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Crafted in Northern Italy using the finest clay from the River Po, the tiles made to create the Ferm Living Flod Tables have a rich tactility and have been made using only water, fire and skilled human hands. 

The Flod Table collection consists of a dining table, café table and a coffee table

The tiles used for the Flod Tables are made in a family-run factory in Gonzaga, Italy. The tiles are sourced from the floodplains of River Po, Italy’s longest river and the clay is driven to the factory where it is stored outside to dry naturally in the Italian sun. Eventually the raw clay is moved inside where water is added to make is malleable and smooth. 
Natural colouring is added to the clay while it is wet to create a marble-like pattern. The clay is casted by hand in a mould selected from one of hundreds of shapes that line the factory walls. Some of these are more than 100 years old and have been used to make church floor tiles. The newly shaped tiles are removed and placed on drying racks.
The tiles are now transported into the dark room. In here, it is almost impossible to see where the drying racks begin and end. The tiles are heated from the kiln, which will reach 1,000 degrees. They are then left to air dry before heading to the oven. 
Once dried, the surfaces of the tiles are polished by a large machine. A thin layer of dust is removed and the tiles are stacked in the kiln where they will be fired for four to five days. To ensure the Flod tables are suitable for outdoor environments as well, the tiles are covered in a layer of liquid wax. 

After being expertly crafted for one and half months, the completed tiles are carefully sent on their journey from Italy to Denmark. 

The Flod Tables feature warm materiality contrasted with sleek lines. The powder-coated steel frames display a clean expression. Perfect for hosting occasions for friends and family both indoors and outdoors with their aesthetic and durable nature. 

We absolutely loved hearing about this production story here at beut – we hope you did too.

Come with us as we explore how the Ferm Living Mineral Tables are crafted from raw blocks of natural Bianco Curia marble into beautiful pieces of art.

Ferm Living has two Mineral Tables in their collection which are made from elegant Bianco Curia marble. The Mineral Sculptural Table is made entirely from this distinctive material, while the Mineral Coffee Table showcases the beauty of both the marble and glass together for an elegant yet sturdy display. Both tables show the marble in a raw and textured appearance, with each table unique due to the nature of the stone which have been hand chiselled by skilled artisans. Becoming an expert takes two or three years of training in which begins a lifelong career of working with marble. Artisans who chisel the Mineral Tables have 30 years of experience to ensure the very best finish.

These stunning tables are crafted in the mountains of Acqualagna, where a small family-owned factory is of thirteen skilled artisans hand craft each slab of marble. The Bianco Curia marble used for the Mineral Coffee Tables come from a quarry in Brescia in Northern Italy. Large slabs of marble are cut, examined and quality checked before being shipped to the factory. At the family-owned factory, the father carefully selects which marble slabs are good enough for production. This requires excellent attention to detail and experience as the factory has a maze of raw slabs of natural marble ranging from the deepest reds to the purest whites. The father has worked with marble for many years, giving him excellent knowledge, so that just by knocking the slabs, he can hear whether the slab is of high quality or not. It is only slabs of Bianco Curia marble with a specific high quality that are selected for the Mineral Tables.

After being individually hand selected, the large marble slabs are cut into smaller pieces by a specialised cutting machine. This machine is designed especially with a large blade which cuts through slowly and the blade is prevented from overheating by a constant flow of cold water. After, each piece is hand chiselled by a skilled artisan working in the factory. This is how the distinctive marble edge is made. The marble is then ready to be polished, making the surface as smooth as possible.

Marble is a limited source in Italy as there are strict regulations for harvesting marble. By law, it is not allowed to harvest more than 30% of any marble quarry before it must be closed and replanted. Knowing this, the factory wastes near to nothing. Larger left over pieces are used for cladding buildings, and smaller pieces are used for roads. The factory also has an internal circular water system, ensuring all water is reused.



We think these tables are perfect for adding character into any contemporary setting. With their neutral aesthetic they will complement many different interior styles. Perhaps place a beautiful vase on top with a bunch of flowers to add some additional colour.

We hope you have enjoyed exploring behind the scenes of the Ferm Living Mineral Tables as much as we have.

