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ASK OG ENG´s BEAUTIFUL AND SUSTAINABLE BAMBOO KITCHENS

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.

Elisabeth

 

NEW SMART STORAGE FROM DOMO DESIGN

I´ve been a fan of the products from the Swedish brand Domo Design from the very beginning. Shelves and tables in a minimalistic design, made out of pure steel in Sweden. The timeless design makes both tables and shelves fit into any style and has become tremendously popular since they launched the first table. Since then, new colors, an outdoor collection and new sizes has become part of their range. The newest addition is a shelf called Mini, perfect for small space living. I´m still very happy for my own Domo shelf, and you can see how I have been using it here, here and here. The new press photos from Domo Design has a lot of inspiration for how you can style and use their products too, have a look and enjoy.

photo via Domo Design 

 

Elisabeth

 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Earlier this week I was at Hadeland Glassverk doing styling of some beautiful new vases designed by Maud G. Bugge and Kate Smith. I only had time for some quick shots with my phone so I´m sorry for the poor quality of the photos. I´ll show you more when photographer Jan Tore Øverstad is done editing. It´s such a honour working with the talented designers at the oldest industrial company in Norway (Hadeland Glassverk/the glassworks was founded in 1762), and this time with products directly from the workshop where the glassblowers just finished the prototypes. A day with styling like this takes a lot of planning, a car full of props, a lot of carrying back and forth and also so much fun. I´ll show you more very soon!

photo © elisabeth heier

 

Elisabeth

 

BATHROOM INSPIRATION BY MENU

I absolutely love the new images from Danish Menu showing their bathroom accessories. Some is new, some has been part of their collection for a while. I showed you some of the news already in early January and now most of them finally is available in stores. My favorite is the Hoover Bowl (below) made of honed brown marble. Such a beautiful and light expression on a heavy object. Also I love how the bowl can easily be used all over your home, for soaps or your favorite jewellery in the bathroom. For keys in the hallway or as a candleholder. On your kitchen counter, or as a center piece on the dining table. I would probably move it around a lot and admire its beauty. Designed for Menu by Norm Architects.

The Darkly Mirror (above) is another favorite from Menus new SS17 collection. Available both in brushed aluminium and brass. Nick Ross, who designed the mirror for MENU took inspiration from ceramic bowls, and how humans might have started seeing themselves, in reflections from water in a ceramic bowl.

The photos from the beautiful grey bathroom is taken in the home of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen from Norm Architects, the room is the perfect backdrop for Menus products don´t you think? Of course the aesthetics are similar since Norm Architects has designed a lot of products from Menu. And no wonder the similarity between the marble sink and Menus Plinth table is striking, I wish they actually had it in their collection too..

The simplicity in this bathroom really shows how few products you need to decorate with. A simple vase (Stem vase/Menu, below) with a blooming branch, a beautiful bowl in marble for your soap, soft towels.. The room is already perfectly designed and looks great with only a few accessories added.

Photo Jonas Bjerre Poulsen/ Styling by Menu 

Elisabeth

 

MY TRAVEL DIARIES, MARKTGASSE HOTEL

My visit in Zürich was sponsored by the Marktgasse Hotel
I´ve been going through the photos from my visit in Zürich and at the Marktgasse Hotel the last few days. There are simply so many nice ones that it is difficult to choose which ones to show you and not. To many beautiful details to leave anyone out, so her we go.. I was invited to Zürich by Marktgasse Hotel which is a newly renovated boutique hotel situated in the charming old town of the city. The hotel has 39 individually furnished rooms and I was lucky to see both one of the loft suites and the junior suite as well as the very beautiful room I was staying in at the second floor. The building dates back to the 15th century, and the history from the past can still be experienced. Many of the heritage elements have protected status and are carefully preserved, which adds atmosphere, personality and charm. Like in my own home I love when details from the past are preserved and mixed with modern design, and I immediately felt at home at the hotel.

My room was spacious and had a lovely view to the small square outside the hotel. With windows facing the square I had the most beautiful daylight as well. Even though I normally enjoy working in the lobby when I am travelling, (Usually there is always work to do, and I´m at my most efficient when there are others around. Plus, you always meet people with interesting stories to tell.) I had the chance to sit down in silence in my own room too. Furnished with a desk and chair from one of my favorite brands, Københavns Møbelsnedkeri (Copenhagen Joinery), lamp from Lampe Gras and again, the view to the square below.

You can see my friend Katerinas (Only Deco Love) photos of her room at the Marktgasse here, they are so very beautiful! 

I am always excited to open the door to the bathroom when I´m staying at hotels, and I can promise you, I just wanted to spend the rest of the day in this one. Spacious, filled with daylight and with everything I needed of Aesop products. No need to bring my own this time.

What I loved the most in my room was the beautifully decorated old stove, the oak floors (yes please, I am still dreaming of having this in my next apartment) and how well it was mixed with modern furniture. And of course, the light. First up on the list when entering a hotel room; open the door to the bathroom and then see if the windows can be set wide open.

The combined lobby and reception was super inviting too. Beautifully furnished with custom made benches upholstered in leather, furniture from &tradition, and the wall panels painted in light grey that was found both there and throughout several rooms.

There was also a nice library and a meeting room availbale for the guests to work in. The lamps from Serge Mouille are on the top of my wish list, and seeing them here just reminded me of nice they are.

Nice details was to be found everywhere at the hotel. In every floor you could fill fresh water to bring at your room, beautifully done with a sink standing on a marble stand with glasses and jugs standing right next to it. Those details that makes you feel well taken care of at all times.

The hotel has two restaurants, Baltho Restaurant and Baltho Bar that is open during the night, and Delish which serves you breakfast and lunch. ..and delicious coffee and pastries during the day. Both highly recommended. Delish aslo have nice tables outside facing the busy square.

My recommendations on what to see and do in Zürich here, and more photos from the Marktgasse Hotel here. 

photo © elisabeth heier

A huge thank you to the welcoming staff, and especially the General Manager at the Marktgasse, Olivier Gerber, who invited me to stay at the hotel.

Elisabeth

 

 

IN THE NORWEGIAN MAGAZINE BONYTT

photo © elisabeth heier

The chilly spring have caused me a few days in bed, but some work can be done with the laptop regardless. ..and I´ve also had time to catch up on some magazines as well. Before I went to Zürich last week I picked up the new edition of Bonytt and here is a little peek of what you can see in it. Live Brekke and Birgit Fauske visited me a while ago to do a feature in the Norwegian magazine Bonytt on how I decorate my home for summer. I wrote a little bit about it here, I don´t really change a lot but focus on letting in the daylight. I try to achieve a light and airy feeling of summer by using lighter colors on accecories then during winter time and bring in whatever flowers in season. It´s always exciting to see how photos turns out on print (especially when I don´t do them myself but have a professional photographer visiting) and I´m so happy with the result. Usually I am not comfortable being in front of the camera at all, but these two women were just amazing. We had such a great time doing the photos!

Elisabeth