Saw this house in Portobello Road yesterday - there was something about it that struck me and I had to stop and admire the harmony going on here. Everything about this house feels at peace, the house looks so cosy. The warm purple and the flowers draping on the front, as well as the subtle grey of the front door and windows - all fit perfectly with the symmetrical design of the house. Basically I love this house-front, from colors to architecture!
I can only imagine how beautiful it must be inside…
I’ve started to sketch interiors again, feeding my decoration obsession, which almost usually includes shelf-storage solutions. I’ve primarily been inspired by Pinterest lately, which is such a rich visual source, especially if you search specific attributes and of course follow great people - Emma’s Design Blog being one of THE most inspiring Scandinavian blogs I have seen.
This is a superb idea that Made by Me has created for a personalized Christmas gift, that I had to share because I’ve never seen anything like it before, and think it’s so original!
A good friend of mine from back home in Portugal has started a company with her friends that specializes in party planning and events, with all catering and design made with lots of Love and smiles, by them! They called it Made by Me, and for the moment they post all their news and products on their Facebook Page. This box costs 9€ and you can choose from various Brigadeiro flavors including: Chocolate, lemon and white chocolate, and coconut and white chocolate! Yummy!
The coolest and most original ‘flower pot/vase’ (if you can call this one) I have ever seen! I spotted this today outside a home-ware store near my place here in Stockholm. I had to stop and photograph it as I’d never seen anything like this. A great way to recycle an old + unwanted chair, although it will occupy lots of space if you only have a varanda at home!
They have the most amazing furnitre pieces from some of my favorite furniture designers like Arne Jacobsen and Alvar Aalto. If you are an interior design fanatic like me, you will love this store, with some of the most beautiful Scandinavian classics on show.
I took these pictures of the two white chairs and table beneath the two lamps at the entrance, as I thought they were very well aesthetically positioned. They also had this old bicycle on the window show front, which I thought was really cool. Some eye candy for now… I hope to one day earn enough money to buy at least one chair / sofa for my own place.
Recently I came across this beautiful hairdresser shop-front here in Stockholm: UNIK. I really loved how the old typography & style of the words Frisör (meaning hairdresser in Swedish) stand above the front entrance.
I don’t know if it was already there before UNIK, but either way I was really drawn to the contrast between the old and the new styles. In fact what I saw first was the word Frisör, staring at me as I was crossing the road. I had to stop and take a picture.
I found this awesome studio based in Singapore today, Studio Juju.
"Established in 2009 by Timo Wong and Priscilla Lui, studio juju is a design partnership based in Singapore. The studio possesses keen interest in applying design methods and sensibilities in products, spaces, and art direction." Their simplicity, elegance, and livelihood translated through projects on their website, is so wonderful.
Priscilla & Timo.
What Studio Juju does:
Product Design & Development
Conceptual & Research
I especially like their AT Lamps, which i’ve spotted before in some interior design blogs, seen below.
Passed by NK recently and took these pictures. They have, as always, the most original and fun window displays. The theme of the current display is make up, so the other window displays are colorfully decorated with lipsticks falling from the ceiling, and nail varnishes perfectly aligned on a table. The also have some huge eye lashes, with the same shiny material as these photos I took, which is also stunning.
Such a simple detail for any shop to think about, but so powerful for the public who is passing by. Love it NK.
I love this photo she had on her blog. It’s such a powerful and beautiful setting, it’s like no words can describe what you feel when you look at it. Just contemplating the photo, and taking time to understand and settle yourself in this wonderful room, is what you want to do. I think the tall ceilings add such a ‘umph’ to the setting, making it so majestic.
Today was my first client meeting at Kulturhuset, the official partner and where the venue will be held for the sustainable design exhibition I am doing the web design/concept for. (More details on the exhibition to follow soon.)
Both Habibihus & Apparat - the interior designers &architects pioneering this exhibition - were also present at the meeting today. Very interesting to ‘shadow’ and see what a meeting for an exhibition of this scale - running for 5months - includes.
After the meeting me and Elise ran through some of the designs, and we sat down in the ‘Ekoteket' cafe/restaurant area on the 3rd floor of the Kulturhuset. This is a stunning space that is updated every month with sustainable furniture designs, and where there are weekly talks and discussions about sustainable design. I have to say the color green is evidently predominant in this space, and I love that! It is a very inspirational space to be in, with a beautiful view of Stockholm of course. I include some photos here of my favorite pieces displayed, which coincidentally, some of them I saw displayed at Stockholm Furniture Fair that I posted on here too.
I’m so happy to be feeding my hunger and passion for beautiful interior design exploration, combined with design & strategy with this great freelance opportunity.
Recently I agreed to collaborate with a project regarding sustainable design & development, that will take place between May - October, which will take place on the top terrace floor of Kulturhuset. This is a project led by Swedish interior design company Apparat & architects at Habibihaus. Both these companies strive to always find creative, imaginative and unusualsolutions, in terms of sustainability, so this project is very promising.
This is a very interesting project to be part of, first because I love interior design & architecture, and because I have been currently very interested in the sustainable market, especially after the event I attended by Svensk Form Magazine part of Stockholm Design Week this February called ‘Closing the Material Gap’. This event talked about how scientists and designers should work more closely together and create great things with materials researched by scientists.
During this collaboration, I will be working with a previous Hyper Island student, Alfred, doing the web design & design for the exhibition taking place in May at Kulturhuset, while working alongside the architects and the PR team for the event. The exhibition launches May 27 so our deadline will be two weeks before that.
So exciting about this project and happy to involved with such talented and innovative people!
I'm Ana Cecilia, Born & raised in beautiful Porto, Portugal. Currently I'm working at Made by Many as a Service Designer, with many talented people. In June 2012 I graduated from the Digital Media program at Hyper Island in Stockholm.
This blog started as a way to document my journey as a Hyper Island student and my learnings & experiences. I've continued to use it as a means to explore and document my surroundings and things that inspire me.