26. February 2015

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Today I had the great pleasure of meeting Shauna Dennison, who is creative director at Cole & Son – and she gave me and a colleague a tour through the company´s latest collection, which is called Whimsical, a most appropriate name for a collection that is both nostalgic and enchanting, with references to classic childhood stories and fairy tales. The collection also pays homage to some vintage Cole & Son designs. Take a look!
Cole&SonWhimsicalI have to start with the exubarent Cabaret, which is inspired by an old print that Shauna and her team found. So many stories happening here which will be wonderful for a child – or a grown up – to lose oneself in. Not for the faint-hearted of course, but still; there are so many ways to use this wallpaper – you could mount it on a large piece of cardboard if you don´t dare to use it right on the wall. It is a fantastic piece of artistry, which allows the imagination to run wild.
Cole&SonWhimsicalStars is quite subdued compared to Cabaret, and is taken from Cole & Son´s block archives. It stems from the late 1800s, and has just been tweaked slightly to feel more contemporary, it comes in six color ways, above is Powder Blue, below is Midnight Blue.
Cole&SonWhimsicalImagine going to sleep surrounded by this amount of heavenly stars? Cole & Son is one of the oldest wallpaper companies in England, and was founded in 1875.

Cole&SonWhimsicalPunchinello is named after the well know character from the Commedia dell´Arte, and is one of the collection´s signature designs. The beautiful harlequin pattern is a little off centre, thus softening the print. Below is the Coral & Green version, there are six different colors.
Cole&SonWhimsicalI love the way a design can change dramatically and feel completely different in other color combinations.
Cole&SonWhimsicalMelville takes its name (of course) from the author of Moby Dick, and this is a new design, which was drawn out with a pencil. The effect is soft and appealing.
Cole&SonWhimsicalTeal? Check. Yellow? Check. The pairing of two of my favorite colors was bound to catch my eye. Nautilus is also a new and quite enigmatic design, is it really under water? Or is it a forest? Shauna told me that this particular color pairing was inspired by the Dutch masters, and some prints of them that she has in her own home. But it also comes in a soft green and a neutral version, as well as a dark green.
Cole&SonWhimsicalThe Woods has become such a classic. It was actually first designed in the 1950s, but enjoyed a huge renaissance some years back, and is still very popular all over the world. This collection features three new colorings.
Cole&SonWhimsicalWoods & Stars is a combination of two classics, and is quite the fairy tale. Comes in seven colors.
Cole&SonWhimsicalButterflies & Dragonflies – this is one from the archives, actually from the sixties, and believe me, the original print was a bit more psychedelic! The new version is quite elegant.
Cole&SonWhimsicalShauna described this pattern – Secret Garden (if you have not read Frances Hodgson Burnetts book, you should!) – as the marmite of the collection, you either love it or you hate it. It is a companion to Nautilus, and one wonders if it might just be an underwater jungle. I love it.
Cole&SonWhimsicalI´ll finish off with Cabaret again – accompanied by pillows and mattresses clad in the other patterns from Whimsical – and no, Cole & Son does not do textiles – this is all wallpaper … See the rest of the collection at Cole & Son.

Read an interview with Shauna Dennison here.

For Norwegian retailers click here.

All images: Cole & Son.

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18. February 2015

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I recently attended a spring launch breakfast at Verket Interiør, a really inspiring design- and furniture store, located in beautiful surroundings at Bærums Verk, not far from Oslo. Worth a day trip! Or any excuse for a trip really. This year they are going all out on outdoor furnishings and details, and I fell totally in love with the glamorous stuff from Garden Glory. Perfect to bring a little glam into my garden …
GardenGlory2015How´s this for a garden hose?
GardenGlory2015Yellow is one of my favorite colors, it´s going to be hard to choose …
GardenGlory2015It´s all in the details. The garden and outdoor space is fast becoming a new popular “room” to decorate, so it is interesting to see how producers are coming up with accessories in beautiful colors and patterns that are also functional.
GardenGlory2015GardenGlory2015All images: Garden Glory

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16. February 2015

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Eyecandy on a Monday …

Hope you will all have a great week, wanted to kick it off with these side tables designed by Luca Nichetto for Verreum. The name is Bon Bon, and who would disagree? Love the silvered glass-effect, which started really showing up last year, and which we will see much more of in the future. Who can resist a little shine?

