Posts Categorized: Design

denmark + Design + Interiors + Scandinavia + Textiles / Wednesday, 25 Jan 2012

my Scandinavian style dilemma

So, here’s the thing. I love Scandinavian style. I do. I love the crisp white walls and natural materials. I do.
Buuuuuut…so does everyone else. And I’m speaking from what I know now, which is Denmark. For the most part a standard apartment has the white walls, white or natural floors, and beautiful modern classic Danish furniture or an inspired nod to it. Or Ikea. There are lots of neutrals and then a pop of color now and again.* If you had asked me to define my interior style prior to moving to Scandinavia I would have said a mix of French/Swedish Gustavian (read here for a short history of the style. So interesting!) and loads of color and humor. I’m learning that Gustavian hasn’t remained much in Denmark (if it ever made it’s way here? anyone know?). I’m thinking it must be strictly Swedish.** Here’s what I’m talking about when I say Gustavian:

Now, these are a little too toned down & mature for me. What I’d do is blend the two styles together to get the best of both worlds. Domino (RIP) was quite good at achieving this eclectic mix of historical and modern. This one, below, is an apartment in Malmø, Sweden, just across the water from us in Copenhagen. I’d probably add in some more historical pieces with fun colors & patterns to achieve my ideal look, but I think they did a great job modernizing an historical apartment.
I’d also take advantage of the wonderfully bright patterns and colors that Scandinavians have come to perfect like Josef Frank’s. Joanna Goddard recently showed her apartment redo and added in his fabric. I thought it was a clever way of adding color and history.
I realize that I don’t talk about Scandinavian style enough and I need to take advantage of my surroundings and focus my design eye while I’m here. I’m going to try and feature more interiors/products. If you see anything noteworthy or know of any awesome designers, let me know.
1st and 3rd photos from Emma’s Design Blogg
2nd photo from Line Klein
Gustavian entry and living room found here
Joanna Goddard’s bedroom with Josef Frank
Wallpapered

*There are exceptions. 
**Though Denmark once governed Sweden. I’ll have to check my dates. I would think there should be some overlap.

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Design + illustration + Life + Products + Shops / Monday, 14 Nov 2011

Language of flowers

I’m super stoked to announce the arrival of 3 more new items to the shop. I can’t tell the full story of how it came to be just yet, but it’s a good, juicy tale. And yes, I just pulled the juvenile “I’ve got a secret and I’m not sharing” trick and I’m not ashamed to use it.
The theme of the collection is, “Language of Flowers” and the design records a love poem written by a boy to his beloved darling in the Victorian-era secret language in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise couldn’t be spoken socially. Starting with the left side of the wreath to the right side, each flower reveals one more part of the missing puzzle poem. Included in the poem are amaranth globes, black-eyed susans, daisies, poppies, dandelions, tulips, morning glories, roses, magnolias, laurel leaves, laurestine, forget-me-nots, honeysuckle. You can try deciphering the poem with a little help from our friends Wiki and Pedia
First in the collection is a 2012 wall calendar giclee print by our friends at Rowley Press. I can’t even begin to explain how wonderful it turned out! The colors turned out so beautiful rich on the cotton paper. 
Next up, we have kitchen accessories. I have this thing for kitchen accessories, but I hate to cook. Go figure. This oven glove above is super thick and features two different sides, one with a red poppy on one side and a yellow rise on the other. Then below, a cotton tea towel featuring a silhouette of Queen Victoria as a symbol of the times, lover of beauty, and wearer of flowers in her hair. Has there been a bigger royal proponent for beauty than Victoria? 

Lastly, I introduced it last week, but must add it again, the custom silhouette rubber stamp return addresses. I’ve received a few comments like, “wish I could order, but I move to much.” Amen! I know the feeling. SO, do not fear. Order the first one and all repeat orders with just an address change are discounted.

I’ve wanted to squeal with this exciting news for awhile, but it’s finally here. Check the individual products out on the shop.

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Design / Thursday, 4 Aug 2011

Alt for Damerne

Danes love them some summer time. And can you blame them when winter is basically 3/4 of the year? Get out there in the sun while you can! Quick! It won’t last long! A lot of them spend their spare time at “summer houses” (sommerhus). My friend Maria used my paper flowers to decorate her sommerhus for a women’s magazine here, Alt for Damerne and I LOVE how it turned out. How refreshing to see logs covered in white. So Danish!

I’m off to enjoy my first Copenhagen Fashion Week show. Wahoo! 

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Design / Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011

Tage Andersen

Quite awhile back a reader let me in on a little secret: Tage Andersen. I was told that there were lines to get into his Copenhagen floral shop. I have yet to attempt the seemingly impossible, so I thought I’d share a few pics. These aren’t just flowers, it’s art. Enjoy! 

 Glorious.

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Design + Home + Life + Products + Wedding / Monday, 4 Apr 2011

royal wedding souvenirs. better late than never!

Dear readers, I’m so pleased to announce a little project that Cramer and I, with support from our British counterpart, have whipped up in a few short weeks. Although we’re a bit late entering the game, we have arrived with GUSTO to present our line of souvenirs celebrating the wedding on Prince William and Kate Middleton later this month.
Now, to all of you who have known me since I was a wee little one, this will come as no surprise as you and I both know that I was going to marry Prince William. After a couple of trips to England with no royal invitation to meet HRH, I knew it was time to MOVE ON. So, I met and married my Danish prince and William, clearly heartbroken, finally decided to move on too and propose to his gf of 10 years. About time, buddy! And I give my full support. We have come up with tote bags, keychains, mugs, commemorative plates all celebrating the wedding of the year. Check it all out now on out Etsy shop and place your pre-order. Our products will be ready any day now so now’s your chance! Not only that, but Paul and I will be in London the weekend of the royal wedding selling souvenirs with our dear friends on PORTOBELLO ROAD so come and visit and tell your friends! We can’t wait to be there with the masses in our little booth exploiting this wedding! I’ll be the one in the mock wedding dress.

Go check out the full line at The House That Lars Built Etsy shop.

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