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Visiting Europe by way of Reykjavik

2.27.2017


Unbelievably to me, our trip to Scandinavia was almost four years ago. How many life events that have happened in that short span of time is quite astonishing. Since that trip I unfortunately, lost my father quite suddenly, 7 months later we welcomed another child into our family with the birth of our daughter Elin and then watched her and her brother grow up so much. In the span of four years, there have been countless meals prepared and eaten, clothes and toys that have been worn out or outgrown, rooms in our home have been repurposed and rearranged over and over again, four years of daily activities have been lived out. And yet, the memories that still sit right on the surface of my mind are the ones made during travel.

Four years ago I cannot recall my favorite snack, my favorite song or pair of shoes. Without looking through my blog for photo evidence I could not tell you exactly how the house was arranged or which shows my kids loved to watch the most. Maybe your memory serves you better than mine but a lot of the small details of everyday life have now become a bit fuzzy in my memory.

I can however, still tell you about the small coffee shop my husband and I found in the basement location along a quiet street in downtown Copenhagen. I can tell you about the shops that offered heaps of flowers and young bulb plants on their store sidewalk, even during a very cold first week of April. The sight of Swedish pastries or Danish smørrebrød that sat behind a glass partition at the counter of neighborhood cafes still feel like a recent memory.



Also easily retrieved from my memory is how we planned for our getaway. We live in the Northwest of the United States so we searched for weeks to find the best route with the fewest connections, most competitive prices and largest plane. If you're going to be on a non-stop flight for more than 7 hours, space becomes a premium issue. Ultimately we chose to fly to Seattle and take Icelandair who flew directly from SEA to RKV, as in Reykjavik, Iceland. From RKV we went right to Stockholm where we planned to spend the first two days. I was really glad not to have a lot of connecting flights all over US airports, the direct flight was really what convinced me most and I believe it was only 7.5 hrs once we left Seattle until the time we flew over the foggy shores of Iceland.


In addition allow me to say the Icelandair plane was incredibly cozy and peaceful. I've been in my fair share of cramped and uncomfortable flights and it was such a relief to step on the plane and see this was not going to be one of them. I faintly remember music playing and pillows on every seat, but some of the details are a little lost in my mind because I soon fell asleep. My husband and closest friends will attest that I never fall asleep on planes, just can't do it no matter how tired I am. Yet on this flight I dozed off easily making the flight duration seem much shorter. Soon we were arriving at RKV which was so nice (the airport was really clean and orderly!) and I remember grabbing skyr and some smoked fish for the next flight. Just a friendly tip, smoked fish is not a good in-flight snack as it tends to be quite fragrant, a quality I unfortunately miscalculated at the time. Moving past the fishy smell it was only another 2.5 hrs before our feet were on Swedish soil. One of the reasons we chose Icelandair was because it's a wonderful hub for traveling anywhere in Europe. From here we could have visited London or Paris or flown directly to Copenhagen. The other nice is flying from Iceland to many western European cities is just a couple of hours.



The first two days in Stockholm went by in a blur, recovering from jet lag after all. Soon though we made our way to Copenhagen where we spent most of the week before finishing the weekend back in Stockholm again. I shared a few photos taken in Stockholm after we came home from our trip already on the blog but I never shared any from Denmark, (however I did post some different versions to Instagram). Here are some that I managed to dig out of the archives of the cityscape, indoor market, HAY house, a frozen harbor and of course the ubiquitous bikes that seemingly everyone uses in Copenhagen regardless of the season or weather.



Unsure of when we will next travel to Europe, it is something of a goal to visit Iceland as well, not only as a port for flying through, but a place to stay and explore as well. This time we will be traveling with both kids which often means taking our time and enjoying the journey and not just the destination. I'd love to stay in Reykjavik for a few days, visiting lagoons, climbing hills and taking in Icelandic scenery before continuing our journey. After great experiences flying Icelandair to and from Europe, we will certainly be using them again to make new memories visiting countries and cities by way of Reykjavik.

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Note Design Studio's office, based on the Neutral Color System

2.24.2017




It's practically unheard of for me to upload so many images for a single post, but I love every single shot taken of Note Design Studio's office that why hold back? Take the full tour!

Note Design Studio collaborated with Sørensen Leather, a Danish supplier whose past collaborations boast names like Norm Architects, Kinfolk and Fritz Hansen, to create The Colour Box based on the Neutral Color System (NCS) which is used the world over for color communication. Note Design Studio says,

"Our concept is based on the idea of redefining natural leather. In a common sense, we easily define natural leather in tones of colors that range from brown to black. But our approach has been to look into nature itself, to find the true colors in nature, and to define and collect them into a harmonious scale."


I find the collab to be a very natural partnership as NDS has always used color in a bold way, and on a different scale that most. Previous projects of theirs proves this to be so.






Details of the beautiful Bollo chair (also seen here) designed by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia.



















Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen.





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COS Spring/Summer 2017 line has the tone-on-tone inspiration you need

2.23.2017

COS Spring/Summer 2017 line has the tone-on-tone inspiration you need | AMM blog

The COS SS '17 line, photographed around NYC's Chelsea Art District to present "modern utility with a timeless approach". See the rest here.


COS Spring/Summer 2017 line has the tone-on-tone inspiration you need | AMM blog

COS Spring/Summer 2017 line has the tone-on-tone inspiration you need | AMM blog

COS Spring/Summer 2017 line has the tone-on-tone inspiration you need | AMM blog

COS Spring/Summer 2017 line has the tone-on-tone inspiration you need | AMM blog

COS Spring/Summer 2017 line has the tone-on-tone inspiration you need | AMM blog
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In Paris, Aesop's offices are turned into temporary spas















Son of French designer Pierre Paulin, Benjamin Paulin has collaborated with Aesop to create temporary spaces for facials and other treatments for their Rue Saint-Honoré offices.

A long time admirer of Pierre's work, Aesop's architect Jean-Philippe Bennefoi struck up a relationship with Paulin, Paulin, Paulin to create a three room service space that allows the customer to have the rooms completely to themselves for 90 minutes. Each room serves a unique function as entrance room, another for discussing custom treatments and yet another for the customer to experience the treatment itself.

Using some of Paulin's work including the Anda chair, Mushroom stool, Tanis desk, the pedestal table designed for Ligne Roset, and the Osaka sofa designed for La Cividina were mixed with vintage piece. Each furniture piece was chosen primarily for it's functionality without creating a showroom for Paulin.



Illustrations by William Luz and Nous Nous for Aesop.
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Liljencrantz Design

2.22.2017



I regret not blogging about Louise Liljencrantz sooner because though I've followed her on Instagram for a while (her IG Stories are really fun behind-the-scenes of design projects), her work and home have just now become a hot topic. The latest issue of Residence bookazine features her personal space and it has quite a few blogs abuzz with her work, though I've been admiring it for some time longer than the release of this new print issue. Her style is quite lux, check out those linen wrapped walls, but also very classic and timeless. To me it seems a very nice blend of older styles with with modern Scandinavian lines and natural colors.











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