The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017 is now over. I visit this fair every year to see new trends, beautiful furniture and lightings and to get impressions and input on what is to come in the near future when it comes to furniture and light. This year was no exception. I was there.
I visited on the one day that is for the common people, like me. The fair goes on almost the entire week for the pros. One of few fairs where you cannot buy anything unless you are a company. Liberating.
Overall impression was that the furniture is more rounded and stuffed than previous years. There are more colors. There was a lot of blond wood everywhere. There were less office chairs, more regular chairs, less office interiors, more interesting lightings (both in form and expression), more diningtables/conference tables.
This year I managed to visit all three halls and a short visit to the Green room hall. I even sat down for a while in the C hall and listened to an event about trends.
I took fewer photos this year than I use to. But, I’ll show you the ones I did take. I do not keep track on designers and/or firms or who did what. I just look at how things look and if I like them or find them interesting in one way or the other.
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Natural colors carpets.
Triangular and rounded chair.
Really useful lamps/lights/plantstand in one.
Shelf-light. Like it.
A blue diningroom
Bar stools with back-support.
Small wireless lamps.
Various nice lamps.
Last years number one designer plants.
Wooden trees for … where?
Rounded shelf units. Imagine that in a large room.
The greige livingroom… I would never want these colors…
This years number one designer plant.
To have extra shelves on the lamp is a good idea.
Wall lamp with really long arm.
The floor pillow. You see them everywhere lately.
A sofa with too many details if you ask me…
This should be really easy to do yourself for hanging your magazines.
STRING all whites.
Small wireless lamps.
A very comfortable chair.
Not a butterfly chair but similar idea
Dingroomtable or conference table.
Interesting lamp with 2 lampshades, one inside the other.
This is my entrance hallway. It is very small, only 170cm wide and 200cm long. In that space there are 2 doors, one is the entrance door behind the black and white curtain above, the other is the door to my storage room which is to the right in the picture. Then there is the opening from the hallway into the flat itself, and my second hallway.
Entrance hallways need a lot of functions, like storage, somewhere to hang your jackets and coats and visitors jackets and coats, somewhere to put shoes you take off, somewhere to sit, a mirror, and good lighting. In my case, the lighting is in the ceiling and contains three spots that can be directed to the areas in the space where you need the light to be. The smaller a hallway is, the more important is it to keep order there and to think through which functions you need in a hallway.
It isn’t all that simple to get all functions for an entrance hallway in such a small space, but I think I’ve managed well enough. There is a bench with show-storage to the left in the picture, a chair to sit on when you put on or off shoes and a cupboard to the right where I store outdoor jackets and coats and shows and such which aren’t presently used, but still used during the current season.
The bench I bought from Stalands not long after I move into this flat. No longer sold, but they have similar furniture for hallways. Small, but two shelves for shoes, a cushion on top to sit on, or as here to throw your bags on when you come in. It also have two drawers (the white ones) where you can put smaller things.
Above the bench I have to tall and thin mirrors that originally were bought at Ikea very long ago. They are there both so you can see yourself before going out/or when you come in, and also give the impression that the space is bigger than it actually is. They also brings in light.
The cupboard to the left comes from IKEA and is still sold. It is called ANEBODA. On top of them I keep two large paper-boxes (from IKEA, where else?) for safekeeping of various largish plasticbags).
When I bought the flat the walls in both hallways, this one and the next. had orange wall paper. Before I moved in I painted the walls dark grey. I dislike orange in interiors.
As you can see from the image above my office-corner in the second hallway is very close form here and on the way to the kitchen.
Floor is oak. There are two carpets for dirty shoes.Just inside the door a large red one, and on the way further into the flat the above round one from IKEA.
Beside the door curtain (cloth from IKEA) hangs a clock with figures by Olle Eksell that IKEA sold until recently. Below it hangs a small shelf that IKEA sold temporarily. I bought two. They were originally red but I’ve painted them white as it makes it easier to place them.
In that corner I have large picture of Picasso on the wall. It is a poster from Apple Computer that I got many years ago. It was part of one of their advertising campaigns. I have some other posters from that same campaign.
Below the large picture is a short pictureshelf from IKEA that I use for smalls tuff I need to put somewhere, like keys and such.
Just under the Picasso picture and the picture shelf is the chair and whichever shoes are used in the current season. And more IKEA items: the wastepaperbasket and the shoehorn. The red carpet comes from MIO and is one of those kinds that can absorb a lot of sand and snow and wetness. Was expensive but worth it. The chair is HOLMSEL from IKEA.
