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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.

A FEW GOOD DESIGNERS;

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 BrĂĽtveit

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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NORMANN COPENHAGEN LAUNCHED THEIR NEW STATIONARY & ACCESSORY COLLECTION

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Great news guys! Normann Copenhagen has teamed up with Copenhagen-based design agency Femmes RĂŠgionales to launch a new collection of small day-to-day pieces for the home called Daily Fiction. Following in the footsteps of HAY and their Mini Market, Normann Copenhagen will have pop-up shops inside different stores around the world with their new stationary & accessory range. The collection consists of more than 200 small designs for day-to-day use such as notebooks, gift wrapping, stickers, pencil sharpeners, scissors, various writing implements and more, just like a candy shop for grownups!

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Each of the products has been given its own tone of voice, for instance with an eraser with the text ‘never forever’, felt pens with the title ‘make your marks’ or notebooks saying ‘fill in the blanks’ to light up your everyday life. The assortment of colors, patterns and materials is said to encourage creativity, play and to create the daily story that suits your individual personality.

“For a long time we have wanted to add a new category of small design products to our existing collection of designs. We get a lot of inspiration from fashion at Normann Copenhagen, so it was natural for us to look for a collaborator in the world of fashion.” – Britt Bonnesen (Normann Copenhagen’s brand manager)

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Daily Fiction will be available worldwide in selected stores in Antwerpen, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussel, Copenhagen, DĂźsseldorf, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo and more this summer. From today you can find the collection in their flagship store in Copenhagen.

// Photo credit: Normann Copenhagen

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THE PERFECT FOLDABLE SIDE TABLE

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This Carry Me Home side table is to me the perfect table for anyone with limited space. It is made of two parts, a tripod and a tray, and is foldable so you can store it away if not needed. It is also easy to move around using the nice leather handles on the side. I would love to get breakfast served in bed on this cute side table..

It is designed by Andbros, a design company of four creatives based in Helsinki, Finland. They believe good design doesn’t have to be serious to be taken seriously, and their products always have a hint of playfulness in them to cheer up your home. Great philosophy if you ask me!

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// Photo credit: Andbros

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BRING ORGANIZATION TO LIFE WITH NAKNAK

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NakNak is a Taiwan-based company with products designed by a group of international designers including Afteroom, Erik Olovsson, John Astbury, Kyuhyung Cho, Matti Klenell, TAF Architects, Yenwen Tseng, Yuko Maki and Yun Li. Most of them have studied in Stockholm and their common idea is to create simple, functional and beautiful objects that help organize your space. The name was inspired by the ‘knock knock’ sound of the metal workshop, and represents the skilled touch of the craftsman and the material used in all of their products. Their aim is to bring organization to life and most of their products are made using wire bending and sheet folding techniques that require great experience and workmanship.

The Q-HOOK is the evolution of the ordinary S-hook. Design company Afteroom created this hook so that it would not fall of easily like the S-hook can, and decided that by changing the shape to looking like the English letter “q” it would grasp the pole better. Clever and pretty!

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WIRE NUMBER is a numeral system for outdoor and indoor use. It was designed by Erik Olovsson & Kyuhyung Cho and inspired by the beauty of customized door numbers on old streets and downtown neon lights. Every number is unique because of the specialized production method.

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The BOX is a perforated sheet metal box that allows people to define its usage themselves. It comes in two different sizes and is therefore easy to arranged so it fits your living or working spaces. It was designed by Yenwen Tseng and comes in white, blue, pink & black.

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You can find all of their products here. Simplicity & functionality at its finest!

// Photo credit: NakNak

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