WOOD AND LEATHER, THE PERFECT COMBINATION

Up for some beautiful furniture news in the middle of summer? Danish design in combination with materials as wood and leather will never fail, right. During 3 Days of Design the Danish design duo Design Studies, launched a collection called «The Dinesen Collection» at the Dinesen showroom. A collection of furniture made as a celebration to the beauty of Dinesen wood. Dinesen is a world-renowned purveyor of exquisite wood, seen in floorings and furniture for commercial and private venues around the globe. Design Studies has worked with the natural beauty of wood and leather. Wood from Dinesen was used to create simple, functional furniture with seating crafted in Sorensen Leather. Sørensen Leather provide the leather for many of the most celebrated designs featured in museums, galleries, showrooms and collections around the world, and I am a huge fan of their beautiful products. See more here, from the collaboration they recently did with Norm Architects.

photography © Anders Hviid and Stine Christiansen

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TABLESETTING FOR SUMMER WITH FLORA VASES

Annonse/In collaboration with Holmegaard
Noe av det fineste jeg vet når jeg dekker sommerbordet er å fylle det med blomster. De som ser ut som de håndplukket på engen rett i nærheten. Disse er selvfølgelig ikke det, men er du heldig å ha en frodig hage eller bo landlig kan du fint finne egnede blomster rett utenfor døren din. I samarbeid med Holmegaard har jeg dekket et enkelt sommerbord med vasene Flora som nettopp har kommet i nye farger, og de egner seg godt til det minimalistiske, skandinaviske uttrykket jeg liker så godt. Ved å sette sammen en gruppe med vaser i forskjellige høyder med kun en blomst i hver vase blir uttrykket enkelt men alikevel frodig. For å understreke det lette og enkle uttrykket har jeg valgt både servise, duk og linservietter i hvitt. Vin- og vannglass er fra Holmegaards serie Cabernet.

When i set the table for summer I love filling it with flowers. Preferably the handpicked ones. Luckily I have some nice flowershops in my neighbourhood, but you can find the most beautiful flowers for an arrangement like this without buing them to. For the summer tablesetting I have collaborated with Holmegaard and used their Flora vases which recently was relaunched in new colors. They are a perfect match for the minimalistic, scandinavian expression I prefer, and a group of vases with one flower in each toghether with white plates, napkins and table cloth looks beautifully simple and summery. The wine- and water glasses is from the Cabernet series from Holmegaard.

Flora fra Holmegaard ble designet av Louise Campbell i 2007 og nå ti år senere er den vakre vasen fortsatt like aktuell. Campbell har røtter fra to forskjellige designkulturer, England og Danmark, og også i to vidt forskjellige blomstertradisjoner. Den overdådige, romantiske engelske blomsterhagen og den danske forkjærligheten for enkle, naturlige blomsterarrangementer. Flora hører hjemme i den nordiske minimalismen, som også går som en rød tråd gjennom resten av Campbells formgivining. Samtidig finner hun også inspirasjon i Holmegaards omfattende designarkiv som i generasjoner har fremstilt klassiske bruksglass som apotekerglass og ølflasker. Former som går igjen i Flora, der Campbell har gitt hverdagsprodukter en ny vri. Flora har blitt en klassiker i Holmegaards sortiment og nå er den også tilgjengelig i nye farger, klar, røkfarget og midnattsblå.

The Flora vase was designed in 2007 by Louise Campbell, and the vase range was immediatly a hit. Now, ten years later its back with new colors, matching todays trends. Campbell is one of Denmarks leading, acclaimed designers, but she is also known on the international design scene for both her furniture and interior design collections. Her aesthetic designs transform everyday objects into beautiful, functional works of art. Flora vase is now available in three different colors, clear, smoke and midnight blue, and in two different heights. 

Jeg har brukt både den røkfargede og den klare vasen på mitt bord. Med variasjon i høyde, form og farge gjør det uttrykket mer spennende samtidig som de ikke tar oppmerksomheten bort fra blomstene. Flora har et karakteristisk design med bred bunn og en smal hals. Dette bringer både letthet og tyngde sammen i en annereledes og industriell form samtidig som den gir ultimate forhold for blomstene, plass til rikelig med vann og god støtte til stilkene.

Like godt som i et arrangement med flere vaser passer Floravasen alene. Jeg kan godt ha denne stående fremme også uten blomster i, den nærmest skulpturelle formen er så vakker i seg selv.


I have used the clear and the smoke colored vase for my table. The variation of form, color and height makes it more interesting, at the same time the vases doesn´t take the attention away from the flowers. Designer Louise Campbell created the Flora vase based on the idea that fresh flowers need plenty of water. The spacious bottom blends beautifully with the long, slender neck, ideal for a long-stemmed flower.

