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Nordic inspired – The new Morten furniture collection from Heal’s

So often do I find furniture labelling with ‘Scandi or Nordic‘ in the title and it having little integrity or anything to do with the name. You can imagine it gets me quite frustrated. When discovering Nordic or Scandinavian inspired furniture I look for more than simple design aesthetics. Functionality, quality, thoughtful material sourcing, a connection with nature, clean lines and simple shapes are but some of the aspects I search for. I was
happy to find that has launched a range of Nordic inspired furniture with right amount of Scandinavian sensibility, style and quality. Here is the and I think it ticks all of the boxes.

On first glance the Morten Sofa and Arm Chairs look pretty huge with the bold curved lines but surprisingly they have relatively compact dimensions (details below). They can fit comfortably in almost any city apartment. Made from a solid pine frame, oak legs and soft wool upholstery, the seating in the Morten collection look perfectly modern, nordic and so cosy. The feeling of hygge does spring to mind.

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The Stingray rocker chair – Designed by Thomas Pedersen for Fredericia

Once a lounger, always a lounger. Last week I had the perfect opportunity to try out a cool chair from Fredericia. The new matt edition of the Stingray rocker chair, a modern classic by Danish designer Thomas Pedersen.

nspired by nature the Stingray rocker chair has large organic forms with a flowing shape of a stingray. This design allows you to sit back and relax in various positions. After styling it in my home and photographing it from every angle, I made sure that I lounged for hours with my feet up (research purposes of course).

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Fredericia – a heritage of Danish furniture design and current collaborations

During a very special blogger tour, the #ScandiDesignTour2017 , I visited the new Fredericia showroom in Copenhagen. Fredericia are a Danish design house that have been manufacturing furniture since 1911. They are extremely proud of their heritage and rightly so. Iconic designers such as Børge Mogensen and Hans J Wegner were early collaborators and their designs are still being produced today.

Here is an insight to the world of Fredericia and their beautiful designs.

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The Skandium House a new home for Scandinavian design in South Kensington

Just as I’m about to leave the UK what happens? Skandium open up a new incredible store, the Skandium house in theheart of South Kensington! With Skandium’s iconic Brompton road store closing after 10 successful years it makes way for this new concept. The Skandium house will be split between two venues, this one (featured) and another across the road to be launched during London Design Festival ’17. The new house will be designed to reflect real homes with room sets and the unique character of Scandinavian living.

“It will be a totally new store concept for us, consisting of two separate buildings facing each other across the street. One, a townhouse, providing the best possible way to show how our clients could live and furnish their homes, and opposite, a standalone, quintessentially English building dating from the 1860s, which will showcase one of London’s largest collections of Scandinavian lighting, plus a floor full of accessories and gift ideas
expertly curated by Skandium for the design conscious and the curious. In the new store, expect to find an engaging mix of mid-century masterpieces, future classics, and there will always be room for a Moomin mug.” – Jan Vejsholt, Skandium’s Managing Director

I was kindly giving exclusive access to the two storey town house just before the opening and in time before I move. Have a little look inside at what I discovered ………

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The Sense of Scandinavia with Skandinavisk Escapes Collection

I do love candles, in particular Skandinavisk candles. Excitingly, this summer they invited me to an intimate garden party to celebrate the launch of their new ESCAPES collection. Fitting with the Scandinavian’s summer fleet to escape (generally for 3 weeks in their case), I jetted off to Copenhagen to discover more about these candles and enjoy an evening in a perfect rose garden.

I confess. I’m not a fan of roses, in fact I would tend to grimace each time I see them in the shops for valentines day. AND yes I was flown out to Copenhagen to see a rose garden……. but I had faith that there was more too this rose garden than my assumed red rose cliché. After all this is in Copenhagen where it’s known for style, thoughtful design and practicality.

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Moebe presents Floating Leaves by Norm Architects

Scandinavian design brand Moebe are well known for their simplistic, intuitive and clever designs. Their aim is to find in solutions in reducing designs to their simplest of forms. One of my favourite pieces by them (and one that I’ve purchased) is the FRAME in oak. Simply done, the frame is held together by a single rubber band, that’s it!

