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8 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For August

Ready for some must-see interior lifestyle finds? Hi guys, it’s me , with my faves. The month of August ends today, so I thought I'd bring you what I've collected throughout the month with hopes that you like what I have to share below. I hope you all have had a wonderful summer! I'm very busy lately with press events, busy days and lots of work.

 1 // FURNITURE:

First it was all about the daybed, then the time came for a simple, open shelving system, and now the need has come for a shelving and cupboard system with doors. A couple of my favorite furniture pieces at the moment are listed below. They all look amazing, and would suit any interior, but most importantly they all store some of the stuff you don’t want to display, but still have within reach.

Geist

A/ The newly launched Lines by Afteroom for

Skagerak

B/ The all-new Sceene from

Reform Copenhagen

C/ And the not even out yet (in stores in September), Jut Cabinet from .

2 // ART:

I have shown sculptures here before, and I’m obsessed with these face sculptures created by . Each face with a different expression, personality, and the charm is that they were made by hand. For me it’s the personal details that makes an interior interesting, and Simon’s sculptures are a perfect quirky detail to add.

Simon Vendin
Simon Vendin

3 // DECORATE:

Okay, these might be a bit similar to the faces I just had above, but I see these new smaller figurines from Kahler to be more decorative than actual art, might just be because of the price point. In any case, they are all new, designed by sculptor Malene Bjelke, and in stores very soon. The collection is called . Each figurine tells its own story, depicting plain, uncomplicated everyday thoughtfulness in a simplified, naturalistic universe and celebrates specific human traits. The reason why I wanted to include these this month, is because, I really like the clay figurine trend that’s happening right now, and with these new figurines, you can try it out with blowing the bank.

Malene Bjelke for Kahler
Malene Bjelke for Kahler

4 // SLEEP:

With Highway 1 open all the way from LA to San Francisco again, I want to share a must stop halfway spot. In Big Sur in the middle of the woods you’ll find , right on the coast this might be the most unforgettable, romantic place you’ll ever encounter. You can choose a house with stunning views right on the cliffside or go a bit more rustic, but just as great with a tree house. The grounds are amazing, with a tucked away chef’s garden, heated infinity pools perfect for sunsets and star gazing, and walks through the forest. All in all very chill and as I said, the perfect pitstop on your bucket list highway drive.

Post Ranch Inn
Post Ranch Inn

5 // PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT

I actually just only recently come across these oval mesh shelves from the newly launched Stockholm-based design studio . I really like them when hung vertical with the small added shelf inside.

Aska
Aska

6 // GROOM:

I am actually not sure if this product would be a grooming product per say, but it’s my column, so I’ll choose what goes. I want to talk about something that I think many men are dealing with, hair loss. Ever since my mid-20s my hairline has just crawled up little by little, which I have pretty much have come to terms with.

On my recent trip to LA, I came across a new subscription service called who address the fact that men’s heads get less hairy. And based on the amount of Internet chatter we've seen, it seems to be working.

The best thing about Hims, I think, is that you have access to these drugs at a no-BS price. They’re roughly 50-80 percent cheaper than the retail cost of the brand-name versions, making ED pills and balding treatments much more affordable to the average guy. It super simple to use, basically I wash my hair with their DHT blocking shampoo every day, which should help on the overall hair health, add a few drops of the Minoxidil on my forehead to promote hair growth (it relaxes blood vessels, making it easier for blood to flow to your scalp, shedding old hairs and replace them with new ones) and finally I chew on a B7 vitamin gummy bear every day, which is full of Biotin, a natural supplement that strengthens the hair, nails and even promotes healthier skin. Yay.

I have been using the product for about a month now, it’s a very simple morning routine, and I feel like I can see and feel a result, my hair seems stronger, I have not yet grown a full mane yet, but they do say you need to keep using the products for at least 3 months before you’ll see a change. So, I’ll expect to see my 20s hairline back by Christmas.

Hims Hair Loss for Men

7 // INTERIOR CRUSH

Speaking of creating a home with personality, now that’s something the founder of (one of Holly's favorite stores) masters to perfection. The mastermind behind the store is Christian Duivenvoorden and he lives with his husband just outside Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast. It’s no surprise that before opening the store Christian worked as a set designer, he clearly has an eye for details and really knows how to build perfect small moods in every corner of the house.

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8 // FOLLOW NOW:

Lene Ostenfeldt, Copenhagen, Denmark. Lene is a Stylist and Creative Director with a gorgeous you should definitely follow now!

