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My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

Hello everyone, this is Emilie, I usually write Playing With Food for decor8 but this time, I’m doing something a little different for you. Last week, Holly was invited to Copenhagen because Muuto presented their latest collection. She wasn’t able to attend so she sent me as her reporter instead and so I’m here to give you my report. Located on the top floor (under the roof) of a beautiful building in the heart of Copenhagen, Muuto is both a showroom and office space where their team works. It’s paradise!

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

For one day, I was given the opportunity to explore this creative brand and its spirit. Founded in 2006 by Peter Bonnén and Kristian Byrge, they are now a team of 35 people working at this location shown in central Copenhagen (but with many more virtual teammates!). But Muuto, what is it? Muuto is primarily a Nordic and Scandinavian brand that designs and manufactures furniture, lighting and other small objects with a single mindset: GOOD DESIGN. Their main material is wood. Tables, chairs, new vessels (which consist of a piece of wood and glass), wall dots … Wood is the center of their creativity.

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

Despite a range of recognizable color, Muuto is not fixed and allows for creativity to each designer to offer new colors, shapes, objects. It’s a real creative and collaborative work environment, an exchange. The mantra of Muuto is: Be pro active in the design process and work in excellent conditions for successful collaborations.

Kristian and Pete, the founders, were not at all predestined to work in design. Training “commercial” (strategic management for Kristian and Economics for Pete) the field of a creative was not initially in the program. But their passion for architecture, supplies, design, brought them to work with designers and to develop Muuto. In fact, they knew immediately that they enjoyed to be surrounded by creative minds and designers. Their focus? Working with only Scandinavian designers to keep the spirit of the brand. All products are not exactly from the same place either, they know how to use the skills of each Scandinavian country to choose the best products for their line.

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

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My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

Their inspiration? To become THE “new” design in Scandinavian. I’d say they are already a success! The Scandinavian design very popular 50-60 years begins to turn forward to give way to this new generation. Muuto philosophy could be summed up by their democratic design. Their furniture design often designated by three creations around the same ideas: basic, elaborate, inventive. Kristian said that it’s much like your wardrobe — you still need basic black jeans and a white tee shirt, then one more elaborate unique piece. It is the same with the Muuto collection!

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

Currently being sold in over 100 stores globally, Muuto extends its notoriety worldwide. What are their bestsellers? The dots coat hooks, available in 10 colors…

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

The E27 lights… Available in 11 colors!

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

The studio pendant lamp, available in 5 colors.

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

And the Around table available in 2 different sizes and 6 different colors/finishes.

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

What’s new? This incredible chair in gray, natural and black…

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

… And these vessels designed by Thomas Bentzen.

My Visit To Muuto in Copenhagen

Thank you Muuto (and Holly!) for giving me a lovely trip to Copenhagen to explore this collection and for the extra “free” day that I had to explore your beautiful city. What do you think about Mutto? Do you own any of their pieces? - Emilie

(images/text: emilie gupta)

Posted in design on June 26, 2013

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Good morning friends! How was your weekend? Before I show you this exclusive feature given to me from FvonF (it hasn’t been shown elsewhere until now), I have to tell you about my weekend! I went to my first flea market of the year and picked up some vintage porcelain and fabric, finished my tiny balcony spruce-up (photos here), found some great props for an upcoming shoot in a very random place (a garden shop in the country!), and went to the (ahhhh) Rosenthal outlet in Wolfsburg, Germany (about 30 minutes from where I live) and went a little crazy buying more props for a shoot next week. I walked away with the Fast White vase 10cm, Pollo vase 20cm, the Punktrelief vase 18cm and the 20cm one, Reunion vase 23cm (which I’ve wanted for two years!), Vibrations 32cm vase and the Surface white mat vase 20cm. I added them to my current collection of 11 white vintage porcelain vases from mostly Barvaria and West Germany from Royal Porzellan, Kaiser, Krautheim and Eschenbach. I want to photograph them in a very special way so I needed a lot of them to do the job! I think the best part about styling interiors is that you have the perfect excuse to shop!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Today, I’m putting in an order at House Doctor for more goodies and the lovely people at Little Owl sent over a roll of gorgeous wallpaper that I can use, too. Life can have some real high points sometime, can’t it?

