The other day, our friends at Aiayu opened their first store and showroom in the heart of Copenhagen. The most beautiful dream universe with the ultimate qualities of reality and amazing stories of another world. We love when people make an effort, and at Aiayu they make an effort with everything. The store is a complete universe displaying all their beautiful designs and at the same time telling the stories behind the scenes. The brand has great focus on and respect for the outside world and are very conscious of the materials used for their designs. The store is just as aesthetic and simple as their quality designs.
Space Copenhagen has helped out with the interior decorations and All The Way To Paris has designed the visuel identity.
It is a pleasure to be inspired in the new Aiayu store filled sustainable designs and qualities.
Congratulations ladies, well done.
Japanese culture and arts has always been a great inspiration and influenced many western artists. Through the last 150 years, ever since the borders for trade with Japan was opened, we have let the Japanese way of arts, crafts, design and food inspire us to new ways. At The Danish National Gallery (SMK), they are celebrating this special anniversary with a great exhibition JAPANOMANIA portraying what happened when the west met Japan, and showing the turn the Nordic artists took from 1875-1918.
"Exotic geishas, delicate aesthetics and surprising interpretation of nature. Art in Europe is dramatically changing in the second half of the 1800 century. Compositions become asymmetrical, and the motives are more decorative, simple and meditative. Nature is reinterpreted and the artists paint detailed birds, fish and fauna."
The exhibition has been realized in corporation between the 3 nordic National Galleries in Helsinki, Oslo and Copenhagen. It is beautifully organized with lovely colors and lighting. Treat yourself to JAPANOMANIA a dark February afternoon.
One of my favorite stops in Copenhagen have always been at the Stilleben store. Like many of my fellow interior shoppers I am inspired and spoiled every time i step into the store. What's new, who's in and where have they been.
The lovely ladies Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Nordentoft have now decided, that it's time for Stilleben mini warehouse, and therefore they are opening Stilleben No 22 at Frederiksborggade this January 21.
“We want to provide our customers with an experience of more than shopping. In the new store you will find a mix of plants, furniture, wallpaper and textiles and you can buy paint for your walls or look for the right graphic print. You can also browse a book or magazine or immerse yourself in a special kitchen or living room atmosphere,”
The best of all is, that we have been invited to join Stilleben together with our friends Please Wait to be Seated. I almost can't wait to see the result and indulge in new inspiration and be spoiled.
Sarah Becker is an artist. I think I will call her adventure artist. She works with paper and scissors, pen and needle and tread. Sarah has worked for fashion brands such as Fendi, John Galliano and Christian Dior and graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2003.
This year she has created the christmas decorations for Øregaards historic pavilion, and I have fallen in love with the exclusive selection of magical birds and mermaids at the Stilleben Store in Copenhagen. On my wishlist this year there's a mermaid. How magical is that... Merry christmas everyone. See you in 2017 for more inspiration and new stories.
On the top of Mount Montjuïc in Barcelona lies the beautiful museum Fundació Juan Miró. The museum has a collection of Juan Miró throughout his artistic lifespan. In the exhibition you are guided through the artistic life in the eyes of Miró. A huge collection covering the early more figurative paintings and the later very experimenting pieces.
If you are in Barcelona it is definitely worth a trip to Mount Montjuïc to see the works of Juan Miró.
Art makes me happy.
Art is inspiration. Art is beauty. Art is feelings. Art is a break from everyday life. Art is the story of our past, present and future.
Therefore we are proud and grateful to be a part of the Art magazine VÆRK, which is published in collaboration with RUM, Eurowoman and Euroman and the Danish National Gallery. We are looking forward to showing you danish design in the beautiful surroundings of the museum.
The Danish National Gallery needs no further introduction. On their website they say: "We present Danish art to the world and the world’s art to Denmark while taking our point in departure in the museum’s collection of more than 700 years of art. We are Denmark’s largest collection of art experiences...We want to contribute to redefining the museum as an institution and to help promote a creative and reflective society."
The next VÆRK is on the street at September 22. And I'm happy...because I love art.
Marie Gudme Leth (1895-1997) was a danish craftswoman, who brought us a world of flora and fauna. She made textile printing a respected craft, and was a first mover in her generation of craftsmen. Maybe that is why we still love her works and world of fairytale like landscapes, patterns, beautiful birds and flowers. Her prints and designs are still moden to us here 70 years later.
Until September 11. you can still explore the beautiful universe of Maries Gudme Leths designs at Design Museum Danmark. They are showing a selection of the most beautiful textile prints in a display named Marie Gudme Leth - Pioneer of Print
In Aalborg where we live and work, we are lucky to be close to and sponsors of Kunsten art museum.
