 with the introduction of a new size, the Circus 250. The beautiful light features a remarkable system of interconnected rings that project an elegantly diffused warm LED light source outwards around a 360 degree plane. Designed to be arranged in sequence to create a strikingly theatrical vertical decoration, the lights suit spaces of various shapes and sizes. The introduction of the Circus Floor Lamp showcases the unique presentation of the interlinking rings in a form inspired by the aesthetic of a jewellery stand.

    Circus 250 alongside the Isabella Chair and Offset Stool/Sidetable

    Circus Floor Lamp 

    The new Parison Table Light is a collision of technology and craft. Its faceted, digitally forged form is manifested through the warmth of a frosted glass shade, and anchored at the base by a delicate slither of brass. The final effect is a milky table sculpture which emanates light, resembling a soap bubble resting on a tabletop. As a piece, the Parison Table light quietly anchors a room, subtly and deliberately imperfect, glowing softly and holding its own. I love how it looks placed on the floor! 

    Parison Table Light 

    All of the new furniture and lighting designs will be available soon from the Simon James Showroom. For global stockists for Resident, take a look here

    The Simon James Concept Stores have also welcomed some exciting new arrivals, including beautiful homeware pieces from Menu and Tom Dixon, and exquisite new jewellery from Jessica McCormack and Sophie Buhai

    Images courtesy of Simon James Design 

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    Livrest is a new interior brand in Stockholm founded by Claes Dalén, a blogger at Residence. Combining Scandinavian heritage and international aesthetics Livrest's focus is on excellent craftsmanship and sustainability. Inspired by a deep appreciation of art and books, Livrest has launched with a collection of beautifully understated, functional bookstands. Handcrafted in Sweden and made out of solid wood, the bookstands are available in walnut, cherry and black stained ash. 

    Images via Livrest

    As you may have noticed from my styling I really treasure my books and love to keep them on display around home. In fact, buying books is my weakness - I always bring home books when I travel and I can spend hours in gallery and museum bookshops looking through the shelves. I also love showcasing the inspiring photography featured inside the books, which is why the Livrest bookstand has really struck a chord with me. Of course there's always plenty of interior, art, cooking and design books on my radar, so I thought I'd share some picks from my current wishlist. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen that I already have the This Is Home book by Natalie Walton. A recent addition to my collection, I realised that I haven't yet featured it on the blog and it's a must-have for interior-lovers. 


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    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

    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. 

    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

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  • 05/30/18--21:38: Muuto at Nomad
  • 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 

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  • 05/31/18--21:52: News from &Tradition
  • Danish brand &Tradition introduced a stunning line up of new furniture and lighting at Copenhagen's 3 Days of Design. Today I've picked out some to share with you, starting with Little Petra by Viggo Boesen. Initially introduced back in 1938, Little Petra won instant praise at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition, subsequently winning awards at exhibits in New York and Berlin. It's one of just a few designs by architect Viggo Boesen, who became associated with Denmark's signature design aesthetic in the 1930s called funkisstyle.

    Named after Boesen's mother-in-law, Little Petra is indeed surprisingly petite, able to fit into all kinds of spaces, interiors and environments. Low to the ground, open and embracing, it embodies the essence of a lounge chair, allowing for all kinds of seating positions in any cosy setting imaginable. A lot of work has gone into ensuring the utmost comfort, from the seat to the upholstery. Respecting Boesen's love of natural materials, the legs of the chair have been crafted in oak or walnut. The result is an endearing lounge chair that beckons you to stay. I love it! 

    Following on from the popular Formakami Pendant lights by Jaime Hayon, &Tradition have now introduced the Formakami Table Lamp. With the same airy, bulbous shapes hand crafted in delicate rice paper and contrasting black lacquered ash accents, the lamp gives the iconic Asian lantern a contemporary, Scandinavian twist. A big fan of the pendant, I'm thrilled to see this new addition. 

    The new Ice pendant by Sofie Refer is the perfect embodiment of the &Tradition philosophy that simple is sophisticated. Featuring a satinised glass globe shade suspended from the ceiling by a black cord adorned with a brass or bronzed-brass detail, the light exudes an atmosphere of elegance. Designed to be displayed as individual pendants or arranged in a row or group, Ice offers plenty of options to create a signature touch. 

    Ideal for furnishing an expansive bar or a kitchen counter without appearing crowded, the Pavilion bar stool by Anderssen & Voll has a beautifully airy feeling. With fluid curves for the wood veneer seat and back which continue as lyrical lines in the steel tubes of the legs, the result is a silhouette that's barely there. Currently on the lookout for new bar stools for home, these are a new favourite! 

    The idea of mixing people, ideas and elements lies at the core of Mezcla, a table concept by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, characterised by a mix of exclusive materials. "The Spanish word for "mixture" is Mezcla," explains Hayon. "For me it captures the essence of different people coming together and diverse design elements together - in a series of tables where the materials, shapes and colours could meet and greet, so to speak." The collection includes a side table, lounge table and dining table in various finishes.

