ZAKKA in Sweden

Zakka – a little piece of Japan in Sweden

I have this little gem of a store in my home town – Zakka. Just love that little store with all its amazing products from Japan. Everything in there is just so lovely. I feel that I want to bring every little item with me when I leave. To be truthful – I don’t even want to leave ha ha. There is not one thing that I don’t want in there. Even how the items are presented is great. But Zakka owes that to its store owner – Sine. Everything she touches becomes amazing.

At present the people behind Zakka is in Japan, picking up even more amazing products. I for one cannot wait for them to come back and show the world (i.e. Malmö) what they have found during their trip.

Zakka, Adelgatan 19, Malmö, Sweden

Fried Egg Chair

Look closely at this, totally lovely, chair. Danish design mind you. What does it resemble (think back at the Egg Chair) – yes that’s right, it is called the Fried Egg Chair! Isn’t it just the best name?

Fried Egg Chair was designed by Hans Olsen in the 1950s. It is now produced by the company Warm Nordic.

Fried Egg Chair was nominated for the Design Award but didn’t win – however it was voted Readers Favorite 2018 [by the readers] of the Danish design magazine Bo Bedre – which, by the way, is a great design magazine

The judges nominated Fried Egg Chair with this:

“Unique asymmetric armchair, designed by Hans Olsen in the 50s. A piece of furniture with edge and personality. And humor. And rooted in Danish modernism. Because it looks like a fried egg from above. With its flat armrest it invites you to sit in every possible way. We like the beautiful 50’s colors and the use of teak. “

And check out this picture:

See the designers socks?! That’s for another post, a sock post, later.

Info and pictures from Bo Bedre

Japan and other thoughts

I happen to love a lot about Japan. I love their sense of design, estetics. They make even a cup of coffee look nice. And you have to admit that it is not half bad getting a beautiful cup of coffee instead of just a cup of coffee. It is nice to feel good about the things that surround you.

It’s like working in an office environment. It is a BIG DIFFERENCE spending 8 hours a day in a nice environment instead of 8 hours in a crappy designed place. And let’s admit it, there are not many offices with a thought behind the desks, chairs, carpets, walls etc. Most offices are just…well, offices. Like the one I happen to work in at present. When one has had the pleasure of a fantastic office and trade it for that crappy one. It is weird how much it effect it has on your quality of work. At least mine.

I sure miss my Gubi desk, Bestlite desk lamp, Eames chairs etc. And I for sure miss my fantastic boss. There are not many great leaders out there, and I am over the moon happy that I got to work with him. Unfortunately he decided to leave the company. So the rest of us left too. No reason to stay on without our fearless leader.

However, I didn’t mean to talk about office environment, and most definitely not history. Japan. Love Japan. Love Japanese stuff. Fortunately for me, a fab little Japanese shop opened up in my home town. Zakka.

Love that place.

Check out their stuff here
and here



Sofa Colette – design Nina Jobs for Gärsnäs

There is something to be said about classic lines. This sofa designed by Nina Jobs for Gärsnäs has ticked all the boxes for classic. But in the same time it feels fresh and new. It might be the color.

Or the legs.

Or the arms.

Or the back.

Or…it all put together so beautifully.

More info here

Photos from Gärsnäs

Goodbye 2017 – Hello 2018

Stolab LIlla Åland

I am curious what 2018 brings. Will we have a lot of yellow again? I know I used to love yellow. I guess I still do to some extent. Somehow yellow is a bright and happy color for me. Or will we continue with the dusty colors – beautiful in its own right?

Us Scandinavians tend to go with white a lot. It might be because the weather is gray most of the time (grey and white is quite beautiful together!).

Trend spotters predicts it will be a lot of strong colors during 2018 – and black is in the forefront. The color of all colors – I know that black is not ‘a color’ but never mind, it still is considered a color in my book. It goes well with anything and everything if you ask me .(.. but I still long for yellow).

We will continue to see a lot of wood, greens (both as color and as plants), metallic – is it so that we in this connected world long for authenticity – the real deal? Vintage mixed in with our present reality. Because it is…well, real really.

To sum it up: all trends are in action at the same time. Do, use, paint, furnish, dress exactly as you wish as long as it makes you happy. Because at the end of the day – happiness is what matters.

Have a happy 2018!

Stolab LIlla Åland

Chair ‘Lilla Åland’, made by StolAB. Picture from

Shea Butter from the best designer

Shea Butter fruit

What is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is a natural plant-based oil. It has been treasured in West Africa for hundreds of years for its healing properties. It is considered a sacred tree and treated with particular respect. Growing up to 60 feet tall, the Shea trees does not flower before it is 20 years and can live up to 200 years.