Are you ready for another week of inspiration? Good! Today I thought we’d get started by touring the very artsy eclectic Berlin apartment belonging to Galerist Karena Schuessler who is originally from Hannover. She was also once a a shoe designer in Florence and Paris but now resides in Berlin where she collects and sells art and design pieces. Her period apartment drips in old world details but she kept the space light and bright to show off some of her favorite pieces of art but in a not-so-serious way – there is a lot of quirk in this space and I like that a lot! This gorgeous apartment is located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district, which is known to be a very trendy place where lots of interesting people with cool jobs live. Check it out…

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler
I like looking through the living room into the kitchen. And the kitchen has a fireplace – so rare in homes here – I love seeing this!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler
Here’s a peek at the kitchen workspace. I like the clean lines.

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I love the ceiling in her kitchen, wow! That rhino on top of the cabinetry made me laugh. I like sense-of-humor in a home and this space definitely has character and wit!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Doesn’t that Louis Poulsen Artichoke pendant look so unusual and gorgeous at this angle?

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Here’s a view from the living room into her home office. Look at that bookcase!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I thought I had a little problem with book collecting. I feel better now.

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I love that Karena has a crush on white vases too. These look pretty in her bedroom.

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Here is a close up of that low bookcase in her bedroom. When you see bookcases in photos, do you also squint to see if you can make out titles? I love to see what people are reading, I’m so curious like that. I really like that sculpture in the far left corner in the clear box, too. Want to see it close up?

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Gorgeous, right?

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I like this painting done on newspaper…
Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

This light is rad!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Inspiring little corner…

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

What a pretty bag!

All of these photos came from the lovely FvonF who asked me if I’d like to pick and post a home tour from their site and I agreed right away as I’m a real fan of their work. Their new FvF iPad Magazine is online now and available in the itunes Store, too. You can find more information here. Thanks FvonF!

(Photography: Ailine Liefeld)

Posted in design on May 13, 2013

Renovated Victorian Dream Home

Yeah, my eyes just about fell out as I gazed upon this renovated victorian home in Melbourne, Australia today. I mean, how gorgeous is this place? You can see more of it here on this fab site I found called Trendland though it seems they found it on The Design Files where you can read all about this home, see a ton more photos, and learn about the homeowners and things in it. I sometimes feel like I’ve seen it all when it comes to homes but then I come across something like this and think, wow, this is so posh. Yes, please.

Dreamy home in Australia

I love this cheerful painting and I love seeing it in-situ (below) even more. I think this is so important when it comes to interiors photography, to not just show tight shots but to zoom out and show a bit more action so you can get a sense of space. What do you think?

Dreamy home in Australia

Bright colors are so peppy, they look so inviting and energetic in this living room – and that rug is divine. I adore light, airy and colorful rooms like this and they seem to work so well in Australia as it seems to be a country bathed in light.

Dreamy home in Australia

It’s nice to see the living room from this angle, looking out towards the yard.

Dreamy home in Australia

And equally nice to see the home from the outside looking in. I wish more interiors books did this but I think it’s a privacy issue as well as a lawn maintenance issue – lots of people have beautiful homes but not so attractive yards. In this case, the photographer got lucky – gorgeous outside and in!

Dreamy home in Australia

When you need to “up” the cuteness factor, just add a cute dog or cat.

Dreamy home in Australia

I like all of the contrasts here in materials – wood, iron, marble… I also like how they’ve merged wood on the ceiling with a monochromatic kitchen, it really warms up the space making it feel a bit retro modern too. That oven gets crazy bonus points. Love.

Dreamy home in Australia

Dreamy home in Australia

Oh god that pillow. Stop it, please. TOO CUTE.

Dreamy home in Australia

Gorgeous blanket!

