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Everything Swedish…

It’s time to post more pretty things that we can’t yet purchase here in the states. At least we can browse so that if they do drift to our shores, we can show how design savvy we are and say in a most nasal snobby voice, “Oh sweetie, I’ve known about them for years“… (dragging out the word ‘years’) So! onto fresh finds from Sweden, shall we?

decor8 reader, Husmusen, just sent me a link over to her Swedish design blog and wow, amazing finds! For obvious reasons, it’s in Swedish, but I still was able to navigate myself through it to find some great links to share with decor8 readers. Question: Does Husmusen mean house mouse? I’m thinking it does because it reminds me a lot like haus maus (German). Just wondering…

So, First up from Sweden, Spira! Textiles in bright crisp floral patterns, punchy and contemporary, fun, fun, fun! Bedding, aprons, plates, lamps, hand towels, curtains, all with zing! Spira had a space at the Stockholm furniture fair a few weeks ago, can you even imagine attending that? The hairs on my arms stand up. Something for me to think about for 2007, perhaps. How delightful to visit postcard-pretty Stockholm and attend a furniture fair. Ahhh, one can dream, can’t I?

SPIRA
Maybe these vinyl decals for walls and windows tickle your fancy? Fresh from Form and Function, a Swedish company located in Stocksund (a suberb of Stockholm). More amazing design, love those Swedes!

FORM + FUNCTION

If you’re not up to vinyl, then visit Cult Design. They carry lovely porcelain and many fabulous wares from designers Bjorn Nilsson, Marita Lord, Monika Ofverstrom, Marianne Abelsson and Ami Matz. I’ve got a crush on cult! I want everything!

CULT DESIGN

I’ll wrap up with a few more fantastic mentions, visit Form Design and Inreda, for Swedish home accessories and more. Just in case you’re interested, I found a good read on design hotels in Sweden that I enjoyed, click here.

Hope you enjoyed a touch of Sweden, friends! I promise, next post will be all about products we can actually purchase online or here in the states. You have to admit, peeking in on our friends over in Sweden and earlier today, in Denmark, is quite fun. Problem is, now I have an insane travel bug, how about you? Any travel plans this year that you’d care to share with us? Comment, we’d love to hear from you…

(photo credits: top photo from cult design. next up, photos from spira, next grouping from form + function, last two from cult design)

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Posted in uncategorized on March 03, 2006

Lene Toni Kjeld

More to drool over from Denmark. This time, we’re back on wallpaper, but I can’t resist because these patterns really speak to me. What do you think?
They’re from Lene Toni Kjeld’s ‘Wall Decoration‘ collection. These beautiful patterns are putting me over the edge today, I mean, how much can a girl take of a good thing? Answer: Never too much!


(photos from Lene Toni Kjeld)

Posted in shopping, travel, walls on March 03, 2006

GAMplusFRATESI

GAMplusFRATESI in Copenhagen Denmark, offers to-die-for furniture that I really hope hits our American shores soon (or maybe it has, do you know?) Look at this eye candy, isn’t it yummy? (Not the guy silly, although he’s quite the cutie, huh?) I’m referring to the furnishings below. You can learn more about them and browse their glam furnishings in punchy colors right here online, although I’ve gone a little post crazy and included almost everything they carry below [blushing]. There’s just soooo much out there in the design world, precisely why we all love it so much, right? Every single corner you turn, a fresh new designer emerges with another must-have item for the home. Endless!

What do you think? Do you like it? Share your comments…

(all photos from GAMplusFRATESI)

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Posted in uncategorized on March 03, 2006

IIKH

smart. stylish. sexy. green.

No, we’re not referring to Kermit the Frog, although I had a huge crush on him when I was, like, two. Nowadays, I’m crushing on something quite different. Seeking balance in the world despite all the chaos.
IIKH seeks the same. Mara Kloiber, Jim Kloiber and Erin Hawker decided to relocate from Wisconsin to the big apple, jumping knee-deep into the world of fashion, advertising and luxury goods in fast-paced NYC. Although their careers were exciting, weekends were mostly spent at Yoga, eating extra healthy, working hard to restore the very balance that they knew they’d soon lose all over again on Monday morning.

Then things changed, perhaps over soy lattes (who knows), when these hip health conscious amigos had an aha! moment and decided to launch a business that would combine their professional strengths and talents with their personal eco-friendly interests. IIKH was born.

Shopping at IIKH is, “An experience that is wonderfully indulgent while also being informative, enriching and meaningful… brought to life in our personalized approach to service, our unique and exceptional products and the look and feel of our store and online home.”

Offering everything eco-friendly for the home, body, baby, pet and kitchen, you’ll have a hard time not finding something special. Contemporary aesthetics paired with evocative textures keep it simple, yet beautiful. From root bowls to bamboo chopping blocks and tactile sculptural lighting, you’ll enjoy this crisp contemporary store located at the corner of Tenth and 17th between the Meat Packing District and West Chelsea. Or, you can visit them online where they offer free FEDEX shipping on orders totaling $50 or more.

Restore balance in your life. One word: IIKH.

(photos from IIKH)

Posted in uncategorized on March 03, 2006

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