How to Style an Office

Here are some practical items for your office to boost your productivity without interrupting your flow.

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Snaregade Table, Oval, by Norm Architects / Studio WM Dining Chair by Studio WM

The Snaregade Table by Norm Architects was originally designed as table specifically for Bjarne Hansen, the creative director and founder at Menu; however, Norm also decided to manufacture some tables for their own studio. The WM dining chair is great because of its light and airy appearance and the thin structure of the wire frame that gives it a delicate feel.

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Wire Bin by Norm Architects

Norm Architects make it a virtue to focus on quality, durability and timelessness with this wire bin. They tried for something simple, but also visually strong.

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Tribeca Reade Table Lamp by Soren Rose

The Reade Table Lamp was inspired by New York City glamour in the late 1930’s. The name Tribeca refers to a very popular part of New York on lower west Manhattan, the triangle below Canal Street.

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My Spot by Jan & Henry (Photo Credit: Jennifer Hagler)

MySpot is formed of three anchors, a weight, and string. This is perfect for the office because it can hold a calendar, schedule, message, sketch, postal order, hotel reservation, or a postcard from travel. You can have all that you need within sight in a well arranged and impressive composition.

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Stick System by Jan & Henry/ Metal Wall Clock by Norm Architects

The Stick System is a multi-functional shelving system. This is perfect for the office to store all work related item such as documents, notebooks, books, writing utensils, or whatever you seem fit. The wall clock is a celebration of materiality, color, and simplicity.

 

 

 

 

Finest New Zealand Wool Rug

What you see is what you get

Norm Rugs are made of 80% New Zealand Wool and 20% Cotton for the wrap. Because of the altitude and vegetation of the herds, New Zealand wool tends to have a longer staple and an inherently softer feel than other wools.

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Norm Rugs are straightforward and honest handmade quality. The hand made rugs are flat-woven by highly skilled craftsmen from carefully selected wool and cotton threads. The plain rugs in natural Scandinavian colors are designed to suit every style and taste.

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Danish duo, Norm Architects, makes a virtue of focusing on quality, durability and timelessness. Their objective is designs applying good materials and craftsmanship whilst embodying beauty, traditions and history; and, most importantly, they want their designs to outlive fleeting trends. The name Norm signifies the importance of drawing inspiration from norms and traditions, within the fields of architecture and aesthetics, having been refined through the centuries.

 

Buy the Norm Rectangular Rug here.

Brilliant New Sofa Arriving Soon!

We are very excited to announce our new Godot Sofa by Isko-Berlin coming out this September! Godot is a comfortable and inviting sofa series comprising of the 2 and 3 seater, as well as an armchair. The inner “spaces” of the sofa are designed in sizes allowing for a comfortable seating position without limiting the freedom to move around and stretch your legs.

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Iskos – Berlin Design is a partnership between Boris Berlin and Aleksej Iskos. The firm operates within the fields of industrial, furniture and graphic design. This enterprise was only established in late 2010, but Boris and Aleksej had worked together for a number of years prior to setting up shop together. In 1987, Boris co-founded Komplot Design, where Aleksej was employed as an assistant for more than 11 years. This long and fruitful cooperation engendered a shared design philosophy.

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The exterior vertical and rectangular surfaces allow for easy and natural placement of couches along with and close to walls as well as positioned centrally in the room; and, likewise, the feasibility of placing the furniture side by side as well as back to back. This feature makes Godot very usable in private as well as in public spaces.

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The Perfect 4th of July Product Guide

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String Lounge Chair by Studio

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String Dining Chair by Studio WM

Guided by all senses, Studio WM designers have a mission to create seemingly simple designs that reflect the love and details that is put into them for years to come. Their Wire design is available as a Dining chair and a low Lounge Chair. They both have the same light and airy appearance and the thin structure of the wire frame gives them a delicate feel, while also providing a fine contrast to any cushion you put on the dining chair – or the blankets, pillows and soft items you lay in the lounge version.

