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MENU SS18 NEWS

I dont think we even have to talk about the change Menu has gone through as a brand the last couple of years. Lets just establish that Menu is a trendsetting brand who delivers design we´re all craving for, every season. For SS18 again there is some really nice new products, both furniture, lamps and accessories. The coat hangers above, called Afteroom Coat Hanger is not a new product, but I love this small version of the original. Not only is the size changed but also the proportions which makes it so much more of a statement on the wall. Simple yet eye-catching. Also, the Align Day Bed on the photo? One of the prettiest daybeds I know.

The Harbour Chair is new, and shown for the first time at the fair in Cologne this week. The chair was designed by Norm Architects specifically for the Menu Space in Nordhavn to fulfill a variety of needs. It looks very comfortable, and the dining chair is ideal for both private homes, restaurants, offices and conferences. The Menu Space required a chair that could suit a range of purposes and the perfect balance between geometry and organic shapes is to be found in the chair. Looking good in the home of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Norm Architects (above) and available in both textile and leather upholstery, a variety of colors on the shell and both wood and metal legs.

The Afteroom Chair family got a new member, the Afteroom Bar Chair Plus. All chairs got wider backrests and a luxurious upholstering of both seat and backrest. Like the original chair, the new one is deconstructed and stripped for every unnecessary component. The result is a simple yet beautiful chair that embodies both minimalism and style. The Balance candle holder below was new this fall, designed by rising-star Fredrik Alexander Werner, senior designer at Norm Architects. The Balance candle holder is a modern interpretation of the traditional candlesticks carried in centuries past to illuminate the path ahead. Elegant, minimal and stripped to its essence. I love mine, its like a small sculpture, just as beautiful when not in use.

More products with new features is the JWDA lamp by Jonas Wagell (below). A new version with marble base and one with black base in addition to the existing  concrete, steel and brass editions. The elegant Synnes Chair by Falke Svatun this season comes in a new upholstered version. The new version also got the original wooden legs replaced with tubular steel. Visually lighter than the original, the updated Synnes Dining Chair puts the emphasis on cushioned comfort without sacrificing its visual authenticity.

photos via Menu

Elisabeth

 

 

ONE PIC WEDNESDAY // ANOUR NEWS

Invitations and press releases is filling up my mail box these days as fairs are coming up and lots of new products are launched. The Cologne fair is already on this week and from what I’ve seen from different stories there are some pretty nice things going on there. Anyways, this image from Anour caught my eye today. Anour is co-exhibiting with Sibast Furniture during the Stockholm Furniture and Light fair (opening February 5.th) and it seems like a new floor lamp is launched. It looks beautiful and will be a nice addition to the collection which up until now consisted of pendants, table lamps and wall lamps. Minimal, like a sculpture in the room with a floor stand shaped and with the same proportions as the pendants in the Anour collection. The Swoon chair from Fredericia is also looking good here, the mustard color and the soft, but still sculptural shape in perfect contrast to the lamp.

Elisabeth

 

THIS WEEKS MOST INSPIRING // THE GJØVIK HOUSE BY NORM ARCHITECTS

I remember hearing someone talking a couple of years ago about a house in the planning a bit north of Oslo. Kjersti Linnerud and her family had engaged Norm Architects to design their new house, and now the house is finished. The result is simply amazing. So well designed, it looks to be a very well functioning home and also an architectural masterpiece. The beautiful view of the lake Mjøsa is taken into consideration and from several places in the house the view is framed beautifully by the windows. The Gjøvik house, consists of overlapping cubes of different sizes, which makes it an intimate and dynamic family home with materials, levels and inbuilt, tailor-made furniture creating a minimal yet warm and secluded feeling. The house gracefully embraces the hill side terrain, merging with its surroundings in a humble and natural manner. Having thoroughly considered the climate in the process of designing the house, the idea behind the cluster style house was to give the home a cosy and inviting feel, where you can truly hibernate and take shelter from the frigid days of Nordic winter.

The house consists of 6 cubes overlapping each other in plan and section. This creates a cosy universe filled with nooks and crannies, and with a continuously surprising flow. Moving through the house, the eye wanders from one room to the next, on to the next again, adding a distinct sense of depth. The intertwining is further highlighted in the choice of materials. Floor becomes wall and wall becomes floor in an ever-changing world of concrete, wood and subtle, warm tones. Having the majority of all furniture built in adds to the soft, yet minimal expression in this unique family home. The modern cluster house gives you the sensation of being together, when not necessarily being in the same room, with thresholds defined by switching levels and materials.

