It’s time for another round-up of the latest design news and homeware collections to reach my radar. So, without further ado, here are my favourite finds for June…
Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm for Reform
I’ve mentioned Reform, which produces fronts and counters to jazz up standard IKEA kitchen systems, in a few recent posts, and they’ve launched another beautiful new series. Created by Copenhagen-based Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm, it was inspired by Japanese architecture, with long handles that echo traditional screens and form an integral part of the design. It’s available in grey laminate with contrasting oak handles, or matt-lacquered ash with matching black doors and handles.
A more affordable version of Gubi’s ‘Beetle’ chair
The ‘Beetle’ chair, designed by GamFratesi for Gubi, became an instant classic when it was launched back in 2013, and it graces stylish restaurants, homes and hotels the world over. But with a price tag of £600+ depending on the fabric and leg options chosen, it’s remained out of reach for most of us – until now. Gubi has just released a brand-new version of the iconic design, boasting the same graceful shape but with molded plastic in place of the original upholstered wood. It’s available for a much more affordable £250 and makes a practical wipe-clean option in dining and kitchen spaces. Best of all, it’s incredibly versatile and can be upholstered at a later date if you so choose.
Simple stoneware and linens from Mleko Living
Next up is Mleko Living, a Krakow-based design studio which was founded earlier this year by Katarzyna Goluszka and Michal Zaluski. The pair aim to simplify and improve everyday living and chose the name ‘Mleko’ because it means ‘milk’ – one of the most basic everyday products. They have just launched their first two collections – a stoneware series called ‘Canvas’, which consists of a bowl, a carafe, a mug and a flowerpot, and a range of table linens with a woven double-sided pattern. Both are intended for everyday use, with understated lines and muted colours that highlight the natural beauty of the raw materials.
Flexible ‘SVALNÄS’ shelving from IKEA
I raved about a versatile wall-mounted shelving and desk system from Bolia in a recent home-tour post, so I was very excited to learn that IKEA has launched a very similar design. Known as ‘SVALNÄS’, it’s made of bamboo and combines Asian and mid-century modern aesthetics. Adaptable shelf heights and a range of cupboard and desk add-ons mean there are endless configurations, all of which can be easily adapted and extended to suit your needs.
Poul Kjærholm’s ‘PK1’ chair from Carl Hansen & Søn
Carl Hansen & Søn is continuing to expand its range of Danish design classics by relaunching Poul Kjærholm’s ‘PK1’ dining chair. First designed in 1955, the chair has an elegant, flowing form, with a curved metal frame that’s offset by beautifully woven halyard (originally used to hoist flags) in beige or black. The chair is stackable, and the seat and back are designed to mold to the body to provide comfort and support. It’s being released alongside a new variant of Poul Kjærholm’s ‘PK52’ table with a reversible black/grey laminate top, and will be in stores from October.
Lithuanian linen from Oggetto
Finally, British brand Oggetto has added a selection of linen to its range of simple and stylish homeware. Made in Lithuania (famed for its high-quality linen), the collection encompasses bedding and towels, all pre-washed for extra softness. I love the gently crumpled look and the range of muted colours, which were created to echo shades found in the great outdoors (mountains, lakes, pine forests, misty skies). What’s more, every item is machine-washable and quick to dry, so it’s incredibly easy to care for.
Photography via the respective brands named above