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Fire Hurricane by Norm Architects

Fire Hurricane has a special luster glass that beautifully reflects the surroundings when the candle is not lit. When the candle is lit, the reflections dissolve and light breaks through the luster. This makes the Hurricane a decorative element both when used, and not.

For the Kitchen

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New Norm Flatware by Norm Architects

The cutlery is designed to work with all kinds of meals and will suit everything from appetizers and entrées to desserts, lunches and midnight snacks.

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Bottle Grinder by Norm Architects

The unique, inverted design ensures that salt, pepper, pumpkin seeds, dried blueberries, walnuts – or whatever you fill them with – only sprinkle out when you grind, leaving no trace on the table or in the kitchen. The Grinders have a bottle like shape, which is also important to the whole experience.

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Tilt Cutting Board by Tobias Tostesen

Tilt Cutting Board is designed with a special angle on its sides in order for it to lean steadily against your kitchen wall. A clever detail that spares you the agony of cuts in the table top and loud slams of cutting boards hitting the table, while also adding a beautiful new dimension to the overall shape of the board – simple and straight lines broken by the soft iconic corners and perfectly angled sides.

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New Norm Dinner Plate by Norm Architects

Norm Architects initially designed this special series of dinnerware as a profound admiration of one of Denmark’s most prominent painters, Vilhelm Hammershoi, and the unique feel of the crisp and pristine Nordic winds, which served as the main inspiration for the color scheme.

Water and Wine

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Multi Carafe by Jakob Munk

The decanter is versatile, and can be used for both wine and water. This is large enough to use for wine aeration, and the slanted funnel-formed opening makes it easy to pour from wine bottle to the decanter.

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Coolbreather Carafe by Norm Architects

The beautiful and stylish bottle-shaped Cool Breather is designed to integrate the actual aeration of the white wine as part of the sensation of enjoying refreshed and well-tasting white wine. Place the wine bottle on the table and attach the carafe to the bottleneck. Turn the bottle and carafe over to experience the bubbling sound of the white wine aerating through the neck and down the carafe. The integrated aeration is one of the most effective designs on the market today, handily beating other aerators in a Eurofins aeration test.

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Champagne Sabre by Karim Rashid

The Champagne Sabre is designed for opening champagne bottles swiftly and extravagantly. Aim towards where the vertical seam of the bottle meets the top lip of the bottle, and strike away from the base. The normal pressure inside the bottle automatically ensures that no glass shards contaminate the champagne.

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Baggy Winecoat by Jakob Wagner

The Menu Baggy Winecoat gives the popular wine bags a casual but stylish look. Simply take the wine bag out of the box, place it in the Baggy Winecoat and close the flexible top. There is room for an ice pack too, if you prefer to have your wine chilled. A rubber bottom makes sure the Baggy Winecoat does not tip over – neither on the dinner table, nor on the lawn. If you want to take your wine with you, just grab the handle and go! A handy and aesthetic solution for all bag-in-box wines!

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Water Bottle with Brass Lid by Norm Architects

It takes water to truly enjoy wine; preferably served in a carafe that looks good on the dining table, does not drip, and from which it’s easy to pour. The Water Bottle perfect size will easily fit into the fridge door; and thus you’ll always have nicely cooled water ready for serving. The glass being mouth blown is proof of fine quality.

Byoh Matcha Bar Takes Green Tea to the Next Level

The hallmark of Matcha tea is the method of cultivation where tea fields are covered for the last weeks before the harvest. A cloth reduces the amount of sunlight and forces plants to produce more chlorophyll and amino acids in order grow, giving Matcha tea a unique composition. Denmark’s first Matcha bar, Byoh, just opened up in Copenhagen, and Menu was pegged for furnishing the cafe. We are proud to show off some of our newest products in Byoh.

