Doesn't Ikea take care of it all?
First of all, there is - let's say furniture in general. Then there is the Swedish furniture giant. And then there is Scandinavian Design - the last one being a whole institution of its own - and a pretty old one too.
Second of all, the Swedish furniture giant (with all the respect) goes after masses - and masses go to it too. On the contrary, at D.tales we are not looking to fill your homes with mass productions but instead with long lasting designs that tell stories. Stories about history, about passion, about purpose...
Third of all, many of the iconic pieces of Scandinavian Design have been around for decades. Timelessness, elegance, durability, simplicity... yep, some of the key elements. Yves Saint Laurent could have been desribing Scandinavian Design with his famous quote "Fashion fades, style is forever". And Monsieur Laurent knew what he was talking about. The reason why Scandinavian pieces even from the 1930's still mix so effortlessly with other design styles - say Arabic design for example - is due to their eternal style.
What would you combine it with? In your home, office or business interior?
TAF Architects of Sweden has made a new table for Muuto called 70/70 that is suitable as a dining table as well as an office desk. The minimalist design and the perfect angles makes it a beautiful and timeless piece of furniture.
TAF Architects has also designed the display furniture for our new store in Dubai.
We love the elegant style of the Ice Chandelier by &tradition. Simplicity in essence.
Beyond the sunset lays Norway... overlooking a beautiful susnet in Fjällbacka Sweden!
We love this stool, bin and basket... called Bobbin, by Swedish designer Martin Björnson. It will be available in our stores this autumn.
We think the combination between these Dusty Diamond porcelain sets by AEO and the smoked wood surface of the Raft table by &tradition is stunning.
So we are back in Malmö, this time visiting Marcus Lewett in his studio where Lokal 54 has styled some of our new products for a fantastic photo shoot. Coming as adverts this autumn so keep a look out!
This summer we have spent quite some time in Scandinavia, going back and forth to Sweden, Denmark and Norway gathering inspiration and buying new products for the shops. It turns out that what we have been saying for so long is also true in Scandinavia: Copper is the new black.
We found these beautiful bar stools at Restaurant Myteri in Malmö Sweden.
Midsommar, one of the most important celebrations in Scandinavia, when summer is lush green and bursting with chlorophyll, and the nights are scarcely dark at all. This weekend we celebrate Midsommar with good food, drinks and most important among our friends and families. So here's to a summer full of surprises, to friendship, family and love of all things beautiful. Glad Midsommar!
We are going industrial in Al Quoz, moving into our new offices this week. Construction is in full swing and the move will be on Thursday so we apologies in advance for any disconnect that might occur during this week, but hope to be up and running again by Wednesday.