Oslo Design Fair : Moment

August 31, 2018


This years Trend Exhibition in Oslo Design Fair was one of my favorites, and not just for ODF but possibly from all the fairs I have attended last few years. Curator Kirsten Visdal created an incredibly inspiring exhibition that draw the future of interior trends. With transparent fabrics, foliage and rice paper in frames, this autumn’s stage is inspired by Japanese traditions. The walls form simple moveable zones, and symbolize a society that undergoes major changes, according to Kirsten. 

“We have long talked about the modern nomad. Traditions and customs related to working, living are constantly changing, says Kirsten.”

The lecture series was build around the topic of the fair, Moment. In English, moment means a brief point in time – in Norwegian, a time of importance. The topic reflects how the rapid technological developments are forcing us to evaluate how we want to live our lives. How do we balance the desire for individuality with the need for community? How do the speedy changes in society affect interior and design, and what does the consumer want? These very aspects were what Kirsten investigated and then presented in the form of this years installation. Beige tones (cleverly used from Jotun Lady new color chart) and a variety of various non traditionally used materials such as flax, leather, cork, wood and wool ,were used to convey warmth and well-being and metals in steel and aluminum to give a sense of modernity. We see now that designers are also embracing less processed materials, such as solid wood in both furniture and decoration. The color palette forward balances cool shades in sliding transitions, inspired by natural shades like sand, cream and oats. The red tones, which have characterized the interior trend for a long time, turn over to yellow, and the two meet in exciting combinations. Bright, golden color shades stand for silence, calm and meditation, a reaction to the community’s visual noise.

This years installation represents calmness in every aspect of living, with Japanese influences, we are invited to also explore what a moment represents to us. New avant-garde directions seek great dimensions and organic shapes that can help us in this journey forward.

I have tried to capture a little bit of the spirit of the exhibition, but the harsh lighting needed to illuminate an otherwise completely dark space, did not write well on camera. It is a shame that this specific exhibition did not see the light of day, because I can write a lot about how to cancel the visual noise of the world around us, but often, an image is worth a thousand words and in this case, the exhibition was worth a thousand images.

Photography by Katerina Dima

 

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Identity : Jotun Lady new Color chart 2019

August 28, 2018


 Colors : Devine 12083 and Tildøs 1024 

This morning I attended the Jotun Lady press presentation that unveiled this years color card, one that is definitely going to inspire and influence 2019 color trends.

‘Home is the living story of who we are, told in the objects and colours we fill it with’

– Lisbeth Larsen, Global Colour Manager at Jotun

Home is an expression of identity, is one of the few places we can authentically express who we are, it is an anchor in our everyday lives. These observations are the founding ideas behind the Jotun Colour Card 2019. This year’s card – titled Identity – explores the colours that characterise and reflect modern urban lifestyles around the world.

To illustrate how different colour combinations can be employed to communicate different identities, Jotun has identified three distinct, globally resonant themes, each describing an individual mindset and way of living – the story of an individual, told in colour. However, you will find some colors are in two Identities, or even all 3. This is because the core of all Identities is the same, our home, calm, refined and raw at the same time. I will be choosing photos to demonstrate colors best suited for every Identity below, even though they might not quite strictly belong there.

CALM

Soft, light neutrals and warm, subtle contrasts.

The calm identity prizes meaning above quantity in the things they surround themselves with, revelling in the almost-Nordic simplicity of their space. Their home is a refuge of clean, easy living and a place of peace, a Zen sanctuary given character through a handful of choice artworks or objects that carry deep personal significance. Nothing is superfluous; there is no room for clutter. Everything has a place and a reason to be in it.  The image above belongs to the Calm identity. Some more examples follow below.

Color : Comfort Grey 12078

Color : Devine 12083

Color : Soothing Beige 12075 (Minerals)

Color : Varmgrå/ Soft Grey 0394

Color :  Space 10678

REFINED

Sense-stimulating greens and yellows, given depth with different textures

The refined identity is that of the modern-day curator: discerning, considered and interested in intriguing juxtapositions. Their home is dotted with a seemingly eclectic collection of art and artefacts, vintage pieces and contemporary design, all carefully positioned in order to acquire new meanings in their relationship with one another. This home is a personal gallery – a dialogue between colour and object whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Examples follow below.

