Yesterday Ove Rogne, the founder and CEO of the design studio Northern Lighting announced the launch of the new lifestyle concept Northern. It is established to bridge the gap between statement making products and practical, multifunctional designs and will launch a range of furniture, lighting and interior accessories at the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February. Northern Lighting is a well established Norwegian brand that is having great success with their concept where they create lighting products in collaboration with designers around the world, with their Scandinavian simplicity and their commitment to quality and sustainability. And from now on the name is Northern.
The new brand was established with creative input from design duo Morten & Jonas, well-known for their signature eclectic style and forward-focused outlook. The new brand launches with products from leading designers as well as up-and-coming rookies, making the debut collection democratic in style and playful in tone. Northern’s debut collection includes streamlined seating, tables, lighting and interior accessories. The dual-purpose console table from Yonoh doubles as an e cient workstation or sleek sideboard. Cocktail hour can kick off with Färg & Blanch’s cabinet, which is designed to store drinks or provide discreet storage for other items. Products from designers such as Rudi Wul , Gridy, Cecilia Xinyu Zhang, Kyla McCallum, Vera & Kyte, Elina Ulvio, Mattias Stenberg, Ann Kristin Einarsen, Johan Lindsten, Johanna Forsberg, Sami Kallio and Morten & Jonas complete the range of this season’s collection.The Northern brand is characterised by a bold approach to shape and materials while addressing the consumer need for understated luxury and multi-purpose products. Although Northern’s style resonates with classic forms, the products challenge the status quo and take Scandinavian design in a fresh direction.
I´m excited to see more of what they are up to than the small glimpses from the press photos they released with the announcement. As always beautifully styled and photographed by Per Olav Sølvberg and Chris Tonnesen.
Photography Chris Tonnesen // Styling Per Olav Sølvberg
With the launch of the new wireless speaker Beoplay M3 a series of perfectly styled press photos arrived in my mailbox. I know the sound experience of the Beoplay speakers are super good, I have music playing non stop from the ones I have at home. Why I am a fan of Beoplay isn´t only the sound of course, but the design of their speakers as well. All Beoplay products are designed to both have the best of function and form. B&P work with talented designers as Cecilie Manz and Øivind Slaatto, and their speakers blend seamlessly into any interior with various color and material options (or stand out as cool design objects, but always with elegance). The new M3 speaker, designed by Cecilie Manz has a shape based on a simple silhouette to give it a clean expression. It has exchangeable covers in Kvadrat wool fabric or pearl-blasted aluminium so that you can customize M3 to fit perfectly into your home. And of course with the clean and powerful Bang & Olufsen sound. ..back to the press photos. Audio products taken to the level of art if you ask me.
The trend of opening up small boutique hotels, who accommodates just a few persons is seen more and more. Vipp opened up their Vipp Loft last week, a luxury hotel with only one room in the centre of Copenhagen. (A 400m2 open space located on the upper floor of the VIPP offices in a former printing factory in Copenhagen’s Islands Brygge area.) Which is nothing like a hotel at all, but a experience like no one else.
Even more spectacular is The Krane, situated on the waterfront of an old harbour in Nordhavn. The Krane is a private retreat for two with amazing views of Copenhagen harbour, the ocean and beyond. A converted crane for loading coal where black is the red thread throughout the interior. The industrial surroundings of The Krane are in sharp contrast to the elegant interior, making this an upscale urban retreat that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Namely, a former crane transformed into a modern, multi-level refuge, replete with a reception area, meeting room, spa, and top floor with a living space, lounge and terrace.
Can you imagine waking up til this view? If I had the chance, I wouldn’t´t let my fear of heights hold me back. It looks quite amazing. In addition one are surrounded by the sober and understated luxury of furniture, lamps and accessories from Menu. With the bright ocean view the dark colors and materials used in the interior must feel very calming at the same time as it intensifies the views outside. Simply put by Joachim Kornbek Engell-Hansen, Brand & Design Director at Menu «The Krane is a new kind of luxury that you can see and sense in the touch and feel of honest materials. The designs. The craftsmanship. The simplicity.»
The Krane was spearheaded by owner and entrepreneur Klaus Kastbjerg and lead architect and master builder Mads Møller, founder of Arcgency, whose shared vision for The Krane was to retain its history and authenticity as an emblem of Nordhavn. Reincarnated into something contemporary but with soul by Menu and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Design Manager at Menu.
Not only am I in search of lighting for a whole apartment myself, it´s high season for news and yes, lamps are as important as anything else in the interior. Or even more if you ask me. First of all for the functionality, giving the right amount of light for the use and create a nice atmosphere in the dark months of winter. Second, the lighting also is a decorative part of the interior who sets the style more than ever before.
First up of my favorite news right now, the TR Bulb Series from Menu, above and below. TR Bulb is a clever solution for modern city living, inspired by the way people are increasingly becoming urban nomads, moving between cities and countries to pursue careers and life experiences. London based Tim Rundle Studio has designed the series to be taken from apartment to apartment – installed by simply screwing it into the pendant sockets hanging in ceilings all over the world, no electrical expertise required. Also available as a table lamp. One of the best features with the TR Bulb series is that it also can be combined with the Tribeca series from Menu designed by Søren Rose Studio (below, the Chanders Chandelier by Søren Rose with TR Bulb shades). An elegant update of the popular lamps.
