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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.