On the door to the storage room I hang the current jackets, coats, bags and such and coats and jackets of visitors. I use an over the door hanger for this purpose.
As small as this entrance hallway is, it contains all functions you need in an entrance hallway. But small it is. If we are more than one person there, one of us need to move on towards the second hallway. But otherwise, it is functional.
When I got my first room of my own (when my grandmother moved to her sisters) I got some furniture that today, again, are popular and the very things to have.
One of them was a STRING shelf, like the one above. I had the exact same model. At the time it was one of the cheapest shelfs you could get… Today this small unit costs SEK 995 in most places. Which is a ridiculous price for a shelf this simple that has been produced for such a long time.
The shelf was designed in 1949 by Nils Strinning. Today it is an entire storage system, not just a simple shelf, that can be combined any way you want it. It is very flexible.
New incarnations of it comes every year.
Do I like the STRING shelf today? No, not really. I did then. It was the shelf for my then entire library of books. Most books I borrowed at the communal library so I didn’t need all that much storage space for them. We couldn’t really afford buying books but I got one or two for each christmas and birthday. I do not like the STRING shelf today. Particularly I do not like the price it has today. In my mind it is still a simple shelf which I remember as something cheap you got when you couldn’t afford something more expensive.
The other piece of furniture I got for the room of my own was a butterfly-chair. Mine was yellow as the above but had black trimmings around its edges, and black legs. The most uncomfortable chair there is… There was no way you could sit comfortably in it. So most of the time I spent on my bed, which was a 120 cm wide bed (with a dark grey bedcover and lots of pillows). The butterfly chair of a model like the above one also were cheap to buy. You saw them in any room of a teenager at the time. The butterfly chair has made a come-back the last couple of years. No longer a cheap chair though, but over-designed in various expensive materials like leather and furs.
The butterfly chair was designed 1938 and was introduced in Sweden in the 1950-ties. It was designed by Antonia Bonet from Spain and Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy from Argentine. It has been called many names like Sling, Wing, Safari and Butterfly.
Combine the STRING shelf and the yellow butterfly chair with this orange-cerise feature wall which I got in my room. It was not painted. It was wallpaper. I don’t remember which color the other walls in the room had, but I suspect it was greyish-white. The picture is of me and Bosse in 1964-65, my boyfriend at the time. I also remember that wool sweater which I bought for my very first salary at my very first job….
I guess it is “sustainable” that old designs still work and are still used… but it gets a bit boring to see the same things again and again.
Pink interiors anyone? This autumn the color pink seems to be THE color in interiors. You see it everywhere (see my previous post about terrible colors for yet another image with a pink kitchen).
There are plenty of different shades of pink around. Some are more red than pink. Other are more brown than pink, or more to the lilac.
I never liked pink interiors. Not now and not when I was younger and not when I was a little girl either. As a little girl I loved blue in all shades. I still do.
I would never feel comfortable in a pink livingroom. I would want to turn around and get out of it as soon as possible.
I wouldn’t even want just one pink object around in my interiors. Pink sofa? Shudder… One pink pillow then? Maybe, but no… please.
Having a wallpaper with pink in is no better.
Pink in interiors used to be something that was used in the rooms of little girls or babies. Then it became THE color for a girls room, up to around the age of approximately 12 or so. Now the color pink has spread into all areas of living and interiors. Kitchens, bathrooms, carpets, walls, livingrooms… Look at any magazine or website about interior design. Pink is there.
Will it stay? I doubt it. I can accept a pink t-shirt, and I find pink flowers in nature beautiful. Let the color pink stay in nature. Leave it out of the interiors please. I know I don’t have to use it because it is in fashion presently, but I don’t want to see it everywhere either.
Baby pink in the livingroom? No thanks. Even this faded pink would make me wonder about the personality of the owner of the home. The images above are worse though.
Pink plants and flowers then? Yes please, those are nice. The above is a bush at my neighbors which get large flowers. It is by the way flowering again right now in mid October. I’ve forgotten the name of the bush.
One pale pink wall then? No thanks. It is better but… well, it is still pink.
But in nature and in flowers it is a nice color. I just don’t like pink interiors. Let it stay in the nature on flowers.
I find it awful…
A kitchen with pink cupboards and teal colored floors…
I would personally turn back out from that kitchen immediately. Definitely doesn’t get me in the mood to cook or anything else you usually do in the kitchen. These colors… According to ELLE Decoration those are beautiful colors… I couldn’t disagree more.
