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FUN HEXAGON PLACEMATS FROM BY MAY

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BY MAY is a Swedish design studio and brand by designers Johanna Örn and Maria Bergström creating unique and functional products for the home with focus on print design, colours and a variety of materials.

Their beautiful hexagon silicone placemats are the perfect accessory when setting your table, both functional and playful at the same time. They come in several different design patterns and colours, and are made of food safe silicone that is easy to wipe clean with a cloth. I am very drawn towards the lovely dotted pink version myself.

“Our vision is to create products that combines traditional techniques and craftsmanship with new design thinking – to create functional and beautiful products. A source of inspiration is to combine our Scandinavian design heritage with Japanese influences, which often have a lot in common. We also pay a lot of attention to details and high quality of the materials. We believe that simplicity and quality of good design lasts in the long run.” – BY MAY

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Browse their whole product range here, they also do pillows, wallpaper, notebooks and more.

// Photo credit: BY MAY

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SELECTION OF BANNER FLAGS FROM ETSY

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I have been on the hunt for a banner flag, and in my search for the perfect one I have come across so many lovely ones on Etsy. In our home we have quite a large white wall that my plan is to fill with a collage of wall art, and these cute banner flags are such a great addition. Now comes the difficult part; to choose which one I want.. Which one would you pick?

Beautiful Explore hand painted brush stroke banner from Darwin & Gray. I love the marble effect on the actual banner, it adds a great touch!

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Simplistic hand printed Mountains banner by Small Branches. The text is based on a quote in one of John Muir’s letter to his sister: “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” It is also available with a branch rod which I think is such a nice detail, and is great if you love or long for the mountains..

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Cute handcrafted Be Kind banner created by Secret Holiday Co, the perfect reminder to always have love and compassion! It was originally made in 2010 and I have seen it popping up over the years in numerous Pinterest photos.

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Darling And so the Adventure Begins banner by Array Of Whimsy. I love the hand-lettering on this one, the imperfect and whimsical style.

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Lovely Let’s Stay Home banner by Zana Products, a great reminder to cosy up on the sofa and enjoy quality time at home.

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An elegant Oak wooden Good Vibes banner by Things We Left Behind. It would tie very nicely inn with other wood details in our home.

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Beautiful hand sewn Seek Adventure banner by Fox & Lilly inspiring you to explore and seek new adventures. They can also do customised banners with a quote of your choice.

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// Photo credit: 1 Zana Products / 2 Darwin & Gray / 3 Small Branches / 4 Secret Holiday Co / 5 Array Of Whimsy / 6 Zana Products / 7 Things We Left Behind / 8 Fox & Lilly

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SERIES OF FRAMED MIRRORS BY MUUTO

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When I went to the Milano Design Week hunting for great Scandinavian design last month one of my absolute favourite finds was the new Framed mirrors designed by Anderssen & Voll for Muuto. These beautiful tinted mirrors are now available in two sizes and three color versions, my favourite one is the rose copper version. Coloured mirrors are such a great way to add a decorative touch to any room, as you can see in the styled images.

”We wanted to create a mirror that was more than merely a reflective surface. FRAMED is a new perspective to the classic framed mirror; it is a decorative design piece that leads your thoughts to installation art. It adds not only the functionality of a mirror to your home, but with its depth, organic shape and tone-in-tone colour, it is almost perceived as an art object on the wall. The FRAMED mirror can hang beautifully on your walls alone or combined with other sizes and colours.” – Anderssen & Voll

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// Photo credit: Muuto

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THINGS I LOVE // IKEA SJUDA TRIVETS

🍂 I recently purchased this set of Sjuda trivets from IKEA, and thought they are so much fun. Originally I planned on buying the original round ones, but when I spotted the cute design of these new ones I was sold straight away.

Design: The trivets are designed by Lisa Ullenius and are made of a renewable cork material. The pattern is beautiful minimalistic and compliments the leaf-like shape perfectly.

Product: You can either use them on their own or combine several to fit larger pots and dishes. I think they could be great for creating a cool wall art pattern or a cool pinboard. They are easy to clean, just wipe with a damp cloth. If you are on the hunt for affordable yet quirky trivets then I recommend these ones!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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A FEW GOOD NORWEGIAN THINGS // EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK

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If you are in the New York area I recommend that you check out the A Few Good Things exhibition opening this Friday at the Terminal Stores! It is an inaugural exhibition celebrating the best in new Norwegian design to the US audience, presenting the work of 10 of Norway’s most exciting emerging and established talents. I saw quite a few of these designs earlier in April at the Structure exhibition in Milano, and will also be posting a blogpost soon of photos I took there.

