I thought I’d share a bit more of the things I saw in Stockholm Furniture Fair. In the Greenhouse area, which is meant for design schools, small design companies and young designers, had the best new ideas. I noticed that in this area I was more focused in the new products and ideas whereas in the other halls which featured bigger well-known companies, I was more interested in the fair stands and their presentation, than the actual products.
Here I gathered a few new products from the Greenhouse area that I liked the most.
I thought that this Will chair by Lith Lith Lundin had an interesting shape. It’s very basic, but the way those wood pieces are used gives a nice texture. It also looks different from different angles. To find out more, go to their website www.lithlithlundin.se.
This Linen Stool by Inger Steinnes was one of my favorites. It’s very simple but it uses offcuts from leather production, so it’s very ecological. I love the texture it creates, and it’s actually surprisingly soft to sit on. You can see more of her work here on her website: www.ingersteinnes.com.
This Mildred stool by Monique Consentino had a simple but clever idea. Using the blanket as a seat cushion when it’s not needed is a nice idea. You can see her work on her website www.monq.dk.
This clever stool, named W77, was in the same schools fair stand than the previous Mildred stool. Teko Design and Business University had a very nice fair stand and you can see more of their products from here. W77 is designed by Louise Tot and it functions both as a stool and an exercise equipment for balance training. I like how it is multifunctional AND looks good. See more information about it from her website www.oomi.dk.
I realized that all of my favorites until now were chairs or stools. Tells a lot about my studies as a furniture student! But this last one was very different from everything else, I had to show it. Olso National Academy of the Arts had a very different stand this year. Their idea was not to show real furniture but to make an art installation which had video and audio of the students sharing their ideas about design. I didn’t understand anything about the video, but the stand had such an amazingly cool copper floor that I had to include it here. It gives nice warmth, texture and character to the other white fair stand. How cool is that?
What do you think of these new designs?
Self-made Christmas cards are the best. I feel that they have more value because somebody took the time and effort to make them. They are easy to make since they don’t require too much skills or money to make them. And the sky’s the limit when designing Christmas cards. I usually like combining something hand-drawn and something printed with decorative paper. Here you can see how my Christmas cards looked like last year.
This year I draw Christmas trees with a white marker on black paper. They are easy and quick to draw, just draw a zig zag pattern with a slight curve making each line a bit longer than the last one. I used a thinner marker to draw a star and some dots around the tree. The text I printed from my computer on a nice paper or used an old dymo with black tape. I like that the cards are all different, it makes them unique and more special.
Do you prefer self-made Christmas cards over store-bought ones?
Last weekend I decorated our apartment for Christmas. I think I have more Christmas decorations every year. Can’t help it though, I love Christmas! I love Christmas lights, all the pretty things and most importantly, the calm and lovely atmosphere.
I bought some branches for my demijohn bottle and hung my Christmas ornaments from them. My tradition is to make some new ornaments every year so that one day when we have our own real Christmas tree, we already have pretty, self-made ornaments for it. I did wool yarn wrapped ornaments two years ago and heart ornaments form old sweaters last year.
This year I found a great free pattern for knitted ornaments from Knitting Daily via No home without you. Knitting them is a bit time consuming but they look so nice! You can use thicker yarn to make them bigger.
Have you decorated for Christmas already?