Leaders in Contemporary Design – Laskasas from Portugal

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Laskasas is a Portuguese furnishings and home décor company distinguished by a sense of modernist style with a twist.

Emphasis on sculptural design, ornate yet refined materials and a depth of texture and color mark the aesthetic of this innovative company. Every space and item has an opulent warmth to it without sacrificing style and originality. Understated rich color and curvilinear forms are ever present.

Laskasas is part of an important contemporary trend in Portugal that takes traditional artistry and merges these techniques inventively if not lushly to create new interpretations of modernist decor and furnishings. Indeed, Portuguese craftsmanship has been increasingly at the forefront of the design world, a tradition of centuries old invention and skill that includes outstanding achievements in areas of decorative arts such as azulejos,ceramics, embroidery, leaf gilding, and woodworking among many other areas.

 

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The company’s founder and CEO Celso Lascasas began the company in a small town near Porto, with the intention of offering high quality and innovative design in every aspect of home décor. The company oversees every aspect from design to production to sales as well and today, Laskasas is well established in its home country, and is now beginning to garner the attention of the design world, lately featured in various important design shows all over Europe including Maison & Objet and Milano Fashion Week.

We are delighted to feature the fine work and design of this innovative new company.

 

 

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Contemporary Design: Innovative Meets Tradition

 Where do you see Portugal in terms of the design world? 

Portugal is a small country of great talents, including the art of making stunning and innovating design pieces. Many brands are now producing their own designs and therefore continuing the legacy of Portuguese craftsmanship therefore creating truly remarkable products capable of adapting to any style of décor. I believe that the main inspiration comes from Italian furniture design but always with a modern twist, prevailing the noble materials and exclusive finishes. And that’s really what puts Portugal on the front row in the design world.

 

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Tell us about your company?

We design, produce and sells all our products and of course, none of this would be possible without Celso Lascasas, the brand’s founder and CEO. As well, Diana Leite our COO guides our brand. All timeless designs are the result of an inspired team coordinated by Pedro Neto.

Tell us about some of your newest and most interesting projects that your creative team is truly excited about.

 

 

The Stewart TV Cabinet is a detailed woodwork piece with crossed leaves of wood as well as metal details on the legs and the door pulls. This inspired vintage design is meant to add a sense of luxury.

The Jean Sofa is a beautiful upholstery piece utilizing a vintage upholstery approach: the Chesterfield buttoned technique. We have also mixed classic and contemporary styles in the wood and metal details.

 

The Pearl Console stole everyone’s heart! This handmade piece includes golden stainless steel and a stunning Port Laurent marble top and structure. With bold materials and finishes, it’s meant to be a statement piece exuding sophistication and luxury.

The Donald Armchair is a contemporary upholstered piece set in a sophisticated golden round stainless-steel foot. The compact and curved appearance gives this armchair the modern look of mid-century.

 

And can you tell us more about your craftspeople, manufacturing process and vision? 

Handmade techniques give a unique touch to all our pieces. Being based in the epicenter of furniture in Portugal allows us to have the best suppliers and materials. Our woodworkers, upholsterers and metalworkers have accumulated, along the years, the experience and know-how to perfectly execute our designs. Complete customization is one of our key strengths and that is the vision and motto.

 

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Learn more about the design vision of Laskasas.

Be Inspired -A Selection of Creative Interior Design Names

There are plenty of classic interior design names that many of us recognize, like the sophisticated classic look of Ralph Lauren or the modern guru Jonathan Adler, and perhaps the cutting edge ideas of Philippe Starck? Many look to interior design names like Kelly Wearstler whose glamours luxury means distinctive designs with an eclectic slant.

Still more adventurous are names such as Abigail Ahern whose creative take on dark textures and palettes has transformed modern decoration. If you are more interested in the streamlined classicism of Scandinavian modern, this is also a field that is constantly evolving and reinventing functional beauty.

 

 

If you adore Scandinavian design, Muuto is a leading interior design name these days.