And the livingroom isn’t one bit better. Sofa with different shades of green in the sofa cushions, paired with lilac walls and a red carpet on a dark-blue floor… No thanks. I think the sofa opposite to the green one is pink… It is just too much. Makes me nauseous.
That many colors, in those combinations, only makes me want to immediately turn my back and get out of it. That is, if I was in that house… There is no rest in that house (feng-shui someone?). How can you relax with these colors and color-combinations?
I actually like colors.
But not like this.
And not combined liked this.
How an interior decoration magazine like ELLE Decoration actually can find it beautiful is beyond my comprehension. This hurts my eyes and makes me sea-sick.
My livingroom, presently, looks like in the above picture. I regularly take pictures of my flat to document the here and now in the rooms. Some things change over time, others not. Lamps and decorative items move around. Pillow covers change. Plants come and go. The mess on the sofa-table change all the time. The latest bigger change in the livingroom – except for the the plants that moved in from the patio – is that I changed the big carpet. After two years with the off-white carpet I went back to the blue carpet recently.
(The sharp-eyed can see that my olive tree is on the plant-stand in the bedroom. Just moved it indoors. Have to get a plant-light for it soon, so it won’t die.).
The blanket in the chair that Gustav (and Alice) love to sleep in change regularly as it gets dirty from the cats. So does the pillow case in the same chair.
In august the view over the sofa-table, TV and the entrance to the bedroom looked like in the above picture. The sofa-table was not as messy as it sometimes is…
This (above) is a more normal state of the sofa-table. The table is massive oiled oak, done by Hans K. Very heavy. I looked for a sofa-table for a very long time before I got this one. I love it. Otherwise sofa-tables now-a-days are usually too low. (The book on the table Ive finished since picture was shot).
This (above) is more what the sofa-table is supposed to look like when most of the stuff on it is put away.
I have a 40″ SONY TV in one end of the livingroom. I prefer watching TV on an actual TV-device and not on the iPad or the iMac or the MaBook Pro, which are my other choices. I only revert to those devices when I need to watch something on SVT Play that I’ve missed out on for some reason.
The gym-ball is there because I actually sometimes use it. And I also use if to put my feet on if I sit in the chair where the neighboring cats usually sleep.
The livingroom view from the TV-wall towards the oping that leads to the hallway, bathroom and kitchen. As usual the ironing-board stands there in the livingroom… I hate ironing.
That blue pillow-case on the round pillow needs to be exchanged now that I put the blue carpet in the livingroom again. The two blues simply clash. It will get a white chrocheted pillow-case instead. Just have to make it first.
The sofa in the livingroom is a two-seater KARLSTAD sofa from IKEA. Some time after I moved to this flat I changed my three-seater to a two-seater as the other sofa simply was too big for the room. Here is were I spend most of my time when in the livingroom.
The plate-mat on the sofa-table is there because I often eat my meals in front of the TV, sitting in the sofa, and ont want to harm my sofa-table.
The picturewall in inte living room presently looks like this (and has done so for quite some time now). It is a mix of posters, two printed pictures of art, and five aquarelles done by yours truly.
On the low bookcase near to the door to my outside place I keep some candle-houses. The poster above it is a 1st of May Russian poster which I’ve had for a long time. Now that the darker season is approaching fast, I will start light the candles in them again.
View from the livingroom into the bedroom. Decorations on the small round table beside the chair in the livingroom.
The white cover on the chair where Gustav and Alice (the neighboring cats) like to sleep, is still white. Might be because of the long time with dry weather. No wet and dirty cat-feet…
By the window in the livingroom is the chaise-lounge. Also white cover presently.
As you might guess, I have a lot of books, and I read a lot. And yes, I prefer paper-books to digital books, be they onscreen e-books or audio-books. Paper books is what I prefer. Bookcases are BILLY from IKEA.
At the foot of the chaise-lounge – which I’ve by the way considered selling if anyone wants to buy it – stands my training bicycle. Yes, I DO use it on and off. Has to stand there so I can watch TV at the same time as I use it.
I also have a light grey cover for the chaise-lounge. I’ll put that on soon as I have to wash the white cover which unfortunately got a blackcurrant-juice stain on it recently. Remains to be seen if I can get rid of the stain. Under the book on the table is my MacBook Pro on IKEAs small computer table. Under the pillow (cover knitted by yours truly) is a computer-pillow (IKEA of course) to put on your lap if you want your laptop (or iPad) on your lap. Beside the MBP is a small radio that also can serve as charger for the iPhone.