Louis Poulsen has launched several news this fall, the coolest one is the Yuh table-, wall- and floor lamp designed by GamFratesi. Inspired by the AJ lamp design by Arne Jacobsen, but very much with its own personality. Geometric and sculptural – like a piece of architecture as Enrico Fratesti, one of the designers, describes it himself. The lamp is flexible and takes up very little space. It rotates, rises and drops, illuminating and creating ambience in the required area.
Another new favorite brand of mine is London based Atelier Areti. Areti is run by the two sisters, Gwendolyn and Guillane Kerschbaumer. With experience from art, history. product- and interior design they founded Areti in 2008. Their design is characterized by high quality, sustainability and a personal character. All lamps made by hand upon order.
The Mimosa pendant above and the Cone Sphere wall lamp below was launched already in 2009 and 2010, but are new in Norway. I spotted the brand at OsloDeco last week and I actually do think I finally found the lamp for the wall in my kitchen(!). The Mimosa pendant is quite spectacular with its clean, graphic expression and 18 bulbs. Perfect over a rectangular dining table, while the Scone Sphere lamp also can be used as a ceiling lamp in addition to a wall lamp.
Apparatus Studio are also new in Norway, launched at Studio Kvänum last week. Apparatus is a New York based design studio, founded by Gabriel Hendifair and Jeremy Anderson in 2012. Their design is characterized by sculptural forms made by hand-worn, high quality materials that straddle the line between the perfect and imperfect. I remember visiting the Kinfolk Gallery in Copenhagen a year ago where I first saw the Arrow pendant (above) in brass and completely fell in love. (See more from my visit at Kinfolk here) Apparatus also designes furniture and accessories in addition to lighting. Below, Trapeze wall lamp by Apparatus.
Gubi has extended their Multi-Lite series with a new member this fall, the Multi-Lite floor lamp (above). Louis Weisdorf, a well known Danish architect and designer created the Multi-Lite pendant in 1972, with the aim of reflecting his passion for diversity. Due to its unique design, the two opposing outside shades can individually be rotated and transformed into multiple combinations and encourage for personal installations and expressions whenever desired. Another classic from Gubi, the Bestlite collection (below) is launched in black brass to mark the occasion of Gubi´s 50th anniversary. Bestlite was the first collection to be reproduced by Gubi and has ever since been an important part of their DNA, as one of the most groundbreaking light designs through time. The Bestlite collection was designed by Robert Dudley Best in the 1930´s.
Last up, not a new lamp, but a super cool design from 1968 by Elio Martinelli. The Cobra Lamp was also spotted at the OsloDeco showroom last week – I do hope this will be for sale in their webshop soon. The lamp can be rotated 360 °, and combines simple lines and a geometric shape with a distinct elegant design. (Photos by Artilleriet)
Ad, in collaboration with Arne Jacobsen Clocks
The Danish architect and furniture designer Arne Jacobsen created some of his most well known designs during the fifties and the sixties. Among those, the iconic City Hall wall clock designed for the Rødovre city hall, situated in a suburb of Copenhagen. As a modernist with an uncompromising approach to design he often designed both the exterior and the interior, which he also did at the Rødovre city hall.
As a tribute to Arne Jacobsen designs the City Hall wall clock is launched in an updated edition this fall, in the color Royal blue with a crown in bronze aluminum. The Royal Blue color is also the signatur color Arne Jacobsen used in the iconic SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, another total design project of his. Designed in 1956, the City Hall wall clock is timeless and elegant and fits perfectly in the home of 2017.
The Danish artist Kristina Krogh recently launched a new collection that she has been working on since the start of this year. The collection is a limited edition series consisting of paper cuts, three dimensional folded artworks, paintings and drawings. I´ve been a fan of Krisitinas work since early on, and this collection consists of so many beautiful works. I´ve already one or two onto my wishlist.
The artworks above is called Paths No. 1 and Over the Hills – Mirror. Paths No.1 is part of the series Landscapes consisting of works inspired by Danish landscapes with waving cornfields seen from above. These cornfields create beautiful patterns that look like little paths seen from a long distance. (I can’t imagine anything more relaxing than the view of the typical Danish, flat landscape with waving cornfields and the sea in the horizon.) Over the Hills – Mirror is a papercut created from silvery chrome paper which reflects the light and its surroundings. It also comes in a gold variation.
Above the papercut Face – White framed in a Moebe frame where it fits perfect. The papercut is made in a slightly smaller size than the frame, which gives air around the papercut. This minimalistic frame creates a light and airy expression because you get to see the color of your wall behind the artwork and frame. The other artwork is called Noon, part of the series Sky Transformations. The series consists off works inspired by the color transformation of the sky and the landscape in one day. The series consists of five different works: Dawn, Noon, Dusk, Midnight and Night. The art prints is made in a limited edition of only 200, signed and numbered by Kristina Krogh. All her works are made in limited editions, so once an artwork is sold out, it is gone for good.
Below the new Balance Candle Holder designed to lighten up any room with its simple yet sculptural expression. Featuring geometric shapes in solid hand polished steel and brass that balance on top of each other, the object can also be used as a small vase for single flowers.