The vase looks just as nice solitaire as in a group of vases. I´ll just as well have it standing in the window sill or on a shelf even without flowers, the sculptural design is truly beautiful. 

photography © elisabeth heier

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50th ANNIVERSARY, ORANGE CLASSICS

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For 50 år siden så den ikoniske Fiskars saksen dagens lys i Finland og med det revolusjonerte de hvordan verden så på noe så enkelt som en saks. Den orange saksen fra Fiskars var lettere, mer komfortabel å holde i, enklere å bruke og også skarpere enn hva som var vanlig. Siden den gang er det blitt solgt over 1 milliard sakser og den finnes i mang en kjøkkenskuff, redskapsbod, på skoler – den er til og med blitt en del av den permanente utstillingen på Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, i New York. Med så mange solgte sakser følger det historier og minner, og jeg er helt sikker på at det er mange flere enn meg som husker denne godt fra barndommen.

50 years ago Fiskars revolutionized the way the world saw scissors. Not only were the orange-handled scissors lighter, more comfortable and easier to handle than heavy forged scissors, they also delivered an amazing leap in cutting performance. Since then, over a billion Fiskars scissors have been sold worldwide. Today, their scissors are loved worldwide for their superior cutting performance and legendary durability. They have even become a part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York. And with over 1 billion scissors sold there comes a lot of stories and memories, I´m sure a lot of you can remember the scissors from your childhood too.  

Jeg husker Fiskarssaksen fra min egen barndom, den var alltid med på ulike hobbyaktiviter og jeg hadde min egen lille saks i barnestørrelse. Nå har jeg selvfølgelig en liggende i kjøkkenskuffen, og det er ingen som slår egenskapene til den orange saksen når det gjelder å klippe gjennom både tykt papir, ulikt gavebånd og plantestilker. Jeg innrømmer gjerne at hobbyaktivitetene nå begrenser seg til gaveinnpakking, men til gjengjeld er det noe av det mest hyggelige jeg vet. Lete frem fint papir, klippe det til, og dekorere med litt grønt. Tradisjoner skal bringes videre ikke sant? Jeg tar i hvertfall med mine barn på gaveinnpakkingen enten det er fødselsdagspresanger eller til jul.

I clearly remember the orange Fiskars scissor from my own childhood, always in use for different hobby activities and of course I had my own small one for kids. Now the Fiskars Classic Universal scissor is part of my everyday life. There are no scissors who matches the cutting performance this one has. And as I remember it from my childhood I bring the tradition over to my children, having a good time wrapping gifts, cutting paper and deciding on what to put on for decoration together. 

Den oransje fargen er blitt Fiskars kjennetegn og både i USA og i Finland er fargen Fiskars Orange™ offisielt varemerkeregistrert, noe som sørger for at de eneste saksene du finner med oransje håndtak er saksene fra Fiskars. Grunnen til at det ble den orange fargen er mer tilfeldig for i 1967 da de første basismodeller skulle produseres, ville designeren at saksene skulle være svarte, røde eller grønne. Da prototypen gikk i produksjon, bestemte maskinarbeideren å bruke opp den oransje fargen han hadde i maskinen. Det innebar at prototypene ble produsert i fire forskjellige farger, hvorav den oransje og den svarte var mest populære. En beslutning måtte fattes, og etter en intern avstemming hos Fiskars, fikk verdens første plastsaks oransje håndtak. I år lages alle Fiskars Classic Universalsakser i en spesialutgave der de har inngravert et symbol for å markere 50-års jubileet. Fortsatt blir alle universalsaksene produsert og testet for hånd ved fabrikken i Finland, en fabrikk med lange tradisjoner tilbake til 1649, der kvalitet står i første rekke.

The orange color has become the symbol of Fiskars and of the worls´s first plastic-handled scissors. Both in the US and in Finland the color, Fiskars Orange™, is an officially registered trademark. In 1967 when the first basic models were about to be manufactured the designer wanted the scissors to be black, red or green. As the prototype went into production, the machinist decided to finish off the orange color he had in his machine. This meant prototypes were made in four different colors, of which the orange and black were most popular. A choice had to be made. An internal vote was taken at Fiskars, and the result gave birth to Fiskars orange-handled scissors. Still all Fiskars Classic Universal scissors is produced and tested by hand at the factory in Finland, a factory and a brand known for its high demand on quality and with a heritage back to 1649. 

photo © elisabeth heier

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INNOVATORS AT HEART, THE STORY OF BOLON

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Stockholm and the opening of Bolon Lab Store. I knew Bolon as a higly renown Swedish flooring company, but there is so much more. Let me tell you the story of Bolon.

