Hübsch New Collection + How Danish Design May Evolve

As a fan and follower of Danish interiors firm (with a German name), , I was thrilled today when I read about their brand new "Occasions" collection. Some of my favorites include their herringbone-patterned wood console and cabinet and their colorful glass candlestick holders.

Hübsch Denmark on cattledogs
Hübsch Denmark on cattledogs
Hübsch Denmark on cattledogs
Hübsch Denmark on cattledogs
Hübsch Denmark on cattledogs
Hübsch Denmark on cattledogs
Hübsch Denmark on cattledogs

I also have a massive crush on the chair shown above, the curved back is just gorgeous. 

"With a dream of building something unique and with a passion for good design, Hübsch was formed in 2010 by Flemming Hussak, Jannie Krüger and Daniel Henriksen. Since then, Hübsch has grown in size and is today regarded as one of Scandinavia's leading home interior brands."

Whenever I'm at fairs, I always look for the stand to see what's new and find new things to fall in love with. They are part of my rounds each year at in Frankfurt (I've had photo shoots in their stand for two years in a row) and also in Herning. (By the way, I'll be working with Formland again for their upcoming fair from 16-19 August, in case you are there - would love to meet up.)

I often wonder how Danish design will evolve in the years to come - so far, my predictions that they'd be adding a bit more "bling" and shiny statement pieces to their interiors have been a correct guess... I'm seeing more and more statement pieces and interiors objects that add contrast to the minimalist, simple, clean lines found in traditional Danish design. It's a nice mix - on that table above for instance - the classic table shape and materials, the overall simplicity, married with the rather "un-Danish" chairs (definitely not wooden but mimicking the style of a typical wooden chair) and the jewel-toned glass candle holders. This juxtaposition adds a healthy tension that I feel some interiors need to inject more life and personality.

How do you see Danish design evolving in the years to come?

(Photography: Hübsch)

 


 

Tour the Ceramics Studio + Shop of Erika Petersdotter in Stockholm

Do you believe that if you fall on to your right path in life, everything just falls into place for you? Hi everyone, it’s Mel here and this month I’m introducing you to a talented ceramicist here in Sweden and her story of how exactly that happened for her.

Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs

I first discovered studio-in-shop a couple of months after first arriving in Stockholm. It was December 2016 and we had some good friends visiting from France, with the goal to fill their luggage with Scandinavian Christmas presents for their lucky family back home. Together we wandered the streets of Södermalm, I didn’t really know where to take them as I was only just discovering our new home myself. We took a shortcut towards the main shopping street and just before reaching it, we stumbled upon the sweetest little store full of handmade ceramics. What made this store even more special was that we could see Erika in the back room throwing her bowls. 

Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs

Our friends made their purchases and as we were about to head out the door, I grabbed a card, as I knew that I’d like to come back to do a feature story. I misplaced the card though, and I couldn’t remember for the life of me where the studio was, until around the same time of year the following year, I went walking in the neighborhood and found it again. 

Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs

I’m glad that this happened though; because now Erika has brought her potter’s wheel to the front of the store and it’s here that her customers can truly experience the magic of how their purchases are made. It’s these tangible differences that are needed, to give retail an edge, and interestingly something that Tom Dixon touched on when I interviewed him recently. It’s giving people something more than just a browsing experience. 

Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs
Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs
Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs
Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs

In her early twenties, Erika moved to Stockholm from her hometown of Umeå in Northern Sweden, to be with her partner and now, father of her children. She was looking for work in her new city, not entirely sure what to do, however, one thing that stayed with her since her final years of school was her love of pottery and the feeling that she felt when touching the clay.  Erika found her current store, which was then run by a well-known local ceramicist, . She became her intern for a year and during that time, learned a lot about not only potting but also about being an entrepreneur. 

Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs

Mikaela then decided to sell and move to middle Sweden.  She had a buyer for the store, however, at the last minute, it fell through. She called Erika to say that it was now time to take the step. That was five years ago. Erika was twenty-five at the time and she is so grateful that her mentor believed in her, despite her young age. She still calls Mikaela, her ‘Mother Potter’ today.  

Initially, she shared the space with other artists and sold mostly other people’s work to take the pressure off while she practiced her craft and found her style. She has certainly found it and throws most of her ceramics, leaving the forms simple and clean, letting the clay show and lead the way of the final look. Quite often she will mix lava with white clay and experiment with firing.

 

Her creations are for every day, it might be a favorite cup or bowl to hold and love. The style is Northern Swedish with a touch of Japanese inspiration.