Dreamy home in Australia

Dreamy home in Australia

I really like this pendant light, and I mean REALLY like it. And the brass curtain rod is super pretty and perfect for the space for that touch of elegance. You need a little bling in a space, don’t you?

Did you spot any details that you fell in love with? Which ones?

(images: Brooke Holm)

Posted in design on May 07, 2013

By Nord + Book #3

Light and bright, gotta love light and bright! I’ve talked about By Nord before but when Cozy Living sent over press access to their images, I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favorite new products with all of you. I love their shower curtains, really pretty, and of course their cushions and the darling bread apron on their cute male model (wink). Everything looks so rustic and natural – and coastal but not your typical coastal style – very graphic, modern, clean and tactile. I don’t decorate with navy blue at home, but against white it all looks fresh and bright enough – not depressing and heavy. I also love seeing navy with blush pink, a terrific combination.

By Nord

Today is the first of May and is a holiday here in Germany, so I’m taking off to clean up my balcony, repot 24 geraniums, prune and re-pot several indoor Dronning Ingrid geraniums, and decorate my little outdoor city oasis. I love creating a green space for myself, and since the balcony is located off of my work studio, I can use my ipad and laptop out there in the summer and still link in through my wifi which is a bonus – so I can work from home, but outside in the sunshine. Are you thinking about your outdoor spaces now too? A patio? Porch?

I have two wintergartens in the back of my apartment facing the backyard and gorgeous pear tree, and the front balcony faces the street, so I have 3 spaces to spruce up for summer in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to pulling them together – my friend Leslie Shewring will be here soon and we’ll begin shooting for our upcoming book, so I have only a few weeks before she arrives to get the house together for our shoots. I can’t wait because now we can get moving on our project and start to really SHOW you some peeks as we go and tell you more about our book. What I know right now is that it will release Spring ’14 and we’re doing a North American book tour, along with hitting London and Germany and maybe a few other countries over here! In each of our stops, one of us will be teaching or, if we’re together, we’ll both be teaching, so no matter where you find us prepare to have fun and learn and walk away super inspired and happy. Before all of that can even happen though, we have to shoot and write the book! So that’s our mission between now and mid-summer since that our editor has now finished the flat plan and we fed through all of our ideas to her and the publishers, and the book designer and I had a lovely call so she’s on board and ready to go, too. We have to turn the book in October 1 so it can be printed and ready for all of you in the Spring and we plan to take vacation time this summer to be with our families, so we have to get moving! I can’t wait until I can tell you more about the project, reveal the title, etc. You will (hopefully) swoon and feel happy about it. We want our love for this project to beam through the pages, we are putting so much love and effort into it, so let’s see what it looks like in the end – we hope, a really lovely, creative book!

I was going to go on a big North American tour for Decorate Workshop this month with West Elm, but since Leslie is coming and we have tons of work to do for our book, I sadly had to postpone the book tour and just combine it with the tour for book #3 in the Spring so I can see everyone then – you can bring Decorate Workshop to any signing next year for our book and I’ll happily sign and dedicate your copy. I won’t be coming to America this year for Decorate Workshop (big frown), and I know a lot of you were excited about getting together, I was too, but balance is so important to me! You just can’t tax yourself out when you are writing a book – your energy and love needs to really flow into it and that can’t happen when you are burnt out, stressed or rushing the project. Good ideas take time and great ideas take more time so this summer, it is all about our book. But let me tell ya, when I’m back on American soil next Spring with book #3 touring with Leslie, we will see all of you and hit as many cities as possible thanks to Chronicle Books and West Elm and hopefully, we can grab some of you as helpers, guest speakers, co-teachers, etc. so stay tuned for that! We want to include as many bloggers as we can so the events are really inspiring.

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

Now back to the ByNord and their gorgeous products. Enjoy the peek above – you can see more here and, BONUS, they’re having a big sale in their web shop. Nice!

(images: bynord)

Posted in Books + Magazines, design on May 01, 2013

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