Enjoy our selection of some of the more fascinating names in design today. These visionaries in the interior design world dazzle and charm with their style and creativity, from sleek contemporary looks in high style to the eclectic musings of American charmers. There are so many interior design names to look to for true inspiration and these are just a few.

An Important Designer and Interior Design Name to Watch -Muuto

 

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Cecilie Manz’s Workshop Chair with the 70/70 Table and Ambit Pendant, Muuto.

 

Muuto is an extraordinary force in industrial and furniture design. Recently, part of the Muuto team – Danish designer Cecilie Manz was honored with the Maison & Objet Designer of the year award for 2018.

Her extraordinarily elegant, functional and refined design of the Workshop chair makes her an important visionary and interior design name today. The minimalist chair comes in many beautiful matte finishes and various colours and is truly a classic modernist piece. Pairs beautifully with contemporary, mid century modern and traditional tables.

 

Interior Design Names: Jaime Hayón

 

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Designer Jaime Hayón  is an internationally recognized designer and artist whose comprehensive and inventive projects are anticipated by many in the art, design and interior décor world. From incredible fanciful rugs for Nanimarquina to The Guest series for Lladró, Hayón embodies the artistic side of interior design today. The decorative artworks in the special Guest series are remarkable forays into the imagination of the designer and all the leading contemporary artists who collaborated. Match with current trends in furnishings and bright palettes and one has a curated space. Design your space around artwork…

Interior Design Names: Emily Henderson

 

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Emily Henderson’s site has a fun tagline “Style Play Everyday” so you know the tips and ideas from this interior design name are going to useful and inspired. The American stylist is known for her clean modern style with lots of cozy comfort, bright colours like jewel green and colbalt blue, lots of natural daylights, wood accents and lots of decorative items and artwork. Simple lines, organic wood and an artfully arranged entry way or foyer showcase Emily’s finesse and creative approach to functional design.

Whatever your style, there are many sites and inspired portfolios to browse, enjoy and find inspiration from, and these are just a few of the many talents out there. These top interior design names are some of the most inspired and artistic and will certainly make you think twice.

This exciting blog post is part of a guest series on the Lladro Interiors Blog. 

Fabulous Bedrooms

Decorating a bedroom is always a personalized project that should encompass style with comfort and touch of sensuality and character. Focus walls with faux weathered historic looks, great wallpapers, ornate beds, classic sheets and Bloomsbury House style…we love all these amazing looks for your new bedroom…

 

Elegant Black and Gold

 

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Luxxu – an ornate luxury look with a sumptuous contemporary feel.

 

Hollywood Regency Goes Tropical

 

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Dreamy blue….Somewhere between fairytale, mid century modern and art nouveau we jut love this king sized Ariel bed in luxury velvet cloud from Sweetpea and Willow

 

Snow White Classicism

 

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The delicacy and freshness of white…a classic choice with a touch of femininity,  Romantic Ruffles Bed Linen, The French Bedroom Co

Boho Eclectic Style

 

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Eclectic style, art, patterns, Kantha quilts combined with metallics and Block Print Strip Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball

 

Extraordinary Walls by MOKO

 

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Today, innovative wall covering newcomer MOKO Interior produces 3D wall coverings made of real wooden veneers of 5 layers, all gorgeously designed and produced in Hungary. The creations are like sculpture and create stunning atmosphere and presence. The size of the panels alone are astounding  — one standard piece is 94 x 94 centimeters and as such the walls are architectural elements in of themselves, and the company often will design features for a custom space as well, a boon to designers. In fact, their panels inspired Marcel Wanders to design a new motif for MOKO -to debut very soon.

 

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The designs are not composed of solid wood but rather thin wooden layers, and one panel weighs only 10 kg, so they are easy to install and transport. As well inside the panel there is an empty space which can be filled with sound absorbent materials to create an acoustic version of each motif.

 

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It’s such a pleasure to be able to interview the people behind these amazing inventions…..

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the creation of the company? What drove you to create the product?

We always had the idea in the back of our minds -the desire to see if we could create  bent 3D wall panels. At first, it seemed impossible to “force” the wood to this shape.

How long did it take to develop these wall panels?

