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BUILT IN WORKSPACE

I planned my new workspace quite early in the process of renovating the apartment. It might be the place I spend the most hours at home, and still its not very big, but it is integrated in the kitchen where I love spending time. I could easily work from the dining table too, but when you work from home at least I need a dedicated spot for it. Right next to the balcony doors, built in between kitchen cabinets and the wall – I got my new workspace.

I just finished painting it this weekend, and moving in Monday morning was a nice start on my work week. You might recognize my very comfortable Catch chair and beautiful NJP table lamp from my previous home, I love giving new life to furniture and lamps I’ve had for a while. Makes a new home so much more personal, don’t you think?

The solution for my workspace is really easy as I’ve used a mdf board cut to fit the opening and mounted it on to lists underneath. The board and the lists is painted in the same color as the wall. (LADY 1928 Sommersne, Jotun.) You can see a bit of the list underneath the table on the photo below. They are cut a bit shorter than the depth of the table to not show too much. There is also made a hole in the upper right corner for all the wires. I have placed my printer in the cabinet on the left side and it also has room for everything I need for work so its really accessible. Plus it got lots of natural light and the coffee machine is nearby. If you haven’t seen the other side of my kitchen, photos are to be found here. Dark fronts on one side, and light ones here on this side. Makes perfectly sense to me as I wanted a more uniform expression and theres only a few cabinets on this side. And if I later on want to remove the table I can easily put kitchen cabinets there as I already have cabinets above my workspace and right next to it. But for now this is a really nice place to sit for work.

photo © elisabeth heier

Elisabeth

 

THIS WEEKS MOST INSPIRING // THE GJØVIK HOUSE BY NORM ARCHITECTS

I remember hearing someone talking a couple of years ago about a house in the planning a bit north of Oslo. Kjersti Linnerud and her family had engaged Norm Architects to design their new house, and now the house is finished. The result is simply amazing. So well designed, it looks to be a very well functioning home and also an architectural masterpiece. The beautiful view of the lake Mjøsa is taken into consideration and from several places in the house the view is framed beautifully by the windows. The Gjøvik house, consists of overlapping cubes of different sizes, which makes it an intimate and dynamic family home with materials, levels and inbuilt, tailor-made furniture creating a minimal yet warm and secluded feeling. The house gracefully embraces the hill side terrain, merging with its surroundings in a humble and natural manner. Having thoroughly considered the climate in the process of designing the house, the idea behind the cluster style house was to give the home a cosy and inviting feel, where you can truly hibernate and take shelter from the frigid days of Nordic winter.

The house consists of 6 cubes overlapping each other in plan and section. This creates a cosy universe filled with nooks and crannies, and with a continuously surprising flow. Moving through the house, the eye wanders from one room to the next, on to the next again, adding a distinct sense of depth. The intertwining is further highlighted in the choice of materials. Floor becomes wall and wall becomes floor in an ever-changing world of concrete, wood and subtle, warm tones. Having the majority of all furniture built in adds to the soft, yet minimal expression in this unique family home. The modern cluster house gives you the sensation of being together, when not necessarily being in the same room, with thresholds defined by switching levels and materials.

The Gjøvik House is a great example of the essence of Norm Architects´work. The balance between richness and restraint, between order and complexity. Every project by Norm Architects , whether its architecture, interiors, design or creative direction is imbued with the same intrinsic quality, a simplicity that carries bigger ideas. Guided by the body and mind rather than by trends or technology, their projects explore ideas that not only look good but that also feel good: Architecture becomes thoughtful, minimalism acquires softness and visual matter assumes haptic qualities. More by Norm Architects to be found here, the newly opened restaurant Nærvær, their design for EX.T, and the Menu Space in Copenhagen, beautifully captured by Katerina Dima.

photo © Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen / lead architect, Linda Korndal 

Elisabeth

 

KITCHEN DETAILS IN MY NEW HOME

I got so many questions about my kitchen yesterday after posting this photo on Instagram, I´ll give you the details here – and yes, I will show you the whole room as soon as it is finished. Still some work left to do from the carpenters and the electricians. And I’ve got some painting to do.

