When Finland Meets Japan…

…the result is a stunning collection of beautiful dinnerware and textiles.
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The ‘Iittala X Issey Miyake’ collection is a collaboration between historic Finnish glassware manufacturer Iittala and the Japanese product and clothing designer Issey Miyake. The result of this cooperation is a stunning collection that was inspired by colors and shapes found in nature.

The home collection includes a wide range of items from plates, cups and other kitchenware to napkins, bags and pillow covers. The soft, irregular shapes of the ceramics are combined with strict, geometric patterns on some of the textiles, and still, the overall look seems very clean and harmonic.

Images © Iittala / Miyake Design Studio

Framed Cabinets by IDÉE

These sideboards by Japanese IDÉE feature a solid wood frame that holds a random pattern of drawers inside.
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The Contour sideboard series is manufactured by IDÉE, a Japanese producer of Nordic style furniture. The cabinets are made of maple, walnut or narra wood, and are available in various sizes and colors. Prices start at around $200.

I really like the narra frame with the light green and white stained drawers. The darker version has a cool retro style, with a color pallette that is reminiscent of the 60’s. Also by IDÉE is the popular ‘tiny sofa’, we’ve presented earlier.

Images © IDÉE

BAMBI & Friends Are Here

Take a look at the cheerful Bambi Chair and her friends, the Cow and the Sheep!
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The merry little Bambi Chair was designed by Takeshi Sawada for Elements Optimal. The chair is made of solid oak wood and the seat is upholstered with soft fake fur. Its good friends are the Sheep Chair and the Cow Chair.

Elements Optimal is a young Danish brand of children’s furniture and accessories, established in 2013 in Copenhagen. Price for the Bambi is $250.

Images © Jeppe Carlsen / Elements Optimal

A tiny Sofa from Japan

This charming, tiny sofa is standing on solid ash wood legs, and it is also available in a one-seater version. Continue Reading ➝

The AO sofa is the best selling product of Japanese furniture manufacturer IDEE. It was designed according to the needs of the Japanese market, thus the sitting height is very low, just 300 mm. Low that is by western standards only of course. This charming, tiny sofa is standing on solid ash wood legs, and it is also available in a one-seater version.

IDEE produces some beautiful Nordic style furniture and lamps, works of both Scandinavian and Japanese designers. It’s no surprise though, that Scandinavian and Japanese design have much in common. The love of nature, the organic perspective both in design and architecture or the high level of wood craftsmanship are characteristic of both people.

Images © IDEE