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DOWNTOWN DESIGN OPENING

Sarah

Downtown Design opened its doors yesterday, and the hall quickly filled up with aficionados from the crème de la crème of Dubai’s design society. We were really excited to see so many spectators around the Craftsmanship at The Workshop stand, where two Danish master craftsmen crafted two of the biggest icons in the world of interior design: the Egg Chair (Republic of Fritz Hansen) and the Wishbone Chair /CH24 (Carl Hansen & Søn). We were especially happy and proud to see two icons being crafted right on top of our very beloved Oak Hultaby wood flooring from Kährs Craftsman Collection.

We love timeless Scandinavian design and craftsmanship!

 All images by Studio Zee for Nordic Homeworx

 

[ASH]

Sarah

Ash is a strong, hard wood species, even harder than Oak. This wood species is pale in a typical Scandinavian way with fine, brown streaks and few discreet knots. It has a relatively long grain and ambers over the years. Ash is used to make tools, wood flooring and furniture. Some of Kährs Ash floors have strong color variations that really bring them to life.

This cozy villa incorporates classic Scandinavian 1-strip Ash wood flooring with impressive ceiling heights, graphic Moroccan tiles, sleek &tradition stools, a large dining area and an overall rugged-yet-contemporary style to the home.

On the first floor, we find Ash Sandvig – a light, exclusive 1-strip floor. Nature’s own design with knots and a lively structure. A characteristic is its bi-colour pattern with a soft white matt lacquer, giving the otherwise rustic-looking floor a contemporary and airy feel.

On the second floor we find a very similar, yet different 1-strip Ash wood floor. Ash Gotland makes a bold statement and gives a warm and cozy feel to the more private family space upstairs with its darker core that creates fantastic patterns.

Though these two Ash wood floors are very similar and harmoniously create a common theme throughout the home, the finish is what differentiates them not only in appearances, but on the overall affect they will have on a space. Brilliant!

Ash SandvigAsh Gotland

Images by Fantastic Frank & Nordic Homeworx

 

WHITE DOVE

Sarah

Old meets new and modern in this charming loft apartment. The already extremely bright space gets further enhanced with the white wood floor, clean lines, sheer curtains and minimal, monochrome furniture.

Kährs Oak Nouveau Snow wood floor has a distinct white hue on a naturally colour varying oak, with defining white bevels and occasional white and darker knots. The surface is brushed and matt lacquered to enhance the natural wood feeling. A classic and hardwearing wood floor that will last for generations.

Images by Fantastic Frank & Nordic Homeworx

 

A HOME WITH A TEAL TWIST

Sarah

Ash: a strong, hard wood species, even harder than Oak. This wood species is pale in a typical Scandinavian way with fine, brown streaks and few discreet knots. It has a relatively long grain and ambers over the years. Ash is used to make tools, wood flooring and furniture. Some of Kährs Ash floors have strong colour variations that really bring them to life.

Kährs Ash Skagen, seen in this beautiful home, combines the naturalness and liveliness of ash with the elegance and lightness of white matt lacquer. The white matt lacquer highlights the wood’s natural beauty, giving the whole floor a soft and pleasing finish.

On another note.. that teal blue staircase! Such an unexpected and fun detail, we love it!

Images by Henrik Bonnevier for BLOOC

 

IF YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT… KIDS ROOMS

Sarah

When searching for interior design inspiration for kids rooms, it is highly likely that you’ll find most images show anything from timeless soft pastel to scandi-cool monochrome colour schemes, with one common denominator: wood flooring. There’s a reason for that. Natural wood flooring is absolutely the best kind of flooring you could choose for your little ones.

Now, for some facts. Natural wooden floors are one of the easiest ways to uplift a space – and they’re surprisingly child friendly. Just make sure you choose a wood with the right high-quality surface treatment. Kährs engineered wood floors are not only 75% more stable than solid wood flooring, but they also come pre-finished in Kährs factory in Sweden with four different treatments: high-gloss lacquer, silk matt lacquer, matt lacquer and nature oil – all are suitable for a family home. In addition, all surface treatments are solvent free.

Kährs wood floors are softer (and thereby safer) than stone flooring such as tile or marble, more hyper-allergenic than carpet, and on top of that extremely cozy and environmentally friendly. The installation procedure is quick and clean, meaning we don’t use any toxic adhesives or chemicals that could be potentially harmful to your children.

After all, with so many harmful environmental pollutants in our day-to-day lives, both in the foods we eat and our outdoor lives, it is comforting to know that a wood floor is completely natural, enabling you and your children to breathe easy at home everyday.

All images via Pinterest

 

LEAVE YOUR SHOES AT THE DOOR

Sarah

This beautiful home is part of an extremely modern complex in Stockholm by developers Oscar Properties. It is very modern, bright and equipped with top of the range appliances and finishes.

We are especially loving the combination of white, clean lines with natural wood and stainless steel detailing, as well as the beautiful natural 1-strip oak wood floor (hello barefoot heaven!). This home is as modernly functional as it is elegant, with plenty of attention to detail.

To get this look, select Kährs Oak Weimar, a 1-strip floor in selected oak with bevelled edges, brushed surface and matt lacquered finish that gives maximum wood feeling.

Kahrs Oak Hampshire

Images by Oscar Properties & Nordic Homeworx

 

OSB + Oak

Sarah

Here is one of those small apartments you dream about. At a mere 29 sqm, the use of the few square meters is completely optimal. We are especially loving the way raw OSB (oriented strand board) and oak are combined, especially on the stairscase. The architect has cleverly used OSB board to structure and optimize the space, which still feels light and spacious despite the limited number of sqm.


Images by Scandinavian Retreat

 

SUMMER RED

Sarah

As we accelerate into “Summer 2013” mode, we are feeling inspired by the famous Scandinavian summer cottages typically seen by the sea coast. Combining red and white is not only extremely classic and elegant, but also timeless and cozy.

Combine red and white hues with a whitewashed rustic oak floor such as Oak Oyster for that authentic beachside/summer house feel.

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Industrial Nature

Sarah

Here’s another example of how industrial elements with mute colours and raw organic materials such as cotton, wood and jute combine together beautifully to create visual magic.

This coffee shop in Barcelona, designed by INTSIGHT has a graphic look and highly textured feel that adds layers and in turn, a lot of intrigue – making this café a real hipster heaven.

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LIVING IN HARMONY

Sarah

This beautiful home built in 1898, but renovated in 2010/11, shows us yet again how beautiful a classic 3-strip oak floor is. And this particularly rustic floor gives a very elegant yet warm feel to the home.

Kährs Oak Moss is a 3-strip floor, treated with brown natural oil. Part of Kährs Harmony Collection, this floor is reminiscent of the comfort of home, with its warm, nurturing atmosphere. A place to retreat, awash with mellow tones that calm the body and soul. The subtle, rich tones of Kährs Harmony Collection are designed to complement all interior styles and to create a sense of well-being.

 Images by Bolaget & Kährs