It took us one and a half year to develop it and to push the boundaries of the material.

Can you share more about your staff and creative team?

We have a team of 50 people based in Hungary, including designers, production team and sales department. Zsolt Karajz is the lead designer, who invented the motifs of MOKO. The production team is led by Zsolt Szabó, wood expert. We have a showroom in the city centre of Budapest with 8 wall surfaces showing different MOKO solutions and a professional sales team led by Krisztián Szetei, managing director.

Where are the materials made?

We only use the best quality wood originated from forests planted for production purposes. Most of the veneers we use are custom made for us. Our team is committed to environmentally sustainable solutions. We work with FSC certified wood veneers only and make sure that the adhesives and surface treatments used are eco-friendly also.

 

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What is the process of manufacture and handicraft?

MOKO Interior deals with the design and manufacturing of mainly handcrafted multilayer structured wooden wall coverings. On the one hand the curved shapes and the visible surface treatments (grinding, polishing, staining and oil layers) require the highest handicraft that cannot be replaced by any machinery. The real value of the MOKO panels lays in the bare-handed craftsmanship. We intend to create the highest quality products, excluding mass production in the classic sense.

On the other hand, for some parts of the production process (molds of the patterns, bending the veneers, drying the surfaces) we only use high-tech computer-controlled machines for quality assurance.

What are the challenges of working with wood? We all know the story of making bendable malleable plastics to create organic sculptural furniture, such as the tale of invention for mid century modernist furniture like the Eames….

Bending an inflexible material was a big challenge, because the wooden veneers break very easily so we had to develop a special production technique to create the standard collection. The curved shapes we design require the highest handicraft and a long process of experimentation.

 

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As an extreme result we managed to manufacture the Volga Corner which is special because the panel itself is also bent and follows the shape of the corner.

A bit about the craftspeople who make the wall coverings?

MOKO Interior started as a family business, in some way everyone was connected to wood. The people working in the production have a special perspective and sense for creating wooden surfaces.

What are some of your most interesting and challenging projects?

We realized a project in San Francisco last year, in Dolores Park, where the client requested a completely customized solution, inserting a staircase between the panels.

 

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Other exciting projects?

At the moment we are working on two challenging projects, one is based in Canada and the designer is planning to put MOKO panels around an artificial fireplace.

The other project is located in Dubai. We produced a bespoke sized panel with a new motif designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the lobby and the corridors of the Opus Hotel. The realization of this project is scheduled for the end of this year.

 

Learn more about the vision of MOKO. 

 

 

Top Creative High End Furniture Manufacturers via Lladro

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Contemporary design conscious high end furniture manufacturers are distinguished by an imaginative vision of every day functional household pieces, think regally conceived bedroom suites, modernist and inventive cabinets, consoles, sofas and chairs, as well as incredible dining sets with gorgeous chairs and elegant tables.

The best of materials and the most unexpected combinations of shapes, configurations and aesthetics define this group of haute furniture makers. In no particular order, but delightfully beautiful, we present the creative world of today’s most interesting high end furnitures manufacturers, selected for their bold aesthetics, surprising ideas and innovative outlooks. Many of these leaders in design are featured in the most exciting design fairs every year, astounding the interior decor crowd with their new ideas and curated spaces.

 

#1 High End Furniture Manufacturers: Boca do Lobo

 

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Made of wood Boca do Lobo’s Symphony Cabinet is a bold statement in gold with an updated Art Deco look, and it’s inspired by music, as an artistic re-interpretation of key design elements found in church organs, violins and the details of brass instruments. This high end manufacturer’s masterpiece is made of gold plated brass, rosewood veneer and gold leaf.

 

#2 High End Furniture Manufacturers: Luxxu

 

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Luxxu is a Portugal based high end furniture manufacturer and design company, well regarded for its various lines of furniture, lighting and home accents.

Luxxu is constantly presenting exciting new ideas and designs and have a way with sculptural metallics and surprising hues.