Lene Ostenfeldt

This will be my last column on cattledogs, but it was nice to be here and I hope that you will all continue to follow me on my own blog, . Holly decided she wants to get back to her roots on her blog and author it mostly alone, but it was nice to be here and I had fun meeting you all!

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

 

8 Favorite Interior & Lifestyle Finds For July

Happy July, everyone! This is Allan Torp and it sure is glad to be back with more great finds for you. I have decided to change my 10 faves just a little bit focusing on 8, making it more an interior must-see list with a few great lifestyle tips as well. I hope you like my changes. On another note, how are you liking the summer weather? I am, as you know, spending mine in LA, with very warm days this past weekend. Luckily, I have two new cool projects to keep my mind off of the heart - I am re-doing my office and our guesthouse so we can start having friends over from Europe anytime. Can’t wait to share both projects with you guys, one will be a homage to Danish design.

 1 // FURNITURE:

Is the sheepskin, teddy look taking over the velour trend? A handful of Scandinavian brands, such as andtradition, bylassen, and Finn Juhl have recently launched chairs upholstered in sheepskin, which makes me wonder if this will be a farewell to velour?

What do you think?

Pictured below is , designed by Viggo Boesen in 1938, where it won numerous design awards. By the way, Viggo named the chair after his mother-in-law.

andtradition

2 // ART:

You know me, always on the hunt for great art. I am not a snob, and I just as much love to find inexpensive prints, as I do like to save up to a more expensive original. In between are the lithographic, which I think is a good way to start decorating your home with some original artwork. One of my new favorite places to shout for those is at , who have been around for decades, but who now ships worldwide. Search among their 50+ associated artists and find your new piece for your walls.

3 // DECORATE:

I like a good wallpaper, I do think, if you do wallpaper, you need to go all in on a bolder print. I really like the botanical collection by , and with a wallpaper like this, you’ll have the best of luck every day. If you think the green is too bold, it actually also comes in a more subtle grey version and a more dramatic blue version.

Sandberg

4 // SLEEP:

Its almost an idyllic village feeling to the hotel on the Greek island of Kos. The hotel is build up with small cubistic one-plan flat roof houses in a scenery of gardens and patios – and with its location in the middle of the wild and brute nature it really is the place to be this summer (or next year, maybe). Did I forget to tell you it is basically on one of the islands best sand beaches, so feel free to dive into the turquoise Aegean Sea.

Casa Cook
Casa Cook

5 // PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:

My first new category is this one – product spotlight. Basically, I am just going to focus on one new product that caught my eye in my mailbox. Often these will be not released for a few months, but then you’ll have something to look forward to and start saving up for.

One of Danish Børge Mogensen’s most is celebrating its 60th anniversary, so of course, a limited special edition has been created for the occasion – a solid oak combined with olive green saddle leather version. I wouldn’t say no if I got one. The Spanish Chair 60 years special edition is available from 19 September.

Borge Mogensen

 6 // GROOM:

Throughout these hot summer months, you should never leave the house without your favorite scent by your side. You never want to be a smelly, Sweaty Betty at the end of the day. Pack your scent with you before you leave the house in the morning – or get two, one for home and one for the office. Here are my favorite two for this season that I'm using:

It is no secret I am a big fan of Le Labo’s scents and their is my ultimate favorite, every time I wear it I get compliments, even from strangers passing by on the street - I am not kidding. The scent, created by Another Magazine, was originally exclusively sold in Colette, Paris, but as they closed last year, Le Labo decided to keep selling it in their own stores worldwide – and lucky for us. As Le Labo writes, it’s composed of ambroxan, a synthetic animal musk, making Another 13 an addictive potion blended with twelve other ingredients such as jasmine, moss and ambrette seeds absolute - which gives it spike and shine.

My other favorite is a new one I discovered via Instagram. And ironically enough, it’s by A. N. OTHER. What I love about them, is the fact that they take creative freedom to the extreme and redefine how fragrance is born & sold. They invest without limits in sustainable ingredients that go into the bottle and onto the skin and strip away everything else. In this case, less is more. From packaging through to delivery; everything is stripped back to the bare essentials. No smoke. No mirrors. No name, mood, gender, designer labels, models, celebrity endorsements, and vanity. This makes it an extremely affordable, high-quality perfume. As of now, there are 4 different ones to choose from and I went with the which is both woody and fresh at the same time.

