Bloom by Norm Architects

"A series of installations throughout out the festival site 
prompted visitors to consider form, materiality and alternative perspectives"

Just admired these beautiful images of the recently created spatial concept by 
 - a festival of nature and science situated in the heart of one of 
Copenhagen’s  largest parks, Søndermarken  - and I keep watching them
over and over... Inspired by the stunning mix of nature and art!


Riga Chair

 As I told you in one of my previous posts I have visited Riga for a 
design tour with a group of bloggers, photographers and journalists and once again 
I must say it really was a surprising and very inspiring visit and definitely
 worth a second visit in the nearest future!

In addition to the nice people, the amazing historic (Jugenstill) buildings, 
the tastefull food and the green parcs, we also learned more about Latvia 's minimalist 
design during the tour! One of the companies that we visited was RIGA Chair.

RIGA chair is a trade mark of Riga Chair factory and since its founding in 1999 they 
 quickly become a leading brand that produced serveral collections for home and 
office with natural materials as birch and beech wood combined with fabrics in 
different shades.  Besides the Red Dot Design Award winner - the flowershaped stool 
designed by Aldis Circenisa -  I was attracted immediately by the stunning 
kids chairs collection and in particular the Roo rocking toy!
"The basic idea behind the Roo rocker was to find a shape with the potential to be 
produced out of a single package of flat plywood sheets.  The minimalistic, archetypal
 shape gives the immediate impression of a rocking toy.  For some, it may look more
 like a sheep, or kangaroo; for others, it still looks like a good old rocking horse, "
Roo has received the IF Product Design Award 2013 and the German Design Award: 
Special Mention 2014 and is available in birch, beech, oak, walnut veneer or 
laminate in various colours. It 's that I no longer have small children but otherwise
 I was definitely tempted to buy the Roo... only the stunning decorative value 
would be a good reason, don't you think so?!

                                                                                                                                                 photo's elv's 


Svalnas -


Just admired the new modular Svalnas shelving system that Ikea has
 released and I love the way on how you can easily change the 
look of a room in this case the bedroom!

The natural warmth created by the bamboo and the combination with 
the stylish monochrome  and natural accessories makes it very inviting to try and 
create your own personal bedroom don't you think so!

Beautiful simplicity and inspiring stylingwork created
 by stylist Pella Hedeby

                                                                                            photos: Ragnar Ómarsson


Afteroomchair by Menu #giveaway

Today some snapshots of some of last weeks changes (and try outs) at
my workspace/bedroom with a tribute to the beautiful 
Menu Afteroom dining chair that has finally arrived in my home ;-)
About three years ago I wrote my first blogpost (here) about this chair and 
I still love the simplicity and the clear lines of its beautiful design 

This three-legged chair is an homage to functionalism and to the Bauhaus school of art & architecture The chair is availble in various versions and I choosed the black dining chair 4 
to add in my renewed and refreshed workspace. The three legs, the round details and its flexible backrest made it an interesting and practical chair for us to add in our relatively small bedroom/workspace.  What do you think? 

Are you,  just like me,  a huge fan of the stunning Afteroom chairs by Menu?
 I have teamed up with Menu and started a giveaway on my instagram. 
You will find all details here
                                                                                                                 photos and styling elv's 



Sand by Melo

 Today I was really exited about the news of the launch 
of the handcrafted ceramics collection by Swedish brand Melo.
I have shared new work by Melo before (see here) and also this time
 they've surprised me tremendously

 For their ceramics collections Melo has collaborated with 
talented potter Ida Svärdström and the clean design in combination with 
the beautiful light sand colour gives the collection ( a limited collection of 
50 copies of  5 products)  a timeless and soft minimalistic appearance.
Beautiful simplicity  as I love it so much...
                                                                                                                         Styling: Pella Hedeby



An inviting patio surrounded by the most beautiful trees and plants, 
A mix of old and new (love the grey Ikea 'Bittergurka' watercane) accessories as 
cushions and sheepskins and simple old pots and bottles filled 
with flowers to create a cosy atmosphere...

that made me long for many more beautiful warm 
summerdays with family and friends...

Always inspired by the creative green ideas of stylist Tina Hellberg



This week the first press images of H&M's new brand ARKET 
has been publiced and  I can't wait  untill the opening of their first 
store (Brussels, Copenhagen, Munich and many more will follow soon)  at  the end of
the summer at London (Regent Street) and to see more of the collection
 after the launch of their webshop!  

All the shops will also include a cafe decorated in Scandinavian style and besides
 their timeless fashion collection (that will last for several seasons)  
the stores will have shoes, accessories and home furnishings selected
 from other brands as Iittala and Duralex.  

The Chair ‘Skedblad’ (crafted from solid oak) designed by Carl Malmsten will be used to 
furnish all the cafés. The chair has been put back into production exclusively
 for ARKET and is based on original drawings from the Malmsten archives. 


Magnetic Latvia

I was not very familiar with the Baltic area and in particular Latvia,  
but I am really pleasantly surprised after our visit last week! If you follow me on
 instagram you might have noticed that I have visited Riga where I was invited to join a
 design tour with Dutch journalists, editors and bloggers and it was amazing!

 In a four-day press trip we explored the Latvian design culture under the name 
Magnetic Latvia and it was so inspiring to visit and discover the various Latvian 
designers and locations in Riga and Latvia's West coast. The kindness,  
the nice people who enthusiastically told us all about their country,
their designs, their handmade products and their history really made it very special!

Besides well-known design styles of Latvia to discover, including Art Nouveau and 
Jugendstil,  Latvian designs are characterized by the minimalist and functional style of 
Scandinavian design.  The designers make use of neutral tones and natural materials  
Just beautiful and simple as I love it so much!  

One of the stunning locations that we've visited was the University of Latvia
 (Academic center of natural sciences) The modern interior which sees use of untreated 
concrete is brought to life through the use of wood,  the curved lines of railings,
 the use of lot's of greens (loved the compositions), wall paintings (by artist Luīze Avotiņa)
 and enormous glass walls as well as beautiful minimalistic furniture. 

Each floor of the building has its space assigned to student relaxation or independent work and I was attracted immediately by the used MAFFAM FREEFORM basalt fiber hanging
 chairs ( made from volcanic basalt fiber and natural resin) created by Raimonds Cīrulis.
  Basalt is a rock that can lie happily at unbearable temperatures as well in the cool depths of our oceans, where it comprises majority of the Earth’s crust. The basalt lace seashell is specifically made in a way that makes it perfect for meditation, self-exploration, and 
energy rejuvenation and felt so comfortable. It also made me and my fellow bloggers,
 dream of having a huge garden where we could hang the chair in a big high tree and 
enjoy the sunny moments in a very relaxed way!
Fortunately for us there are different sizes of the hanging chair but there are also 
several other designs available...  Chairs, tables... 
you will find all the information here!
                                                                                                            photos: elv's