Before Christmas I (Julia Edin) was working on an interior project for Frelsesarmeen (the norwegian salvation army). The task was to take a small apartment and transform it into a a motivational place for recovering drug addicts and criminals. The apartment was to be used for celebration on holidays, educational classes and a place where they could relax, study or have meetings with counselors.
This was quite a tricky task as I wanted to create a place that gave the users a scenes of value. I often find that in fear of things being stolen or broken, these type of users are given things that are only practical and not aesthetic or valuable. At the same time these type of users do have a certain «style», and since this was «their space» it could not be to «designed».
The result is a modern and minimalist apartment with black and white as the main colors. It is masculine and rough, but still with a comfortable and soft approach. It plays on geometric shapes, which you can see in the lovely pillows and blanket donated by Funkle. My approach to difficult situations it that humor often helps – so I used humoristic elements to decorate, such as the wallsticker donated by Ola&Kari.
The project was based on a low budget and donations, and help form the users themselves. A big thanks to Therese Økland (project leader from Frelsesarmeen) and Tobias A. Heiberg for photos.
Michelberge Hotel, Berlin>
Last weekend I spent walking around in wonderful Berlin, just absorbing the creative lifestyle, the big buildings and dining in great restaurants. A big bonus to the trip was staying at the cool hotel Michelberger. Even before we arrived, my expectations to the hotel was set high, based on the impression of the floating space shuttle with weird animations on their webpage. But the weird and cute didn’t disappoint in real life either… they where hidden all over the hotel as small messages on the shampoo bottle, by playing The Big Lebowski over and over again in the hallways, and by their minimal, raw and young interior design. The only thing that didn’t deliver was the service – which at times felt a bit arrogant. But Michelberger is definitely a great place to stay if you want to have a unique experience in a hotel, at the same times as you get to visit the great city of Berlin.
Fary tale interior by Otwerpduo>
When this is posted I am probably swimming in the sea outside of Greece – finally having my summer break. But even though I get a week of hot, sunny days in Greece, I have to return to Norway where the autumn already has arrived. This autum the trends are inspired by fairies, fary tales and nature, and I love it! Ontwerpduo has designed a room in a 16th century mansion with that in mind… They designed 10 pieces all based on different fairy tales, or themes from fairy tales, such as: the secret room, genie in a bottle, princess on the pea, sleeping beauty, etc.
The colours, the layers and the technique are perfect and I almost want to come back from the sun and get warm and cosy in this perfect autumn interior. Read more…
First day back at the office after a month of working for another graphic design agency – and a short week of summer holiday! Its a bit sad to see that the Norwegian summer is almost over, and today it felt like autumn was about to arrive. But one thing I love about the last summer days, are the dandelion seeds. Over the last couple of years the dandelion seeds have become a decorative element in many designs, and this wall decorations by Bility is a good example. I love the play on shadows and light! See more pics after the jump, or visit the lovely Icelandic store Birkiland!
Powerful paintings by Jeremiah Goodman>
I read about Jeremiah Goodman in the last issue of Frame and immediately became a fan.
Jeremiah Goodman was born in 1922 in New York and started studying arts at the age of 16. He is one of a kind artist who specialized in painting interiors. He has painted the homes of famous people like Ronald Reagan, Richard Rogers, Carolina Herrera and Yves Saint Laurent.
Jeremiah has the ability to communicate the feeling of the interior. When he painted Richard Rogers room he expressed: “Jeremiah, your painting of our living room is as I imagine it….”
I love his talent to use light and strong colors to emphasize the feeling of the room. No one makes paintings like this anymore. We are using computers to simulate reality. The results are sterile and anonymous, and there are no emotions in the pictures.
Jeremiah Goodman is 89 years now and still working in his home/office in NYC. And he is still passionate about his work.