FOR THE HOME | COFFEE AND CAKE WITH AMARA

22 May 2017

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As long as I can remember coffee and cake has been an essential part of my life. I don’t mean coffee AND cake but the combination of the two which calls for a break in the (work) day, time out, a moment to sit down and enjoy the complimentary flavours, the unmistakable bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the cake. For me one is (almost) no good without the other. But apart from the culinary experience there is a whole culture behind it which I believe you can only truly understand if you’ve grown up with this tradition.

In Germany coffee and cake is celebrated every day around mid afternoon. It’s as casual or as formal as you like it to be and you can set your table accordingly. My fondest memories are sitting in my grandparents kitchen on their farm and my grandmother slowly pouring the hot water into the chipped porcelain coffee filter, filling the air with that unmistakable coffee aroma and creating the perfect brew. She always made sure we had a something sweet and if she hadn’t got any left over cake from the weekend we had a piece from the local bakery or at worst some home made biscuits or bread and jam. It was a chance to get together, sit informally around the table, savour and engage in conversation, from the farmer to the farmhand, young and old and whoever else happened to be around, coffee and cake was all inclusive and above all a bonding experience.

The Swedes have their fika, the Danish like their Hygge and the Germans have their coffee and cake. A tradition that is still so loved and important to people that they like to set the table with nice ceramics, cutlery and – if you’re really posh – some napkins.

It was interesting how these and many other wonderful memories came flooding back to me when I styled this table setting with the beautiful Pure porcelain tableware and stunning matt gold cutlery from online retailer Amara. The glaze on the ceramics by Serax is totally unique on each piece as is the irregular shape of the plates and cups which make it so tactile and fascinating to look at. In an age of mass production we seem to be drawn to individuality and like to surround ourselves with things that are unique. The urban jungle movement is testament to this as is the return to values of craftsmanship, handmade and customisable items.

Why don’t you celebrate coffee and cake German style? Setting the table with your favourite pieces and gather your loved ones around to savour, indulge and spend some quality time together. Slow living mid afternoon and remember: no phones allowed!

 
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TABLEWARE | Pure by Serax via Amara
CUTLERY | Paloma cutlery set, exclusive by Amara
NAPKINS | Lexington, Oxford napkins via Amara
STYLING & PHOTOGRAPHY | Annie Kruse
 
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ESCAPE AND RECONNECT WITH NATURE AT THIS FORESTERS HOUSE

20 May 2017

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It’s the weekend and all I want to do is escape to this Forester’s House and go off-grid, disconnect from social media and forget about the stressful tantrum-ridden school runs, worries about what to cook for dinner and the overflowing laundry basket.

The house and adjacent service building sit within a natural beech wood reserve in Sweden and were designed by Petra Gipp Architecture with the intention of blending in with the natural landscape and minimising the impact on the environment.

The minimalist, cubic design sits slightly above the ground giving a higher viewpoint from the inside across the lake and woods. Naturally, I was drawn to the large picture windows and tarred wooden cladding but the spectacular views is where I want my eye to wander, rest and reconnect with nature.

Wishing you a peaceful weekend.

 

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IKEA DESIGN FESTIVAL | ROOM FOR … INSPIRATION

18 May 2017

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It’s been a few weeks (months!? *shock*) since I went to the Salone in Milan but I wanted to share these beautiful images with you from the IKEA Design Festival. Swedish super stylists Pella Hedeby and Anna Lenskog Belfrage created four intimate settings showcasing how to live at home with a ROOM FOR… creation, compact living, harmony and growing.

I loved exploring these spaces and picking up trends, small details and ‘hacks’ that make a house a home. The Barsö (plant) trellis used as an inspiration / pinboard was one of my favourites and I loved the idea to place a couple of Falsterbro wall shelves next to each other to create a continuous hanging and display area – perfect if you haven’t got space for a cabinet or storage unit.

The Festival was held in a large warehouse in the Lambrate district with plenty of room to showcase new product, collaborations and installations like live drawing sessions and sound engineering. Sadly I missed the chance to meet some of the designers and engineers behind the products but I’m working on a blog post showing you new product from the collaborations. Watch this space!

 

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FOR THE HOME | HUSH BEDDING BY FERM LIVING

15 May 2017

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I’ve recently talked about how terrazzo is making a comeback in different applications and innovative materials, colourways and patterns – see more here. This season Scandinavian homewares brand ferm living has already grabbed my attention with their jumbo sparkly terrazzo wallpaper and I jumped at the chance to style their new Hush bedding.

The pattern is another nod to terrazzo and aptly called Milkyway encouraging sweet dreams of faraway galaxies. It comes in a subtle contrast of white on Rose or dark grey sparks on Cream as featured.

The organic cotton is beautifully soft and a perfect addition to our bedroom which I try to keep calm and neutral in decor featuring only my favourite pieces… an old stool, a much loved canvas and the softest sheepskin rug alongside some great design magazines and my monthly planer from Danish stationery brand Kartotek.

So, finally I’m heading off to the Milky Way now in case you’re wondering.
 

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SALONE DEL MOBILE 2017 | BLOG SAFARI WITH DESIGN DIFFUSION

20 April 2017

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Alphabet of light by Artemide
 

Hard to believe that it’s been almost 2 weeks since I was invited to the Salone del Mobile in Milan by Design Diffusion to join a ‘Blog Safari’ with a bunch of European interior design and lifestyle bloggers. I went with my Function+Form sidekick Tiff and after leaving our kids in the safe hands of Daddy Daycare (what can go wrong!?) we took off and spent an incredibly packed and inspirational two days in Milan discovering new brands and trends as well as chatting to some of the creative minds behind the ideas.

