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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.