I never thought that choosing a light fixture would be so difficult. I mean all my life I have had inherited light fixtures; old and valuable crystal chandeliers from the beginning of the 19th century. It didn’t even cross my mind that some day I would fall in love with a house that would not match the valuable light fixtures I had. Nor would it seem possible that this kind of house would be my home. My dream house, a place where I feel secure and free. My safeharbour.
When we moved to our new home, I was willing to give up all the other antiques I had been surrounded with my entire life, except for the crystal chandeliers. My husband had told me all along that they would not match the house. But as stubborn as I am, I insisted to see them in place because sometimes odd combinations are the best. In this case my Mr. Know-it-all was right; the chandeliers looked ridiculous in the house. I took them to the garage. And I dare to say that we are the only family that has in fact even today a 19th century antique chandelier hanging from the garage ceiling!
After giving up the chandeliers I was lost. It had never crossed my mind that only after a light fixture a room is dressed. I studied the internet throughout the nights after the kids were asleep. It seemed impossible to find what I was looking for. Until I found the Vertigo.
Vertigo. The modern chandelier that is a true eyecatcher. I love everything about it. It looks unique. It is very light in weight so it moves by the air flow in the room. I cannot deside whether it resembles a hat or a dragonfly but I can tell you this, it is a very stylish and contemporary with exceptional design. It creates an intimate space under the light and it is a great space divider in an open concept room.
Vertigo chandelier was created by French designer Constance Guisset, born in 1976. Guisset has proven to be a great designer of our time and luckily she was brave enough to change her extensive business studies to designing. She gets her inspiration out of movement, lightness and surprise. Constance Guisset has her own studio in Paris.
Yes, I would say it was love at first sight. I mean who wouldn’t fall for the wide shoulders and tight hips? Who wouldn’t like to relax at the end of a day in the arms of this gentle but strong creature? To feel the smooth leather on your skin? To do nothing else than just breath in. And breath out.
That is how the Imola by BoConcept is. I swear it feels like a gentle lover. The chair holds you, wraps its arms around you and makes sure you are comfortable. And it does all this by looking charming, as an ageless classic should. For my Imola I chose the Oxford-category leather in cognac-color. In my opinion the Imola looks at it best with leather upholstery. The finishing of the leather is without compare, making the chair a true gem in your interior. The chair itself has the perfect measurements for sitting. It opens your posture and helps you to relax weather you choose to sit your feet lifted up on the chair or not. Just remember one thing and you will not be dissappointed; the chair itself is hard with no extra padding in it. However the ergonomical designing supports your body perfectly.
I swear it feels like a gentle lover. The chair holds you, wraps its arms around you and makes sure you are comfortable.
There is only one downside for this timeless classic. The price. But then again, quality never comes in small prize tags!
As I started my journey into contemporary interior I realized that I already owned a few pieces of furniture that I loved for their simplicity. In fact I had owned them for years, but I had never really seen the beauty of them before. One of the most valuable furniture I owned, that became the cornerstone to my new style, was a chair that my husband had inherited from his grandfather. The chair had been in our house for years but I had never really paid any attention to it. Now I took a better look at the chair. Placed it in our livingroom and realized what an amazing piece of furniture it was! It had the most beautiful lines, exceptional craftmanship and beautiful finishing.
I had always known that the chair is Danish design but I never realized it was a gem. And I felt quite stupid about it. But to my own defence I must say I had a lot of antiques that I had inherited. From different periods of time, some more valuable than the others. As I had lived my childhood in a 1800’s Manor guest house, our home had always been filled with antiques. Most of them I have now sold. I kept only the pieces I really, really liked. And I even sold few pieces I loved because I couldn’t find a place for them in our new home. I wanted to have air around me. Empty spots in the house. Clean lines. And I wanted our home to be easilly maintained.
I learned, that the chair I had fallen in love with was in fact a designer chair. A genuine Niels Møller chair. The clean lines of the chair were the result of years’ product development. I love the straightforward approach of the teak details Møller has created. As I studied more of Niels Møller I found out that he has a line of beautifully designed furniture. Furniture, that stays firm year after year. Just like my chair.
I learned, that the chair I had fallen in love with was in fact a designer chair. A genuine Niels Møller chair.
So this Niels Møller masterpiece is now the cornerstone in our home. Altough it was originally designed for office use, it stands proudly in our livingroom looking at the rest of the room that has been created to match its style.
And what comes to Danish desing I am really speechless! I salute the Danish way of making beauty out of minimalism. It leaves absolutely no room for mistakes. Every piece of furniture is taken to its highest level of designed functionalism. All the measurements are taken from the human anatomy and the furniture really caresses its user. The materials are chosen to last from one generation to another.
Modern and contemporary furniture doesn’t have to be box-like that leaves no room for beauty-seekers. Scandinavian style is very different from one country to another. The Finns tend to believe that modern equals to Alvar Aalto or Ikea, both of the brands being very square in design. On the other hand, Danish design searches soft lines with minimalistic approach and high quality craftmanship. Both the lines and functionatility, fulfills the beauty-seeker’s heart with pure joy! I believe I made it clear – I am in love with the Danes!