Kunsten is a living art museum allowing space for immersion, wonder and fascination. The museum houses a unique collection comprising over 4000 works of art, mostly post-1900, by Danish and foreign artists. The exhibition area consists of five galleries providing visitors with ample opportunity to experience the permanent collection as well as a number of special exhibitions. Kunsten also hosts a variety of events including lectures, film screenings, concerts, family workshops, guided tours, and other activities suitable for all age groups.
The museum building, completed in 1972, is an attraction in its own right. Designed by the world-famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, assisted by Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël, it is the only museum building outside Finland designed by Aalto. The museum is built of striking white marble, a style that is continued inside with stunning marble flooring and copper lamps, also designed by Aalto.
Following a period of refurbishment, the museum reopened its doors in January 2016. The renovation work has been carried out with the utmost respect for the original structure, which is a listed building. The result is a new and improved version of the old building. The extensive restoration work has provided the museum with a brand new exhibition gallery, new teaching rooms, new café & shop facilities, a fully refurbished sculpture park featuring a large new terrace and, not forgetting, the replacement of 317 tons of Italian marble both inside and outside the building.
We can definitely recommend a visit to this unique building next time you visit Northern Jutland.
Designer Margrethe Odgaard won the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize 2016 earlier this month. An tremendous achievement on its own. We congratulate.
The award committee’s motivation, "Margrethe Odgaard uses textiles as her basis for design. By thinking with her hands, her approach is at once artisan, tactile, and well thought through. Using both poetic and consistent colour and pattern studies, Odgaard creates coherence in a breath-taking process that is imbued with musicality. Her artistic vision is propelled by her desire for creation and enrichment in which knowledge, ideas, and skills are shared generously and with perseverance."
Margrethe says, "What drives my work, is a constant search for fresh ways of exploring colour and pattern in the material. Educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design in 2005 with additional studies at Rhode Island School of Design in USA, my focus as a textile designer is on colours, patterns, and tactility."
Skagerak says, "Well done, Margrethe you deserve it. We look forward to be working with you more in the future. We look forward to your true colors and vivid designs".
In April, early spring, we were so lucky to be treated by the culinary chefs at Stedsans when we held a Home dinner at our flagshipstore at Indiakaj.
Stedsans is a restaurant placed in the greenhouse of Scandinavia's first rooftop farm, ØsterGRO. The restaurant is located not far from the Copenhagen City Center.
The menu consists of 5 or 6 courses served 'family style' - on plates and trays to be shared among the guests, all seated around one long table. The menu changes every week and is made on the freshest, finest ingredients available from local biodynamic and organic farms. The food is 'clean, simple and local' - mainly based on plants and free of gluten and artificial ingredients.
It can be hard to book a table at Stedsans because of its popularity, but try to join them on @instagram with the name of stedsans_cleansimplelocal and enjoy the culinary pictures.
Greenterior is a new beautiful addition to the coffee table and everyone who love design, interior, art and plants. For some time now we have seen more and more green interior in our homes, and the authors of Greenterior have visited 18 designers and artists who take pride in their homes, where plants and beautiful flowers are a natural part of the interior.
"For Greenterior, we traveled from Brussels to New York looking for kindred spirits and plant-filled homes. In the book each home tour is accompanied by an interview with the artist about their emotional connection to nature, as well as a guide to the greenery within. The book also includes an index with the particular characteristics of every plant shown in the photographs. Greenterior is a sincere plea for more greenery in your houses since it is the easiest way to feel connected to nature, which sometimes seems far away."Coffeeklatch
I love plants as a part of my home, and I'm fortunate to have woods outside my windows, but Greenterior gives me new inspiration to live with more and heavier plants.
Designed by film director Wes Anderson, Bar Luce recreates the atmosphere of a typical Milanese cafè. Although his movies often favor symmetrical tableaux, Anderson feels that ‘there is no ideal angle for this space. It is for real life, and ought to have numerous good spots for eating, drinking, talking, reading, etc. While I do think it would make a pretty good movie set, I think it would be an even better place to write a movie. I tried to make it a bar I would want to spend my own non-fictional afternoons in.’
Some architectural and decorative details from the original structure have been preserved, such as the arched ceiling, which recreates a ‘miniature’ version of the vaulted glass roof of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, one of Milan’s symbolic buildings. Other key elements of the Galleria are replicated inside, creating a sort of patterned decoration for the top half of the bar.