Watching Erika at the wheel is truly mesmerizing and I wonder if she could ever get stressed doing what she does. She admits that it really is a dream scenario for her. Along with her store, she holds workshops so that others can experience the magic of throwing and showcases a few other ceramicists work in the store. 

Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs
Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs
When you are on the right path of what you’re meant to be doing, it’s like everything conspires to help you and quite often, a teacher appears.
— Mel Chesneau
Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs
Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs
Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs
Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs
Erika Petersdotter for cattledogs

 

Listening to Erika’s story affirmed what I have always believed in, which is, when you are on the right path of what you’re meant to be doing, it’s like everything conspires to help you and quite often, a teacher appears. Do you believe that dear readers? Have you ever had someone that made a difference to you by believing in you and showing you the way? Or perhaps right now you’re at a crossroad and you just need to follow your heart and make the right turn. 

See you in JULY! -

(Photos, Text: )

Tour THE HOME of Ferm Living in Copenhagen

This year at Denmark's Annual Design Event, in Copenhagen, leading lifestyle and decor brand opened their doors to THE HOME. What's THE HOME? A living showroom, in an apartment, where the public was invited to explore their collection in a real space to get a taste of how products look and feel in a cozy environment. Want to catch some magical glimpses of what it looked like?

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

About THE HOME, Ferm Living says, "A home is a feeling and space... You're a collage of everything you've ever experienced and everywhere you ever went. Your home is a mirror of you... THE HOME a mirror of who we are as a brand." Here are some impressions from the space in case you weren't personally able to visit this past weekend in Copenhagen.

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

You’re a collage of everything you’ve ever experienced and everywhere you ever went. Your home is a mirror of you.
— Ferm Living
THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

THE HOME by Ferm Living

Also, Ferm Living recently launched a beautiful (and free to peruse) home magazine online if you'd like to see it. You can link A few glimpses from spreads I liked are shown below.

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Welcome Home Magazine by Ferm Living

Hope this inspired you today as much as it did me.

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Ferm Living)

Anthropologie Opens First Store In Germany - Düsseldorf!

I have such exciting news about , but first, a little background... When I relocated to Germany from the United States in 2009, I knew I'd miss a lot of things about my home country. Things that defined me in many ways, and other things that I just liked that felt energizing and inspiring. Like the American, "Can Do" attitude. The innovation, the gumption, the support systems for entrepreneurs like me, and how easy it is to talk to strangers and to make new friends. I still miss all of these things despite how it's been over 8 years since my relocation.

Düsseldorf Anthropologie Store Window

Düsseldorf Anthropologie Store Window

Of course, other very "American" things have been missed over the years too, like Target and , Paper Source, J. Crew, West Elm and other spots that were once my go-to sources whenever I needed something new or simply, to seek out inspiration. Stores like Anthropologie, for instance, didn't exist in Germany in 2009, so I had to fly to London to visit Anthro for retail therapy, which had the closest locations outside of flying back home to Boston.

Anthropologie   Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Over the years, I've found other amazing sources in Germany for inspiration, but we still really lacked something more - namely, . I haven't seen a concept shop or a store in general that so expertly combines a gorgeous edit of home and fashion combined with imaginative visual displays and styling. That combination, in my opinion, is what makes Anthro so special to me. When I shop there, I'm always guaranteed to walk away looking at the world a little differently. Whether it's fashion or home, I always spot some creative display or a grouping of products that influence me in a positive way.

Anthropologie Düsseldorf
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When I recently spoke to my in London and she told me about their first mainland EU store to launch in Düsseldorf on May 25, 2018, I was thrilled. I'd been waiting for this FOR YEARS. She asked if I wanted to attend their pre-opening press event, and naturally, I couldn't refuse. Anthro selected their 10,000 square foot, two-floor location in Düsseldorf because it has a strong creative scene there and is known as the fashion capital of Germany, but they are actively looking for locations in Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich, next. Hamburg is where I frequent since it's so close to where I'm based, so fingers crossed that this is their next location.

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

NOTE: See the paper flowers above on the wooden wall? This was behind the cash register. Each flower posy was handmade by a different Anthro store and sent to the new Düsseldorf location to celebrate their launch. What a thoughtful idea.

Anthropologie   Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

I'm curious to see how Anthro influences the market here. I remember how they had a huge influence on how mainstream Americans saw and experienced fashion, home decor and shopping "experiences" in general. They were always so innovative and knew how to give customers a genuine experience in-store to make taking the time to visit more of an occasion than simply something to check off of your to-do list.  Also, they really brought a very European sensibility to America, as they were first very much like visiting a French Brocante - with lots of products looking and feeling very European.