 

#3 Kartell

 

 

Kartell is one of the most well known high end furniture manufacturers and an iconic design force in modernist form and idea. Pictured here is the Invisible Table by Tokujin Yoshioka with Philippe Starck’s Masters Chair. Superb modernist iconic pieces are the trademark of this firm.

 

#4 Wiczny by Maciej Markowicz 

 

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It’s not just the large companies with extensive design and production teams that define high end and artistic furniture design today. Smaller artist led ateliers are also the place to look for truly inventive furniture and accessories. Designed by New York City based Polish artist and designer Maciej Markowicz this limited edition hybrid sculpture is designed to accommodate a full 88 key digital piano and provides shelving for various music texts and items. Evoking the graceful beauty of a shell over a nautilus, this collector’s piece is a fully functional digital musical instrument. Among the many exceptional pieces by this inventive designer in his Wiczny Studio. 

 

#5 The French Bedroom Co. 

 

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The French Bedroom Co. has an aesthetic that is best described as somewhere between the elegance evocative style of Gustavian interiors, Versailles and modern luxury. This Charcoal Rattan bed is made from solid ash wood with hand-woven cane insets. We love the smoky hues and sense of luxury, a perfect capturing of the signature look of this company – for this historic noble feel with a contemporary twist, we suggest adding a chandelier for a layered an evocative look.

 

Whatever company you may choose to accent or curate your luxury living space or business interior, these fine companies present innovative ideas with high standards of design and quality materials, a winning combination. They prove that trends in high end design can be cutting edge and pioneering while absolutely functional. 

 

This post is a repost from Lladro. 

Top Creative Interior Design Resources

Top Creative Interior Design Resources – A repost / guest post from the Lladro Blog 

When it comes to finding interior design resources and ideas, we know that online sources are quick and easy ways to see the most visually inspired projects as fast as possible. It is like being able to visit the top designer’s studios in person, see the most bespoke and inventive rooms in a moment. If you are also into seeing designs, objects and interior design leaders’ projects in person and close up, events are an important interior design resource as well.

This is our special gallery of a few of the numerous top design fairs, shows and exhibits allover the world, held almost every month throughout the year. Explore imaginative and beautiful events and sites featuring some of the most interesting interior design resources these days.

 

Interior Design Resource #1 – Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

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This exciting fair runs from February 7-11, 2017  and has much to offer in interior design resources. One of the most exciting features this year is the must-see Hayon DNA Gallery. In honor of the prolific and exciting Spanish designer Jaime Hayón, this is a site specific and unique installation that includes humor, invention and fantasy. On view are sculptures and functional objects all laid out in themes such as Sculpting Form, Fantasy Play, Craft Heritage, Flora Fauna and Folk Culture.

 

Interior Design Resource # 2 – Maison & Objet, Paris, France

 

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Maison & Objet, Antonio Facco

 

From all the incredible premieres of amazing designs, decorative items, artwork and interiors this annual exhibition is one of the top international interior design resources.

Pictured here is a colourful and captivating vignette showcasing the work of Antonio Facco who was nominated as a rising talent in this year’s Maison & Objet event. This very special show features rising talent, established icons and new technologies among many other design and decorating delights.

Interior Design Resource # 3 – ICFF, NYC 

 

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ICFF, NYC

 

ICFF is a destination interior design resource and fair of the best in international furniture design. This year it will be held on May 20-23, 2018 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC. 

The special NYC show is like an unlimited resource for new design, decor, interior design, industrial design, artistic innovation and more. Artists, designers, decorators and collectors flock to the event to see what’s new in the design world and get inspiring ideas and select the best in luxury design.

Interior Design Resource #4 – IMM in Cologne, Germany

 

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Coming up soon is the famous IMM (International Interiors show) in Cologne Germany. This beautiful grisaille themed room is by Tommy M. Industrial chic meets the most architectonic sculpture sensibility, with layers of luxurious texture and fabrics, a vision of contemporary modernism and regal luxury.

 

Interior Design Resource # 5 – Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy

 

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Salone del Mobile Milano will be on view once again from 17th to 22nd April 2018. This is a destination for anyone looking for the best in design, here you will find the most avant-garde, the most luxurious, experimental and classic contemporary vision imaginable. With an eye on global culture and innovation, there will be more than 2,000 exhibitors this year.

