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THE PERFECT MINIMALISTIC WALL CALENDAR

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Wallpley is a small creative studio based in Oslo, Norway who believe less is more and this reflects in their designs. This gorgeous wall calendar comes in both pink (as seen here) and grey, and is the perfect way to get organised in 2017! I love the minimal, nordic style and the fact that I will be able to write all my appointments and important notes on it.

It would also make for a great christmas present for a Scandinavian design lover, head over to the webshop, and if you do decide to make a purchase use the code thatscandifeeling to get 20% off any items! (Code is valid until end of 2016.)

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// Photo credit; Ingrid Opstad

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MEET ISELIN LINDMARK DUBLAND // THE NORWEGIAN BEHIND BIRK COFFEE TABLE

You might have heard of her, well at least if you are interested in furniture design and follow the famous design blog Design Milk. Earlier this year they did a feature about one of her designs; the BIRK coffee table which she debuted at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2016 ( >> read their post here)

Well, I thought it would be a great idea to learn more about her and to get her to give us a couple of interior tips seeing she is also a great stylist.

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BIO: Iselin Lindmark Dubland was born and raised in Sandnes, Norway and moved to Bergen in 2009 to study interior at the Norwegian Creative School. Alongside the studies she worked at an interior store called Bolia, a Scandinavian furniture & home accessories brand. While working there her passion for styling grew; after spending 3 years studying furniture design and interior architecture at the Bergen Academy of Art & Design she is just about to start her Master. She also works as an interior stylist for Heem – what a dream job!

Q1 // What inspires you in your design process?

I would say it’s a combination of different elements, as I often work on the basis of a given situation and / or users experience. I like to keep myself updated and get general inspiration using Pinterest and Instagram, and I regularly check Dezeen.com which writes about everything from architecture, interiors to design. One of my biggest inspirations is my mobile camera, which I use to capture moments and all kinds of situations. Otherwise, I gain a lot from working together with other designers, the ability to use each other as “sparring partners” is something I find incredibly important. Then you can build on each other’s ideas, as it is rare that you will sit there alone with every answer.

A big inspiration in my time as a student has been fields trips. With my school we have traveled to Ålesund to gain insight into the furniture industry in western Norway, visited Stockholm Furniture Fair and been in London during the London Design Week 2015. A project I was very intrigued by when I visited LDW was the project of the Swedish designer Kristina Schultz “100 days of need and greed”. She had emptied out her families home with a goal that they themselves should make the things they really wanted as and when they needed them, discovering along the way which objects they found essential in their life. This resulted in a very tactile, handmade and functional collection, including cutlery, dining tables, stools and toys for her daughter.

Q2 // In what way does your Scandinavian heritage affect your style?

I am quite influenced by the Scandinavian style, with its natural elements and clean lines. I think us Scandinavians have gained a lot of inspiration from the traditional cottage life, a somewhat simple style with natural materials and closeness to nature. I love the use of materials and design expression from the Scandinavian 60’s design, and admire classic designers from this period like Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Torbjørn Afdal and Alf Sture to name a few.

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Q3 // Is there any particular Scandinavian designers & brands you like?

The Scandinavian brands I’m very fond of are Muuto, Hay and Normann Copenhagen, I think they make good, accessible design at a reasonable price with “typical” Scandinavian style. When it comes to Norwegian designers my favourites are Andersen & Voll, Andreas Engesvik, Silje Nesdal, Daniel Rybakken and Vera & Kyte. Andersen & Voll are very versatile and work with both furniture design and interior, they have also developed fabrics for textile giant FEBRIKS. Daniel Rybakken stock incredibly exciting light sources, blurring out the lines between art and design in a nice way. While Vera & Kyte makes simple and playful objects that I fall for every time they launch a new product.

Q4 // You are currently working as an interior stylist, can you tell us more about what this means and how you started?

Interior styling was something I came across from a friend of mine who I worked with at Bolia. Her name is Cathrine Bækken, and she is the founder of the company Heem that I now work for. She is incredibly talented and I’m so glad that she wanted me to join her! We had previously done a lot of styling jobs together at Bolia, and therefore knew we would work well together. This summer I have been working with her styling a lot of beautiful properties around Bergen. We work exclusively for the Bergen section of EiE (which is a real estate agency), and closely with the photographers. This is great because we get to be a part of the whole process, making sure the houses look their best before the trading begins! Our photographers only uses daylight when they shoot to get a natural result, we are lucky to have the lovely Nordic daylight to work with!