Milan-based Design Diffusion is a media powerhouse that covers the world of design, architecture, lifestyle and events through their magazines, blog and TV channel. Their idea of introducing interior design brands through a ‘Blog Safari’ during Milan’s largest yearly event – the Salone del Mobile – was pure genius and a great opportunity to connect with so many European bloggers face-to-face, many of whom I’ve been following for years and some I hope will become good friends in the future.

Our mutual passion for interior design was an instant talking point and I could have spent hours chatting had I not been on the brink of losing my voice – evidence of which in the video right at the bottom of this post. *cringe* Honestly, I’m a lot more together normally. *hides red face*

 

 

Our safari started with the interior arms of some classic Italian fashion houses Gianfranco Ferrè Home and Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors. Both cater to the upmarket client who loves luxurious textures and own a home big enough for large statement pieces. Their stands were indulgently rich, dark and moody, softened by a lot of texture from brass and marble to velvet and fur, including some stunning lighting and elaborate chandeliers inspired by Art Deco.

 

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Interlocking brass shelving system by Gianfranco Ferrè Home

 

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Stunning statement chandelier by Gianfranco Ferrè Home

 

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Rich materials and textures at Gianfranco Ferrè Home

 

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Cheese plant Kokedama at Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors

 

JCP was a total contrast with their experimental designs that bridge the gap between art and function. The brand was introduced only last year and has already made waves with their Artifacts collection which includes – amongst others – side tables and lighting made of chrome and brass incorporating lava stone, incredibly comfortable iron structures with seats in Jacroki-Racy fabric upholstery and some shiny robot-lookalike floorlamps. Quirky, innovative and utterly different to anything you’ve seen before.

 

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Lava stone side table and lamp by JCP

 

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Iron seat structure in Jacroki-Racy fabric upholstery by JCP

 

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Threeve, Betoo and Rone by Richard Hutton for JCP

 

I simply loved the colours at the Arflex stand. Soft pastels from green to light blue and pink with rich dark blue, mustard and green as a contrast. Some sparingly used graphic patterns and brass accents gave the stand a mid century feel. An interesting addition is Arflex’ semi-transparent Vela screen which comes in different colours, shapes and sizes and lets you create a discreet divider without imposing on the space.

 

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Vela screen by Arflex

 

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MDF Italia was where I felt most comfortable, not just because I got to sit down on their incredibly cosy Cosy sofa talking to one of the owners, but because MDF’s simple lines, contemporary design and muted colours naturally resonate with me. The modular Cosy sofa is endlessly adaptable to whatever your needs and I love the addition of the slim metal side table where the bottom slides under the sofa therefore giving you a safe place to put all those spillable drinks. It’s details like these that make life and living with furniture effortlessly.

 

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Sign Matt chair by MDF Italia

 

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The new Cosy sofa

 

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I was also really impressed with the Flow Eco chair and it’s environmentally-friendly credentials, replacing the polycarbonate shell with pressed fibres from renewable sources: beech fibre for the light colour and coconut fibre for the dark colour.

 

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The Flow Eco chair made from coconut and beech fibres

 

What I loved most about the chosen brands for the safari was the variety and Kartell stood out with it’s colourful theme of ContamiNation. Seeing themselves as a nation, Kartell is contaminated by different ideas and styles. No limits or boundaries stand in the way of creativity to explore new technologies and continuous innovation. The main message of fun, innovation and creativity poured out of their engaged designer who showed us around the stand.

 

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Kartell’s Largo sofa in velvet

 

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Bella light

 

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Spin light

 

I particularly loved their Bella and Spin pendant lights, their classic shapes giving beautiful diffused light.
 

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Be Bop chair by Kartell

 

The metal Piuma family and the Be Bop chair stood out for me as well due to their beautiful colour palette of deep dark red, mossy grey/green and black.

 

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Piuma family

 

We finished off the safari with a visit to one of my favourite lighting brands: Artemide. Their Alphabet of light has captured my imagination as a graphic designer and typography nerd since it was first shown last year. To see the separate elements in real life was somewhat of an eye-opener. Much larger than I imagined but I can see endless possibilities for this system in public spaces or offices. I was not surprised to find out it was designed by BIG – a group of architects, designers and thinkers led by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels whom I wrote about on here a couple of weeks ago.

 

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Alphabet of Light by Bjarke Ingels Group for Artemide

 

I find most of Artemide’s designs fascinating, of course a lot of them are 20th Century icons, but I particularly love their Human Light philosophy which put (wo)man and her/his well-being at the core of each design making it a means to improve the quality of life, supporting people in their daily activities and complying with their moods.

 

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Mobile Emera light with USB charger

 

I just have to mention their new mobile lighting Emera which allows you to charge via USB and take your light wherever you like therefore creating a flexible atmosphere that can adapt to the ever-changing organisation of a space.

 

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Poetic modular lighting system Yanzi for Artemide

 

And last but not least the Yanzi, a modular lightweight system that support multiple stylized figures like iconic swallows with a brushed brass body and a head like a white glass sphere animating any space with an elegant poetic attitude.

 
 

The above is only just scratching the surface of the vast array of exhibition stands at the Salone. I think I may have seen only about 5% in total, most of which were glimpses whilst rushing past but Francesca from Design Diffusion made it fun and easy to navigate amongst the stands.

I’m definitely planning on coming back next year aiming to see more of the installations and events organised around the city in hidden warehouses, palazzos or converted garages – during the Salone the whole city buzzes with innovation and creativity and it’s impossible not to get swept away.

Ciao Milano, alla prossima!

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY | with kind permission by the brands [first 4 pictures by Annie Kruse]

 
 
This post is sponsored by Design Diffusion as well as Gianfranco Ferrè Home, Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors, JCP, Arflex, Annibale Colombo, Gallotti&Radice, Poliform, MDF Italia, Natuzzi, Kartell, Artemide.

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