UNIQUE MIRROR TRAYS BY NOTRE MONDE HOMEWARE

16 February 2017

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Back in October Tiff and I organised a Function+Form Bloggers Tour to Antwerp discovering this hip city (here and here) and all it has to offer including designers and makers. One brand we were introduced to was Notre Monde who’s founder Dawn Sweitzer has been creating unique functional objects since 1997.

Her inspiration mostly stems from travel and nature featuring distinctive global patterns, textures and layers which are translated onto objects with traditional printing and hand-finishing techniques. Dawn is a self taught artist and now lives in North Carolina where she experiments with new techniques to give her designs authenticity and unique character.

She has distinctive ranges from the cheerful and luxurious Mystic Gold and Ocean Blue, to The Golden Hour and the vivid and elegant Tribal Quest inspired by tribal textile prints from Africa to Indonesia. Her mirror trays represent the core of her collection which also features complementary objects such as tables, frames and cabinets.

I was lucky to be given a light aged mirror which adds some much needed gritty-ness and eclectic flair to my home which I tend to keep very minimal. The antique effect on mirrors is a trend I keep seeing more and more of and which works incredibly well with darker interior colours and rich textures – see the velvet renaissance all around.

I’ve not decided as yet if I’m going to hang it up or keep as a tray for special occasions. I guess the beauty in it’s versatility is that I can do both.

 

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MORE INFORMATION | Notre Monde Homeware
PHOTOGRAPHY | Annie Kruse
 

This post is sponsored by Notre Monde. I only work with products and services I truly love and all opinions are my own.

 

 
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THREE MOUNTAIN HUTS | PETER PILCHER ARCHITECTURE

13 February 2017

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Winter has Britain firmly in it’s grip and I’m dreaming of heading off to the mountains with the family for some snow. One place I’d love to explore is the South Tyrolean Dolomites and the Swiss resort of Oberholz where this gorgeous new mountain restaurant has opened up designed by Peter Pichler architects in collaboration with Italian architect Pavol Mikolajcak.

I’m fascinated by the structure of the three large huts facing slightly different mountains with the volumes flowing and connecting into each other. As the architect describes it: “The cantilevering structure grows out of the hill like a fallen tree with three main branches creating a symbiosis with the landscape. At the end of the branches a large glass facade frames the surrounding mountains from the interior of the hut.”

The exposed internal structure in local spruce helps you ‘read’ the buildings’ construction and draws you to the large window at the end of each volume. Somehow it reminds me of inside a whale, looking at it’s rib cage, not that I’ve never been inside a whale [obvs]. The textures and materials use inside are contemporary without compromising on local relevance with the use of spruce and concrete. The wooden chairs too are a modern take on the traditional, curvy Swiss chairs by squaring the backrest off and keeping a cut out to make it easier to move them around, only in this version it’s a lozenge and not a whimsical heart or leaf.

It’s a beautiful project and though I love skiing I wouldn’t be too upset if I had to spend my days in here looking out at the stunning scenery.

 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Peter Pilcher Architects in collaboration with Pavol Mikolajcak Architects with thanks

 

 
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CARL HANSEN & SONS RELAUNCHES CH23 BY HANS J WEGNER

8 February 2017

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It’s not often that emailed press releases get me excited but this one made my ears prick up, Carl Hansen & Son are relaunching the CH23 chair by Hans J Wegner.

In case you struggle to distinguish your Fritz from your Carl Hansen (the former’s best seller is the Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen and the latter’s is the Wishbone chair by Wegner) – or don’t even know what the heck I’m talking about – this is the Danish furniture brand started by master cabinet maker Carl Hansen over 100 years ago in 1908 that has been producing design icons to the highest standard in craftsmanship ever since.

I’m fascinated by the story of Wegner and Carl Hansen’s collaboration which started in 1949 to develop a unique chair series which in turn laid the foundation for an extensive furniture collection. During a short but intense period prior to the 1950 launch, the young furniture designer worked with some of the most highly skilled craftspeople at Carl Hansen & Son to create the CH22, CH23, CH24 and CH25 chairs – four designs with very different expressions, yet all bearing Wegner’s unique fingerprint and emphasis on high-quality craftsmanship.

Wegner was an accomplished cabinet maker himself and pushed the boundaries of Carl Hansen’s craftsmen by applying advanced design techniques such as steam-bent backrests, organic forms, complex constructions and seats made of woven paper cord and light coloured wood – all united in a simple and elegant expression – considered avant-garde at the time.

