Table-baskets… I wonder: how come that designers seem to get the same idea of a design at the same time? Now, for instance, those table-baskets (or whatever they are called).
There are slight differences between them both in price and looks. But the basic idea is in my eyes the same.
They are supposed to be used as sofa-tables or similar and the top can be lifted so you can use the “basket” under it. Or maybe you cannot with the one from Bloomingville? It has no “bottom” and has a marble top.
I actually like them all. The price varies wildly though.
Yesterday Ulla and I visited the Josef Frank Exhibition at Millesgården. The exhibition was about his patterns, furniture and paintings (aquarelles actually). Josef Frank lived between 1885 and 1967. Read more about Josef Frank here.
The exhibition is in the building just inside the entrance to Millesgården.
I’ve always loved the patterns of Josef Frank and their colors. Now we had a chance to see them in real life, and also his aquarelles, which are less known to the public. He started painting at the age of 68.
I knew he made furniture and particularly that long sofa with the tulips pattern is famous.
The patterns are colorful and picture plants and animals with a lot of fantasy. They are very decorative.
The pattern in the middle in the picture above is called “Italian Dinner” and have pictures of all the ingredients in an italian dinner, like vegetables and sea-food among other things.
Most of the patterns I’ve seen before in various contexts. But not his carpets. The above carpet was created in the 1930-ties. Hard to believe that they did carpets like this at that time. The pattern of this carpet has been replicated in a planting outside in the park, filled with summer flowers.
The mural on this wall is an enlargement of one of Josef Franks paintings. Behind this wall is the exhibition of some of his aquarelles. The audience here was not really of the kind I normally see in the places where I go. Lots of elderly ladies of the upper classes, with a particular way to speak. Among them a few younger persons and some that very much wanted to look like artists. Interesting… There were more visitors there than we had expected for a Wednesday afternoon. Tourists? Yes. But not too many.
Joes Frank started painting at the age of 68. He said he didn’t have the techniques required but he enjoyed painting. I love his pictures and think they are really good.
The above pictures look like they are illuminated from the back of the pictures, but they are not. The effect is there because they are placed against a black background and because of the colors in the pictures.
The landscapes he painted… Just love them. Particularly the last one above. That, and the light, is exactly how it looks just about everywhere around the Mediterranean.
The above is a timeline about the life and works of Josef Frank.
We then had a look at what was on offer in the gift shop. As usual with these kind of places the prices are high. No. I didn’t buy anything. The guy in the picture was noted though. Trying very much to look like an artist?
The small glass vases below was also for sale at the gift shop. I don’t remember if they had anything to do with the Josef Frank exhibition or not. I noticed them as they look so very alike to some other small glass vases I’ve seen elsewhere for a fraction of the price asked here.
We then went out into the sculpture park at Millesgården and to the sun and blue skies.I will publish those pictures at a later occasion.
There are a lot of powder coated steel shelves out there presently. The above ones come from MENU. They are nice, come in various sizes and colors and can be put on the wall in various directions. The only (?) thing that differ them from other very similar shelves is that they are open in one end. They call it “corner shelf”.
The first similar one that comes to mind is the VIPP shelf. Nice, but really expensive. Also comes in various sizes and colors.
Then there is the IKEA BOTKYRKA shelf. Clearly the least expensive of these ones. Comes in dark grey, white and yellow. One size only.
I am sure there are more similar ones out there. They are nice. If I had a space on the wall for them, I would like to have a couple. What I DO have is a smaller variant from IKEA that they no longer sell. Got two of them before they disappeared from their stores.
What I like about these shelves is the simplicity och cleanliness of form. Makes them very easy to place and versatile in use.
I visited this years Stockholm Furniture and Lights 2016 fair on its last day which is dedicated to us regular people and non-professionals. I git the impression that there were more visitors this year than previous years, but still not too crowded. Probably because this fair is HUGE and spread out in several halls. Usually I manage about 3 hours at a fair, this time it became 4, and I was more or less done with.
