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DREAMING OF SNOWY TREES

Sorry for the lack of posts here lately, the Italian summer is in full swing and my home is like a Finnish sauna at the moment… While I am waiting for the air-con to be installed and dreaming of cooler days, here is a minimal and beautiful poster of a winter tree full of snowy branches photographed in Munich by Coco Lapine. You can purchase this poster here, or browse her online store for more beautiful wall art.

Note: the shelf used to display the poster on above is the folded shelves designed by Johan Van Hengel for Muuto.

// Photo credit: Coco Lapine

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MINIMAL LOVE FROM STELTON

If you need a new water pitcher, kettle, water bottle or other homeware items look no further. Stelton, the Danish design company with strong roots in the Scandinavian design tradition, has a great selection of minimalist products with a retro vibe. I am especially loving the new pastel colours seen in their Spring collection.

Stelton is a brand with long traditions in Scandinavian homes and has managed to capture the hearts of design lovers since the late 1960s. Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Cylinda-line in stainless steel for Stelton launched in 1967 was based on his philosophy that ”good design should be available for everyone”. Today five decades later, the series has become the essence of Stelton’s design DNA. The Cylinda-line features selected items coated in beautifully coloured enamel to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with an array of soft colours; ocean blue, dusty teal, powder and smokey blue.

The Emma pitcher reminds us of the classic Danish steel pitchers of the 1950s, reinterpreted for today in a sculptural and classic design. This beautiful pitcher is an addition to the Emma collection. How pretty is the Emma electric cordless kettle with the same retro style?

The Circle water bottle is a handy reusable bottle in glass, with a pure and unique design. With a unique open/close function in form of a beautiful circular stopper, the bottle is easy to hold and to drink from.

The To Go Click cup has a ”smart click” function that lets you open and close it easily, and you can drink from the full 360 degrees of the cup as if there were no lid. A great way to enjoy hot or cold drinks without spills when you’re on the move or while traveling.

This year we can find the iconic EM77 vacuum jug designed by Erik Magnussen in 1977 in new bright colours sand, dusty green and light grey. The colours are inspired by Scandinavian evenings by the sea and sandy beaches with gentle summer breezes.

// Photo credit: Stelton

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DESIGN CRUSH: THE CUTEST POCKET CHAIR

How cute is this new Pocket chair, a collaboration between the Spanish design studio Stone Designs and Swedish Blå Station. This creative and functional chair was presented at Milan Design Week last month, and ever since I have seen it popping up everywhere.

I love the idea of the secret compartment on the bottom for storing items such as bags, backpacks, scarfs, satchels and jackets as well as the round, organic shape. Although it is intended for public spaces, I still think this can be a great chair for home too.

“We came up with the idea in a ski resort. People pile up their goggles, helmets, and backpacks on the table during breakfast and lunch, so that it doesn’t pick up dirt from the floor. What a mess. And it steals table space from the restaurateur too. We just had to come up with an answer!” – Eva Prego

And what a great answer it is!

// Photo credit: Blå Station

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VISITING NAMI CONCEPT STORE IN BERGAMO // FOR NORDIC DESIGN & HYGGE LOVERS

Living in Italy I do miss the homeware stores we have back home in Norway, always beautifully decorated and stocked full of goodies for Scandinavian interior lovers. So when I discovered a new store opening nearby with that same Nordic vibe that I love, I knew I had to visit. The NAMI Concept Store is located in the small but vibrant town Bergamo, about an hour drive from Milano. If you are planning a trip to this area I would highly recommend stopping by, the store is gorgeous and it has a great selection of homeware items in different price ranges. When walking in you immediately feel welcome, it is like entering someone’s living room full of treasures to discover. Warning; you will probably not leave empty handed…

On my visit I had a lovely chat with the owner Stefania, she told me all about her idea of creating an emotional store where design, quality, and craftsmanship are fused together. Her mission to enhance our daily life with little details chosen with care and attention for nature do come to life in NAMI, a store with the perfect Scandinavian feeling here in Italy.

BIO: Stefania, 28 years old, is a graduate in Design and has been working as a photographer for some years while cultivating her passion for art in all its forms. In the last few years, she has organized different exhibitions and collaborated as art director for a young artists collective called Progetto Meteora. She says she is an aesthete and likes to discover things that satisfy her taste; because of this during the last few years, she has approached Nordic design and therefore felt the need to bring up some not so well known artisans and brands for people to discover. For her, Nordic design is the right compromise between liveability, design, and nature.

Q1 // Tell us more about NAMI and why you decided to focus on Scandinavian style and hygge?

The idea originated from a little dream of mine but was mostly led by the path I had taken such as my photography experience, design studies, and experiences in retail. This all became NAMI. I started off by taking part in local markets and followed with an e-commerce, then finally I recently opened my concept store which allowed me to have a physical place to show all the products I love. The store is today also a gallery and a workshop location.

Q2 // Which Scandinavian brands do you currently have in your store?

I have decided to focus on two main Danish brands; Bloomingville and Madam Stoltz. While the first is more modern and minimal, the second is rougher in the aesthetic but with an ethnic chic soul. I have chosen these two companies as their styles are diverging but at the same time they provide our concept store with a good view of my idea of Scandinavian design, the right mix between the new (Bloomingville) and the lived (Madam Stoltz). We also stock Meraki skin care products.

Q3 // What are your future plans for NAMI?

In the future, I can see definite room for art exhibitions, workshops, and collaborations with new brands and creative people, in this way we will be able to widen the network of art and Nordic design lovers.

