Archive for March, 2008
Contrary to popular belief, wreaths should be enjoyed year-round and in mass quantities. This one brings the rich textures and colors of a succulent So Cal garden to any door, wall, window or mantle. The good news is that it’s everlasting (translation: no care required) and carefully crafted for a stunning, lifelike appearance.
Lighthouse is a family of oil lamps from Menu that evokes stories of Scandinavian sea voyages. The design is both elegant and enduring. “This oil lamp doesn’t burn with just a little flame, it burns like a fantastic bonfire!” exclaims the designer Christian Bjørn. Furthermore, the Lighthouse oil lamps have a unique filling system that makes it possible to fill the oil from above, so there’s no need to take the lamp apart.
This chair from Swedish Gärsnäs was launched at the scandinavian furniture design fair in Stockholm a few weeks ago. TWIST is designed by Anna von Schewen and is a chair imade n ash or beech/natural wood or in stain or lacquer. The seat in veneer is covered in fabric or leather.
Swedish company Kamelo specialises in furniture with a south african touch. This mirror for instance, designed by Henrik Andersson has quite an interesting shape inspired by the african culture. Choosing a product from Kamelo will not only make your home beautiful, it will also make it possible for more people in Africa to find labour and greater opportunities for a better future.
Danish Menu is launching several new products this spring. The sundial is one of them. It has a modern touch and the design – in porcelain, glass and aluminium – is both enduring and elegant. It is 50 cm tall and looks like a beautiful sculpture in the garden.
The Swedish well known designer Camilla Diedrich has made several interesting products found under Items on her webpage. She was inspired by the illusion of light in textiles when she designed the stylish wallpaper Nature Ray Charles, launched spring 2008. This wallpaper is part of her product range Walls. Available in eight lovely colors.
Norway Says. The hottest design group in Norway, with the name that has put Norwegian design back on the map. So what have they been up to lately? Well in between winning awards and exhibitions they’ve made this funky new lamp for Danish Muuto. The pendant lamp Mhy has an elegant appearance and a strong personality. It’s a small lamp but draws a lot of attention to it with its childish forms an strong colours. Hand made in aluminium and hand-painted in white, black or my own personal favourite: yellow!
Susanne Schjerning, well known for her unique colour and print combinations are out with a new collection. Cushion covers with butterflies, flowers, birds and running horses makes the new line, Happy Horses. And its not only the horses that are happy. It’s impossible not to feel a little bit in love with these cushions and sleeping on this will definitively be a sweet dream.
If you’re contemplating a home makeover for spring, look no further. Berkeley’s Ecohome Improvement earns two green thumbs up from locals looking to swathe their space in gorgeous color. At the store’s Paint Bar, made from recycled glass and reclaimed redwood, you can sip sweet and spicy tea while perusing the seemingly endless array of non toxic paint swatches. Friendly mixologists will customize a shade to suit your fancy, or emulate a Benjamin Moore shade in a zero-VOC version. Complete your healthy home makeover with customized floors crafted from durable cork, bamboo or natural wood; recycled ceramic tiles for your bathroom; and environmentally sophisticated cabinetry and countertops for the kitchen.