Latest project : Oslo Apartment for Sale at Thorvald Meyersgate

September 26, 2017

A few days ago me and my talented friend and colleague Elisabeth Heier teamed up in order to style and shoot the rental apartment that she is currently living that is up for sale. The photos turned out amazing , it was difficult not to when Elizabeth did such a great job styling the whole apartment, I only had to point and shoot 🙂 I am starting my tour from the bedroom, easily my most favorite room in the apartment, but as you can see, the rest is fantastic as well! Following the master bedroom, the kids bedroom, the living room, dining room and kitchen, bathroom, hallway and last but not least some photos from the yard! More photos are up on the ad for the sale here, while you can always find more details at Elisabeths blog about the rooms and the styling. 

Styling by Elisabeth Heier | Photography by Katerina Dima/Onlydecolove

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Bolon | Innovators at Heart

July 5, 2017

//Sponsored post in collaboration with Bolon

Those who follow me on instagram a few weeks ago got treated with some sneak peeks from the opening of the Bolon Lab Store in Stockholm. Together with Elisabeth Heier (find her post about Bolon here but also a few highlights of what we got up to those 24 hours here), we met up with Susanna Vento and Therese Sennerholt and the rest of the Bolon team for a delicious family breakfast at the Bolon Lab Store, where we found out more about Bolon and its history.

But who is Bolon? I admit I had only known them by name and reputation as the highly renowned Swedish flooring company. What I was delighted to discover was that there is so much more passion , design and most of all innovation involved in the making and running of the company, something that in my opinion is the cornerstone of what defines Bolon and their success. Do read on if you are just as curious!

Bolon started as a labour of love. Founder Nils-Erik Eklund started making rag rugs out of textile waste and to this day Bolon is celebrated for the recycling processes that are the heart of flooring creation. Research and development at Bolon is a holistic affair, with a number of considerations about new products on a project-by-project basis. The recent collections with architect Jean Nouvel ended up as a six final colourways but generated over 150 samples over a two year development. Talented Annica and Marie Eklund ,Nils-Erik grand daughters who took over the family business a few years ago, are now the heart of Bolon, their vision and personality is what drives Bolon forward into an innovative future. They have been on a mission – to make Bolon a design-led innovator and fuse the conservative, traditional flooring branch with the boundless creativity of the world of fashion.In doing so, they’ve collaborated with world-renowned designers and architects as well as working with international brands.

In Projects we Love, Bolon magazine, we can find their most beloved projects intertwined with interviews, beautiful projects and compelling facts about the company as well as Annicas and Maries compelling facts and glimpses into their own lives. The women behind Bolon are fascinating and multi talented (Annica is a remarkable photographer, more of her works can be found at Annica Eklund Studio, as well as many of her published coffee table books with her photos) but at the same time so very approachable. They mention it is part of their upbringing, their house was always open to friends and family, so they are actively nurturing personal and professional relationships with the same passion. It is this humble but powerful attitude that has made collaborations with legendary names such as Jean Nouvel easy as sundays family dinner, and the same goes with Missoni , renowned fashion house. But it is more than an attitude that creates this feeling, Annica and Marie are not just hospitable, they are not just friendly, they believe in a personal touch when it comes to relationships passionately, it is so important to them and Bolon to work with people they have bonded with. Just a few of their clients include Armani, Google, Volvo Cars, Adidas, Skype, Missoni and Rezidor Hotel Group.

For more of their impressive projects, feel free to visit Projects we Love, while their flooring collection can be found at Collections.

The Lab Store is a hub of design where tactile flooring and textile installations serve as a backdrop for a rotating programme  of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and dinners. It is a space for designers, architects and enthusiasts to meet and exchange ideas. Bolon draws on its collaborative approach to design––which includes partnerships with Jean Nouvel, Missoni, Monica Förster, Doshi Levien, Färg & Blanche, Cappellini and more––to promote creative discourse around its architectural ooring. The Lab Store will provide a new forum in which to meet, enjoy a meal or coffee prepared by an in-house chef, engage in dialogue about ideas and plans, and receive advice and support from Bolon’s flooring experts.