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Menu Stick System by Jan and Henry

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Dining Chair by Afteroom. Cafe Table by Afteroom

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Hanging Vessel by Wrk-shp. Counter Stool by Afteroom.

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Cylindrical Storage by Alexa Lixfeld. Lid Plate by Norm Architects. New Norm Bowl by Norm Architects.

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Pepe Marble Mirror by STUDIOPEPE. Cube Candleholder by Erik Olovsson. Concrete Vase by Hanne. Watering Can by Anderssen & Voll.

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Wire Pot by Norm Architects. Wire Base by Norm Architects.

Scandinavian Design – Søren Petersen, Ph.D.

(Original article by Søren Petersen @ Huffington Post)

Nordic Style InteriorEvery culture reflects its beliefs, values and attitudes in their designs. When asked what adjectives might be assigned to Scandinavian design, over fifty designers from around the world participated in an online study and shared their perceptions. Their comments illustrate how the spirit of a people can shine through the artifacts they choose to live with and how that spirit can help them to create future progress.

The Scandinavian countries differ from the rest of the world in that they all apply a social democratic model to organizing their society. Scandinavia has developed people centric societies, where citizens are considered their most valuable asset. These views were shaped over a thousand years of shared history, harsh weather conditions, limited resources and external threats from large European powers. The Scandinavian government model takes care of people from cradle to grave, providing kindergartens, schools, university education, employment, health care and retirement. Focusing on people and their well-being has resulted in great wealth and some of the highest happiness indexes in the world.

Howdy Owl MediumThrough a nationwide investment in design, these governments promote common national beliefs, values and attitudes. This helps to create the national unity necessary for a mutually supportive, organizationally flat and consensus driven society. Everything, from the children’s LEGO toys, to the public benches, lampposts, post offices, museums, bridges and airports, is carefully designed to reinforce the national spirit.

Investments are made in Masters and Ph.D. programs in design and design strategy. There are national design museums for educating the general public and design centers to assist industry in integrating design into their business model. Nationally sponsored studies on the value of design offer helpful guidelines, such as the “Design Ladder” and the INDEX Design Award to promote a commitment to design. These investments in process driven design result in a cultural cohesiveness expressed in functions and aesthetics that promote democratic values and social equality, justice, honesty, pragmatism, ingenuity and resourcefulness. To the global design community, this mindset is visible in the region’s products that are perceived as being authentic, calm, restrained, uplifting, practical and yet inviting, playful and whimsical.

Winebreather Carafe CollageWhether holding a Scandinavian product in one’s hand or experiencing a private or public space, we found the participating designers perceived the quality and caring for ergonomics, functionality and sustainability. The minimalistic objects balance rational geometric shapes with gentle soft curves, in keeping with the environmentally responsible, safety oriented and longevity focus of the products. As a consequence, natural high quality materials, such as wool, cotton, wood ceramics, glass and steel permeate Scandinavian design.

Colors are dominated by light warm natural materials, supplemented by the use of bold primary colors of red, blue, yellow and green, as well as gradations of white, over gray-tones to black. Decorations are sparse, applying geometric, floral and other organic motifs as well as striped and checkered patterns. Examples of Scandinavian designs and the designers reasoning behind these can also be seen in Scandinavian moviesproducts and graphics.

Noma CopenhagenWith its rich history and traditions, how will Scandinavian design evolve in the future? The New Nordic Design model proposes a little more playfulness in furniture design. NOMA cuisine celebrates locality and seasonality in the culinary experience. The Scandinavians do not pursue glory, like the French, or world influence, as do the Americans, they focus, instead, on carving out an exclusive, unpretentious niche. When it comes to cultural renewal, despite the long light filled summer, nobody immigrates to Scandinavia because of the weather or the low tax rates. For one to feel at home in the North, one would have to value conformity and collaborative action. That being said, if the past is any indication, the regions’ ability to carefully assimilate new trends from the outside world and creatively mold them to fit the spirit of its people has been shown. One designer captured the essence of Scandinavian Design eloquently by stating: “Scandinavian design shows love for the simple things in life and people.”

