Spice up your living room

Summer is slowly on its way, and that means a change in mood, color, behavior and even desires.

Everything becomes brighter and the sun shines through the window from early morning and until late afternoon. The living room changes and it becomes time to create the perfect space for one’s personal desires.

Most living rooms have multiple purposes to suit individual needs. Whether you feel like lounging, reading, working, or relaxing you should go for an interior design that meets your different wishes.

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Angle Cushion

Combine furniture pieces and accessories that can easily be moved around so you quickly can change the setup. Add fun and functionality to the living room, by using rugs to mark different areas. You can change your area rugs to reflect the season, using light colors for warmer days.

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By mixing distinctive materials and colours, you can boost a personal feel and bring new life to your living room. Mix soft pastels with dark tones. Combine steel and wood, or organic materials with plastic for bringing beautiful contrasts into your space.

The last step for creating the perfect setup for your summer dazzle is to use recognizable and characteristic silhouettes. This will make the living room yours personal, and more like a home you feel relaxed to use. Add different sculptural items to the room, such as vases, lamps, poufs, and candle holders. You can place them by themselves or together in various combinations to give the room an individual feel.

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Circus Pouf

Agnes about Agnes

We have a crush on vases! The high. The low. The small. The Big. The round. The square-shaped. At age 17, designer Agnes Fries knew that her dream was to do ceramics. She gratuated from The Royal Danish School of Design in Denmark and has worked with clay ever since. Today, she splits her time – and business – between Scandinavia and China. We had a talk with designer Agnes Fries about vases, and her own design for Normann Copenhagen; the Agnes vase. Below, you can dive into the fascinating world of vases made by passionate artists and craftsmen and -women.

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Which stories do you believe porcelain can tell?

Porcelain is one of few materials that doesn’t change over time. In museums you’ll find ceramic vases from Jingdezhen that look exactly the same as they did 1700 years ago. This means that whatever we make in porcelain today can survive thousands of years and tell stories about our time. This is of course quite mind-boggling since most fields deal with much shorter time frames than that. If you’re just chitchatting you should probably choose another material, or at least consider if it’s worth passing on.

1020_Agnes_Vase_BlackWhite_All_On_Blush_Wide.500A cluster of Agnes vases. 

Where did you find inspiration for the Agnes vases?

I spent a summer researching how to translate brush strokes to ceramics. I often work like that, picking a topic and then focusing on how to boil it down and express that essence. Porcelain is my medium, a way to communicate, and with Agnes I wanted to show the beauty of freshly painted brush strokes. First came the feeling, than came the shape and the technical way of expressing that feeling.

How do you work with function?

With Agnes I really looked into flowers and what size they actually have. Long stem lilies, roses, big bucket of tulips or a little handful of coltsfoot are different, and the proportions are chosen accordingly. The decorations are also adapted to the sizes of the vases, so the balance of black and white fits the different shapes. I’m intrigued by relations and how things interact. Functional objects relate to us and are parts of our lives. I make a vase and then someone puts it in a room, next to another object or three. Then time changes, and maybe five or twenty years from now the home looks different and things feel different too. To design something that can work in as many variations as possible without taking over or loosing its identity is perhaps the biggest thrill in my work. Designers do it intuitively, and these are some of the aspects we look for when detecting something that has ‘it’.

Can you tell us more about the artistry techniques you are using in your work?

I try to honor the material and craft itself and to create something that highlights it. The black decoration on Agnes is there to show the blackness of the strokes, the whiteness of the porcelain and the traces of hand. I often work with color and decoration like that, as a contrast to the amazing white surface that porcelain offers. I basically just work with color and shape and how they relate to one another, expressed through porcelain.

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Do you favor working with a specific technique or glazing?

My mother is a print maker and my father was a surgeon and painter and I can see their fields combined in my work. I like my work to be graphic, colorful and precise – something porcelain and over glaze ideal for (the technique used for the Agnes vase). I love working with sharp lines and then seeing them come to life after firing, through that slight warp that makes the clay feel natural.

In 2012, the Agnes vase was handpicked to become part of the Danish Craft Collection. What did that mean to you? 

Danish Crafts have supported me a lot over the years, and Crafts Collection was important since it gave me the opportunity to show my work to an international audience. My first client through their show at Maison & Objet ended up being Paul Smith, and then Normann Copenhagen approached me about putting the vases in production. The response has been quite overwhelming and I’m very lucky to live in a part of the world where we have art funding and support to develop those ideas that might take a while to finalize.

1020_Agnes_Vase_BlackWhite_all_On_Row.500The Agnes vase comes in 7 sizes. 

What fascinates you about vases?