Shea Butter fruit

Meeting T opened up a whole new world for me. OK, not entirely new, but I sort of started to notice at a deeper level. I’ve always been intrigued by natural things, raw ingredients if you wish, nama in Japanese depending on pronounciation (info from my Japanese friend M). And I’ve also always really liked the product Shea Butter.

Googling around I found this (very nice I must say) blog that posted info about Shea Butter that I found interesting – I thought you might too. So without further ado, let me introduce The Renaissance Lady.  Thank you Renaissance Lady for this interesting post!

TRL pointed out Shea Butter products from Ivynat that in turn had this information (text below) on their site (all info from The Renaissance Lady and Ivynat):

 Shea Butter

Unrefined Shea Butter is rich in Oleic, Stearic and Linoleic acids that help protect, nourish and keep the skin beautifully soft and moisturized. It is also rich in essential vitamins A, E and F. Vitamin F protects the skin, particularly from the suns harmful UV rays. It helps promote youthful skin, reduce fine lines and dryness. Vitamins A and E help maintain overall health of the skin and hair as well as nourish the skin and maintain blemish free skin. It almost works as a cleanser, with its cleansing abilities it penetrates the pores and expels clogged dirt and oil accumulation allowing the skin to breathe.

Shea Butter all natural

Some Skin benefits of Shea butter

Shea butter protects the skin from drying out: The butter remains solid at room temperature, but melts on the skin to form a non-greasy coating that effectively seals in the moisture. Applying Shea butter all over the body after a bath or a long swim will help keep the skin hydrated and soft. Alternatively, you can add a tablespoonful of butter into your warm bathwater before the final rinse. It will quickly melt and cover your body with a thin, protective layer of oil, but the best part is that it does not make the skin oily.

Healing Qualities: Shea butter is known for its healing properties that can be attributed to the presence of several fatty acids and plant sterols such as oleic, palmitic, stearic and linolenic acids. Raw, unrefined shea butter is effective in curing skin rashes, skin peeling after tanning, scars, stretch marks, frost bites, burns, athletes foot, insect bites and stings, arthritis, and muscle fatigue.

Antioxidant Qualities: Shea butter contains plant antioxidants, such as vitamins A and E, as well as catechins. The vitamins A and E protect the cells from free radicals and environmental damage. The cinnamic acid esters in the shea fat help in preventing skin damage from ultraviolet radiation.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Shea butter has several derivatives of cinnamic acid that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. Research has proved that in addition to its anti-inflammatory benefits, lupeol cinnamate found in shea butter prevents the development of tumors. Its anti-inflammatory properties render it beneficial for the improvement of skin conditions.

Sun Protection: Shea butter may not replace your sunscreen, but it can provide some protection against UV exposure. Shea butter has been estimated to have a sun protection factor of 6 (SPF-6). It may not be sufficient for full sun exposure on a summer day, but may be enough for a quick trip outside when the sky is overcast. With rising concerns about the possibility of chemicals in sunscreens themselves causing skin cancer, it may be a good idea to apply Shea butter as base coat before applying another sunscreen on the skin. The anti-inflammatory action of the butter is even helpful in reducing burning and soreness after sun exposure.

Shea Butter from Ivynat

Healing Agent: Shea butter has amazing healing properties. It is often used as a base in medicinal ointments due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used since ages for the treatment of scars, eczema, blemishes, skin discolorations, chapped lips, stretch marks, dark spots, and in reducing the irritation caused by psoriasis. Due to its high content of vitamin A, it is effective in promoting healing and disinfection, and soothes skin allergies like poison ivy and insect bites. Vitamin F acts as a rejuvenator for soothing and healing rough and chapped skin.

Anti-Ageing Benefits: Shea butter is considered as one of the best anti-aging and moisturizing agents for the skin. It stimulates the production of collagen, the youthful scaffolding protein in the skin. The vitamins A and E found in this butter keep the skin supple, nourished, and radiant, and prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Shea butter penetrates the skin easily, without clogging the pores, and is effective for dry skin.

Baby Care: Shea butter is an excellent natural moisturizer that is devoid of chemicals. Thus, it is ideal for baby care as besides being gentle and soft on the skin, it is specially adapted for the delicate and sensitive skin of babies. It can be used for after bath application on the skin and also for healing eczema or diaper rash on the skin of babies.

Lip Care: Shea butter is easily absorbed and provides extra moisture and nutrients that are needed during the cold season and dry weather. Thus, it acts as a perfect lip balm to protect your lips from cold and dry weather and is effective for treating dry and chapped lips.