Impressions of the fair? Lots of rice-paper lamps. Lots of natural materials. Lots of cushions in various pale color hues. Lots of clothes-hangers and chairs of all kinds.
I am not much for memorizing brand-names, but the below chairs are from Normann Copenhagen. Why everyone this year put the chairs either on the walls or in piles though? Saving space for the exhibitions?
There were lots of paletts too, just like last year. Where there were most new things and innovative solutions was on the lightning front. A lot is happening there nowadays with LED light making it possible to create innovative lights. As many others have said, the next big thing in interior design will probably be the carpets.
It was as always hard to take decent pictures at the fair as the lighting is what it is. All pictures have therefore been edited in Camera Raw to get rid of most of the yellow cast on them.
For some time now, little boxes have been very popular to hang on walls to solve various storage needs.
I have had mine, in the bedroom, for a couple of years by now. My problem was that I couldn’t find a bedside table small enough to put there. Space is limited and bedside tables were usually too big. These two boxes are prefect for my needs.
Thes two I bought from Ellos for a reasonable price some years ago. They are no longer sold, but you can find similar ones in several places. They can be hung either horizontally like here, or vertically if you prefer that.
In addition to the little boxes Iv put a picture ledge, slightly longer than the width of the bed and the bedframe above. I use it for pictures and decorative items, but of course you can use it for storage too if you like.
I have this old cushion/pillow from Ikea since a couple of years back. It is meant for outside use, summertime. The cushioncase is very colorful and totally wrong for the inside (though it has been used in the chaiselongue occassionally). Took it off to investigate the pillow inside (and to put it in the laundry).
The pillow itself is OK. Quite big. Round. Soft.
So I decided to use a jeans-blue cotton yarn I recently re-covered from a former sweater and to crochet a new cover for the pillow. It is easy chrocheting. You just go around and around in circles until you reach the desired size.
You start on one side with a few stitches. Then go around and add stitches at intervals as needed to each row to keep the crocheting round and flat.
When half of the pillowcase is crocheted, I left an opening wide enough to be able to insert the pillow into its cover and then continued with the same amount of stitches on the next row around.
This particular pillow has a straight edge of about 10 cms where I therefore stopped adding stitches for the number of rows needed, made the opening in the middle of the straight part, and then, when reaching the end of the straight edge, started reducing the number of stitches as needed to keep the other side of the pillowcase flat.
When the entire pillowcase was ready, I crocheted an additional row in the opening, plus one row with simple stitches to make the buttonholes. I then bought as many buttons as I had buttonholes in an appropriate size and sewed them to the other side of the opening of the pillowcase. Odd thing was that I actually had to buy buttons… I have a fairly large button-collection which I inherited from my mother and have kept adding to over the years. But this time there wasn’t any buttons in the right size in my collection.
I then inserted the pillow into its new pillowcase.
And closed it with the buttons.
Done. So where did I put it?
I put it on top of the pouff in the livingroom. It might not be its definite place, but the size of the IKEA pillow happened to be of the same size as the top of the IKEA pouff.
Unfortunately the light conditions had gone from bad to worse before I could shoot this picture. It was, and still is very dark presently and hard to get decent light conditions to take pictures in natural light. That explains the very grainy pictures above and below.
IKEA recently announced a new bedframe among several new items for what is coming this spring. The bedframe/bedboard is called GJÖRA and will appear in shops sometime in Februari.
It is a bit different to normal bedframes. The bedframe is “empty”.
What is the point of a bedframe that is just a frame and not containing anything but empty air? If you put it in front of a window, like in the above picture, of course it doesn’t cover the window and the light, which is good (I am otherwise totally against putting beds in front of windows). But what is the point of the frame? To hang things on it? Your clothes? Decorative items? An extra blanket or throw?
I certainly wouldn’t like to have my clothes hanging from the bedframe. Neither on the short side, nor on the tall side. The tall side, by the way, is a bit over-powering and very high.