    Lastly, some exciting updates to the Palette series by Jaime Hayon, I love the multi-tiered design of these tables. The new Palette side table creates a cosy enclave ideal for a coffee, an intimate chat and more, while the larger lounge table opens up opportunities for more expansive spaces and experiences. To add to the mix of intriguing elements is a new combination of upscale materials - walnut, black marble and satin polished brass.

    To see all of the new collection pieces, visit

    Images courtesy of &Tradition

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    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 

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  • 06/04/18--18:58: Menu Space New York
  • Around this time last year I attended the Menu Space opening in Copenhagen. Located in the thriving neighbourhood of Nordhavn and acting as a hub, MENU are now creating spaces globally where like-minded creative thinkers can work, meet and explore the MENU world. They have since opened in London and Hong Kong, and just last month they opened their latest space in New York City. Here's a look inside the beautiful showroom apartment.   

    Designed as an extension of MENU’s headquarters in Copenhagen, Menu Space New York will serve as the US outpost for new product launches, events, inspiration and collaborations. Located in a historic loft building in Soho, the apartment also doubles as the home of the area sales manager, who gets to live every day in the MENU world. Sounds like a dream job doesn't it?

    With high ceilings and a soft muted palette, the apartment provides a charming setting to showcase the range of MENU furniture, lighting and objects. All beautifully styled, the idea was to create a space that was warm, welcoming, and inviting – a little slice of Copenhagen in the Big Apple. Judging by these images the well-loved Danish brand has certainly succeeded.

    The inspiring space will be one that continually evolves. “The idea is to keep Menu Space moving and ever changing. To have friends of the house and people we admire stop by on a regular basis and help shape the interior layout – ensuring that we always have a vibrant, creative, lively space that continues to inspire our neighbours, visitors, friends, clients, and designers”– Design Director Joachim Kornbæk Engell-Hansen

    Photography by Nicole Franzen

    Menu Space New York is open weekdays by appointment. 

    Images courtesy of MENU 

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  • 06/06/18--02:51: Norrgavel
  • Founded in 1991 by architect Nirvan Richter, Norrgavel is a Swedish furniture company centred around functional simplicity and sustainable designs. Produced locally from renewable natural materials, the products are aesthetically beautiful and are designed to work together, while also fitting alongside existing furniture in the home. Their latest imagery features a cosy living room in a soothing beige palette with earthy touches of forest green and reddy-browns. The perfect setting to showcase the gorgeous Norrgavel collections, and styled beautifully by Fanny Lovisa Skoglund

    Styling by Fanny Lovisa Skoglund / Photography by Petter Brandt

    Images via Norrgavel 

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    At the end of May 2017, Erik Jørgensen opened the doors to their gorgeous new Home Collection showroom in Bredgade, Copenhagen. Travelling over to attend the opening was the highlight of my year and now just one year on, the renowned Danish brand have revealed a brand new look for the incredible space. Revealed at 3 Days of Design, I've been in awe watching the reveal of Earth Layers from afar and I'm thrilled to be sharing the official imagery with you today.

    The 1,000 m2 showroom is shared with Montana, with Erik Jørgensen located on the ground floor and Montana on the first floor. Presenting a landscape of complementary colours created by interior stylist Pernille Vest, Earth Layers is a truly exquisite setting to showcase the Erik Jørgensen Home Collection framework. 

    Designed to provide a holistic experience the new showroom features different rooms united through warm, complimentary tones. The placement of furniture creates the the idea of small art installations, where one experience slides into the other. By pulling the furniture into the space, the various pieces are displayed as small works of art. 

    “The furniture appears as components in a landscape of complimenting colours, tone in tone. The aim has been through our choice of colours to create a soothing and inspiring atmosphere, which combined with the location of the various pieces of furniture in relation to their surroundings, provides an instant calm and serenity."—Niels Jørgensen, CEO Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik

    The Earth’s clay layers have been the very source of inspiration for the colour selection. The walls feature a natural lime wash in chalky colours providing a beautifully soft new look. Because the light is a key element, the curtains have been removed and instead different mirror installations have been installed, creating alluring reflections in each of the rooms. 

    “Through the colour tones of the furniture, we have tried to embrace and substantiate their mood with naive objects formed in clay and stone. It’s the details and nuances that make the difference, and the overall experience is calm, sensual and down to earth. Each room reflects different levels of the Earth’s clay layers, from ‘Sandy Dust’, to ‘Stony Gray’ or ‘Warm Soil’. With the new showroom ‘Earth Layers’, we have created a holistic experience, where the furniture and the art grab your senses. — stylist Pernille Vest.

