Furniture porn

Søren Kirkegaard —  August 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

Softy

If you have never heard the word “furniture porn“, don’t despair. It is just us who are mad – mad about good quality furniture. It is a matter of having the courage to get right up close to a design, also from angles that you usually don’t see it from.

After all, furniture of good design being beautiful from all angles is a part of our design philosophy. We know that concentrating on the smallest details of our designs may seem a bit nerdy. But it is our passion, and these small details are what we are so passionate about. This is why we could not help it, when we shot pictures of our new collection, we had to take some close-up shots. Images that reveal whether a piece of furniture has been gone over 100%, in other words, if the designer has gone over all the details. Images like these are what we at Bolia call “Furniture Porn“.

Display your knickknacks

Life doesn’t have to be complicated. Actually, it’s usually the simplest solutions that work best. Here we want to show you two simple and clever options of how to needly storage and display all your knickknacks.

Quadro by Oooja

It’s all about the contrasts when it comes to Quadra. The designers wanted to create a storage unit with at strong graphic expression and at the same time it should have an obvious function. Size-wise it shouldn’t be to dominant and yet it should attract some attention. And should it be pretty or practical? We think it ended up at a place where you choose how you want to use it – as a dollhouse, a bookshelf, a kitchen interior or maybe in the hallway?

 

Caja by Henrik Ilfeldt

This display cabinet is a re-interpretation of the classic typographer’s box and your knickknack’s best friend. With its small rooms in different sizes and depths, it has a very graphical and sculptural expression. Caja is 100% handmade – even the painting is done by hand. That’s why all of our Cajas are slightly different and yours will be 1% unique.

 

The sleek series

This is what we call a sculptural piece of Nordic woodcraft. Sleek is the result of  a desire to utilize milled, solid wood to define a new, modern chair with classic references and a timeless appeal.

The beautifully milled back is fixed to the bars and as a detail the two front bars goes all the way through the back and finished off with visible tenon joints – this creates a recognizable detail that shows the different colors in the wood. The cut away in the back ensures a comfortable sitting experience and adds a nice craftsman detail to the chair. The shape of the seat is rounded with a soft curve which makes it a pleasure to take a seat.

Sleek comes in a low and a high version, both very suitable for long conversations at the dinning table.

The Sleek chair series is a timeless piece of furniture that will add a Nordic classic feel to any dining room.

Comb

Søren Kirkegaard —  July 2, 2014 — Leave a comment

CombInspired by the natural shape of a honeycomb, the Comb table has the same strength and lightness as a beehive.

Designers Says Who ‘The intention was to achieve the same strength and lightness as bees do when they build a hive, and to interpret the fascinating pattern in a modern and stylish way. The pattern of the Comb table is made of a simple geometrical shaped mesh providing high strength and reduced weight. It works perfectly for smaller homes because it’s a table with lots of storage space. The steel frame base is meant as a basket for pillows, magazines or other knickknacks. Another feature is the visibility of the storage from the outside, which can influence the look of the table by displaying various objects’.

Comb is a part of the Bolia 2015 collection, which launches August 4th.

Wanna learn more about Says Who? Visit them right here www.sayswho.dk

Bolia at Cannes LionsWe have been invited to Cannes Lions, to represent new Danish furniture design at Denmark’s stand. We are proud, honoured and said yes without flinching.

It is the first time that Denmark has ever been profiled in Cannes at this level and this impressive feat was developed in cooperation with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Denmark has developed a strong international name for its unique Nordic art, food, film, design, fashion and much more, and this is about to be showcased at the world’s biggest festival of creativity in Cannes next week.

Why Bolia?

Director of Creativity and Communication, Tine Aurvig-Huggenberger, who is the main person behind the project explains,”The collaboration between Bolia.com and their advertising agency Uncle Grey is a good example of a Danish success story. The structure and creativity has in recent years managed to lift Bolia.com to be a lifestyle brand with an international appeal. Bolia.com is no longer just a retail furniture chain. It encompasses narratives, superb designs, international collaborations and an entire universe that is consistent both online and offline.”

