Secto Design in L House by Studio MK27

The L House by the Brazilian creatives at Studio MK27 can only be described as not just a work of art, but a real life construction of a Mondrian painting.

Surrounded by lush Brazilian jungle, L House is an oasis that combines elements of both organic and artificial, contrasted between bare bones minimalism and elegant antique fixtures. Fittingly, the organic yet rigid silhouettes by Secto Design seamlessly encapsulates this design dichotomy, seen extensively in various sizes and forms throughout the home.

Flooded by natural light, the house features an organic, earthy aesthetic filled with an abundance of natural stones and smooth granite slabs in the stairs and surfaces. The interiors resemble a labyrinth of complex networks with vaulted ceilings and elongated hallways, featuring one compartmentalized room leading into another. Each space is linked together with the use of lighting design; from the large Magnum 4202 Pendant Lampshade in the living space and bold 4202 Pendant Lights in the bathroom, to the demure desk lamps in the upstairs office, all by Secto Design.

The L House is aptly named for the structural shapes present in the building, everything from the pool that extends the length of the backyard to the cavernous entryways are all perfect rectangles – a cubist construction that is precisely calculated from every angle.

Photography by Fernando Guerra

Friends & Founders in Three Blind Mice by Flack Studio

Three Blind Mice in Hawthorn, Melbourne is a refreshing take on the modern day hair salon. Designed by Flack Studio, the clean and minimalist interior is accented by two deep blue La Pipe Chairs with brass legs by Friends & Founders and The Bollo Chair by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia

The visual tension between the ornate and classic details of a heritage building contrast with a masculine colour palette, clean lines, and utilitarian elements to bring together an environment that is cutting edge.

The space was born with the aim to create an environment that both the stylist and client feel comfortable in, and we think this ‘cut and dry situation’ has been executed effortlessly.

Photography by Caitlin Mills

Everything You Loved at Denfair

Thank you to everyone who visited us in Melbourne for Denfair 2017. Australia’s leading design trade event took the industry to new heights yet again, and we were thrilled to be involved. 

Our Fred Presents Fogia showcase (with lighting by Rubnsaw the Australian debut of new works by some of Scandinavia’s leading designers. Firm favourites included the Andreas Engesvik Dini Sofa, Nina Jobs Poppy Pouf, Big Sur Coffee Table by Simon Klenell & Kristoffer Sundin, Rubn Lord Bouquet Pendant, and Monica Förster Retreat Sofa

Designed by Angela Harry, with art direction by Simone Haag, the Fred Presents Fogia presentation was distinctly Scandinavian yet incredible current in materiality and form. As Design Daily noted, "The stand was intricate and personal with woven cane providing a softening effect."

For those who didn’t make it, and even for those who did, browse the collection here, and enjoy this photographic recap, beautifully captured by Melbourne photographer Dan Hocking. 

Monica Förster’s New Future Classics for Swedese

About Monica Förster

Monica Förster is both designer and creative director for iconic Swedish heritage brand Swedese. Born in 1966, she grew up close to the Arctic Circle in the very north of Sweden and trained at Beckmans School of design and the University of Arts, Crafts and Design. Förster is represented in the International Design Yearbook. With an impressive portfolio behind her, her work has been featured in some of the world’s most renowned galleries such as New York’s MOMA, and she has received many awards including Elle Decoration Designer of the Year.

Monica’s approach to design is unique therefore it is based on many feelings and contradictions - creating something new, powerful, useful and poetic. Her inspiration stems from northern Swedish handicraft, the elegance of high fashion and nature itself.

“I sometimes say that I’m not interested in form, but that may not be entirely true. What I mean is simply that the idea behind each project is more important. When the ideas is set, I focus on shape, colour and detail.” - Monica Förster

Fred International has the pleasure of introducing four “future classics” by Monica Förster for Swedese’s new 2017 collection.

  1. Wood Sofa

    Wood is characterized by clear lines and its distinct wooden frame. In both shape and choice of material, Monica Förster reflects the Swedese design tradition and vision of creating elegant furniture that combine strong wooden details with textiles. In particular, the wooden frames of each sofa have been carefully selected and treated, in order to have the finest quality of natural grains present in the wood. 

  1. Coffee Bean Table

When designing Coffee Bean, Monica Förster sought inspiration in nature, in line with the Swedese tradition. The name explains the shape, which follows the curved shapes and organic materials of a coffee bean. Specifically, the table also engages in a dialogue with the archives of Yngve Ekström and his design aesthetics, which often took as their starting point a particular shape he had noticed in the rich nature outside his home. In this way, it symbolizes the history of the company, while also pointing forwards to the future. 

  1. Guest Armchair

Monica Förster’s Guest is easily recognized by its distinct use of bentwood as well as its graceful measurements. Its delicate size allows it to fit in any setting without taking over. In addition, it is designed to be especially comfortable to sit in, which makes it perfect for both working and socializing. The name alludes to the designer’s underlying desire to create a chair for people to feel at home in.

  1. Pond Table

The contrasting materials and structures enhance the organic shapes that define Pond. The monochromatic colour scheme brings harmony and a sense of calmness. It is also possible to order a bespoke version of Pond, made from leftover materials from other productions. This sustainable approach ensures that waste is kept to a minimum. Because different stones are used in different productions, the aesthetic effects are varied and cannot be planned in advance, creating a truly bespoke piece of furniture.