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Anderssen & Voll will be presenting the sculptural cast-iron Ildhane (translates as ‘fire rooster’ in English) Candleholders. With its unusual and expressive shape it truly is a decorative piece of art. They will also show the beautiful Una Blankets produced in collaboration with textile company Røros Tweed. Una is a powerful name with a Old Norse origin. The meaning is “she who thrives,” and the high quality wool comes from sheep that graze in the Norwegian mountains which has excellent elasticity, softness and durability.

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Andreas Bergsaker is showcasing new prototypes of wooden products, including his Birch & Brass Clock, the Mushi Lamps, the Piedistallo Lamp and Equal Serving Tray. The simple yet solid Birch & Brass table clock is designed to give you the feeling that time goes by in a slower manner..

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Fimbul is a practice dealing with problem solving in finding the balance between functionality, material characteristics, production methods and aesthetics. They are showing off their Soft Square Stools, MUPU Shelves, Canary Wharf Brushes and The Stone Elephant. I particularly like the cute Stone Elephant, a playful puzzle made of rocks from the quarries which is a unique stone found only in Larvik, Norway. It comes flat packed and is meant to be assembled at home. A fun little character that acts both as a toy and a decorative object in tour home.

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Kristine Five Melvær is exhibiting the Vava stacking stool as well as the beautiful and colourful Åsmund Pillows and Blankets. She is also displaying 5 of the new heavy-duty nylon Heymat Doormats; Heim, Mix, Hand, Eng, and Spot. These are the perfect way to add a bit of colour to your hallway or entrance space.

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Lars Beller Fjetland is exhibiting Monstera, a set of cutlery created in collaboration with Norway’s oldest silverware producer Theodor Olsen Sølvvareverksted. I saw these at the Structure exhibition and thought they were simply stunning!

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Martin Solem is displaying the Solem Table, a innovative lightweight and minimalistic table designed with hotels in mind. A great feature is the U-channel legs that is created to conceal cabling.

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noidoi is inspired by the differing cultural and professional backgrounds of its founders, a Norwegian & a Romanian. They are showcasing their On The Edge Lamp, Bølgen Trivet and Tube Candleholder. Inspired by the patterns of a heat wave, Bølgen (Norwegian for the wave) is a simple, sculptural trivet designed to protect table surfaces from hot pans and pots.

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Runa Klock is showing her Moving Mamas Cutting Boards and Salad Servers, The Thief Ceramics, Bokhari Baskets & Mats and the Core Lamp. Core is a table lamp made from natural stone with clean and simple shapes.

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Sara Skotte will be presenting her collection of vases called Dialogue and the five-piece porcelain tableware set Vei. Vei has a lovely colour palette of white, black, bright orange, grey and greyish blue in combination with dark brown earthenware and oak, giving off a sophisticated yet calming feel to a dining table.

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Sara Skotte, keramikkdesigner, fotograf Anne Bråtveit

Sverre Uhnger creates products that underline the inherent qualities of their materials and production methods, and is showcasing two of his wood pieces; Trace & Vert. Vert is a series of five beautiful wooden trays created to highlight Scandinavian food culture by presenting fresh produce in a natural way.

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The A Few Good Things exhibition is curated by Metropolis magazine’s editorial director Paul Makovsky and produced by the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DOGA) in partnership with the Norwegian Consulate General in New York and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is presented at Wanted Design on May 13th – 16th as a part of the NYC x DESIGN — New York City’s celebration of global design. If you do go let me know how it is, as I would love to hear!

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GREEN LIVING THE DANISH WAY

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I don’t know about you but I am going a bit crazy for plants lately. In my search for the best ways to display them I fell in love with this beautiful range from Ferm Living. I particularly think the plant stands and wall holders are great. Which one would you add to your living space?

Use these plant stands in two different heights to display your plants and flowers in a new and elegant way.

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Why not hang your plants up with this beautiful geometric plant hangers, a great mix of retro yet modern!

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Or add a little extra greenness in your home by hanging these plant holders on your wall. Great for plants & flowers in the living room or what about herbs in the kitchen.

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You can even have one or more of these plant boxes as decoration in your house, temporary storage or room dividers.

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If you dont have too much space or simply juts want to add a little touch then the hexagon pots are great. They can also be used in the plant stands or wall mounted plant holders.

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// Photo credit: Ferm Living

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