Whatever your style, needs or passion we suggest any of these creatives events as well as trending sites like Dezeen and Archdaily.

And one should not forget both print and online version of top decorating magazines such as House Beautiful,  Elle Decor, or the Swedish version. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for a home build, do visit this exciting blog by our experts as well.

Design Innovation -A Taste of Magic with Jaime Hayón and Lladró Atelier

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The Spanish luxury porcelain manufacturie Lladró has a new direction and it’s one of great creativity and innovation. Working with top contemporary artists and designers the high-end Spanish porcelain company keeps surprising the world with their inventive collaborations.

One of the most interesting lines is the amazing Guest Series headed by Spanish design icon Jaime Hayón. This innovative series includes 250 limited-edition pieces, and a selection of numbered editions. Invited leading designers and artists have included the contemporary American graphic artist and painter Gary Baseman, well-regarded biomorphic painter Tim Biskup, the creative Japanese design team Devilrobots, and the French illustrator Rolito as well as top UK designer Paul Smith.

This is porcelain remade – a true example of a delightful combination of handmade craft, artisan construction and modern design coming together.

 

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The Guest project is a captivating special collaborative project that included a number of Imagine these gorgeously fun porcelains in your interior….

Owning one of The Guest series porcelain sculptural porcelain pieces means having a piece of contemporary of art in your home, a perfect way to begin your art collection, add to your decor or as an amazing  gift for your creative friends or family.

For more decorating with high design and style and art ideas visit the Lladró site and blog!

 

Thank you to Lladró!

Inspiring Contemporary Design – Em Royston’s Miniature Circuses

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Bone china tabletop items by designer Em Royston charm and amaze, like these Handy Tongs  inspired by the classic fairground vintage pointing hand so often found on signs.

Hong Kong based design firm Maid in China Design  is the invention of British artist and designer Em Royston. The firm specializes in luxurious stylish fair and circus themed house hold items. The inventive artist and entrepreneur studied design and has made items for brands like Suck UK such as Cross Stitch Map which found itself at both the Tate Modern shop and Urban Outfitters.  This is a contemporary approach to artful tea or coffee breaks. So, if you love all things sideshow, circus, and vintage fair -these unique items are for you. It was a great pleasure to interview Em for this feature!

 

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I have always loved the idea of creating miniature worlds in unexpected places and table top seemed a great place to start. It’s quite a hands-on set that is meant to be shared and enjoyed -that should be quite a joyful experience- sharing a special afternoon tea with someone or chatting over a long breakfast.

 

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What’s your inspiration? Why circus and sideshow themes? 

I love the timelessness of the circus – it has an appeal for all ages and seems so whimsical and magical. For design, I also think it is fascinating as it combines so many different elements and iconic imagery. And the purpose of the circus is entertainment, enjoyment, and surprise – and those are elements that I like my products to embody. I love the vintage posters, fair-ground stalls, amazing huge bell tents – and then it all gets packed away and moves on in these amazing ornate carriages. I think there is so much inspiration to find from that theme, and I’d like to think I’ve just scratched the surface..!

 

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Do you have any designers, artisans, or craftspeople you particularly admire? 

Oh, yes loads! Rebecca Finell has a lovely collection of homeware and fashion accessories – her origami handbags are amazing! I listened to an interview recently and found her story and diverse career really inspiring. Hella Jongerius for her playful work & stitched ceramics. Selletii is a brand that I’ve followed for a while and always enjoy seeing their new collections as they are nicely on that nice fine line between modern art and commercial design.

 

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Mug carousel tea set. Each cup sits in the stand, which spins like a true Merry-Go-Round.

How did you come to begin making table top items? 

It actually all started because I had the idea for the Carousel Tea Set – I loved the idea of making this functional sculpture that could be used as a cup and saucer set, but was also something to have on display that could spin and surprise people.