It’s so exciting to work with so many different homes, some a bit soulless and “standard” and others older and venerable. The best senario is when we find lots of items owned by the customer that we can work with, it enables us to create more unique styles and get exciting results that showcases the property in the best possible way.

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One of my favorite projects was a detached house lying just below Fløyfjellet in Bergen, with three floors full of beautiful, old furnitures and art. Here it was a matter of simply “just” cleaning the rooms and moving items around, and we had a great time doing so. It was like being on a treasure hunt full of vintage finds.

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Q5 // What do you think is most important to think about when styling your own home? Any personal tips and smart solutions?

I think the key is to focus on personal style and not just do what everyone else is doing by using certain items and things that matter to you. For me this is my grandfather’s old sketches and a Kay Bojesen wooden monkey toy which I inherited from him. The monkey used to hang on the lamp in his living room when I was a little girl so it reminds me of him. He was a Danish artist and very fond of Nordic design, so I like to think that my creativity and love for Nordic design stems from him.

For me it is incredibly important with smart solutions and hidden storage, maybe because I live in a very small apartment but also because I’m not fond of clutter and “visual noise”. In my home all nooks are utilised in the best possible way, and the furnishings are as flexible as possible. I love functional things, and living on a smaller surface has made me very selective about what I really need and what is allowed to be a part of my living space.

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Q6 // Any new and exciting furniture & interior trends?

We are a little bit tired of the technological life, and the constant strive to be “online” all the time. Because of this we will continue to see handmade products, and very tactile products that are a great contrast to the smooth screens we constantly have in our hand. I also think people want to own unique products that are of higher quality, such as for example handmade ceramics. Just look at IKEA who now has begun to launch “limited edition” collections as a result of cooperations with renowned designers such as Ilse Crawford, HAY and Tom Dixon. I find it exciting when good design becomes accessible to everyone, not to mention that good design doesn’t always need not cost an arm and a leg.. Other than that I’m also loving the fact that people now seem to dare to use more colours, a trend I hope will last!

Q7 // You designed several great products while studying. Tell us more about the ideas behind BIRK and TRI.

TRI was a lamp I made my first year at the academy. I wanted to create a lamp that reflected light and could be used to create a certain mood. Two of the angled surfaces of the light are shorter than the back part, resulting in more light coming through. At the same time the light is reflected beautifully from the larger, white surface.

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When it comes to the coffee table BIRK that I designed for the furniture fair in Stockholm, I based this on how you use a coffee table. To do research I got friends and acquaintances to send me pictures of their coffee tables, doing this I found a big everyday problem that many may not think about; – Where do you put the remote? The iPad? Your favourite lipstick or magazines that you would like to have nearby? From there I worked on how to create a coffee table with hidden storage for everything you need to keep close to the couch. After numerous sketches and models where I worked with the form and function of the storage part, the result was BIRK.

Through the research phase, I found out that most objects we usually keep on a coffee table are low, and therefore it doesn’t need a particularly high storage space. Because of this discovery the storage room itself is only 8 cm high. It is an integral part of the coffee table, and has a plate that is pushed to reach into it. The plate can be separated from the coffee table so you can easily clean it, or you can use it as a serving tray or on the couch to put your PC or other things on. I wanted the table to have a simple expression, the legs are therefore made to look like the “body” is just sitting right down on it without any effort.

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Q8 // What is That Scandinavian Feeling to you?

That Scandinavian Feeling for me is when I’m at the cottage and live a “slow life”, in front of the fireplace and wrapped up in woollen clothes, with a good mug of tea and an interior magazine. When the rain is pouring down outside and you hear the wind beat the rain the against the window while there is a crackling sound from in the fireplace. THAT’S when I have That Scandinavian Feeling!

// Photo credit: Dag Sverre Randen & Sofie Brovold

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STROPP HANGING PEG // BY LASSEN

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Danish By Lassen created the multi-purpose Stropp as a twist on the traditional peg, it combines good Scandinavian style with simplicity, quality and materials that age with grace. Get the pegs with either black, brown or natural leather straps and brass, copper, black or stainless steel knobs.

