Ringo by Sanna Völker & Marta Cuquet“Ringo had finally found the perfect way to hide…” The development of Ringo is inspired by people who feel uncomfortable with others discovering their intimate life. To solve this issue, Ringo incorporates translucent panels and a wooden back that will cover up his most intimate secrets. The name Ringo comes from Ringo Starr, the timid member of the Beatles.

Sanna Völker is born in Sweden and is currently settled in Barcelona, Spain. She got introduced to Bolia while doing an internship at Outofstock. Outofstock is a design studio with offices in Barcelona and Singapore, and has made some products for Bolia.

Sanna finds the human mind and behaviour terribly interesting, and this is often a source of inspiration to her. She finds design to be a very dynamic and passionate profession, with the possibility to get involved in highly diverse projects. Besides, the contrast between each phase of the design process requires the designer to use very different skills, which makes the work very stimulating.

Marta Cuquet is born in a small village near Barcelona, Spain. At the age of 24 she came across an opportunity that would bring sense to her life, she won a scholarship to study at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Barcelona. Marta then found what she had been looking for her whole life, her vocation; design. To Marta, design is a manner of expression that brings joy to people’s lives

Sanna and Marta’s last design is soon being presented, so keep an eye on our blog. www.sannavolker.com and www.martacuquet.com

The Hedge brings you storage, a room divider and a mirror in one. The idea of it derived from the “big city-nomad” lifestyle, where people move into smaller homes and therefore need multifunctional furniture that can store more things. Hedge grants the wish for a functional and at the same time characterizing furniture. Hedge helps creating order in small homes and the modules can be switched, so you chose how the room divider should look. The design itself is simple and made of oak and leather hvad er fødderne af? The Hedge brings you storage, a room divider and a mirror in one. The idea of it derived from the “big city-nomad” lifestyle, where people move into smaller homes and therefore need multifunctional furniture that can store more things. Hedge grants the wish for a functional and at the same time characterizing furniture. Hedge helps creating order in small homes and the modules can be switched, so you chose how the room divider should look. The design itself is simple and made of oak and leather. The top and base are paintet white.

Ditte Buus Nielsen is M.Sc. in industrial design from Aalborg University. She also participated in the Bolia Design Award 2013, where she and her design partner received the “Peoples Choice Award” and an honorary for their daybed CURV. Ditte gets her inspiration from furniture like Bolia’s which she says is creative, simple and functional. Besides she is very fascinated in people’s everyday living style, and how it can be made simpler and funnier by objects and furniture.

You can read more about Ditte and take a look at her portfolio: www.dittebuus.com

The Sepia sofa seriesWith the Sepia sofa you can turn your living room into an Italian lounge, where it’s not allowed to sit straight up in a sofa – lean back and enjoy it. The series mixes the Scandinavian and Italian design traditions, quality materials and adds a high level of comfort. The sofa is filled with real down and feather, and is finished off with a low black base.

The designers are Glismand & Rüdiger: “we design furniture for the real world, where people sit, eat and sleep in sofas. In this way, people aren’t afraid to live in their home – so jump, dance and live in your sofa. That’s what it’s for. That’s life.”

’Mary’ by Sanna Völker & Marta Cuquet Mary is the result of playing with the symptoms of someone who is a bit topsy-turvy. A person, who confuses up with down, left with right and, in the end, changes the perspective of the most common things. In this way, Mary combines the concept of a pendant lamp and a floor lamp. Her name comes from Mary Poppins, the babysitter who managed to change the perception of the most boring of things. Mary is made out of spun metal with details in stained wood.

Sanna Völker and Marta Cuquet met at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Barcelona where they both graduated in 2013. After collaborating on a few projects and winning the contest “Jump the Gap” organised by Roca, they decided to present themselves to the Bolia Design Award. They see the Bolia Design Award as a great way of working, because it gives you certain directives, deadlines and publicity possibilities.

Sanna and Marta are nominated with three designs, so have you become more curious to read about the other designs then keep an eye on our blog. Each week a nominee is being presented with his/her design. Meanwhile you are welcome to visit their websites: www.sannavolker.com and www.martacuquet.com

Coco by design duo Says WhoWhen you after a hard day’s work get comfortable in the Coco armchair, you instantly feel that this is where you can re-charge your batteries. Add a pouf and it gets even more comfortable. So swing up your tired legs and doze off – Coco will take you to dreamland.

Nikolaj and Kasper is the Danish design duo behind this design and these two loves to tell stories through their products – stories that add character and relevance to their design. They love mixing masculine and feminine lines, which is in Coco is the soft lines in the shape of the seat and the straight lines in the base.

“Good design is useful, characteristic and tells a story. It leaves a lasting impression that enriches our lives in ways we never thought of before. When design is at its best, it enriches our everyday lives and experiences.”

