Sunday, August 31, 2014

HOPE | Swedish fashion label opens brand store in Amsterdam

A few weeks ago I spotted a huge 'Hope' sign in a shop-window in one of Amsterdams most trendy shopping area's the 9 straatjes | Nine streets And with the first shop in Stockholm in 2006, Hope opened their first brand store outside Scandinavia last week with a sneak peek inside the new store and a party.

Hope is a Swedish fashion brand created in 2001 by designers Ann Ring Strand and Stefan Söderberg. Hope's signature style is low key, raw and authentic, supporting "an easy move in everyday life" and offering a well-dressed and relaxed look. The store has a collection for men and woman, shoes, bags, and home accessories.

Swedish Modern

Hope has recently launched a new shop concept and I asked Ann Ring Strand about the changes. "Most important is that no furniture is attached to the walls, the interior is mobile and the can easily be moved around. While Hope's signature, such as tile, metal and copper is still present"

The interior design concept is called 'Swedish Modern' and inspired by Swedish designer Axel Einar Hjorth and the simplicity found in the shaker style furnishings. Having no furniture attached to the walls, created the possibility to decorate the room with art on wall panels. For this 18 Minerite panels were hand over to Petra Blaisse and her team from Inside Outside.

The idea was to print something on them. Petra however decided to leave theme empty and cut into them and changing their rectangularity into a variation of sculptural shapes. While talking with her for a moment she pointed out the shape of the wall art is those of sewing patterns used in the fashion industry.

Hope Brand store
Hartenstraat 26
1016 CC Amsterdam

Opening hours
Monday 12:00 - 18:00
Tuesday - Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 21:00
Friday- Saturday 11:00 - 19.00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00 website : Hope

Friday, August 29, 2014

Design trade Now & then | Functionality as a design element

Georg Collection | design Christina Liljenberg  this year in Black! picture Trip trap

It's August! and that brings back good memories from last year of decorating the Bloggerzone together with our Blog tour team at the first Design trade fair in Copenhagen. We wrote several posts about the fair for the Designtrade website, and so we did last February for the Stockholm Furniture and Light fair here and here. I still had some pictures I never posted so I thought it was a good opportunity to finally dig them out of my archives.

One of the things I pointed out when I visited the stands of the participating exhibitors at DesignTrade 2013 was the use of leather combined with wood or metal into new and reinvented products. Besides the use of materials, the design looked simple and familiar 
at first sight, as it has elements we all know. By the way they are constructed they emit a " what you see is what you get' and functionality has become a design element, which fits even now a year later! perfectly with this time.  

Stool | Georg Collection | design Christina Liljenberg Halstrom for Trip Trap| picture Vosgesparis

New line George by designer Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm for Trip Trap was definitely one of our favourites, a stool with a cushion hold together by a simple leather string and a wardrobe with a hanger that can be attached in many different ways. I recently showed some of Christina's last work here on the blog: Minimal design tray. This year's George serie comes in black wood! More pictures of the new black collection at Emma's Designblogg

Dorm Cabinet/Picture rails| More Collection | Ferm Living | picture Ferm Living

Ferm Living, used harness leather belts in their More collection |Clothes hanger| that also included fiber cardboard boxes with leather handles, we got one with a delicious breakfast in it when we were invited for breakfast. And I recently showed it on Instagram 

The clothes rack was one of my favourites last year, and this month Ferm Living launched some additional product for the rack. More images at Label 1114 

Clothes rails | DesignTrine Andersen | More Collection | Ferm Living 

Boatswain chair| Ocean Going| Picture via Ocean going

2011 founded company Oceangoing brought their brand new chair on the market where European oak and a leather ship tool is combined. Not to sure if they launched something this year.

With the use of honest, natural materials and craftsmanship several talented Nordic designers presented their ideas on the trends of tomorrow on Talent Street. Jesper Su Rosenmeier used a combination of wood and leather in his clothes hangers.  

 Jesper Su Rosenmeier clothes hanger | Talent Street 2013| Picture Vosgesparis

Woven wood | Design Juan Cappa |  Woodmatters 2013 | Picture Vosgesparis

With 'Wood matters' seven young designers of the Swedish school of Craft and Design at Steneby showcased their design. Designers from four different countries. Who all had one thing in common, the passion for wood. This passion led them all to a tiny place in the middle of the Swedish forest. There, at Steneby the School of Craft and Design, they worked and lived together and had the freedom to derived inspiration of nature, space and from each other.  

Juan Cappa investigated traditional craft techniques related to weaving, caning, rushing and basketry, which has been the way of weaving since the beginning of civilisation and has strong significance related towards the connotation of hand made work. And this chair is the result of his personal investigation about the material and the traditional techniques

Were you at DesignTrade this month? What was your favourite?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

New Design by Muuto | Airy side table & Fiber chair

coffee table 'Airy by Cecilie Manz for Muuto
Muuto added two more items to their collection which I hope to see when visiting Paris next month. Last year I really enjoyed the stands of the different Scandinavian brands at Maison & Objet and I can't wait to be back in Paris to enjoy Paris designweek, visit the exhibitions and meeting up with my fellow French blogger friends.

Coffee table 'Airy' comes in different shapes and sizes. There are three different sizes from 120x65 cm. to 68x44 and a half size table of 44x39,5 all made out of polished plywood and a light soldered iron frame.
  Half sized table 'Airy' by Cecilie Manz for Muuto
Fiber chair by designed by Iskos-Berlin for Muuto

Also Fiber 'chair' is a new design by Iskos Berlin for Muuto. Stripped of of all unnecessary layers and leaving just the chair with a seat, back and armrests that is integrated in one harmonious shell, this chair seems perfect for nesting yourself into. Consisting of different colours and four different bases, there is a chair for every room and function.  

Pictures via Muuto with thanks
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sløjd boards by Morten Høeg-Larsen

While visiting ShowUp this weekend the first thing that caught my eye when arriving at Westergasfabriek, the beautiful location of this years ShowUp, was a bunch of wood leaning against the huge building. It happened to be some raw wooden planks from Morten Høeg-Larsen of Sløjd. And once inside I fell in love with the story behind the wood and the boards.

Sløjd is a joint venture between Morten and Claus Meyer, co-founder of restaurant Noma in Kopenhagen. Fascinated by people in countries like Japan and Vietnam displaying their craft and skills on the street. Morten set up a small street-carpentry after being invited to have an outdoor shop during the Copenhagen Cooking Festival to make his boards.

At ShowUp he was doing the same and worked on the boards while telling about how he goes on the look for that one piece of wood and the process before it is on our counter tops. I am quite fascinated by the tables above as well which I found when checking out the website.

By making the cutting boards he wants to show how quality kitchen tools can still be made locally, instead of in far away foreign factories. All wood is selected by Morten himself and the boards are handmade in the Swedish countryside, just outside Ystad. 

pictures 1-3 via By Midde | 4-8 by Vosgesparis

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