Starting the year in style – the DesignTrade show in January 2014

By Igor Josifovic //

January is a busy month. New collections are ready, new catalogs are fresh out of the printer, websites updated and all is set and ready for a new year with style and design. Among the very first design trade shows was the DesignTrade show in Copenhagen, Denmark. After its debut last August the bi-annual trade show opened its doors at the Bella Center in the Danish capital.

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Denmark is one of the leading design nations not only in Europe but worldwide. To emphasize this position and the importance of Danish design, the DesignTrade is based in Copenhagen. However, the show encompasses a wide array of furniture, home accessories and home textiles from the entire region and attracts an international public.

In January, the focus lies on the upcoming collections for the spring/summer season and all exhibitors showcased what they have prepared for the design savvy customers. Inevitably, colour is a topic for the warmer season and can be seen in many upcoming collections, e.g. the new home accessories of Broste Copenhagen, Oyoy or Kähler Design. Natural materials such as wood and leather are still highly popular – many design labels such as Muubs, Aiayu or the young design label Aperie featured those in their collections, and a good part of it is the result of a sustainable design approach with support for local communities in less developed regions of the world. Another great discovery for lovers of typography and illustrations is the new label ‘I Love My Type’.

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Apart from the exhibitors, the DesignTrade had prepared a rich programme with international and local speakers from the design sphere. Moreover, a blogger zone highlighted the importance of the digital opinion-leaders and attracted not only the trade public but also press and digital adepts alike.

The next DesignTrade show is due in August 2014 and has set high goals: to become the leading design trade show in Scandinavia. See you there in August!

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Getting Inspired

It is easy to get inspired by the many great exhibitors on the Design Trade Fair. Our house blogger Allan Torp from Bungalow5 took a walk around the halls before it all opened and captured some of his favourite stands.


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Best of #designcph Day 1

Wednesday, day one, first day of Design Trade truly was a fantastic day. So many great new products to see, many new people to talk to and many great lectures to attend.

We have selected some of our favourite Instagram images hashtagged #designcph – keep them coming.

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@kberggreen // @katrinemartensenlarsen // @danishdesignassociation // @a_mile_in_the_woods // @aperie

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Another Country: a very British affair

by Gerard McGuickin, Walnut Grey Design

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Series Two Dining Table and Seating Bench.
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Another Country logo.
Another Country is in many ways a very British affair – modest, reliable and principled. Established in 2010, Another Country is a UK brand whose design portfolio is both discerning and considered. Unlike some British brands who court rampant consumerism with hot trends, but whose products include an inbuilt obsolescence, Another Country values sustainability, timeless design and quality.
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Desk One.
Another Country’s furniture and accessories are contemporary, yet they imbue a sense of tradition and skilled craftsmanship. Handmade using high grade FSC certified timbers, their products are natural and closely aligned to nature. It is these qualities that are similar in many ways to Nordic design, particularly that found in Finland and Norway where design is rooted in folk and craft traditions, appreciating simplicity, honesty and accessibility.
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Oak Stool.
As with many of today’s Nordic designs, Another Country balances a clean modern aesthetic with traditional values. The company is growing swiftly and is a flourishing concern that meshes entrepreneurial spirit with an artisanal approach. All products are handmade in the UK or Portugal, with sales made directly to the consumer through Another Country’s website or using preferred partner stockists.
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Desk One and Stool One in the Beach House at Burton Bradstock.
Another Country currently has two collections - Series One and Series Two. Series One uses familiar forms of craft furniture reduced to their basic elements. The pieces in this collection are restrained, honest and solid. Series Two is similar to Series One in terms of fulfilling Another Country’s values, however the design of the pieces in this collection are arguably more aesthetic, owing perhaps to their clean-cut and angular form. The use of paler wood in Series Two, typically ash, contrasts with the wood used in Series One, typically oak.
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Day Bed One.
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Series Two Outdoor Bench in Oak.
Irrespective of the ‘series’ in which a piece is found, the principles of durability, accessibility, functionality, longevity and design that is environmentally friendly, apply equally across Another Country’s portfolio. Another Country is one of a growing number of design businesses that are propelling British Design forward and reigniting the love of British craftsmanship. That it takes some of its inspiration from Nordic design is only a good thing.
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Series Two Stool in Ash.
See Another Country’s black benches and bar stools at the National Danish Aquarium outside of Copenhagen.
All images © Another Country.
Check out Another Country’s photo stream on flickr.
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Danish design from Berlin: Sigurd Larsen

By Igor Josifovic //
Denmark and Germany have way more in common than a mere 67 km borderline. They also share one creative mastermind – he is Danish but lives and works in the German capital Berlin – Sigurd Larsen



This Danish architect works within the fields of design, art and architecture and holds a master degree from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen. He worked in various world metropolises before he decided to settle down in Berlin.



It is there in the German capital where he chose to found a design studio back in 2009 and has realized great projects in the fields of architecture, furniture design and art ever since.
I was particularly drawn to his furniture designs. Looking at his portfolio reveals instantly his Nordic heritage. The Scandinavian vibe is in his DNA as you can tell from his designs. The utter focus on functionality with a high aesthetic consciousness is intertwined with a refined selection of natural and raw materials.



