Postcards from Puglia | Part 1

February 23, 2018

Postcards from Puglia | Part 1 | These Four Walls blog

Back in September Chris and I spent a lazy, sun-drenched week pootling around Puglia – a much-needed break between leaving my job and taking up blogging full-time. I’ve finally found a few hours to go through the hundreds of photos I took, so I want to share a few snippets from this beautiful region of silvery olive groves, whitewashed hill towns and rugged cliffs, which occupies the heel of the Italian boot.

We started with two nights in Monopoli, set on the Adriatic coast an hour north of Brindisi Airport. Founded by the Greeks, invaded by the Romans, the Normans and the Byzantines and then annexed to Venice in the 1400s, it was once an important trading port. Today, it’s made up of a modern commercial zone, plus a sleepy old town dominated by a 16th-century castle.

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New designs inspired by Copenhagen’s iconic Royal Hotel

February 21, 2018

New designs inspired by Copenhagen's iconic Royal Hotel | These Four Walls blog

Rarely does a single building have as much influence on the future of design as Copenhagen’s iconic Radisson Blu Royal Hotel – a place which has fascinated me ever since I first visited the city on a school exchange at the age of 14 and saw it towering above Central Station. And it’s still inspiring new creations today.

Opened in 1960 and originally known as the SAS Royal Hotel, it was the work of legendary Modernist architect Arne Jacobsen and is now regarded as the world’s first design hotel. Jacobsen was responsible for every single element, from the overall shape – a pair of angular boxes, one balancing on top of the other to fit the triangular plot right down to the wine glasses and cutlery. He even went as far as to create bespoke typography for the signage and geometric patterns for the carpets (incidentally, the latter now feature on stationery produced by Design Letters & Friends).

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My top picks from the Stockholm Furniture Fair | Part 2

February 20, 2018

Sculptural minimalism from Kristina Dam | My top picks from the Stockholm Furniture Fair | These Four Walls blog

I’ve already shared a peek at three new companies which launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, so for the second part of my round-up I’m taking a look at my favourite new products from existing brands, together with a few trends that caught my eye. There’s a lot to cover, so get comfortable and settle in for a big dose of Scandinavian design inspiration…

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My top picks from the Stockholm Furniture Fair | Part 1

February 14, 2018

Northern | My top picks from the Stockholm Furniture Fair | These Four Walls blog

As you might expect, I’ve come back from my trip to Stockholm buzzing with ideas and inspiration. Not only did I get to see some fantastic installations as part of the city-wide Design Week (check out my personal highlight here), I also had chance to browse the 700+ stands at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. It’s the biggest showcase of Scandinavian design in the world, and as well as seeing the latest collections from favaourites such as Ferm Living, Menu, By Lassen and String in person, I discovered plenty of other exciting product launches.

I’ll share some of my favourite finds from existing brands next week, but first I want to focus on three new companies which all made their debut at the fair. So, pour yourself a cuppa, sit back and let me introduce you to Northern, Nuura and Warm Nordic…

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Home tour | The PH House by Norm Architects

February 12, 2018

The PH House by Norm Architects | These Four Walls blog

It’s home-tour time again, and today I have another gem from the ever-inspiring Norm Architects to share with you.

Located in Copenhagen, this historic villa is named the ‘PH House’ in homage to renowned Danish designer, architect and critic Poul Henningsen, who once used it as his summerhouse. It was rebuilt after a 2014 fire destroyed much of the structure, and it’s now home to a family of three.

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‘A Quiet Reflection’ by Ariake

February 10, 2018

A Quiet Reflection' by Ariake | These Four Walls blog

Apologies for the radio silence over the past week, but I’ve been in Sweden for Stockholm Design Week and the Stockholm Furniture Fair. I had a wonderful time discovering lots of amazing interiors, revisiting some former haunts and catching up with blogger friends old and new, and I loved being back in one of my favourite cities for a few days. I’ll share all my finds over the next week or so, but I want to start with one of the highlights: the first showcase outside Asia of recently launched Japanese brand Ariake.

first blogged about Ariake last month, so I was very excited to have the chance to see its designs in person. Founded in the town of Morodomi, it’s a collaboration between furniture factories Legnatec and Hirata Chair and a range of international designers, including the likes of Norm Architects, StudioMK27, Anderssen & Voll, Gabriel Tan and Staffan Holm. The debut collection was inspired by urban living and spirituality, and encompasses a range of functional yet beautiful pieces which blend Japanese and Scandinavian influences.

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New finds | February 2018

February 1, 2018

New twists on the classic Lyngby vase | New finds - February 2018 | These Four Walls blog

It’s time for another round-up of new designs and product launches that have grabbed my attention over recent weeks. For 2018 I’ve decided to shake things up a bit and include not just furniture and home accessories, but also other things that catch my eye – everything from skincare and books to new hotel, shop and restaurant openings.

So, here are my top finds this month…

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Home tour | Neutral tones and natural materials in southern Sweden

January 30, 2018

Neutral tones and natural materials in southern Sweden | These Four Walls blog

Today I’m taking you to Skåne in southern Sweden for a peek at a contemporary house that puts a warm, textural spin on Scandinavian minimalism.

Set in the small seaside village of Höllviken, this new-build stone villa (first featured in Elle Decoration) was designed by architect Hanne Birk for owners Sofia and Johan Wäborg, who decided to relocate to the countryside from nearby Malmö after the birth of their children. The aim was to create a house that looks and feels as if it has always existed, with elements of the surrounding landscape incorporated into the architecture and interiors.

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New shelving inspiration from String

January 26, 2018

New shelving inspiration from String | These Four Walls blog

I’ve long been a fan of String’s flexible shelving system, so I was very excited to see that the company is expanding its range once again this year.

First created by Swedish architect Nils Strinning back in 1949, the modular system offers the perfect balance of form and function. The lightweight iron-wire side panels allow shelves and cupboards of various sizes to be incorporated and repositioned as needed, allowing you to build a bespoke unit that fits your space and needs. It’s become something of a Scandinavian classic, and over the years the original design has been joined by the ‘String Plex’ plexiglass range, a series of bowl attachments and the ‘String Pocket’ wall-mounted system (which I have in my home office).

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