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Homedit.com Interior Designer Profiles – Robert Bailey

(Original article by Loredana Sava @ homedit.com)

People realized some time ago that you cannot be brilliant in all fields of activity , but you can be great in only one and average in the others. So it is better to do what you do best and leave the rest for the specialists. So they soon realized that if you wanted to have a beautifully arranged home, you’d better look for an interior designer because they will know exactly what to do to make your dreams come true. Here are ten of the world’s most famous interior designers who are now successful and their most important works:

10. Robert Bailey

Is the last one in our top but this does not mean that he is less important than the others. I like to say that they are different, but they are all great interior designers. Robert Bailey is a Canadian interior designer  and he mixes functionality with design, comfort with class.

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This is perfectly shown in his work, for example in the way he arranged this beautiful Silversea Residence in Vancouver, Canada. The best thing about designing this apartment was the fact that he had to take everything from the start since the residence was completely demolished and renovated, which is a lot easier than working with what you already have there. So the designer was asked to find a way to cover a toddler’s needs and the adults ‘ ones, too, without visible intrusions in each others’ life styles and areas.

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So we can say it was a challenge from the very beginning. The apartment has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, but they are all located on the same floor, so there had to be a clear distinction made to differentiate them and to keep a common feature, too. And Bailey found the balance and did a great job. His first and main concern was to give the sensation of space so the transition between the rooms is fluid and natural without major disruptions. The rooms are beautifully designed, but kept simple, comfortable and nice.

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The design is rather minimalist, with everything you need, but not too much, with modern furniture painted in white and having interesting shapes. Every now and then a colourful pillow or a picture arrangement on the wall brings a dissonant note which is only for the best. Everything looks so clean and modern, with all the necessary media and appliances, but still safe for the toddler to walk around. It gave me a sensation of peace and quiet, perfect for a family with a child.

Well, this is our Top Ten Interior Designers and they are the ones we love best. Now you tell us your opinion and who is your favourite interior designer, even if they may not be present in this top.

Homedit.com Interior Designer Profiles – Catherine Widawska and Thomas Widawski

(Original article by Loredana Sava @ homedit.com)

People realized some time ago that you cannot be brilliant in all fields of activity , but you can be great in only one and average in the others. So it is better to do what you do best and leave the rest for the specialists. So they soon realized that if you wanted to have a beautifully arranged home, you’d better look for an interior designer because they will know exactly what to do to make your dreams come true. Here are ten of the world’s most famous interior designers who are now successful and their most important works:

9. Catherine Widawska and Thomas Widawski

Are the two members of a Polish family of architects who succeeded having a career and winning a lot of awards, this way proving interior design is spread all over the world and so is good taste.

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Their work and vision is defined by an apartment in Warsaw, Poland that they decorated in style. The interior of this apartment is made to look very modern and even futuristic at some points, being beautiful and airy, comfortable and useful at the same time. It shows open space and a nice combination of colours and it is youthful and fun.The space is carefully divided according to the purpose given for each area so as to make the most of it. The living room for example is supposed to bring people together for a nice time spent in common and this is exactly what it does. Even if the walls are white and the floor is wooden, keeping the wood natural colour, the space is far from boring.

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There are a lot of colourful objects that make the difference and they are carefully placed so as to make each room joyful and nice: the lemon-yellow carpet in the living room, the colourful cube-like shelves and the funny furniture in the kids room, the blue bean bag on the floor and so on. The designers paid a lot of attention to details and so the overall effect is great. There is even a long planter for indoors that is full of real grass sitting next to a big mirror, bringing some nature inside and an apparently misplaced green bag on the floor that is actually a magazine storage bag. And since the details make the difference this time the result is excellent.