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7 // INTERIOR CRUSH:

Every month new homes emerge on blogs worldwide, we basically all go mad over specific homes that we just cannot help but share. So, I thought, why not share a few favorite pictures of my favorite home – and if you want to see more, you just visit the blog where I found it. This way, the blogger is also getting some attention and love, so we're creating a nice circle of sharing. How does that sound?

First up is a new project in Vienna by Berlin-based interior designer and stylist which features custom-made interiors, wooden furniture, rough linen, and carpets, selected mid-century vintage finds and unique objects. This people, is how I want to live one day. If you want to see more, go check out rest of the photos on the

Annabell Kutucu
Annabell Kutucu
Annabell Kutucu

8 // FOLLOW NOW:

My last new category, I swear, but I want to spread the love, so this category is a shout-out to a cool blog or Instagrammer in the design or lifestyle segment. I will only share a bio or a section of the blog or feed. If you like, go hit follow. This month, it's Tijl — Enjoying the little things in life. ⠀⠀

@strbntst

I hope that you've enjoyed my newly edited list and also my finds for July. See you back here in August - .

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

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.]

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.]

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

Hey you gorgeous cattledogs readers, it’s me Mr. Allan again. Thank you for taking the time to check out yet another of my favorites. This month's column will be all Danish because I am Danish and since everyone seems to love Denmark and Danish design. The month's of darkness and way too much grey weather is finally over, and with longer days comes a good mood. Soon, we can even sit outside and enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the sun. This month I am also heading to Milan for the big furniture fair, so feel free to follow along on Instagram @bungalow5dk if you feel like coming along. Anyway. As I said, this column for April will be 100% Danish, even the grooming section, which I have really enjoyed testing for you guys. Ready?

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April
10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 1 // FURNITURE:

I love when I stumble upon new design talents, Trine Poulsen being one of them. I absolutely love her oak wood bench. I really like the added perforated metal plates which offers great extra storage space whether using it in the living room for display or in the entryway for shoes, etc. Trine is very new to the design scene and got her breakthrough last year as she was lucky to showcase her work at the Milan fair, where also new Danish design company picked up on talented Trine. They now produce her designs.

"Greenhouse"

"Greenhouse"

"Lunch"

"Lunch"

 2 // ART:

I’ve been a fan of and her watercolor technique for years I especially love her blue prints and one of newer art prints, “Lunch”, is such a playful and simple tribute to the kitchen. If you love the color green and plants, you’ll love her newest collection, “Greenhouse”, which captures the subtle structure of green plants perfectly.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 3 // DECORATE:

A lamp designed in 1971, when the renowned, convention-defying Verner Panton joined hands with Louis Poulsen that, as we all know now, would become an icon: the domed Panthella, conceived to shape light as it gently illuminates its surroundings. Panton was nothing like any of the other designers of his time, he had a profound love for all the new materials turning him into a specialist in steel, plastic, plexiglass and fiberglass. His design work with synthetic materials was trail-blazing, and he was a pioneer in the field of designs that use circles and rounded shapes before they became mainstream style under the banner of ‘organic design’.

Danish Louis Poulsen has just launched a new MINI version of the iconic lamp in .

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 4 // SLEEP:

Maybe one of the best kept secrets in Copenhagen – the newly opened hotel . The secret, their huge courtyard pool, which takes center stage of the 87 suites hotel in central Copenhagen. All rooms are greatly decorated in a darker more masculine style than normally seen and some come with beautiful city views from their big balconies. Best of all, you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to spend time by the pool.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April
10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 5 // LISTEN:

More and more Danish artists make it big outside Denmark, you might already know both Mø and Lukas Graham. Last month, I also shared a Danish artist, so instead of sharing a new song for you this month, I’ll be sharing a podcast – with yours truly, me! On my last trip to LA I sat down with my friend Caroline Lee for her podcast Out Of Line. We recorded our chat on masculinity, and on the many layers of living life over two very different continents. It is in two parts, so do remember to listen to both.

 Part 1:

Part 2:

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

6 // GROOM:

This product is basically the best thing ever made for people like me, someone who is in a long-distance relationship. Basically, every other month I jump on a 15 hour flight to see my boyfriend in Los Angeles. I probably do not have to tell you guys, but after such a long flight, you don’t exactly exude mental energy. However, Danish 100% natural skincare brand Nuori have developed my favorite . A supreme moisture mask which doesn’t show when applied, so you can easily apply first thing and let it work on the entire flight.

