This is fantastic, I’m thrilled that decor8 reader Linnea in Sweden shared this with us! Recall The Emperor’s New Lamp that I blogged about earlier? Linnea loved the design so much that she recently took a little DIY action to an old lampshade to recreate the light Linnea-style. This is such a cool idea.
She’s since painted the frame black (vs. pink) but you get the idea. Just strip the shade off of an old lampshade that has a groovy shape and viola! you have a very sweet new light source. Here are a few additional shots of Linnea’s space, it’s so pretty and designed on a budget.
“String shelf with some eye candy. Middle row: promo photo from Phocus, mug from Siv Andr?ason Malm?, small artwork by Angie Lewin and vintage cup from Gefle. Bottom row: Stig Lindberg ceramic bowl and a retro radio from Rusta.”
“The small “library” part of the bedroom. All second hand. Lamp 50 SEK. Armchair 650 SEK. Green mat 25 SEK. Bookcase 145 SEK. The wallpaper is from swedish Decor Maison. I love this corner.”
(images and text in quotes from hemma hos linnea)
I think I could go on blogging about the things I discovered in Stockholm forever – and I only visited for 4 days! I can’t imagine spending a year or even a lifetime there, it seems the design well is never dry – there’s always something new and exciting to learn about. I found out about Anna Irinarchos recently because I spotted her Magnet pendant light in a magazine (I think the Swedish Elle) and thought it was so cool because it’s magnetic, so you can personalize it however you’d like.
After clicking around on her site, I then discovered that she is one half of a design firm called wis design, with lots of additional products. Like this gorgeous piece. Double-drool.
I identified it immediately due to Emma who blogged about it recently, it’s called the Decades chest of drawers (thanks, Emma!) It was made using discarded drawers found at flea markets. Is this a great idea or what? I think it’s very Wary Meyers, I can see them looking for street castaways in New York and pulling together something like this. It’s also very Anthro. I wonder if this dresser will end up in a future catalog? I think Anthro buyers frequently hop planes to Scandinavia sourcing for products and inspiration because as I strolled Stockholm, I could see them selling just about everything I found there. And can you blame them? There is so much beauty and innovative design, especially in Sweden, Anna Irinarchos and Wis Design is just another example of this fact.
(images from anna irinarchos and wis design)
After writing the last post, I thought that it was a bit lame that I ask you for help in finding a product that I should know about, hello I was the one in Sweden a few weeks ago, I’m the Interior Designer, I write this blog. Guilt prompted me to consult the web and then, 2 seconds later, the word “dessert” popped into my head and I suddenly recalled the name of the design firm behind the light – Design Dessert.
The name of this brilliant light is The Emperors New Lamp , available in black, green, red, yellow and pink. It’s a current favorite of mine, so much that I want to inquire about purchasing one because I’ll be needing some new lighting soon – I think we’ve secured a flat here in Germany (I’ll know for certain by Friday), so I’ll need to start designing the space as soon as possible. We’ll see… Fingers crossed.
If you’re interested in this light, you can purchase it online via the Scandinavian Design Center.
(images from design dessert)
When flipping through my favorite design magazines, I love to hunt for the stylist/decorator’s names, or for the photographer, so I can google these creative talents in hopes of finding their portfolio online. If you don’t already do this, you may want to get into the habit because it’s often a search that leads you to some very satisfying results.
This is exactly how I came across Swedish decorator Isabelle Halling, via Sk?na Hem magazine. Her portfolio is lovely, here’s a glimpse. I love how this kitchen/living/dining room space is styled, small yet very well coordinated with lots of sweet touches. I love the shelf of well arranged pastel ceramics and the big black lamp, I’m seeing lots of those over here in homes – they seem to be pretty common and old-fashioned – my oma had a red one!
Can anyone identify the designer of this pendant light? It seems to be a staple in Swedish design, I see it in so many Scandinavian books and magazines. Any clue?
(images from isabelle halling)
This card is so sweet from The Beautiful Project, I simply can’t resist: You Are Easy To Be Around. I have to order one for my husband because it’s exactly how I feel about him.
We deserve to find at least one special person who is easy to be around. Whether a life partner, a good friend, a parent, even a pet. Imagine this card with one hand being a paw? That would be a cute print, or a great poster for a rescue shelter. :) Did you know that The Beautiful Project has a sale going on until December 1st? I almost forgot to tell you – buy 3 cards, get the 4th free!
(image from the beautiful project)
Yowsah! Have you heard of German designer Lars Contzen? He believes that, ?Decor expresses a feeling for life” and with an extensive client list and a whole slew of eye-popping products ranging from furniture to rugs, tableware, and wallpaper, I think you’ll clearly see the feeling he’s trying to express. Joy. Happiness. Fresh and full of life. With bold geometrics in groovy kaleidoscopic colors, his surface designs are futuristic and a far cry from shy.
His fab faux bois bench in hot pink has my attention, especially against hardwood flooring, I’d love to see one in a hallway with colorful rubber boots beneath it and a huge frameless mirror directly above with a white shelf floating directly below the mirror. I see the wall in a happy yellow – we could call the hallway Pink Lemonade inspired by these ladies, what do you think? And for the ultimate statement, a medium sized disco ball pendant light so I can crank a little Walk It Out Fosse, of course. Or Abba.
Which leads me to ask lighting designers around the world – why aren’t you designing a pendant light that looks like a disco ball? I don’t get it. I can even design it for you, I have so many ideas but imagine a disco ball with the bottom 1/4 chopped off, hollow inside, with a light bulb for illuminating through the clear (or iridescent) glass mosaic tiles on the exterior. I mean, hello designers we could totally do this. The world needs these things. Maybe it could have an extra mechanism where you could flick a switch and it would throw out a little strobe light action for when you entertain friends. Okay tacky. But fun. Otherwise, it’s basically a light fixture every other time. I’m totally disappointed that someone isn’t out there with one already. I’d totally buy it if it were done right (not kitschy and cheap). But I digress, back to Lars Contzen and his fabulousness. Here’s some more eye candy from his kick butt portfolio.
If you’d like to learn more about Lars Contzen and Contzentrade, you can visit his website or view his work in person at the Contzentrade showroom in Germany located near Frankfurt Main.
(images from lars contzen)