Anthropologie Düsseldorf
Anthropologie Düsseldorf
Anthropologie Düsseldorf
Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Years later, their offerings are quite global and often hard to pinpoint origin, but the shop retains its ability to influence and inspire customers and I imagine in Germany, if they grow to several locations across the country, the influence will also be felt. I remember after Anthro started popping up around Boston, my friends were talking about it and shopping there because their stores were like no other at that time and had a tremendous energy around them - you felt they supported local artists, handmade craft, authors, even musical artists, and they did and still do in my opinion.

Anthropologie   Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Anthropologie   Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf
Anthropologie Düsseldorf
Anthropologie   Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Anthropologie   Düsseldorf  - Home Floor

Anthropologie Düsseldorf  - Home Floor

Throughout this post are personal highlights from their press and launch party last Thursday evening from my iPhone. The evening was a-buzz with lively people, gorgeous visual displays, lots of flowers, a live singer/acoustic guitarist, an open bar with delicious cocktails, unlimited canapés for snacking, flower bouquets for all from (they just launched in Germany, too!), and so much more to enjoy - like simply roaming the huge space to check out everything from dresses to throw pillows.

FLOWERBX Germany pop-up at Anthropologie Düsseldorf

FLOWERBX Germany pop-up at Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf
Anthropologie Düsseldorf
Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

Anthropologie Düsseldorf

I'm so happy to share this very memorable event with all of you and welcome to Germany, Anthropologie! #anthroinbloom // On Instagram find more inspo at and

(Photos: Holly Becker for cattledogs)

 

 

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For May

It's Allan Torp here, and welcome all of you gorgeous cattledogs readers to my favorite things column. Last month, I paid homage to my home country, Denmark. So, this month I wanted to take a closer look at our neighbors to the East, Sweden, which means that everything you see in my favorites this month originates from Sweden. Cool, right? Enjoy today's column and vi ses as they say in Sweden.

 1 // FURNITURE:

It is hard to do an all Swedish column without a little homage to Ikea. Year after year Ikea is leading the way and pushing the limits on great design at affordable prices. In recent years, they have worked with some of the greatest modern designers like Ilse Crawford and Tom Dixon. Ikea’s Billy bookcase has sold more than 60-odd million that’s nearly one per 100 people. Another bookcase that it slowly making its mark, is a new favorite of mine, . A 70s inspired wall mounted unit in bamboo. Very old-school realness.

IKEA unit

2 // ART:

If you are adding one thing to your home this month, it has to be a drawing by . It is the hottest thing in Scandi living right now. Peytil is Stockholm based fashion designer and artist, Eitil Thorén Due. His art is a simple pen drawing often built from minimalistic black lines.

Peytil

3 // DECORATE:

With a focus on interior details and books, the new Swedish brand has launched. The first collection consists of bookstands that come in walnut, cherry and black-stained ash. All bookstands are handmade in Sweden and made out of solid wood, with great consideration for functionality, aesthetics and craftsmanship. This is the bookstand you want to give to the most extraordinary books in your collection.

Livrest

4 // SLEEP:

If anything, the Swedes know how to build hotels and make you feel like home. The best of the best is of course, (A home). A hotel in a private 1910 residence, which was transformed into a magnificent homey hotel by Ilse Crawford. The result is that Ett Hem is again a happy house filled with the best collection of furniture, Scandinavian antiques and design. Ett Hem only has 12 rooms, which makes it not the usual hotel, it really is a place where guests are treated as friends of the family, a place that allows guests to become part of it and feel at home.

Ett Hem
Ett Hem

5 // LISTEN:

They gave us Abba, Avicii (RIP), and Robyn. I have had a crush on Robyn ever since her first single “Do you know (what it takes)” came out in the early 90ies. It was until mid-2000 when she really broke through to stardom – and who can honestly say they haven’t rocked the dance floor to her mega-hit, “” – if not, then I urge you to go for it NOW.

Robyn

6 // GROOM:

For years, I have been using Swedish GC detergent, a company that specializes in eco-friendly garment, shoe and skin care. I just love to open the washer to clean clothes – and I have even used their simple and clean bottles of detergent as a different hostess gift. Just recently they also launched an organic skin care collection, which includes four perfumed soaps and two long-lasting and very absorbent hand cream – all so natural in its scents that immediately brings you deep in the fir forest or into a spring garden full of tulips.

