Nordic design – Nordic Mobler Thu, 16 Jun 2022 01:10:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nordic design – Nordic Mobler 32 32 A new path for the future of Nordic design Thu, 16 Jun 2022 01:10:51 +0000

It’s June 2022. As less gloomy nights grip Scandinavia and wartime news grips Europe, Finland welcomes its cool summer and NATO. Finns flock to the country’s 188,000 stunning lakes and rock out at music festivals (yes, with music for every taste beyond heavy metal, its famous export). Helsinki is at another zeitgeist crossroads. Almost half a century ago, the historic Helsinki Accords established the inviolability of European borders and rejected the use of the military to intervene in state affairs. It hasn’t aged well. A new geopolitical reality calls on the hopeful imagination of future leaders to search for different solutions to an updated list of challenges.

Creativity needs to explore ways forward and the recent Fashion in Helsinki event did just that. As a collaborative initiative of Juni Communication and Aalto University with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Fashion in Helsinki is the latest example of creating alternative local platforms, combining the fashion industry nationally and globally with commercial reinvention and creative evolution. Finnish designers and educators responded with urgency.

First, the most awaited moment of the week by consumers: the collections of five emerging Finnish brands. For their HEDVIG label, friends Sofia Järnefelt and Taru Lahti draw inspiration from the unlikely collaborations of their own family lines. Sofia’s grandmothers were an exiled Russian aristocrat and outdoor enthusiast from the rugged Åland archipelago. Dynamic clothing has a time travel sensibility incorporating different stylistic elements from the epic journeys of our lives.

Designer Rolf Ekroth himself took a path less traveled to get into fashion: doing his military service, playing poker on the professional circuit and studying sociology. This gives his perspective a certain visionary edge: where utilitarianism meets nostalgia. I went there, I felt that. Artist Ervin Latimer has channeled his passion for queer politics, anti-racism and non-conforming style into a label that exposes masculinity as performance. Thus, the familiar silhouettes are respectfully desacralized like the wide pants cut at the level of the shins.

Latimmier debuted this winter on coveted menswear platform Pitti Uomo in Florence. Designer Sofia Ilmonen explores femininity as a play of possibilities with her garments constructed from bright modular squares easily (re)assembled with buttons and buckles. A fascinating concept has won it an enthusiastic following and much industry attention, including the Mercedes-Benz Sustainability Award at last year’s Hyères Festival.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Ingberg took a different approach and launched his unisex label By Hinders in 2020. Initially inspired by the idea of ​​using wool by-products from his family’s sheep farm, the designer has expanded into other natural fabrics and now creates understated pieces that “celebrate the daily rituals of being”.

To connect the dots of education, entrepreneurship and social justice, Aalto University and Juni Communication worked with scandinavian spirit media group to lead a two-part seminar focusing on the impact of technology on the circular economy and material innovations within the Nordic design ecosystem. The first part took place during Fashion in Helsinki while the second part will take place in Stockholm during the Nordic Fabric Fair in August. Yet another example of style-driven, value-driven, and sustainability-focused regional business cooperation.

If you still insist on refusing to believe in light at the end of a tunnel, Finland will still have you covered. Perhaps you’ll be interested in all-black outfits from Nomen Nescio, an edgy brand that just celebrated a decade of its commitment to monochrome and minimalism by opening a flagship store in the heart of Helsinki. Looking good is linked to feeling better. It’s the science of fashion.

When it comes to the aforementioned ‘everyday rituals of being’, Helsinki is at the forefront of sustainable tourism and putting creativity to work for long-term community goals. The splendid Design Museum – a must-stop for anyone visiting the country’s capital – is currently presenting a groundbreaking exhibition on accessible and egalitarian design: Design For Every Body. You can take the ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to contemplate the role of proactive design for the future at the mercy of aggressive elements. Alternatively, you can indulge in a session at Kulttuuri Sauna, an austere but fantastic sauna in trendy Helsinki run by architect Tuomas Toivonen and artist Nene Tsuboi, which also functions as an architectural education initiative and town planning. Nature and nurture come together in a profound yet simple way in Finland. Kipis!

