Tag Archives: Scandinavian style

New moods – furniture for autumn/winter 2017

With thoughts turning indoors as autumn progresses, I’ve been drawn to some recent new furniture launches. It’s easy to underestimate how a smaller piece of furniture can alter or influence the look and feel of a room: and the well-thought-out designs of these simple, versatile chairs and tables will bring modern style and comfort to many rooms.

Nordic House have just launched a capsule collection of sleek, contemporary metal-framed chairs that bring an instant update without taking up huge amounts of space. The Odin chair has a black or Cognac-coloured leather seat; the Butterfly chair comes in black or brown leather:

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Luxe leather butterfly chair in black £450, Nordic House 

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 Odin leather chair in cognac, £545, Nordic House 

 

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Log and kindling table, £395, Nordic House 

Tall, compact side tables (not console tables) are hard to find, so I’m delighted to discover two styles this month. The log and kindling table at Nordic House (above), made from wrought iron with a wood top, gives wood-burning stove lovers a contemporary alternative to the traditional fire-side basket – and provides extra surface space for lamps, mugs etc…

For a more pared-down design, the streamlined Copenhagen tray table by Danish design house Norm Architects is lightweight and comes with handles so it is easy move around, should you wish to move it from room to room. It’s also the perfect height to sit beside a high bedstead (antique beds + modern mattresses are often too tall for modern bedside tables), or in a hall; as a drinks table, or on a terrace or balcony for groups of pots plants.

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Copenhagen tray table by Norm Architects from Menu, £179.95, Clippings.com 

Spotted at Design Junction, Design House Stockholm‘s new Wick chair, below, is a curvy, comfortable chair that sits as well as a desk as it does at a table, and was inspired by plaited Swedish wood baskets. Visit their website for local stockists and online sales.

 

All these shots of stoves are prompting me to light mine now, so happy shopping! Jx

 

 

 

 

 

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Best buy – winter toned baskets

The first snowfall here in a couple of years and the countryside has ground to a halt, with winter making its presence felt once more both indoors and out. A day spent snowed in reinforces my awareness of everyday life’s clutter: these fabulous felt baskets in tones of cool ivy and charcoal grey suit today’s mood perfectly….
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With stiff sides, the baskets hide much from view, and I love the contrast stitch detail. Sold as a set of three, £52 from Nordic House.

 

Let the sun shine: Spring 2013 trends at Marimekko

Happy post-Easter week to you all, and on this, another, grey grey Friday I’ve decided to go hunting for Spring, as it looks as though it won’t find me this year. For sunny, cheerful fabrics that make you and your rooms smile, Marimekko is hard to beat, and so if you’re as fed up with grey skies as I am then dive into their new Spring 2013 collection.

With a global fanbase that’s been increasing since the 1960s, Finland’s iconic Marimekko has done it again this year; their new fabric and home decor collection zings with colour and bold pattern. I’ve taken a shine to their cheerful fruit-filled Kompotti fabric; you also find elements of this design on a new tableware collection:

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And everyone’s favourite floral, Unikko (originally designed in 1964 and still one of their best-selling fabrics for both homewares and accessories), is now available in this welcome mix of blues, soft sage green and white:

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Other fabrics in the new collection feature painterly techniques that create vibrant patterns for this summer:

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When it comes to clothes, their fashion is not for the colour-shy, but will any sneaker-lover be able to resist Marimekko’s new collection for Converse?

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Converse’s classic high top and a new, more feminine platform sneaker get the Marimekko treatment, with designs in several of their classic patterns available through Converse and at some Marimekko stores from this spring,

Shop for Marimekko fabrics and home decor at their standalone shops or concessions: check their website for suppliers close to you (currently there are no online sales through their website).

Let’s hope the sun shines soon, and happy weekends to you all.