If the frame is empty, you can as well have a bed without a frame, right? Isn’t the purpose of a bedframe to keep bed-linen in the bed, pillows on the bed and not falling out and to the floor and to protect the wall behind it (if you don’t have enormous bedrooms where the bed can be freestanding on the floor)? If the frame is “empty”, then what?
One of the press-pictures shows it with a kind of curtain on the tall side. Now we are back to olden times when curtains obscured the bed from its surroundings and its content from the room it was in. Google “beds with curtains” for examples.
Instead of hanging the curtain as in the above picture, if it had a textile covering that was put onto the frame and drawn flat from top to bottom, then I would understand this kind of bedframe. The bed itself and the wood it is made of looks nice enough. But the empty bedframes? No thanks. Neither practical, nor useful, nor nice. I can too easily imagine the mess they would create with all the stuff hanging from them. Or falling down into the bed in the middle of the night disturbing sleep.
There are certain things that seem to pop up everywhere in more or less the same form looking very much alike. Shelves, like the one above from byLassen, is one of those forms. When I saw this, recently announced by byLassen, my first thought was that I had seen it before. But where? Also available as a table.
Was it the one at MIO? I have the above sideboard. Also available as a table and some other models.
One of the simplest tricks you can use to change the look and feel of a room is to change the pillows and pillowcases in the room. Just by changing their color themes can change the whole room.
If your sofa or your chairs are in one color, no patterns, and colors are neutral, it is even easier to create a combination that works well. Keeping the pillows in approximately the same colors but different patterns makes the combinations calm and interesting at the same time.
Pillowcases and pillows come in various materials, patterns and styles. They also come in various price classes. The pillow above from Svensk Tenn and costs SEK 950. I think that is a ridiculous price for a simple pillow. This is printed on linen. I would never pay SEK 950 for a pillow, no matter it being a famous pattern like this one, or that it covers a down-pillow (just guessing that it does).
It is EASY to make a pillowcase all by yourself. The pillows inside can be of any kind and you can find inexpensive ones at IKEA for next to no money. IKEA also has pillow cases for reasonable prices.
All you need to make the simplest pillow case is cloth of the size of the pillow it should cover + some extra for the sewing. If you make a pillowcase in envelope-style, some more cloth than the actual pillow. You can close the pillow case either with a zipper, or buttons, or straps. If envelope style, the cloth itself closes it.
For some time now pillows covered by knitted or crocheted covers have been seen in various interior design magazines and pictures. The above is about the simples model there can be to knit yourself. Why pay a lot of money to buy one? Unless, of course you have no knowledge of how to knit… You only need yarn of some sort (preferably thick yarn) and 2 knitting needles. How you close the cover is up to you.
If you Google the internet for knitted pillowcases you will find plenty of descriptions about how to make them.
If course you use colors according to your own wish, and patterns too, just as if you were knitting a sweater…
Or crochet the pillow case. Use your imagination. Pillow cases do not need to be expensively bought.
I’ve recently added some new details at home. Not expensive, just nice ones, that I found at Ikea. (And no, this post is NOT sponsored by Ikea. I actually do not have ANY sponsors for my blog – I just blog for the fun of it).
I think it is a fun clock. Not that easy maybe to see what the time is, but… it is decorative.
At first I intended to hang the clock in the bedroom, but it turned out that it ticks. Loudly. So couldn’t have it there. Looks good here in the hallway though I think. And here I hardly notice the ticking. (Gustav, the neighbor cat, noticed it though the other day when he was visiting).
I also got myself two new pillows with patterns by the same Olle Eksell. Just love those figures. I alos love the price, SEK39 a piece is really cheap.
The black and white one sits perfectly together with my other black and white Ikea-pillows in the chaiselongue.
Also got a colored pillow with his match-stick pattern. Presently placed that in the livingroom sofa. I like that pattern.
Saturday I spent 4.5 hours at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2015 at Älvsjömässan in Stockholm during the day that we, the general public, had access to the fair.
