Since I´m on the move the beautiful apartment I have been renting the for the last nine months is now up for sale. Last week my talented friend and colleague Katerina Dima shot these photos of it for the sales ad. Working with Katerina is always a pleasure and she really did magic for the apartment with her camera. Although I love the fact that I now have my very own apartment, I have enjoyed it so much living here. Lucky those who will end up buying it.
Since the apartment was newly renovated when I moved in I only repainted some of the walls and brought with me my furniture. The high ceilings, beautiful windows and floors and the original stucco – it makes a unique atmosphere. Exactly what I wished for.
And the balcony. I´ve been out here as soon as the sun has been shining all spring and summer!
I don´t think I have ever showed my childrens room either here on the blog or on Instagram, although it´s not very big it is so cosy. And their comment after I cleaned up all their toys and stuff lying around for the photos? We´re never making a mess again mom, this is so nice! You can imagine how long it lasted.. The difference between a real home and a styled one is huge, at least for my home. But it can look so nice when all the clutter is moved back to where it belongs.
I have had some unique art- and design objects on my wish list for a while, and although the ones one my shelf only is borrowed for the styling I did last week it gave me a good opportunity to get to know the artists better – and try out how the objects look like in my interior.
First up, the print by Apropos Studio from their Fragments series. The photo is from the Church of the Light by Tadao Ando in Osaka, Japan. I have had a crush on their prints for a long time and I especially love this one. Apropos Studio is an experimental platform for art projects formed by photographer Marian Strand and architect Elisabeth Gellein. The photos comes in series of ten, numbered and signed. Marian is based in Stavanger and Elisabeth in Copenhagen and in addition to their photo prints they also do different publications and set design. Two talented woman we need to keep an eye on.
The candle holder is from Oslo based Kneip. A craft, design and art studio founded by Jørgen Platou Willumsen and Stian Korntved Ruud. Together they share different experiences and knowledge that they use to make Kneip a diverse studio. Nature and craftsmanship are important sources of inspiration. This candle holder is called Geometri, and is basically a stack of silver soldered geometric steel profiles. I think it´s genius. Handmade by Kneip in their studio here in Oslo.
The beautiful sculpture of the head is made by artist Siren Blaauw. An artist working both with sculptures, paintings and drawings. Some of her unique art pieces can be bought at Houz here in Oslo, and I have to hurry back with this beauty – it´s already sold! For now, the renovations of my new apartment is on top of my priorities, but some nice art pieces will be on my list once done and my budget allows for it.
One of the highlights during Designers Saturday in Oslo last week was the Fogia showcase at Arkitektenes Hus. But instead of showing you photos from a crowded showroom I´ll rather share their new lifestyle photos. The photos is styled by Kråkvik & D´Orazio and shot by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen in a beautiful building in Copenhagen – with flowing light, exactly like the way Fogia interpret Scandinavian Design – with a dream of the Scandinavian light.
In spring 2017, Fogia were looking for a new way of visualizing the dream that the their brand stands for rigth now and years to come. A difficult task because of more than 35 year old Swedish brand has its luggage, both positive and negative. After a hard job finding the right environment and the right team, they finally found what they were looking for – the light that is in line with their own interpretation of Scandinavian Design. A collaboration between architect and photographer Jonas Bjerre Poulsen, stylists Kråkvig & D´Orazio and Fogia themselves resulted in these photos.
Above Dini sofa – design Andreas Engesvik, Bowl table – design Andreas Engesvik, rug – vintage.
In Scandinavia, the light is an important factor because a large part of the year it is dark and grey as the sun rarely shows itself. We dream of places and environments where the light flows and makes life feel easier. Most people do not get the opportunity to create an environment or home where the light is allowed to flow through large windows, but we have a dream and a wish for it.
Above Poppy Pouf – design Nina Jobs
Hidden among the residential buildings and with a park as the nearest neighbor the team found a fantastic house, a creation made of concrete, wood and glass. The house was created to give home to the local scout community. The house was designed by architect Sophus Søbye and was completed in 2015. The big windows in combination with wood and concrete were what made them react. «Here I want to live, I want it at home, here we have to photograph the dream that personalizes Fogia», thought the whole team. The meeting between the furniture, architecture, materials and the natural light was what they had been looking for.
Above Tiki Sofa – design Andreas Engesvik, Area bord – design Note DesignStudio, Archetto shelf – design Note DesignStudio, Poppy pouf – design Nina Jobs, Pluto vase – design Andreas Engesvik, Pastille side table – design TAF Arkitekter
Travel and stay during the blog event covered by Frederica Furniture and Georg Jensen
During the ScandiDesignTour2017 we also visited the Georg Jensen HQ and got a guided tour in their silver smithy. I was overwhelmed and so very much impressed by the skilled smiths, the history and the most beautiful products, from impressive silver flatware to watches, jewellery and home products.
