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This beautiful simplistic poster caught my eye. Its by Swedish art director & graphic designer Tommy Olsson who goes by the artist name Puldefranck. Geometric shapes is a recurring element of his aestethics. The expression is sometimes clean & modern, and sometimes more playful but always with a nordic vibe.

The Orb Cafe is available in two different sizes and can be purchased from his website. The perfect poster for any coffee lover!

// Photo credit: Tommy Olsson




Did you know that it’s the national coffee day today? In honour of all things coffee I therefore decided to share a little selection of some nice Scandinavian design mugs. So grab a coffee and have a browse;

This collection of aesthetic coffee cups by Danish Kähler is so effortlessly beautiful, and adds a design twist to any kitchen. You can also get the Baristo Stand to create a cosy café atmosphere in your own home.


This mug has a traditional pattern of herring (or sill as we say in Scandinavia) on, which has been around since it was created in Sweden in the 50s. Now it has become a design classic with the perfect Nordic mood.


Enjoy a coffee on a rainy day from this pretty mug by Norwegian Darling Clementine. If you are more of a confetti kinda person there is also another mug for you, but you know that rain is just confetti from the sky anyway..

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This lovely cup is designed by Elisabeth Dunker for Swedish brand House of Rym. It has the perfect autumn vibe and brightens up any cold day.

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Technically this is a teacup but I thought it was too beautiful to leave out. The Mine cup was designed by Anna Kraitz and is an elegant piece of everyday luxury. The main feature is the non-traditional handle which comes in different colours and adds an unexpected touch.

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This set of four cups all in different design by Danish Ferm Living are a fun way to liven up your table. The geometric pattern gives the perfect Scandinavian feel, and they work just as well alone as together.


The Sarjaton mug by Finnish design brand Iittala come in pink and white with a subtle knitted pattern or white with a simplistic tree pattern. The whole range is inspired and shaped by Finnish traditions, and rooted in folklore and artisan rituals.

letti old rose mug

The alphabet porcelain mugs with typography by the iconic Danish designer Arne Jacobsen are everywhere nowadays. They are available in the letters A – Z and are so versatile; use them to serve coffee or tea, as a candle holder, to store pens in on your desk or simply just as decorations on a shelf spelling out a name or feeling (I have me & my boyfriends initials and I love it)..


Hope your day was was full of coffee & joy!

// Photo credit: 1 Ingrid Opstad / 2 Kähler / 3 Rakuten / 4 Darling Clementine / 5 House of Rym / 6 Design House Stockholm / 7 Iittala / 8 Design Letters



All photos by ingridesign

All photos by ingridesign

One thing that I haven’t quite gotten used to here in Italy yet is the weather. After spending most of my life in either Norway or England my body has become custom to the colder climate, and summer to me would in the past usually consist of wearing jumpers & tights unless I would be on a holiday in a warmer country.

Now living in Milan the average degrees across the summer months has been 33, with some “small” heatwaves in between, which has been at times difficult. Don’t get me wrong I love the heat, but when it hits you so hard that it makes you feel sick it’s not so fun. So when we finally had a cloudy & rainy day last weekend (never thought I would say that) I was quite relieved and took the opportunity to go explore Milan.

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We headed to a part of Milan called Porta Nuova which in English translate to ‘new door’. It is the main business district and is currently undergoing a massive renewal with modern high rise buildings, shops, cafe’s and a large city park.

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Our main reason for going there was to visit the Illy Caffè hunting for a tiramisu macaroon (long story..) It is Illy’s first Milan flagship store and coffee is of-course the main attraction. The decor is simple yet stunning in red & white and the lovely smell of coffee hits you as soon as you step foot in the door. The food counter is full of sweet and savoury treats, the coffee menu is on-point and they even had soya milk which is a big plus for me!

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I ended up with a delicious soya cappuccino accompanied by a dark chocolate macaroon as there was no tiramisu ones left unfortunately. Both the coffee and the macaroon was so good; the perfect rainy day treat!

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After finishing our little coffee break we went for a walk around the area to check out some of the shops and attractions. We discovered the Feltrinelli RED, a cool café & bookstore combined where the motto is ‘read, eat & dream’. As we had already been to the Illy Caffè we just had a browse around, and I picked up a Scandinavian Design book along with some coffee capsules for our coffee machine. Both the store & café was bussing with people and it seemed like a very popular hang-out place with a lovely atmosphere, so I will definitely be back soon to try the vegan cakes, read a book and take photos.


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Porta Nuova is a very nice, clean, fun and modern area, and I can see it increasing in popularity as it grows. It has a lot to offer when it comes to urban architecture and art; a great contrast to the traditional and historic city centre of Milan.