Every week, we go all over the world to peek inside houses, apartments, restaurants, and more to see where other people live, work, and eat. The world of interiors never disappoints, which is a good thing as we all crave an endless supply of visual eye candy to keep us inspired. Plus, isn’t it fun to be nosy for a bit? Now that the year is ending, we’re revisiting the most popular interior design posts from 2019. Sit back and dive back in.
As more people get on board of sustainable living, minimalism, creating eco-friendly households and growing their own food, they’re looking into easier ways to implement those ideas into their everyday lives. Gardening is one of the trends more and more people become passionate about, however, a lot of individuals willing to start their own small vegetable or herb garden consider it almost impossible or too much effort due to their living conditions. How would you grow your own veggies, greens or herbs if you live in an apartment or a house with minimal backyard space? And what about unfavorable climate and winter time?
Well, looks like IKEA found an easy and inexpensive solution to that issue. They launched Growroom – a concept and a building plan of an indoor spherical garden made of plywood. Following the instructions provided by the company, one can build this unconventionally looking planter at home or at the office and grow organic vegetables without respect of weather conditions or outdoor space availability.
IKEA designed this garden the way that every customer is able to assemble it without any particular issues and made it quite accessible for different people and communities. Maximizing the growing space and transforming an indoor planter into a wonderful piece of the interior, this spherical garden is designed to empower people to try growing their own fresh foods, experience the excitement of picking their own vegetables once they’re ready and connect people with nature.
The creator’s aim also includes promoting green living practices, local food production and environment awareness among average people.
IKEA’s one of the practical and easy-to-implement sustainable living ideas was brought to life in cooperation with Space10. This urban farm pavilion’s design suits modern and traditional interiors while its sliced structure provides optimal lighting and water flow conditions for proper indoor growth of weeks-worth supply of greens and vegetables.
One doesn’t have to be a man of all work to set this thing up, even though this indoor garden will probably be the most difficult IKEA furniture assembly project to get done. But, this flat pack is definitely worth the effort (something you rarely say about IKEA, huh?).
You may find 17-step instructions on Space10 website or IKEA’s Medium page.
A funny thing happened shortly after Signe Terenziani founded annual Danish design event 3DaysofDesign in 2014: Everyone wanted to join in, Danish or not. As seen at this year’s event, which ran May 23-25 in Copenhagen, there was a clever workaround: Coinciding exhibitions and installations—many of them held at embassies. From a house that fits together like a puzzle at the Swiss embassy to swamp foliage filling the prim and stately interior of the Institut Français to a concept store virtually overcome with grass, here are 12 of our favorite installations seen at this year’s event.
Interlocking plastic components ingeniously formed the Puzzle House by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group and Swiss architect Simon Frommenwiler of HHF Architects, presented at Copenhagen’s waterfront Embassy of Switzerland; they can be broken down into seating elements and partitions offering wind protection.
In sharp contrast to the stately ambience of the Institut Français, swamp grass surrounded newly reissued pieces by iconic French designers from Gubi. A chandelier hung over the C-Chair dining chair, nestled in pampas grass dried to a honey hue. It was designed by Marcel Gascoin in 1947 and is now available in walnut or oak.
The legless Pacha lounge chair—introduced by Pierre Paulin in 1975 as a low but elegant way of seating—was also presented at the Institut Français. A pampas grass installation was dyed to match the blue upholstery from French fabric house Pierre Frey.
At the residence of the Finnish Ambassador to Denmark, Petite 4630 lamps from Finnish brand Secto Design sprouted from a bed of moss, as part of an exhibition featuring Finnish design and lifestyle brands.
At the Embassy of Slovenia, the exhibit “Narava” celebrated young design talents from the central European country. The Miss Petticoat lamp collection from design studio LesnaVesna has playful dual-structured shades in walnut, birch, or plywood designed to resemble the retro fashion item.
At Nomad Workspace, a co-working space in the former Nørrebro Courthouse, 30 designers took over the ground floor as part of “DAWN x Nomad Workspace,” an exhibit curated by Natalia Sanchez. The Cherry on Top is a collection of mouth-blown glass objects by Helle Mardahl.
Verdant green grass grew throughout concept store Louise Roe Gallery, as part of the installation “A Walk in the Park.”
“A Walk in the Park” also marked the launch of new materials for the Balloon 04 vase by Louise Roe—among them sky-blue-glazed ceramic.
What does a tree smell like? For the instillation “The Scent of Dinesen,” wood plank manufacturer Dinesen dove deep on this topic, collaborating with Norwegian artist and scent researcher Sissel Tolaas to create an archive of recorded smell molecules. Despite attracting those keen to purchase, the resulting collection of scents—surprisingly diverse and complex—are not for sale.
The Kinfolk Gallery served as backdrop for the launch of new lifestyle brand Karimoku Case Study, with products presented as a well-appointed apartment. The brainchild of Japanese wood furniture manufacturer Karimoku in collaboration with architecture and design studios Norm Architects and Keiji Ashizawa Design, Karimoku Case Study features products inspired by the temples, shrines, and gardens of Japan. The Case Study Kinuta N-CT01 low table by Norm Architects draws its form from Japanese facades and doors.
Mia Lagerman, a designer who has lived much of her life straddling the two countries of Sweden and Denmark, was the focus of an exhibit at the Embassy of Sweden. Lagerman’s Sky Wood is a lightweight, stackable chair in molded FSC-certified oak.
Hay took over two stories of the historic Lindencrone Palais villa to examine the future of live and work spaces. This vignette features the Bernard chair by Shane Schneck—launched last month—paired with the Fifty-Fifty floor lamp by Sam Weller and the Slit table.
A dining/communal work space area at the Hay installation was furnished with the Result chair by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld, a melamine Fleck bowl, and a Pyramid table and bench in matte-lacquered oak.
A giant version of the iconic Ball Chair by Finnish designer Eero Aarnio was clearly winning the prize for most popular photo op at Odd Fellows Mansion, the location of “Framing,” an exhibit presented by PR firm Samira Kudsk in collaboration with industry brands and experts.
At the Hotel Charlottenborg in the historic Charlottenborg Festsal building, 16 brands were featured in an exhibit curated by Ark Journalfocusing on the hospitality market. The Frama|Ole Palsby collection by Ole Palsby Design in collaboration with Frama consists of cutlery produced in Japan with a matt surface achieved by high-pressure polishing.
When YouTube took over the former Gap headquarters in San Bruno, California, it knew the 5,000-square-foot lobby required a refresh. The space needed to be welcoming, adaptable, and a versatile showcase not just for the brand, but also the work of YouTube’s 2 billion users.
Enter the team at Valerio Dewalt Train, who reduced the double-height atrium to its metallic structure illuminated by a full-length skylight. A green wall and stacked benches on the north side offer room to socialize. But the heart of the project is a digital wall. “It leverages a massive low-resolution screen into the wall construction,” says the firm’s principal Bill Turner, “creating an abstract dynamic backdrop to the space.”
There are 35,000 LEDs embedded around the displays, which are activated when users approach medallions on the floor beneath ceiling sensors. “They embody YouTube’s core principals while fostering a sense of discovery,” says studio director for media objectives Crystal Adams. Or, in other words, to click and play.
The interior design world isn’t lacking in options—we’ve perhaps never had better access to a range of raw materials and technologically advanced surfaces—but sometimes the most interesting options are right under our noses. As in, on the shelves at your local hardware store. As proven by some of the best in the business, what are commonly thought of as cheap building materials (plywood, cinder blocks, etc.) can actually be made glamorous if put on display. Below, eight inexpensive raw materials that can transform the look and feel of your interior—for the better.