We were also treated to a wonderful breakfast on the day of our meeting with Bolon, and the Lab Store lived up to its expectation magnificently. Everyone, guests, clients, designers, industry leaders, experts and manufacturers are an integral part of Bolon’s DNA, and they are all treated like members of the Bolon family. The in house chef prepared us exquisite breakfast and exceptional coffee and we were more than welcomed later to make ourselves fully at home in the Bolon world and interact with the exhibitions on display. 

We were also treated to some exciting news , Bolons first rug collection which we were allowed to see some sneak peeks. It marks the debut of Bolon’s new direction toward interior design with its collection of rugs. In alternating stripes in muted tones with a subtle shimmer, the rugs are the result of an experiment to combine glitter thread and wool to achieve a tactile effect characteristic of Bolon’s unique refined look and durable quality. Its colour and material palette – the result of an extensive research and development process – take inspiration from the deep jewel tones and moody neutrals of fashion textiles.

As a final note, I would like to thank Bolon for inviting me to experience the opening of The Lab Store, but mostly, for making me feel part of the Bolon family. It is this very magical touch that nurtures all their relationships and propels Bolon into the future. I cannot wait for what comes next for Bolon, keep an eye on the blog for future news.

//Photos 3-11 and 15,16,17,18 via Bolon | Photos 1,2 and 12-14 by Katerina Dima 

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Hotel Danmark

June 18, 2017

A few days ago I posted my highlights from 3 Days of Design ( Part 1 and Part 2 ) , but what I haven’t yet shared other than sneak peeks was the place I called home for these couple of design days in Copenhagen. I usually stay at SP34 while in town but this time around Brøchner Hotels happened to open the doors to its new luxury boutique Hotel Danmark that coincided with our stay.  I really wanted to experience the brand new hotel even though it wasn’t yet officially opened so I booked a stay, but I didn’t get to shoot all the spaces for this post that I wanted to (the rooftop terrace and breakfast area were not finished yet for example), which means next time I am in town I could be stopping again for those extra photos. For today however I am glad to share the room that I stayed in and some speak peeks from around the hotel, so scroll down for never before seen photos of the rooms from my perspective 😉

One of the first thing I noticed when I entered my room were the big windows that offer an amazing view of Copenhagen (Tivoli is a few meters away as well) right in front of me. All rooms regardless of size offer the same views, for me light and big windows is a winning point for any hotel room, but also something I value in my own apartment as well ( my new place in Oslo has similar windows and I can’t wait to move in first of July!).  The windowsills are also big enough that when I needed to work I could set up a working spot on any of them and enjoy the view while emailing or editing photos (one of the sneak peeks while I was there was Todays office in Copenhagen where I showed the spot I was working on that day). However the double superior room also offers a very comfortable couch and side tables, a solution I used a lot to work from. 

My bed was comfortable ( to my opinion and liking) with Aiayu  details standing out for a luxurious feel. From the Hollie bedspread to the Heather pillows ( not just in the bedroom but also in the living room and lobby of the hotel), the brass and marble details and designer furniture,  Hotel Danmark offers a unique experience that is very connected to Danish design today.

Generally the hotel was not quite finished at the time of my visit, so there were some details that I expect will be fixed by the time it is officially up and running. I will not dedicate time into listing them, however one the things I would like to see fixed would be the bathrooms that did not feel completely renovated. The rest of the hotel has gone into extensive full renovation and it would be a shame for the bathrooms not to receive the same attention as well. 

When it comes to the lobby there are two spaces that the now famous and much loved wine hour can be enjoyed , while guests are welcomed to sit outside as well but also on the rooftop terrace too. 

Overall and with the exception of a few hiccups that I am sure will be resolved within a few weeks after official opening,  I enjoyed my stay at Hotel Danmark, the rooms were big and beautiful while the stuff was as always very accommodating. If I have any advice is bring a sleep mask, the curtains that are a beautiful cream color are not shielding against the morning light.

Before I wrap up this post, probably I will get this question a lot so this is the perfect time to answer. Do I prefer the new Hotel Danmark or the old and favorite SP34? Both hotels are unique in their design, both luxurious and in a great location but ultimately I find SP34 design more to my style. The fact that it is closer to Metro station is also a plus but the winning lobby and designer bathrooms as SP34 will always win me over.

//Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

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3 Days of Design : Part 2

June 12, 2017

As promised today I am sharing Part 2 from my time at 3 Days of Design with some of the things that caught my eye (check for part 1 here). Read below for some of my impressions from Menu, &Tradition, Muuto, Republic of Fritz Hansen, Erik Jørgensen, Montana and finally a small tribute to designer Mia Lagerman. 