Color :  Modern Beige 12076

 Refined Color :  Treasure 7628 combined with Calm Color : Comfort grey 12078

Color :  Refresh 7627

Color :  Northern Mystic 7613

RAW

Sense-stimulating greens and yellows, given depth with different textures.

The refined identity is that of the modern-day curator: discerning, considered and interested in intriguing juxtapositions. Their home is dotted with a seemingly eclectic collection of art and artefacts, vintage pieces and contemporary design, all carefully positioned in order to acquire new meanings in their relationship with one another. This home is a personal gallery – a dialogue between colour and object whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Color :  Organic Red 20120 and Varmgrå/ Soft Grey 0394 

Color :  Senses 2024 (Minerals)

Color :  Peachy 12074

While at the press presentation today I managed to shoot a few photos, the colors are not perfectly represented due to lighting conditions, but I thought you might like a peak inside Jotun Lady´s presentation for this years color card!

 

I hope you will also be inspired by this years colors, and that you will use them to transform your home in a place where you can authentically express who you are!

Photography from the event by Katerina Dima

All other photos are courtesy of Jotun Lady /Styling  by Kråkvik & D´Orazio / Photography by Line Klein.

 

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Velvet Campaign at Ellos

August 27, 2018


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A long time ago I picked my favorite velvet accessories, and while they all looked great, the price tag was a little steep. Since then I have been trying to find the same assortment or similar on a budget and it occured to me that Ellos might have what I need. Ellos Velvet collection does not disappoint, in fact there is great variety and  you dont need to break your bank for a couple of pillows. From velvet curtains and carpets, to chairs and bedspreads, there is something for everyone. Today I curated some of my favorites in my favorite colors, as seen above, you can find them all below! Everything is 20% off as well, it is a good chance to stock up!

:: 1.  For the Living Room || A velvet pouf will fit almost everywhere especially in a neutral color. A friend of mine made me a velvet pouf in pink and I love it ( you can see mine here) , if I was to buy one however I would go with this simple shape from Ellos.

:: 2. For Every Room || Assortment of pillows in various shapes and colors. Round ones ( the special adorned round can be found here), long rectangular ones , and  square ones. I am taking advantage of the offer and buying some for myself too.

:: 3. For The Bedroom || I love this velvet headboard ( in both grey and beige color) it is a great way to change the bedroom without really committing too much ( the headboard can easily be placed then as easily removed). Whether you are getting a headboard in velvet or not though, check out these velvet bedspreads that will also add a velvet touch in the bedroom with even less commitment than a headboard! A contemporary design in beige, and a more traditional design in pink are my top choices.

 

// Curated by Katerina Dima

 

 

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News from Menu

August 24, 2018


The season is starting with news outpouring from everywhere, and there is so much inspiration, the perfect start for a promising fall. Menu did not disappoint, in fact it is the first I share for a reason. Not only some of the items have been on my wishlist from private viewings during visits at their premises, but the photography itself is spectacular. Scroll below for more of the news and stunning lifestyle photos!

One of my most anticipated items from the collection, the Androgyne table by Danielle Siggerud. I had first spotted it as a prototype in her home ( you can see the post here, I m sure you can spot it as well in the living room), then I had the pleasure of seeing myself it in display in its current form during 3 days of design at Menu HQ. This one is really high in my wishlist.

There are news when it comes to some of the older items, the Carry lamp got a new brass look, while the Pepe mirrors now also come as a wall version! I would love to see an even bigger version of the Pepe mirror, while the standard size is great for when you want to take a closer look, why not also include a version that can be used in the hallway for a last look before you exit the door? The logistics can be difficult of course, Pepe mirror is already quite heavy so I can imagine a larger version would be significantly more difficult to handle. However I am not giving up on the idea!

New covers, colors, fabrics and sizes are added as options for the Afteroom stool, and I will be one of the first to say they are a welcomed addition to the family.

Another much anticipated design, the Knitting Chair, created by architect and furniture designer Ib Kofod-Larsen in 1951. It was put into production – but only as a limited edition. Today it is being relaunched by Menu, as part of their Modernism Reimagined initiative and their focus on creating for the future while respecting the past.

Last but not least the Harbour chair, originally created by Norm Architects for MENU Space, MENU’s new creative destination in Copenhagen’s Nordhavn Harbour, now finally available to everyone. The Harbour Chair can be left bare or upholstered, with four elegant base styles in solid oak or powdercoated steel inviting further personalisation.

// Photos via Menu

 

 

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