Now that's a cool airport hotel to spend the night in when you have an early flight to catch the next day! Located at Arlanda, Stockholm, the Jumbo Stay is a hotel/hostel built in a retired jumbo jet with 76 beds in 29 rooms. If you want something more private than a dorm bed (and if you're not on a budget), you can book the fancy cockpit suite for a unique experience! All rooms have a flat screen TV and some of them also have a private bathroom. If you don't have to spend the night in Stockholm but have a few hours to kill between flights, you can just go for a visit and have a drink or a sandwich at the Café. And there's even a conference room if you're in town to do some business! The rooms look quite small, but the design is great, and you wake up already at the airport. No stress, no traffic. And for once, you get a good night's sleep on a plane!
I never liked tobacco. Of course, I tried when I was younger and needed to look cool. But I never enjoyed it, I can't even be a social smoker. This can be annoying sometimes when you work in an office and all your colleagues go outside for a cigarette break! In Sweden, with the snus, it's less of a problem, you just stick it under your lip and voilà, no smoke, you need to find another excuse to leave your chair! I tried that too when I arrived in Sweden. I was curious as you see it everywhere. But no, not for me either, I find it quite disgusting to be honest.
Even though I'll never be a nicotine addict, I love the snus portion pillows! I love the humor but also the color (goes with everything in the house), the texture and the size (35cm X 75cm). Designed in Finland by Denz & Son, they're currently sold out on their website, but you can also find them here.
I found this painting today at my favorite thrift store in Malmö. I have no idea who the artist is (initials MT), but it was painted in 1955, and I fell in love with the colors and the stylized trees as soon as I saw it! And then, another girl grabbed it... She spent 10 minutes looking at it, turning it upside down while talking to someone on the phone. I was standing next to her, pretending to be interested in a pile of dirty rugs. Of course, I completely ignored the painting. When she finally decided to put it back on the shelf, I did a happy dance in my head! I love it! And to the girl who changed her mind: Thank you!
Globen Lighting have some new designs, and my favorite is by far the "Wind" pendant light designed by Anna Andersson. Inspired by the 50's lamps, the designer uses organza instead of plastic (like the vintage one I have, see last pic!) and "wraps" the textile around a metallic frame. Simple, playful and classic!
I received a few days ago Elle Interiör's latest issue, the 2013 design awards edition which features the best swedish design of the year. Lots of beautiful finds, I can't say that I love everything, but it's a great way to learn about up-and-coming designers!
Marrakech Design won for the "best floor" of the year, and they truly deserve it, I've been eying those tiles for a few months now!
"Marrakech Design is a Swedish company specialized in encaustic cement tiles. The tiles are made by hand according to a production process developed in southern France towards the end of the 19th century. Nowadays, however, the world’s major production center for cement tiles is Morocco. The new collection by Claesson Koivisto Rune is all made at a factory just outside of Marrakech."
I love the moorish/hispanic designs of Morrocan tiles, but the modern/nordic twist given by Swedish architects Claesson, Koivisto and Rune to the traditional tile could almost convince me that I need new floors...
And look how you can play with the tiles to create different patterns!
I love, love vintage educational charts. My boyfriend and I found a big lot of old charts a few years ago in an antique shop in the countryside. Most of them are in the attic right now as we don't have enough walls to put them all on display, but at least, when we feel like changing a little something in a room, we know what to do! Of course, not all of them would look good in the living room. Who wants to look at a cow's digestive system while drinking a glass of wine on the sofa?
I don't have pictures of all those charts right now, I just wanted to show you my latest finds: super cute swedish teaching charts from the 50's! The condition is not perfect. Some of them have light stains. But I don't mind, they look adorable! The trip to the supermarket is my favorite. And the one featuring a mid-century home! Ah, gender roles in the 50's! Dad is reading the newspaper while mom is busy in the kitchen! The other one was made to help the kids to tell time, and the last one shows different activities and interactions in a schoolyard.
They were all painted by Gunilla Edelstam.
(And sorry, the pictures are not great, they look so much better in real life!)
"Flowers and Jewels". This is the new spring/summer 2013 collection from Swedish designer Anna Ekre, where you'll find, well, flowers and jewels but also exotic animals in a colourful, psychedelic jungle! Ok, rabbits are not exactly exotic, but what a fun, cute print! I was not very familiar with Anna Ekre's creations but I really fell for her original prints mixed with clean, classic lines. Another 'wish list' for me I guess!