The chaise lounge stand near to the door to the outside place. Above is how it looked in the window before I moved som of the plants from outside to indoors storage over the winter. Under the sideboard by the window I keep bird-feed and some other stuff that go out and in constantly to the garden.
This (above) is how the livingroom window is supposed to look, minus the tomato-plant.
This (above is how it looks presently sine the fig-tree and some other plants were moved inside. The Australian wild pelargonia under it, will move up onto the sideboard when the tomato-plant is finished and gone. The fig-tree has lost three leaves since moved indoors. It will lose some 3-4 leaves more soon. Perfectly normal.
A bit crowded presently, I agree…
I had to move the chaise lounge and the training-cycle a bit towards the door to gt the fig tree indoors behind the chaise lounge. Cup-boards in the corner are BESTÅ from IKEA. The other ones are BILLY, also from IKEA. Ceiling lamp is from IKEA as well. The sea-gull hanging from the ceiling I bought long ago in Tel Aviv, Israel. It has accompanied me in different flats for many years, always hanging from the ceiling in the livingroom. Wings flap if wind gets indoors or if you pull its red “legs”.
Below you can see the corner with the chaise lounge and the bookcases together. I have a mirror on the wall beside the bookcases to provide more light to the plants and to the room. I love having plants in the room but maybe not this many plants.
I’ve got a stain from black currant juice onto my white cover on my Ektorp daybed…
The other day I passed my Ektorp daybed in the livingroom on the way outside with a glass of homemade black currant juice in one hand. I then wanted to pick up the book I intended to take outside into the sun… The glass slopped… A few drops of the juice landed on the white-covered daybed… And there it is. A large, blue stain on the white cover. Disaster?
Stains from black currant aren’t easy to get rid of, if at all possible. I don’t know of any working methods to get rid of this kind of stain.
Of course I’ll try to get it off in the laundry, but if I don’t succeed? Is this then a disaster? Or is it an opportunity?
Should I color the entire cover jeans-blue?
I have a second cover for the daybed, light grey, from Bemz. Ikea stopped selling this model of Ektorp daybed years ago, including its covers. Getting a new, white cover is expensive and nothing I presently can afford.
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.
I have a weakness for designer lamps. Mostly they are too expensive for my economy, but… I still love designer lamps. Preferably with a simple design. If they also have some clever function, the better.
The other day I saw this lamp above at another blog and it caught my eye. A very clever lamp. Includes an usb-port for charging your smartphone or pad.
I want that lamp… More info about it here (and no, I am not sponsored). It comes from Markslöjd and is called MULTI Vägg (wall). It is also dimmable. Lamp not included. And it is black.
Would love to have that one beside the bed. Price: from SEK921 upwards, depending on where you buy it.
I’ve always been fascinated by maps and lighted globes. Two years ago I went with my neighbor to her former husbands sister to help clean some stuff out. I then saw this globe and wondered if that was something she wanted to keep or not, but never had the opportunity to ask her then. Last week we were there again and I had the chance to ask her. And she said I could have it. Brought it home on Sunday. The globe got a new home.
As the electric cord was yellowish and the wall-connection of an old model that doesn’t fit in my electric wall-mounts, I knew I had to exchange the electrics in it if I wanted it lighted. The foot is wood and the holder for the globe is metal.
After googling how to disassemble and change lamp in a globe, I managed to disassemble it. I then had to go to the store and buy a new cord and a new LED-lamp for the globe. It got a 15W/140 lm cool white LED lamp. And a new cord with a button for on and off light that had a connector that fits into my wall-mounts.
After cleaning every part of the globe and assembling it with the new electrics, I tested that I could turn on the light, and I could. The globe was then put in place again and I turned it on with the globe on.
Then remained to find a place where to put it.
I’ve placed the globe in the bedroom on top of my tower of two smallish chests of drawers after some re-organizing of other stuff. It is connected to the electric outlet that has a timer, so how it looks lighted there, I will only see tonight.
What I do see though is that I have to change the curtain there to something less colorful. It is a bit much with the globe in front of this colorful curtain.
The globe has got a new home and after cleaning all its parts (except the inside of the globe), it now almost doesn’t smell of cigarette-smoke any longer.
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.
Sometimes you get guests who need to sleep over for one reason or other. Then you need some extra bed or solution to make that possible. If your space is limited and live in a smallish place, that is not all that easy to find a solution.
The above bed is from JYSK and probably one of the most common models for temporary beds. Usually awful to sleep on. And n you need space to store it when folded, mattress and all. IKEA has a similar model and there are probably many similar ones in the market.
