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THE we like it simple… men det er fristende med en dose komfort og luxus ISSUE

THE we like it simple… but it's tempting with a dose of comfort and luxury ISSUE


There is the normal good mix of photographs and brief notes about a wide range of products and furniture including, in this issue, the Beak Chair designed by Ole Wanscher in 1951 and recently back in production by Carl Hansen; the new bar stool by Aurélien Barbry for Fredericia and the Brødrenes F-stol designed by Rasmus Bækkel Fex for the Danish furniture company Brdr. Krüger.

The F Chair is a modern interpretation of the simple style of Shaker furniture with a light frame with thin elegant cross rails and a webbing seat that in original chairs in the 19th century would have been in canvas but here has polyester webbing … a clever use of the type of strapping developed for ruck sacks and robust luggage. There was Shaker store in London for a while - selling reproductions of traditional Shaker designs that had been made in the USA and they sold the canvas webbing so I tried fairly successfully to use it for the seats of two framed chairs I had but it was difficult to keep the webbing tight as I formed the traditional chequerboard weave and it did stretch with use so the polyester webbing seems like an interesting solution.

This issue of Nytt Rom includes the Vivlio Shelving system from Skagerak that has thin metal frames that support a wood shelf that is constructed like an open box with solid base back and ends and come in three heights from a shallow tray, to a medium height shelf to a shelf with high ends and back ideal for magazines or folders. A frame and a single shelf form one unit but these can be stacked up to form a book shelf. The metal frame has cross struts to support the shelf but these can be used either way up - with the cross supports towards the top or towards the bottom of the frame - so the spacing of shelves can be varied and as the frames and shelves come in different colours or finishes then quite interesting variations and combinations are possible.

This issue has some interesting cutlery from the interiors shop Artilleriet in Gøteborg and a simple canister-shaped or straight-sided cup with a generous handle called Tubus in dark grey with white inside from the Norwegian ceramicist Bodil Mogstad Skipnes. These have a generous bold loop of a handle which for me is important because I have quite large hands so I get very frustrated and embarrassed if a finger gets caught in the prissy little loop of a delicate tea cup.

Nytt Rom is the place to get ideas for all the fittings and additional things you need for a home particularly if you are looking for something with a distinct design heritage so in this issue there is a standard lamp by Le Corbusier from the Casa Shop.

There are also, of course, longer features in the ongoing series that profiles the homes of designers, architects and other professionals working in related design industries so in this issue the home of Charlotte Egelund in Frederiksberg; the apartment in Copenhagen of Niels Christophersen of Frama; a lake-side summer home in Sweden by the architectural firm Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor and the home in Stockholm of the architect Johan Arrhov.

All four of these interiors demonstrate, in different ways, that important Scandinavian trick of mixing classic pieces of furniture or classic styles but with a very modern twist but also keeping the whole look simple and uncluttered - clean - using some colour or interesting collected pieces or lamps or textiles to add that luxury or, at least to make it all personal … or as Hans Petter Smeby - the editor of Nytt Rom - points out "do not miss cream on the top, olive in the drink, raisins in sausage and raw decorations … " and he goes on to talk about what appear to be the virtues of fancy model ships, boxing gloves, pictures of butterflies and sumptuous flower arrangements. Now hang on … I moved to Copenhagen to get away from that sort of thing.

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This is subtitled the 'påyfyll issue ved andre øyekast' which seems to translate as the refill issue at second sight … so here I take refill as referring to taking the top up of coffee and giving yourself time to think.

Certainly the magazine is packed with Inspiration and ideas … so for some the really must have … although for me it means that I really must go and look or I really should find out more.

There are book reviews here but more and more traditional publishing seems to be about following on behind the magazines and the on-line sites, to they do the retrospective - here a book on Modernist architecture - or there are more general compilations to inspire you so here The New Old House, about combining historic and modern architecture, and Creative Living Country.

In Nytt Rom, the product reviews are often presented in groups of three to a page … so in this issue the interesting combination of a desk tidy or small tool carrier from Eva Solo, a basket from Lena Bjerre and Cloth - a jug in 3D printed porcelain designed by Luca Nichetto for OTHR. The link here being I guess containers.

Or there are three interesting upholstered shell-shaped chairs - the You Lounge - also designed by Luca Nichetto - Lune by Jamie Hayon from Fritz Hansen and Asko by Patrick Norguet from Erik Jørgensen … so here you can do an important compare and contrast.

The magazine also does a really good job of putting together in one issue profiles that are linked so in this issue there are longer pieces on Ariake - a partnership of two furniture companies from Morodomi in the Saga prefecture in Japan - and makers of more traditional furniture at the Miyazaki Chair Factory.

There are good profiles of ….

The architects and furniture designers Björn Förstberg and Mikael Ling who trained in Lund and are now based in Malmö with photographs of their 'House for Mother' - a series of simple linked blocks with pitched roofs and walls covered in finely ribbed corrugated aluminium and much of the interior faced with plywood. A really interesting first house from the partnership.

And a profile of the industrial designer Jonas Stokke and his amazing Tjøme Chair with the prototypes made by boat builders from Risør.

There is the home of the young Lithuanian architect Saulius Bulavas who trained at the School of Architecture in Oslo - an apartment that has a raw and industrial feel - and a piece on the home of the interior designer Cecilie Holmboe - part of an ongoing series that looks at how designers and architects themselves live - but the photographs are refreshingly straightforward in their presentation so the interiors are tidy but not over styled for the photo shoot.

One review about the Primo Chair, designed by Konstantin Grcics for Mattiazzi  was interesting because of recent posts on this site . This is another of the 'basic' chairs.

There is so much more in the issue but it also has one aspirational article - so aspirational as in we can all dream - about an Airstream touring caravan with the interior designed by Søren Rose Studio that was photographed touring the highways or rather the back roads of Upstate New York.

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The edition for April and May. 

The usual good mix of reviews of new products and new design publications and exhibitions including the exhibition on the work of Hiroshi Sambuichi at the Danish Architecture Centre.

There are interesting photo articles on the homes of staff from the team at Menu - the Brand and Design Director Joachim Kornbek and the PR Manager Line Borella who both have homes in Nørrebro - along with the homes of the architect Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and the apartment of the designer Søren Rose in New York … all classic interiors in the Danish style that make the most of open and uncluttered space with well-placed mix of furniture … both classic modern pieces but also the best of current products.

Also a profile of the work of the photographer Lina Kayser.


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The latest edition of Nytt Rom is out now with the usual good mixture of short notices about new products, current exhibitions, short book reviews and so on and slightly longer pieces about designers or architecture. This month there is a piece on the Urban Rigger, a floating construction from Bjarke Ingels, and several longer pieces with eight-page spreads on specific houses, including two in Copenhagen and two in Oslo … one with a stunning location on a steep wooded slope on the island of Ulvøya just south of the city. 

This is not just about looking at what seems like day dreaming about unattainable design because there is a useful roundup from visits to a couple design stores - i butikkene - that just focuses on a few items “i hyller og skap” - on shelves or in cabinets - so what the magazine editor admits is a completely subjective choice including pieces from Hay and Frama seen in an Oslo store and a Tivoli Chair by the Finnish designer Mikko Laakkonen in Danske in Istedgade in Copenhagen. And that’s fine … it strikes me as being as close as any design magazine gets to the way most people shop … seeing something that just stands out and you really like and then wondering, again in the words of the magazine, if it is a timeless investment or maybe just something you can tell yourself you need.