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Inspired By LRNCE From Marrakesh

Hello everyone, how are you? I've been thinking a lot about the smaller, independent brands and artists out there whom I used to highlight so often on cattledogs, and how I wish to get back to that here on the site. I find so many inspiring people in my travels, from the fairs I attend and speak at, to the design weeks I'm invited to in places like Eindhoven and Milan. Fact is, my radar is always on and I'm constantly absorbing so much content and beauty - and meeting so many fascinating people - yet I've not taken a lot of time to really WRITE about these experiences as I used to. My goal going forward is to get back to giving smaller brands a platform.

Today, I want to highlight . I've followed them for over a year now on Instagram and just adore their very clear edit. Straight out of Marrakesh, this small independent interiors brand is so well done that they deserve your attention. I love their ceramics, mirrors, sandals and rugs most of all.

LRNCE on cattledogs

"LRNCE is a Marrakesh based lifestyle brand focusing on interior decoration and accessories. It was founded in 2013 by Belgian sun chaser Laurence Leenaert, who revises materials’ purpose and spontaneously combines elements to create uniquely designed pieces. By sourcing its production in North Africa, LRNCE captures the essence of craftsmanship and stays close to the creating process of its carefully handmade products."

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What do you think about these things that you see above? I really like them - I tend to like everything they post on - endless inspiration to me. I want to go to their shop in Marrakesh now - in fact, I want to get back to Africa again someday, my dream is to go back to Morocco and also to Lamu (Kenya) and South Africa too. Would be an amazing experience to travel from top to bottom in such a fascinating and diverse continent. 

Hope you have a fantastic day today. Big hugs to you all.

Love,

Holly

(PHOTOS: LRNCE)

 

 

 

 

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

It's official! Summer is here and I, Allan Torp, am back with great new finds and favorites that I'm hoping you'll like as much as I do. Have you made your summer plans already? I just came back from a visit to Lisbon, Portugal, and can highly recommend a visit, definitely check out no. 4 below, which is a few words about my stay at a very homey guesthouse. I will be spending the rest of my summer in Los Angeles working on updating my office and our own guesthouse, which might be listed on Airbnb at some point, who knows... If so, I'll let you know.

1 // FURNITURE:

Honestly, this Danish brand has not been on my mind much for the past years, but just recently  launched three new pieces of furniture, which made their way to my radar. A new console table, a lounge chair, and a bench, all produced with oak and a touch of velvet. Together, you can have a complete lounge arrangement that feels polished but not unrelated to Klip Klap's initial design. Very stylish, minimalistic, and perfectly Scandinavian.

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2 // ART:

I heard that you'll want to book ahead for this one and you should probably expect queues for, . Tate Modern’s first solo Picasso exhibition () is a month-by-month journey through the artist’s prolific, “year of wonders”. The 100- works include Girl Before a Mirror, which seldom leaves New York’s MoMA, and The Dream, which has never been shown in the UK before. It also reunites three reclining nudes – of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter – for the first time in 85 years. The exhibition is open until September 9th, so there is plenty of time to line up.

I paint the way some people write an autobiography. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages from my diary.
— Pablo Picasso
 Picasso Press View, Tate Modern, 06.03.2018

3 // DECORATE:

An item I’m seeing used more and more, which also has been overlooked in the décor world for a while, is the screen or room divider, which is really making a comeback. They come in many sizes, colors, and materials, one that I really like is the all by Danish brand .

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

4 // SLEEP:

As mentioned in my opening hello, I went to visit Lisbon recently and loved it. This was certainly not my last visit. We were a group of 16 people and all of us stayed at the wonderfully modern and very homey guesthouse, , nested on the Graça hill overlooking Lisbon. Perfectly located, and within walking distance to all the great sites. It’s a beautiful house designed by with interior design by María Ulecia, creator of the concept, owner, and soul of the place. The house has nine bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and beautiful common areas to be shared by guests and friends with stunning views to be enjoyed from almost every corner of the house.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

5 // LISTEN:

I am obsessed with the Fab5 on Netflix, and season 2 just launched. Binge watched it yet? It really is some of the only feel good TV on right now, as everything is else is kind of dark. Anyway together with Betty Who the five guys have released a new version of the theme song , which seriously makes me smile every time I hear it.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

6 // GROOM:

I came across , an Italian company founded in Rome, and while they produce the most amazing home textiles, I simply needed to try out their handmade natural soaps. In Denmark, we traditionally don’t use soap bars but liquid soaps.  However, I find soap bars much nicer – extra bonus is the great scents you get in your bathroom as well. My favorite is probably the olive oil soap, as it’s basically nothing else than olive oil in a bar – ideal for your freshly tan but dryish skin.

Also this summer I'm packing products by , which is also 100% natural skincare. I’ve been using the Oil Free Moisturizer and Volcanic Face Scrub almost every night before bed on my travels which is making my face look clean, fresh and almost glowing in the morning. All of the products come in carry-on travel sizes, so no need to check-in your bags just because you’re bringing nice toiletries.

