the two sides of Arne Jacobsen - Designletters & friends

photos 1/4/7 designletters -  2/3/5/6 elvs

If you follow me on IG you might have seen that I had an amazing week...

These last few days I have spend a great time with my family at the dutch coast
and another highlight for me of last week was my visit to Kopenhagen where I was
 invited on behalve of fonQ.nl to join the presentation of the two brand new collections of
Danish brand  Design Letters & friends,  that we all know of their Arne Jacobsen’s typography
products (incl. mugs, porcelain plates, tea towels, stationery and much more)

While having a delicious lunch at the Alberto K restaurant at the SAS Royal Hotel
Mette Thomphon founder of Design letters started the presentation by telling us 
about how the story of the two sides of Arne Jacobsen was born. 

Two years ago Arne Jacobsen’s grandson Tobias called Mette and asked her
 if she would be interested in having a closer look at some of his grandfathers
 more unknown designs and drawings. More precisely, it was a box filled 
with old textiles featuring Arne Jacobsen’s pattern design.
 In this box there were two types of patterns - Two sides of Arne Jacobsen: 
A floral side with lots of flowers and detailed drawings of vegetation and 
a more classic side of Arne Jacobsen, as most people know him: 
Geometric and abstract patterns with a strong reference to modern architecture.

Mette had the box for several months and finally ended up picking out the
Nordic Anemone (windflower) pattern, which Arne Jacobsen drew in the 1940s 
during his exile in Sweden.  As a counterpoint to this Mette choosed a geometric
 pattern that Arne Jacobsen originally designed for the carpet,
 for the SAS royal hotel. A pattern that has become the base of the new
 AJ Royal Vntage collection. 

After telling us the story behind the new collections Mette invited us to experience
 these two sides of Arne Jacobsen live: In his original suite from 1960 (room 606) 
where we could see the more classic, strict side of Arne Jacobsen and where we could admire
 their new AJ Royal Vintage collection and in the suite next door where we 
could see a number of pieces of the Flowers collection.

The windflower pattern was originally designed by Arne Jacobsen for textile.
For Designletters it was a perfect start for a textile collection as bedcovers but also for a 
stationery range featuring the windflowers combined with Arne Jacobsen’s vintage typography.

The AJ Royal Vintage collection consists a beautiful throw (wool) and with the same pattern, 
Design letters  introduced a limited edition travel notebook and a greeting card. 
Also in the AJ Royal Vintage range are the beautiful black and green (inspired by the color of the walls in room 606) metal vases who where originally designed for the SAS royal hotel bar/lobby area. 

More products will be added continuously to the AJ Royal Vintage collection and to
 the Flowers collection...  I am really looking forward to admire the new pieces 
after this amazing press launch ”Two Sides of Arne Jacobsen”

you can see and read more here

thank you so much Design letters and fonQ.nl for inviting me!


Vaselove - Marimekko SS2016

Beautiful minimalism combined with subtile details... 
That's how the forms of her pieces are described 
and I admit... I fell for them immediately!

The stunning vases (Flower/Ming/Urna) of the 
Marimekko SS 2016 collection 
designed by Swedish designer Carina Seth Andersson
really made me smile...

see more here 

                                                                      styling: Lotta Agaton \  photos: Pia Ulin 


perfect details...

just loved all these beautiful and stylish details in monochrome shades, 
carefully selected and perfectly styled  by team Sarah Widman for Alvhem
great creative ideas that really inspired me today!

 Starting my weekend with this amazing apartment for sale...
wish you all a happy one!

see more here


out of their "kids zone" - Rafa-kids!

I have always admired (read more about it here)
 the beautiful furniture and accessory collection of Dutch brand Rafa-kids 
but when I saw the stunning photos of their last photoshoot,
 in this stylish graphic - black and white setting,
 fully out of their "kids-zone",   it really made me smile!

find more about Rafa-kids and their stunning collection here and here

                                                                                                                                           photos via rafa-kids with thanks!


under the roofs of Paris...