    Such a breathtakingly beautiful space, I hope you're feeling as inspired as I am! 

    Images courtesy of Erik Jørgensen

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    Situated among vast fields, quiet sheep herds and slow morning sun in Belgium, a heritage structure has been restored into a newly opened B&B with a beautiful Vipp kitchen. Aptly named The Bunkers, the impressive structure which was originally a fort for Belgian soldiers in the late 1700s, has been completely renovated by a Belgian family with a love for architecture. 

    Living close to the property as a child, Axel De Bisscop was drawn to the brickwork and scale of the buildings. His dream of one day living there came true when years later, as luck would have it, it went on the market. Six years on, The Bunkers now consists of a main house and barn in the original materials, with a wooden extension hosting the bed & breakfast. The incredible transformation carried out by Architectuurburo Govaert & Vanhoutte even includes an under ground tunnel that runs between the main house and the pool and sauna. 2.5 metres tall from floor to ceiling, the tunnel is situated below the B&B to avoid the freezing cold in the winter time. 

    The remodelling of The Bunkers has been carried out with great respect for the original architecture and history of the buildings. The original flooring found in the old barn is made from concrete mixed with large rocks. I love that these carry through to the B&B, with the bathroom sinks made from the same material.

    Axel and Margaux, who live in the main house with one year old daughter Maxyne, wanted the kitchen to be their favourite room of the B&B, a place their guests could really enjoy. Opting for a stunning kitchen in black powder-coated steel from Danish brand Vipp, they are thrilled with the results.

    ‘We have acquired quite a few Vipp products over the years, and one day we were browsing across Vipp’s website and discovered that they not only make products for the home, but they also make an entire kitchen!’, says Margaux. ‘We really fell in love with the industrial look of the kitchen, and when we experienced it for the first time in real life, we could see that it was also very robust. Which is important when used in a professional context such as a B&B". Wanting their guests to actually use the kitchen every day rather than it just being there for show, the couple have certainly made the right choice. There is something very appealing about the functionality and sleek aesthetics of a Vipp kitchen that make you want to jump in and experience it for yourself. 

    The black kitchen was an ideal match for the concrete details of The Bunkers, and the modular concept of the Vipp kitchen made it possible for Axel and Margaux to choose a configuration that matches the needs of hosting a B&B.

    Photography by Tim Van de Velde

    The B&B offers five rooms for rent and is indeed an opportunity to explore the unspoiled nature of Belgium. The area around the The Bunkers is a protected bird sanctuary, which allows for unlimited explorations of the nature and wildlife. ‘We imagined The Bunkers as an exclusive retreat, where you can recharge your batteries. We wanted to offer the complete package; you can relax, explore, swim and socialise. Everything is available within our 250m2. And you can eat your breakfast to the view of fields and sheep, what more can you wish for?’ says Axel. All while getting to experience the Vipp kitchen everyday. I'm sold! 

    For more information visit

    Architect: Benny Govaert, Architectuurburo Govaert & Vanhoutte
    Interior designer: Kristof Goossens, Anversa Architecture & Development

    Images courtesy of Vipp

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  • 06/12/18--02:17: New + Noted
  • 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

    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

    Images courtesy of Articolo

    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

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    Carefully restored, this spacious Stockholm apartment fuses original detailing with contemporary elements. Beautifully preserved fishbone flooring and freshly painted white walls provide an airy, gallery-like feel, perfect for showcasing the impressive collection of large scale artworks. Iconic leather furniture by Poul Kjærholm for Fritz Hansen give the space a relaxed yet luxurious feel, while sculptural pieces, natural ceramics and a touch of rattan add further texture and warmth.

    Images via Behrer & Partners

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    DENFAIR in Melbourne kicked off yesterday and while I am a little sad to not be there in person this year, I'm excited to share one of the standout exhibitors with you. Fitzroy gallery Modern Times, best known for its unique combination of vintage European furniture and contemporary Australian art, has a stellar line up this year, debuting highly anticipated new works by photographer Brooke Holm, among other contemporary Australian artists.

    Sea Lake V by Brooke Holm, alongside ceramic vessels by Zhu Ohmu and Nicolette Johnson

    Many of you will be familiar with Brooke Holm's highly acclaimed work which I have featured before on TDC. Initially establishing herself in Melbourne with numerous sell out exhibitions Brooke moved to New York City in 2016, where she is now based. As a photographer, her work is instinctual, precise and magnificent. Working across the globe, Brooke's art practice focuses on revering the sublime elements of nature and in turn, examining the human impact on that environment.

    On show at Denfair is Sea Lake, a breathtaking series that captures Lake Tyrrell, Victoria’s largest salt lake where evidence of human habitation has been found and documented as the oldest amongst Victoria and Tasmania. Brooke would like to acknowledge the traditional land owners of Lake Tyrell and its surrounds, the Boorong clan, and pay her respects to Elders past and present.

