I have been following the Norwegian brand Ask og Eng on Instagram since their very beginning in early 2016, and its quite impressive to see what they have accomplished in such a short while. Ask og Eng is run by Kine Ask Stenersen and Kristoffer Eng which design and hand craft customized kitchens, wardrobes, bathroom furniture and more. All in the sustainable material bamboo. A visit to their beautiful showroom in Drammen is on top on my list, even more after Kine shared these amazing photos of it with me. (Thank you so much for letting me share them on my blog!)

The couples desire to make something special, different and sustainable for their own home resulted in several hand made bamboo kitchens and was followed by the establishment of the Ask og Eng studio where they now offer their hand crafted products to customers all over the country. Kine´s background is in environmental geography and climate change means that when it comes to design and manufacturing, sustainability is of utmost importance to her. Kristoffer is a trained architect and the practical aesthetic mind behind the company.

The Ask og Eng showroom is situated in an old, industrial building in Drammen, south of Oslo. The raw expression with its concrete floors, large windows, uncovered pipes and newly added walls covered with Kabe – all toghether it makes a beautiful backdrop for the bamboo kitchens.

Although I still have no idea of what my next kitchen will look like, I´m constantly looking for inspiration. (..yes, my contract on my current home is soon ending and its about time to actually find that dream apartment.) The Ask og Eng collection also include doors ready made to fit IKEA units in addition to their custom made kitchens, which is a great option if you already have a well functioning Ikea kitchen, or move into a home who has one, but want a more high end and exclusive kitchen. Which it probably will be in my case. I really can´t wait to visit and see this for myself now!

photo Claus Truelsgaard / styling Kate Wood 

See more at Ask og Eng´s website, and also, there´s a really nice feature to be found online at Cereal Magazine.




My last meeting this week were with the Norwegian lighting- and lifestyle brand Northern Lighting and before I left I made sure to take some photos of the cool showroom in Bygdø Allé. I really wish I could show you some of the news I got a glimpse of as well, but until the launch it´s a secret.. At least I can tell you there are some really beautiful new lamps on its way from Northern Lighting, and also other exciting news to come.

In January I showed you some of the news they launched this winter, and below you can see both Say My Name table lamp (new color) designed by Morten & Jonas and Circle pendant designed by Hannekaisa Pekkala. Also seen is Illusion pendant, Sunday wall lamp and Poppy outdoor oil lamps.

photo © elisabeth heier 




Ad/In collaboration with Bang & Olufsen 
Can you spot the new tv in my living room? When I was asked to try out the BeoVision Horizon from Bang & Olufsen of course I said yes. The design is really nice, and the flexibility of a tv with a wheel stand fits my lifestyle perfect. I don´t have a suited wall to hang a tv on, and to be honest I don´t spend much time watching tv either. ..but I must admit, the good habit is about to change after this one moved in.

The BeoVision Horizon was designed by Torsten Valeur, and I love the minimalistic design. The classical Bang & Olufsen TV has no unnecessary details, only the essentials. This makes it blend in and suit any interior, or stand out in your home if that is your wish. Either hang it on the wall, place it on a wall stand or use it with an easel stand that gives it an very casual look. Or with the weel stand that I´ve got. Very versatile and I also love how it reminds me of how the TV´s looked like when I grew up. Though they were huge and far from as good looking as this one. When the tv is not in use I easily roll it back into place against the wall, and you can´t even see it when you look into the living room. Perfect, or what?

I am not going to go further into explaining the technical qualities of the BeoVision Horizon, but I can assure you both the sound and the picture quality is amazing. The picture automatically adjusts to the content and light conditions, and it got intergrated access to all your enetrtainment through the Android TV™ platform. I have always had the impression that Bang & Olufsen represents exceptional quality and design, but this is even better. Did I tell you I love it?

photo © elisabeth heier




De fine trefigurene fra Kay Bojesen Denmark er populære både blant store og små her hjemme, og det er ekstra gøy å få lov å vise dere den nyeste fuglen i familien, sangfuglen Ravn. Den vakre, sortmalte fuglen er nettopp lansert og jeg tipper den vil stå på mange gavebord fremover. Kay Bojesens trefigurer er det perfekte skrivebordstilbehøret for designinteresserte, eller som et designinnslag i bokhyllen. Og med sitt markante mørke uttrykk passer Ravn ekstra godt inn med vår nordiske innredningsstil.