A vase has an outside and an inside, sometimes open enough to see both at the same time, sometimes closed and secret with the inner space almost hidden. It’s an interesting metaphor for people, and I like to think of my vases as family members. I often work with series of objects that can stand on their own as individuals, together as a whole or combined in different ways. The Agnes series consists of seven different shapes that work like that, and they also need to work with flowers or other contents or in someone’s home. I’m always happy to see pictures from people’s private homes showing my vases in a new context. That’s the beauty of functional objects – they get a life of their own and become part of someone’s everyday life. They’re used, moved around and become part of expressing our human urge to and talent for composing and decorating our surroundings. Flowers in a vase is a nice symbol of life, something that withers and something that stays.

What is your all-time favorite vase

The large Thorvald Bindesbøll earthenware vases in the collection of Designmuseum Danmark takes my breath away every time I see them. They’re so effortless and bold and tactile and have everything I wish I could do at some point in my own work.

How do you use vases yourself? For small flowers, big buckets or…?

Both my studios and my home are filled with vases but I rarely have flowers in them. I like vases that work with or without content, and I like using them for my tools such as paintbrushes, pencils or drawings. I like functional objects that are beautiful as they are, and then go through some kind of transformation when used, and I suppose I like treating functional objects as flowers too. Kitchen tools, cutlery and spare candles end up in vases too, and I got a gorgeous ostrich duster from my mother, which is perfect in a vase. My big collection of scissors and brushes look just as good as flowers, plus they never go bad.

What is your best styling tips with vases?

I sometimes bring my vases to the florist and ask them to choose something for me. It’s fun to see their skill and knowledge in action and I learn something every time. If I have a big bouquet I like taking one or two flowers and put them separately in a smaller vase to see them in a different way. I tend to move the vases with me, so I can see them in as many places as possible.

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Nude pop-up shop

It´s not everyday a new brand sees the day. Currently you can experience the new glass brand  Nude. To mark the Scandinavian launch, Nude has made a pop-up shop at the Normann Copenhagen Flagship Store in Copenhagen. The pop-up shop will run from April 30th to June 11th, 2015, where Nude glass will be exhibiting their products.

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Pieces from the Loft collection. 

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Simple is beautiful – the idea behind Nude. 

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Nude is known for both hand and machine made glass, created from raw crystal glass. A team of highly talented designers form all over the world has created the designs. Alongside the signature collaborator Ron Arad, Nude has worked with designers such as: as: Rony Plesl, Alejandro Ruiz, Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye, Ali Bakova, Pentagon Design, Erdem Akan and many more.

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A view from the entrance of the pop-up shop. 

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The Ron Arad Signature Collection includes iconis pieces like the DecanteRing and Wine Party.

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The Blossom and Moon is from the Nude Loft collection. 

Launch Event 

Normann Copenhagen hosted the Scandinavian launch on Thursday April 30th, 2015. Nude had invited designer Ron Arad to speak about the process of designing his signature collection for the brand. And so the press could meet the man behind the collection.

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The Scandinavian design press joined for the launch. 

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Designer Ron Arad sharing stories about his designs. 

If you are in Copenhagen stop by the pop-up shop, and see more of these crystal glasses that are shaped for perfect transparency.

Meet the man behind Tortus Copenhagen

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Eric Landon is the founder of the Tortus ceramics studio in Copenhagen. Since Thursday, he has been working on his one of a kind vases at our Flagship store in Copenhagen.

Eric’s passion for clay is clearly reflected in his work, maybe because he concentrates on making something that only he can make.

Eric is a Danish educated American potter and designer. His love for ceramics started at the age of 15 when he was living in the United States. It was while growing up in the US that he was introduced to the potter’s wheel for the first time.

Working with the potter’s wheel is both challenging and rich in tradition, which is what draws Eric. He likes the expression of freedom and of beauty that emerges when the hand flows freely through the material. Eric explained that throwing is the most versatile method for giving form by hand that he knows and that it requires enormous skill to master.

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All of Eric’s vessels are a sketch created on an impulse or idea. Each vessel represents a piece of his creative process. When asked about the artistry techniques he uses, Eric answered: “The process working on a new piece capsulizes an intimate moment of time between him and the object. Producing unique objects allows me to maintain this connect. I also love the idea of creating items that are as unique as the people who acquire them”.

Working with clay is a slow process that requires patients. Often it takes up to 2 weeks until the completion of a vase. From the making, to the drying, to the glazing, and firing process.To Eric the long process in making a vase is part of the charm: “Rush any of these processes, one would not got a great result. In this way, it moves at a different speed than most things these days. And for many, this is the appeal”.

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Eric works with several different forms and scales, but mostly he enjoy working on commissions for larger scale vessels. “This requires controlled use of my physique, my best technique and great eye for form. Each piece is really a journey for the material from a large inert lump of earth to a profound vessel,” he explains.

