You could say I have a Mood board fetish. I love, love, love Mood boards and have two in my tiny apartment, one of them on my fridge. Mood boards are compositions of images, text, fabrics, tiny objects, basically whatever tickles your fancy and inspires you. Fashion designers, graphic designers, interior designers, artists etc. use mood boards to develop their concepts and to communicate to others what theme/feel/story they are trying to achieve.
Don´t hesitate tearing out inspiring pages from your magazines. I usually keep mine in a large box but up on the wall they go when I´m working on certain ideas.
Love the glass skylight
Photographs by: Tina Hellberg, Petra Bindel, Tia Borgsmidt and from Emmas Design Blog. All images found via NordicDesign.
I´m a huge fan of the concrete/industrial look. For instance, I love the mix of concrete and different types of wood, like whitewashed wood or driftwood. Concrete, I also think looks cool with bright or dark colors like orange or eggplant. I have a concrete wall in my kitchen and the story of getting that one wall right is a long and sad one. Let´s just say that if I´d known about the wallpapers from the Norwegian company ConcreteWall, I could have saved myself a lot of headache, I kid you not.
The 47-8 milk jug is designed by Inga Dora Johannsdottir for the 105 Sustainability course which, for the last 5 years, has been taught at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. The goal of the course is to teach students in Product Design about "the importance of sustainability and diversity in local areas." The jug is made of porcelain and silver which has the ability to kill bacteria in only 6 minutes. The shape of the spout is inspired by old milk churns and the title, "47-8" comes from silver´s atomic number and the serial number of one particular farm in Iceland but all farms in Iceland producing milk are given certain numbers which are engraved on each of their milk churns. I´m not sure if the jug is in production but hope so because I like it and would love to have one of my own!
Riccardo Tisci´s latest Couture collection for Givenchy is absolutely exquisite. Tischi´s inspiration for the collection was the Mexican artist Frieda Kahlo and her three main obsessions: religion, sensuality and the human anatomy. Belts were spinal columns re-created in porcelain, zipper pulls were small bones and skeleton motifs were laid out in lace appliquéd on long tulle columns. Leather, Chantilly lace, ostrich feathers, fringes, crystals and pearls. Total perfection.
I would so love to be in Stockholm this weekend, at the Formex fair, where all the latest trends in Scandinavian interiors and furniture are in the spotlight. The keyword for this fall seems to be Optimism, as we are crawling our way out of the latest recession. Formex´s autumn theme is Happy and the emphasis is on togetherness, sharing and celebrating with friends and family. In our homes we are surrounded with things that evoke warm memories, brand new and home crafted things. Country mixes with urban and the pastel colors, so prominent in the 1950´s, are emphasized along with stronger and more daring colors, but the color gray often used as a base for more colorful palette.
I haven´t had much time for Koolandkreativ lately and am loving being back, browsing blogs and websites for inspirations. A very talented friend gave me a hint about florist Oliver Gustav recently. I remembered seeing these images by photographer Bjarni B. Jacobsen in Elle Decoration UK not too long ago but also had the privilege of seeing some unpublished images that absolutely took my breath away....more of that (perhaps) later;-)
Oliver lives and runs his business in an old distillery in central Copenhagen and now I can´t wait to visit his shop. Oliver´s very distinctive style is a mix of antique and industrial furniture, knick-knacks, plants and flowers, a style that Oliver has said is inspired by the Clignancourt flea market in Paris, probably the largest antique market in the world and one of my favorite haunts when I lived in Paris about 15 years ago. Oliver used to work for Day Birger et Mikkelsen fashion house as a creative director and has a fantastic talent for making beautiful still-life compositions although you might not see that talent shine through well enough in these images.
A freelance stylist/journalist, living in Iceland. This blog on interior design, architecture, photography, fashion, food and lifestyle in general, is dedicated to the things that inspire me and take my breath away. Please feel free to contact me via giahardardottir(at)hotmail.com or at gerdurhardar(at)gmail.com or leave a comment. You are welcome to share as long as you link back to my blog.