In keeping with the interior design, the seats, formica furniture, floor, veneered wood wall panels and the range of colors employed are reminiscent of Italian popular culture and aesthetics from the 1950s and 1960s, echoing artistic decisions Anderson made years earlier for his short film Castello Cavalcanti. Other iconographic sources have been equally inspirational, notably two masterpieces of Italian Neorealism, both set in Milan: Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan, 1951, by Vittorio De Sica) and Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers, 1960, by Luchino Visconti).
The bar can be accessed directly from Via Orobia, and is meant to be a hotspot for the general public, as well as a regular neighborhood hangout.
This is a materialistic tribute to Cesta and Miguel Milà, and their distributers Santa & Cole.
In our flagshipstore at Indiakaj, Copenhagen, we are fortunate to distribute the beautiful Cesta lamp, which was designed more than 50 years ago. Cesta is not just another lamp, but one of those iconic pieces that you can dream about having in your home. Cesta was designed by Miguel Milà in 1962 and still stands strong today.
Santa & Cole is a small, independent and global editor of well-designed products. With its roots in Belloch (Barcelona, Spain) it works in over 70 countries, driven by the quest for good civil coexistence and determined to foster that.
Santa & Cole actually converge in a common philosophy: not accumulating but rather selecting; not delighting in quantity but rather in quality; not to show but rather to share.
Need I say, I'm a fan.
Last week in Stockholm, we were lucky to be invited to the opening of a new exhibition created by designers Lisa Hilland and Emma Olbers. "We should talk more", is the origin of the exhibition. New meetings between people, materials and techniques. Emma and Lisa have created an artistic project in collaboration with Bolon, Handicraft center in Tibro, Tärnsjö tannery, Rosengrens metal foundry and Siden weaving mill. Talking Pieces is not ordinary objects, but the result of the meeting of art, design and caring. Talking Pieces is a beautiful little comment to our very busy everyday lives. Stop and talk to each other. Thank you Lisa and Emma.
Karin Carlander is a Danish textiledesigner, who has reinvented the classic household textile. She is educated in architecture and design and not the least in textiledesign. All of this comes througn in her designs. She feels strongly about multifunctionality, color, sustainability and the textiles being organic. All her textiles are designed and produced in Denmark or Europe.
All her textiles are numbered according to the thickness of the thread she uses. My favorite is TEXTILE NO. 6, which is a bath towel. The more you use it the more beautiful it looks and the softer it feels.
This christmas I had to buy one special gift from Santa to me. Just to make sure that the Kinfolk Home book would be under the tree. Now I can't wait to dive into beautiful pictures, stories and everyday adventures in the Kinfolk Home by Nathan Williams.
"Through a mix of portrait and interior photography, profiles and essays, readers are welcomed into the homes of designers, entrepreneurs, architects, photographers and stylists across five continents. Delving deeper than decor, Williams invites each resident to share how their ideals have shaped their homes and how their homes have in turn shaped them. At the heart of each living space is an aesthetic shaped by the dweller’s idea of what is essential—whether it’s a collection of inherited French antiques, a table long enough for a dinner party of a dozen or minimalist rooms reserved for creative thought. What each of these homes shares is that they’ve been put together carefully, slowly and with intention."
“The Kinfolk Home explores the slow living movement from a global perspective, presenting tours of creatively conceived domestic environments from Tokyo to Toronto. Featuring stunning photography and thought-provoking essays, the book is a reexamination of what it means to live small and conscientiously.”
Hope you will enjoy exploring as much as me. Happy New Year 2016 to you all.
I'm a Muji fan. Or let's say I'm addicted to its basic everyday products.
When I was in Tokyo a few weeks back, I was excited to visit Found Muji.
Found Muji is located in Tokyo's Aoyama area, in the same retail space where the first Muji opened its first shop in 1983.
Here Muji takes the company back to its roots showcasing traditional, vernacular and often handmade housewares and decorative objects.
If you happen to be in Tokyo, take a trip down memory lane in Found Muji.
Located by the harbour in Copenhagen, Studio Arhoj is a Danish interior & design studio run by Anders Arhoj. Originally founded in Tokyo in 2006, Studio Arhoj is now based in Denmark.
"In addition to exploring the relationship between Scandinavian simplicity and traditional Japanese culture we are interested in keeping alive traditions and knowledge about old crafts such as wheel throwing and glaze construction.
We are in love with the honesty of clay, glaze and the magic that one set of human hands can produce, creating objects that are both affordable and unique."
There's a lot of humor in Arhojs creations. The shape, colors and glaze united in wonderful objects. We are in love with the new Bonbon Dome. It's simply to die for. Thank you Anders for yet another beautiful addition to the Arhoj family.
