Our home #5 | New things in

New shots from home with some of the last things that have just arrived. 

I love the double reflection of the Vase Vase designed by Norm Architects for Menu and I think it is perfect for the white flowers I picked up at the beach last weekend: they are sand daffodils and smell deliciously at night-time. On the background, a long-wished item: the HAY paper designed by All The Way To Paris. It took so much to find out where I could get it and I am happy to share with you that German website Connox has the full range and a very good Scandinavian design selection, too.

  All pictures © facing north with gracia

GIVEAWAY | Last day!


Enter the giveaway to welcome summer holidays and get a copy of newly published OPENHOUSE Magazine, discover the story of creative people around the globe that open their homes to host anything from a gallery, performance space, or even sometimes a camp site, and makes the best food parties around. The first issue is already part of the selction of some of the best bookshops wrldwide, from the Tate Modern in London to the iconic Do You Read Me in Berlin. 

The giveaway includes the very first issue of OPENHOUSE Magazine from the launch party in Barcelona, a special postcard and poster and a tote bag.

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WEEKEND SPECIAL | Linn Johansson

Few weeks ago I found the picture on Linn Johansson's black and white home office on Instagram: I immediately like her monochrome home and how could it be otherwise? So I selected for you some picture from her instagram feeds to share with you on the blog, sure you will enjoy as much as I do.  

I like Linn's home because it really feels "real": styled but no to excess, essentially Scandinavian with a personal touch. Among all the ideas, I find the hallways wardrobe wall quite interesting and very functional: the metal structure works very well as a room divider while providing necessary extra space to hang things or It could stand also as an element on its own, like it does here. It is an idea to bare in mind especially for reduces spaces that are always in need of some more storage space.

You can check here and here for more interior inspiration.

Black holiday cottage in Germany

If I had to choose my ideal holiday home, surely it would resemble this cottage designed by German firm Format Elf Architekten. The black-stained building is part of the Hofgut resort, an estate that offers luxury accommodation, dining and spa close to the Bavarian forests. The archetypal structure of the cottage resembles the traditional barns and fit perfectly in the landscape. On the other side, the indoor is designed baring in mind all the comfort of contemporary living: a monochrome interior merge with natural wood surface to create a cozy atmosphere, perfect to evoke indulgence and slow life.

The architecture office also designed the outdoor area applying the same minimal approach they used for the interiors: a natural timber deck define the area reserved to the guests and lead to the outdoor dining space. Around, the informal natural planting merges with the surrounding landscape in a harmonious dialogue. The industrial-like elements of the dining furniture and the small concrete box grant a perfect contemporary look.

A perfect minimal open space

This living and dining room was designed by Dutch Studio Niels back in 2012. The office, founded by Niels Maier, former graduate at the Design Academy Eindhoven, aims to deliver high quality design by focusing on the great care of details and finishings.
The open space is the result of a clear process that subtracts only the unnecessary elements: the whiteness of walls and floors will capture the light coming from the glass façade during winter shorter days.

All images ©Studio Niels.

I am very happy to tell you that last week the Tate Modern Gallery in London have included Openhouse magazine among its bookshop selection: to have a chance to win the first issue of the magazine, check the post here!

PLACES | Stunning shop in Glasgow

I love the interiors of this store in Glasgow. Designed by Spanish Tomás Alonso for the shoes brand Camper, it shows how a limited selection of materials can be used to create a space with a strong, unique character. The whole retail design is based on the combination of few elements: the 10x10 white ceramic tiles, the white powder coated steel and the white American oak of the furniture. Handmade lamps produced in Italy complete the picture.
The Camper shop in Glasgow is the third collaboration between the brand and the Spanish designer and reflects  Tomás Alonso's approach based on functionalism, minimalism and a close relation to everyday objects.

I find the visual geometrical patterns created by the variation of the tiles very interesting, what do you think?
Photography | Sánchez y Montoro

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FOCUS ON | Marble for the kitchen

I spotted this image in Pinterest last week and I immediately liked the marble tiles in the kitchen: they are an elegant and classic choice for the space and has a stylish and contemporary look. Also, the combination of green hues from the glass bottles and the Pelargonium plants fits well the vein of the marble.

For more kitchen inspiration, check here and here.

Via Husman Hagberg

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