Moebe have now launched a new collection for this Frame in collaboration with Norm Architects and Paper Collective. Norm Architects’ previous print collection called ‘Sabi Leaves‘ was a botanical expression of times frozen and capturing vulnerable beauty. Similarly this new collection called Floating leaves by Norm Architects are images of botanical leaves at various stages of beauty and decay. However this time the images are directly printed onto the acrylic glass of Moebe’s FRAME.

“The Floating Leaves are inspired by the gathering of botanic samples and classic botanic illustration. Playing with a mix of fresh greens and elements of decay, the Leaves become an expression of passing time and changing seasons. Through the transparency of print and frame the leaves get a unique sense of multi-dimensionality rarely achieved in printed products.”

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Hobo, Stockholm’s fun, young boutique hotel

Back in April I took a trip to Stockholm and stayed in the newly opened Hobo hotel. This was part of my trip where I also reviewed Hotel At Six. Which is actually next door to Hobo and are sister companies. So after spending a few nights in the super luxury hotel At Six, I wondered how I’d fear in their cheaper, younger establishment…….

Needless to say the design style was a sharp contrast to Hotel At Six, not lacking in style or quality, just a different energy completely. Designer furniture and lighting are mixed among tribal style rugs, botanical greenery and artful illustrations. The hotel instantly feels easygoing, happy and inviting.

Designed by award winning Berlin based designer Werner Aisslinger, the hotel has an energetic youthful and stylish aesthetic. “At Hobo we are uniting the hyper urban brutalism of Brunkebergstorg with a feeling of freedom and easiness like traveling throughout continents in a vintage VW camper and preparing food at a camp fire. Award-winning Berlin based designer Werner Aisslinger has created the looks and feels of a hotel for guests who love the adventure of traveling; experiencing pure materials, nature, community, music and good talks.”

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My must have travel essentials

As much as I say “I’ll wait a while before I travel again’, it never really works that way. I have itchy feet, a curious mind and the need to explore more of the Scandinavian design world I love so much. So I’ll be heading back to Copenhagen this week for the incredible 3 Days of Design festival, whoop. I explored this design festival last year and was in love with it instantly. I even welded on a piece of a byLassen Kubus candle holder with non other than Søren Lassen (now owner of the company), Grandson of orginal designer Morgan Lassen. It was such an honour and fun too. Understandably, I’m super excited about this year’s 3 days of design!

I digress. After having travelled a lot this past year I have learnt, much like my ethos for home, to only pack products that I truly love. Made of great materials, design and with little fuss. Here’s a little insight into some of my travel essentials items.

Nuori Supreme moisture mask. This natural face mask also acts as an over night moisturiser. I use this at home and when I travel. Particularly when I’m exhausted and my skin needs a little help, it’s amazing (and they’ve not paid me to say that).

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The Frama apartment, a holistic approach

The FRAMA apartment. Niels Strøyer Christophersen, founder of Frama, opened the doors of his apartment in Østerbro Copenhagen during 3 Days of Design. Here Niels gave a tour and talk, explaining his approach to design and how he renovated this apartment. My schedule was tight so I couldn’t stay long to take pictures, so please excuse any strange angles, I was in a rush!

This former watchmakers store on the ground floor of a classic 1905 Danish townhouse was bought in a run down state. The easy option and most common behaviour when moving into a dilapidated apartment is to paint it entirely white and throw a few rugs down, in stereotypical Scandi style. However when an easy design option is assumed, Niels reacted in the opposite way and created his own approach to honour this space.

For some this apartment may appear unfinished and raw but if you look closer there’s thought and detail everywhere. Neutral tones and exposed walls show layers of history that Niels wanted to keep. He has combined this pared back architectural aesthetic with simple furniture either collected, made or restored.

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Ceramics + Wood = BARMEN & BREKKE

A mutual interest in handcraft, materials and traditional techniques forms the basis of the collaboration between woodcarver and engineer Per Tore Barmen and ceramist Siri Brekke. As Barmen & Brekke they use their different areas of expertise to create unique products combining woodwork and ceramics, such as the Make series of bowls shown above. Read more about the duo at Barmen & Brekke’s own site.