October 20, 2016

A new mattress and and bedroom makeover

This last weekend I was busy with a small makeover at home as I got an email from Emma Mattresses asking if I they could send me one of their products. Emma is an online store selling high quality mattresses and when I had a look at their website I discovered they sell just one type only!

It's always a struggle to find the right mattress and I recently tried out a few, latex mattress, spring mattress, and made out of cold foam like my previous one. Being really bad at making the right decision after a five minute try out whether it is the right mattress or not, I thought this concept was made for me as there was nothing to decide on.

Bying Online 
To be honest I buy very little online as I really love to see a product with my own eyes, but Emma has a 100 day test period and you can send it back at any point during that time, so much more comfortable than a 5 minute try out in an overcrowded store. I am totally convinced already after a few nights sleeping, the Emma mattress is neither too soft nor too hard and for the first time in years, i've been sleeping like a baby.  

I was quite surprised when the postman delivered my mattress as I expected a huge box, but instead I received a relative small box. It almost looked like magic when packing out and cutting the plastic wrapped around the mattress with a small tool that was included to open the package safely. Slowly the mattress became a 25 cm high super comfortable bed with a hotel feel and look, I think the grey border looks really pretty.

A mini bedroom makeover
Getting a new mattress was a great opportunity for a small makeover as well. I placed two small metal shelves on the wall which I found at the vtwonen & design fair the other day and got myself a new bedspread. Instead of the obvious black and white and with the days getting shorter and autumn in mind, I mixed different materials and went for some soft greys and a beautiful green woollen blanket. 

This post was in association with Emma Mattress // Thank you for your support
October 18, 2016

PIIPPU ceramic coffee and tea pot by Kaksikko | Habitare 2016

Operating under the name Kaksikko, meaning 'duo' in Finnish, Salla Luhtasela, a former confectioner and Wesley Walters, a Japanese interpreter, are in the process of completing their studies at the Aalto University. I met them and got to see their work in the young designers area while visiting Habitare in September. They are also the designers of the bar stool for Nikari I showed on the blog before.
The designs by the duo is characterised by skilful minimalism, combined with warm cosiness.

Wesly Walters: "Piippu is a small coffee pot and filter holder inspired by abandoned machinery in Helsinki that remains standing despite having outlived its original purpose. These objects often possess an unusual aesthetic balance in their utilitarian forms that is heightened by the mystery of their intended function. Pipe joints, funnels, cylinders, rust and corroded metals all served as visual inspiration for the form and surface treatment of this tableware set.

The pot holds two cups and is ideal for one or two people. The funnel-shaped filter holder directs coffee through a hole in the lid and is weighted to keep it stably in place. Once removed, the hole can be used as a finger hold to remove the lid or filled with a cork plug when the pot is used for tea. The pot is made of porcelain with a black engobe finish, gray unglazed porcelain, or white gas-fired porcelain. The filter holder is made of turned ash or gas-fired porcelain."

For now the coffee and tea pot is exclusively sold at Lokal in Helsinki and an online design shop in New York, the duo is planning to sell on a larger scale via Finnish design shop and is picked up by a Danish brand! More info on Piippu can be find Studio Kaksikko

Pictures ©Chikako Harada | last picture ©Riika Kantikoski

Found at Habitare 2016, Finland’s leading event for furniture and interior decoration and design, find all my posts about Helsinki under 'habitare' and have a look at this Habitare Pinterest album

October 17, 2016

Lokal Helsinki | Conceptstore and gallery

As part of my designtrip and visit to Habitare and Helsinki design week last month I got to see a few local stores and designers as well. Run by photographer Katja Hagelstam, Lokal is a beautiful concept store and home to independent Finnish art, design and craftBesides the unique art pieces in the gallery space, there is a wide array of selected products from some of the leading names in ceramics, furniture, art prints and kitchen ware.  

At Lokal you will find a great mix of recognized and up-and-coming artists, the shop is also a Helsinki retailer of highly acclaimed Fiskars-based furniture brand Nikari, which has quickly become one of my favourite Finnish brands. 

Linum Ceramic collection
At lokal I was extremely impressed by the unglazed tin ceramic by Nathalie Lahdenmäki, which explains the many pictures of her work in this post. There is also an online shop in case you fell in love with the ceramic or anything else you saw in my pictures or at the store's website. 

pictures ©vosgesparis

These pictures were made during design week Helsinki and Habitare 2016, Finland’s leading event for furniture and interior decoration and design, find all my posts about Helsinki under 'habitare' and have a look at this Habitare Pinterest album