New releases from the Republic of Fritz Hansen

Fritz Hansen’s approach to colours is associated with their choice of genuine materials that patinate over time in a constant state of gradual transformation. Fritz Hansen appreciates this slow metamorphosis, which is also reflected in their iconic Series 7™ Chair’s nine new colours by the Danish artist Tal R. He has created nine artistic shades, all blends and all variable colours that change with the light, the space, the seasons and other aspects of the environment. Because a colour is not just a colour but a complex and inconstant factor. That is why Fritz Hansen prefers artistic colours to industrial colours, diversity to uniformity and the natural to the artificial. The result is a piece of furniture that will continue to live, surprise and inspire.

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Fri™ is an easy chair designed by Jaime Hayon. Fri is designed to create a cosy feel in any setting. The shell and cushions come fully upholstered in 7 designer colours. The powder coated legs are made in colours matching the upholstered shell and cushions and are only available for a selection of the designer colours.

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Another new upholstered dining chair from Jaime Hayon is the Sammen™ – Danish for ‘being together’.  This chair is designed to provide ease of comfort for those nights spent socialising around the dinner table.  Different fabrics and leg finishes are available to suit a variety of settings.

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Hale Mercantile Co.

Hale Mercantile Co is a new Australian company manufacturing the most stunning collection of luxury European linen lavished in culture, tradition, pride and centuries of craftsmanship.  Designed to be relaxed in nature and truly easy care, their entire range is grown, spun, dyed, woven and sewn in Europe. This beautiful collaboration is the result of the pairing of like-minded Melbourne duo Sharon Patsiotis and Siobhan Beaney.

HMCo’s Philosophy :

In searching for the secret to making superior linen that met our standard for texture, softness, colour and durability it was discovered that a true luxury linen is best made from individually dyed fine linen yarns. Where most linen today is piece dyed in an effort to contain costs, we set out determined to find the perfect yarn which would offer us colour beyond compare. It had to have the ability to maintain the integrity of its colours and it had to have the strength that we yearned for. Fulfilling our desire for quality, our yarns are spun from A grade flax sourced from France. HMCo then sought to find unrivalled craftsmen to weave our linen in true European style.

It was decided to set up a base in our much loved European hide away, Riga where we committed to make our linen as charismatic and endearing as the ancient city itself. We were fortunate enough to find a group of incredibly talented artisans, each one accustomed to producing for the Scandinavian market. Our standard was met!  And so the story goes, our linen was born from the collaboration between divine yarn and brilliant craftsmanship.

It is with great pride that we manufacture a true European linen range lavished in culture, tradition, pride and centuries of craftsmanship. Designed to be relaxed in nature and truly easy care, our entire range is grown, spun, dyed, woven and sewn in Europe.

HMCo . . . “weaving our passion into our products”.

This exquisite range of handcrafted bed linen, table linen as well bathroom & kitchen linen can be viewed via HMCo’s website here. Keep up-to-date with the latest from HMCo on Instagram.

 

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Beautiful hand crafted clay beaded chandeliers from South Africa

Introducing klaylife™ – Clay beaded chandeliers, proudly hand crafted by the women of South Africa.

While majority of lights are factory produced, these chandeliers have a human story. They’re lovingly made by the hands of local women on a small farm in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Our partner and designer Merewyn (owner of Hellooow Handmade) works closely with her team to hand create each work of art.

Drawing on African heritage and local craftsmanship, each bead is hand rolled using raw clay from the region. They are then dried, kiln fired and dip-dyed before being masterfully strung onto its unique wrought iron frame. This hand made process ensures that no two lights will ever be the same.

Initially, our chandeliers were crafted by local women whose lives had been impacted by HIV and so desperately needed an income to support their families. Over time, as our popularity grew, more and more women with differing circumstances approached Merewyn for work. As a result our criteria has been broadened to any local woman who is prepared to put in the effort to create something special.

In 2012, 8 ladies were permanently employed. There are now over 65 dedicated women rolling beads and creating their own masterpiece. More importantly, they’re making a difference to their local community.

Today our chandeliers can be found lighting up some of the most gorgeous homes, hotels, restaurants and reception centres around the world.

klaylife™ is run by a South African family now based in Melbourne, Australia.  Available to purchase online here.

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Ferm Living Collection Spring/Summer 2015

Ferm Living have captured such beauty in their latest collection for Spring/Summer 2015.  The pastel pinks & soft greens of the ceramics work in perfect harmony with the pale greys of the concrete pieces and the luxe feel of the metallics add interest and balance to the range.  Inspired by Bauhaus classics using strictly geometric shapes this collection will both captivate and delight.  See it here.

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60th Anniversary Series 7™ Chairs by Republic of Fritz Hansen

To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of The Series 7™ Chair by Arne Jacobsen, Republic of Fritz Hansen has released two limited editions – one a masculine version with a dark blue lacquer shell and powder-coated burnished legs and a feminine edition dressed in pale pink lacquer with 24-carat gold-plated legs.

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Sara N Bergman’s Stockholm Studio

Sara N. Bergman’s Stockholm studio is a fascinating mix of exposed brick, copper pipework, concrete and tile.  Surrounded by a carefully curated selection of treasured fleamarket finds and a clever blend of contemporary white in her choice of office furnishings Sara has loved converting this once auto workshop into an inspirational, creative hub for the Love Warriors of Sweden illustrator’s beautiful work to emerge. (Original story published in Swedish via Residence Magazine).

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Kajsa Cramer Ceramics

Kajsa Cramer is a former interior designer with a life long passion for handmade ceramics.  After studying various part time courses in the art she eventually undertook a course of study at the Löftadalens Folkhögskola in Sweden to become a ceramic artisan as her main profession.  Kajsa works with porcelain clay and is able to evoke the most beautiful forms from the medium. It is fired at extremely high temperatures to retain it’s natural beauty and to impart a stunning translucence characteristic of fine porcelain.  See more of Kajsa’s work at her website here.

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Inner city apartment in Melbourne

The captivatingly beautiful spaces within this contemporary apartment are designed and styled with a neutral palette and restrained use of colour but enriched with layers of texture and the very clever use of natural elements giving the owners a truly relaxing haven to return home to at the end of a busy day. Designed by architects Woods Bagot the apartment is located in the inner city suburb of Carlton in Melbourne Australia. Owners Eddie Kaul and Richa Pant engaged the assistance of renowned interior designer Hamish Guthrie and his talented team at Hecker Guthrie to give this beautiful home a sense of harmony, light and a distinct Nordic flavour by selecting the perfect combination of furniture, lighting and artwork to reflect Eddie & Richa’s unique personalities and drawing from them new and exciting pathways of inspiration. Photography by Eve Wilson. Original story via The Style Files.

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