Over 60 years ago in Stockholm an idea sparked into life. Bolons founder Nils-Erik Eklund started making rag rugs out of textile waste, and in many ways he was ahead of his time. His ability to see oppurtunity where others couldn’t still inspire his two granddaughters who runs Bolon today, Annica and Marie Eklund. Annica and Marie took over from their parents in 2003 and since then, they’ve been on a mission “to make Bolon a design-led innovator, fusing the conservative flooring concept their grandfather started with the creativity of the world of fashion.” And although none of the sisters originally wanted to work in the «boring rug company» I have rarely seen anyone tell so passionate about their work as Annica did at the opening of the Lab Store.

In 1967 Annica and Maries parents takes over the business and product development continues. From rag rugs to awning mats for caravans, to wall-to-wall woven vinyl flooring in the 1990´s. In 2003 when the sisters takes over the family business they bring their experience from the fashion industry as well as a wish to make the production sustainable into the company. The journey from a traditional flooring company to a top design house begins. The warehouse is moved from Belgium to Sweden, meaning production, design and all other functions are now based in Ulricehamn, their home town. Today Bolon has 117 employees and are recognised worldwide for their award winning flooring and collaborations with some of the the world´s most acclaimed innovators and creatives.

On discovering that Armani is using Bolon products, the journey from traditional flooring company to top design house begins in 2003. The Eklund sisters wish to merge the creativity of the world of fashion with their conservative flooring concept resulted in a design collaborations with the legendary fashion house Missoni. The “Bolon by Missoni” collection was revealed during the spring of 2012, and the richly coloured, versatile, and powerful collection of exclusive woven floors gives new and exciting expression to Missoni’s beloved and characteristic attributes. In 2015, the collaboration between Bolon and Missoni continues – and for the first time, it includes an interpretation of Missoni’s classic Zigzag pattern.

In the world of architecture, the name Jean Nouvel commands instant respect. The first collaborative project between Bolon and Jean Nouvel was presented during the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February 2012, and in 2016, Bolon and Jean Nouvel collaborated to launch the flooring collection Bolon by Jean Nouvel Design. A collection of handmade, industrial flooring products, defined by a bold colour palette, subtle striping and strong architectural expression. «The freedom is yours to use the flooring to play with colour and light, and engage the windows of the space. It is not a decorative carpet, but an architectural floor.” Jean Nouvel (Photos from the Bolon by Jean Nouvel Design collection below.)

Further on we find Jaime Hayon, Tom Dixon, Ilse Crawford, Giulio Cappelini, Philipp Thonet and many more on the impressive list of designers who has been using Bolon in their projects.

The Bolon Lab Store looks amazing, and already before you enter you get a feeling of something very different than what at least I expected from a flooring company. But this is not just a flooring company, its a design house. Bolon has created a living laboratory for flooring innovation, where the concept of the traditional showroom has been expanded to include food, hospitality and community, and where visitors are treated to a fully immersive experience of the Bolon world. Exactly like we did with the very delicious breakfast and the introduction to the story of Bolon. A story which both impressed and inspired me so much.


At the opening they presented several news, both an experiment where top international brands has interpreted Bolon textiles on voluminous design objects and their very first rug colllection. The rug collection marks the debut of Bolon’s new direction toward interior design and were originally designed for Annicas og Maries small boutique hotel in Italy. (Villa La Madonna, it looks amazing!) In alternating stripes in muted tones with a subtle shimmer, the rugs are the result of an experiment to combine glitter thread and wool to achieve a tactile effect characteristic of Bolon’s refined look and durable quality. Its colour and material palette, the result of an extensive research and development process, take inspiration from the deep jewel tones and moody neutrals of fashion textiles. Bolons original vinyl based product remains, now enhanced both with wool and glitter yarn. Creating a softer look and feel, and an expression which is both physically and aesthetically new for Bolon.

I don´t think the Eklund sisters will stop with this when it comes to moving towards the world of interior design. The poufs in the photo above is one of a kind and only sold at the lab store in Stockholm, but these are really perfect for both hospitality and recidential projects. And with the rug collection they have endless possibilities when it comes to design. I can´t wait to see what comes next from Bolon. I am sure it´s something quite amazing.

Photos 1/2/3/4/5/6/12/13 via Bolon, photos 7/8/9/10/11 © elisabeth heier

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&TRADITION NEWS


The latest news from &tradition is as always followed with beautiful press images, so no worries I was unable to shoot the news myself during my visit at their showroom on Papirøen in the beginning of June. One of their news is not yet oficially launched, but you can see it on my Instagram here, nice isn´t it?