First of all, I couldn’t be more happy with my kitchen and the way it turned out. A long prosess of researching, visiting showrooms and gathering inspiration, you all know how it is I finally decided for an Ikea kitchen with fronts from Ask og Eng. The fronts is made from bamboo and stained in a color called Coal. The color is a very dark brown hue, almost black. A beautiful contrast to the Dinesen floors and light walls. Ask og Eng has their studio in Drammen here in Norway and everything is made at the joinery there.

The herringbone floors are from Dinesen, called Dinesen Grand Pattern. They are treated with lye and white oil and are so soft, so warm and simply a dream to walk on.

My counter top is a material called Silestone. The color is Lagoon, with the surface called Suede. You can also have the surface polished but I prefer the matte finish. Countertop delivered by Eassystone. And then the color of the wall.. If you follow my Instagram you might remember that I repainted the kitchen walls after my first choice? The color looking super nice in my previous home just didn’t work out here and I chose LADY 1928 Sommersne from Jotun instead. Its very light warm grey and looks so nice with the other materials and colors in the room. Plus working well with the darker color in the living room. I´ll get back to that one.

photo © elisabeth heier

Elisabeth

 

THAT CRAZY, BEAUTIFUL NEW HOME

The headline says everything. I’m completely in love with my new home, and during the holidays I finally moved in. After months of renovating (I must have bored you talking about this without really showing a lot..) but there wasn’t much worth showing until the last week before Christmas when everything was wrapped up. Before the double doors were installed it looked like this, almost the exact same view as above, completely transformed. The photo was posted a month ago and taken into consideration its been Christmas in between as well it do happen a lot in three weeks. I will share more about the renovation process with you later, what I have done and some tips if you’re planning something similar. Right now I’m settling in, feeling very much at home and trying to catch up with everything after traveling and the holidays. Happy New Year to all of you, and thank you for following along. 🖤

photo © Elisabeth Heier

 

Elisabeth

 

NEW IN // EJ 64 TABLE

Ad, in collaboration with Erik Jørgensen
I started opening gifts early and the new EJ 64-G table from Erik Jørgensen was ordered for my new apartment. When it arrived I couldn’t resist opening it and it looks quite good where it is right now too don’t you think? The EJ 63-66 table series is a classic, and the new edition with Denver Grey marble I’m sure will be too. The modern and updated size fits my lifestyle much better than the bigger lounge tables. The one I got measures 100×35 cm, which is perfect for a small lounge table and also for a side table. I’m planning on using it as both, love being able to use furniture for more than one purpose. I think it will look amazing against the wall with magazines and room for stills as well as in front of my sofa.

Erik Jørgensen was a trained upholsterer who founded a small worksop in the Danish town of Svendborg in 1954. His expertise was in high demand from the local community. Later on he developed a small sofa collection where craftmanship, quality and aesthetics was his top priority. During the 1980s Erik Jørgensen entered the contract market and had already started collaborating with known designers in the 1960s. Today we know this second-generation family owned company as a company with passion for design and quality craftsmanship who strive to create furniture that lasts. Design icons like the Corona Chair, the Delphi Sofa and the Ox Chair is all made by Erik Jørgensen. They continue to do design partnerships with innovative designers and one of the latest is the Hector sofa, designed by Norwegian Anderssen & Voll. You can see some of theme here, from my visit to the newly opened Erik Jørgensen showroom back in June.

The EJ 63-66 table series was designed in 1999 by Foersom Hiort-Lorenzen, typical for its time with shiny steel legs and tabletop in matt marble. The new versions is available in different kinds of marble and black granite, the legs is also available in matt black lacquer in addition to the classic stainless steel leg frame. The tabletop seems to be floating on top of the legs and makes an illusion of a lighter table that I find really beautiful. Four different sizes and five different materials makes it easy to find a favorite from the collection, and I cant wait to include this table in the interior in my new apartment.

photo © elisabeth heier

Elisabeth

 

THIS WEEKS MOST INSPIRING

This weeks most inspiring is a new apartment for sale in Stockholm, styled og shot by super team Marie Ramse and Sara Medina Lind. I love the soft beige and grey hues through the whole apartment, the textiles who underlines the soft feeling and the black details used as contrasts to the lighter colors. A perfect example of soft minimalism. Marie Ramse is now joining Pella Hedeby at Lotta Agaton Interiors in Stockholm and I can’t wait to see the work they will be doing there in the future. More photos of this home here.

photo © Sara Medina Lind / styling Marie Ramse

 

Elisabeth