Fritz Hansen’s Mid-Century Nordic Design Hall of Fame Fri, 22 Apr 2022 10:00:57 +0000

Egg, Ant, Drop: although the names of Arne Jacobsen’s chairs are diminutive, they belong to some of the most recognizable forms of 20th century furniture. Yet Fritz Hansen, the company that first produced them – and still does today – is not a household name outside of his native Denmark, despite a catalog that resembles the modern Nordic design pantheon of the mid-century.

The company turns 150 this year. In 1872, its founder, a cabinetmaker, moved from southern Denmark to Copenhagen, aged 25. A decade and a half later, he had a thriving workshop making ornate furniture in the Christianshavn district, now home to advertising agencies and warehouses. When Hansen died in 1902, the business, which employed 50 people, passed to his son Christian and, in the 1930s, to his grandsons Poul Fritz and Søren.

As head of product development, Søren Hansen hired designers who would become major names, including Børge Mogensen and Hans J Wegner. But the company’s fortunes were transformed by its association with Jacobsen. Michael Sheridan, who writes about Danish design, says the architect and furniture maker were well matched in their perfectionism: “Søren Hansen supported Arne Jacobsen in his quest for the ultimate intersection of technology, aesthetics and comfort.

Taking advantage of the company’s investment in wood bending machines to compete with the German-Austrian manufacturer Thonet in the 1930s, Jacobsen created a series of stacking chairs with steam-moulded plywood seats and backs and delicate steel legs. They included the Ant and the Grand Prix, but culminated in 1955 with the triangular-backed Series 7, still Fritz Hansen’s best-selling model.

The Series 7 stacking chair in production, 1957

The Egg Chair, 1963

The Egg Chair, 1963

During the second half of the century the company worked with designers such as Verner Panton and Vico Magistretti, mainly on contract furniture for offices, hotels and concert halls. In 2000, she launched a campaign to bring her own brand out of the shadows, renamed Republic of Fritz Hansen. But by the end of the last decade, revenues had fallen three years in a row. The company “needed to find the recipe to become more relevant again,” says chief executive Josef Kaiser.

Kaiser was brought in by Swiss furniture company Vitra in 2019 as part of a revamp that included branching out Fritz Hansen lighting and accessories under the main brand and the retirement of the Republic badge. Now the residential sector accounts for about 75% of sales, Kaiser says. “I wish it was more balanced,” he says, adding that commercial contracts lead to more feedback from architects, which inspires new ideas.

Marie-Louise Høstbo, head of design at Fritz Hansen, agrees, pointing out that the company wouldn’t have sold thousands of Egg chairs if it hadn’t first worked with Jacobsen to create the handle that he designed for the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen. The hotel – where Jacobsen designed the shape of everything from room keys to the building itself – also spawned the Swan and Drop chairs. “It’s my dream, to work with architects for specific projects,” says Høstbo.

The company opened new showrooms in Tokyo and Shanghai. But on the product side, Kaiser says its recipe for relevance may involve downsizing in the short term, with fewer launches. Høstbo works with contemporary designers, including Cecilie Manz, Jaime Hayon and studio Nendo, on tables, chairs and lamps that match the brand’s bestsellers.

Series 7 Chair

Series 7 is still a Fritz Hansen bestseller

In the archives there is a unique chair made in the 1870s by Fritz Hansen for his own use. Its clean, proto-modernist form and curved birch laminate back have the same confluence of simplicity, style, and comfort that found its zenith in Jacobsen’s furniture. For Høstbo, the chair, named FH1, is the stem cell of the company’s design values. “We don’t collaborate with any designer without showing it to them,” she says.

The company also reissues selected pieces from its archives. A vast basement below his offices contains a crated example of nearly every design Fritz Hansen produced. Pieces unearthed to celebrate the 150th anniversary include a never-before-seen table designed by Poul Kjærholm – another Danish mid-century titan – and others given contemporary touches, such as Jacobsen’s chairs covered in speckled fabrics by Belgian designer Raf Simons for Kvadrat.

Since 1965 the company has been headquartered in Allerød, northwest of Copenhagen, where in the 1890s its founder bought a piece of forest land and built a sawmill on its outskirts. Most of the production moved to Poland eight years ago, but part of the Allerød site remains dedicated to the finishing and hand assembly of Kjærholm tables and chairs. The rattan backrest and seat of the PK22 chair are still woven by hand on its matte stainless steel frame by workers from the small Danish island of Endelave (185 inhabitants).