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13. February 2015

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Something for the weekend …

… and something blue. St. Pauls Blue to be exact, a new color developed by Jotun in collaboration with Frama, the Danish showroom & Gallery space is an evolving platform of curated ideas that encompasses custom made objects, interior design, decorative products and conceptual ideas. When they recently planned to renovate their space they sought to develop a unique color which would symbolize their style and values. Thus began  a creative collaboration with Jotun, which culminated in St. Pauls Blue, named after the pharmacy that had inhabited their showroom space earlier.
JotunFramaStPaulsBlueThe color has historical references, but also feels decidedly modern and urban.
JotunFramaStPaulsBlueJotunFramaStPaulsBlueThe color is now also available at Jotun retailers, and the full name is LADY 5030 St. Pauls Blue.
All images: Jotun/LADY
Styling: Kråkvik & D´Orazio Photo: Siren Lauvdal


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8. February 2015

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I feel an urge to paint my walls …
LadyBalance2024SensesJotun LADY just released their Spring Summer Collection for 2015, styled by the inimitable styling duo Kråkvik &
D´Orazio, and photographed by Siren Lauvdal. I really like the crisp white bed linen against this powdery pinkish hue. The head board is painted with Jotun LADY Supreme Finish 2024 Senses, while the wall is painted the same colour, but with Jotun LADY Balance.
LadyBalance10246VelvetSay hello to LADY Balance 10246 Velvet.
LadySupremeFinish7163MintyBreezeI really love this kitchen. The same color has been used on both the kitchen cabinets and the walls; LADY 7163 Minty Breeze – but the paint used on the cabinets is Supreme Finish, while the wall is covered with LADY Balance. The simple shelves to the left in the picture are by Frama, and you can find them at Kråkvik & D´Orazio´s store in Rathkes gate 4 in Oslo; Kollekted By.

All photos courtesy of LADY/Jotun.

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6. February 2015

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Norwegian design: SAY MY NAME BY MORTEN & JONAS

The Norwegian lighting company Northern Lighting has been busy lately! In addition to the Unplugged-series (which you can read about here), they have just launched these two extremely beautiful lamps designed by Morten & Jonas.
The name of the lamps? Say my name
SaymynameNorthernLighting2The lamp comes as both a pendant and a table lamp, and is made of hand blown glass in faded purple to smoked grey.
SaymynameNorthernLightingI want this lamp. It is both beautiful and subtle, and I love the color of the Venetian glass. So expressive. The images are styled by Per Olav Sølvberg and photographed by Kristofer Johnsson.

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5. February 2015

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New Norwegian design by Magnor

Just had to share with you some recent new design by some very interesting Norwegian designers. They have all contributed to Magnor Glassworks latest range.
PlintAndreasEngesvikFirst up is Andreas Engesvik, who has been turning out a lot of great work lately. This is his first project for Magnor, Plint, a delicate series of mugs and glasses in some beautiful shades.
LivKristineFiveMelværKristine Five Melvær is also a very talented younger designer who experiments with both color and materials. Above is an alternative vase – Liv – which is perfect for interesting plant and floral decorations.
LivKristineFiveMelværThree different versions of Liv – which in addition to being a woman´s name, also means “life” in Norwegian.
ElseandMarieKristineFiveMelværKristine Five Melvær is also behind the vases Else and Marie in tempting, fruity colors.
HoldKristineBjaadalKristine Bjaadal does interesting work with containers and always keeps her work simple, in order to let the materials play the major role.

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3. February 2015

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Beautiful cutlery from Broste

My love for my Skaugum cutlery is a lasting affair, and I am not planning on changing it anytime soon, however I might consider mixing it up a bit with Broste Copenhagens new cutlery in Rose Gold, Black, Full Mirror and Full Satin. Have a look:

BrosteCopenhagen1Beautiful contrast between the easy elegance of the Rose Gold and the more rustic plates and the soft linen napkin. 
BrosteCopenhagen2BrosteCopenhagen3Black and white …
BrosteCopenhagen5Are we seeing a return of stainless steel and silver? Watch this space …

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1. February 2015

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Helsinki is one of my favorite cities, and if you have never been there you have something to look forward to. Lots of design history of course – just think of Alvar Aalto and his legacy, but also an exciting design district which showcases lots of great fashion, interior and product design. I am a big fan of Joanna Laajisto, who is an interior architect and designer behind a number of exciting projects. One of her latest projects is Finlandia Caviar,  a mecca for caviar and oyster lovers by the waterfront market square in Helsinki.

FinlandiaCaviar10FinlandiaCaviar4FinlandiaCaviar6I love the simplicity and the freshness of the look of this shop and restaurant concept – just look at the pop of bright blue against the subdued color scheme.
FinlandiaCaviarFinlandiaCaviar8FinlandiaCaviar9You can either choose to sit down and enjoy the caviar and/or oysters on the spot accompanied by champagne or vodka, or purchase some to take home.
FinlandiaCaviar2FinlandiaCaviar11Finlandia Caviar is located at Eteläranta 20 in Helsinki.

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