Restores Skin Elasticity: The non-saponifiable matter and vitamin F in this butter are vital ingredients for maintaining the skin’s elasticity. Thus, the application of shea butter restores the elasticity of the skin and helps maintain an even skin tone, besides hydrating, softening and beautifying it.

Soothes Dry And Irritated Scalp: Shea butter is effective in soothing a dry, itchy scalp or dandruff. It possesses anti-inflammatory qualities and gets absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue or clogging the pores. Being rich in vitamins A and E, it soothes dryness, repairs breakage and mends split ends. Hence, it is extremely effective in providing relief from a dry scalp, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.

Moisturizer: The presence of vitamins A and E makes shea butter an excellent moisturizer to moisturize your hair from the roots to the tips. Thus, it can be used as a natural conditioner. It is highly effective in locking in moisture, without leaving the hair greasy or heavy. Shea butter has wide usage in curly hair treatments due to its emollient qualities. A number of chemical treatments like straighteners, perms, curlers, etc. are responsible for stripping off the natural moisture from the hair. Shea butter can help restore this lost moisture.

Hair Protection: Shea butter provides protection to the hair against the harmful free radicals in the air and water and harsh weather conditions. Moreover, shea butter has a low amount of SPF that is sufficient to protect the hair from sun damage caused due to the exposure to ultraviolet radiation and repairs the damage that has already been caused by the harsh weather and the sun. This is largely due to the fact that once absorbed, shea butter coats the hair shaft so that it is protected from a heat tool or any other damaging material being passed along the hair. This is particularly beneficial for processed or colored hair. It also protects the hair against salt and chlorine when applied before swimming.

Hair Softener: Shea butter is great for softening and revitalizing damaged and brittle hair. Due to its non-greasy nature, it helps to control and spread the excess oil in the scalp. Massaging the hair with generous amounts of shea butter can give soft and silky tresses. This benefit of shea butter is applicable for dry as well as fragile, curly hair. Shea butter should be applied twice a week for hair growth, improving the hair texture and moisturizing the hair.

Who is the designer behind Shea Butter?
OK, now we’ve read all these good things about Shea Butter. It is genuinely a fantastic product. Personally I love it. It works wonders for my skin. I use it during the cold months and my skin thanks me. Every day. And I would like to direct my gratitude to The Best Designer In The World – Mother Nature. Thank you Mother Nature for giving us an abundance of greatness.

Shea Butter Tree

Disclosure: Shea Butter information and pictures from The Renaissance Lady, Ivynat (all info from TRL and IN), Natural Homes and Vivian Holt Exclusives.

Hand made lavender scented soap

Lavener field

Introducing: organic, all natural lavender scented hand made soap from  the freshest of ingredients such as essential oil made from real lavender.

Lavender soap with dried lavender flowers

Lavender is one of those scents that is so nice. Imagine the fragrance….., breathe it in deep and just….lovely isn’t it?

I love meeting talented artisans like T. T makes soap by hand (among other things such as creams, scrubs etc.), and one essential oil she use to scent  her products with is lavender (I will introduce you to all the other great items she makes in another post).

Hand made soap
She picks the lavender herself. I don’t know about you but it gives me a nice feeling that the soap (or any item really) is authentic.

Lavener field

All natural
This is an all natural lavender scented soap, not made by machines at a multinational company. This soap is hand made. And since this is a design blog – have you noticed how beautiful it is?



Royal Copenhagen – Blue Fluted Mega

Look at Royal Copenhagen cups curves, the color, the overall design. Isn’t this a classic to die for?
Designed by Karen Kjaeldgard-Larsen for Royal Copenhagen.
Each piece is painted by hand thus every piece is unique.
If you look closely they all have their own uniqueness.

Check it out here

Pictures and info from Royal Copenhagen website.

Bacsac – happy plants solution

I am in the midst of searching high and low for some great (in my opinion) large pots [of some kind] for my indoor palm trees. And check these Bacsac’s out – aren’t they adorable? What a great invention; colorful, smart design (in many different ways – not only the invention – you can use it for the floor, to hang along a wall, or anywhere else you want on your terrace/balcony etc). And the colors!! Did I mention the colors? No I guess I didn’t. I think that as a true DMKA-person a Bacsac in orange would be suitable, don’t you?
Go check it out here

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Hollywood Farmers Market

larchmont farmers market

Visit any Farmers Market, near or far, anywhere really – and you’ll have an abundance of design. In everything and anything.

Even the most simple things like fresh berries or fruit is beautiful. Mind you, these pictures haven’t been near photoshop. And the colors and shapes are just perfect …

larchmont farmers marketFarmers Market Hollywood PeachesPictures from Hollywood Farmers Market, Los Angeles.