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KNOLL SAMPLE SALE. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

KNOLL SAMPLE SALE

Thank you all for your very kind comments and positive energy here, Facebook and Instagram. Someone wrote here “La beauté est une réponse à l’horreur” (beauty is an answer to the horrific) which I thought was a beautiful thing to say and reminded me of The Flowers of Evil by Baudelaire… Yes let’s keep being inspired by beautiful interiors, let’s keep lusting about beautiful things that make our day-to-day just a little bit better. We all know that’s not everything but it does feel good to daydream or just to have dreams. Talking about beautiful things, I’m the proud owner of this gorgeous vintage Bertoia chair (above) and if I could, I would love to have five more to fit around our dining table so I’m really disappointed to miss out again on the Knoll sample sale in London.

Vipp’s Award- Winning Kitchen 2014 – Elle Decoration International Design Award

Since I started working on the renovation plans of our London home, I’ve always figured out that our kitchen would be white like the rest of our home until I was invited by VIPP last Christmas to participate to a styling blogger competition in their flagship store in Copenhagen and saw their black kitchen designed in-house by Morten Bo Jensen, Head of Design at Vipp. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so beautiful and striking… Seeing it on display in their beautiful flagship store (which has polished concrete floors – another thing I would love in our new kitchen), has completely opened up my mind and I see now a black kitchen in our family home is now well within the realms of possibility. Since then, my Kitchen board on Pinterest, has been filling up with gorgeous and inspiring black kitchens. This week, the VIPP kitchen has won the Elle Decoration International Design Award for best kitchen 2014 which is amazing and well-deserved so massive congratulations to the whole team, to this amazing brand which …

In the shop this week: the Gubi chair

When I was in Copenhagen last month, I had the most inspiring furniture buying trip and weekend thanks to Normann Copenhagen. From the Normann collection, my favourite pieces were the Knot chair, the Block table and the striking Agnes vase collection which I think is going to be a hit (in stock end of May).I loved the Knot chair so much that I styled it in our new SS/2013 catalogue (out on Friday). I’ll wait to hear what you think when you see the catalogue but it is one of my favourite shots from our latest catalogue…The other collection that inspired me greatly was the Gubi collection (check their showroom – it looks amazing!) and you will see more of Gubi over the next few weeks but for now, we’ve just added the Gubi chair 5 to our chairs & armchairs collection. Next to go live will be the ma-gni-fi-cent Adnet mirror…but please be patient :-)After fighting with flu for a week, I’m now back at work but I feel completely drained. It’s like there is a 20 years gap between …

TRAVEL: GUBI SHOWROOM, COPENHAGEN

Yesterday my friend Charlotte who I met 7 years ago when she was working for Normann Copenhagen took me to the GUBI showroom where she works now. An amazing space by Copenhagen’s docklands, definitively worth the detour… There were so many beautiful designs that caught my eye…of course the Bestlite collection – a Bauhaus icon which is still produced in Birmingham in the UK and is now distributed by GUBI (and by all means, watch this video which will give you a full appreciation of what this is a great design). The Adnet mirror which I mentioned in January when I went to Maison & Objet in Paris on a buying trip and that we will definitively add to our collection soon and the Masculo Collection.  GUBI A/S was founded on 1967 by Gubi and Lisbeth Olsen and to this day, it is still a family business now fuelled by a passion to discover overlooked icons from the past and future icons in the making. Chasing forgotten icons from the 30’s to 70’s which GUBI A/S re-launched, each piece is exquisite in its own right with a …

On my travel wish-list…Copenhagen

I’m very excited and grateful to be invited to Copenhagen by one of my favourite brands: Normann Copenhagen to visit their flagship store and view the new collection. I’ll be there in about 2 weeks between the Meet The Blogger London weekend and Decor8 Meet the Bloggers while we finish styling & shooting our SS/2013 catalogue so March is going to be crazy busy…Last time I was there in 2008 (also invited by Normann), I had an amazing time. Copenhagen is small but beautiful and has lots of gorgeous shops. I’ll be there working on Thursday & Friday and Steve & Mila will join me for the weekend.As a lot of you enjoyed my “On my travel wish-list…Bruxelles”, here is my wish-list for Copenhagen: SHOP Normann Copenhagen flagship store (an amazing space to view the Normann collection but also a curated selection of fashion & accessories) {Østerbrogade 70; +45 3555 4459; www.normann-copenhagen.com} Gubi (very much looking forward to meet them again. Their collection will be soon on BODIE and FOU) {Klubiensvej 7-9 / Pakhus 53, Tel: +45 3332 6368, www.gubi.dk} Vipp (Watch out for a …

I love this…

This is my new toy…the plattan headphones by Scandinavian Headphones Heroes: Urbanears. I took the black plattan headphones and white one to France a few weeks ago for the photoshoot of our new catalogue and went running with them 3 times…What can I say…I love them!The little headphones I had with my i-Phone kept falling off my ears and were driving me crazy but these…they just stay nicely on my head during 8K and being able to run with loud music and no disruption has made my runs a lot more enjoyable!Now may I shyly say that the photos below were taken by my brother and styled by me…. C’est mon nouveau joujou…le casque audio Plattan par les dieux des casques audio en Scandinavie: Urbanears. J’avais emmene le casque audio plattan en noir et le blanc en France il y a quelques semaines pour le photoshoot de notre nouveau catalogue et j’ai couru avec 3 fois…Qu’est ce que je peux dire…J’en suis dingue! Le petit casque audio que j’avais avec mon i-Phone n’arretait pas de …

I love this…

I love the industrial/arty vibes of these stools. In fact, I love everything about this shot from the new House Doctor DK collection…The vintage typewriter is adorable, I have a big crush on the table lamp and the E.A.T big red metal letters are on my wishlist for the kitchen. J’adore le cote industriel/artistic de ces tabourets. En fait, j’adore cette photo tiree de la nouvelle collection de House Doctor DK…La vieille machine a ecrire est adorable, j’aime beaucoup cette lampe et ces grosses lettres rouge en metal E.A.T sont sur ma wishlist pour la cuisine. http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Loving Danish Designs: Part 3: Birgit Oestergaard

I discovered Birgit Østergaard 2 years ago at Maison & Objet in Paris where I go regularly to outsource innovative, unique designs for BODIE and FOU and Wheredidyoubuythat.comI fell in love with her lighting designs made of sailcloth on the spot so I was really pleased that she let BODIE and FOU introduce all her lighting designs online!Birgit is an artist and the aesthetic expression is crucial to her work. The sculptural idea for the sailcloth series came to life at an exhibition at the art museum in Aarhus in 1999.What set her designs apart is that her amazing lights can evolve in your home as this unique piece of art in constant development and as the owner of one of her pieces, you actually take part in the design process and form your own luminous sculpture to create a contemporary piece of art. There aren’t necessarily the most affordable lights but you get more than just a light, you get a piece of Birgit’s Art and I find her designs inspired by Nordic’s natural …