'Obake' by Pich Tripasai & Keiko KoideThe Obake stool is designed by owners and founders of the Tripasai Studio in Bankok, Pich and Keiko. The two designers have different backgrounds: Pich is born in Bankok and studied in Italy. Keiko is born in Japan and studied in France. Their multicultural experiences give them inputs for their designs.

They are both specialized in architecture, interior design and product design. One of their big interests is Scandinavian design and they often follow the design movement in Denmark. They believe that through design, they can make their live more lively: “Design is something sensitive. Being just a little bit different, our feelings could change a lot. We like it”.

They describe Obake as a cute monster-looking stool that makes a room more lively. Obake is composed of tree smaller stools with different finishes and colors. The components can be varied, in high stool or low stool, it’s up to you. And if you want, you can use them as storage. The chromatic effects with the curved outlines make the stool charming. Place them in the living room, playroom or anywhere.

For more information about the designers and their studio work, visit their website:  www.tripasai.com

’VASK’ by Frederik Alexander Werner Many people see the laundry basket as an item they have to hide in their home, and that’s why Frederik designed the VASK: “In a home without a laundry room, the laundry basket is often placed, where every guest can see it. So why not give it’s expression an overtake?”

VASK is a suggestion of a new modern laundry basket in good materials and with a simple expression that dares to stand up for what it is. It is made of light ash wood and with a black fabric bag, that can be tighten and loosen around the frame. The bag has a shoulder strap, which makes it easy to carry with to the laundry.

VASK can be used in many different ways; use it for your laundry in the bathroom, as storage for accessories in the hall or for cushions and plaids in the living room. And as an extra function, it can be used as a stool.

Frederik is studying at The Danish Royal Academy and is very fascinated about furniture design. He has always been drawing, as long as he can remember. Whether it was small figures or characters, or even the solution of a practical problem, he always had to put it down on a paper. For him, it has been an extension of a hobby and interest that now has turned into his education and mindset. Frederik saw the Bolia Design Award as an opportunity to make contacts with other designers in the lifestyle industry, and to distribute his design.

For more information about the designer and his designs, visit his website: www.frederikwerner.dk

Vote on your favorite design in the Bolia Design AwardThe nine nominated designs in Bolia design award have now been released – find our “Peoples choice award” on our Facebook site right here: https://www.facebook.com/Boliacom/app_339776792790012 and vote on your favorite design. The design with most votes will not only will win the honour, but also a cash prize of 650 euro.

This year designs cover a wide range from furniture and lightning to home accessories. So hurry up and vote for your favourite, the contest ends on
Monday the 17th of March.

From next week can you follow the designers and their designs right here on the Bolia blog. Each designer will from week 12 and on, be presented one week at a time. They will tell us about their background, why they are so enthusiastic about creating own designs and much, much more.
So keep an eye at our  blog – we are sure that you will get inspired.

 

The Jokva chairJokva is a quite ‘simple’ chair, made of ash and formed in soft shapes. It has a high level of craftsmanship and the comfort you’ll be pleasantly surprised how comfortable a wooden chair can be. Nothing about Jokva has been a compromise, neither about quality, design our comfort. It’s the essences of the proud traditions in the Scandinavian design, add some smaller details which brings it into todays world of design.

We talked with the designer, Henrik SøringI tried to obtain the essence of the armchair and then simplify it. The arched back of the chair is innovative, in that the 2D veneer some places bent into 3D. The sensuousness appears more when the shape is simple and especially when the delicate monochrome colour brightens. Jokva is the chair that’s liberated from manner.”

You can find more info about the Jokva chair here (www.bolia.com) and more about the designer here http://www.soerig-design.dk/

A playful spring collection

We at Bolia saw some spring flowers in the garden – maybe you also have discovered that spring is on its way. So now we think it’s time to introduce our new Spring Collection ’14.

This spring collection is not afraid of colour – on the contrary. There is an overweight of light and pastel colours, which can also be complemented by stronger colors to create contrast.  For materials we have included lots of light woods, ceramics, marble and plenty of bling bling metals. Origami shapes and patterns characterises the entire collection, for example in vases, candlesticks, coffee tables, clocks, smaller storage pieces, etc. Many of the new items are childlike and almost naive in their expression, often accompanied by lots of humor and straightforwardness.

The expression and the shape have this time been given free rein. The inspiration for the collection has been found in the contrasts between large cities and nature, and we have also included some more unrefined trends from Africa, for example.

Light in woven fabrics

Søren Kirkegaard —  February 19, 2014

Light in woven fabricsHave you seen light integrated in textiles? I visited the Stockholm furniture fair, where the Students from the Swedish School of Textiles who displayed these very cool fabrics.

The theme they worked with was “Light, materials and structure”.