    In this historically profound site of early human and nature bonding, Brooke's process explores the region from a birds-eye perspective, creating abstract visuals of the shallow crusted lake in a swirl of moving texture and colour.

    It's easy to see why Brooke’s aesthetic and photographic sensibility has garnered interest from many corners of the world. This, combined with her instinctual love for nature, travel and the desire to question the way things are, has largely contributed to her fine art practice and its constant evolution.

    *Sea Lake was originally commissioned by Salta for a project designed by architects Bates Smart, in collaboration with Jane the Agency, to celebrate local artists and designers creating exceptional work in their field.

    Modern Times is also exhibiting the work of artists and sculptors Stacey Rees, Ellie Malin, Saxon Quinn, Nicolette Johnson, Tessy King and Zhu Ohmu. Located in the Denfair gallery zone, Stand G14, it runs through to 16th June. 

    The Sea Lake series is also available in store and online at Modern Times with global shipping available. Shop the full Denfair exhibition here

    Images courtesy of Modern Times

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    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

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    Brdr. Krüger, the fifth-generation Danish furniture company, has collaborated with Studio David Thulstrup on a beautiful, bespoke collection of furniture for the new noma restaurant in Copenhagen. The furniture pieces – titled ARV (the Danish word for heritage) – have now become part of Brdr. Krüger’s core collection, available to buy through the Brdr. Krüger website and a select number of retailers worldwide.

    Head Chef and Founder of noma, René Redzepi, commissioned Studio David Thulstrup to design the new home of noma, including a series of furniture pieces. Collaborating with Brdr. Krüger to create the new collection, David Thulstrup designed the pieces to complement the spirit of the new noma space.

    Classic yet contemporary, the ARV chair is elegant and light, with signature accents of craftsmanship that make it incredibly tactile. Beneath the chair’s seemingly simple aesthetic lies a multitude of complex design details that push the conventional limits of craftsmanship. Featuring a sculpted form of fluid curves, the backrest of the ARV chair is designed to support natural human movement and provide optimal seating comfort, while the back leg has a gentle curve, organically connecting to the back and arm rests with delicate and precise joinery. A stunning element that further emphasises the craftsmanship behind the design is the hand-woven detailing, created from classic Danish paper cord.

    Achieving the utmost in comfort for the seat was also crucial to Redzepi, whose wish for guests was to sit in an armchair without having the impression of sitting on a throne. The challenge was solved through the creation of a fine and restrained armrest for the chair to bring an understated formality.

    “We were delighted to work with a native design brand on this special project for noma. Despite the short time frame and complex design, Brdr. Krüger put all their strengths and efforts into making the ARV pieces and our vision for the designs possible. The furniture collection that Brdr. Krüger has brought to life is a testament to their immense passion for craftsmanship and more than 130-years’ experience as leading Danish makers. The ARV collection reflects this legacy in Danish design whilst remaining true to the quality and progressive values of noma.”— David Thulstrup

    The ARV table, which comes in both a round and square version, follows the design cues of the ARV chair and shares the same branch detailing in the joinery. To create a coherent and harmonious whole, Studio David Thulstrup and Brdr. Krüger worked to ensure that the armrest of the chair slides perfectly under the table top, ensuring perfect harmony between two.

    “It is a great honour to be working with René Redzepi and David Thulstrup on the realisation of the furniture for noma. We have relished the chance to work with two of the most creative people in their field and have enjoyed a close creative partnership with like-minded creatives who celebrate enduring values and reinterpret them for a contemporary audience. The ARV collection has a subtle complexity; it draws on our solidity of Danish design heritage but strives forward with a lean contemporary spirit.” — Jonas Krüger, Creative Director of Brdr. Krüger

    Traditional Danish design with a fresh energy and the spirit of a new generation of design. What a beautiful fusion and end result. 

    Images via Brdr. Krüger

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    Providing a steady stream of inspiration this year, Sundling Kickén have completed their latest project for Swedish housing company Riksbyggen. A beautiful apartment in a warm, neutral palette, I love how Evalotta and Elin execute their ideas, bringing a shared vision to life. The bedroom below is one of my favourite rooms. With a refined yet relaxed aesthetic, it features a pair of Building tables by Skagerak, the Turn lamp by Herstal Design and a lovely artwork by Agneta Jörlander. Peg hooks are the perfect finishing touch, providing  a place to hang clothes and other day to day items. 

    Sundling Kickén always perfect the finer details in their styling work. The coffee table above features the beautiful new Cube vase created by Carina Seth Andersson in collaboration with Articles. The sculpture is by talented Stockholm-based artist Kriistina Haataja

    Interior and Styling by Sundling Kickén / Photography by Kristofer Johnsson

    I love the fragrances and display pedestals from Tambur. I think I need one of these rooms in my home!

    Photos via Riksbyggen