Who else is obsessed with ceramics? After I visited the home of ceramics this summer, a place called Grottaglie in the south of Italy (which I highly recommend to anyone who loves ceramics), I have been browsing online for beautiful pieces. I especially love when ceramics are handmade with a personal touch, when each of the pieces are unique.
Here are some of my current favourites from Etsy;
This cute planter by ebenotti is the perfect addition to any home, great to have succulents or any small plants in. Each of the planters are handmade with the simplistic herringbone patterned carved out and inlaid with black stain.
Loving this adorable spoon rest designed by noemarin to keep your kitchen bench clean while you’re cooking. With it’s simple design and clean lines, this piece can fit in anyones home no matter the style, and it can also be used to place your tea bag or spoon on.
A fun and modern way to display your rings. These handmade marble ring cones by paperandclaystudio are so stunning, they also come in different colours if you are not as big of a marble-fan as me.
How adorable are these cup sized colanders for washing berries by FringeandFettle? This is perfect for washing off single servings of fruits or veggies to add to your meals.
Beautiful pink porcelain box by YuliaTsukerman. It can be used to store jewellery, for cotton pads, candy or any other trinkets of your choice.And as its produced with a spoon slot you can also use it in the kitchen as a sugar bowl or salt cellar. Very handy!
I love hanging planters, and these ones by spinspin are so characteristic.
They are hand formed and then painted with black dashes, making each one slightly different and unique.
These polka-dot ceramic spoons by Coconutstudiopottery comes as a set of two and are perfect for stirring with in your tea or coffee.
Lovely pair of handmade ceramic glasses by MaevoStudio perfect for tea or coffee. They are tinted with different colours to get a beautiful surface, and glazed internally and on the edge.
Last week was such a fun but exhausting week, its nice now to sit down and reflect on everything I saw during the Milano Design Week. I tried to visit as much as possible, and one of my absolute favourite places was the HAY exhibition in the Brera Design District. Here Danish HAY along with wrong.london was launching new products in an interesting setting; the old gym La Pelota.
The HAY showroom was located in a picturesque typical Milanese courtyard with fairy-lights and a lot of green. It was the perfect setting for introducing the new Palissade Collection of outdoor furniture by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Not only do they look great, they are also very comfortable to sit in as I discovered when I finally could find one that was not occupied on this busy day. The collection consists of chairs, stools, bar stools, and benches. It was designed to fit a wide range of environments and comes in light grey, anthracite & olive.
The first thing you found when entering the space is the HAY Mini Market, a market displaying all of the smaller design items and accessories by HAY. The concept is inspired by the small markets you can find when traveling to India, Turkey, Thailand and China; those places that seems to have everything from toothpaste to scissors. It was actually debuted in 2014 in Milan and has since popped up in major cities like London, Paris, Tokyo and New York. Today there are more than 30 Mini Markets around the world, and if you are lucky to live near one you should definitely plan a visit.
This year at Milano Design Week the Mini Market was selling all the classic items along with a lot of new products. HAY founders Rolf & Mette Hay have selected a range of products around the concept of traveling, such as neck pillows, tote bags, washables, earplugs and a jewellery purse. There was also a number of beautiful new notebooks by Clara von Zweigbergk and Nathalie du Pasquier on display as well as new cups and vases by Jessica Hans. HAY had also asked some of their favourite designers to contribute to the Mini Market with designing a poster which was sold during the exhibition.
Another new product in the Mini Market, and something I managed to pick up myself, is the Tann toothbrushes designed by Norwegian Andreas Engesvik together with Jordan. It is simplistic and beautiful, every design geeks dream, and was in-fact the bestselling item through the week.
A big bonus when making a purchase at this years Mini Market was that you get one of these pretty tote bags designed by British artist Richard Woods with one of his iconic prints on. Even the receipt was handed to you in a lovely little paper pouch, a great little detail.
Inside past the Mini Market and a pop-up restaurant by Chef Frederik Bille Brahe in the main part of the space HAY was exhibiting both old and new products. Here everything was displayed in individual rooms created in the large space and connected by steps. This was a great way to walk around and view everything, as you could see the rooms from up high looking down or enter them to explore more. They cleverly created ten independent environments, all quite different in colour, layout and with different products displayed, a little world of HAY.