A chair designed by Fritz Hensen in the 1870s

A chair designed by Fritz Hensen in the 1870s © Strüwing

For every Series 7 chair produced by Fritz Hansen, he estimates that 100 cheaper, unlicensed counterfeits are produced in anonymous factories. “I hate copies,” Kaiser says. The company pursues counterfeit manufacturers whenever possible, he says, but also tries to educate customers. “If we find copies in a hotel, we inform them that it may not be the right image for the hotel chain. We usually have a positive result.

The Hansen family sold in 1979 and the holding company, Skandinavisk, is owned by two charitable foundations. The licenses of the rights holders of its best-selling creations are secure; the contract with the Jacobsen Foundation extends until around 2070, Kaiser says.

To mark the anniversary, the Allerød complex is being refurbished, with an expanded visitor area that will see more of these basement chairs brought to light. The work will be finished by the 150th anniversary – October 24 – and Kaiser says Allerød will likely hold a celebration for employees around the world. “We’re going to have a really good party,” he said. “And we have some nice surprises for our people. But I don’t want them reading about them in the newspaper!

Anniversary Gifts: Archive Reissues

Fritz Hansen has produced a range of parts and variants from its archives to mark its 150th anniversary.

Table PK61 One of Poul Kjærholm’s minimalist masterpieces reissued in Norwegian Fauske marble.

Kjærholm PK0 chair and PK60 table Unusual exceptions to Kjærholm’s mostly steel work. Rejected for production in 1952 because Fritz Hansen was busy producing the Ant chair.

Swan chair One of Arne Jacobsen’s designs for the SAS Hotel in Copenhagen. Its rocking shape, like cyclamen petals, is now available in brown leather with the Egg, Lily and Series 7 chairs.

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Ekaa a new restaurant in Mumbai brings Nordic design to a 19th century building Mon, 10 Jan 2022 03:55:33 +0000

The kitchen was designed as an open space, visible to customers, and the Ekaa team worked to ensure that it became part of design history. “Each dish at Ekaa has several components and requires different equipment and expertise to be created. So, when designing the kitchen, I had to make sure that all of these components arrive at the center of the prep table where the dish will be assembled before reaching the guest. And since the kitchen was not separate from the restaurant, I had to make sure that the appearance of the kitchen was in sync with the place, ”says Rao.

Ekaa: Local materials, Nordic influence

The most striking space in Ekaa is the main dining room which is reminiscent of an old Nordic courtyard. Tinted in neutral tones with long sharing tables and ceiling lights that would be Dan Flavin’s pride, the vibe at Ekaa is both grown-up and down-to-earth. During the day, the light entering through the sunlight gives the wood furniture and jute and ceramic accessories (all from local brands) a warm glow.

Ceramic and jute accents are sourced from local brands and artisans


Minimalism at Ekaa is interspersed with whimsy, in the form of fermentation pots used as wall installations on wooden shelves. Currently they are occupied by sea urchin shells as the restaurant offers a sea urchin course in the tasting menu. Chances are, the material presented in the jars will be something else on your next visit, another ingredient being used in the lessons. In all respects, Ekaa remains true to its promise to be an “ingredient first” restaurant. The food is the hero, but the neocolonial building and the neat decor complement the stellar menu perfectly!

The private dining room is a minimalist space with shutters painted in dark orange

Bistro Bergsteiger brings Nordic design to the Italian mountains Mon, 06 Dec 2021 15:20:19 +0000

Neatly tucked into a snowdrift, this Italian bistro uses stripped-down interiors to showcase views of the nearby Dolomites.

Snow-capped trees and rugged vistas surround Bistro Bergsteier, which encroaches as little as possible on the landscape of the Fiscalina Valley. Thickly wrapped in a blanket of snow, the Alpine restaurant keeps a low profile – and space is equally tight inside, where Plasma Studio has taken a minimal Nordic approach to its interiors.

Bistro Bergsteiger brings Nordic design to the Italian mountains

Photography: Florian Jaenicke

Sliding glass doors surround the mountain restaurant, which is located near a popular hiking trail in Sesto in Italy’s South Tyrol, next to a historic building. Plasma Studio was inspired by this listed structure, installing larch wood cladding and sprayed plaster ceilings. Bright green details enliven the space, with ceiling beams, counter edges, and table legs painted in the same sage hue.