Student Joanna Vikström demonstrated this art piece you see above. It’s called “Aquatic” and derives from the Bioluminescens, which is the production and emission of light by a living organism, often found in the deep sea. To create an organic shape, she worked with hand weaving technique, where she used transparent monofilament (kind alike fishing line) together with optical fibres to create a see-through weave with different dimensions. By adding hand-dyed scrap fringes, she created an interesting contrast between the lightness of the transparent parts and the dense bulky fringes.

Are you fascinated by this, as much as we are, then check their homepage for more information: www.hb.se

Five students showed a new way of working with textiles than the traditional piece goods. By this way they also showed the possibilities there are concerning how people can work with ark.

39 penny a gram

Søren Kirkegaard —  February 7, 2014

39 penny a gram

Do you need a new chopping board? Take a look at these handmade ones by Søren Ulrich, founder of “Plain Crafts”. It really doesn’t matter if you love to cook or not, because these chopping boards are pieces of art for your kitchen shelves.

Søren Ulrich’s style is clean and simple, finding inspiration from the Scandinavian and Japanese woodwork traditions. The chopping boards are all hand built from high quality materials, which insures that these will last for generations. Every piece has a detailed finish that creates an authentic and lasting impression and you won’t find to boards that are alike.

All boards have individual prices, it depends on their weight. For every gram you pay 39 penny – I love this ‘simple’ idea. It’s just like going to the butcher, where the price depends on the weight and quality of the meet. The exact weight is pecked in each board, finished of with a copper nail on each side. The ‘RÅW’ logo is burned into the boards backside.

See more about Søren Ulrich and his chopping boards here: http://plaincrafts.com/

 

 

 

Help us name this lamp

Søren Kirkegaard —  January 31, 2014

Help us name this lampThis brand new lamp is designed by the Danish design duo Halskov & Dalsgaard. It hasn’t got a name yet, so we need your help to come up with a suitable one.

We love the lamp, because we thinks it classy and modern at the same time.

The glass is shaped like a ball, resting on a slim metal frame. A ‘light’ and graphic strong lamp, which provides it’s surroundings with a friendly light.

It will be available two colour versions: black and white.

So please get creative, come up with some good names and post them as a comment.

The jury of Bolia Design Award '14

The annual preparation for the Bolia Design Award is well on its way and last Friday did the judges choose their favorite 9 among all the submitted designs. We imagine that you might be curious to find out who the judges are this year, so we made a presentation of each. The Bolia Design Award 14 jury consists of five judges, who all are a big part of the lifestyle and design world.

So here they are, the judges of Bolia Design Award ’14.

Anette Eckmann, owner and stylist director at Eckmann Alive Studio, thinks she can contribute with her long experience and the insight she has had to the lifestyle industry during her different work for national and internationally companies, magazines, brands and manufactures.

Charlotte Høeg Fallesen, product manager at Bolia.com, has a great eye for which designs are suitable for production and sale. Her daily work dealing with lighting, storage and home accessories has qualified her as a judge again in 2014.

Karina Mose, lector at the school of architecture, says: “BDA’s jury-team gives me the opportunity to discuss the future trends in furniture and interior design, and because of the different backgrounds the judges have the discussion always is so constructive and challenging on a professional plan. Furthermore I hope I can affect the participants’ idea of what innovation, functionality and quality is, when it is seen from a classy, aesthetic and sustainable point of view.”

Mads Arlien-Søborg, trend expert and researcher, has chosen to be a part of the jury because of the experience he has from his work with different national and internationally magazines. You can experience Mads in his own television program on DR K, where he’s travelling to see how some people live their life different and in a more “wild-manner”.

The last, but newest judge Emma Fexeus is a Swedish professional blogger, freelance writer and interior stylist. Emma says: “I have a passion for sustainable Scandinavian design, but also a big interest in new designers and trends. I think this BDA is a good opportunity for these two sides to meet. I also think we need better and long lasting designs, and I am happy to see that a big company like Bolia is willing to take risks and work with these talents”.

We will start the work of making a ‘Designer portrait’ each designer who this year ended up in top 9. So stay tuned for much more about the Bolia Design Award 2014.

The spike chair

Søren Kirkegaard —  January 9, 2014

The spike chairI found a perfect chair to match the weather we have right now. The so called “Spike chair” is a very unique and iconic chair. It’s designed by Swedish Alexander Lervik and I totally love it – the shape, curved rods and mixed materials. It will definitely turn some heads in a fancy hotel lobby or better yet, in my private hallway.

Alexander Lervik gained inspiration for his new chair during a trip to the Philippines. One day it poured with rain and he saw the outlines of Spike in front of him – a vision for the Spike chair was born.

The chair is designed so the user’s weight will spread over 60 turned ash rods, which are supported by white lacquered tubular steel. To gain the best comfort, Alexander made 30 different lengths of the rods, to accommodate the curve of the body.

We recommend keeping a close eye on this Swedish designer, Alexander Lervik. We really think he can make it to the top.

For more information about Alexander and his Spike chair click here