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7 // READ:

I don’t always love Instagram, most days I do, but sometimes it can feel like a burden. I do look at it like its part of my job to share and curate my feed for all my followers. I sometimes find though that several weeks pass without visiting or seeing anything interesting. I have often asked myself: How many likes will this get? Am I funny enough? Hot enough? Does this look too edited? Or too real?  I am surely not the only one asking these questions! Just a few weeks ago, I came across an article, “ ”, written by Emma Hope Allwood, which I really enjoyed, asking the question if Instagram is becoming a trap and seriously harming our mental health.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

The Dark Side of Social Media

8 // EAT:

I'm always on the hunt for new restaurants, especially in cities I know I’ll soon be visiting. A new Middle Eastern hot spot just popped up in LA’s Arts District called , with interiors influenced by Morocco and Turkey. Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis have roots in Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt, so they wanted to open a restaurant that showcases the cuisine from their family lineage. Who doesn’t love a nicely designed restaurant with equally gorgeous food? I am for sure ordering lots of hummus, baba ghanoush, and flatbread when I arrive soon!

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

9 // SHOP:

If you find yourself in Stockholm this summer, drop by the modern family-owned concept store, , located in the center of Stockholm. They carry a cool selection of great designs from all over the world. Their assortment mainly consists of interior design and fashion accessories from contemporary and innovative design brands. They work with well-renowned brands but also with smaller, talented designers. Bonus: The store is always open for an espresso and a chat at around the big table when you stop by.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June
10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

10 // ONE LAST THING:

Do yourself a favor and serve a – a taste of home according to Danish design brand Ferm Living, who created this amazing, easy to mix, cocktail which is perfect for the summer. Cheers!

Recipe: Ripple Rhapsody Cocktail

See you in July for my favorite things! - 

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

RICE Introduces Everyday Magic Porcelain Collection

What a difference a good friend can make! About 8 years ago, I met Charlotte Gueniau, the Founder and Creative Director of Denmark. I was working for a day in her gorgeous lakeside home in the Danish countryside as Interior Stylist along with Photographer and we were shooting for my first best-selling book, . At that time, I was so green, so young, so new to everything and the industry in general. I was also new to Europe, I had just immigrated here less than 8 months prior. I also had NO CLUE that my first book would become such a success story, so you can imagine a younger, very naive me on one of my first photoshoots EVER. I was confident and excited, but also very nervous!

When I met Charlotte though, my anxiety melted away. She was this ray of love and light, but also a real powerhouse, an unstoppable creative force, and I had nothing but heart eyes and respect for her. So many years later, I still feel the same way. She's a real go-getter and has so much power inside - she's been nothing but a role model to me. Over the years, we've met up many times, she's been to Hannover, I've visited her in several cities (she's always on the go) and we even did a girl's weekend in London years ago that left me inspired and feeling quite empowered. She also gave me so much support when I wanted to have a baby - after our conversation about family, I made it happen and the result is that I had my beautiful son Aidan. A good friend can really impact your life.

RICE everyday magic porcelain collection

That's why when I heard she was launching the EVERYDAY MAGIC porcelain collection, made in Portugal, I wanted to share it here on cattledogs. To show support for all she's done for me AND to share these lovely tabletop pieces that I am sure many of you will like and enjoy to set your table with - they are whimsical and fun!

RICE everyday magic porcelain collection
RICE everyday magic porcelain collection
RICE everyday magic porcelain collection
RICE everyday magic porcelain collection
Our wish is to surround you with objects that are down to earth but still funky, fun and functional.
— - RICE

is a Danish homewares and accessories company known for colorful melamine, baskets, party goods, and storage. With this new collection, they've expanded into Portuguese porcelain and it's, in my opinion, a great new direction. Some of my favorites from this collection include the watercolor floral plate shown directly above, the marbled motif in pink and the leopard and cockatoo motifs on plates and mugs. The leopard mug is definitely my favorite of them all! Do you see anything that catches your eye?

Thank you, Charlotte for inspiring me throughout the years, and all the best on your new collection!

Love,

Holly

(Photography with permission from RICE DK)

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)

 


 

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.]

Permanent Press Editions - Gorgeous Photography For Your Home

When I first laid eyes on the photography of , I was smitten. My favorite collections, instantly, were the more abstract pieces, particularly Editions (a monochromatic study molds delicate materials in translucent sculptural forms), (flat botanical prints are reanimated as dimensional geometric compositions), and (defined by the weightless shells they inhabit, everyday products become luminous, delicate volumes). In fact, I loved them so much that I'm now the proud owner of a print from , "". I shared it on my Instagram last month, you can see it in case you missed it.

Permanent Press Editions

So who is behind the brand? Americans Shana Faust and Alexa Mulvihill founded s in 2014 based on their love of photography, fascination with visual narratives, passion for interior design and obsession with details - which paved the way for their current collection of meticulously crafted and archivally printed original photographs. They frequently work with designers on both residential and commercial commissions in the states, and they have an where you can custom order prints in the size of your choosing, along with a frame that best fits your home.

Permanent Press Editions
Permanent Press Editions
Permanent Press Editions
Permanent Press Editions
Permanent Press Editions

Permanent Press Editions ships worldwide and, if you scroll down to the bottom of their , and subscribe to their newsletter, you currently will get 15% off of your order. 

So....I'm back from MILANO everyone... If you've been following me on , I hope you've enjoyed my Insta Stories and Photos - more still to come - so much inspo in Milan. I'm still coming down from the high of it.

Love,

Holly

(Photography: Permanent Press Editions)