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HANDCRAFTED MINIMALISM FROM MELO

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Swedish design studio Melo is combining humble aesthetics that remove all the unnecessary details with quality craftsmanship. Their brand is all about minimalistic design, focusing on making their products blend in with the environment around them.

Melo just released a new collection of beautiful crafted products all made from ash wood and handcrafted in Dalarna, which is in the heart of Sweden. The new collection consists of a round coffee table, beautiful magazine rack and a decorative orb.

The coffee table has a lovely and soft minimalistic design. The design of the coffee table is intended to allow it to be spacious but at the same time have a light and elegant feel.

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The magazine rack with its round and elegant shape is created to blend in with the wall so that it highlights whatever might be put on it, like for instance magazines, paintings, photographs and books..

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And lastly we have the orb, a simplistic decoration piece to complement your still life. This product is rounded off by hand which makes every single orb unique.

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// Photo credit: Melo

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IKEA FRAKTA BAG REDESIGNED BY HAY

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Did you hear the latest news in the IKEA world? It was revealed during the Swedish company’s annual Democratic Design Day yesterday that their classic blue & yellow FRAKTA carrier bag has been redesigned by Danish design company HAY and will soon be available in this more subtle and chic style. The new bag is made of durable white and forest green woven fabric with forest green straps.

The redesign of the carrier bag is a part of a larger collaboration between IKEA & HAY that will be released in 2017. This minimalistic collection also includes a green chair, a bench, a wooden table and a desk lamp.

“In the same way as I feel with HAY, I feel that the accessories can be like the glue in this collection” – Mette Hay

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// Photo credit: IKEA & HAY

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NEW OBJECTS COLLECTION BY FRITZ HANSEN

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Danish Republic of Fritz Hansen has now become the latest furniture company to launch their own range of accessories, following in the footsteps of design brands HAY and Normann Copenhagen. Their new Objects Collection starts with 12 different statement items focusing on function, craftsmanship, tactility and beauty targeting a new market from their high-end furniture. It will further develop over time with new items added to the collection.

You can find all of the products with information here.

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// Photo credit: Republic of Fritz Hansen

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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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