Renowned for her naturalistic sketches and wooden sculptures of art, Kethevane Cellard is a Parisian artist and speaks about the love of her home in Arcueil.

Kethevane’s home was first intended as a workshop, but now it is embraced as a family home with the artist’s husband Mathew, their two son’s and two cats. Showing off steel beams, industrial styled interiors and exposed brick to create a home and work space combined. Kethevane says “My work and my life are just one of the same mostly, I don’t feel the need to cut away, I would not be happy to cut that part away from me”

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We love how Kethevane has incorporated soft and warm accents into her home to create a cosy atmosphere despite the large windows and industrial style in her home. Perfectly paired together, the different levels of the Ferm Living Post Coffee Table’s display an interesting composition. These tables have been expertly crafted to display the natural grains of the FSC-Certified wood in a star design. The Ferm Living Meadow High Pile Rug below balances the steel beams with its comforting New Zealand wool, inviting you to sink your feet into it and feel its embrace whilst you rest upon it.

Kethevane says “Nestled in between cosy cushions, I love just to sit here and gaze at the trees swaying in the wind or curl up with a cup of tea in my favourite nook by the woodburning stove. The atmosphere in here makes it ideal for family life and gathering friends, but it is also a place where I love to work when the house falls quiet”.

Kethevane says she needs a calm mind to influence her artistic mindset. “When I search for forms, I have to have a positive frame of mind – meaning that I cannot create if I’m in a critical mood. That mood is for heated debates with friends over a glass of wine – but not for art”. We believe that having a comforting space around you, with beautiful decor, can really affect the frame of mind you may be in.

A stunning fusion of texture and modern style, the Vuelta Pendant 100 explores a new, redefined balance when it comes to lighting. The cylinder shape features a visible rippled surface finished with a brushed texture that gives it a unique expression. The LED light is perfect for creating the perfect ambient lighting over the artists work desk.

Kethevane continues by saying how everything in her home has its own place and is carefully picked out “I look for a timeless essence in those interior design pieces I let into the house – even for contemporary items. Also, the textural quality of the materials is vital to me – there need to be elements of tactility, and I always welcome imperfections. The small flaws are a part of life, and they are always more interesting than utter perfection” The Ferm Living Vuelta Table Lamp is a bold lighting piece that fantastically displays a sculptural arc, somewhat reminiscent of ancient columns. Crafted from fine opal glass and finished with a beautifully rippled surface, the gorgeous textured effect of this lamp enhances the appeal of the overall design, we can see why Kethevane picked this piece for her home!

We hope you have loved looking around the home of Kethevane Cellard as much as we did.

Join us whilst we take a deeper look into the home of Kristina Line. Kristina works as a small-scale architect and designs cottages for private clients as well as taking on interior design projects for commercial clients. Kristina says “My work is quite versatile. I work with renovating and transforming already existing structures, and with projects where I start from scratch”.

Kristina’s home is in a small, almost hidden area in Copenhagen, surrounded by a row of boathouses side by side each other by the waterfront of the Copenhagen Harbour. Her home is named “Kahytten” and when asked why, she explains ”To me, the ultimate dream is to live close to nature. It drives me how one can achieve this while respecting the surroundings. So Kahytten’s name is a tribute to the characteristics of a hytte – a small building within nature. And Kahytten, in Danish, is the word for a ship’s cabin – so the name just seemed so fitting when we are right by the water”.

As we take a look inside Kristina’s home, we notice how bright and airy it is. In the living room, the panelled wall has a rustic appearance which complements the boathouse aesthetic. The wall art creates a more homely setting, one to sit and relax with a book and cup of coffee in the morning. The wooden tones from the wall, sofa and floor brings a warm atmosphere, whilst the neutral furnishings reinforces the cosy feeling and makes the space appear more open. 

The large potted plant adds serenity and colour into the space, bringing nature indoors too. The Ferm Living Pouf is not only is a form of additional seating, but also adds inviting and engaging dimensions into the room and is a captivating and eye-catching design.