Johan Strindberg is a swedish photographer who captures the moment of daily existences. Here and now. With his pronounced sense of light or absence of light, sometimes a flash, and by repeated photo shoots, layer upon layer, he has created his own visual world. For his series of poetic fragments of life Johan Strindberg was awarded the Young Nordic photographer of the Year 2014. Johans images is the kind of magic that catches the eye and soul of man. And who does not like magic when it is performed in this manner.
We love it when people do their best. Og we think that Rosio Sanchez has done her absolutely best, when she opened the fabulous little taqueria at Torvehallerne in the heart of Copenhagen.
Rosio grew up in a Mexican family, eating Mexican food and now she has opened a small taco joint, which has dazzeled the world.
This is how it goes when the former dessert chef from Noma makes a career change.
If you haven't tried a taco platter from Hija de Sanchez yet, we send along our warmest recommandations.
We love food. When we travel, it is as much the local cuisine as the people or the place we look forward to. Jerusalem is a cherished new member on the cookbook shelf, which not only makes the taste buds happy, but also provides food for thought in a world full of contradictions.
Sammi Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi are good friends and together they share a passion for food. They also both come from Jerusalem.
Friends - the Jewish Ottolenghi and Palestinian Tamimi - write with great passion and love for their hometown: the colorful, diverse and international Jerusalem. The book is a journey into the city and its rich and varied cuisine, its flavors and aromas .
Karin og Makoto Horisaki live in Kåremo in Småland, where they make a living out of their passion for hats. Many artists and fashion lovers have a Horisaki creation on their wish list. The waiting could be long though, since a hat takes 10 hours to finish. Karin and makoto use a special technique with fire and water, which gives the hats their distinct leather and worn look. We love the story of Karin and Makoto and their passion for hats, and their special and unique style.
"The Kinfolk Table - recipes for small gatherings" is a cookbook created by the team behind the magazine [ Kinfolk ] [2 ]. This is not just a cookbook. This small, wonderful masterpiece contains 85 recipes and portraits of the person behind. There are small portraits of chefs, designers, bloggers, photographers, among many. The people, who are portrayed in the book tell us about themselves, and share recipes they love with others. Like Kinfolk Magazine, the book is filled with amazing pictures, designs and portraits, which is an experience to flip through.
[ Mauer Markt Berlin ] [1 ] is a great place for anyone who loves good flea market finds, quirky designs and totally delicious homemade Turkish street kitchen. Every Sunday you can get all your dreams fulfilled in this fantastic place and it 's certainly not the last time we visited Berlin and Mauermarkt .
[ Place de Bleu ] [1 ] is a local sewingroom in a global world with a multitude of women who sew, knit and crochet everything by hand. Place de Bleu was founded in 2010 at Blågårdsplads in Copenhagen, hence the name. Place de Bleu educate and employ disadvantaged immigrant women to help these women and their families for a better life with more dignity and joy. Place de Bleu is never mainstreem, but a unique piece of history. We love the color combinations and not least the good story .
Introducing Aalborgs new House of Music. The House of Music is the place where people meet and enjoy great musical experiences. An open and modern building, that brings visitors, students and performing musicians together in a common interest - music. The House of Music has been designed by the Austrian architects COOP HIMMELB (L) AU, which has created architectural landscapes around the world for more than 40 years. We love the architecture and the sculptural design and of course the new musical opportunities in our city.
The story of Unikko Marimekkos forbidden flower begins in 1964 after Marimekko's founder Armi Ratia announced that marimekko would never print floral patterns. The designer Maija Isola however, paid no attention and painted red poppies and an entire series of floral designs in protest.
Today, 50 years later, Unikko (poppy), reminds us of the power that a pattern can have on the daily lives of people. The story of Unikko has inspired people around the world to let their creativity run free and be bold in walking their own path in life.
The American artist Wes Lang is currently exhibiting at the Danish museum AROS. His American cultural historical works picturing pin-ups, tattoos, skeletons and small captions of life philosophes are totally rock’n’roll. Definitely worth a visit.
At the beautiful Triennale Design Museum during the Salone del Mobile 2013 in Milan, we introduced With A View. It was very different from earlier classical references, it was new and experimenting. It was the beginning of a new way of thinking and redefining our designs, and we decided to gather all designs under one brand – Skagerak.
I'm am fortunate to live near the beautiful art museum Kunsten in Aalborg. I't was drawn i 1972 by Alvar Aalto and stands just as beautiful today covered in white carrara marble. I often visit and right now it feels as if Alvar has come home. A beautiful retrospective exhibition of his life as an architect and designer is right now shown in his own museum. Alvar Aalto was one of the leading architects in the 20th century and his buildings and designs are celebrated today all over the world.