The Gjøvik House is a great example of the essence of Norm Architects´work. The balance between richness and restraint, between order and complexity. Every project by Norm Architects , whether its architecture, interiors, design or creative direction is imbued with the same intrinsic quality, a simplicity that carries bigger ideas. Guided by the body and mind rather than by trends or technology, their projects explore ideas that not only look good but that also feel good: Architecture becomes thoughtful, minimalism acquires softness and visual matter assumes haptic qualities. More by Norm Architects to be found here, the newly opened restaurant Nærvær, their design for EX.T, and the Menu Space in Copenhagen, beautifully captured by Katerina Dima.

photo © Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen / lead architect, Linda Korndal 

Elisabeth

 

TRENDING // ROUND DINING TABLES

I just put one round dining table up for sale to find myself searching for a new one. When I planned my new kitchen I also planned in my old marble table, its beautiful, I got it custom made and everything. But its too big. (A bit embarrassing to admit, but I didn’t remember the measurements..) So I’m in the lookout for a round table again, which I dont mind at all. Its super social to gather friends and family around a circular table, interaction when sat at the table is more intimate and it softens the space with its shape considering theres a lot of straight lines in my home. Also there are so many great tables to choose from. I’m sharing seven of my favorites here, iconic designs mixed with new and cool ones. All suitable for a modern, Scandinavian interior.

Above, Snaregade Table by Menu. The Snaregade series was designed by Norm Architects, originally for Bjarne Hansen – the CEO and founder of Menu. Intended for his living room at home. While at it Norm Architects also manufactured a few tables for their own studio and the tables has been in use ever since. The series consists of a rectangular table, an oval one and the round above. New this spring is a version in light grey (I´ve only seen a glimpse, but it looks really pretty!).

The iconic Saarinen dining table designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957 is available in a variety of materials and colors. The Arabescato marble (above) and the grey marble (below) are my favorites. An upper price range table, but I don’t think I would ever be able to get tired of it. The table is a part of the Pedestal collection where Saarinen vowed to eliminate the «slum of legs» found under chairs and tables with four legs. Manufactured by Knoll. 

Another iconic design, the PK54, designed by Poul Kjærholm (above and below). The PK54 dining table is a study in contrasting materials and forms. Circle meets square and the pure expression leaves a monumental impression. Simply stunning. Designed in the period between 1951-1967 as a part of the Kjærholm collection. Available in different kinds of marble with stainless steel legs, manufactured by Fritz Hansen.

 

 

 

Loop Stand Table by Hay is also available in a round version (above). I’ve only noticed the rectangular one before, as it is more common, but the circular one is pretty nice too! Also a more budget friendly option than the ones further up. Loop Stand is Leif Jørgensen’s well-designed and ultra-functional, no-nonsense series of coat stands, wardrobe furniture and tables, all with a consistent family identity. Loop Stand Table shares the same clean visual expression as the wardrobe stand, where the characteristic three-legged trestles are attached to the table top with screws. Available in black or white laminate with powder coated steel legs, also black/white.

In Between Table by Sami Kallio for &tradition (the one I had in my previous home, above) is super pretty and available both in smoked oak, white stained oak and black. Kallio chose the shape of the table to address issues within modern interiors. Its round shape means it must be brought away from walls, therefore taking an active role in any room.

Supper Round Table by Fogia (above), designed by Andreas Engesvik in 2017. The Supper dining table is simple and elegant, its functional and can easily seat six persons around a small, practical surface. The table has a delicate aesthetic with slender proportions and a visual lightness. Available in different varieties of veneer wood tops and metal frames.

Last one up, the Gubi 2.0 Table below. Clean lines and simple details, yet sturdy and exclusive materials, a modern yet classic alternative for a round dining table. And a wide range of variety when it comes to materials and colors to choose from.

 

 

Elisabeth

MY FAVORITES FROM THE SALES AT ELLOS

photos © Ellos, collage by Elisabeth Heier


Sponsored post, in collaboration with Ellos
January is the time for the really good buys, at a reduced price. Looking through the endless pages of clothes, accessories and homeware can take hours, cause there is a lot right now. So, to make it easy for you I´ve picked my favorites from the sales at Ellos and I hope you like them. There is both something for yourself and for your home.

1. Ceramic plates from Bloomingville, nok 135,- (50% off normal price). These has been on my list for a long time, love the imperfect surface and unglazed ceramic edge.
2. All I want to do these days is wrap myself in warm scarfs and stay inside and away from the snowy, cold weather. The beautiful camel colored scarf looks both nice and warm, nok 149,- (40% off normal price).
3. Comfortable «I-wanna-wear-all-day-long-pants» nok 174,- (30% off normal price).
4. Easy update of the bedroom with a new plaid in a pretty beige color. Premium quality plaid for the bed in washed linen, a real bargain at the price of nok 800,- (50% off normal price).
5. I always try to find a classic white shirt on sales and this one is a bit different and super cool. Tailored shirt, nok 250,- (50% off normal price).

Happy January shopping!

Elisabeth

THIS WEEKS OFFICE

The last week before Christmas is spent in the sun at the Canary Islands with my family. My dad is celebrating his birthday and invited the whole family with him, and I feel quite spoiled to be here considering everything I have going on at the moment. The renovations in my apartment is finishing up and the move is closing up. ..so I´ll be lucky to arrive Oslo rested and ready for everything thats waiting. While I’m here there are of course work to be done too, but half the day in the sun and some hours working isn’t a bad deal at all. Back in Oslo it´s freezing cold and snowy streets, and here? Nothing but blue skies, pretty views of palms and the ocean. I’m soaking up on sunlight before I’m heading home to empty one apartment and move into the new one.

photo © elisabeth heier

Elisabeth