Design Interview With Heiberg & Cummings

Dear blog readers. Sorry for the delay on this post. But now there will be two “In The Spotlight” this month instead!

I get all giddy whenever I hear or see their names –  Bernt Heiberg and William Cummings, the partners behind Heiberg & Cummings (hcd3). One of my absolute favorite design teams on the planet. I am in awe of everything they do – and I have saved magazine articles about them from years back. Their firm has offices in NY and in Oslo.

Why am I so crazy about them? Because their interiors are calm, beautiful and sophisticated without feeling contrived. It does not matter if it is an elegant Manhattan penthouse or a beach cottage somewhere, their rooms are always warm, inviting and personal (not the same old, same old). Their mix of old and new pieces is well thought out and always fantastic. They have a great eye for art (and run their own art exhibitions) and of course with Bernt Heiberg being from Norway, they bring in a lot of (old) Scandinavian into their residential and commercial projects.

It is a great honor for me to introduce them to you.

Oh, one more thing. I have learned that William and Bernt are all for peace and making people happy but they don’t mind smashing mobile telephones to pieces with rocks! One more reason to like them!

Define your design style?

High-end residential. Neo-Scandinavian with an international touch.  Sophisticated yet livable.

Are you able to take your design eyes off when you visit friends’ homes? (Or do you do a quick design on a napkin for them?)

W) Yes! I appreciate finding new and different aesthetics. And I always enjoy finding treasures in other homes.

B) Yes, but it is always fun to give advice. Interior design is our lifestyle, 24/7.

What was your first-ever interiors buy?

W) A Munch drawing I purchased years ago. It is a an outstanding etching that hangs in our home.

B) A Swedish empire bureau that is still in our home. I was so attracted to the paint and patina of the piece.

Design accomplishment you are most proud of?

W) That people copy our work. (And they do! Splendid Willow’s comment)

B) We are really proud of all of our projects – both large and small.

Any fun project(s) you are working on right now?

Many! Our projects are always lots of fun! We feel lucky to have such wonderful clients.

Right now we are working on a new styling concept for clients who need a touch of help with space, layout, and bringing new life into their homes. This new concept will launch in the next couple of weeks.  (You heard it here first! 😉

What is bad interior design in your opinion?

W) Design that is poorly conceived and/or poorly executed.

B) Using lots of colors and crossing borders of given space.

What 3 things can make a huge impact in a living room – without the steep price tag?

1. Proper lighting. 2. Beautiful textiles. 3. Less is more.

Any design item you can’t live without?

W) Gray flannel

B) Comfortable and cozy but elegant seating

What do you collect?

W) Small carpets.

B) Antiques. Mainly from the 18th century. 

(The plate racks are from their own furnishings line).

Any design heroes that truly inspire you?

W)  Michael Graves

B) John Saladino

What’s your take on bedside tables?

W) I use them all the time!

B) Necessary. And great with lots of books, personal items and photographs.

What wall color can you not get enough of?

W) White

B) Light gray

Where do you shop online?

W) Nowhere! I prefer the traditional way of shopping with touch & feel!

B) Hermes

Knowing your wonderful collection of Scandinavian antiques. Do you have a favorite piece you can’t live without?

W) A small Gustavian side table with thin legs.

B) A rustic Norweigan country foot stool.

Thank you so much gentlemen! It is a pleasure getting to know you a little bit better. And I for one, can’t wait to see what you are up to next! A suggestion: your own book!

For more of hcd3 and their portfolio, visit here.

Images: No. 1, 2, 3, 6, and 12 via NY Spaces. No. 4, 15 and 17 via Litteavmeg. No. 5, 7, 8, 13, and 16 via House & Garden (07). No. 9, 10 and 11 via hcd3. No. 14 Via Homes and Gardens UK. Note: a few of these images I have scanned from older Magazines and they are nowhere else to be found on-line.

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Nate Berkus Never Gets Boring

Yes, we have followed him in every design magazine and on Oprah, handsome, Mr. Nate Berkus. And I was not going to do yet another post on his portfolio. But going through his images – I saw a few photos that I have not seen before. So here we go – eye candy from the very talented Nate Berkus. (Take your time – and pay attention to the details. I love his designs, because they do not feel designed and contrived. They are warm, inviting, eclectic and personal with unexpected twists. Just the way I like it).

Like it all.

This must be Nate’s signature photo. It is wonderful. (And it is from his home).

Same with this one.

The leather panels are beautiful. And I always love an over sized ottoman. Great for books, great for parties. And how fun in yellow! Who would have thought. Think out of the box, people!