Georg Jensen is the essence of Danish design and craftsmanship. Founded in 1904, Georg Jensen has a deep heritage in high-end silversmithing that represents enduring style. The philosophy of Georg Jensen himself was to create democratic designs possessing both functionality and beauty. His artisanal skill and artistic talent combined with his continuous ability to identify and support design talent was the foundation of the company. From the very beginning the company has collaborated with independent designers, one of them was the artist and master silversmith Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe which Georg Jensen are celebrating 50 years of timeless and iconic design with this fall.
Above, the Design lab at the Georg Jensen HQ. A room filled with sketches, molds, prototypes – even some brand new products I can’t share with you yet. So pretty and inspiring.
For me, the highlight of the tour was the visit in Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe´s reconstructed silver smithy and the crafting of her famous Torun bangle. Torun was a voice of liberation and equality and multiculturism of all sorts. Woman’s liberation, social liberation, sexual liberation, racial equality, cultural diversity and much more. Friend of Picasso, Matisse and Braque she was a passionate rule breaker. She designed hollowware and «anti-status» jewelry of silver, semiprecious stones and pebbles. When she started designing for Georg Jensen in 1967 she was like a breath of fresh air for the traditional silversmith company. Georg Jensen became hip with
Torun grew up in Sweden and her entire family was creative, it included a sculptor mother, a town planner father, a poet sister and a brother and other sister who became architects. Torun began making jewelry as a teenager and staged her first exhibition when she was twenty one years old. She then traveled to Paris where she entered the salons of Picasso, Matisse and Braque. Shortly after she became the first female silversmith in Sweden to open her own workshop.
Torun was married- and divorced thrice. She traveled – and lived all over the world. Torun was a fearless, willful, playful and above all free of most baggage. She was not impressed by money or the trappings it affords, including real gemstones. She was impressed by great art, great artistry, great artists and freedom. Her jewelry was unique and simple, inspired by natures own shapes. One of her most known pieces is the Vivianna watch, a bangle style watch she created for Jensen that became a smash hit. With her jewelry, in a sense Georg Jensen got younger.
We also got to take part of the process of making a Vivanna Torun bangle in the smithy. A small part it was, the bangle takes ten hours to craft. Let´s just say I have great admiration and respect for the craft and the skilled smiths who works at Georg Jensen.
As a bonus we all got our own Vivianna Torun bangle, engraved with our initials. It´s been on my arm since I got it, I find it both playful, feminine, elegant and eye-catching. Torun´s bangles are crafted not for the sake of beauty alone, but with careful considerations to both form and function. And as the rest of her design, this bangle also is the symbol of love. It holds the promise of coming together to be stronger than apart.
Travel covered by Pillivuyt
This week I spent three days in France with a group of Scandinavian bloggers who was invited by Pillivuyt to visit their factory in Bourges. I will show you more from the factory later on, and not only did we see the production of the finest porcelain, we also got to experience the city Bourges where Pillivuyt is situated. And what a place! Every time I visit a new place I´m reminded to travel more. See more. There are way to many interesting, beautiful and exciting places to see to not.
The Pillivuyt factory itself was a gem. In addition to see the production I found so many pretty details everywhere. Quite literally a huge, old factory with dream come through props for photo shoots and backdrops perfect for the exact same purpose.
If you ever visit Bourges I recommend a visit to the L´Hotel de Panette. I didn’t´t see the hotel rooms, but the garden and the historical building was enough to trigger my curiosity.
And then last up before I went back to Oslo and Designers Saturday (still some moments from the weekend up on my Instagram stories) – Paris. A city I will always want to come back to. The atmosphere is magical. And when you only have a few hours before you have to catch the flight home, you do shop at Merci. At least I do.
I came home from Paris just in time for the opening of Designers Saturday in Oslo yesterday. A whole weekend dedicated to design with open showrooms, exiting lectures and events all around town. New this year is the Unika Auction hosted by Blomquist Nettauksjon, Designer´s Saturday Oslo and Klubben. Unika Auction is an online auction where the designers own prototypes, prototypes by manufacturers, color- and material tests, o-series and hand drawn sketches is auctioned and on display during Designer´s Saturday event. An online aution of Norwegian contemporary design. The objects can be found here and is exhibited at Kunsthøyskolen in Oslo if you want to stop by and have a look. The aution is ending tomorrow afternoon and if you want a unique design piece there is still time.
Some of the objects auctioned is from left above, Turntable by Nils Stensrud, Rocks whiskey stones by Runa Klock, Steel pipe frame from Pony, chair by Tormod Alnæs, and A2 test keramikk sculpture by Sigve Knutson.
Tumble vase above by Falke Svatun. The vase is an early test cast with naturally structured pattern on the surface. The stoneware vessel´s cut-out allows for the object to sit on an edge.
Vigeland vase by Andreas Engesvik, prototype in casted bronze.
Turntable by Nils Stensrud and Moment candle holder by Lars Beller Fjetland.