Apen er den mest kjente av Kay Bojesens trefigurer, og siden den så dagens lys i 1951 er den blitt et designikon. En gave som blir gitt til dåpsdagen, konfirmasjonen eller som man unner seg selv i voksen alder. Figurene som ble laget som leketøy av Kay Bojesen på 1920-tallet gikk i 40- og 50-årene over til å bli designobjekter. Apen ble raskt et symbol på Danmark og dansk design. Den er nærmest evigvarende og er blitt en klassiker som kan arves fra generasjon til generasjon. Bojesen selv ønsket at figurene skulle være mennesklige, varme og levende, «linjene skal smile» som han sa. Dyrene har glimt i øyet og bevegelse i kroppen, og er små personligheter akkurat som Kay Bojesen selv var det.

Kay Bojesen er ansett som et av de store designnavnene i Danmark og hans kunsthåndverk er blant de mest etterspurte av dansk design. Med over 2000 design i løpet av karrieren var han en produktiv mann, og det tas stadig frem skisser av de fine trefigurene hans fra arkivet som så settes i produksjon. Til glede for små og store designspirer.

I samarbeid med Kay Bojesen Denmark har jeg fått lov å gi en av mine lesere et eksemplar av Ravn og et eksemplar av Apen. Alt du trenger å gjøre er å legge igjen en kommentar i feltet under.
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foto © elisabeth heier




I´m a huge fan of the work of Norm Architects and at the Trends & Tradition fair in Copenhagen last week I attended a speach by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, on of the founders of Norm. It was very inspiring to hear the ideas behind some of their projects and getting a deeper understanding of how they work. No wonder their work was acknowledged by the Elle Decoration Design Awards in Milan during Salon del Mobile where Norm Architects won the award for best design in the bathroom category with their Frame modular system that was designed for the Italian brand ex.t.

Inspired by the many raw DIY solutions for bathroom consoles found in some urban contemporary boutique hotels, Norm Architects designed their own precise and minimalist version of a naked and structural exposed bathroom console system.
«We have always adored the cool and unpretentious bathroom consoles that are often made of standard brass pipes and fittings just topped with a slab of marble and a metal basin. It gives a light and airy atmosphere to the bathroom, that is often dominated by heavy and somewhat clumsy cabinets», Norm Architects.

Frame is a versatile modular system of bathroom consoles and furniture that features a clean and minimalist design, making it a delicate graphic piece with a Nordic allure. Consisting of thin, sharp black graphic frames, it is a flexible and modular system that can be modified in various ways depending on both your functional and aesthetic needs. Made of refined natural materials such as steel, stone and wood, the ultimate goal of the Frame system was to make a versatile and customisable piece of furniture that would accommodate any modern living space without drawing too much attention.





photos via Erik Jørgensen

Since I didn´t visit the fair in Milan last week I´ve been going through the press photos, Instagram updates and blogposts from those who were present. The photos from this installation caught my attention immediately, it´s called Portal and is a design collaboration between Norwegian Snøhetta and Everything Elevated. Manufactured by Danish Erik Jørgensen. The installation were created for Wallpaper Magazine’s Handmade exhibit in Milan during design week. PORTAL’, a free-standing ladder designed to change the viewers perspective. Using wood and leather crafted by Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik, the design approach of Snøhetta and the strategic acumen of design practice Everything Elevated, «PORTAL» is an illusionary mix of mirrors, monolithic scale and finely detailed materials. It’s also a physical expression of the spiritual experience. It looks absolutely amazing from the photos, like so everything else from Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week. Next year I´ll be there, for sure.