News from the 2019 Stockholm Furniture Fair

There is an endless amount of Scandinavian design at Stockholm Furniture Fair, here are some of things we’ve liked at this years’ exhibition. Continue Reading ➝

On cover image: OSLO lounge chair by Muuto

A couple of weeks ago we traveled to the famous Scandinavian Furniture Fair in Stockholm to see what’s new in Nordic Design. As always, there was no shortage of beautiful Scandinavian furniture.

Only by walking around and taking pictures in this huge exhibition, we felt that we had collected a years’ supply of Nordic inspiration. In many case, the exhibitors really made an effort not only to display their furniture, but also to create complete ambiences by choosing the accessories, colors and lighting all in harmony.

We especially liked the stands of MUUTO and Materia, they both created a lovely atmosphere. We also loved the products of &Tradition and WOUD, both are young and talented new brands on the Scandinavian market.

As for the design trends, we’ve seen a number of references to 60’s and 70’s furniture. In fabrics, the resurgence of the bouclé is quite evident, and the use of rounded geometric shapes and vivid red and orange colors reminded us of that era. I’m really curious how this trend will evolve (or die) in the next couple of years.

Images © Lili Ambrus / Nordic Home

New Products at the Stockholm Furniture Fair: ARC Table

The Arc coffee table resembles a large cake, and it features a special rotating-sliding tabletop. Continue Reading ➝

This special side table, called Arc, resembles a large cake or a ‘fromage’. It’s made of ash wood, and it has a rotating-sliding tabletop, so you can easily put away your mess when guests come.

Arc was designed by young Danish creators, Julie Begtrup and Ditte Vad in 2018, and its production has just started by an up-and-coming Danish company called WOUD. The table is available in two sizes, price is around $600 for the smaller and $750 for the larger one.

Images © WOUD

New Products at the Stockholm Furniture Fair: BOND Shelving

This solid wood shelving is an another example when the practical Scandinavian thinking and thoughtful woodworking result in an excellent product. Continue Reading ➝

This simple, solid wood shelving is called Bond. I think it’s a beautiful example of how the practical Scandinavian thinking paired with thoughtful woodworking result in an excellent product.

The modular shelving is made up of just five basic elements, and it can be assembled easily by hand without any tools. It can be set up as a regular, floor standing storage, but you can also mount it on the wall or hang it from the ceiling.

Bond is a new addition to the Fogia collection, and it was designed by Elin Rahnberg and Martin Berling. No information on the price, but given the price level of the Fogia collection, it should be in the $1000 – $1500 range.

Images © Marcus Huber / Fogia

Update Your Kitchen with Nordic Tableware

Glazed stoneware is paired with solid wood handles in this beautiful Nordic tableware collection. Continue Reading ➝

The ‘EMMA’ tableware collection by Danish manufacturer Stelton include not only cups, jugs and plates, but also an electric tea kettle and a toaster to make your Nordic kitchen collection complete. The series was created by a Danish designer duo, namely Sebastian Holmbäck and Ulrik Nordentoft.

I love how the beautiful glazed stoneware is paired with birch wood handles and tops on these items. The tame colors and soft shapes, together with the solid wood accessories create a truly unique and Scandinavian feel to this collection. Prices for the items in the EMMA collection are between $30 and $150.

Images © Brian Buchard / Stelton AS

Delicate and Delightful

The curved ‘Flower’ coffee table has become an iconic Scandinavian piece since its introduction in 2004. Continue Reading ➝

The ‘Flower’ coffee table is a beautiful, delicate, organically shaped item. It was created by the talented Danish designer Christine Schwarzer in 2004, and not surprisingly, it has since become an iconic furniture of the Swedish manufacturer SWEDESE.

The table is available in a number of different sizes and heights, and for the wood parts you can choose between birch, oak or even walnut. Prices start $650.

Images © Swedese Möbler AB

Mid-Century Luxury

Take a look at this really cool and unique sideboard, created by the master craftsmen of Denmark. Continue Reading ➝

This fascinating sideboard with a seamless tambour front was created by the renowned Danish cabinetmaker duo of Søren Nissen and Ebbe Gehl. The sideboard is part of their famous Naver Collection, a furniture series inspired by the Mid-Century modern era.

This particular item, the AK 2730 features a body and side tambour doors made of solid wood, a scratch-resistant white Corian countertop, and stainless steel wire legs and handles. The choice of wood for the cabinet includes ash, oak and walnut. Inside, it has three compartments with slide-out drawers and adjustable shelves. Price is around $3800 for this stunning sideboard, handmade in Denmark.

Images © Naver Collection / Aksel Kjersgaard A/S / Gramrode Møbelfabrik A/S

A Talented Icelandic: Erla Sólveig Óskarsdóttir

So far, we’ve presented a number of Danish, Swedish and Finnish designers on this blog, now it’s time to strengthen the Icelandic front a bit! Continue Reading ➝

So far, we’ve presented a number of Danish, Swedish and Finnish designers, but we still lack some Icelandic creators on this blog. We’ve started out with a with this successful young designer some time ago, now we continue with a well established, award-winning Icelandic designer: Erla Sólveig Óskarsdóttir.