Q4 // What do you think is most important to think about when styling your own home? Any personal tips and smart solutions?

There are many elements to consider when giving a homogeneous and uniform style to your own home. Everything needs to appear as comfortable as possible since we have to see it as the place where we will spend the majority of our time. First of all, I believe the consistency of the palette is essential, the number of colours does not really matter, instead the ability to combine them correctly is key. Another essential aspect is the correct use of empty walls. Sometimes we tend to overload them as they can feel quite bare, in this case just the use of a wallpaper with the right colours and patterns is a great solution.

Q5 // Any new furniture & interior trends you are excited about?

Yes! One of the most fascinating trends for me is the use of plants in the home for decorative and other purposes, finally, we are bringing nature back inside. Apart from looking nice in the environment, plants appear to provide a relaxing feeling. They are also natural humidifiers, have healing power, minimize allergies risks by purifying the rooms and reduce the level of stress.

I would like to further develop these aspects in my concept store as well. At the moment you can find plants such as cactus, pilea, aloe and terrarium, but for the near future, I am planning to start retailing the beautiful vase by Boskke which aims to save space and water.

Q6 // How do you like to relax, how do you hygge?

During my free time, I like to discover new places and I am always hunting for new inspiration as, believe it or not, I find it very relaxing!

Q7 // What is That Scandinavian Feeling to you?

For me, it means to be able to understand deeply all the aspects of a different culture from mine and turn it into inspiration.

If you would like to visit the store, you can find it on Via Broseta in Bergamo. View all items available and shop online here, and if you do go let me know as I would love to hear what you though!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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SELECTION OF 11 BEAUTIFUL SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN FLOWER VASES FOR SPRING

With spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start decorating your home with beautiful flowers. I see this season as a new beginning, a chance to add some new little home decor pieces and colour! As I’ve mentioned before green is a big hit this year, but I love pairing it up with a lovely nude pink tone and white for a fresh vibe.

Here are my top picks of beautiful Scandinavian design vases to inspire you!


  1. FLOWER VASE OLIVE OPAL BY MARIMEKKO
  2. LAVA VASE BY STUDIO MACURA
  3. HEXAGON PINK VASE BY FERM LIVING
  4. UNICO VASE ROSE BY STUDIO ARHOJ FOR KÄHLER
  5. ROYAL VASE GREEN BY ARNE JACOBSEN / DESIGN LETTERS
  6. ALBA VASE BY ANNA KRAITZ FOR DESIGN HOUSE STOCKHOLM
  7. ILSE VASE STAINLESS STEEL BY GEORG JENSEN
  8. FOLDED VASE TALL BY MENU
  9. THE MIE VASE BY BJØRN WIINBLAD
  10. GREEN GLASS VASE BY HAY
  11. BALANCE 3 VASES SET BY HALLGEIR HOMSTVEDT FOR MUUTO

 

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SCANDINAVIAN PRODUCTS WITH THE NATURE AT HEART // SAGALAGA DESIGN

I had the pleasure of having a little chat with Satu Enstedt, the woman behind the Finnish brand Sagalaga Design. Their designs are born from life’s magical moments and the depths of timeless time. She gets inspired by the simple aesthetics of Finland, creating beautiful Scandinavian products with the nature at heart.

Q1 // How did Sagalaga Design start? Can you tell us a bit about your creative background and how the brand was created?

Sagalaga Design started in 2013 by baby steps. I was working as a creative freelancer for clients and I felt I needed to create something on my own. Sagalaga, as a word, didn’t leave me alone, so I trusted my instinct and that’s how Sagalaga Design was created. ‘Saga’ has been my childhood nickname and it means story / fairytale which I would like to believe can be found in my design style as well.

I studied Fine Art, Graphic Design & Textile Design while working on many different kind of creative projects before Sagalaga Design. I think the result is a good combination of all projects from my past.

Q2 // What inspires you in your design process?

Unexpected things in quiet moments are the best. I think my head is constantly working on something new and when the mental process is ready to come out, I start to work with an idea on paper. The idea can basically come from anywhere around us. There´s always a story behind every illustration or pattern, even though it may not be that obvious at first. Little joy for your everyday life, as our slogan says.

Q3 // In what way does your Scandinavian heritage affect your style?

I spent my childhood playing around in old pine forest close to our house and we also had a summer cottage in a small island at Finnish archipelago. I think nordic nature with all its scents, forms and lines are still affecting me and can be seeing as a minimalistic Scandinavian style and functional products.

Q4 // Are you currently working on any new designs, and if so can you give us a little insight?

Yes, I´m currently working with new patterns and designs, new products are coming out soon. The latest will be our cosmetic bag and two smaller purses. These will be out this Spring and we are quite excited about them!

Q5 // How do you like to relax, how do you hygge?

I relax with friends and loved ones spending quality time together. Cooking together, spending time by the sea or doing a picnic in the forest is to me the best thing you can do.

SAGALAGA DESIGN PRODUCTS SHOWN IN THIS BLOGPOST:
KUUSI tray: Silent, winter woods, snow on spruce. This pattern is inspired by the beautiful winter forest with heavy snow on trees. The Finnish word KUUSI means spruce. TUIKE candle holder: This wooden candle holder is made out of Finnish birch. You can have a small piece of Finnish forest twinkle at your home and bring you special nordic atmosphere. The Finnish word TUIKE means twinkle.

Both the KUUSI tray and the TUIKE candle holder are available from their online store along with a lovely selection of other trays, textiles, paper and wood products.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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