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FRANCE JE T´AIME

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.

A typical bloggers-on-tour moment captured by the Swedish food blogger Diana Dontsova (visit her blog for delicious recipes and more from our trip here). From left Malene/Boligcious, me, Marthe/Marthebo and Pella/Stilinspiration walking through the streets of Bourges.

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.

photography © elisabeth heier 

Elisabeth

 

FREDERICIA, THE MODERN ORIGINAL

Travel and stay during the blog event covered by Frederica Furniture and Georg Jensen
Days fly by and although it seems like yesterday Frederica and Georg Jensen gathered a very nice group of bloggers in Copenhagen its been two weeks already. Two days with exquisite Scandinavian design and craftsmanship, interesting talks and new friendships when 14 European bloggers met up for the #ScandiDesignTour2017.

The first day of the tour started in the new Frederica showroom. The last time I was there it was way to crowded to even try capture the beauty of the space, which is situated on the top floor of the historic former Royal Mail House. The 1100 square metres spread across two floors and is the perfect setting to presents Fredericias history from its beginning in 1911 until the present day. I experienced everything from classic design icons to creative product news and an inspiring gallery with special highlights, such as Børge Mogensen’s original 2213 sofa, which for many years stood in the designer’s own home. (photo below) Frederica has always been a family owned and managed company and our tour in the showroom was held by Thomas Graversen, second generation owner of the family business and his son Rasmus Graversen. With more than 100 years of craftmanship Fredericia gives a great insight into the absolute best of Danish and international furniture design.

In 1962 Børge Mogensen designed the 2213 sofa, as a result of a space planning challenge in his own home. Not only did he make himself a unique sofa, he designed a icon that became a favorite in the most prestigious embassies and homes around the world. The sofa exhibited in Fredricias showroom is the original from Mogensens private residence, standing there from 1962-2011 when his family handed it over to Frederica. With a modern aesthetic, generous proportions, a select choice of materials and execution second to none, the sofa realises Mogensens ambitions to create the ultimate sofa. Every 2213 sofa is handcrafted and upholstered in the Frederica workshop. Quite impressive, and the original model look even more beautiful than a new one if you ask me. Lucky those who own one of these vintage icons.

The Frederica furniture collection also features newer design. They collaborate with a carefully chosen circle of international designers, all renown for their exceptional level of design integrity. The ambition of creating contemporary design that is always beautifully crafted, relevant and aesthetically intriguing are the leading guide. To create and deliver a collection they believe will be the modern originals of tomorrow. With great proudness and passion for outstanding quality. Above the Kile sofa, designed by Jasper Morrison. The Kile series is designed to seamlessly blend into the home or public spaces. The Piloti coffee tables, designed by Hugo Passos and launched in 2016 might seem simple at the first glance. However, if you look more closely you will discover subtle details that make the surface appear extra sleek with its integrated transition to the round table legs. The Piloti series includes models with different table top dimensions, and each table is supplied in two different leg heights. The versatility of the tables opens up for a wide range of possibilities and uses. Last up on the photo above is the Spine Lounge Petit, designed by Space Copenhagen. The Spine collection is one of my personal favorites from Frederica, originally designed for a Michelin Star restaurant in Copenhagen in 2011. Since then, the Spine series has proven extremely successful as a symbol of quality and craftmanship in high-end restaurants, bars and luxury retail shops throughout the world. Spine is anchored in the Nordic tradition but with a unexpected, personal twist.

The day with Frederica also included seeing the iconic Spanish Chair in the making by a craftsman from Tärnsjö Garveri. The Spanish Chair was designed by Børge Mogensen in 1958, the second chair he designed using a combination of solid wood and saddle leather. (The first chair of this kind, the Hunting Chair is shown in the first photo from above.) Mogensen designed furniture using a solid wood framework with saddle leather forming the seat and back. This methodology was inspired from medieval Spanish furniture construction, something that Mogensen would return to time and time again. The broad armrests of the chair serve as a practical place to place a glass or a cup, allowing the user to dispense with occasional tables or other furniture from the surrounding area. In doing so he achieved a more open and informal space for relaxing and conversing.The materials used for The Spanish Chair and Hunting Chair are of the finest selection and execution, from the quarter-sawn solid oak, to the vegetable tanned leathers and brass buckles. The rustic combination of materials develops a special patina that only becomes more stunning with time. The chair is by tradition made in Denmark.

Last up with the Frederica team was a visit to the design studio of Space Copenhagen.The design duo consisting of Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou make headlines with their signature style of elegant, yet classical design lines infused with a contemporary edge that emerge from intuition and emotion. For Fredericia they have designed the Spine series, mentioned above, and also the Swoon Chair (below). As one of the most elegant armchairs I know, Swoon was designed to fill the gap between a conventional lounge chair and a typical armchair – for use in lounge areas as well as private homes. The organic, yet structured design holds the seated body and provides an instant feeling of relaxation while offering excellent back support.

photography © Elisabeth Heier 

Elisabeth

 

OSLO DESIGN FAIR COMING UP THIS WEEK

The upcoming week is filled with exciting events in Oslo and one of them is Oslo Design Fair. As always I am looking forward to see the tendencies exhibitions, also this autumn curated by Kirsten Visdal and Per Olav Sølvberg. The theme is Past – Present, and the stylists has interpreted four tendencies they believe in for the future; Poetic, New Luxury, Workshop and Futuristic. «The world still feels insecure and it makes us seek our roots. We want the earthy, the retro. Past can be found among different styles, from the ancient classic art via industrialism to the seventies with burned colors and ceramics». – Kirsten Visdal.