The Can sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec aesthetically, physically and philosophically light. It is made from three basic elements, a steel frame, a set of upholstered cushions and the canvas. The sofa comes flat-packed to be assembled at home, perfect for today’s customers who want things in a quick and simple way.
“For this concept of Can, to avoid having too much structure, we decided to span a canvas onto the structure. By spanning the fabric you make something quite strong, which is going to hold, while at the same time that is soft enough to partially react to the life of the fabric.” – Erwan Bouroullec
The new PC task lamp designed by Pierre Charpin is simplistic with a round polycarbonate head, and a base made from aluminium. It has a friendly look and the arm is very sturdy so it keeps its position wherever it is moved. Actually it took three years to get to the final product, a long and slow process of transformation that has resulted in a beautiful and simple piece of design.
“One of the characteristics of the typology is that many of the same lamps could be found in the same area, one next to another. It is often the case in the work space, for example. This has to be considered for its design. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to design a very simple object, to allow more lamps to coexist in the same space without creating an aesthetic saturation.” – Pierre Charpin
The 13Eighty chair by Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings is a plastic moulded chair named because of the 1380 holes perforating the shell of the seat. It is a chair for both indoor and outdoor use depending on which base you choose for it, and the holes are added to help water drain off. The seat is stackable, the legs comes either in powder-coated steel or wooden and you can get it with or without arm rests.
“The tiny holes give the chair a characteristic aesthetic, where the transparency and play of light and shadows add to the chair’s expression, while the variations in the sizes of the holes bring a sense of movement to the visual appearance.” – Scholten & Baijings
This cute new silicon trivet are modular and can be used individually or together to create a larger runner. It was designer by Shane Schneck, and this year he has created a number of items focusing on the kitchen for HAY such as a wine and bottle opener, a ‘deconstructed dishrack’ as well as this trivet.
“Everything you bring into your space is a statement of who you are and how you have collected your life. I really like the idea of taking these mundane objects and creating something which is authentic and useful.” – Shane Schneck
The Ruban mirrors by Inga Sempé is a collection of rectangular mirrors framed by different brightly coloured ribbons. They come in five different sizes, which can be hung up on their own or placed together in a group.
“I designed those mirrors because I was interested in finding a system to have a light but not raw glass mirror.” – Inga Sempé
Pivot by Lex Pott comes in different variants that you can explore in many different ways. It is made in powder coated steel and it is available in different colours as well as this new version with mirror glass.
You can find more HAY products on their website, including the also new cool Tilt Top table!
This week I went on a little shopping trip to Milano and ended up picking up a few little treats at & Other Stories. If you haven’t been to any of their stores yet you should, the space is beautiful minimalistic and their products and clothing are always presented in a creative and lovely way.
The store in Milano Corso Vittorio Emanuele 1 near the Duomo is quite large, in fact it has four floors dedicated to everything from clothing, accessories, beauty products & shoes. It is heaven for anyone who is into Scandinavian minimal style & straight lines. It was my first time purchasing something for myself other than the odd gift, so I decided to try a couple of small items, and here is what I got;
✖️ The hand cream comes in a cute tube that looks a bit like one you would get paint in, and it was one of the reasons why I got it (what can I say, I’m a sucker for nice packaging design..) It comes in a range of different smells, I ended up choosing the Bourbon Tree which had a soft and pleasant smell. The quality is very nice and it does keep my hands soft for a long time!
✖️ They have a large selection of nail polish and it was quite hard to choose one, but I ended up choosing a brigh and fresh shade called Rick Rack Coral. The nail polish itself is a bit thin so it does need at least two layers, but the colour is great when on and the quality is good.
✖️ I wanted to get a ring, and I have been quite addicted to rose gold & copper lately so when I saw this one I knew straight away it was the one. Five single circles all in different sizes makes for an interesting and cool effect when you put them on your finger, and it is very versatile as you can wear them also on their own or on different fingers. I have a feeling I might wear this ring quite a lot from now on..
I don’t know about you, but for me Easter is all about yellow! Yellow reminds me of the sun shining on a clear day and is a colour that brings joy & happiness. Here are some yellow inspiration to get us into the Easter spirit.