Got the impression that there were more people there this year than previous years. But, the fair is big and used all the halls, so people were rather spread out. I made Hall A and Hall B pretty thoroughly as those were the most interesting (in my eyes). I made a quick visit to the Green House hall, and an even faster walk-through of Hall C. Hall C was the least interesting och mainly a lot of carpet mongers, lamp shops and regular furniture shops without anything particularly new to show. I’ve understood afterwards though that I missed out on the trend-exhibition in Hall C. Have no idea where they had hidden that one…
Generally can be said that there was a lot of furniture with lacquered steel, fewer sofas than previous years, lighter and smaller furniture, many small round tables, transparent lampglass with the inner lamp visible through. Still a lot of brass, but less copper. Almost no bathrooms or kitchens. More colors than previous years, but at the same time a lot of black. And blue. And natural materials. The interiors also often used green plants, a lot of cactus, in the interiors.
The mirror at the top of the page with the lighting has real plants around the edge. And it is me in the mirror.
To walk around the fair for 4,5 hours was hard work. My step-counter reached 12 413 steps or 9,3 km. That includes the walks to and from the buses and the commuter train to get there from home and back. I didn’t walk any more that day.
I recently bought this lamp from Ikea, RANARP (above). The intention was to put it in the bedroom over the bench where I have flowers so they could get some more light this dark season. Tested it there but it was no good as I always got the light into my eyes as soon as I entered the bedroom. Because of how you attach it, it ended up here in the end, in the livingroom, replacing a book-case lamp I moved to a bookcase where I had to replace one lamp that had a sudden and final death of the whole lamp, not just the bulb.
I like the form and look of this lamp (Ikea has several other models of it), but… Why does it have to have such a huge label inside it? As it is a clamp spot-light, usually put a bit higher up on a shelf or similar, you see the label inside it when looking up. And why does it have to have such a complicated construction for fastening the lamp to the shelf-edge? I have reasonably strong hands (despite my age) but almost couldn’t get it in place as it was hard work to get it to open up enough to place it where I wanted it. Then it also has a thing you screw up through the fastening to make it sit securely there.
This (above and below) is the spot-light it replaced. Also an Ikea-lamp, no longer sold, much smaller. You screw it into the shelf itself, no clamping. I have several of those, so when one broke, I couldn’t just put a new of another model in its place. On these bookcases, there are three in a row.
Here above the wardrobes in the bedroom, also three in a row (as you can see I am not finished painting the walls in the bedroom yet, one corner and one wall to go). High up, angled to be able to see what is in the wardrobes. And one more over the other two wardrobes in the bedroom (yes, I have five wardrobes there…).
If another one of those spot-lights brake, I will have to find a replacement. And I do not want one of Ikeas cheapest, which i still have one of in the living room and long have looked for a replacement for.
I am not prepared to pay some SEK2000 or so for a designer lamp though… not that I don’t want one, but I cannot afford it.
Might move the RANARP clamp spotlight to this location and find something else to put above the stereo.
My favorite clamp spot-light is the Artemide Tolomeo lamp. It costs around USD 185 though, which is way to much for me. But I just love it. Small, unobtrusive, good quality, nice-looking… Comes in various colors too.
There is much talk about copies and originals on many interior design blogs. The question is should you buy the original (often expensive) or a copy (often much less expensive) or ban all copies? After my adventure with the office chair (do a search for “office chair” in my blog for all posts about it) last year (which solved itself in the end), I would never again dare to buy copies of designer furniture or items from those companies that sell them. Even though I can be tempted because of the price.
Sometimes though it is hard to tell if it is a copy or not, or how the designer of the item/furniture got inspired. Take for instance this black vase that I recently saw, and compare it to the one from Ikea. Coincident that they look so much alike? It is a classical form of a vase, but the color and the surface? The Ikea one has been around for quite some time.
They are not identical (the one from Ikea is golden inside), but in my eyes they are very similar. In this case the Ikea-vase came first, the one from House Doctor was announced just recently. As soon as I saw that one I thought about the one from Ikea. The size differs very little between them.