The Ferm Living Oyster Table Lamp displays a unique and organic form and is inspired by oyster shells gathered at the beach. It is made from recycled aluminium and is designed with an LED light source and when lit, it creates a cosy setting wherever it is placed. The brass candle holder is similar to the Ferm Living Hoy Candle Holder. It’s extra tall design helps to show off the pure elegance of this design.

Kristina explains ”Home to me is a place where I can feel comfortable, protected and disconnect from the world outside. It is a place for calmness, warmth and serenity.” The boathouse is a warm and welcoming space with a neutral, understated colour palette, where every object has both purpose and a story to tell. Kristina can look out onto the water while the afternoon sun filters through the curtains: ”Me and Anton both grew up close to the water and have always had a dream of living by the water again”.

The comfortable boucle lounge chair is situated perfectly for Kristina to gaze out of the window and enjoy the view. In front of the artistic mural is the Ferm Living Tiny Floor Lamp which works as a functional and decorative light source. Due to its slim look, it fits effortlessly in most corners where you need some extra light without overpowering the space. Designed with a tipping head, means that it is possible to tilt the shade to create a different look of the lamp and to create your own lighting atmosphere. 

This dining space is both traditional and experimental with the large, eye-catching pendant light which hovers over the dining table beautifully and the minimal wooden dining set. This describes the rest of Kristina’s home as well. The Ferm Living Tuck Vase blends a sleek, modern finish with a rugged, “rocky” composition.

When asked about her interior design reflections, Kristina explains: ”I think it is a matter of picking a few pieces that truly speak to you. And then, when you place them together, you have a collection of treasures that means something.”

Due to the boathouse being just 60 square meters, they needed to think smart about design choices. Therefore, they wanted to create an open functional plan to avoid crammed spaces using only natural materials to create a warm atmosphere and to respect the boathouse’s soul. Here is the kitchen which is also part of the same room as the dining space and living space. The organic counter top and splash back complements the wooden tones beautifully. Placed on the shelves is the Ferm Living Ripple Virrine Glasses which are expertly crafted from mouth-blown glass and have a gorgeous contemporary look. 

To be used as both a place to work or to do makeup, this gorgeous desk space is surrounded by storage, which once again demonstrates how Kristina has saved space in her small boathouse. The Ferm Living Herman Dining Chair mixes both a contemporary aesthetic with a simplistic but elegant functionality. Its broad and curved backrest provides plenty of back support, but can also be used to rest your arms upon thanks to its sweeping comfort throughout it. On the shelves above is the Ferm Living Grib Toolbox which has a beautifully designed silhouette and is being used here as a stylish storage solution for Kristina. 

The Ferm Living Tiny Table Lamp has a slim form so doesn’t take up too much space on the small desk, yet provides a warm light when additional lighting is needed. 

 

We hope you have enjoyed taking a look around the home of Kristina Line, and perhaps even learned some handy design tips! Discover our full collection from Ferm Living to find more beautiful pieces. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founded by Nikolaj Meier and Knut Bendik Humlevik New Works has become an internationally recognised designer brand with a stunning catalog of inviting and creative furniture, lighting and homewares. Collaborating with a large pool of influential designers and artists, New Works believes in honest materials, generosity in quality and earnest craftsmanship. 

New Works has a sustainable approach when crafting each piece. Longevity is key in their approach to design so that they can create timeless, long lasting pieces that fulfill a purpose. Each material used in New Works products have been carfeully thought about; considering environmental impacts and durability. Certified materials with a long life expectancy is essential. As an example, they only use wood from FSC-certifed forestry for furniture. 

Each product has a small amount of packaging, with each item delivered in brown boxes made from uncoated cardboard, which is biodegradeable and fully recyclable. New Works are almost at the end of replacing all the polystyrene with paper pulp and all plastic with recycled plastic, which shows how far New Works is going to take actions to help the environment. 

Furthermore, nearly all New Works furniture is produced in Denmark. Manufacturers based in the Eurapean Union are bound to follow the chemical regulation REACH rules, which guarantees environmental protection. 

New Works collaborate with a large number of internationally recognised, talented designers and artists who display the same deep fascination for sculptural forms and premium materials.