Let’s just take the ‘Melbourne’ collection of furniture designs as an example: This collection compiled of tables, benches, daybeds keeps drawing the users attention cause it alters over time. All surfaces are made of massive oak, copper, steel, leather or concrete and the appearance of the material changes over time through the contact with other materials. This collection is made to last and reveals its timeless beauty with a unique patina that makes every piece a one-of-a-kind.
Being a Danish architect and designer in Berlin seems to be a successful calculation: Sigurd Larsen managed to combine the natural vibe of Scandinavia with the raw, edgy side of the German capital Berlin and transform it into a sophisticated range of furniture.



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Copper for X-Mas


I have been liking copper a lot over the last few months and I simply adore the combination with black! So for this X-Mas I thought of using copper X-Mas ornaments and painted one of my walls in a beautiful deep black. I also decided to use black painted branches instead of a green X-Mas tree after finding some small copper leaves.


Inspiration can come up from the strangest things and I got my wall inspiration from a picture of a magazine rack, I loved how the magazines were displayed at different heights and decided to print out some pictures from my Pinterest Winter album and add them to the wall with adhesive copper tape that is originally used for protecting plants.  

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If you have a light and white home you can still use copper elements to decorate for X-Mas Here are some more ideas from around the web.


DIY Copper Christmas tree ornaments via Daniella Witte



Copper stars designed by Louise Roe via Norsu



DIY with copper spray and honneycombs via Bloesem kids


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Young Design at the ‘Talent Street’

By Igor Josifovic //

Igor looks back at the many talents presented at Design Trade’s Talent Street.

The ‘Talent Street’ in Hall B is a dedicated area for young and upcoming designers presenting their works at this year’s DesignTrade fair. Seeing the work of young and creative talents and speaking to them is the best way to understand the design process and the incredible amount of work, mental and physical, going into one piece of design. These young people have brought their creative ideas into shapes and deserve lots of attention.


Miriam Ortwed is a young and aspiring product designer with a playful eye when it comes to materials and shapes. For example, she uses cut out oak wood pieces as an ornamental cover on cushions. If I had not tried it, I would have thought it is uncomfortable – but I can assure it is super comfortable. She also features a happy collection of handmade vases/candleholders that catch the beholder’s eye with their irregular shape and colour glazing.

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The design collective PROUD from Estonia features a rug named Float, pebble poufs and an eclectic collection of vintage porcelain that has been reinterpreted with the use of concrete. While the rug appeals to colour loving tastes with a stark pink element, the porcelain collection is an interesting twist of grandmother’s cups and saucers gone wild in raw concrete. The look is surprisingly cool and unexpected. Annike Laigo and Raili Keiv are the creative minds behind this label.

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Jesper Su Rosenmeier is a talented young man who is focusing on furniture design and presented his chair collection named NORD. The chair speaks of a maritime and Nordic heritage and has an interesting twist: There is a sharp graduation that forms the chair – where it needs more materials, it is added, where it needs less, it is cut off sharply. Smart and edgy!

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Copenhanger is not a misspelled version of Copenhagen but the reference to the Danish capital is given. The Copenhanger by Møberg & Vilslev is a funky hanger that has not to be mounted to a wall but hung from the ceiling. It is an intrinsically urban home accessory addressing the problem of small sized urban dwellings. It takes up no space as it is hung from the ceiling and it can be used either as a coatrack or a rack for kitchen accessories. Or anything else by that matter!

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Marianne Viktor features a new range of handwoven rugs. Her rug collection was mainly inspired by the Caucasian ethnic ornaments which she used and enriched it with a Scandinavian DANN – she reduced the rich patterns to the central ornament and focused on its mere shaped to accentuate the rug’s design. Mellow colours have been chosen to easily match wooden as well as metallic furniture.

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A very female touch is presented by Alexandra Raben Design. The young charming designer presented her Intricate lampshades that are sculptural and fragile at the same time. 40 hours of hand weaving are necessary to create one lampshade that is fixed on a specially made metal framing. The weaving technique is inspired by Peruvian folk tradition and is executed with a special fish net needle. These lampshades are real handicraft gems for beautiful and sensual interiors.

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Nye Streger is a funky design collective of young guys focusing on wooden furniture. A chair that has a seat just like a hairy broom? Or a wheathered bookcase simply called Regol? Or do you fancy a puzzle table? These guys approach design with wit and playfulness and have definitely caught my eye!

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Design for every day

by Riikka Kantinkoski / Weekday Carnival


I would like to introduce you three of my favourite well known Finnish brands.

I believe that you can find at least one product of each of these brands at every home in Finland.

Pictures are taken from my home.




The Arabia brand is a pioneer of Finnish design. The product range consists of popular dish sets and interior design and gift products. Creative design, ceramic know-how and brand management create the core of Arabia.

Arabia develops and manufactures products for the home according to strict quality requirements, especially for consumers who value Finnish design. The starting points of Arabia’s designs are timeless beauty, quality and functionality. 