With the warmer weather in Los Angeles I have found aviendo natural to be an amazing product series. I apply the non-greasy and fast-absorbing sunscreen in the morning and throughout the day. At the end of the day, I apply the that actively soothes sunburned or irritated skin, while simultaneously healing it.

Although the name sort of suggests it could be something from your kitchen, Ecooking is simply food for your skin. I’ve found that the “” (cleansing gel) is a very good product to use before applying any masks. It cleans and prepares your skin and can also be used as a quick cleanser for everyday use. In the shower, I’ve used the , which is ideal if you bring your own products to the gym or when traveling, less to carry.

This is not the product you want to apply on-board a plane, unless you are extremely carefree from what people think. deep cleanses your face completely. If you have a tendency to have small blackheads across the nose like me, this product should be in your arsenal.

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 7 // READ:

It is easier to name five contemporary Danish design brands than five living Danish designers. Or at least that’s the statement from the two authors of the book “”. The question points out a significant phenomenon in today’s Danish design: is it the brands – not the designers – that we hear about and refer to. How did this come about and how has it affected the values associated with the concept of Danish design and the country’s design industry in general? The purpose of this book, in essence, is to find answers to these questions and put them in their proper context — that is, in the second golden age of Danish design.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April
10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 8 // EAT:

has reopened. Finally. And believe it or not, there are still seats to be booked. This world-renowned, once called the best in the world, restaurant first opened its door in November 2003 and they haven’t looked back ever since. From what I have seen, you should not be too picky about your food if you grab a seat at the table, as they serve mussels, jellyfish, and starfish. Sitting down at the table at Noma is not only a treat for the pallet, but also for the eye. The new interior was created by David Thulstrup, whom together with Brdr. Kruger has developed a range of amazing wooden furniture, especially the new - which is a sight for sore eyes; a beautiful modern chair with a clear reference to Danish mid-century design.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April
10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

 9 // SHOP:

Danish have always been all about sustainability, something I really can relate too. Lately, they have worked a lot with Danish architect Eva Harlou on a range of new furniture, including a new daybed, which is a clear favorite of mine. Just recently Mater opened a new (and the first ever) concept store in Copenhagen in an old car repair store. The new store in Copenhagen is only the beginning of their retail adventure, not only will we see 5 new stores opening across Europe within the next couple of years, but also a fast-growing collection.

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For April

10 // ONE LAST THING:

Louisiana, a modern museum 20 min. outside Copenhagen, is showing some of the late and lesser known – but very imaginative – work of Picasso. The exhibition, “”, is the first of its kind in Scandinavia and is showing more the 160 art pieces by the famous Spaniard. The exhibition is open until May 27th.

See you for my May installment, well, in May! Bye everyone - .

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

10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For March

Hi, it's Allan Torp back again and it is nearly the first day of Spring; not that it feels like it here in the European freezer! Luckily, I spent the most of last month in Los Angeles, so I certainly cannot complain. I am full of energy and bringing you yet another of my favorite things, which takes you on a journey to explore the things that I know, see, visit and really would like to visit. This is my fifth list here on cattledogs, so would love to hear in the comments what you think. Is there anything you would like more or less of? Anything you want me to test out for you? Places you want me to visit? Anything? Let me know. Okay, let's get started with my 10 Things for March.

String Shelf on cattledogs

 1 // FURNITURE:

I love a good shelving system, one that you can restructure over and over again, which quickly allows you to change up the whole look of the room it is in at no cost whatsoever. One of my favorites on the market is Swedish . For many years, they just did the basic frame and shelves in a few different colors and woods, but now, they are finally seeing its full potential and creating new ways making it possible to use in any room. Newest to the String family is a bathroom model. Perfect for a smaller bathroom room, it’s both super stylish and very usable.

Artby
Artby founders

 2 // ART:

is a new art brand – so if you are looking for new contemporary art for your walls you should keep an eye out on their limited editions pieces by carefully selected artists, "Artby is led by Karl Hardell and Sara Hardell Flagge. Apart from sharing a passion for contemporary art, we are interested in juxtaposing heterogeneity with unity. We search for diversity and strong artistic individuality, we also look for a coherent product line with unifying collection themes, special signature papers and uniform frames." The first collection is called FACE, four new artists have created different interpretations of the face and my favorite by Swedish artist Viktor Cole.