Besides showing eksamples of architecture and furniture designs, there are also very well composed photographs from the hands of the international recognized photographer Armin Linke. Amin has visited the most prominent buildings by Alvar Aalto, including Kunsten here in Aalborg. The photographs are shown together with original drawings and and other archive material from the Aalto foundation and international lenders.
There are beautiful eksamples of older furniture and lamps, if you in any way are interested in design and beautiful things. Overall you are in for a treat and very meaningful experience at Kunsten with Alvar Aalto. The exhibition runs until April 17th. Maybe we'll meet, because I'm not finished at all.
The photo shows Alvar in his boat Nemo.
Welcome to another world. A world of dreams, gold, diamonds and timeless elegance. Welcome to the world of Rebekka Notkin and her jewels. Rebekka is a goldsmith with her own boutique and atelier in Bredgade in Copenhagen. The most classy and beautiful, almost magical boutique with of course, jewels to die for. Rebekka herself is also the most classy and elegant lady I know. Jewels by Rebekka Notkin are born of a passion for timeless elegance. Inspired by the magic of history, each individually crafted design has a unique story to share with the world.
Rebekka graduated as a goldsmith in 1996 and opened her first boutique and atelier in 1997. She inherited her passionate approach to craftsmanship from her father and grandfather. Her father was a goldsmith by profession, whereas her grandfather was a dental technician. And her collection of tools includes those inherited from both her ancestors.
Please treat yourself to a visit in this magical boutique next time in Copenhagen or in Hamburg, where Rebekka Notkin no2 just opened, and see for yourself what dreams are made of. Because sometimes dreams come trough.
Soon I will be moving into a new home with soul, age, high panels and stucco ceilings. I feel obligated to show some respect and treat the house just right. That's why I have the Farrow & Ball Colours laying on my desk. Because when it comes to color, they know what they are talking about.
Paint pioneers John Farrow and Richard Ball founded the company in 1946. They met while working at a local clay pit and later went on to build their first factory in Dorset. They invested in making paint using age-old production methods, with natural minerals and high levels of rich pigment and continue using these today. Farrow and Ball paints are eco-friendly and everyone at Farrow & Ball is committed to reducing, reusing and recycling.
To be honest the paints are really expensive, but totally worth it. So now I must decide whether my new kitchen should be Elephant's Breath, Dove Tale or go crazy and choose Cooking Apple Green. Wonderful names too...
In Kompagniestræde in the heart of Copenhagen, you will find Sing Tehus. A wonderful little tea salon, where you can meet over an exquisite tea drinking experience. At Sing Tehus you not only drink tea and enjoy the lovely little tea infused cakes, you also find peace and a passion for the ancient tea drinking tradition.
I have always been a tea drinker. I love all kinds of tea, but I must admit that the most wonderful cup of tea is served at Mette Marie Kjærs lovely te salon. Tea is the main character, and tea is carefully brewed and cared for here. Passionated tea lovers will guide you through many possibilities, to make your experience as personal as possible.
If you are an tea expert, you are surely familiar with the matcha tea ceremony. These are also held at Sing Tehus and I have a tea ceremony on the top of my christmas wishlist this year.
At Sing Tehus they really make an effort and are passionated about tea, and we love it.
A new place has touched our hearts. Admiralgade 26 in Copenhagen K, has really made an effort to create a place and space where every detail counts. The colors, the chairs, the menu, the wine, you name it.
They say: "Admiralgade 26 is created from a wish to be present without any other purpose than enduring the rotation of the planet, look people in the eye, rejoice over careful crafts, find peace and meet with likeminded. Be challenged, immerse in the house paper, enjoy saloon evenings or a good movie when days get shorter."
...I can't describe it any better, but try to endure the rotation of the planet, next time you stop by Admiralgade 26.
Way up north in Denmark lies Svinkløv Seaside Hotel. The hotel was drawn by architect Einer Packnesss i 1925, and is approaching 100 years of memories and good company. I think that people was drawn to the hotel because of the remote beautiful location and the peace, that they didn't have at home. The morning ocean dip, homemade cooking, fresh fish in the yellow dining room and cookies and tea in the purple room after supper. Games and conversation with new friends. Soul luxury back then and definitely now.
Time stands still, when you stay at this little hotel. It is a place where rare peace occurs, because of bad mobil coverage, no wifi and no television in the rooms. And the food and the hostmanship is world class. The young new hosts Louise and Kenneth are living the dream as hotel tenants. They really make an effort, and we can't wait to see what they have in store for us in the years to come.
Svinkløv Seaside Hotel is definitely worth a trip. We love it.
