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!
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.
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.
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!
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…
The E27 lights… Available in 11 colors!
… The studio pendant lamp, available in 5 colors.
And the Around table available in 2 different sizes and 6 different colors/finishes.
What’s new? This incredible chair in gray, natural and black…
… And these vessels designed by Thomas Bentzen.
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)
Hello sweet readers! It’s Rincy again, and I am so happy to be back to share in a few images and thoughts for my Simple Times column on decor8. In less than a month, a few of my close (and sweetest) friends are off to start a new adventure in a different country. Yes, they are relocating. While trying to lengthen out minutes is proving to be an impossible feat, making the most of exploring the Irish countryside before their departure is faring a little easier.
Between the floral trimmed greenery paths, the quiet still that comes near large bodies of water and the conversations that only come with spending too much time in such an environment- it is those aimless walks that are always our most favorite memories.
I’m not sure why it takes a friend/visitor to get me exploring my own city but I’m thankful for the push at times. I’ve found that sometimes it’s the most aimless walks that lead to the most wonderful discoveries. We have to explore a little more, don’t you think?
I’m curious now, when was the last time you explored your city/countryside/village like a visitor? What did you do? Can you tell us some of your favorite things about where you live in case someone reading may want to explore where you live? – Rincy
(images/text: rincy koshy)
I am so inspired by the great food stylists and photographers out there – especially those who really push themselves to color outside of the lines and not fall into the generic look that can quickly become redundant and uninspiring. I’m sure it’s hard for food stylists to stay fresh, especially since so many of them are out there, but the cream always rises to the top when one puts forth the effort, right? But this post isn’t just about food styling. It’s also about food and health. And I guess I can add that if more food stylists would make healthy low-calorie foods look gorgeous, they would really stand out – there is a market (and global health need) for that because cake seems to be the most-pinned food ever! And I love cake but if I made as much as I pinned I’d be in trouble! Let’s chat about healthy living for a moment, ok? Remember this post that I wrote about Healthy Living back in May?
Many of you were really motivated by it so I want to continue with Healthy Living tips and encouragement on decor8 in the months to come to inspire those of you who want to make positive changes in your lifestyle and to keep at it. I don’t want this to be something I talk about once and then it falls off the radar and the Pringles show up and the Haribo party with Ben & Jerry. I know the payback from eating healthy is enormous. So here are some tips from me to you that are random but good.
TIP 1: My mother was a health nut – she dragged me into health food stores and to her chiropractors visits when I was barely out of diapers. She was into herbs and tonics and everything you can imagine – some weird and some very cool. But in the end, I know it works for her and even today, when she “falls off the wagon”, she goes right back to healthy foods, herbs, vitamins, etc. and bam! she looks and feels great. So I guess that is tip one – if you fall off the wagon WHO CARES. Get back on.
TIP 2: Since I started taking good health more seriously, I’ve noticed changes – especially in my overall cravings. I went from craving chips to wanting almond butter on apples or craving a big salad with avocado and chicken. And I’m not avoiding sweets or bread as I had started off thinking I had to do. I enjoy a bagel now and then and love having a slice of cake from time to time. But the thing is, the cravings are gone. I started taking vitamins daily for the past several months and they help, too. And lots of water. Just fill up a bottle and refill it like 4-5x a day and while you’re working, take frequent sips. So to get control of cravings, make sure you are taking your vitamins/minerals and drinking tons of water and eating some healthy foods!
TIP 3: I never miss breakfast. It’s a vital start for me now and I make sure that I always have breakfast foods in stock in advance so I never wake up with an empty fridge.
TIP 4: Good appliances… Speaking of fridges, remember this post about my obsession with SMEG? Well, I still would love to own one but I went with my second choice – a BOSCH (this one), in white. I LOVE IT. And funny thing is, because it works so much better than my previous fridge, I can now make sorbets that actually freeze and keep eggs and meats fresher, longer in addition to crispy lettuce and veggies. What a difference to healthy living a good fridge can make. It’s something I never imagined until I bought a BOSCH. So happy I did, I cannot recommend it enough. And it’s beautiful to look at!
TIP 5: A fall back recipe that is easy and helps your cravings… I mentioned sorbet a moment ago. I want to tell you more about my latest obsession. I was out with my friend Ann last week and she told me how she makes healthy sorbet in her blender and so I went home the same day and made my own, using a recipe I invented, that is unbelievably good and so much healthier than Ben & Jerry’s and super refreshing. You basically dump in a box or bag of frozen raspberries (or mixed berries) into a blender and then add a tiny bit of milk just to smooth it out and keep blending on Puree mode until smooth. Then drop in a tiny bit of vanilla extract, a squeeze of fresh lemon, a few teaspoons of sugar (or faux-sugar, stevia, whatever you want) and a bit of honey. I am not a honey person, so I promise you that you won’t taste it – it helps the texture enormously. You can eat it right away or you can fill freezer pop moulds with it and freeze for 24 hours or put it into individual portion-controlled tupperware cups (like I did, using cute containers from Japan) and store in the freezer. Then, when you have a major craving, remove and eat! Try it, seriously, it’s the best.