From the Carousel, it seemed a great chance to develop a collection to be used with that, and the Tiger Toast Rack was my next design. From the stacking circus mugs to the sugar pot disguised as a ticket booth, I’d eventually like to have a whole set that can be used together to create a miniature world, but is also a totally functional tea/ breakfast set.

You live In Hong Kong, tell me why and how you decided to move there, and what artistic culture is like there!!

Yes, I moved here last year! Hong Kong is very geared toward entrepreneurship and I’ve met so many people in the process of working for themselves or starting a company- that’s really pushed me on. The artistic community is fairly small but growing and it feels like an exciting place to be. This coming month I’m exhibiting at a handicraft market and can’t wait to see what else is available from the other innovative designer makers.

 

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Learn more about Em and her designs at Maid in China Design, or follow her on Instagram.

Hanna Nyman’s Gardens of Paper

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Hanna Nyman is a Swedish artist and product designer whose beautifully hand constructed paper works are a world onto themselves, a world of light and gardens overlapped with fanciful patterning.

Hanna began in screen printing on textiles as well as print design and one of her first major paper projects included a magnetic wallpaper with three-dimensional flowers growing out of the pattern, shown at Stockholm Furniture fair. After graduation she worked as a print designer in fashion for several years. Working with paper came naturally to Hanna, her own father was a printer, and the floral themes draw from time spent with her grandmother a florist.  The artist’s ongoing sculptural paper series Back to Poetry was a turning point for her and led to a focus on paper art.  It was pleasure to interview Hanna about her creative story and project!

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Art as poem, poem as art, tell me more about this relationship and way of working?

This idea was actually born at art school when we did our final project for graduation. All the lecturers and professor during the years had described my work as poetic. I never really understood what they meant so I decided to get inspiration from a poem for this last project and figure it out.

This was so powerful to me! The poem that I chose lived with me those month. Every time I read it a found something new about it.

My work is narrative rather than functional. Poetry is also narrative – a feeling.

Tell me a bit about your process, inspiration, conceptualization, experiments, and what types of paper and materials do you use?

I always start my day with a quick look through Instagram and get my dose of inspiration straight away. I get the most energy when I look at artists that work with different materials or have a different style. I also find interior design very inspiring.

I usually get really inspired by the colors and hand feel of the different papers in paper shops. Normally I don’t have a clue of what I will make when I go in there but when I go out my mind is full of ideas.

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I almost never draw any sketch before I start to cut. I have a picture in my head and I just make up as I go along. It’s very liberating and experimental for me to work like this. I use different types of paper. Thick, thin, newspaper. Once I made huge pieces for a client made out of garbage.

This is what’s so amazing with paper. It’s flat and boring at start but if you put some effort into it, it can become something amazing.

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Did you make art as a child? Can you tell me more about your training and background?

I made all kind of arts as a child. Mostly I used to paint on stuff and make my own doll houses and small furniture out of cardboard. I was also into wooden crafts in high-school. We had a really nice workshop with all the machines and material plus the best teacher. So I spent most of my time there. After high-school the plan was to keep on study furniture design. But somehow I moved to London and started study fashion design. I moved back home after a year and after a couple of years all I did was make clothes until I realized that it was the decoration that appealed to me, not the clothes themselves.

At this point I started to study at Konstfack. I was accepted as a “special student”, and that meant that I could use the whole school, every department however I wanted. This was perfect for me as I had a background in different materials. When I think about those years i still think this was the most creative place I’ve ever been and it was just wonderful. It was at this time I started to work with paper.

Not many people have seen the flowers and sculptures in real life.

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Why florals? Are there specific traditions you refer to in painting, textile art or illustration you find yourself drawn to?

My grandmother was a florist. I remember growing up visiting her at the shop. I sat on the counter and just looked at all the beauty. Maybe that’s why I always been drawn to flowers. When I was working a lot with all-over prints my favorite was always making big colourful florals.

If you would describe your vision and style in a few sentences what would you say?

I use my paper sculptures as illustrations. A big part of the final result is the photography. It gives me the chance to set the tone and feeling to the picture. I like to keep the colours a bit toned down together with black and a splash of a strong color. A dream would of course be so show them somewhere in the future to the public in some way.

