Like I wrote in my previous post here, I meet so many interesting people through my work. People who dare follow their dreams, and who is an inspiration for others. Earlier this week I visited Kine and Kristoffer at Ask og Eng. The couple is exactly like I described. It all started with the couples desire to make something special, different and sustainable for their own home. It resulted in several hand made bamboo kitchens and was then followed by the establishment of the Ask og Eng studio in early 2016 where they now offer their hand crafted products to customers all over the country. Kine´s background is in environmental geography and climate change means that when it comes to design and manufacturing, sustainability is of utmost importance to her. Kristoffer is a trained architect and the practical aesthetic mind behind the company.
I have showed you some photos from their showroom earlier, but since then they have moved to a bigger premises, started collaborating with another carpentry on sharing space and equipment, and the production is more efficient. Still Kine and Kristoffer work side by side with the workshop, designing and developing new products and has the full overview on everything.
The kitchen above is designed and hand crafted by Ask og Eng, and I love the color and the surface of the bamboo. I learned that bamboo is harder than most types of wood, which makes it a good choice of material for kitchens, and of course the most important, the sustainability of it. The Ask og Eng collection also include doors ready made to fit IKEA units in addition to their custom made kitchens, which is a great option if you already have a well functioning Ikea kitchen, or move into a home who has one, but want a more high end and exclusive kitchen. I am getting a whole new kitchen for my apartment since I´ve changed the layout completely during the renovations, and the combination of Ikea and Ask og Eng is definitely one of my options.
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)
Friday I visited OsloDeco and left with lots of new inspiration. Classy and sophisticated, with so many nice details (and wishlist items..). With experience from magazines and agencies the four woman behind OsloDeco (Live Brekke, Miriam Brenne Karlsen, Ida Engström Leivestad and Gry Johannessen) has created an inspiring universe with their combined webshop and inspirational magazine. And the showroom is open by appointment if you want to go by to take a closer look at the color of one of the beautiful carpets from Layered, see the material in the piece of furniture you want to buy or just to be inspired by their unique way of decorating and have some personal tips in addition. What I like the most about OsloDeco is that they only have objects they really love in their webshop. The selection is so well curated and you can clearly see their sense of style in it.
Above; sofa Gubi, floor lamp Flos, carpet Layered, table Mater and Hay, prints Atelier by Mint Studio. Below; Pendant lamp Rubn, wall lamp House Doctor.
Above, Darkly mirror from Menu, IC pendant from Flos, sofa from Layered and TS table from Gubi.
Above; Ferm Livings Haze cabinet with the very beautiful HK pitcher from Georg Jensen on top of the cabinet used as a vase.
Mushroom Mirror from House Doctor and Plant Box from Ferm Living.
Some weeks ago the Swedish brand Nordiska Kök was launched, and the photos were literally all over the web. No wonder, they make some really beautiful kitchens, customized in their joinery right outside Gothenburg. You can choose everything from color, handles and surface finishes – and of course the exact size that fits your room. I have still not decided on the kitchen for my new home, and these photos shot by Fanny Hansson and styled by Sundling Kickén is so inspiring.
I love the simplicity, the clean lines and the carefully chosen quality materials. Would definitely been among my choices if I were to choose a customized kitchen like this.
Photography by Fanny Hansson, styling by Sundling Kickén
1. Anima Statuario Nat tiles, Cæsar. 2. Mass Light, Norm Architects/&tradition. 3. Adam Stool, Frama Cph. 5. Faucet Tara, Dornbracht. 6. Color and material inspiration, styling Lotta Agaton, photo Kristofer Johnsson.
Still working on the design of my apartment, which right now looks more like a construction site than the home I´m supposed to move into in the end of December. ..and to call it a early draft on the bathroom. Well, yesterday I ordered the marble tiles above, I know I will have a floor probably in a grey Pastellone, and the faucet in matt black from Dornbract is decided. Also, I have the beautiful Mass Light pendants from my previous home, and I think at least one of those will look beautiful hanging besides the mirror. The rest.. I wish I had a fem more weeks on planning this, but time is running so fast right now. But I´m not worried it won’t be a beautiful and functional bathroom. Do love the color and material moodboard made by Lotta Agaton down right, some details in nature materials and beige like this, and the Adam stool with a leather seat will bring warmth to a grey- and white bathroom. Also a great tip for adding exactly that if your bathroom feels a bit cold, wood, leather and soft towels in beige will give so much more warmth and personality.
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.