“Presumably, the creative capabilities of a craftsman are the same as those of a sculptor. A chair is not just an industrial product in space. It becomes form and space itself” Finn Juhl, 1952
Finn Juhl was a Danish architect, interior designer and industrial designer who would have been 100 today, 30 January 2012. He was one of the leading figures in Danish design in the 1940s and 1950s who was often referred to as the “Father of Danish Design”. His unusual style and sculptural pieces were acclaimed worldwide and propelled him to international stardom within the design world. His work today is being celebrated around the world and to read the full story of this amazing designer you can visit one collection.com
To honour this great designer I thought I would share with you some inspirational Nordic interiors. The first is the home of Icelandic interior designer Rut Kara.
Stylist: Gerdur Hardardottir : Photographer : Trine Thorsen : Images : kool and Kreativ blog
Images via The style files blog
Images via Lovenordic design blog
I really don’t like the cold winter months and February is one of the hardest months to get through. It’s dark, cold and grey but to add some colour and creativity to my world I’m going to join Chantelle Elem’s photo-a-day February challenge. I think this is a great idea and lots of fun so why don’t you join me.
How to take part in February photo-a-day:
1. Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.
2. Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FEBphotoaday. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook … or even keep the photos privately for yourself.
3. Check out other people’s photos and like them or comment on them.
Note: The list is purely for inspiration, however you interpret the daily prompt is up to you. There are no hard and fast rules. For instance for day 22, if you don’t officially ‘work’ and are a mum or looking for work – then show something that you consider to be work (or a chore perhaps). It doesn’t have to be office stuff … it’s as loose as you want or need it to be. Just have fun and enjoy!
Hello lovely people
Since my holiday I have not stopped. I feel like I’m in fast-forward mode but it’s not fast enough. I’m racing full steam ahead organising my Ibiza wedding, managing properties and I’m just about to start renovating a flat that I bought last week, not to mention trying to catch up with my friends. Life is hectic so it’s probably no wonder that I’m drawn to interiors that convery a sense of calm and tranquility. I believe your home should reflect the way you want to feel, a place where you can breathe and recharge.
At the moment I heart:
♥ High ceilings with rustic old beams
♥ Polished concrete floors with sheepskin rugs
♥ Marble bench tops
♥ Contrast of new and vintage furniture
♥ Colours: White, grey and vintage pink
Images: Emmas design blog : Lonngren/Widell : Ikea family live
The future is looking bright. Well, that is according to Trend Bible who presented the key colour trends for Summer/Spring 2012 at the recent Top Drawer trade show. Think bubblegum pink and splashes of neon, juxtaposed with raw materials of wood and hessian. Yellow, turquoise and pink will be big this season, however grey will still be a key backdrop through 2012.
Trends never last so it can be expensive trying to update your home each season. An affordable way to update your home is to paint your existing furniture or for a more dramatic effect get your rollers out and paint a room. Painting can be fun especially with a glass of wine in hand and your favourite music pumping out. Crown will be launching their new Summer/Spring collection soon so look out for it and get painting. In the February issue of Living etc magazine there is a feature on paints and papers, which focus on dramatic schemes with realistic price tags.
Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend x
Happy New Year, hope you all enjoyed your holidays. I’ve just returned from sunny Sydney and I feel fresh and ready to tackle a new year. I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions but I think it’s a great time to reflect and plan for the year ahead. Here’s to a bigger and better year.
Sydney once again captured my heart with it’s shimmering harbour, buzzing streets and its laid back, anything-goes attitude. Since I was last there a lot of new exciting restaurants and little bars have popped up everywhere. And it’s the design and interiors that really caught my eye, which I’d like to share with you over the next week or so.
First on my list is a butcher shop called Victor Churchill (vegetarians look away). I never thought I would blog about a butchery but this is no ordinary butcher. In the leafy streets of Woollahra I stumbled across what can only be described as a boutique butchery, some call it the Tiffany of butchers. As soon as you walk through the door it oozes luxury and indulgence. From the marble floor and rich timber wall panelling to the mirrored cabinets displaying dressed veal racks, forests of upright lamb shanks, to the huge pieces of meat rotating on a conveyor belt in a glass dry-age room, finished with a backlit Himalayan salt brick wall.
Butchers perform behind a glass-walled butchery so spectators can watch the meat being freshly prepared.
The design is a blend of traditional European butcher shop in look and feel with modern design elements.
If you like your meat prepared with a dose of drama and humour, Victor Churchill is the place. Epitomised by their ‘chook cam’ wall (a nod to a Louis Vuitton window display), multiple video cameras watch the daily specials, which are housed within a glass domed display on a pedestal.
I love that they have applied principles from up-market luxury clothing boutiques to stand out in their own sector. It’s genius and as a result they have created something outstanding and unique. We definitely need something like this on London.
Enjoy the rest of your week.