All posts tagged: design

Viride by Goula/Figuera – Experimental luminaries

  Art or something useful for your plant experiences? I’m not sure but this definitely looks beautiful and new. Plant luminaries by design studio Goula/Figuera are so interesting that of course I had to post them here. I think if I had this in my home I would just stare it for hours. I love all new innovations that have somehow intergrated plants and good product design. And look at this: there’s lights and vapor and its moving! How can you not like this?   Advertisements

Studio home in a garden

I once wanted to be an architect (one occupation from my endless list of many others). And now that my workmate is planning her new family home that they are going to build this year, the inner architect in me is waking up again. I have a house fever! I love this project called “A studio home in a garden” (in Finnish “Yksiö Puutarhassa”) by a young Finnish architect called Olli Enne. He wanted to shake things up a bit and design a home more fit to modern needs. People want to live in the city where there’s not much space but they want their own home. So he designed this beautiful little house that has some excellent and genius details that will make your living even better. I’m excited and intrigued! I want to build my own little house now! Photos by Marko Laukkarinen

The Rich Brothers

If you follow the trends and rising stars of landscape design you might have heard about the Rich brothers. These two gorgeous-looking, fun and talented men are the ones you should follow. Because Harry and David Rich are the present and future superstars of garden and landscape design. They design little home gardens for regular people (and you can see those processes with an awesome show from BBC One and the show is called Garden Rescue, totally recommending!). But what they are mostly known are their designs for the luxury brands like Chanel and Massimo Dutti. I say WOW! They have also participated in many RHS Chelsea Flower Shows with their garden designs. But the best thing about these two is that they seem so down-to-earth. You can see that they are so talented, modern designers who are interested and excited about their field of choice. But they are not too proud to do small scale designs, they seem authentically warm, nice and fun, their Instagram account is full of surfing pics and relaxed feeling. LOVING …

The closing of Kasvihuone (“The Greenhouse”)

WHAT A SUMMER! This blog automatically went on a long holiday just because I was so busy with my pop up-shop Kasvihuone and everything awesome that came with it. I think it is fair that I share some glimpses of this summer projects here too. This will also be a good wake up- post for this blog. Because I have so many post ideas ready and coming here so stay tuned. So I explained a little bit of the background of Kasvihuone in this post. And now I want to tell about the summer, what happened and what next. I opened my shop in the first week of June and closed the door at the end of September. 4 months went so quickly and so many things happened during that time. It was a great way to learn to be an entrepreneur, especially trying to do things in more ecological way and, of course, learn about yourself, too. The idea of a garden and flower shop for city gardeners was amazing because I got so many …

The rope, the sea and Matti

I realized that I never posted about a place where I went when I was in Kotka at the beginning of May. I visited Matti, a craftsman who knows how to do products with rope, with really old techniques. He has a little workshop by the sea at Sapokka, Kotka where he sells his products in the summertime. I talked with him about the techniques and life, I really appreciate his work! I bought this awesome table brush/trivet made of rope. So beautiful and I bet it will last almost forever.   Tajusin just, että en ikinä postannut mitään juttua paikasta, jossa kävin kun olin Kotkassa visiitillä toukokuun alussa. Kävin nimittäin Matin luona. Matti on käsityöläinen, joka osaa tehdä oikeasta köydestä mitä mahtavimpia töitä vanhoilla tekniikoilla. Hänellä on pieni työhuone meren rannalla Sapokassa, Kotkassa. Kesäisin hän myy työhuoneeltaan tuotteitaan, kuten pannunalusia, eteisen mattoja ja muita ihania juttuja. Juttelin hänen kanssaan vanhoista tekniikoista ja elämästä, arvostan hänen taitoaan todella paljon! Ja ostin tällaisen ihan huipun pöytäharja/pannunalusen, jonka malli on 1600-luvun purjelaivoista. Niin kaunis ja kestää mitä …