For us Wegner’s chairs are timeless and synonymous with Danish Modern, a style of minimalist furniture and homewares from Denmark based on the principles of Bauhaus modernism, creating pure, clean lines based on an understanding of classical furniture craftsmanship and coupled with careful research into materials, proportions and the requirements of the human body. Made from natural materials the chairs are durable and sustainable and even with their strong artistic expression clearly designed for everyday use.

 

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ABOVE | The relaunched CH23
 

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ABOVE | Detail of the CH23
 
 

Two of these chairs – the CH24, also known worldwide as the iconic Wishbone Chair, and the woven CH25 lounge chair – have been in production at Carl Hansen & Son for over 65 years. The other two, the CH22 and CH23, which have been out of production for various periods of time, are now being manufactured once again.

With the current relaunch of the CH23 dining chair, all of the master furniture designer’s first four chairs are again part of Carl Hansen & Son’s extensive Wegner collection. The Danish furniture manufacturer is bringing renewed focus to the period that proved to be Wegner’s most productive – a period when the CH26 dining chair also took shape. Conceived in 1950 and closely related to the CH22 lounge chair, the CH26 was never put into production; the drawings were only discovered in Wegner’s vast archives last year. The elegant chair with organic forms has now finally been brought to life and added to Wegner’s first collection.

And as if you need convincing but check out the beautiful product photography and close ups of details of the chairs below as well as one of the master himself: Hans J Wegner.
 

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ABOVE | The relaunched CH23 dining chair
 

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ABOVE | All four design icons in a room. From left CH25, CH22, CH23 and CH24
 

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ABOVE | Lounge Chair CH25
 

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ABOVE | Wishbone chair in black and olive
 

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ABOVE | Hans J Wegner at work

 

 
MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Carl Hansen & Son with thanks
 
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CLEVER ISLINGTON CONVERSION BY LARISSA JOHNSTON ARCHITECTS

1 February 2017

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Phew… it’s February!

You may have noticed my absence on here during last month and though not physically absent – after all the kids are back at school – I’ve been struggling to find my mojo. Not just in terms of blogging but generally as I talked about in this post here.

Politics is not something I usually talk about on Stylejuicer but the events in the US are worrying me… a lot! Coupled with what seems like an endless stream of colds and coughs around the house no amount of interior porn design has managed to drag me out from under the proverbial duvet.

Until now… and it’s all down to plywood.

This fabulous conversion by Larissa Johnston Architects is in Islington, North London and I love how they have completely rearranged the house, taking out all internal walls and switching the bedrooms so now the living space including dining and kitchen are downstairs and connect to the rear garden via some full height glass sliding doors flooding the house with light. It’s a minimalist modern space where each nook and cranny has been put to good use which in turn maximises the floorspace on view making the house feel a lot bigger.

What really got me excited was the way they have managed to create a custom built unit that not only incorporates the stairs but also the kitchen and some clever storage areas. This plywood unit wraps up the stairs and gives the house an anchor connecting all the floors and making for an easy flow.

Larissa and her team have also made great use of the half landing making it a study area with more inbuilt shelving and a desk running along the window. I wish there were some shots of the downstairs WC and utility area as they are both concealed underneath the stairs and clad with plywood.

It may seem a bit geeky but I love seeing the bare bones of a house which is why I’m showing you the floorplan at the end of this post. I’ve got a feeling I’m not the only nerd on here.

Here’s to plywood!

 
 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Larissa Johnston Architects with thanks
 
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FERM LIVING KIDS | SPRING SUMMER 2017

24 January 2017

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I’m totally smitten with Ferm Living Kids latest Spring/Summer collection for 2017 which includes an awesome jumbo terrazzo print on wallpaper, tote bag or knotted bean bag. The small architects desks and chairs are the perfect height and design for little artists and come in a range of tastefully dusty and muted colours that suit the trend-chasing, design-conscious parent (*coughs*) as well as their offspring.

The hand braided lampshade is a lovely texture to add to any bedroom and I love their whimsical details like the little leather bunny ears on the mirror or the tactile dots on the Popcorn bolsters. It all oozes Scandi class and sophistication and I’ve pinned just about everything onto my kids new bedroom moodboard.

Who cares what they want – we’re the ones who have to look at it, right!? #mymummyisadesigner

For more inspo flick through their look book on issuu here.
 
 

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MORE INFORMATION & PHOTOGRAPHY | Ferm Living Kids
 
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