I am on the hunt for 2 great, classic leather club chairs myself. These would make me very happy!

The more I look at this image, the more I like it. At first I could not figure out why. But I think it is the balance, the choice of colors and different textures. And I love the  tall white sculpture on the mantel.

Those Giacometti lamps are so stunning. Not much else is needed.

I am so into leather nowadays. Must be because I am tired of chocolate fingerprints from 2 little hands x 3 on everything covered with fabric!

Love it all. We had shades just like that in our SF apartment. I dragged home gray linen from Sweden for 12 windows of that size. The linen fabric actually cost very little, but let’s not talk about the cost to have them custom made…

The wall color is fantastic. And so is the chair. And the table. And the rug.

What a fantastic blue accent color combined with gray. I would not have thought of it myself.

I drool over the dining chairs! And yes the seats are covered with leather! And what a lovely seating area in the background to hang out with friends before & after a great dinner. Imagine this whole area lit with candles/lanterns. I would be the last guest to leave!

Have a Lovely Weekend Friends!

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Timeless Greek Key Accent

This classic Greek key motif might have its up and down swings in the world of design but it never goes out of style. This geometric figure has managed to embed itself in some of the best designs in the world. And is perhaps the most widely used classical decorative pattern in history.

Despite its name, the Greek key motif is actually not Greek in origin. Variations of this classical pattern are found on ancient Egyptian tombs as well as in Peruvian woven crafts, Chinese architecture and even Aztec sculptures.

In art and architecture the Greek key (which is a modern term) is part of a meander – an important, decorative border constructed from a long and continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif. 

The Greek key motif  is common in present-day architecture as a neoclassical element. And right now it is hotter than ever. Here are a few examples:

The lovely Madison chair with Greek key motif from Bradley Huges.

This ebonized wood labyrinth bench is made to order from Stephen Miller Siegel. I have a serious crush on this beauty….

A pair of stunning Swedish Gustavian side tables with carved Greek key decoration from Cote Jardin Antiques.

Round Greek key rug from Jonathan Adler.

14 K gold bangle from Jewel Basket.

A Greek key rug designed by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company.

Even good, old Target is giving Greek key motifs some attention. This hardware is both elegant and decorative.

Classic bedding from William Sonoma Home. The pattern comes in different colors.

Beautiful mosaic Greek key border from Mosaico Italiano.

Eric Cohler’s lovely settee for Lee Jofa.

Alexa Hampton’s beautiful Sonia console table for Hickory chair. A tomorrow’s classic.

Handmade pillow from Inside Avenue.

Lovely velvet and silk pillows from Jayson Home & Garden.

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Pattern Designer Lisa Bengtsson

You might have heard of the Swedish designer Lisa Bengtsson, who definitely is someone to remember and keep and eye on – and for good reasons. She is very talented and creative. Her main focus is pattern design but she also works with graphical design and illustrations. Lisa’s first wallpaper products were an instant hit. I meant to share her portfolio with you a long time ago – but here you go!

This fall Lisa launched her collection  “Sir Harald” for Mairo. Harald is Lisa’s grandfather and the pattern is a tribute to his life. Nice! And Royal blue is such a hot color right now.

My personal style is simple, edgy sophisticated, but I love to add a little bit of drama here and there. Not a whole house, not even an entire room, but a splash of unexpected drama is so much fun. And this wallpaper above, La Rose, fits the bill!

This was Lisa’s first wallpaper design, “The Family”, which put her name on the design map. Just add your family photos right on the wall.

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Asshoff & Brogård Design

Good Monday morning to all my dear blog friends!

I have seen products from the Stockholm based design company Asshoff & Brogård in the past but this is the first time I have visited their website and got the whole selection.

Their own corporate description: “Asshoff & Brogård focuses on functional products that tell a story and creates a poetic and dramatic everyday scenery. A shared interest in construction and magic brings life to their works”.

Pay attention to these two prize winning designers – Johanna Asshoff and Hanna Brogård!

I like this bookshelf with an over-sized crest. Not the same old same old for sure.

Newly released are these wooden hooks inspired by flowing tears or dripping rain.

Here is an interesting product in stoneware. A dining set for 4 people designed to be stacked on top of each other when not used and turned into a sculpture. How easy to set the table! Who needs cupboards!

“The Green House” – a paper/garbage bin shaped as a house. The front porch is the pedal. When you step on it the roof opens up.

I had no idea that A&B is behind the design of Ikea’s Trollsta sideboard.

But of all their products, this got to be the most unique of them all. An office concept for funeral directors called “A Beautiful Farewell”. A complete environment dedicated to loss & memories. Interesting.

Urns for ashes.

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