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The design duo Anderssen & Voll are two-thirds of the former Norway Says design collective and are among the most successful Norweigian designers. Creating ground-breaking objects for the home, their elegant and understated pieces can be seen in their pieces for some of Europe’s most renowned brands. 

Anderson & Voll designed the famous Lantern Series for New Works. This features a wide range of distinctive lights inspired by the traditional Chinese rice paper lamp, including pendants, ceiling lamps, wall lamps, table lamps and floor lamps. The frosted glass shade replicates a calming ambient light, whilst creating a bold and long lasting form. 

Lars Tonøe

Lars Tornøe is a Norwegian design studio devoted to furniture design and related fields of product design, working with various clients across Northern Europe. Having graduated from the Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 2006, Lars has been named Norwegian Designer of the year. 

Lars Tonøe is the designer of the Kizu Table Lamp for New Works. The Kizu Table Lamp features a bold marble base and is made of two sculptural forms, the lamp displays a sort of balancing act within it’s curved form, creating a contrast of both tension and calm, natural and man-made, straight and curved.

Are Design Studio

The work of Arde Design Studio displays a paired back aesthetic and holistic approach to idea creation and production. Designers of the Covent Series which showcases expert craftsmanship and displays an inviting and comfortable form. The collection includes a series of seating solutions.

Regular Company

The Croatian-based Regular Company is an award-winning design studio, headed by Ruder Novak-Mikulic, Marinko Murgic and Tihomir Filipec. The Regular Company designed the Missing Chair for New Works, which is a light and durable chair which can stack up to four pieces. This comfortable and striking chair is made from FSC-certified wood and OEKO-TEX-certified foam. 

 

Explore our full New Works collection now to discover more stunning and unmissable pieces. 

 

 

 

Ferm Living noticed Luise Vindahl’s creative passion of vegetarianism, health and superfoods, from the blog that this talented creative established back in 2009. Her kitchen portrays a stunning composition of some of Ferm Living’s finest designs. The Danish design brand caught up with Louise on a sunny summer’s morning to discuss her interests that are intertwined into this gorgeous kitchen design.

A superb creator of a blog, five cookbooks, an app and a range of social media channels, Luise has an underlying talent of a fantastic Interior Designer too, as we can see from her home. Luise, her husband and children take ultimate pride in the home that they live in.

Dedicating most of her time to her newfound love of vegetarianism, Luise spends most of her days on Green Kitchen Stories. In her own words, “Green Kitchen Stories is like a fourth child – or, maybe we should say our first? Whether we gather around our dining table at home or are out travelling and trying new dishes, Green Kitchen Stories is always with us. It is part of our family.”

The cooling mint coloured kitchen is the perfect representation of her self-made business as well as portraying a calming and tranquil atmosphere, ideal for cooking up a storm surrounded by family. We love the way that Luise has displayed random objects around her kitchen. Exotic vegetables are set out like ornaments, whilst serving accessories are placed conveniently on the edge of the stunningly smooth, granite worktops.

Not only has the homeowner decided to create a statement of her kitchen with flamboyant artwork designs, she has also chosen a simplistic yet highly stylish pendant lighting configuration from Ferm Living’s Collect series. The stunning light casts a warming glow on to the top of her work surfaces as she prepares heart-warming meals for her family and friends.

Luise has passed her passion onto her children, who adore creating new and exciting recipies as much as she does. The bright colours and spacious layout of this interior space, makes it the perfect family friendly kitchen.

The charming brass door handles on the cupboards are a subtle yet contemporary and attractive detail situated around the kitchen.

In keeping with the vibe of this kitchen space, natural elements such as firewood and herbs as been decoratively stored and displayed to invite a fresh and invigorating feeling. Draped gently over the side of the kitchen is Ferm Living’s Hale Tea Towel. Functional as well as decorative, this textile piece is an essential to a busy cook.

Showcasing one of Luise’s healthy smoothie recipies, the Ferm Living Ripple Carafe Set is not only a stylish serving accessory, it will also make the ideal gift to a loved one. This award-winning design doubles up as a carafe as well as a stunning drinking glass.

