Mingei at The Apartment

19/10/2017

Mingei at The Apartment, via Scandinavian Love Song Mingei at The Apartment, via Scandinavian Love Song
Mingei at The Apartment, via Scandinavian Love Song
Mingei at The Apartment, via Scandinavian Love Song
Mingei at The Apartment, via Scandinavian Love Song

Det er vist ingen hemmelighed, at jeg har en forkærlighed for Japan. Alt fra mad og ikebana til kimonoer og kunsthåndværk kan få mit hjerte til at banke lidt ekstra hurtigt. Så da jeg så billederne her fra den seneste udstilling hos københavnske The Apartment, måtte jeg også straks dele dem her. Udstillingen er kurateret af Terry Ellis, som har en vidunderlig evne til at kombinere japansk Mingei kunsthåndværk med klassisk skandinavisk møbeldesign.  Læs hele beskrivelsen af udstillingen nedenfor. 

It's no secret that I have a profound fondness of Japan. Be it food or ikebana, kimonos or arts and craft - it all makes my heart beat just at little faster. So when I saw these pictures from the latest exhibition at Copenhagen-based The Apartment, I instantly had to share them here as well. The exhibition is curated by Terry Ellis, who has a wonderful ability to combine Japanese Mingei craft with midcentury Scandinavian furniture. Read the full description below.   

Mingei at The Apartment
Japan’s Mingei craft movement had largely faded from fashion when Terry Ellis began collecting in the 1990s. Mingei was a celebration of everyday objects made by unknown craftspeople, which emerged in the 1920s partly in response to the rapid industrialisation of Japan. In recent years, Terry Ellis has spearheaded a craft renaissance in Japan, popularising Mingei, where his signature is mixing mid-century modern furniture and Mingei craft. Curating the exhibition Mingei at The Apartment, Ellis explores the dialogue between the Mingei movement and mid-century design from the west – with a selection of 20th century Japanese ceramics, textiles, sculpture and basketwork alongside furniture by Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson, Charlotte Perriand, Hans Wegner and more, plus work by contemporary artists inspired by the Mingei tradition. 

Pictures and text via The Apartment with thanks. 

Halloween Pumpkin with Autumn Leaves

17/10/2017

Halloween Pumpkin with Autumn Leaves, via Scandinavian Love Song
Halloween Pumpkin with Autumn Leaves, via Scandinavian Love Song
Halloween Pumpkin with Autumn Leaves, via Scandinavian Love Song
Halloween Pumpkin with Autumn Leaves, via Scandinavian Love Song
Halloween Pumpkin with Autumn Leaves, via Scandinavian Love Song

Som jeg nævnte forleden stod weekenden blandt andet på lidt græskar-snitteri. Men med en (stor) baby i familien tog de så lige lidt mere end en weekend at få gjort færdige. I går aftes kunne vi så endelig få lys i dem. Det var simpelthen så hyggeligt at lave dem sammen og de pynter sådan ved vores hoveddør.

Jeg fik en del spørgsmål på Instagram om, hvordan jeg havde lavet mit med bladene (Mads har lavet dét med gravstenen og vores husnummer), og det var egentlig super nemt. Jeg tegnede bare omridset af nogle forskellige blade og tegnede lidt detaljer på i frihånd. Og så var det ellers bare at skære omridset ud og lirke overfladen fri. Vi købte for nogle år siden to små hobbyknive med udskiftelige blade, og de er helt perfekte til formålet. Men jeg tror også sagtens, en almindelig hobbykniv kan bruges. Og så har de til slut fået en gang atamon, så de forhåbentlig holder lidt længere.

As I mentioned last Friday, we were planning on carving some Halloween pumpkins during the weekend. However, with a baby (well, actually a toddler I guess) in the family, it took us a couple of attempts to finish the project. But last night, we were finally able to light up and enjoy the result. It was such a nice thing to make together, and they look so great at our front door. 

I got a lot of questions on Instagram on how I made mine with the leaves (Mads made the one with the tombstone and our house number), and it was actually super easy. I just drew the outline of some different leaves on the pumpkin and drew a few details in free hand. Then I cut out the edges and gently coaxed the surface of the pumpkin using a small stanley knife. And then we finished of with some sodium benzoate so that they hopefully will last a bit longer. 

Halloween Pumpkin with Autumn Leaves, via Scandinavian Love Song
Halloween Pumpkin with Autumn Leaves, via Scandinavian Love Song
Halloween Pumpkin with Autumn Leaves, via Scandinavian Love Song

Friday Flowers

13/10/2017

Friday flowers via Scandinavian Love Song
Friday flowers via Scandinavian Love Song

I får lige lidt blomster og en krøllet dug til at gå på weekend på - og eftersårsferie måske? Mads har været i København hele ugen og vi glæder os sådan til at få ham hjem igen i dag. Her står weekenden ellers på overraskelsesfest, skovtur og græskar-snitteri. Håber, I også får en rigtig rar en af slagsen. 

Here you have some Friday flowers and a wrinkled table cloth to kick off the weekend. Mads has been in Copenhagen the whole week, so we are really looking forward for his return this afternoon. The weekend will for my part entail a surprise party, walks in the forrest and some pumpkin carving. Hope you will have a great one too. 

October List

07/10/2017

Autumn table setting, A Table Story, via Scandinavian Love Song
Autumn table setting, A Table Story, via Scandinavian Love Song

Så kom oktober, som på mange måder er min yndlingsmåned, men som med tiden også er blevet en utrolig følelsesladet måned for mig. For to år siden mistede vi vores lille pige i en alt for tidlig fødsel. Og for et år siden fødte jeg så verdens dejligste dreng. Tænk, så meget der kan ske på blot et år. Det er både skræmmende og spændende på samme tid. Og snart fylder Saxo et år, og det er jo slet ikke til at begribe, så meget han har udviklet sig. Han er blevet en rigtig lille dreng, og tiden måtte gerne stå lidt stille en gang i mellem. 