Photographs taken by Michael and Sepp Innerkofler – mountaineers and relatives of the bistro’s owners – have been incorporated into the Italian restaurant, enticing diners to get out and hike after finishing a classic South Tyrolean dish.

Via Val Fiscalina 33,I-39030 Sesto/Val Fiscalina, Alta Pusteria, Dolomites, South Tyrol Italy

Bistro Bergsteiger brings Nordic design to the Italian mountains

Photography: Florian Jaenicke

Bistro Bergsteiger brings Nordic design to the Italian mountains

Photography: Florian Jaenicke

Bistro Bergsteiger brings Nordic design to the Italian mountains

Photography: Florian Jaenicke

Bistro Bergsteiger brings Nordic design to the Italian mountains

Photography: Florian Jaenicke

Kitzbühel Chalet offers alpine minimalism on the outskirts of the forest

Cult Shop: Japanese and Nordic design converge under one London roof Sun, 16 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000

“This is a design simplicity – Japanese and Nordic – the two sides of the world come together,” says Barry Hirst, co-founder of Pantechnicon’s Liverpudlian, the five-story emporium of food, drink, of culture and design in Belgravia which opened its doors last September. According to Hirst, Pantechnicon is a celebration of a “shared aesthetic: not overly ornate – minimal, modest and utilitarian.”

Hirst is a visionary man. He first rose to prominence for reviving Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street, which he turned into a honeypot destination with the Thomas Cubitt pub (later sold, but still a local mainstay). When Grosvenor Estate offered him the chance to develop a conceptual space on nearby Motcomb Street, he took on a magnificent stucco building that was once a Victorian warehouse – his moving vans inspired the name.

Pantechnicon co-founder Barry Hirst, who describes the London emporium as a celebration of a ‘shared aesthetic’. . . minimal, modest and utilitarian ‘© Charlie McKay
Household products and accessories from £ 3.50

Household products and accessories from £ 3.50

Pantechnicon has been stripped of the original brick and wood with a nod to wabi-sabi, and is home to two restaurants: the modern Nordic-sloped Eldr and the Japanese market-inspired Sachi, as well as the Kitsuné patisserie café, a Japanese bar and bottle shop, a rooftop garden and two concept stores, The Studio and The Edit.

Both stores were organized by Japanese design authority Shu Terase, who honed his shopping flair at Monocle and Japanese lifestyle retailer Beams, before spending two years searching for treasures for these new stores. The Edit, downstairs, looks like a gift shop. “We want to offer something that you can’t get anywhere else in the UK,” Terase says. “Some things you might be able to get online, but not in a physical store. Some styles or colors are exclusive to us ”, like the Raincho“ red camo ”raincoat by Norwegian Rain (£ 610).

The Studio, on the first floor, is one of the two concept stores of the Pantechnicon

The Studio, on the first floor, is one of Pantechnicon’s two concept stores © Charlie McKay

Products displayed in The Edit on the ground floor

Products displayed in The Edit on the ground floor © Charlie McKay

The store is designed to be ‘democratic’, with prices starting at £ 3.50 for Japanese Cypress Bath Salts. And diverse. Japanese wooden children’s toys and chic stationery sit alongside camping coffee items from cult outdoor cult brand Snow Peak and tetrahedral bags from Finnish textile designer Johanna Gullichsen (£ 84). Hirst’s favorite object, discovered in Tokyo, is a small acoustic iPhone speaker – “handcrafted, just a piece of wood, no electronics” – which costs £ 55.

Stora Skuggan Silphium, £ 115 for 30ml EDP

Stora Skuggan Silphium, £ 115 for 30ml EDP

Upstairs, The Studio is a spacious loft for housewares, beauty brands, fashion and big-ticket items, including a Tokyo Bike (£ 550) and a super high-tech digital speaker from Cotodama which doubles as a karaoke machine (£ 4,320). The makeup and skincare was developed in collaboration with Japanese beauty specialists Bijo (Rose Quartz Facial Massage Stones, £ 25, sell out almost as soon as they are replenished), while the Housewares include Arita’s 1616 dishwasher-safe pastel porcelain with scalloped edges (plates start at £ 12) and a Soil bath mat (£ 125) made with Japanese Diatomaceous Earth for water disappears like footprints at the edge of a swimming pool on a sunny day. Terase’s favorite pieces are the retro-classic Matsuda sunglasses – each pair involves 250 steps and takes up to four years to make (£ 455- £ 955).