TIP 6: In celebration of healthy living, I thought to pull together the many healthy recipes I find online into a single pinboard, so please check it out! I’m sure you will find some great recipes and be inspired to whip up something other than the thousands of cupcake pins you see on Pinterest. Seriously, sometimes you need to step away from the cupcakes, am I right? They are yummy and wonderful but I found Pinterest was making me have cravings for things I normally never cared about. So even searching more for healthy recipes helped me to split the reality food from the fantasy food. Fantasy foods – potato chips, french fries, cupcakes – they are wonderful but definitely not to be eaten constantly because it seems to really impact energy and even emotional health after awhile. Have you noticed that too? So start a pinboard with healthy stuff you love so you can learn to lust after a big salad as much as you are lusting for ice cream!
TIP 7: Balance and the fact that stuff doesn’t happen overnight. In the end, it’s all about balance isn’t it? We ALL want a 24 hour magic pill. I’m not fad dieting or doing crazy fitness regimes that I won’t stick to in a year. I may join a gym but that’s still under debate because I’ve always been a gym dropout. What I am doing is investing in something long-term that my family and I can stick to and that is called finding our balance, our center and getting healthier in the process. On a side note, in less than a year, my husband changed his diet completely – he eats super healthy now – and he has a flat stomach, abs, defined biceps, his neck, shoulder and back muscles are rockin’ and he does around 200 sit-ups on an incline bench 4-5 times a week in addition to cycling, push-ups, resistance training and walking. And this is stuff he just makes time for and feels great from as a result. He was once a total sugar junky – I mean he would eat so much candy it scared me. Really scared me. He always had to have something chocolate in the house. This went on for 10 years and I was terrified he’s end up diabetic or something… Then he just decided to change. He’ll bring chocolate home maybe once a week and it’s usually a single dark cocoa organic bar or something not so bad… Or he’ll have some candy once every now and then for a special occasion - like movie night with the guys or something – certainly not daily. It took a long time for him to see progress when he went off of eating so many sweets, but today he SEES the changes and FEELS better and this has motivated him further – now he wants to get even leaner and build more muscle tone (I’m not complain’ hubba hubba), and is super duper determined to keep going for the rest of his life with this and I know he will, I believe in him and support him all the way. He also has lost around 20 pounds since we moved back to Germany from America just through eating out less and not indulging so often – and this was before his fitness regime started last year. He couldn’t believe that he gained 20 pounds when he moved to America – he was so ashamed of that – but it’s off now!
Healthy living is definitely a choice. What are some healthy living changes or improvements that you’ve made recently? Would you like to share?
(images: linked directly beneath each photo, please click on them to find recipes and more!)
I came across this Swedish home at Elle Interior Sweden and had to show and tell a little bit about it because if you’re not Swedish, you may have missed it. I happen to be one of those people who subscribe to all sorts of newsletters and magazines and blogs that are in another language unknown to me simply because style is style and language isn’t going to hold me back from seeing it! Are you the same? Plus with all of the “translate” buttons these days on browsers and websites, we don’t have to guess nearly as much as we once did. Oh, internet. I love you.
This home, a former schoolhouse from 1890, was renovated for living and now belongs to Swedish artist and glass designer Gunnel Sahlin who has designed for companies like IKEA and Kosta Boda. She lives in this home with her 13-year-old son, imagine all of this space for only two people? I love the spacious rooms and the general bones of this place – floors, windows, ceilings, walls… It’s all very lovely and grown up, isn’t it? For me, the appeal isn’t so much the decorating but the overall space and the history of it. I delight in learning the history of any home. The home I live in here in Germany was built by my landlord’s grandfather and finished in 1900. Before the war, a Jewish family lived here and immigrated to America since discrimination against Jews was huge across all of Europe (not just Germany) and they knew fleeing over the border wouldn’t necessary be any better so off to America they went. After the war, my apartment had a different family living in each room. My neighbor told me when she tore down her wallpaper she found turn-of- century newspapers. It’s all so amazing, right? And now I’m here – an American in Germany!
But back to this house – it’s interesting isn’t it? I like the shiny wooden floors in her living room – they were painted by Gunnel using enamel paint. Because the surface is so reflective, the home is always bright even when the weather outside is not cooperating. And don’t you LOVE the kitchen? I like the natural wooden floors in her eating nook and kitchen area. I notice that all of the floors in her home are different, in some rooms shown HERE there are even chevron wooden floors shown. What an eclectic mix of surfaces! And did you see the bathroom floor? It’s interesting to note that the bathroom was once the schoolhouse entry area. What an interesting place this is!
(Photos: Elle Interior/Martin Löf)