If you are visiting make sure to attend to some of the lectures as well. Usually there are some really good ones and the opening day (30/8) I have pointed out Niels Strøyer Christophersens (founder of Frame) lecture, Cristiano Pigazzini/Note Design Studio and his talk about creative possibilities and Daniel Rybakkens talk about daylight and objects. In between checking out the exhibitors and looking for some goodies among the autumn news.

Photography by Margaretha M. De Lange / Styling by Kirsten Visdal for Oslo Design Fair

Elisabeth

 

WHEN IN COPENHAGEN

I´ve had some exciting days in Copenhagen this week. For those of you who follow me on Instagram you have seen that I have been part of the Scandi Design tour 2017 hosted by Fredericia Furniture and Georg Jensen. Bloggers from all over Europe was invited here for a tour in their showrooms, to learn more about their story and experience great Danish design. I will tell you more about everything later, there are some pretty impressive stories to tell.

You probably also recognize the hotel I´m staying in, my favorite hotel in Copenhagen, SP34. It´s a wonderful hotel, and one of the things I appreciate the most is the friendly and relaxed atmosphere here. When the day is filled with meetings, showroom visits and so on it´s so important to me to be able to do some work in between. Catch up on emails, and yes, finally update the blog. I have spent so many late hours working from the lobby, it almost feels like a second home.

I also have some pretty big news to share! Tuesday I bought my own apartment in Oslo. I´m well aware of that the place I live right now is a beautiful apartment and I´ve been able to make it a home in a short time.. But there is something special about owning your own place. Be able to do what you want, as in deciding exactly how it should look like. After a year of searching for it I went to see the place Sunday and two days later it was mine. I know, buying a place is craziness regarding how short time you actually spend seeing the place. Half an hour walking from one room to the other, but already imagining how it could look like. Of course I did a lot of thinking afterwards. And now I can´t wait to get the keys and start with the renovations.

For now, breakfast, meetings and then heading back to Oslo this afternoon. Follow on stories for a visit in a very cool showroom later on.

photography © Elisabeth Heier

 

Elisabeth

 

NEW IN COPENHAGEN, RESTAURANT BARR

I am back to work for a few days, and in between styling projects and trying to get through my inbox I´m also planning on August and upcoming travels. Copenhagen is on my list (always!) and the newly opened restaurant Barr is a must see. In the former home of the world-renowned restaurant Noma, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Thorsten Schmidt in partnership with chef René Redzepi and Snøhetta have conceived a fresh approach to the iconic space. Snøhetta designed the interiors and new graphic identity for Barr, which opened its doors in the beginning of July on Copenhagen’s waterfront.

Located in North Atlantic House (Nordatlantens Brygge), Barr is a casual restaurant focused not only on the Nordics, but also on the broader food and drink traditions found in the region along the North Sea.


Throughout the restaurant, the design is driven by a strong duality and juxtaposition of the old and the new. When entering the restaurant, guests are met with a warm oak floor, contrasting with the rough texture of the original stone walls. A massive, carved wooden counter stretching from one room to the other anchors the space. The ceiling is alternately composed of the original ceiling beams and new, sculpted wooden planks, which are embedded with brass details that reflect micro spots of light. Raw materials – wood, leather and wool – evoke the restaurant’s Northern influence.


Local techniques and locally sourced materials played an essential part in the restaurant’s design. Most of the oak used for furniture and interior was harvested from trees grown less than fifty kilometres from Barr’s doorstep. The restaurant’s furniture was created by Malte Gormsen using traditional Danish craftsmanship and carpentry. The bar counters are CNC-milled oak. The relief pattern of the ceiling and wall panels are inspired by the microscopic view of barley, one of the three main ingredients in beer making.

The restaurant’s name (Barr: meaning “barley” in old Norse), reflects Schmidt’s fascination with the region’s food and drink history and culture. Classic dishes such as frikadeller (Danish meatballs), schnitzel and hot-smoked salmon will be offered alongside a large selection of craft beers and aquavits.


Senior Interior Architect, Snøhetta, Peter Girgis is commenting «designing within the context of a listed building meant that we needed to understand the space carefully. “Reflecting Thorsten’s overarching vision for Barr, we believe we have created a feeling of formal informality. Together we have created new components, including custom furniture and cabinetry, which enhance Barr’s identity and philosophy, while at the same time providing a connection to the original Noma space.”

See also the two Aesop stores in Oslo, designed by Peter Girgis/Snøhetta, Aesop Prinsensgate and Aesop Homansbyen.

Photo by Line Klein, with thanks Snøhetta

Elisabeth

 

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VACAY MODE // CRETE

I came home from Crete a few days ago, from one summery destination to another one as Oslo almost had the same warm temperature as the Greek island. I brought my Mac with me on vacation, as I always do.. with intentions of updating the blog at least once during my stay but directly fell into a very lazy and comfortable vacay mode with no updates at all. Back home I´m so very rested, after all I have only been staying at a beautiful resort and days went by with swims in the clear blue ocean, spending time with my children and soaking up on the sun. Exactly what I needed right now.

photography © elisabeth heier

No wonder I feel rested after spending a week in these surroundings.. The hotel is OBC in Makrigialos, and for more tips on Crete I visited some beautiful spots last summer as well – you´ll find everything gathered here,  the best coffee in Chania, a hotel tip in Kolimbari and some beach- and restaurant recommendations. 

Elisabeth