Customers are united in their curiosity, says Hirst. “Not only do they want to be inspired, but they crave product knowledge. But they remain eclectic: visitors to London, hipsters, Belgravia devotees and researchers and designers. The Japanese ambassador loved it, he said. Dogs, meanwhile, are welcome, but their head height should be “below the table – so despite the Nordic connection unfortunately no Great Dane …”, @_moving truck

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Nordic design diplomacy in New York Thu, 06 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000

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NEW YORK – For the second time, Nordic Design Diplomacy in New York will open the virtual doors of prestigious Nordic consular residences as part of an engaging conference series focused on design.

Nordic Design Diplomacy boldly combines traditional diplomacy with informal dialogue, to explore how design is used to share different perspectives on culture and values. These conversations invite two professionals in the field to share their experiences and perspectives on what it means to work in different cultural contexts in the Nordic region and the United States.

The Nordic Consuls General will hold talks with Nordic and American design professionals, discussing life and work based on questions drawn from a specially curated deck of cards. This year, due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, conversations will be pre-recorded in residences and initiated for public viewing on consecutive days during NYCxDESIGN Design Days, May 13-18. In addition to the conversations, the public will learn about the design and history of consular residences as an embodiment of Nordic values ​​through virtual tours of these unique spaces.

The speakers specially presented this year are: Einar Hagem (LundHagem ), Francine Houben , (Mecanoo), Hlynur Atlason , (ATLASON / studio), Todd bracher (Atelier Todd Bracher), Teemu Suviala (Facebook Reality Labs), Debbie millman (Design matters), Eva Christine Jensen (Eva Jensen Conception), Kyle bergman (Architecture and Design Film Festival), Claudine Eriksson (Graphic Designer and Art Director), and Anna burckhardt (Curator and writer).

The Design Diplomacy concept was created by Helsinki Design Week, the biggest design festival in the Nordic countries.

The virtual programs will be presented in collaboration with Helsinki Design Week and NYCxDESIGN. The events are free and open to the public.

The series is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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May 13, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual living room of the residence of the Norwegian Consul General in New York
Hosted and moderated by Harriet E. Berg, Consul General of Norway in New York
Einar Hagem
, Founding partner and architect, LundHagem
Francine Houben , Founding partner and architect, Mecanoo

May 14, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual lounge of the Icelandic Consul General’s residence in New York
Hosted and moderated by Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul General of Iceland in New York
Hlynur Atlason , Designer, Founder, ATLASON / studio
Todd bracher , Designer, Founder, Todd Bracher Studio
Presented in collaboration with Iceland Design and Architecture and DesignMarch

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May 15, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual living room of the Consul General of Finland’s residence in New York
Hosted and moderated by Mika Koskinen, Ambassador, Consul General of Finland in New York
Teemu Suviala , brand design manager
Debbie millman , Designer, Author, Podcast host

May 16, 12:00 p.m.
Virtual living room of the Residence of Denmark
Moderated and moderated by Ambassador Berit Basse, Consul General of Denmark in New York
Eva Christine Jensen , AIA, MAA / Eva Jensen Design
Kyle bergman , director, Architecture and Design Film Festival

May 18, 12:00 p.m.
The Swedish Residence Virtual Lounge
Moderated by Annika Rembe, Consul General of Sweden in New York
Claudine Eriksson , graphic designer and artistic director
Anna burckhardt , curator and writer


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A delightfully stacked house in Mumbai immersed in Nordic design Mon, 12 Apr 2021 07:00:00 +0000

This Mumbai apartment designed and visualized by Limehouse Design Studio balances comfort and minimalism, typical of Scandinavian design. “The owners of the house wanted a clean but stylish home that was imbued with comfort and functionality. The requirement also included the creation of adequate seating while keeping the spaces open and uncluttered. A Scandinavian design concept fits perfectly given our common weakness for minimalist and green spaces ”, explains lead designer Tanushree Lakhotia who was responsible for renovating the entrance hall, living room and dining room of this hotel. apartment 3-BHK.