The vase is a functional vessel type that he considers mostly ornamental but they have certain human attributes which fascinates him: One speaks of the foot, body, shoulder, neck, and lips of the vase. So in that way they are much like people, and I try to give each a unique personality.”

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Eric’s business partner, who also happens to be his twin brother, works in the field of interactive media advertising. Together their have made dialogue and communication central aspects of what they do.

If you take a look at Tortus Instagram or Facebook profile it is clear that they are influenced by the visual language of social media and the meeting of old and new that happens when they use online media to share the story of the traditional craftsmanship of ceramics. Beautiful pictures are posted on a daily basis and nothing seems to be left by chance when you visit Tortus virtual universe.

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If you want to buy one of Eric’s unique handcrafted vases, we have a tip for you. We asked the master himself what his best styling tips with vases are, and this is what he said: My best tip is that less is more with regards to flowers. Experiment with other contrasting plant items like branches, leaves, grasses, and even try not using flowers at all.”  

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There is still time to come by our Flagship Store in Copenhagen and meet Eric Landon. He will be here rest of today and tomorrow, Saturday the 9th of May. We hope to see you here!

Mother’s day is close

Here in Denmark, we are celebrating all the wonderful, beautiful, and crazy superwomen who go by the name MOTHER on Sunday the 10th of May.

We all have one, and we all have a different relationship to her. Whether she is your best friend, your lifesaver, your bodyguard, someone you only see once per year, or someone that only exists in your memories, she is, and will always be your mother.

Here at Normann Copenhagen we would like to embrace Mother’s day and to remind you all to do a little something for your mother on Sunday.

Invite her to dinner, write her an old-fashioned letter, send her flowers, buy her something nice, or do it all!

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Agnes and Nyhavn vase

For all those times when you were little and had nightmares and your mother was there to hug you in the middle of the night. Or for when you were a teenager and your mother saw you smoking but kept it as a secret. Or for when she visits and still brings your favorite dish, made just for you. Whatever you want to celebrate her for, this Sunday is the perfect time to show her some love.

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Tint Throw blanket  and Tea Egg grey & Cream Tea

Mark a big heart and type MOTHER’S DAY with capitals in your calendar, because on Sunday it’s time to celebrate her special day.

Join the rocking movement

Do you remember the feeling of just letting all you thoughts go, and of being completely relaxed? Perhaps you were sitting in a rocking chair last time it happened. But don’t you worry! The Form rocking chair is here to bring back the good times where all worries can wait until tomorrow.

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The popular series of Form chairs is being joined by a rocking chair. Just like the other chairs, the rocking chair combines a strong visual look with comfortable curves and an innovative industrial manufacturing technique.

The designer Simon Legald has this to say about the Form rocking chair:

The rocking frame was actually one of the first frames I designed. I think that there is something unexpected and surprising about the combination of an industrial, plastic shell and the more traditional wooden rocking chair frame. The frame is extremely strong and has been assembled by hand by furniture craftsmen who have ensured that the quality is the best possible. The parts for the wooden bases are treated with two coats of clear varnish before they are mounted onto the shell. This makes the frame extra hard-wearing and offers a beautiful, natural surface.”

In order to sit comfortably and let everything go you will need freedom of movement. The Form rocking chair is built to give you that. A molded plastic shell with a wide, curved seat gives you plenty of opportunity to change your sitting position. The rocking frame ads extra potential for movement and comfort as well. The rocking rhythm will give you a calm and relaxing feel.

Whit the sculptural silhouette and deep respect for detail, the Form rocking chair immediately captures one’s eye.

 

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The Form series has been three years in the making. Among other things, this can be accredited to a goal of creating a particularly comfortable, flexible and aesthetic chair.

In addition to the comfort benefits of the rocking chair, it is especially well-suited for creating inviting corners and expressive environments in all types of decor.

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Are you dreaming about sitting in a room with a view and gently rocking you worries away? We are already doing so, and yes, please join us.

Start the rocking movement here.

The Art of Living

For the second year in a row, The Art of Living exhibition was held during the Design Week in Milan. The exhibition was designed by the Living Corriere della Sera editorial team and set up by Migliore+Servetto Architects. The styling is made by Allesandro Posinelli, and all photos shown below are taken by Guido De Bortoli.

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Overview of the exhibition

The Art of Living showcased a “house-theater” in which a series of domestic settings were created in “open” rooms. Every room exhibited a different feel, where a collection of digital wallpaper designed by 35 international designers and architects were displayed. That turned the exhibition into an uninterrupted flow of textures, colors, and sceneries, making the design the main character of a charismatic and strong experience.

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Music room with our Geo vacuum jug

The theme for this year’s exhibition was to create a dialogue between contemporary design excellence and the new form of decoration. Highlighting the development of the way of living in a house. From an absolute set to an always changing space.

