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GUEST POST | GREAT SPACES: ICONIC CHAIRS

Sarah

Hello, everyone! It’s Mari here, with a guest post from Arcadian Home blog, a great place to find interior design inspiration for everything from beautiful mini pendant lights to warm and cozy rugs for the floor.

Today’s post is about one of my favorite things in the world of design, iconic modern chairs. These enduring furniture designs can be seen in homes around the globe. Living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms, too–modern chairs look right at home in just about any space. I’ve pulled together eight images of rooms that are made better with the addition of modern chairs. Please enjoy!

Thanks for letting me stop by for a visit.

~ Mari, Arcadian Home, for Knock on Wood

Iconic Chairs

This all white dining space includes a rustic wood bench and iconic Eames Eiffel chairs that look great around a sleek white table.

Iconic Chairs

A white Barcelona chair works beautifully in this casual living room with colorful toss pillows and Moroccan wall hanging.

Iconic Chairs

Iconic Wegner Wishbone chairs look beautiful in this dining room with tall ceiling and intricate architectural details. A bundle of minimalist industrial style pendants add another great contrasting element to the space.

Iconic Chairs

In the living room adjacent to the dining space shown in the previous images another iconic chair design, the Bertoia wire chair, can be seen.

Iconic Chairs

Charles and Ray Eames designed the molded plastic Dowel-Leg chair seen here in white with natural wood finish and black cross wires. Glass pendant lights look stylish in this sleek white contemporary eat-in kitchen.

Iconic Chairs

As evidenced in this modern white dining room, black Ant chairs, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1952, still look as stylish as ever. A trio of intriguing pendants adds pretty color to the space.

Iconic Chairs

An Eames plastic shell rocker with wood runners makes this living room feel more comfortable, while Tolix metal chairs add their iconic shape around the dining table in the adjoining room.

Iconic Chairs

A gorgeous brown leather Butterfly chair sits in the corner near a black swing arm wall lamp in this modern white bedroom.

What do you think of these iconic chairs? Let us know in your comments and come by our blog for more home decor, modern pendant lighting, and interior inspirations!

 

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WHITE CHRISTMAS

Sarah

Decorate your home in a simple, elegant and modern Scandinavian style this Christmas! And we say fake-it-’til-you-make-it with snow white Kährs Oak Nouveau Snow wood flooring. All-year coolness factor.

Oak Nouveau Snow

Images via Tumblr & Nordic Homeworx

 

WINTER IS COMING

Sarah

Cooler temperatures, shorter days, rain, cloudy skies and fresh air.. It’s been a long, humid summer and we are thoroughly enjoying the lovely weather we are having at the moment.

Winter is coming, so snuggle up on your sofa with a comfy throw, a good book and a hot cup of tea/coffee/cocoa and imagine it’s snowing outside (perhaps with a little help of your AC) and begin dreaming about possibly the most festive month that lies ahead of us: December!

However, there’s one thing I strongly believe in when it comes to interiors, and it is that dark does not have to mean cozy. I say, opt for lighter neutral colours ranging from the purest white to patina brown tones for a cozy Scandinavian winter feel in your home (after all, they do know a thing or two about winter). By keeping the colour scheme neutral but adding different textures and tones, you will create depth and warmth, and in turn, coziness. Yes, layering is equal to warmth, even in interiors.

Combine a natural light wood floor (Kährs Ash Sandvig radiates Scandichic), sheepskin (available at e.g. IKEA), knit throws (Pottery Barn has a great selection), fluffy cushions and perhaps the most important element: mood lighting. My tip? Do yourself a favour and disconnect your ceiling lights. Invest in floor lamps, table lamps and lots of candles to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere in your home.

winter is coming

Images via HandCrafted in Virginia & Nordic Homeworx

 

NORDIC GLAM

Sarah

Add everyday glam to your space by adding gold accents to monochromatic white, grey and black colour scheme.

By creating a crisp white base with natural wood flooring and the golden accents to a minimal, you will have less of a nouveau riche, and more of a timeless nordic glamour feel in your space.

Cozy it up with Oak Valois by Kährs Heritage Collection with its pale golden hue or go clean-and-crisp white with Ash Alabaster by Kährs Harmony Collection.

nordic glam

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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