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DREAMING OF SNOWY TREES

Sorry for the lack of posts here lately, the Italian summer is in full swing and my home is like a Finnish sauna at the moment… While I am waiting for the air-con to be installed and dreaming of cooler days, here is a minimal and beautiful poster of a winter tree full of snowy branches photographed in Munich by Coco Lapine. You can purchase this poster here, or browse her online store for more beautiful wall art.

Note: the shelf used to display the poster on above is the folded shelves designed by Johan Van Hengel for Muuto.

// Photo credit: Coco Lapine

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NORDIC PLACES TO VISIT // COZY NÆRVÆR WINE BAR & RESTAURANT IN COPENHAGEN

Nærvær (meaning presence) is Copenhagen’s new wine bar & restaurant, located in Krøyers Plads with the water and the Inderhavnsbroen as a backdrop to the city’s light. The restaurant can only seat no more than twelve people, and the space is divided into different areas to help enhance the intimate experience.

Danish Norm Architects used a dark palette combined with warm materials and minimal lighting to create a cosy atmosphere. The place is full of character, and the custom lighting made by the Danes are a beautiful addition.

“With an interior design defined by an array of stone, wood and metal, the materials are all natural and have deliberately been altered in order to create dark and industrial surfaces that matches the mood of the place. This conscious focus on tactility brings a warm, material richness to the interior that naturally compliments the raw concrete walls and industrial framework of the space.” – Norm Architects

Because of the limited space, it is recommended to book if you are planning to visit. Nærvær is located at Strandgade 87 C, stuen, 1401 København K, Denmark. Find out more here.

// Photo credit: Norm Architects

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FRIDAY INSPIRATION: GREEN INTERIOR

Green is really growing on me (no pun intended), and I am very intrigued by all the green interior I see on Pinterest. Green is such a calm shade, a green accent wall or a little green corner in a livingroom seems like a great way to add some colour. I can’t decide if I prefer the lighter or darker shades… What do you think, would you be bold and add green in your home?

// 1: Green kitchen cabinets / 2: Bedroom with a green, tropical vibe / 3: Modern look with pale green / 4: Green colour palette / 5: Cozy nook with a warm shade of green / 6: A green corner with plants

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DESIGN CRUSH: THE CUTEST POCKET CHAIR

How cute is this new Pocket chair, a collaboration between the Spanish design studio Stone Designs and Swedish Blå Station. This creative and functional chair was presented at Milan Design Week last month, and ever since I have seen it popping up everywhere.

I love the idea of the secret compartment on the bottom for storing items such as bags, backpacks, scarfs, satchels and jackets as well as the round, organic shape. Although it is intended for public spaces, I still think this can be a great chair for home too.

“We came up with the idea in a ski resort. People pile up their goggles, helmets, and backpacks on the table during breakfast and lunch, so that it doesn’t pick up dirt from the floor. What a mess. And it steals table space from the restaurateur too. We just had to come up with an answer!” – Eva Prego

And what a great answer it is!

// Photo credit: Blå Station

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INSPIRATION FOR A FUN SCANDINAVIAN KIDS ROOM FROM FERM LIVING

I came across an image yesterday of the cutest little miniature funkis house by Danish design brand ferm LIVING, and soon I was lost in their website browsing all the adorable items. The mix of bright and pastel colours combined with quirky prints and characters make for a great environment for kids to grow and stimulate their fantasy.

If you are planning a kids room and want to add a fun yet minimal Scandinavian look or need gift ideas for someone with a little one, check out some of my favorites below.

Little Mr. Teddy cushion;

Shelf hangers, blue Billy basket & Billy Bear wall flag;

Popcorn round cushion;

Little half moon blanket & cloud lamp;

Dotty wallpaper;

Mint dot bedding & landscape bed bumper;

The ferm LIVING KIDS universe is full of Danish design for a simple expression or a more playful look. Check out their webshop for more.

// Photo credit: ferm LIVING

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NORDIC PLACES TO VISIT // NORWEGIAN DESIGN HOTEL VILLA TERMINUS

Villa Terminus is the smallest hotel in a family-run collection of five historic properties in the heart of the Bergen in Norway. With only 18 bedrooms, this 18th-century nursing home turned modern-design repository is the sort of place where you feel like you are experiencing several time periods all at once. The villa has a Late Baroque exterior, but the interior design stretches from the 1950s to the present day and is packed with 100 years of iconic Scandinavian design.

Recently refurbished by renowned Swedish architecture and design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, this beautiful boutique hotel now offers guests a finely balanced fusion of Bergen’s history, Norwegian culture mixed with iconic mid-century and modern design.

“The mix-up of time fitted us well since we were neither recreating the antiquarian nor building a contemporary statement. By choosing elements of furniture, fittings and colours from different eras – an ancient finish, a mid-century modern vintage accessory here, a contemporary piece of furniture there – the concept of time has surprisingly vanished.” – Eero Koivisto (Villa Terminus architect)

If you are planning a trip to Bergen anytime soon, be sure to check out this beautiful and unique hotel. A stay here would be like spending the night in an unusually comfortable design museum which is highly appropriate, given Bergen’s importance on the contemporary Norwegian design scene.

Villa Terminus is located at Zander Kaaes gate 8, 5015 Bergen, Norway. Find out more here.

// Photo credit: Åke Eson Lindman

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