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You may learn more about artist and designer Hanna Nyman’s beautifully constructed paper spaces and gardens on her website, shop or via Instagram @backtopoetry

Muuto -Leading Talent in Contemporary Design

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One can spend hours looking at the sculptural pieces by the fine designers of Muuto, an innovative and visionary Scandinavian design company offering furniture and decorative accessories that are distinguished by a graceful beauty.

 

Imagine the unfurled leaf shiny surface down, creating a well of space, like a human palm, the matte color of this underside subtle and full of shadow, color rich yet tonal, the quiet of a forest floor.

 

This is how the organic shape of many of Muuto’s pieces seem to evolve, texture and form orchestrated to become functional, understated, light weight, and sculptural. So many of the pieces seem a marriage of manmade architectural beauty and biomorphic shaping….coming together to create form  that one cannot help but respond to….

 

It is with great pleasure that I share my short interview with Christian Grosen, Director of Design at Muuto.

 

Christian, the Muuto designs have an architectural sensibility to them, particularly the furniture, and yet almost every piece is distinguished by an attention to texture, can you tell me how these elements are woven so beautifully together? Is there a certain process to make functional items so usable and so beautiful? 

Christian Grosen…It’s the result of a close dialogue between Muuto’s creative team and the external designers. From the very beginning of a project we are aware of balancing the contemporary and the lasting qualities of a given design. A design must live up to our design values which also touches upon an architectural appearance and attention to detail and material.

 

bar stools, cool bar stools, stools, kitchen island ideas, Scandinavian design, Danish modern, new decor, design, furniture, decor trendsNerd Bar Stools designed by David Geckeler

 

Creativ BoardsLeaf Table Lamp by Designers Broberg & Ridderstråle

 

coffee table, living room table, Scandinavian, Danish modern, modern table, decor, modern design, top designers, top contemporary furnitureAround Table by Thomas Bentsen

 

seating, poufs, modern interiors, muuto, tables, contemporary decor, design ideas, industrial decor, coffee tablesPoufs and Airy Table, designers Anderssen & Voll and Cecilie Manz

Who do you find to be the most inspiring in terms of historic designers? 

I’m a great fan of Jean Prouvé. He somehow managed to create his own unique and absolutely stunning design universe. The Danish designer Poul Kjærholm is also one of my idols. I had the pleasure of working on his designs together with his widow Hanne Kjærholm when I was at Fritz Hansen. She taught me how to achieve beauty and logic in a design through understanding the character of materials.

In what ways do natural materials inform your aesthetic? 

Each material has its own character. I think it’s important to understand the material and to use it in the right way where aesthetics, function, quality and price become a coherent whole.

 

 

Muuto shootWorkshop Chair designed by Cecilie Manz

 

Most interesting series or project? 

I’m very proud of the Workshop Chair by Cecilie Manz. It’s an archetypical wooden chair – cool, contemporary and attractive, yet lasting in its appearance. I’m sure it will be in the collection for decades due to it’s high level of craftmanship and inherent lasting qualities.

 

 

 

 

And as for yourself Christian — may I ask -did you always make things or design -when you were a child for example -what was your first creative memory? 

Always…I remember building all kinds of stuff in the workshop in my parents basement. I grew up on a large brewery which was a great playground and inspiration for a kid. I remember I found scrap metal and wood in the brewery’s containers and build my own imaginary machines and constructions. There were always an aesthetic hierarchy in the way I used the materials – indirectly I guess it’s more or less the same I do today.

 

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Stacked Storage System, Oslo Designers Julien De Smedt and Anderssen & Voll

 

shelves, unique shelf, display shelf, contemporary design, contemporary furniture, Scandinavian design, innovative design, interior decorFolded Shelf Designed by Johan-Van-Hengel for Muuto

 

MUUTOBase Table with Bell Lamp, Designers Mika Tolvanen, David Geckeler and Iskos-Berlin

 

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  The Visu stool designed by Mika Tolvanen

 

See more of these lovely designs, the stories and process behind Muuto HERE.

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