Kasvihuone / The Greenhouse

Hi there! You might have been thinking what’s been happening since the beginning of May because I’ve been dead quiet at the blogging scene. Well, this happened: I quit my job as a product category manager in a big garden center. I found a wonderfully beautiful and perfect space for my dream. I started my own business. All this happened in just a few weeks and everything has been going thousands miles since the rocks started rolling. I think I will return in some post to tell you some more about everything but this post is about my current project called Kasvihuone (in English “The Greenhouse”). I’m opening a pop up plant and flower shop for urban gardeners!!! The shop is located in Jyväskylä, Finland (the precise address is Vaasankatu 12 B, if you want to visit). It’s going to start this summer, lasting up to 3 months but after that… you never know… My shop sells mostly useful plants for bigger and smaller urban kitchen gardens, annual flowering plants, flower arrangements and bouquets and some …

PlantLink

In collaboration with PlantLink:   Let’s get one thing straight right at the beginning: I’m a gardener, I work in that field. But that doesn’t mean that when it comes to my own plants at home, I know what I’m doing. Well, I know what I should do but usually that doesn’t work. The instructions that I read from the books or I hear from my colleagues or customers don’t usually work at home when I try to tend my green babies. In my case this old phrase is so correct: “The cobbler’s children have no shoes”. And I think it’s just because I’m lazy. I love plants but I don’t remember to water them correctly, or fertilize or anything more! So you see my problem. But when I got the change to test something new, cool and a bit nerdy to help me with my laziness with watering I wanted to try (and yeah, new technology with plants interests me a lot). Let me introduce: PlantLink! The PlantLink is a wireless soil monitoring system which tells you how often you …

Narsissi by Pentik

Nowadays I usually don’t like very colourful or printed textiles. For years I’ve been more of a muted-simple-colours-girl. But when I saw Pentik‘s (Finnish interior design retailer)  new Easter fabric called Narsissi I surprised myself. I really like it!!! I actually want to buy it! Is it the spring and the light or am I just getting older? I love the water-coloured image and the fresh colours. Some colours for me!   En nykyään oikein tykkää tosi värikkäistä tai kuvioiduista tekstiileistä. Jo vuosia olen ollut enemmän sellainen luonnonläheiset-ja-simppelit-värit-tyttö. Mutta kun näin Pentikin uuden pääsiäismalliston ja erityisesti kankaan nimeltä Narsissi, niin yllätin täysin itseni. Miä oikeasti tykkään siitä!!! Ja haluan hankkia sellaisen itselleni! Onko se tää kevät ja valo vai oonko vain tulossa vanhaksi? Rakastan tuota vesiväritettyä kuvamaailmaa ja noita raikkaita värejä. Vähän värejä mullekin!    

Navet’s Clamp Tray

I bumped into this wonderful product by Swedish Navet group. A tray for plants or anything else but the point is you can attach it to bookshelf or table. And how cool does that look! I love when there’s new and creative ways to use and place plants.   Törmäsin tällaiseen mahtavaan uuteen tuotteeseen, jonka on suunnitellut ruotsalainen Navet-ryhmä. Tarjotin kasveille tai muille ihanille esineille, mutta pointti on se, että sen saa kiinnitettyä kirjahyllyyn tai pöydän reunaan. Ja miten siistiltä se näyttää! Rakastan, kun keksitään uusia ja luovia tapoja käyttää ja sijoitella kasveja.  

‘Lines for Life’ for Singapore

I guess everyone knows New York’s High Line nowadays. I love that project and I think world needs more projects like that. And so thought Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, too. Redesigning an unused 24 km long rail corridor a Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei is creating an urban park and garden called ‘Lines for Life’ for the people living in Singapore. The construction is starting this year continuing to 2019. I also love the idea of so many masterminds co-operation in this project: there’s designers, architects, bio-engineers, engineers, plant and animal scientists. The park will consist of camping areas, bike lines, different gardens, playgrounds for kids and adults, anything an urban space should and could have. Again, a new spot for me to visit one day…   Kaikki varmaankin nykyään tietävät New Yorkin High linen. Rakastan koko sitä projektia ja mun mielestä maailma tarvitsee myös lisää sellaisia. Ja niin ehkä ajattelivat myös Singaporen kaupungin kunnostamisesta vastaavat viranomaiset. Japanilainen Nikken Sekkei -yritys suunnittelee uusiksi ja luo käyttämättömästä junaradasta 24 km pitkän urbaanin puutarhan ja puiston, ‘Lines of Life‘:n. Rakennustyö …