Another solution is to get an inflatable bed that doesn’t need all that much space when stored and not used. That’s what I did. The above one is from JYSK and comes in a small tote. The bed when air in it can, in my case, be put in the kitchen, just beside the fridge. Below you see how little space it takes.
Neither of these solutions are very comfortable though. For one night or maybe two, but…
This is one smart arm-chair guestbed. Comes in a couple of different colors (I prefer the light grey one above) and you can get it either with a high back or a low one. And you can get it with or without armrests.
To use it as a bed you take hold of the bottom front of the chair and drag it out to full-size bed-length. You then use the zipper of the cushion you normally sit on and you get a mattress.
Not only is this a 3-seater sofa when not used as a bed, but you can transform to a smallish double-bed, 132 cms wide by dragging out the mattress.
It also has a very good price… It is simple with clean lines. I really like it. It has space under the mattress for keeping the bedding for it.
ASARUM is my favorite. But I don’t have the space for it unfortunately. Maybe if I sold my chaise-lounge… (which isn’t long enough to sleep on). But two differently grey sofas in the livingroom would be a bit much, right?
There are several reasons that your should to take photos of your home.
1. For insurance reasons to have a picture-record of what you have in your home.
I originally started to take photos of my homes for this very reason. To be able to prove what I owed in case of burglary and theft in my homes. At the time I started doing it digital photography was not that widespread. Pictures were still mainly produced on paper and paper-copies were the ones you saved for insurance reasons.
Take photos of everything you would want to document that you own. Plants, books, decoration items, pictures on the walls, content of drawers and cupboards and closets. Be thorough and detailed. Photograph in good light, preferably day-light so the items get the right colors.
Don’t forget to take pictures of the titles of your CDs, DVDs, records, books etc. It is much faster than writing down all the titles…
The most important with those pictures taken for insurance reasons is to keep them in a safe place and not only in the computer itself. The computer can be stolen, then with all its content and then the pictures are gone too. Make backups and store backup in a safe place. Think thefts and fire (or any other natural disaster that can strike).
2. For styling of your home.
If you want to style your home, re-arrange your furniture, build a picture-wall, get an overview of a room, there is no better way than taking pictures of your interiors.
What you get is an overview and you can SEE the room (or the corner or the wall) in another way than you normally do by just living in the same interiors.
If you have the possibility to, get up on a ladder or a pallet to get the extra overview of items you want to re-arrange. You might realize then that there are too many things in a certain spot, or that they are arranged in an awkward way.
Take both close-ups and overviews of your interiors. In natural light preferably. Digital cameras are good at taking pictures in quite poor light conditions, but the best is to use the natural light in those hours when it is the best. When that is, depends on how your windows are placed and which direction your windows are turned. Never take photos in full sun-light. It is very difficult to get good pictures in full sunshine as the shadows become too sharp.
You will be surprised how different your home looks on pictures compared to in real life.
3. For blogging about your home.
If you want to blog about your home and show pictures from your interiors, the rules are the same as for the styling and insurance photos. Shoot them in natural light. Zoom in or out on what is important for the blogpost. Get up high on ladder or a pallet if you want to get an overview.
One difference with blog-pictures is that you can arrange them to your liking. Remove items you don’t want to show. Move items around to get the effect you want. Be personal. Don’t try to make your home look like in a magazine about interior design – that can be really boring. (Not the magazine the look like a magazine picture).
4. Other reasons to take photos of your home.
Other reasons for taking pictures of your home is to make comparisons over the years of how your home has changed. Which furniture and/or solutions or decorative items survived over the years. Which disappeared. How did your taste and style change over the years.
Here are some fun pictures for comparison of my livingrooms and my bedroom.
This trend to turn the titles of the books away from the viewer and hide it, to make secret books…
I don’t know about you, but I want to be able to FIND my books and see their titles… I don’t want my books to be secret.
This trend of sorting books according to color or by not at all showing which books are in the bookcase by turning their backs toward the walls… It is insulting to the books. And makes it absolutely impossible to find a particular book. Secret books.
What is the point of placing them like this?
To not get distracted by the books colors or titles?
To keep the titles secret to the viewer?
Is it beautiful? No, not in my eyes.
Is it practical? No. Not at all.
It makes the bookcase totally impersonal.
Maybe that is the point of placing the books like this?
If you are not going to ever again find a particular book and only use them for decorating purposes: then use a wallpaper with books on instead.