Homedit.com Interior Designer Profiles – Michael S. Smith

(Original article by Loredana Sava @ homedit.com)

People realized some time ago that you cannot be brilliant in all fields of activity , but you can be great in only one and average in the others. So it is better to do what you do best and leave the rest for the specialists. So they soon realized that if you wanted to have a beautifully arranged home, you’d better look for an interior designer because they will know exactly what to do to make your dreams come true. Here are ten of the world’s most famous interior designers who are now successful and their most important works:

8. Michael S. Smith

Is an American interior designer and his headquarters are in Los Angeles. As each artist is known for something in particular, this time Smith is known as the one responsible for the interior designing of the White House ever since 2008, which is actually illustrative for the American style. The White House is iconic for the average American citizen, so you can only guess the value of the person chosen to decorate it.Of course, there are a lot of other projects that show his taste in interior design, like thisTower Grove project for example.

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The interior of this house shows tradition, even if American tradition is a lot younger than European one. However, you feel the family and welcome air of the rooms and you feel “at home” immediately. Everything is nice and comfortable and stylish at the same time. The dining room is centered on a long and solid wooden dining table with beautifully sculpted chairs. There is a cabinet nearby displaying the old family porcelain inherited from generation to generation (or at least we are lead to think that), a beautiful chandelier and wallpaper with floral designs.

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The rooms are open and there are very few doors to close and disrupt the beautiful scenery. You just pass from one room to another and do not see a visible difference in style. Big original painting hang over comfy sofas and there are plants everywhere. It is important to show your communion with nature as a true family person and tradition keeper. Of course there is a somptuous bedroom and a nice study or living room where you are surrounded by books and coffee tables. But the entire design of this mansion is out of time. You could never guess if you are inside a museum or a twenty first century home. It is like you have returned to the times when rich landlords were trend setters and the supreme power on the land. It shows family and power, comfort and American culture, the values that we all appreciate.

Homedit.com Interior Designer Profiles – Miles Redd

(Original article by Loredana Sava @ homedit.com)

People realized some time ago that you cannot be brilliant in all fields of activity , but you can be great in only one and average in the others. So it is better to do what you do best and leave the rest for the specialists. So they soon realized that if you wanted to have a beautifully arranged home, you’d better look for an interior designer because they will know exactly what to do to make your dreams come true. Here are ten of the world’s most famous interior designers who are now successful and their most important works:

7. Miles Redd

Originally comes from Atlanta, but you can say he is international. He is a remarkable designer and he turned into an advantage the fact that he used to work as a set designer. This way he can now adjust to all kinds of styles and genres without any preconceptions and stereotypes. He likes decorating and designing the interior of a house in order to reflect the owner’s personality.

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His work has been featured in New York Magazine, Vogue and Elle Décor.

So he mingles modern art and antiques or vintage items bought from thrift stores or fairs in a brilliant way. Even though he started with his friends’ apartments, he is now able to decorate any room, house, museum or any other living space.

This is one of his projects and the best proof that a small apartment in Manhattan can be colourful and really cool. So the designer though to give each room in the apartment personality and gave them each a colour that allows us to easily differentiate them. He chose a different colour for every room and tried to give it personal features in order to make it interesting and unique.

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The living room was decorated in blue and modern equipment was placed near vintage furniture covered in velour, which made the room look at least interesting. The green hallway with olive green doors made the transition to a totally unexpected room: the foyer designed to look like a garden. Brown wallpaper with branch and bird patterns was the background for the geometrical chevron pattern of the floor. In between you can admire the lamps with a column base made of malachite and a Neo-classical console that only adds a plus of personality to the room.

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There is a study with a whole collection of interesting photos and also a flat screen computer desktop next to an old fashioned orange phone. The richness of details make the whole so nice: a red door leading to a marble bathroom for example or a green kitchen next to a dining room that is full of books. But there is something really beautiful in this mixture of apparently mismatching objects, something that is quite appealing and gives away the style of the designer.