The retro Lotus bowl has the perfect Easter vibe. The pattern was designed by the Norwegian artist Arne Clausen in 1963, and is today produced by Danish Lucie Kaas.
Going on a Easter hike or mini vacation? Then the yellow Fjallraven Kanken backpack is the perfect accessory! It was actually originally designed for Swedish school children in 1978, and has now become an iconic backpack around the world. I love that it is made from durable Vinylon F fabric, which repels moisture and is therefore easy to keep clean.
The Bunny Hoptimist is a fun way to add a bit of Easter to your home. Originally designed by Gustav Ehrenreich in the 1970s, the Hoptimist is today one of the Danish design classics. The Bunny is a newer addition to the Hoptimist family, but was created using the same happy principals from the original.
How about adding a bit of yellow to your Easter breakfast table with this Ursula jug by Kähler? Use the iconic jug along with the white plates from the same series.
Wish someone a happy Easter with this cute greeting card by kikki.K, perfect for any chocoholics!
The bright yellow Nappula candleholders by Finnish Iittala can of course be used all year long, but are especially lovely around Easter time. It looks great when you mix together the two different sizes as seen here on the Interior design blog Kettukarkki.
And if you are like me and love cozying up with a blanket in the evening then the Loom soft hand-woven throw by Muuto is lovely. Now bring on the chocolate..
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen these items on my feed over the last month as it’s been some of my favourites lately. I thought I would present them all here with a little bit more information about why I love them;
This facial serum by the organic Swedish brand provides nourishing and boosting qualities while also deliver moisture to stimulate and revitalize dry to normal skin. It has been my winter essential and has been helping my skin feel soft & lovely in the cold. Psst; and it’s anti-aging so thats always a big plus!
“We find our ingredients from both sea and land and we strive for our raw materials and products to be as organic and environmental friendly as possible. The herbs, waxes and oils used in the production of our products, are from origins from near and far, all with special qualities that deliver nourishing possibilities. We constantly seek new ingredients and combinations in order to achieve the optimal benefits and sensations from our products.” – L:A BRUKET
H&M DEER NECKLACE
I’ve been loving this cute little necklace from H&M. It was a part of their Christmas collection so unfortunately I can’t ind it on their website anymore but you might be lucky to find it in the sales section of your local store. The necklace comes with a selection of little cute Christmassy charms that you can change depending on what you want to wear, but now that Christmas is over I have been loving this little deer head. So adorable (and affordable)!
These adorable wooden birds is the essence of Danish design, simple in appearance with its clean lines and a timeless classic. I love the fact that you can create endless expressions by just tilting its head in any direction to express happiness, sadness & curiosity.
“Each Architectmade object is designed with architect-precision and personal vision that comes from the heart, reflecting the individual values, beliefs and ways of life of some of the greatest Danish architects of our time.” – ARCHITECTMADE
I had been eyeing up this adorable marble tree for a while in a local store back home in Norway, and when I found it on sale at 70% off I knew it was meant to be! It comes in a choice of 2 sizes and is originally a Christmas decoration but I think it is the perfect storage for my watch & bracelet. Bloomingville is a popular Danish homeware brand, and their collection is defined by its contemporary mixture of raw products with a nostalgic Scandinavian twist and reproductions of beautiful pieces from the past.
This year one of my goals have been to get more organised, and for my birthday I got this amazing diary from one of my friends so it was the little kick I needed to get started. So far I have been good at filling it out and keeping track of everything I need to do which is great. I love the design of the planner, each month has a different patterns such as pretty florals, dots, stripes & cute shapes hand-drawn by Frankie Magazine illustrator Sara Hingle. It is divided into a week to a double-page layout and also has as a weekly notes section for all those little lists you need to scribble down. And the most important thing; its got a yellow cover!! 💛 You can find some photos of the inside of the diary here.
ZARA ‘SNOW FEELING’ HAT
So event hough we haven’t had much snow, and I actually prefer being inside looking at the snow instead of being cold, I have been loving this knitted hat with SNOW FEELING written on the front of it. I don’t know why, but it just makes me feel cool. After I bought it I did discover there is a yellow version too.. but I couldnt justify having two of the same hat.
Stay tuned for more stuff next month or follow along on Instagram!