Petit VERTIGO

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.

The Vertigo creates an intimate space under the light and it is a great space divider in an open concept room.
The Vertigo 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.

Merci bien, Constance. Je l’adore.

The dining nook needed an eye catcher and space divider which Vertigo provides. The round shape of Vertigo continues to the livingroom foot stools and to the Mandala over the fireplace.
The dining nook needed an eye catcher and space divider which Vertigo provides. The round shape of Vertigo continues to the livingroom foot stools and to the Mandala over the fireplace.
Side by side different aspects of art. Vertigo by Constance Guisset and The Lady of Matisse by Matias Waris.

Native art

Native art comes in many forms. In fact, it is more like a genre in any form of art. It represents the rich aboriginal culture in any art form. From music to clothing. From silverware to paintings. From jewelry to literature. 

I have always liked Native art. There is something magical in it. It tells a story of hundreds of years and it is meaningful. Also the lines and the colors are exceptional. I find it warm and very suitable for a contemporary home.

One of the most popular forms of Native art is found in jewelry. The jewelry is rich in symbolicism and the ideas mainly are from nature. The jewelry is detailed and beautifully finished. It is made suitable for any budget as the materials vary. The modern jewelry, often rich in detail but exiguous in impression, brightens up any outfit. 

The jewelry is detailed and beautifully finished. It is made suitable for any budget as the materials vary.

My favourite form of Native art comes in wall art. I love the paintings and statues. I love the soft lines of wood and the determined drawings. The bold non-apologetic drawings with a deeper meaning. The layered pictures that capture the mind. The calming or up-lifting stories behind the shown pictures.

The Sun by S. Nelson

My home office walls carry a beautiful yet small collection of Native art. In the future I wish to collect more of these unique hand-made treasures, but I want to hand-pick the right pieces. The best place to find this beautifulart is no doubt the West Coast. Vancouver alone accommodates tens of high quality galleries which sell the most beautiful pieces of First Nations art. Visiting these galleries opens a whole new world in understanding Native art. If you have never had the chance to get acquainted with First Nation’s art before the UBC Museum of Antropology is a good place to start your journey. The museum gives a load of valuable information and shows true masterpieces of Native art such as the magnificent sculpture by Bill Reid called “The Raven and the First Men“. 
The Raven an the First Men by Bill Reid. Photo curtesy of chin.gc.ca.

To my eye the contemporary home should hold interesting pieces of art. Pieces that are more than meets the eye. The art of the First Nations is a perfect choice to complete a straightforward interior style.

“Salmon” by L.A. Wilson and “Coast Salish Orca” by Alfred Crocker
Raven by John Bee

The Kiss

Sometimes the smallest things matter. Like the art you choose for your home. It sends out a message of who you are and what are your values in life. 

To me art is a critical part of a room. It either brights up my day or it brings me down. Even if I do understand the need of an artist to express also the dark and gloomy side of life, I do not wish to carry such pieces in my home. A great piece of art wakes up your imagination, cheers you up, gives you joy. It can make it in the form of a color combination, in a memory it takes you into, or in a shape. It can be smooth to touch or intresting to look at.

A great piece of art wakes up your imagination, cheers you up, gives you joy. 

When I set my eyes on The Kiss, I knew I wanted it. The shape of this wooden sculpture is unique in its simplicity. It has such an interesting blend of sensuality in it. There is nothing to add, nothing that could be taken away. It simply is. 

When choosing art for your home my advice is simple. If you like it, keep it!

The Kiss – a sensual wooden sculpture

The beauty of a kiss. Where do I start and you begin?
The Kiss – a sensual wooden sculpture
The Kiss – a sensual wooden sculpture

Yellow Grouse by Oiva Toikka

Finnish desing has its own style. In furniture it comes in squares. In fabrics in comes in large prints. In architecture it comes either in wooden-romantic-style or functionalistic stone style. Either way, Finnish desing has its recognizable style. And it has been made to last.

For me one of the most beautiful form of Finnish design comes in glassware made by Iittala. Iittala is known for its quality and style. In fact, Iittala combines the most loved Finnish lines in design. The most succesful designers have their own lines in Iittala productions, such as Alvar Aalto. 

On the morning of our 18th years of engagement, I got a total surprise gift from my husband. I mean, usually it is the anniversary mornings that the gifts are given! My own Romantic Warrior wanted to suprise me and that he did well! I got a beautifully wrapped Iittala-gift-box from him. Inside of the box was an original Oiva Toikka bird Yellow Grouse. I was mesmerized! The bird was the most beautiful Toikka bird I had yet seen! The pattern together with the strong yellow color is hypnotizing!

Inside of the box was an original Oiva Toikka bird Yellow Grouse. I was mesmerized! The bird was the most beautiful Toikka bird I had yet seen! The pattern together with the strong yellow color is hypnotizing!

Oiva Toikka Yellow Grouse bird nesting on Anu Pentik ABB plate.

As I placed the Toikka bird on its nest on our livingroom table, I knew that was the nest the bird-Tipi, as the kids named him, was ment to have. On a ceramic plate designed by another respected Finnish designer Anu Pentik had created. Pentik has made her name on clay ceramics and her heart-warming lines are loved by Finns.
Anu Pentik ABB-plate gave the nest to Toikka’s bird.