When it comes to my hair, I am very low maintenance, meaning, I really cannot be bothered spending too much time obsessing in front of the mirror every day. Right now, I am obsessed with Swedish Lernberger Stafsing hair products – I use their on a daily basis, it gives a matte finish and a little bit of hold. For those long days out and about I have added a bit of the MR Styling Gel, a non-sticky gel, which keeps my flat hair in place all day – even on VERY windy days.

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7 // READ:

Niki Brantmark, or better known as the woman behind the blog, (avid cattledogs readers, have probably seen Niki in Holly’s stories on IG from their joint travels). Not only is Niki one of the top Scandi bloggers right now, but she also has written a few books, latest has become a top seller worldwide. If you haven’t already, you should check it out and get acquainted with the Swedish art of living a balanced, happy life.

LAGOM book

8 // EAT:

Camping is one thing. Glamping is a whole other thing. Once again, whiskey brand Talisker is taking the joy of enjoying their golden drink to a whole other level. For two weekends only this summer, , an island in the Stockholm archipelago, spend a night under the stars in beautiful canvas tents fully equipped with beds and a wood stove. Best of all you’ll also enjoy local produce dinner by Danish chef Mikkel Karstad and cocktails shaken by Mate Castlos. This is truly an exhibition you don’t want to miss. Get a sneak peek in .

Glamping in Sweden

9 // SHOP:

Speaking of Ikea, or so I did in #1 at least, you’ll be happy to hear that they have announced they're stepping on the accelerator to speed up their webshop, so soon we should all just be one click away from . On another totally unexpected note coming from me, you have to check out my favorite kids clothing brand, Swedish . Their clothes would be the sole purpose of me ever getting a kid, it is all just so darn cute. Love the prints, colors, and wish it came it grown man sizes sometimes. They even have their most perfect home collection.

Mini Rodini Home

10 // ONE LAST THING:

If you want to be up to date on everything new in Swedish design, I encourage you to go follow Swedish star stylist , who always seem to find everything new and trendy before everyone else.

Lotta Agaton

See you in June for my favorite things! -

[Editor's Note: All grooming products book are gifted as part of reviewing for this column in partnership between and the brands. Allan was also invited to Stockholm to review the glamping experience. This review is provided by Allan Torp for cattledogs, any collaborations are his own. All words and opinions are his own.]

My New Column in FLOW Magazine Germany

Hello friends, how are you? I'm feeling so happy today because I've been working on some creative projects that are lots of fun for me (and challenging), but also because my column in the German edition of is doing well and lots of German readers are writing to me because they are so happy to read me in their own language now. I'm proud of this too. So if you are a subscriber already, or you pick it up regularly at the newsstand, please grab FLOW magazine and look for my column, "Hollys Welt", each month. The first one kicked off in the issue shown below, currently on newsstands or you can buy it - it's issue 33. In my columns, I talk about my position on everything from being an entrepreneur and running a business, mom life, living in Germany as an expat and the crazy world of social media and sharing.

Holly Becker FLOW Germany Column "Hollys Welt"
FLOW Germany new columnist Holly Becker

On a different note, I was so touched to read your responses to my recent post, A letter from Holly. Thank you for that. It was really interesting to read your comments - so many of you absolutely feel the same as I do and I really enjoyed all of your feedback and to hear your overall "concerns" about our online community as well. There is so much work to be done, so much good to be had, but we all need to collectively work very hard to evolve our brands and blogs in ways that go beyond the ho-hum generic, and even the boring "accepted" ways... There is so much a creative, innovative and imaginative community can dream up, none of us need to be slaves to algorithms and apps - eff that, right!?

Tomorrow morning, I'm flying to Poland, yippee!!! I can't wait for many reasons, but naturally, I'm so excited to spend time with my friends and to celebrate the upcoming wedding of and Felice. This is her "hen" weekend in Warsaw, so it's a really big tradition and a big deal to her and all of us too. I won't be sharing it online anywhere, it's private of course, but I will definitely be sharing my favorite views of Warsaw all weekend on my Instagram ( so please follow me over there starting tomorrow (Friday).

Before the end of the week, will be visiting you with his monthly column sharing his favorites, and next week, I'll be back on Monday with highlights from Warsaw and all new content for the week that I've been saving - also a column from Mel (shop tour!), and home tour from Alison (Scottish city apartment), and much more. Next week will be a 5-day week of content on cattledogs, so stay tuned.

Love,

Holly