First, Luca Nichetto´s Cloud sofa is launced in a new version, Cloud High Back (above). The aim with the Cloud sofa was to produce the essence of comfort, accentuating the feeling of floating in your own cloud. «With the high back versions of the sofa, you feel comfy, free and able to focus. Even the acoustics are more intimate. It is like having your own cloud up in the sky. It is a concept – but it is real. A private space you can share with others» explains Nichetto. The perfect hide away in the office.

The Catch collection is extended with a bar stool, and designer Jaime Hayon brings the same welcoming spirit of his Catch Chairs to the Catch Bar Stool. Like a friend ready to give you a hug, the arms extend outwards from the curved seat. The result is a bar stool that is a conversation piece, setting the scene for a cosy exchange from the start. It is the utmost in humanity and simplicity with a touch of humour. I know very well how comfortable the Catch chair is (using it every day at work!) so I can imagine this bar stool is really comfortable too. As Hayon sees it, “Everyone takes design so seriously. My idea behind the Catch collection is to instantly make people feel welcome. That is why the seat is curvy and comfy with outstretched arms. Like a friend waiting for you.”

The Fornell lamp by Andreas Bozarth Fornell was launched earlier this year (above). Drawing his inspiration from the world of art and fashion, Andreas Bozarth Fornell creates simple, streamlined designs you would enjoy sharing a space with.
With Fornell Andreas Bozarth Fornell wanted to design a lamp that didn’t take energy away from a room. Inspired by American artist Donald Judd, a forerunner of the minimalist movement known for his work with industrial material to help foster the democratization of art. I love the setting with favorite chair Catch and the Palette desk, beautifully framed by the curtains.

with thanks, &tradition

Last up, the modular sofa Isole by Nendo and Luca Nichetto. Oki Sato, the founder of the Tokyo-based design studio Nendo explains “I was thinking of soft, organic forms like pebbles, stones, drops of water, islands. But I had no idea how they could connect and become furniture. I did a sketch, took a photo with my iPhone and sent it to Luca.” “I am from Venice so I know about islands,” says Nichetto.“When I saw the first sketch I realized that these islands needed bridges. So I designed the armature as a bridge to connect the islands into individual seats, and each seat into a modular sofa. The outcome is Isole, Italian for islands. A truly unique sofa concept enabling a variety of combinations and configurations, including versions with and without an “island” arm cushion. Variations include a discrete round, square or rectangular side table that integrates beautifully with the overall aesthetics. The impression? Soft, inviting and endearing.

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NÆRVÆR BY NORM ARCHITECTS

Yet another reason to visit Copenhagen soon again, the new restaurant Nærvær designed by Norm Architects. It seems everything the designers at Norm Architects is doing turns into success, and I am a huge fan of their aesthetics.

With the ambition to create a local wine bar and restaurant emphasised by an intimate and cosy atmosphere that underlines a sense of presence, Nærvær is located in a fairly new and contemporary building. Situated in a prime location of Christianshavn overlooking the canal with a beautiful view Copenhagen’s old city centre, this new place hosts a local winebar as well as an intimate and high-end gourmet restaurant with seating for no more than 10 people. Welcoming Copenhageners as much as the rest of the world, it is a spot where locals and foreigners alike can share great and affordable wines from around the world, as well as a taste of the french kitchen.

Notice the lamps hanging above the bar, also designed by Norm Architects. Constructed from slim oil-burned steel frames, the designers created a series of conceptual and highly industrial lamps for the space, providing warm and soothing light for the winebars´s guests.

With a humble and intimate approach to the interior, Nærvær is formed by a casual atmosphere with small spaces and niches for guests to enjoy. With an interior design defined by an array of stone, wood and metal, the materials are all natural and have deliberately been altered in order to create dark and industrial surfaces that matches the mood of the place. This focus on tactility brings a warm, material richness to the interior that naturally compliments the raw concrete walls and industrial framework of the space.

For this particular project, Norm collaborated with Danish ceramist Maj-Brit Würtz on a special collection of handmade plates, bowls and vases for use at Nærvær. (Her workshop is in the small town of Gilleleje, up north on Sjælland, and would definetly be on my list of places to visit if I were nearby.)

I absolutely love the mix of raw concrete walls, huge green trees, the elegant Gubi Beetle bar stools and Stay lounge chairs and the colors used from the dusty neutrals to the warm red. Perfection.

photos via Norm Architects

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