This house is full of architectural statements. For example, the fireplace nestled in the corner of this living space is a gorgeous relic that has time travelled into this 21st century styled home. A quaint children’s desk has been positioned by the wall to keep Luise’s children occupied as she works up a sweat over the stove. An eye-catching, pink piece of art adds a pop of colour into this beige painted room.

We hope you have enjoyed exploring this beautiful home as much as we have.

 

Who are GANTlights?

Once regarded as a small, niche independent, GANTlights has rapidly grown from it’s humble beginning in the home of founder Stefan Gant back in 2012. Starting life as a home project for Stefan’s kitchen, he experimented with “moulding” concrete, a task he describes as easier said than done. After much peer encouragement and a strong will to stay away from a certain giant Swedish furniture store, Stefan succeeded in his venture. For all he knew that success would end there, it was just a challenging home décor project.

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However, with compliment after compliment from friends and family, Stefan started to consider that more people may want one of these lights and that this could be something to pursue. Well, we are glad he did. Going from strength to strength, GANTlights is growing into an empire with endless customisation options and a brilliant range of innovative concrete lighting.

As one of the first UK distributors to sell GANTlights, we are big fans here at beut. We love GANTlights so much that we just had to know more. So, we reached out to company founder Stefan Gant to learn a little more.

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How does your background in architecture affect your designs?

I would think my background results in designs that feature strong lines, angular surfaces and contrasting materials.

What object have you recently taken inspiration from?

I take inspiration mainly from my environment rather than other designs. I like the simple things such as riding my bike through Berlin and looking at different corners of buildings for example. The geometric shapes of those “little” things here and there provide inspiration for my lights.

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Why concrete and what do you love most about the material?

It takes any shape you would like it to take. You could say it’s a material that really wants to work with you. Most other materials work a little bit against you in a sense. Depending on the material, you may need to cut it, sand it, glue it, hammer it and so on. Concrete, by contrast, comes out of a mould and, if you get it right, it looks great and that’s it.

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How the products are made?

This is what makes concrete as a material so beautiful; the making of the raw product is as simple as you would imagine. Mix water and concrete, pour it into a mould and wait. Take it out. Finished. However, the key is in getting the mixture and the moulding right. That’s the not so simple part and it took us a long time to get it right and even longer to get it consistently right. The resulting raw concrete shape is then merged with the aforementioned materials (gold, copper, etc.). The whole production is done exclusively in Germany by hand.

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What differentiates the products from other concrete designs?

Concrete furniture and lighting is often just “polished grey concrete”. That’s at least what most people appear to think of when they hear “concrete design”. In an interior design context, concrete on its own is somewhat limited to very special settings where it fits seamlessly. Many interior designers and end customers therefore steer away from it. Although our core material is light grey or dark grey concrete, we merge it with gold, silver, copper, Corten steel or oak for example. This aspect is what makes the products unique.

The blending with those materials changes the dynamics of concrete as a material completely. It opens up a multitude of settings in which the product can be utilised by interior designers. For end customers, the aesthetic contrast of the materials makes it easier for them to go for product based on concrete. It also provides for a real talking point which people seem to very much enjoy.

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Where do you feel your brand sits within the market?

We are in the lucky position that concrete as a material is becoming increasingly popular. Due to the blending/highlighting with other materials such as gold, silver, copper or corten steel, our products are not just “polished grey concrete”. This makes it easier for many consumers to go for a product based on concrete. We have seen significant growth in demand for our products and expect to grow further and become better known accordingly.

We continue to innovate and increase the product range in order to meet this growing demand (just as an example, we have just released our ceiling light with LED technology in a direct response to requests by customers and retailers to fill this gap in the range). Based on this, we feel we sit in the upper quartile of emerging lighting brands.

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What kind of projects are your designs used in?

GANTlights products are used in commercial and domestic interior projects, for example our lights were used for a newly opened Italian restaurant in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Of course when designing their own office, GANTlights incorporated a variety of their own lighting into the space.

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This isn’t to say these are purely commercial lighting options, especially considering its origin. GANTlights are ideal for hanging over work surfaces, kitchen counters and dining tables, as demonstrated in this stunning Berlin apartment.

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In love? Thought so.

If you’re itching to see more and get your hands on a GANTlight, lucky for you we have the whole range here.