Entrance hall

Lakhotia wanted to create a welcoming yet understated lobby, and she did so with stylish furnishings, comfy lounge seating, striking artwork, and a cozy blend of jute and linen fabrics. An inviting swing helps create a whimsical look while providing seating for lounging. The wall unit has a bookcase-like aesthetic, with multiple nooks and crannies for display. None of the elements take up additional space and offer function within the compact area of ​​the room.

Parquet adds warmth to the space
The swing adds whimsy and provides additional seating in this area

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Porcelaingres Loft: stone and cement surfaces inspired by Nordic design Tue, 08 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000

Scandinavian design is one of design idioms the most fashionable in recent years.

Also known as Nordic design, this particular approach to design is mainly related to the geography and weather from northern Europe.

Two elements which, associated with strong links with folk crafts and traditions, gave birth to a discipline demonstrating a deep awareness of well-being at home, with warm and comfortable spaces that contrast with the harsh Nordic climate.

Characterized by qualities such as simplicity, harmony and simple shapes, Scandinavian design is still one of the most popular styles, mainly because of its essential character beauty and the comfort it adds to the spaces for everyday life.

“The best things for everyday life” is the slogan of the Swedish Crafts and Design Society, summing up the technical and aesthetic principles behind a movement that was a world leader in furniture making especially between the 30s and 50s.

Its authentic and functional furniture, making no concessions to the superfluous, optimizes the balance between human living spaces and nature, with which the Scandinavians are intimately familiar, as the quality and use of their raw materials.

The Nordic-inspired design is still distinguished today by its practicality, as shown by the observation of its possible applications: from homes to workspaces, including places of reception and well-being.

Simple shapes, natural materials and delicate colors make Nordic design spaces unique and never banal, emphasizing the quality of individual elements and details by subtraction.

Recalling the natural landscapes of the Nordic countries, the key material is Frame, while great importance is attached to light and contrast between black and white in accessories and surfaces.

Porcelain quality starts with the raw materials used and continues through all stages of production; durability is a matter of social commitment and the promotion of a zero waste economy; while creativity is an essential source of energy to stand out and enhance all works of contemporary architecture, large and small.

In Attic, natural materials such as calculation and cement find one of the most contemporary expressions of a brand that has always kept abreast of the latest developments in design, durability and originality.

With its refined and seductive texture, Loft expresses “the solid weight of cement and the natural elegance of stone”, two aspects that give birth to a product as simple as it is contemporary, underlined by the presence of little iridescent particles that reflect light and add character to the material.

The surface color palette includes four natural shades: Loft Snow, Loft Sand, Loft Smoke and Loft Dark, delicate and understated chiaroscuro hues with cozy warmth.

The qualities of ceramic tiles integrate the recognized properties of the Iris Ceramica Group porcelain: strength, non-absorbent, durability, easy cleaning and maintenance.

With these underlying qualities, the performance of Loft ceramic tiles (available in the formats 100×100, 120×60, 60×60 and 60×30 cm and in thicknesses 6, 8 and 20 mm) emphasizes aesthetic qualities which combine naturally with the most refined design trends.

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Nordic design is the latest trend to capture the interest of homebound Filipinos Wed, 11 Nov 2020 08:00:00 +0000

Image by John Mark Arnold via Unsplash

Products and articles Nordic design seems to have proliferated this year due to the renewed interest in interior decorations as people spend most of their time at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Vlogger Laureen uy, the younger sister of celebrity stylist Liz uy, shared his “huge local home transport” last August, which included a gold tray, a black vase, and a Nordic-style basket.

Uy shared the store’s Instagram link, Nordic Home, which has 33,900 followers at the time of writing.

The store, based on the legend, sells “chic, Scandinavian and other unique home finds.”

Other YouTube vloggers have also featured Nordic design products in their respective routes such as “Queen Claire” or Claire Batacan and Angel Yeo.

Batacan shared that she bought a gold Nordic mirror while Yeo bought a brown and white Nordic chariot.