Two my favourite plates from Arabia 140 year collection.


Artek was founded in 1935 by four young idealists, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen and Nils-Gustav Hahl. The business idea of the company was “to sell furniture and to promote a modern culture of habitation by exhibitions and other educational means.” The founders of Artek advocated a new kind of environment for everyday life. They believed in a grand synthesis of the arts and wanted to make a difference in town planning as well as architecture and design.

While valuing traditions Artek has at the same time entered a new era. Combining the ideology of the radical founders and a contemporary and dynamic approach to product development, the company is more art and tech than ever. 

The iconic Stool 60, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1933, turns a venerable 80 this year. Stool 60 is Artek’s best selling product and one of the most famous design classics of all time internationally. For the anniversary Artek has released many colourful special editions for Stool 60. Here is stool E60.


What started as a glass factory in Iittala, Finland, now celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people’s everyday lives. They believe objects should be distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that allows for individual use and expression.

The progressive philosophy of their design heroes, Kaj Franck and Alvar Aalto, still inspires they to keep Iittala forever relevant. Iittala believes in timeless design that will never be thrown away.

Let your imagination run free as you explore our collections and create your own. Choose the designs you love and embrace mixing products, colours and patterns. 

 1. Nappula candleholder, designed by Matti Klenell 2012.

2.The most famous of the objects designed by Aalto is the Aalto vase, which was first seen at the 1937 Paris World Exposition.

3. Piilopaikka, decoration by Piia Keto 2013 for Arabia. Essence Plus wine glasses, designed by Alfredo Häberli 2013 for Iittala


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The Mikado Suite – Grand Hotel

by Nina Holst // Stylizimo


Earlier this year I was invited to see the Mikado suite that Fargerike have renovated at the Grand Hotel in Oslo. The suite is decorated in lovely shades of purple which is the color Fargerike announced to be the color of the year for 2013. The best part of the renovation is their focus on Norwegian design. I think they have done a great job mixing it all together!

My favorite room is the living room with its lovely dusty lavender on the walls and with a few hints off brass here end there, such a perfect combination and make a great atmosphere in the room. The sofa “OK” is designed by Norway Says and are upholstered in a velvet purple fabric and create a lovely contrast against the matte wall. The sofa is produced by LK Hjelle.

The plates on the wall are from the collection Lys by Wik & Walsøe. They look all white on this picture, but they are decorated with real gold that gives beautiful sparks and a glittery effect.

In all the rooms you´ll find interesting photo art by Helene Jellestad. An exciting contrast towards the traditional furniture.


The beautiful table Viola by Ygg & Lyng is represented there as well. Designed by Elin Louise Sveen. To the left on the table you also see the Beacon lamp that is designed by Magnus Pettersen that also recently designed the Leimu lamp for Ittala. The Beacon lamp will be sat in production this fall.
A close up of by the lovely Beacon lamp.

In the suite you´ll also find “The Royal Family” that is a collection of decorative glass vessels with fairytale details and shapes, designed by Vibeke Skar. Such a lovely piece of work.

The well known designer Andreas Engesvik´s work is also to be seen in the Mikado suite. Both with his beautiful Bunads blanket produced by Mandal Veveri and his new desk Alto produced by Fjordfiesta, which they have painted in a purple color called Pilati. He is also a part of the trio behind the OK – sofa that is in the living room.

The bedroom is the most eclectic room in the suite and is full of bold contrasts. It may look a bit too much on the picture, but it was a really good atmosphere in there and it all worked very well in real life I think.

So if you are looking for a different kind of hotel room next time you´re in Oslo, maybe the Mikado suite could be something for you?
// Styling:  Christine Hærra  / Photos: Sveinung Bråthen /  In the Courtesy of Fargerike //

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A Scandinavian home in sunny Marseille

by Anna Gustafsson / La Maison d’Anna G


This airy Scandinavian looking home is actually located in Marseille in southern France and belongs to Swedish photographer Johanna Ekmark. If you follow nordic blogs and interior magazines, you might remember these pictures from a couple of years ago, when they were published in Residence Magazine and on several blogs (including mine).


I’m showing them again here because first of all I still find them really inspiring and worth a second look, but also because I think that this home shows two things:


1. The Scandinavian style works just as fine by the sunny Mediterranean sea as in north Europe’s darkest woods (if ever somebody thought otherwise…).
2. By keeping it simple and choosing a base of good and timeless quality design, your home will resist well over time, plus it’s very easy to update it with new details.


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Johanna has chosen to have mainly open storage in her home, still it doesn’t feel cluttered. In the livingroom, one wall has been entirely covered with shelving units from Vitsoe while the rest of the surfaces are kept quite clean.
Around the large square table, the iconic Wishbone chair by Wegner.


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The same wooden floors and white backdrop have been used throughout the home, including the kitchen, in order to create a sense of space and unity.


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White bedlinen, a woolen blanket and Saarinen’s Tulip as bedside table. Basic and timeless.


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The roof terrace could possibly be the least Scandinavian spot in this home… Too sunny?
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