Let me start with one of the nights I enjoyed the most when I had dinner at Menu Space, Menu‘s brand new design studio, office space and cafe, in the harbor district of Nordhavn a day before their official opening. An incredible night that started with a solo violinist greeting us outside, amazing dinner with the owners of Menu, danish designers, architects,stylists and photographers, and few of the most influential people in the design world today. In front of me sat Kinfolk editor in chief Nathan Williams while on my right co-founder of Norm Architects and Menu’s Design Manager Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen who greeted us with an introduction about the space, the design process and some words on the evolution of its architecture throughout the years to come. The evening finished with an improv performance from 3 ballet dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet ( Hannah in the House also took some beautiful photos you can check out here including some of the performance). If you have time, do go by the new Menu space, it is definitely one of my first stops next time in Copenhagen! 

The second day after a very busy morning we headed out to the &tradition showroom . The Village, promptly named is created as a contemporary small scale version of a monochrome and harmonious village structure inside a big warehouse on the Paper Island in Copenhagen. Twelve monolithic enclaves have been constructed to showcase different furniture scenarios from different designers – all varying in height to allow for different light. While each one is an entity all on its own, assembled under one roof, the space is an abstract archetype of a village. 

The evening started early with design talks from co-founder of Norm Architects Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Space Copenhagen . Later the party started that lasted until almost early hours of the morning, probably the best place to be the second night of 3 Days of Design 🙂

Earlier the same day it was time to visit Muuto and my friends that work there. Muuto is a Scandinavian design company that joins forces with the leading contemporary designers to create original products with new perspectives. The result is an innovative, aesthetic and functional collection of New Nordic furniture, lighting and accessories for modern interiors all over the world. The Muuto showroom is located in the heart of Copenhagen, in a bright and inviting space, which also features a beautiful rooftop terrace – here you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind view of the Copenhagen skyline. We were again lucky to be there around lunch time so we were treated to an amazing lunch on the rooftop terrace, my big thanks to Katrine for being such a great host and for the impromptu invite! Next time I am coming over I know about when is the best time to visit 🙂

Another showroom I was looking forward to visit was that of Republic of Fritz Hansen. An international, exclusive design brand, founded in Denmark in 1872 with a mission to create a timeless design, Fritz Hansens collection consists of internationally recognized furniture classics and contemporary furniture, lighting and home accessories. Fritz Hansen has a long tradition of collaborating with leading international designers and architects, including many large Danish personalities such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans J. Wegner ,Poul Kjærholm and one of my favorites Jaime Hayon. On the photo above and below you can see one of his recent designs that is on my wishlist, the Lune Sofa in dusty pink. 

One of the reasons I arrived a day earlier for the fair was because I was lucky to be invited at the party that signaled the grand opening of the combined showroom in Bredgade 76 for Erik Jørgensen, Montana, the showroom was open to the public the next day. The first floor where Erik Jørgensen is mostly situated was designed in way that all rooms had a theme that highlighted the designs. Each room has its own expression and color scheme: The Botanical Garden, the Office, Tranquility, and the Blue Room. It has been a close collaboration with Niels Jørgensen – everything from selecting furniture to textiles and the color of the rooms. My favorites , the Botanical garden as seen above, a trip into the perfect green scenery, where the furniture, walls and flooring are tone in tone, with only a few yellow and brown tones breaking the green space. Tranquility room as seen below , all clad in white, creates a sense of surplus, purity and tranquility, as a perfect contrast to the heavy furniture classics.

Montana was founded in 1982 by Peter J. Lassen and based on his philosophy of people having a need for freedom and a desire to create their own personal spaces. The showroom can be found on the second floor of Bredgade 76, also divided in several themed rooms. This time around one can find different solutions for every room of the house represented in the different spaces within the Montana showroom, from the bedroom to the bathroom themed room. 

Last but not least, a few words for Mia Lagerman whose workspace and showroom can be found if you walk past Overgaard & Dyrman office and showroom on the top floor of Frederiksgade 1. Mia works with furniture design, her interest for industrial production, form and function, and her passion for exploring material is reflected in her designs. 

//Photography by Katerina Dima

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