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.
De fine trefigurene fra Kay Bojesen Denmark er populære både blant store og små her hjemme, og det er ekstra gøy å få lov å vise dere den nyeste fuglen i familien, sangfuglen Ravn. Den vakre, sortmalte fuglen er nettopp lansert og jeg tipper den vil stå på mange gavebord fremover. Kay Bojesens trefigurer er det perfekte skrivebordstilbehøret for designinteresserte, eller som et designinnslag i bokhyllen. Og med sitt markante mørke uttrykk passer Ravn ekstra godt inn med vår nordiske innredningsstil.
Apen er den mest kjente av Kay Bojesens trefigurer, og siden den så dagens lys i 1951 er den blitt et designikon. En gave som blir gitt til dåpsdagen, konfirmasjonen eller som man unner seg selv i voksen alder. Figurene som ble laget som leketøy av Kay Bojesen på 1920-tallet gikk i 40- og 50-årene over til å bli designobjekter. Apen ble raskt et symbol på Danmark og dansk design. Den er nærmest evigvarende og er blitt en klassiker som kan arves fra generasjon til generasjon. Bojesen selv ønsket at figurene skulle være mennesklige, varme og levende, «linjene skal smile» som han sa. Dyrene har glimt i øyet og bevegelse i kroppen, og er små personligheter akkurat som Kay Bojesen selv var det.
Kay Bojesen er ansett som et av de store designnavnene i Danmark og hans kunsthåndverk er blant de mest etterspurte av dansk design. Med over 2000 design i løpet av karrieren var han en produktiv mann, og det tas stadig frem skisser av de fine trefigurene hans fra arkivet som så settes i produksjon. Til glede for små og store designspirer.
I samarbeid med Kay Bojesen Denmark har jeg fått lov å gi en av mine lesere et eksemplar av Ravn og et eksemplar av Apen. Alt du trenger å gjøre er å legge igjen en kommentar i feltet under.
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Since I didn´t visit the fair in Milan last week I´ve been going through the press photos, Instagram updates and blogposts from those who were present. The photos from this installation caught my attention immediately, it´s called Portal and is a design collaboration between Norwegian Snøhetta and Everything Elevated. Manufactured by Danish Erik Jørgensen. The installation were created for Wallpaper Magazine’s Handmade exhibit in Milan during design week. PORTAL’, a free-standing ladder designed to change the viewers perspective. Using wood and leather crafted by Erik Jørgensen Møbelfabrik, the design approach of Snøhetta and the strategic acumen of design practice Everything Elevated, «PORTAL» is an illusionary mix of mirrors, monolithic scale and finely detailed materials. It’s also a physical expression of the spiritual experience. It looks absolutely amazing from the photos, like so everything else from Salone del Mobile and Milan Design Week. Next year I´ll be there, for sure.
Entiteled Shade, Norm Architets has launched yet another amazing product. This time it´s a collection of high-quality protected Aniline leather, developed in close collaboration with Sorensen Leather. The new collection is velvety soft leather created to reflect the quiet, innate beauty of muted and earthy tones. Ideal in combination with natural materials such as wood, stones and metal. The different colors are all so beautiful I have a hard time picking a favorite.
«With a silky matt surface that triggers the desire to come closer and feel the lush richness of the leather, the collection features a carefully curated selection of greys, browns and blacks. Up close you can see the natural markings unique to each hide — something that only will become more fascinating as the leather’s character and patina develops over time.»
The entire Shade collection looks exactly as beautiful as it is described in the press release and I can´t wait to see them for real.
Whenever Norm Architects is launching a new design not only is the products great, the photos is always stunning too. Of course also this time, for the launch of the new Tone Cabinets for Zilenzio. The pieces were made to help built a balanced acoustic environment in the workplace or at home, making it easier to focus and concentrate. The most beautiful sound absorbing objects I´ve seen so far, and functional as well. Designed in a variety of sizes and available in many colors. You also might recognise where the photos are taken? The Kinfolk Gallery in Copenhagen. The Gallery is super inspiring and you can see some of my own photos from my visit at Kinfolk here.
How often do we see a furniture collection as a result of a week-long workshop? Well, the Ariake collection consisting of 18 pieces of furniture was designed during a week in Morodomi, Japan, last winter and launched at the International Furniture Fair Singapore the 9.th of March this year. Two factories, Legnatec and Hirata Chair, joined forces and started up Ariake which means morning moon or daybreak in Japanese and symbolizes a new chapter for the two factories. Design directed by Gabriel Tan Studio (Singapore/New York), the new brand brings toghether designers from different countries with a common respect for Japanese culture and woodworking; Anderssen & Voll (Norway), Staffan Holm Studio (Sweden), and Keiji Ashizawa Design (Japan).
The collection consists of tables, storage and seating furniture made from white oak, sumi dyed ash, indigo dyed ash, hinoki and burnt cedar. Made with a combination of advanced machines and detailed handcraft. While the furniture designers were designing and prototyping with the craftsmen of Hirata Chair and Legnatec, branding by Swiss graphic design studio AnnerPerrin and photography by Zürich-based photographer Sebastien Stadler took place concurrently.
«It is our belief that strong working relationships are the foundation of good products. Furniture is made for social situations where people live, work and eat toghether. The creation of the Ariake brand and furniture designs were done during a week-long, intensive workshop in Morodomi where the designers and the craftsmen did the same – we lived, worked and ate together. Despite language barriers, the designers and craftsmen generated a collective energy and mutual trust that helped define the soul of the brand and resulted in a collection of furniture that utilizes the best of hand and machine, inspired by the spirituality of Japanese culture and living contexts.» – Gabriel Tan
Some of my personal favorites from the Ariake collection below. Beautiful storage furniture, stools and benches.. I do hope the furniture will be available here in Scandinavia soon.