I´m sure many pet owners agree with me, most products and accessories for pets are rather, ahem, grim looking. Awful materials, garish color choices. Thank God for companies such as Cloud7, a German label that offers beautifully designed products and accessories for dogs. Cloud7 gets thumps up, or should we say, paws up, from my beloved Chihuahua, Depill.
Trash Me table lamp, designed by Victor Vetterlein is made of pulped egg crate packaging, spread over a mould and left to dry for several days. The base of the lamp is stabilized with a bag of bird seeds. At the end of its life, the lamp can easily be dissembled and the parts recycled into the trash or re-used for something completely new.
Photographer Marjon Hoogervorst
Peter, Åsa and their two children, Maja and Carl, live in a former fisherman´s cottage from the 1860´s, situated in Vedbæk, a coastal town, 12 miles from Copenhagen. The cottage went through extensive renovations before the family moved in and some of the best ideas for the renovations came from Peter. To know more about the Hygge House, what ideas the owners came up with when renovating and more, visit Dwell.
Photographer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen. Images found via Dwell.
You have probably seen some, if not all of these images before, they have been floating about the blogsphere for weeks now and for a good reason. This is one photogenic and unique home, beautifully photographed by two talented photographers. This is the home of Danish artist Tenka Gammelgaard, situated in the heart of Copenhagen. Many of these images are shot by Jacob Termansen for the 2012 Louis Poulsen catalogue. Another talented photographer, Idha Lindhag, is behind the lens in equally impressive photographs featuring Tenka´s monochrome and artistic home.
Danish design group KiBiSi is one of the top design groups in Scandinavia today. Founded in Copenhagen by Lars Larsen, Bjarke Ingels Group and Jens Martin Skibsted, KiBiSi products range from household objects to a two seater aircraft.
Continuing today´s Swedish theme, let me introduce you to Swedish graphic designer Anna Larson. Since 1997, Anna has worked as a graphic designer, focusing on book design, posters and corporate identities among other things. Anna recently opened her own webshop where you´ll find small editions of posters, postcards and textiles, designed by Anna.
You´ve got to love Ikea. Since 1943, when it was founded at Ingvar Kamprad´s uncle Ernst´s kitchen table, business has been blooming and I think it is safe to say that Ikea products are to be found in practically every, single home throughout Scandinavia. If not all over the world, for Ikea stores can be found in such far flung places as China and the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. Although it can sometimes be a little infuriating for an impatient and at times clumsy person like myself assembling their products together, Ikea gets top marks for bringing us an endless stream of well designed things for the home at an affordable price. Ikea´s team of talented stylists deserve Kudos for their excellent work, but both the yearly Ikea catalogues and particularly the images found on Ikea´s inspiring website, Livet Hemma, are expertly styled. At Livet Hemma, Ikea products and things of unknown origins, beautifully blend together in inspiring images. Here are few of my favorite images from Ikea´s Livet hemma.
All images are from the Livet Hemma