This summer during our summer holidays in Skåne, Sweden, we visited Wanås Castle. In the park of Wanås Castle is the most magical interactive outdoors art exhibition with 50 unique pieces from international artists.
We took a walk in the park on a perfect sunny day and played along for a couple of hours. Some of our favorite pieces, and there were many, are Yoko Onos Wishing Trees, Jeppe Heins Anti Social Bench and Jacob Dahlgrens climbing sculpture. This park is for everyone, adults, children and even for those adults who are not art interested. Highly recommendable.
Aritayaki, a kind of Japanese pottery, finds its roots in the ancient ceramics town of Arita located on Kyushu Island in southern Japan. It was in this town, in the year 1616, that the Koreans first introduced the art of pottery to Japan. Up to today Arita still produces ceramics made by local craftsmen using the distinctive ingredient of clay made from crushed stone. Inspired by the profound experience and skills of local Arita craftsmen, designer and creative director Teruhiro Yanagihara developed a complete new ceramics brand for Momota–Touen Corporation. Named after its origins, 1616 / Arita Japan products are produced in the same factories as the original Arita pottery but take a complete different design approach. 1616 / Arita Japan stands for contemporary products that can be used everyday, though made with the extraordinary workmanship, thinness and strength of original Arita ware.
Design and art cannot stand alone. Or let me say, it is so much stronger in the presence of each other.
we redecorated our flagshipstore in Copenhagen this year, and decided to get help from Edition Copenhagen to bring art and design together. And so we were helped with nine beautiful lithographs by Erik A. Frandsen, John Kørner, John Copeland, Asbjørn Skou, Jockum Nordström and Candida Höfer, which now bring art and design together at Indiakaj. Big thanks to Edition Copenhagen.
Edition Copenhagen, established 1959, is a lithographic workshop and gallery space located in a 1000m2 characteristic building in the Christianshavn district of Copenhagen. Edition Copenhagen has three partners Rasmus Urwald, Dannie Vieten and Peter Wissing Sørensen and is one of the leading lithographic workshops in the world. The intention of the owners is to create a haven, where the artist can roam freely in order to continue developing the printing process and to pass on the knowledge of lithography as a unique medium of artistic expression.
All I can say is, please stop by Indiakaj 2, Copenhagen and enjoy the reunion of art and design.
ØsterGROis the first Danish farming community created on the roof of an old car auction building in Copenhagen.
In April 2014, an early spring morning, 110 tons of farming soil was delivered on the roof of the auction house. It had been prepared with new foundation and edges by carpenters apprentices from the tecnical school of Copenhagen.
All the locals were invited to join the force and with the help from over a 100 neighbors and volunteers, the field was laid within one weekend. They were now ready for ideas and seeds to grow, and today Østergro is a functioning vegetable field, with beehives, greenhouse, egg laying chickens, rabbits, compost, outdoors kitchen and not the least happy days.
Vegetables, eggs and honey is distributed to the 40 members and Østergro is taken care of by two of the promoters, one employee and many of the engaged members and volunteers.
Østergro is a grounding experience and we love when visions are wisely translated to reality. Thank you Østergro.
In Kompagniestræde in the heart of beautiful Copenhagen, lies the Tortus studio. Eric Landon is a potter with a passion and the owner of Tortus Studio and shop. His passion is turning beautiful vessels and bringing them to life with glazes from another world.
Eric has a very international approach to pottery and sells his creations to collectors all over the world. He collaborates with both international designers as Calvin Klein and plans to work with danish fashion icon Henrik Vibskov. We can't wait to see the result of this collaboration.
I was fortunate to attend one of his workshops for both trained and amateurs in the studio, and it was a week in heaven with clay on my hands, new international friendships and marvelous vegetarian lunches and talks from the whole world. Highly recommendable.
This is the week for going to the beautiful city of Milan if you are in the business of design, furniture and art.
This year I have decided to pay the Prada Foundation a visit.
The new Milan venue of Fondazione Prada, conceived by architecture firm OMA—led by Rem Koolhaas—expands the repertoire of spatial typologies in which art can be exhibited and shared with the public. Characterized by an articulated architectural configuration which combines seven existing buildings with three new structures (Podium, Cinema and Torre), the new venue is the result of the transformation of a distillery dating back to the 1910’s.
As stated by Rem Koolhaas: “The Fondazione is not a preservation project and not a new architecture. Two conditions that are usually kept separate here confront each other in a state of permanent interaction–offering an ensemble of fragments that will not congeal into a single image, or allow any part to dominate the others.
New, old, horizontal, vertical, wide, narrow, white, black, open, enclosed – all these contrasts establish the range of oppositions that define the new Fondazione. By introducing so many spatial variables, the complexity of the architecture will promote an unstable, open programming, where art and architecture will benefit from each other’s challenges”.
