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HANDCRAFTED MINIMALISM FROM MELO

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Swedish design studio Melo is combining humble aesthetics that remove all the unnecessary details with quality craftsmanship. Their brand is all about minimalistic design, focusing on making their products blend in with the environment around them.

Melo just released a new collection of beautiful crafted products all made from ash wood and handcrafted in Dalarna, which is in the heart of Sweden. The new collection consists of a round coffee table, beautiful magazine rack and a decorative orb.

The coffee table has a lovely and soft minimalistic design. The design of the coffee table is intended to allow it to be spacious but at the same time have a light and elegant feel.

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The magazine rack with its round and elegant shape is created to blend in with the wall so that it highlights whatever might be put on it, like for instance magazines, paintings, photographs and books..

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And lastly we have the orb, a simplistic decoration piece to complement your still life. This product is rounded off by hand which makes every single orb unique.

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// Photo credit: Melo

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FUN HEXAGON PLACEMATS FROM BY MAY

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BY MAY is a Swedish design studio and brand by designers Johanna Örn and Maria Bergström creating unique and functional products for the home with focus on print design, colours and a variety of materials.

Their beautiful hexagon silicone placemats are the perfect accessory when setting your table, both functional and playful at the same time. They come in several different design patterns and colours, and are made of food safe silicone that is easy to wipe clean with a cloth. I am very drawn towards the lovely dotted pink version myself.

“Our vision is to create products that combines traditional techniques and craftsmanship with new design thinking – to create functional and beautiful products. A source of inspiration is to combine our Scandinavian design heritage with Japanese influences, which often have a lot in common. We also pay a lot of attention to details and high quality of the materials. We believe that simplicity and quality of good design lasts in the long run.” – BY MAY

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Browse their whole product range here, they also do pillows, wallpaper, notebooks and more.

// Photo credit: BY MAY

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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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COS × HAY SPRING COLLECTION

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As you may know already fashion brand COS and furniture company HAY launched their first joint range last year, and now they have added new items to their collaborative range. Refresh your home for Spring with the new collection full of soft pastel shades and light wood.

This collaboration is a match made in heaven, a beautiful mix of Danish & Swedish style!

“We were very pleased with the reaction from our customers on the collaboration with HAY, we have always admired what HAY do and share many of its values. We like to describe it as HAY seen through the eyes of COS.” – Martin Andersson (head of design at COS)

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You can shop the new COS×HAY Spring collection online or at any of their London High Street Kensington, Vienna Neubaugasse and Gothenburg stores.

// Photo credit: COSxHAY

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ENTERING THE FUN WORLD OF MONKI

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One of the shops I miss going for a browse in back home is Monki. If you haven’t heard of this Swedish brand before, be prepared to be inspired by their quirky & cool style! They describe themselves as “a wild and crazy international retail concept that believes that it needs to fight ordinary and boost imagination with an experience out of the ordinary” and I couldn’t agree more. Their website is currently full of great items, here are some of my favourite ones;

Stina pink dress Monki

Marisol yellow trousers Monki

Rosalita green top Monki

Hana dungarees Monki

Anita jaquard dress Monki

Jonna striped dress Monki

Maggie backpack Monki

Be sure to check out #monkistyle for more inspiration or have a browse in store if you are lucky enough to be located near one.

// Photo credit: Monki

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TEXTURED PILLOWS BY HOW ARE YOU

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Loving the simplicity & nordic expression of these pillows by the swedish design duo HOW ARE YOU. They are a part of their MAKING HARD THINGS SOFT collection & their philosophy is simple; ‘we do this for fun and we only do things we like and hopefully you like it too.’

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Click here to see all of the pillows from the collection! That wood textured one is definitely on my wishlist..

// Photo credit: HOW ARE YOU

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