Óskarsdóttir studied at the prominent Danish Design School in Copenhagen, then started working as a freelance designer in Reykjavik. During her career she has collaborated with companies such as the German firm Ames or the Danish Getama.

Her love for curved, organic forms is evident, and this is paired with a great sense for details, thus creating true Scandinavian items. Below are some of her most notable furniture designs. For more, you can visit her website here.

Images © Erla Sólveig Óskarsdóttir

Some ‘Modern’ Woodworking

Danish company Magnus Olesen has created a new classic in this wonderful solid wood armchair. Continue Reading ➝

This marvellous wooden chair, called Butterfly, evokes the era of the early Scandinavian modernists. But this is actually a brand new piece of furniture created by renowned Danish designer Niels Gammelgaard, and manufactured by Magnus Olesen. The comfortable, curved seat is made of laminated plywood and the legs and armrest are beautifully crafted solid oak wood.

The method of creating the seat and backrest from a single form-pressed plywood sheet, was first developed by Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino Marsio in the late 1920-s, and resulted in such masterpieces like the Paimio Armchair.

Images © Magnus Olesen AS Denmark

Gorgeous Porcelain Pendants

This fragile, translucent porcelain lamp, called Reykjavik, is produced by the Danish lighting company Nordlux. Continue Reading ➝

This beautiful porcelain lamp, called Reykjavik, was designed by Sebastian Holmbäck. According to the creator, the shape of the lamp was inspired by the forms of the corrugated metal sheets used for cladding on many Icelandic houses. Well, I don’t know about that, but I do like the elegant, thin porcelain shade which emits a really smooth and warm light.

The lamp is available in three sizes, and it is manufactured by the Danish lighting company Nordlux. Prices start at $100 for the smallest one.

Images © Nordlux A/S

BAENK Bench With Extras

This cool wood bench has a hole cut in that can be used to hold umbrellas, or to place a small plant. Continue Reading ➝

This cool little bench, called Baenk (which simply means bench in Danish) is made of beautifully crafted oak wood and comes with an upholstered seat. The hole can be used to hold umbrellas or to place a small plant, and the other side is carved out, creating a small tray. It’s a perfect item for your Nordic style hallway – if you are willing to pay the price of about $1400.

It was designed by Studio NUR, a young Danish brand founded by architect Maja Bøgh Vindbjerg, and is produced by the Danish furniture company WOUD.

Images © WOUD Denmark

Minimalist House by the Lake

Situated at the shore of a beautiful lake in Norway, this minimalistic building is made up of wooden blocks. Continue Reading ➝

This unique family residence, called the Gjøvik House, is located in Eastern Norway at a picturesque lakeside spot, surrounded by a pine forest. The building is constructed of a number of intersecting, wooden clad blocks.

This shape, in the inside, creates a unique, flowing interior, where rooms with different sizes and proportions open up at every corner. Some of these are large, common spaces, while others are smaller, more intimate rooms.

The strict, minimalistic exterior is softened by the warm wood cladding used throughout the façade, which helps to blend the building into the surrounding natural landscape.

The house was designed by Norm Architects, a young, talented Danish studio based in Copenhagen. (Check out this cool lamp also by this studio.)

Images © Norm Architects

Sculpture or Furniture?

This exceptional Scandinavian piece was created, surprisingly, by a Spanish artist. Continue Reading ➝

This fascinating armchair is called ‘Ro’, and it resembles a sculpture with its undulating shapes clad in beautiful, elegant fabrics. It’s a true, high-end Scandinavian piece.

Surprisingly, the creator is a Spanish artist and designer called Jaime Hayon.

The chair is manufactured by the historic Danish company Fritz Hansen. (This is the company that also produces Arne Jacobsen’s iconic furniture pieces.) This suggests a hefty price tag for this armchair as well, and it is, starting at around $3000.

Images © Republic of Fritz Hansen

You Can Now Own a Lighthouse – or Even a City!

Create a unique ambient for the evening with these happy ceramic lanterns. Continue Reading ➝

These happy small houses were created by Danish textile & ceramic designers Mette Bache and Barbara Bendix Becker. The series is called Urbania, and is made of white glazed ceramic.

The various buildings cast various rays and shades in the room, creating a cosy atmosphere for the evening. (Also work perfectly well as bookends on your shelf during the day.) The lanterns are produced by Kähler Design and are available from $30 per piece.

Images © Kähler Design AS / Danish Design Store

Cool New Lamps from Copenhagen

Take a look at these designer lamps created by the young Danish lighting brand VITA copenhagen. Continue Reading ➝

Danish VITA is a young enterprise which started in 2008 in Copenhagen. Thanks to their fresh, creative approach and very affordable prices, the brand has been growing quickly ever since.

One of my favourites from their collection is the ‘Chimes’ which is a very simple pendant made of solid oak wood. Good choice for a dining or kitchen area.

‘Shade’ is a simple felt hat, that can placed on any larger LED bulb to create a sweet looking lamp and to adjust the light direction to your needs.

The fluffy ‘Eos’ shade is made of goose feathers. Wouldn’t say it’s a very practical item, but looks spectacular for sure. Prices for a medium size feather lamp is just $140.

Also worth mentioning that VITA ships all its products flat packed in small boxes to lower the transportation costs and their environmental footprint. You can find many other cool designs on their site.

Images © VITA copenhagen ApS