Both bought their items on the online shopping platform Lazada, which is currently holding a ‘Single’s Day Festival’, also known as 11.11.

A couple on Facebook also decided to share their bundle of home essentials and other decor items which included a Nordic-style flower vase from Shopee, another shopping platform.

The same design was also featured in a Facebook community dedicated to food enthusiasts and vendors, “Let’s Eat Pare. “

(Screenshot by Interaksyon)

Nordic design, also known as Scandinavian design or aesthetic, originally from many Nordic countries in the mid-1950s such as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

A website for home design and decorating noted that such an aesthetic is a “combination of beauty, simplicity, and functionality.”

“In a Scandinavian-designed room, you can expect bare wood floors and white painted brick walls that add a rough texture while maximizing the light entering through large windows,” The Spruce said in an explainer.

Examples of this aesthetic include “white walls, wood floors, modern furniture” and a “lack of clutter” in the house.

A digital lifestyle publication defines Scandinavian design as a “minimalist style using a blend of textures and soft hues to make a sleek and modern decor warm and inviting.”

“It emphasizes clean lines, utility, and simple furnishings that are functional, beautiful and comfortable,” MyDomaine said in an article.

Modern furniture, soft colors and warm woods are some of the aesthetics that evoke such a design.

Interest in beautifying houses

As people spend the majority of their time at home, particularly during the first months of the novel coronavirus pandemic, increased interest in interior designs and improving private spaces have become the norm.

One manifestation of this is when indoor gardening became popular among Filipinos, so much so that the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources issued a warning against purchasing plants considered exotic.

RELATED: ‘Plant thieves on the loose,’ says DENR amid growing interest in indoor gardening

Last September, the DENR noted the increase in traders scouring plants from mountains, forests and protected parks due to the high demand for plants from urban areas such as Metro Manila.

One such demand is linked to the sudden influx of houseplant enthusiasts in the middle of the quarantine season – affectionately referred to as “plantitos,” “plantitas” or “halamoms,” among others.

“Illegal collectors and collectors are celebrating because the market is bigger and the prices more attractive,” said Rogelio Demallete, specialist in ecosystems at the DENR-Bureau of Biodiversity Management.

“People are buying and raising plants because of the boredom of quarantine,” he added.

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Phillips’ first Nordic design auction features classic Finn Juhl chairs Wed, 02 Sep 2020 07:00:00 +0000

Pair of armchairs, model no. Finn Juhl’s FJ 53 (1953). Phillips

Art comes in many forms; it does not exist only in canvases or on the screen. To celebrate this truth, auction house Phillips recently announced that it will launch on September 11 its first online auction dedicated to highly sought-after Scandinavian designer furniture. The auction, titled ‘Nordic Design‘, will feature items made by designers such as Hans J. Wegner, Paavo Tynell, Finn Juhl and Axel Salto, and will include a plethora of artfully crafted household items that evoke a tranquility advised. The items expected to sell for the highest price are a pair of spectacular white armchairs made by Juhl; they are estimated between £ 15,000 and £ 20,000 ($ 20,000 to $ 26,000).

A ceramic bowl by Alex Salto (1944). Phillips

Nordic design from Phillips online only auction offers a wide range of works and a range of affordable prices to established and emerging collectors, ”said Kirsten MacDonald, Phillips’ regional director in Scandinavia, in a statement. “This selection celebrates the creator as well as the designer and showcases the remarkable knowledge of materials and the history of craftsmanship in Scandinavia. We are delighted to present our first Nordic design online only to collectors around the world. auction and the chance to see and interact with this extraordinary group of works.

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At a time when minimalism and the collective desire to reduce the amount of stuff in one’s home are ideas that have caught on around the world, it makes sense that the tastes of collectors are drawn to Nordic design, which defines itself. by its lines and simple sophistication. The white fabric of the Juhl’s chairs is elegantly contrasted by their sliced ​​wooden arms and legs, which give the furniture a welcome dimension. Likewise, items like the sleek ceramic bowl by Alex Salto that are on offer can’t help but be visually appealing. In fact, Nordic design is so relaxing to see that it could actually be considered therapeutic.

New on the block is a series that looks at the most notable or unusual items to be auctioned off each week.

New Phillips auction proves the calming effect of Nordic design

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