Nuura

 3 // DECORATE:

Another new brand from Scandinavia launched at Stockholm Furniture Fair just last month. is inspired by Nordic nature for its four-piece collection. Designer Sofie Refer, alongside co-founders Nadia Lassen and Peter Østerberg, realized a beautiful hand-blown collection that consists of raindrop-shaped pendants, chandeliers, and modern table lamps. It’s definitely a task to find great chandeliers without serious crystal overload, which certainly isn’t the case with Nuura. My favorite is the Miira 4, which is just so simple and timeless, yet very handsome.

NoMad LA
NoMad LA

 4 // SLEEP:

In the midst of a cultural renaissance, Downtown Los Angeles is on the rise. New stores and hotels are popping up in the blink of an eye. Newest to the block is , located on the corner of 7th and Olive Street, and if you are following just a few of the biggest influencers, you’ll know this is the place right now. All the cool kids are hanging out by the rooftop pool with sweeping views of the city and downtown. Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, each of the 241 rooms at NoMad Los Angeles look to Italy for inspiration – a nod to the building’s storied beginning.

Saveus Sweden

 5 // LISTEN:

Danes might recognize this one, or they might not even be aware of how they recognize him, but his name is Martin and he won the first ever Danish edition of X-factor. Back then, he was just a kid, a very successful kid for sure, but now he is better known under the name Saveus -  and his newest single, is amazing. Turn up the volume and just wait until the choir starts, you’ll be blown away.

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 6 // GROOM:

I am probably not the only one who buys products based on the packaging, all three products this month certainly look great alone or together and do not have to be hidden away in the shower cabinet.

A.  is perfect for the everyday use, face wash, and moisturizer, you really don’t need much more. For the past month, I have been smiling every morning in the shower, as the coconut and pomegranate face wash brings me to a beach in paradise. The moisturizer is perfect for the busy guy, as it keeps your skin hydrated and doesn’t leave your face greasy. I really love that the bottle is an 'airless' dispenser to ensure that you get 100% of the product from the bottle, meaning zero waste and less mess.

B.  A good hand cream to me is a cream that absorbs quickly, I hate having to walk around with greasy hands for too long. It also has to smell good, a masculine scent is best, nothing worse than too much lavender, I mean, I really do not want to smell like an older lady. I came across , a black and white tube full of a subtle hint of vanilla and orange peel scents. Nothing grandma about that.

C.  I’ve grown my hair an inch longer, which also means I use a bit more product in my hair, so I wash my hair more often than usual. I've been using Nounou shampoo lately and honestly, I picked it because I liked the name and the color. It is actually meant for damaged or processed hair, I believe mine is neither, nevertheless, it leaves my hair smelling nice and feeling soft.

Design Hotel Book

7 // READ:

If you love traveling as much as I do and appreciate a nice design hotel upon arrival, you’ll love this book. Every year, launches a beautifully curated catalog of all their member hotels and it’s pretty enough to have on your coffee table. It features 295 handpicked properties with glorious photographs and behind-the-scenes stories of the Original Hoteliers who brought them to life.

La Rambla Hong Kong

8 // EAT:

I've just booked my first trip to Hong Kong, going in May, so I am very curious to hear if you guys have any suggestions on where to eat. I have bookmarked , a new restaurant that’s getting top reviews and was named one of 14 hot new restaurants in the world. So I am guessing it is pretty good. It is Spanish style with Chef in the kitchen, who formerly worked at the legendary under José Andrés, so all plates and ingredients are as authentically Spanish as they come. Again, do let me know if you have any other suggestions.

Everclassic Denmark
Everclassic Denmark

 9 // SHOP:

You probably already know I love my mid-century designs. I like a mix of new and modern designs too. In my LA house, I just added two Eames LCW lounge chairs, which I found in a vintage store. Finding great vintage mid-century is not always easy, and I would encourage you to go to trusted dealers, so you don’t end up with a paying a bunch for a replica piece. In the UK I suggest you check out and in Denmark a store called (they just opened up for international buyers) shown in the above photos. Both are great sites for making a good purchase, especially if you are not up for roaming flea markets yourself.

QUEER EYE cast on Netflix

 10 // ONE LAST THING:

I often struggle with finding good interior television shows, very often they are over the top, badly styled or on a tight budget so everything ends up being made out of MDF. New on is , and if you are my age, you might remember the show first aired in 2003, but now Netflix is airing it with a whole new cast – including Bobby Berk, who has taken on the role as the interior dude in the show. And I have to say, in 7 out of the 8 episodes of season 1, he is actually doing a pretty great job. As for the rest of the guys in the show, some are a bit over the top for my taste, but I still binged season 1 in a day.

See you soon again, in April! -

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