Friends & Founders in Armadale Residence by Simone Haag

Armadale Residence is the result of a cohesive and collaborative design process with like-minded creatives; home owner Penelope Cohen – Creative Director of fashion label Skin and Threads and Designer/Stylist extraordinaire, Simone Haag

The brief was to rework Penelope’s formal living room and ensure that this grand Victorian home had an injection of contemporary and feminine sensibility, with a fashionable edge.

Simone interpreted the brief intuitively, delivering a warm yet powerful space with punches of jewel toned accents. Not shying away from colour and texture, Haag chose the Friends & Founders La Pipe dining chairs in an array of different tones – a stand out choice. The dining chairs were paired with elements of vintage (the bar cart and Danish vintage lamp to name a few). Finally, ceramics and objects overlaid the space to create an interesting backdrop to Penelope’s incredible library of fashion books.

Photography – Mark Roper
Styling – Simone Haag

Stockholm All Aglow - Rubn Lighting

Reporting from the 2017 Stockholm Furniture Fair - New in Lighting

After a late night at the Fogia party, and perhaps a few too many Negronis back at the hotel, we donned our layers and headed out for day three of the Stockholm Furniture Fair. As cold as it was outside (hovering around -5°C), it didn't take long to warm up once we arrived at Rubn's pop up lighting installation located in a gallery space in downtown Stockholm. 

Rubn founder Niclas Hoflin is a prolific designer, continually expanding the range in exciting ways. With each piece produced by hand in Sweden, the options for customisation are endless, making Rubn an increasingly popular choice for hospitality and commercial projects. We were thrilled to see entirely new designs as well as new finishes for some of our favourites. 

We have highlighted our favourites, pictured below:

The crowd favourites Palazzo Pendant in opaque and smoke, Vox Pendants and Vox Table Lamps, now in clear or opaque glass with aluminium, brass or copper finish. 

The ever-popular Long John Pendant, now available in walnut and in seven different lengths. To the right, the Palazzo Pendant hangs in black smoke. 

The classic Vouge Pendant accompanied by the stunning new Vouge Floor Lamp, which is finished in perforated metal with brass legs. 

Last but certainly not least, the 15-Arm Astoria Wall Light, and the new Lord Bouquet Pendant made a bold statement.

Over the next few months exciting new releases will continue to arrive in our showroom. Be sure to drop by and say hello.

Retrace our steps from the 2017 Stockholm Furniture Fair on Instagram via #fredinstockholm.




The Warm Glow of Finnish Design

It may have been cold outside, but not so at Secto Design

Stepping into the perfectly minimal stand of Secto Design was a welcome reprieve from an otherwise chaotic fair. The Finnish lighting company is renowned for its distinct birch wood lampshades, and here they cast a calming glow over the fair.

Designer and architect Seppo Koho continues to capture the essence of Scandinavian atmosphere by pairing soft luminosity with the warmth of wood and a strong yet simple silhouette. We can't get enough. 

Highlights include the unmistakable Secto Design silhouette, handmade in birch wood and the imposing Magnum 4202, an impressive 87cm high and 56cm wide (both pictured below).

The warm glow of Seppo Koho's designs was a soothing reprieve after a hectic day at the fair. Interesting to note, each piece of authentic design is still handmade in Finland. 

Retrace our visit to Stockholm on Instagram via #fredinstockholm

Swedese Presents Eight New Classics

Embracing heritage whilst looking to the future  

Under the helm of newly appointed creative director Monica Förster, iconic Swedish brand Swedese released "eight future classics". Several of the new items are inspired by the rich design heritage of founder Yngve Ekström with the end-user in focus and Swedese’s long history of local and sustainable production. However each design is also clearly looking to the future. 

We were immediately drawn to the Guest Chair (pictured below), incidentally designed by Förster. We loved its strength of presence and unique character, not to mention it is extremely comfortable. Designed in Swedese's signature bentwood profile, it has a strong presence despite it's delicate size. Upholstery can be customised to two tones on the front and back of the chair, our favourite combination being forest green and black leather with stained black legs. 

The sculptural Pond Series of tables (pictured below) was an immediate stand out. Available in three stone finishes with matching lacquered steel base. Also pictured below is the new Wood Sofa with stunning sandblasted wooden frame. 

Last but not least, the aptly named Coffee Bean Table, new to Swedese. Inspired by the organic shapes of nature and available in an extensive range of colour finishes.