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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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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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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.

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. 

Milan 2015027A glimpse of a multitude of Amp lamps at the Salone del Mobile Furniture Fair 2015. 

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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.

The beauty of Red

We celebrate the beauty of dark, powerful red colors in the interior decor in Milan right now. Step inside a flood of deep, rich red nuances. Bold red colors like burgundy, berry and blush enrich materials of soft velvet, warm wool and smooth, matte surfaces. The atmosphere is uplifted and oozing of heart-warming pleasure. Red is hot!

Milan-2015_Instagram0030A powerful cosmos of red tones like merlot, sangria, berry and raspberry. 

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602833_Form-Table_120x120cm_RedOak_1Why not enhance the warm feelings in the decor with a deep scarlet red table? The matte surface of the Form table top creates a beautiful, yet bold contrast to the oak frame. 

A novelty in red!

We are very excited about our new Era sofa being launched in Milan. The Era sofa has inviting curves and a classic, nostalgic feel, just like the lounge chairs. In this bold red, the Era sofa stands as a centrepiece, excuding pure sophistication!

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602815_Form_Chair_Red_7The Form chair with steel legs in red has a tone-on-tone look, giving it an exclusive finish. 

Milan-2015_Instagram009 Soft velvet underlines the warm and dramatic atmosphere at the stand. 

If you didn´t get enough daring red inspiration, then visit our homepage right here for more.

Ciao Milano!

Today, one of the most important design events of the year is happening! We are, of  course, referring to the Salone del Mobile fair in Milan, where we are thrilled to be presenting new members in the Form and Era collections.

Well executed color settings and contrasting materials set the stage for the novelties. We are very excited to bring you inside a warm, sensual red space or into a metallic grey ambiance. Who knows, you might even discover an unexpected twist!

Discover more about the Milan novelties here.

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Are you in Milan? Then come by our stand E46 in hall 16 and take a look for yourself! If you are not at the fair, then dive into our raging red, galactic grey and rocking rhythm on our social media platforms. Join us in Milan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

Happy Easter!

We’re off to celebrate Easter. Whether you are spending the holidays relaxing with family, partying with friends or using the free time to get some refurbishing done in your home, we wish you all a happy Easter!

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Krenit Easter egg

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Brilliant boxes for Easter treats

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Nyhavn vases for an fresh Easter bouquet

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Mormor blue egg cups for late Easter breakfast