Men nu skal det handle om denne måneds liste, som jo for alvor står i efterårets tegn. Først oppe er den fineste borddækning, som A Table Story står bag. Den har et par år på bagen, men det gør den ikke mindre fin. Jeg ville elske at sætte mig til bords her blandt græskar, kvæder og gyldne og brændte farver. Så smukt.  

And then came October, which in many ways is my favourite month, but which, in time, also has become a very emotional time of the year for me. Two years ago, we lost our little girl in a premature birth. And one year ago, I gave birth to the most perfect baby boy. Sometimes, it's so hard to understand how much can happen in a year. It can seem so exciting and frightening at the same time. And in two weeks time, we can celebrate Saxo's first birthday. He has evolved so much, and albeit I might sound like the biggest mama cliché, I wish time would stand still for just a little while.

But let's move on to the October list, which obviously is devoted to the fall season. First up is this stunning table setting by A Table Story. They did it a couple of years ago, but that doesn't make it less stunning. I would love to sit down here among pumpkins, quinces, golden and burned colours. So beautiful.    

Rosebay Top, Shop Dôen, via Scandinavian Love Song

Min barsel er jo slut nu og det betyder, jeg forhåbentlig snart finder en ny, spændende arbejdsplads. Men det betyder jo også, at mine dage med joggingbukser og hullede t-shirts er talte. Så garderoben trænger lidt til nogle nye tilføjelser. Denne skjorte fra Dôen måtte gerne være en af dem. Ud over at de laver sådan noget fint tøj, elsker jeg også den måde, de styler deres produktbilleder på. Så fint, ubesværet og poetisk.

As I've mentioned before, my maternity leave ended this month, which hopefully means new and exciting job adventures. But that also means that the days of sweatpants and t-shirts are over, and my wardrobe really needs an upgrade. I would love this shirt from Dôen to be one of them. Besides making some really nice clothes, I also love the way they style their products. So lovely, effortless and poetic.   

Japan Guide, Local Milk, via Scandinavian Love Song
Japan Guide, Local Milk, via Scandinavian Love Song

For tre år siden, også i oktober, havde vi den mest fantastiske bryllupsrejse til Japan og hver oktober (ja, faktisk året rundt) længes vi tilbage til det smukke, forvirrende og kontrastfyldte land, så selvfølgelig skulle det med på denne måneds liste. Beth fra Local Milk har taget sådan nogle stemningsfyldte billeder der fra, som blot gør min udlængsel endnu større.

In October, three years ago, we spend our honeymoon in Japan, and every October (well, actually all year round) we long for this breathtaking, bewildering and contrasted country, so it obviously had to be on this month's list as well. Beth from Local Milk has taken these stunning pictures, which just make my wanderlust even bigger. 

Ponny vase, Skrufs Glasbruk, Artilleriet, via Scandinavian Love Song

Og til slut en lille vasenyhed. De populære glasvaser fra Skrufs Glasbruk fåes nemlig nu også i en sort version, og særligt dette billede fangede min opmærksomhed - måske især på grund af den fine samling blomster i den. Den ville jo passe så fint til den kommende allehelgens-tid :)


Last up is a small vase novelty. The popular glass vases from Skrufs Glasbruk also come in a black version now, and this one particularly caught my eye - maybe mainly because of the small flower arrangement in it. Nevertheless, I think it would be perfect on the table for Halloween :) 

Image sources: A Table Story, Dôen, Local Milk, Artilleriet

A Serene Sunday Space

01/10/2017

A serene scandinavian apartment for sale, via http://www.scandinavianlovesong.com/
A serene scandinavian apartment for sale, via http://www.scandinavianlovesong.com/
A serene scandinavian apartment for sale, via http://www.scandinavianlovesong.com/
A serene scandinavian apartment for sale, via http://www.scandinavianlovesong.com/
A serene scandinavian apartment for sale, via http://www.scandinavianlovesong.com/
A serene scandinavian apartment for sale, via http://www.scandinavianlovesong.com/
A serene scandinavian apartment for sale, via http://www.scandinavianlovesong.com/
A serene scandinavian apartment for sale, via http://www.scandinavianlovesong.com/

Arh søndag. Dig kan jeg godt lide. Sådan har det nu ikke altid været, men efter vi har indført en fast søndags-tradition med, at Mads går til bageren med Saxo og køber lidt morgenbrød, mens jeg får tyve minutter for mig selv til at klare hovedet (hvilket er meget velkomment for tiden, da Saxo er ved at lære at spise sin morgengrød selv og virkelig sætter min tålmodighed på prøve) og til at gøre et hyggeligt morgenbord klar, så er søndag bare begyndt at blive sådan en rar dag. 

Vi har ellers gang i det store oprydningsprojekt herhjemme, så alting flyder og ligner nok mest den diametrale modsætning af ovenviste lejlighed. Så vi lader lige søndagspausebilledet stå på den i stedet. God søndag til jer.  

Well hello, Sunday. You are most welcome. It hasn't always been like that, but since we've started a Sunday tradition where Mads takes Saxo to our lokal baker, while I get twenty minutes for myself to clear my head (which is much needed these days since Saxo is learning to eat his morning porridge by himself and really testing my patience) and to make a cosy morning table, Sunday has turned into such a nice day.

We are in the middle of a big cleaning project though, so our small house is so messy these days and maybe actually the exact opposite of the above serene space. So let us just keep our eyes firmly fixed on that for now. Have a lovely Sunday.   

Images via Fantastic Frank, styled by Linnea Salmén, photographed by Emily Laye
 

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