Kula is the name of the coolest and most environment friendly gift wrap. It is also the name of a really good idea, which not only saves the environment, but a product which will make a difference for both the buyer and the receiver. Kula was founded by Cathrine and Cecilie Stöger Nachman in 2015 and the origin of the idea arose because of the 800 tons of giftwrapping that is landfilled after christmas in Denmark alone. Cathrine and Cecilie care, and they created the most beautiful giftwrap, that can be recycled and used again and again.
"The name kula is derived from a cultural phenomenon in Papua New Guinea, where special treasures are passed from person to person, the temporary ownership of the objects endowing power and prestige upon its current owner before being passed on to the next recipient." I think it is a beautiful thought, and I will for sure pass Kula on to my dear ones.
In the beautiful town of Stockholm you will find Mathias Dahlgrens fantastic restaurant "Matbaren". Matbaren is a modern bistro. They serve the best Swedish commodities spiced with curiosity and inspiration from the whole world. You choose from the entire menu accordingly to taste, hunger and interest. On your little wooden personal tray there's a serving of the most delicious Swedish crisp bread before you order. The food on its own is fantastic and surprising, and we always look forward to coming back.
Ilse Crawford has decorated and captured the essence of Matbaren. A bit of Swedish folklore and international raw elegance.
In every way you feel comfortable and spoiled at Matbaren. See you there?
Organic Makers - DIY skincare
At Organic Makers you can create your very own and personalized skincare range. You can do it the organic, conscious and non-animal tested way that we all love.
Organic Makers is the place for everyone who cares about organic and ethical skincare. The Makers behind the scenes are Daniel Carlsson og Josefin Kvist and they have very high demands for the basic materials they choose, and they have carefully handpicked all the products that they sell in their store in Malmo, Sweeden and on their web shop.
It's a fantastic place and we can only recommend it to all the "organics" out there. We love when somebody makes an ekstra effort.
Meet Sweedish Nicklas Hultman. He is a graphic designer and a visual artist. I came across an article of Nicklas in a flight magazine, passing time, and I was intrigued by the very masculine artist with a very feminine message. Nicklas lives in Shanghai where he makes a living of visual art.
Static Flowers are some of his works, which have gone around the world and have been exhibited in Wales, Rohde Island and Shanghai. Beautiful flowers often twisted and turned in a very masculine way. There's absolutely something raw and the same time very poetic over his works. #Flower #Power Nicklas.
At the museum Form & Design Center in Malmø, there's an exhibition right now showing the collaboration between 24 designers and producers from Skåne. "Den Nya Kartan". This exhibition is all about changing our way of thinking and acting in the design process. The result is different and very exiting. We fell for Louise Hederstrøms design, the result of the collaboration with the producer Studio Carina Grefmar. Together they created beautiful leather shelves inspired by forrest nature.
You can still catch the exhibition which is showing until November 15.
Did you make it to Multiplex during London Design Week? We did... and what an amazing and eyeopening experience.
Tom Dixon presents MULTIPLEX at the Old Selfridges Hotel, an immersive, multi-sensory department store of tomorrow. He accomplished all this in just 6 weeks.
Tom says: ‘The high streets are fighting a losing battle against the shift to online shopping, while eyewatering rents for prime locations squeeze traditional stores even further. It is time to radically rethink how these spaces can become relevant again in a digitally-defined future. The Multiplex is a prototype shop for the future, a multiple stage for new ideas. Just as in the modern world, the artificial distinctions between Designers, Artists, Manufacturers, Wholesalers and Retailers, Communicators, Entertainers and Customers blur, merge and get redefined. The space becomes a resource for working, playing and entertaining, for inspiration and for business, a platform for superior broadcasting of brands and ideas and a temporary central London entertainment space for new commerce.’
You can still make it until Oct. 15.
Amerikanske Justine Ashbee is a textile designer and weaver amongst many things. She experiments with ancient methods and works with untraditional materials in her handwowen wall tapestries. Her choice of materials makes her works almost magical.
Native Line Native Line is a blog style feed focusing on visual wonders that are inspiring for Justine's visual art, jewelry line, and design objects. Take a look and be inspired.
Every day for a year the young norwegian designer Stian Korntved Ruud carves a wooden spoon. His project "The Daily Spoon" is a study in the aesthetic and functional qualities of the spoon.
He makes all the spoons in a traditional way with only hand tools. The point of this is to actively cooperate with the
material, in this case wood. In a modern industrial production the machines overwrites the wooden structures and natural growth pattern. When using manual hand tools the design collaborates with the wood structure
during the forming process. This underpins all the spoons unique qualities.