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Kids room showing the Ducky in oak

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Perfect  combination with our Ekko throw blanet in raspberry

This year, we were thrilled to be a part of the experience with several of our products.

When we asked Giulia Chiametti from Alessandro Pasinelli studio (one of the collaborators for the exhibition) why they choose Normann Copenhagen to be a part of The Art of Living exhibition she answered.

“We choose Normann Copenhagen because you present a large proposal of objects and furniture always eclectic and particular, with perfect color palettes”.

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Our Geo vacuum jug in the perfect surroundings

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The Nabo trays make the drinks look tempting

Need a personal space that still looks good?

Then take a look at the new two-seat Era sofa.

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Things have changed since our Grandmothers made us homemade marmalade, which we enjoyed in her extra sofa only used when guests come by.

Today, more people than ever are moving to big cities. This means less space, and a need for more flexible furnishings – in public as well as private spaces. Additionally, this has created a need for personal space for the individual within the room. The new two-seat Era sofa is here to meet the requirements.

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The practical size of the Era sofa allows you to easily accommodate your furnishing needs in both small apartments, or in your Grandmothers fully furnished living room. The two-seat sofa is well proportioned with a sharp silhouette and a modern expression, which allows you to peacefully read a book, be online or just relax. All this is combined with an incredibly strong construction that makes the Era sofa well-suited for everyday use as well as use in public spaces.

The name Era is inspired by classic Danish furniture design that is well known for its streamlined design and high quality. This makes the furniture able to transcend generations and go from Grandparents to Grandchildren. As well as with classic Danish furniture design, the Era sofa is designed with a sharp silhouette and a timeless expression, making it easy to integrate in a home with children, in a brand new apartment, or in an old, established home.

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Just like the series’ lounge chairs the sofa is available with a frame in oak, walnut, black lacquered steel or chrome, and with a rocking frame in chrome.

The series combines modern manufacturing methods with traditional furniture craftsmanship and a timeless design. Simon Legald has this to say about the sofa:

“It took a long time to get the proportions and the interplay between the soft curves and the tight lines of the shell completely right. It was crucial, that the upholstery and the stitching were carried out with the utmost artisanal precision. One nice detail, for example, is that we did not use canvas, but instead upholstered the sofa with textile across the entire shell. For the seat cushion, we have prioritized a solution using custom-cut foam, so that it sits perfectly inside the seat.”

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Discover the Era lounge collection here.

New Film: 100 year celebration

In 2015, the Danish Government and Parliament marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage and the 1915-Constitutional Act. As one of the many activities to raise awareness of the ceremony, they have invited 100 people to share what gender equality, democracy and community participation means to them. Our CEO and co-founder Poul Madsen is one of the 100 selected individuals.

We have produced a short film in which the Constitutional Act of Denmark is compared with a piece of furniture. Both the speech and visual effects illustrates the metaphor. The idea was to create a calm and accessible universe that reminds us that the Constitutional Act is as relevant today as when created. Just as a design icon.

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A voice from the design industry

As representative of a business in the creative industry, it was natural for us to contribute to the celebration with a creative touch, based in everyday life.

I am proud to be selected and contribute to the celebration with a voice from the design industry. Design influences our daily lives through the products and furniture that surrounds us. In Denmark, everyone has freedom to organize his life to reflect one’s individual needs and values. The Constitutional Act of Denmark ensure this. I think it is important to create awareness. “, says Poul Madsen.

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Behind the scenes

The film Hvis Grundloven var et møbel was recorded on the large stage in our Flagship Store at Østerbro. It was kind of nostalgic for us, as the large wall used to function as the big screen for the former cinema Triangel Teatret.

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The campaign kicks off today, April 20, running until Constitution Day June 5, 2015.

Read all the 100 speakers from the 100-year celebration and bring your own voice on www.facebook.com/KaereGrundlov. Read more about the campaign on www.100aaret.dk

Galactic Grey

The Milan fair is still going strong! On our stand we are highlighting cool Nordic ambience with a cosmos of grey nuances mixed with metallic details. Materials like chrome and steel radiate an industrial feel, while natural materials like marble and wood create contrasts. Normann Copenhagen plays with the Nordic traditions by adding a galactic feel to the great spectrum of grey tones like silver, shadow or graphite.

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602865_Era_Lounge_Chair_High_Oak_Breeze_Fusion_4004_0The Era lounge chair in a cool grey textile.
 Form_Chair_Catalogue_23bGrey reflections create a modern décor. Create the cool, industrial look at home by using different shades of grey, for example stone, mineral, and cement tones. 

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This year at Salone del Mobile Normann Copenhagen introduced the Era sofa – both a rocking edition and a stagnant one. We are excited about these and other novelties! Stay tuned for more info to come soon!

Get inspiration for a grey interior and for how to create a home decór with a cool Nordic feel to it here.