Facts about Cannes Lions

The world’s largest festival of creativity is held on 15 – 21 June 2014

The 900 m2 Danish exhibit is built in the palace ’Palais des Festival’

The stand is furnished with the latest collection from Bolia.com and serves as a lounge area where all the festival participants are free to hang out.

In addition to Bolia, other participants include selected media agencies, Carlsberg and Rosendahl Design.

The event will be covered by Danish and international TV throughout the entire week.

As well as presentations from the Danish Minister of Trade and Development Cooperation, Mogens Jensen and Lars Lyse Hansen from Bolia.com, there will also be the chance to hear presentations from a wide range of international names such as Jonathan Ive from Apple, film director Spike Jonze, Shane Smith of VICE and many, many more.

Pre-launch

On the stand will we pre-launch an English version of www.bolia.com, which will enable all of Europe to fall in love with Bolia designs, order online and have them delivered directly to their homes. The site is expected ready end of August 2014.

For more info see www.canneslions.com

Bolia Design Award

The Bolia Design Awards 2014 was held with great success on 22 May. Among the many stylish and carefully prepared designs, nine winners were selected among the young design talents from both at home and abroad. The winner was spot on with Bolia’s design philosophy with its aesthetic and functional design.

This year for the seventh time, Bolia has chosen the best designs, and this year’s panel of judges consisted of stylist Anette Eckmann, trend expert Mads Arlien-Søborg, lecturer at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and industrial designer Karina Mose, former Product Manager at Bolia Charlotte Høegh Fallesen and blogger, interior design stylist and author Emma Fexeus.

This year’s winner was Ditte Buus Nielsen with Hedge. First place went to Ditte Buus Nielsen for her partition named Hedge, which the judges describe as an “eye catcher”. Hedge convinces with its clean lines and functionality, as well as its combination of partition with storage system. Ditte Buus Nielsen is at the forefront with this integrated multifunctional piece, which is a perfect example of the trend “compact living”, where we live in smaller spaces in large cities and therefore need furniture with several functions. In addition to being honoured for her superb design, Ditte Nielsen will also receive a check for DKK 30,000.

Second place went to a wall clock named Pipolotti. The Swedish/Spanish design duo Sanna Völker and Marta Cuquet impacted the hearts of the judges with their decorative wall clock. The judging panel raved about the curved glass that gives the clock an old-fashioned and unique look, as well as the detail with the hole in the glass which has not been seen before. Sanna and Marta explain their participation in BDA with: “Bolia is fun and fresh! They have cool furniture and edgy communication. This inspired us to design products that express humour, elegance and personality.” This creative duo also won two honorary awards for their versatile lamp named Mary and an iconic table called Ringo.

Third place went to Frederik Alexander Werner for the so-called Laundry Basket. This styled laundry basket is a perfect example of New Scandinavian Design with its selection of materials and simple expression. Laundry Basket was Mads Arlien-Søborg’s favourite and he describes it as not only “a practical and good-looking laundry basket”, but also “innovative, good craftsmanship with many possible uses”.

People’s Choice Award and honorary awards. Thit Refn and Helene Pedersen received the People’s Choice Award and an honorary award this year for their Little Moose chair. This three-legged chair in light-coloured wood exudes high quality furniture making and the shape of the seat provides just the right final touch.Bolia also presented three additional honorary awards, including one to Jeannett Højer Hansen for her unique lamp named Bright Eye.

If you want to take a close look at these 9 selected designs, have a look at the previous blog posts - these are dedicated to show the designs and designers.

The Bolia Design Award 2015 is now open for entries. To find out more about how to submit your design visit www.bolia.com

Little Moose by Thit Refn & Helene Pedersen Little Moose is like a “T”-construction and an interpretation of the classic stick chair with an addition of Nordic expression. The minimalistic design tells us about the Danish design inheritance in a new and modern style. The light and elegant chair with its three legs balances between the contrasts, gravity and roominess. The gravity can be felt on its wide seat, which is formed to give comfort and stability.

The name Little Moose derive from the way the chair is formed –each stick reaches out for the next stick and creates a fusion which refers the antlers of a moose. Beside that the moose is a Nordic animal – which adds the Nordic style to the chair.

“Danish design has to be more than inheritance. The chair in an expression of a new step in the Danish design culture, in keeping with tradition it enriches the culture with Nordic posture”.

