Category Archives: Furniture & Lighting

TIMELESS BY REX KRALJ

5 February 2016

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I’m so excited to introduce you to furniture brand Rex Kralj and their new visual identity today. It’s a collaboration between some of my favourite photographers, designers and conceptual thinkers for a brand that is exceptional in it’s heritage and forward thinking.

Rex Kralj was founded by Niko Kralj in 1952 in Slovenia and has become known for it’s contribution to 20th century industrial design with pieces being exhibited in some of the worlds most renowned museums – MoMA, Designmuseum in Copenhagen, MAK Vienna, Pinakothek Munich and Museum for International Design in Prague.

The key words for the new visual brand identity were ‘simplicity, nature, heritage, craftmanship, details and light’ according to NU Interior Ontwerp who came up with the theme of light and dark for the new catalogue called ‘Timeless’, referencing the future and heritage of the brand.

I love the simplicity and mood of the photography and looking forward to holding a printed copy in my hands. This is more like a lookbook or even picture book bringing the furniture to life and into play by narrating the story of an imaginary protagonist from morning / light to evening / dark. So subtle and oh so beautiful with minimal styling, sensitive art direction and crisp photography by Wendy van Woudenberg from Beeldsteil. Graphic designer Naomi from Pretty Unexpected put the layout together and you can see a PDF version of it if you register your email on the Rex Kralj website.

In the meantime enjoy these wonderful shots from their ‘Timeless’ catalogue.

 
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MORE INFORMATION | Rex Kralj
PHOTOGRAPHY | Wendy van Woudenberg, Beeldsteil
CONCEPT | Nu Interior Ontwerp
 
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MELO STUDIO | HANDCRAFTED MINIMALISM

21 December 2015

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I want to introduce you to Melo Studio today. A new Swedish furniture brand that focuses on minimalism, removing all unnecessary details and combining it with quality craftsmanship using only the best materials and paying immaculate attention to detail.

They call their aesthetics ‘humble minimalism’ aiming to create a modest look and enabling their products to blend into your own environment.

The photography had me at hello and I’m itching to run my hands over their beautifully finished products. Needless to say I’m a fan of their pared back design and love the fact that they only use solid wood. Isn’t that desk gorgeous with the angled edges and v-shaped legs!? I can’t wait to see more of them.

 
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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Melo Studio

 
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PEOPLE TO WATCH | COPENHAGEN MOBEL SNEDKERI

2 October 2015

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The smell of wood is so evocative for me that I was immediately drawn into this story I found on Residence Magazine. Kim Dolva is a master craftsman who cleverly talked his way into working at a guitar workshop when he was 19 because he loved the smell of wood, the craftsman’s passion and attention to detail. After an excursion into the world of graphic design he eventually started Kobenhavns Mobel Snedkeri seven years ago with Søren Jespersen whom he met during his studies.

His office and showroom is a *dream* displaying individual products like chairs, tables and beds as well as customised kitchens, bathrooms and storage solutions. Clients from all round the world now line up for the bespoke service and he’s going to add pieces he picks up on his travel to his shop alongside the showroom in Copenhagen to complete the ‘look’.

His own home has a modern rustic feel with stark white walls, ceilings and floors focussing the attention on his craftsmanship with stunning cabinets and a walk-in closet Carrie Bradshaw would die for. The kitchen units are made of solid smoked oak with hand carved brass knobs and drawers with solid carved insets for utensils to nestle into.

Is it wrong that I want to stroke it all!?
 

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MORE INFORMATION | Kobenhavns Mobel Snedkeri
PHOTOGRAPHY | via Residence Magazine with thanks
 
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THE APARTMENT BY ANOTHER COUNTRY | LDF2015

29 September 2015

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Oh, how I love living in London and London Design Festival is one of my favourite weeks of the year. I was invited to see The Apartment at Perseverance Works in East London which had been designed in collaboration with British tastemaker Suzy Hoodless.

Another Country were celebrating their fifth birthday and it was inspiring to see a whole domestic setting fitted out with furniture and accessories designed and produced since 2010. I’ve long been a fan of their contemporary British design which advocates traditional slow values as founder Paul de Zwart explains:

“Another Country was, quite literally, crafted from a workshop in Dorset with one simple idea: to create a relevant, modern brand that expressed a set of values through furniture. Furniture that was made to last, inspired by archetype, produced sustainably, and fairly priced.”

The Apartment also included complementary pieces from likeminded brands such as Vanderhurd textiles, industrial lighting from Workstead, and artwork by Serpentine Galleries and David Murphy, showcasing the versatility of their collections and narrating the brand’s values and ethos.

You can see more of the commissioned Dorset series in Another Country’s showroom on Crawford Street in Marylebone including some beautiful photography by Rich Stapleton.

 
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MORE INFORMATION | Another Country
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COOL STUFF | IKEA ALEX DESK

21 September 2015

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With the shop opening, blogging and design work my desk is overflowing and I’ve taken a shine to this new IKEA Alex Desk. It’s designed by Johanna Asshoff and has plenty inbuilt storage as well as space for hiding ugly cables.
Anna Mårselius did a fantastic styling job perfectly capturing the slightly darker autumn mood that’s slowly creeping in.

Don’t you just love the dark grey colour!?
 

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VIA | IKEA
PHOTOGRAPHY | Ragnar Ómarsson
STYLING | Anna Mårselius
 
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