If you want to follow the daily progress of "The Daily Spoon", follow Stian on instagram STKORU where he posts a new spoon every day.
On Friday, December 5., the charity association [ Jonas' Christmas ] [ 1] opens the annual charity exhibition in Atelier September at Gothersgade in Copenhagen. The association consists of Frederik Bille Brahe, Mads Nørgaard & Jonas Trampedach.
Danish and international artists, designers and architects donate a piece of personal art.
This year counts contributors among other Jesper Just, Sir Paul Smith, Cathrine Raben Davidsen, Tal R, Henrik Vibskov, Anika Lori and our dear Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm.
The works will be on sale for 500 danish kr, and proceeds go to "Reden". A place where abused and prostituted women can come for help.
Jonas ' Christmas will take place from 5th to 13th of December and if you are in town it's definately worth a visit and your time. Perhaps we will meet?
Ariele Alasko is a furniture builder and woodworker living in Brooklyn, NY.
Her primary material of choice is plaster lath, small strips of wood that come from the old walls of hundred-year-old buildings in Brooklyn. Fairly available due to the constant gutting of these old brownstones, she collects the materials, cleans it, and uses the woods natural coloration and patina to create intricate patterns in her work, without the use of any stains.
Each piece takes days or even weeks to complete, as every strip of wood is cut individually to attain a perfect fit, making sure the resulting panel or table top is level, smooth, and without any gaps. Ariele, we think your work is fantastic.
Textile designer Margrethe Odgaard and furniture designer Christina Liljeberg Halstrøm has been working with the title Included Middle, as the basis for how the designers meet users and allows them to interact with the objects. The exhibition is showing at the gallery Super Object until 25 November.
We had the opportunity to talk to Margrethe about how, among other things, it is to collaborate with another designer and her hopes for the future.
"Cooperation is about dialogue. It's about mutual respect, to receive criticism and seek dialogue, which really worked well for Christina and I. It's like one and one is three, and our "space" has its own identity."
"We will continue to work together in our own subsidiary. We exist, and the cooperation does not stop here. There are several exciting projekts in the future."
"I'm not trying to revolutionise the world. I just want to make a difference on a small scale and create a little warmth in the homes with my design." Margrethe Odgaard.
We look forward to seeing more from Margaret and Christina. It can only be good.
This summer, when we were out shooting Stories catalogue 2015, we were fortunate that [ Lillaro ] [1 ] opened their doors for us. Lillaro is a magical little place in the middle of nowhere in Sweden near Vejbystrand. The food was simple, made with care and consideration and tasted heavenly. Lillaro is the perfect place for those who want to enjoy good coffee in peace - real peace and quiet.
Either in the garden or indoors among crazy and exciting gadgets. Pelekas shop is a part of Lillaro, where unique designs and special little treasures from another time are sold. Lillaros people and surroundings make it a special and unforgettable experience. Thank Lillaro.
This year at Salone del Mobile in Milan, we came across the most innovating and wonderful new creations from the hands of Dossofiorito. Dossofiorito is a design collaboration started in Verona in the autumn of 2012 by Livia Rossi and Gianluca Giabardo. It is located in an old car workshop, where Livia and Gianluca carry out their design experiments with a very hands-on approach. The name “Dossofiorito” (flowery mound), comes from an old neon sign salvaged in a dump yard few years back. The unusual name has been enthusiastically adopted by the design duo.
Lene Roehrig Kjær, born in Danmark, 1981. Graduated in 2009 from The Glas and Ceramics school of Bornholm. Lene has created a number of ceramic projects, exhibitions and is well known and represented in danish interior magazines. She works with raw materials and abstract shapes. We borrowed one of Lenes ceramic objects for cool decor in our latest fotoshoot.
Dimore Gallery is one of our favorite places to visit in Milan. Put it on your "must see list" for next year if you're not already a fan. Dimore Gallery is not just a gallery: It is a home, a journey, an experience, a dialogue between past and present. All objects in the room were either selected or created by designers Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran. Small or large, old or new, each one has a story of its own that captures the imagination in a way that only art and design can make.
We just love Milan, when it comes to finding new inspiration. This year at the Danish Mindcraft14 in the exiting area of Venture Lambrate, we experienced beautiful and tactile arts. We just love this "Flower Arrangement" by Marianne Nielsen.
Daniel Kowal-Andersen and Carl Emil Jacobsen are the geniuses behind this series of innovative kitchen utensils to die for. We just love these kitchen creations and would be delighted to have these in our kitchen. Not yet in production, but we hope they are on their way.