Stropp can for instance be used for tea towels in your kitchen, for the outdoor clothes, bags & accessories in your hallway, to store magazines & newspapers, as handles on a cupboard, as a wine rack.. The possibilities are endless and these hanging pegs really adds character and a stylish expression to your interior. What would you use them for?

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MY FAVOURITES FROM FERM LIVING AUTUMN WINTER COLLECTION “SUBTLE DWELLING”

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Danish ferm LIVING just revealed their new furniture, homeware and accessories collection at this month’s Northmodern event in Copenhagen. This new Autumn / Winter collection is called SUBTLE DWELLING and consists of beautiful, functional and well-designed lifestyle pieces.

“Channelling an artisan approach, the collection focuses on simple shapes brought to life with textural surfaces, contrasting finishes and a colour palette that juxtaposes vibrant and contrasting hues with layers of tonal shades and monochrome colourways. Subtle designs evoking a quiet moment for rest and contemplation, dwelling into a personal space of shape, colour and texture.” – ferm LIVING

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection, but you can view the catalogue here.

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First of all, I love the whole innovative and interchangeable lighting system COLLECT LIGHTING. The idea is great, the range allows you to create your own beautiful lighting solutions by mixing and matching the pieces together.

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My favourite furniture has to be the grey HERMAN LOUNGE CHAIR, a beautiful lounge chair crafted from oak veneer set on a powder coated metal base. With its low design features, a oval base and a backrest that wraps around the body it is created to give maximum sitting comfort. Plus it looks very stylish!

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Another great new addition to their furniture range is the MINGLE TABLE TOP, above in light grey with the MINGLE TRESTLEST in the colour ochre. The table is elegant and contemporary, and you can combine any top with the corresponding trestles in either one of the six carefully chosen colours to create a dining table or desk for your home.

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The PUNCTUAL SHELVING SYSTEM here in grey is also another great addition, especially this 2X6 low version. The metal elements comes in different heights and a lovely selection of soft colour hues.

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The collection is also full of great homeware items, like these stunning ASYMMETRIC CUTTING BOARDS. They are cut from solid oak, then smoked to get a dark finish. They are perfect to use as presentation platters and have a handy hole if you want to hang them up in your kitchen. Available in three different sizes and shapes to use on their own or together.

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I’m always on the hunt for tins to store cakes and biscuits, and the new CONFETTI TIN BOXES are so adorable. The set consists of three boxes in different sizes and colours all decorated with ferm LIVING’s 10th anniversary confetti print with gold details in a matte finish. Simply gorgeous.

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The selection of CAST IRON CANDLE HOLDERS with minimalistic design and lovely textures are so beautiful alone or styled with other items from the collection. The holder is weighty, holds a single candle and comes in a selection of colours and sizes. I particularly am fond of the spotted version on the far left.

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How great are these graphic BRUSH TEA TOWELS? They come in a set of three and are printed with hand drawn designs of wavy and straight lines with swirling brushstrokes. A functional way to add some colour and fun to your kitchen space.

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And last but not least, I adore the new range of SCENTED CANDLES in ceramic pot with a reactive glazed finish. Fill your room with the warming fragrance of fig and choose from a selection of colours, my favourite being the running blue version.

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A SCANDINAVIAN COLOURING JOURNEY

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I came across this colouring book online and though it was the cutest, a great way for you to unwind & be creative in true Scandinavian style. It is created by textiles and homeware designer Zeena Shah and is full of folk-inspired patterns and illustrations of nature and wildlife to colour in. The Scandia colouring book has 49 illustrations which are all single sided designs so you can pull them out and frame them after you finish. Fun for both kids and grown-ups!

You can purchase this beautiful book from her website or on Etsy & Amazon.

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CEREAL COPENHAGEN CITY GUIDE

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So ever since CEREAL came out with their new Copenhagen city guide I have had even more of an urge to travel there.. Just look at these beautiful images!

The guide features their favourites places, along with a photo essay of the city + personal essays by chef Rene Redzepi and owner of Gubi, Jacob Gubi. There is also a neighbourhood map and a section of additional recommendations from the CEREAL team.

Here is a selection of the stunning spreads from the guidebook;

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Did you know they also have city guides for London, New York & Paris, as well as a variety of online guides? You can find them all here.

Now excuse me while I dream of Copenhagen for a bit…

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