A black and white loft under the roofs of Paris
filled with blond wood furniture to create a more natural atmosphere and
 a stunning view from the top of the black stairs that leads to the mezzanine

This former mansion, where Josephin Baker lived really made me smile today...
see more of this stunning loft apartment here

                                                                                                            photo: Frédéric-Léon Ducout


friday inspiration - Lotta Agaton

Sometimes I wished that I lived in Sweden and could admire it in person...

the amazing exhibition about Note Design Studio curated by 
 stylist Lotta Agaton for residence magazine at the
Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design could inspire me all day... 

                                                                                                                                                      photos: Kristoffer Johnson


lamplove - Pion by Hay

 styling/photos/text by elvs

                 On the table, on or in a Cabinet or on the floor... some lamps radiate anywhere!

I always had an eye on unique and separate lamps and they have always inspired me
 in my unstoppable sense of changing and restyling our living room.
So when dutch online store fonQ.nl asked me if a would be interesting in 
making a review about the Hay Pion lamp it was a great opportunity! 

This new purchase from this always inspiring Danish design brand,
 invited me to go look around for some of my favourite monochrome treasures
 collected over the years and to exhibit them on my bench. 
Some beautiful magnolia branches completed this new bright natural look at this corner! 
So yes.. once again I discovered that adding only a few other details
 really made the difference! It gave me the feel of creating Spring inside!

The Wrong for Hay (a collaboration between Danish design brand HAY and 
London-based designer Sebastian Wrong) Pion lamp is designed
 by Bertjan Pot. Bertjan graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven. 
His work is about curiosity for materials and experiments and
 that's what atracted  me immediately.
The Pion is made of aluminum, and... paper! How special is that! 

Through the paper use the lamp diffuse the light in the room and creates a cozy atmoshpere. 
Because its attractrive design the Pion lamp really fits in any interior don't you think so?
I my opinion the remarkable and uncommon form makes the Pion lamp 
by Hay a beautiful eyecatcher for every room.

this post is made in collaboration with fonQ.nl  a dutch contemporary online store with more than 40.000 products.
 Colorful and special products that make life just a little more fun with unique gift and design products and a wide range 
in terms of living, cooking and garden can be found here  


harmony - Iittala x Issey Miyake

 "Iittala X Issey Miyake collection brings your home a new kind of harmony
 by combining Scandinavian and Asian craftmanship and ambiance."

Already saw a sneakpeek last week on the blog of Lotta Agaton
where I immediately fell for the color scheme, the contrast 
and the beautiful shapes of the ceramics, glass and home textiles, 

but this week the amazing new Iittala collection, 
designed by Issey Miyake, finally will be launched in Stockholm,
can't wait to admire!

see more of the collection here

                                                                                                                                     styling: Lotta Agaton photos: Tuukka Koski


natural tones

I really like the ongoing natural trend that we see more and more...
beautiful neutral shades, soft browns combined with black and white details,
wood furniture and other natural accessories as the branches

really like the inviting and cosy atmosphere created by stylist Josefin Haag
just perfect inspiration for the weekend...
wish you all a happy one! 

see more of this apartment here


bathroom love - norm architects

 Concrete, dark porcelain tiles and customised bronzed fixtures 
a beautiful contrast with the bright walls on the other side of this amazing space

Norm architects have created this en-suite bathroom  in an old townhouse in Copenhagen.
 The open space bathroom is situated in continuation of the master bedroom and I love it.... 

find more on their facebook page here and be inspired!


insta calender

ONE ---> TWO

January was awesome and filled with cosiness and creativity inside 
(lot's of changingmoods in my home) but also outside  (visited some inspiring 
events and I did a little admiration tour at my favorite shops in Amsterdam) 
Hope your "ONE" was great too ;-) 
Looking forward to all the new in February... 

today some of my January "insta-shots" 
love to share inspiration and to be inspired by the pictures of
everyone's life, adventures and beautiful homes
you can find me at instagram here