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Design Dessert {Stockholm}

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)

Posted in lighting, travel on October 31, 2007

Isabelle Halling {swedish decorator}

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)

Posted in inspiration, travel on October 31, 2007

Lars Contzen {Germany}

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)

Posted in designers, flooring, shopping, travel, walls on October 30, 2007

Ahnlund-Karl?n {Swedish Designers}

While shopping DesignTorget in Stockholm, I noticed wall plates in blue and white but upon closer inspection I realized they were not plates at all but decals.


I had to bookmark the designer’s names in my head so I could come back here and share these clever decals with you. They’re designed by Ahnlund-Karl?n, a team of two designers Anna-Ella Ahnlund and ?sa-Karin Karl?n. Their beautiful apartment was featured in the book Stockholm?s Apartments published by Jeu de Paume.


Ahnlund and Karl?n met at Beckmans College of Design and have been creating together since ’06. You can purchase their adhesive wall dishes at DesignTorget or Galerie doux dimanche online.

(images from ahnlund-karl?n and galerie doux dimanche)

Posted in Books + Magazines, travel, walls on October 26, 2007

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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