Thit Refn and Helene Pedersen both study at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. They both saw the Bolia Design Award as an opportunity to distribute their design and reach the homes of many people.

Pipilotti by Sanna Völker & Marta Cuquet Pipilotti is based on people who slightly distort reality when they’re telling a story. Commonly there are small cracks in the story where the truth is concealed. In the same way there is a hole in the magnifying glass where you discover the true dimension of the story Pipilotti is telling you. The wall clock got her name from the video artist Pipilotti Rist, a master in the distortion of daily objects.

Peculiar personalities were the main concept for the designs Sanna Völker and Marta Cuquet presented at the Bolia Design Award 2014. Humanised objects and the impression of Bolia to be a fun, fresh company inspired them to design Ringo, Pipilotti and Mary three products that express personality, elegance and humour.

What they both said about working with design: “Working with design is a way of life – the field is in a constant state of innovation, which makes the work very stimulating and pushes you to always develop and renew yourself”.

www.sannavolker.com and www.martacuquet.com

 

daybed

Each year we go to Milan, which is one of our must-see places to get new inspiration. I the beginning of April almost everyone with an interest in furniture, visits the city and the furniture fair. It’s where all the big furniture brands show their new collection and many younger and talented designers show their designs for the very first time. We meet up with these young designers, to see if anyone can bring something new to our design team. If yes, then they get the chance to design for Bolia. We are sure that we meet some, who can contribute to the Bolia range.

The collection which we need fresh inspiration for, is the 2016 collection – yes, it takes such a  looong time to make new furniture designs.

This year we bumped into a few well-known designs, like the Grow lamp by Mette Risbæk. It’s already in production by us and can be found in the Bolia stores. We also saw the cool ‘Nord’ chair by Jesper Su Rosenmeier. Keep a close eye out for this guy, we really do believe in his talent.

All this new inspiration in colours, shapes and materials has now gone into a ’trend brief, which we do once a year. It’s packed with everything good we have seen and so heavy, that we had to send it out using big carrier pigeons. Now we can’t wait to see what our designers come up with, but we are sure that this new material will kick start their creative minds.

 

Bright Eye by Jeannett Højer HansenBright Eye is the little helper that shows you the way of lighting up your favorite spot in the room, by turning its head around. Bright Eye gives you a playful way to use the light source and still be a very attractive lamp, with its lovely round eye.

The base of the lamp is made out of birch wood and holds the cord and the light socket which is in metal. Around the metal, there is a blowed glass in smoked grey. Through this glass you can see the bulb that is glowing in a warm color. The light is shining through the hole – Bright Eye’s eye.

Jeannett has a passion for creating and explore new impressions that leads to good design; “If it gives you an exciting experience and a story you can’t forget – that’s good design to me”. Through her design, she likes to encourage people to play more. By following this mindset, she gives her design a twist of character, humor and details that brings it to live – just like the lively Bright Eye.

Quote by Jeannett: I have a dream – my dream is to do what you love. I love to create good design!

Are you inspired by Jeannett’s mindset, visit her on www.behance.net to see more: http://www.behance.net/jeannett

Tracy by Louise MengelTracy is a shoe rack that’s inspired by classical paper trays. Louise Mengel’s idea was to make a simple design with a fun twist; “Many shoe racks are these days more practical than inspiring. So I’ve tried to combine a functional concept with a modern design that stands out from other shoe racks”. Tracy can contain 10 pair of shoes, 2 pairs in each drawer. The drawers can be slide from to side, making it easy to grab your shoes.

Louise also participated in Bolia Design Award ’13, with a re-design of the classical school chair. Her fascination is to pick out everyday items, and transform them into new designs. The whole design process from getting inspiration, finding materials and making it visual, is a process that she finds very interesting. Louise believe that inspiration can be found anywhere, you don’t need to travel far to come up with a good idea. You can be inspired by fairs and the Social Medias, you just need the feeling that you can do it better – and that’s a feeling Louise owns.

Louise follow the Nordic style and create her designs by the fraise “Less is more”. And as a twist, she gives it a playful touch. Her favorite designer is the former Italian designer, Achille Castigliono who had a playful touch in all of his designs.

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