Tine K Home PURE collection

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Spring has come with the new PURE collection from Danish company Tine K Home. I was delighted this morning to find in my mailbox amazing pictures from their Swedish showroom, an old ceramic factory in Höganäs, where Tine K team created a springlike atmosphere to present the new collection. I love the crisp and rough look of their home and lifestyle accessories, that include cushions, quilts, linens, lamps, ceramics, glass and more. Lots of whites and smokey grays in the new collection with hints of blue for a stylish look that never feels cold. All the more when the products are presented in that gorgeous open space with white washed beams and together with antique looking furniture!

If you haven’t seen yet the new Tine K Home catalog, below is a selection of beautifully styled pictures, plus some shots from the Höganäs showroom for a taste of spring!Tine K Home textile

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Sacred geometry rugs

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The fabulous rugs from Swedish company Mattahari are designed by the very talented Ingrid Külper, who believes that forms and colours influence our sense of wellbeing – I cannot agree more. Her designs are inspired by the sacred geometry found in nature, from snowflakes to the human body. So her carpets are decorating spas and yoga studio as well as private homes. I absolutely like the sculptural shapes and my favorite pattern is Crown, which reminds me of a flat pinecone. Even the rugs names are inspiring, such as Seed of Life or Lotus. All carpets are handtufted and made from 100% New Zealand wool, mixed with bamboo silk for the softness and shine. Mattahari rug Crown

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A glimpse into Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2012

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This week I visited the Stockholm Furniture Fair, which is the world’s biggest place for Nordic design. I found lots of great pieces I’d like to use in my interior projects and, of course, I took loads of pictures. Below is a small sampling of what inspired me.Piña chair by Jaime Hayon for Magis + Read more…

Dazzling neon colors

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With all the snow and frozen landscape outside, I am craving for bright colors. So I’m happily sharing the resurgence of fluo, a spring 2012 trend spotted in an Australian magazine I recently bought in the US. Neon colors are fusing with pastels and neutrals injecting optimistic tones to chase the winter blues away!

HomeLife neon bedroom

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Baker D. Chirico wavy wooden interior

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Designed by March Studio, the interior of the Baker D. Chirico store in Carlton, Australia, boasts beautiful wavy walls and ceiling in plywood. A trendy space to buy our good old French baguette! The bakery shelves accommodate loaves of various sizes and cool the breads coming fresh out of the oven. The counter looks like a big chopping board and conveniently includes built in scales, crumb trays and knife holders. The black and white checkerboard floor adds an authentic and sophisticated touch to the interior. I love how this pattern is echoed in Baker D. Chirico visual identity and in the printed wrapping paper.

Baker D. Chirico interior

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Ferm Living fresh & graphic collection 2012

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Say hello to the new Spring/Summer 2012 collection by the Danish Ferm Living! New accessories, textiles and wallpapers are featured in a fresh summery color palette and with the clean geometric patterns so typical of the brand. The collection includes a new range of lovely KIDS wallpapers, stickers and textiles (check that cute owl bean bag!). Here is a sneak peek at what’s coming up featuring a few of my favorites things.

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Favorite picks from Forma CozyLiving ’12 fair

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I just popped in the Forma CozyLiving ’12 fair in Helsinki. It’s a relatively small interior decoration fair, however it was still worth the visit as I made a few interesting discoveries. Three stands caught my attention, no big brands, but clever designs and refreshing ideas.

Pick#1 Think Today eco-designThink Today - Puzzle

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Cargo light collection introduced at Maison & Objet 2012

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The very chic black and white Cargo collection by Hervé Langlais for DesignHeure is currently presented at Maison & Objet 2012, in Paris. The graphical shape of the lights is inspired by legendary ocean liner chimneys. The thick black borders add an elegant ‘couture’ touch to the collection.Cargo by Hervé Langlais

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The Bouroullecs’ Bivouac exhibition

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I am a fan of Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the top-design team brothers from Brittany. Now the Bouroullecs have their first major retrospective in France, at the Pompidou-Metz, the new annex of the Parisian Pompidou Modern Art Center. This happens to be right next to my French home town, so I just had the chance to visit the fabulous 1,000 square meters Bivouac exhibition. The collection features an assortment of Bouroullec’s designs produced by famous manufacturers such as Vitra, Alessi, Kartell, Kvadrat, Ninamarquina, Axor… the list goes on. Visitors wandering around the gallery move between prototypes and finished objects, mass-produced and hand-crafted works. It is possible to sit on some chairs and couches, which makes the experience even more personal.

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French bûche: a Christmas dessert in style

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Every December since I live abroad I get asked a lot what do French eat for Christmas. While in Finland the Christmas meal is similar every year, starring the traditional Joulukinkku (Christmas Ham), the French Christmas menu varies greatly by region and by families. However the bûche de Noël, a yule log shaped cake, is the classic French dessert served in most families. Classic? Well not always. This Christmas again, the Master Pastry chefs and chocolatiers designed stylish and creative bûches, a feast for the palate but also for the eyes. Which is your favorite?

Bûche La Merveilleuse by Michel Cluizel. Under her chocolate lace, this bûche inspired by the couture world associates wild strawberry and chocolate mousse on a crusty chocolate base. Wouldn’t it be a perfect bûche for fashion designer Chantal Thomass?

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Knitted furnishing trend

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Have you noticed how knitted products invade homes, and not just as cushions and plaids? Designers are playing with materials and large knit stitches to give a twist to the classic granny look.

Claire-anne O'brien London-based designer Claire-Anne O’Brien plays with oversized ‘threads’ for her Knit Stools.

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Outdoor winter decor

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The dark long winter days have settled in here up North, and the snow isn’t there yet to brighten things up. Fortunately outdoor ornaments and lights are all around to add holiday cheer to our neighborhoods. I find so much magic and cosyness in the sparkling garlands, the homemade wreaths on the doors, and I absolutely love the ice lanterns glowing in the dark when temperatures get below freezing. While counting down to a hopefully white Christmas, here are gorgeous pictures of outdoor decorations I find inspiring.

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Cordless rechargeable light: Drop Light

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Drop Light is a clever and spectacular lighting concept designed by South-Korea based DOOlight. It consists of rechargeable lighting units called ‘drops’, which are cordless and heatless. The drops can be used as individual free-standing lamps anywhere at home, or placed together on their elegant flower base for stronger lighting. Simply touch the metal base to increase or decrease the light intensity and create the perfect ambiance.
Drop Light

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Black and white whimsy home

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At first glance, you would think it’s one of these Scandinavian B&W interiors. This is in fact the house of Sandrine Ziegler-Munck, the designer behind the French brand Mérésine, known for her jewels and children clothes. Located in Alsace, this 19th century house features various elements of surprise, from trompe l’oeil to revisited art display. The result is a fresh and whimsy interior.

Meresine - Entrance

Striking black floorboard, the Bertoia's '420' wire chair (Knoll) seem to float above it.

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