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There are a million different monthly subscription boxes out there—ones for dogs, for people with curly hair, for cosmetics junkies, for craft project lovers, and so on. I have never subscribed to one, though. I tend to be slightly (not slightly) picky about what I buy, and surprises (even gifts—I’m horrible) make me nervous. A box full of carefully-chosen Scandinavian stuff, though? Well, it’s tough to go wrong when that task is put in the right hands. Enter Skandicrush, the Scandinavian subscription box!

Ana Denmark (her real name, I swear—and yes, that was the first question I asked her), the founder of Skandicrush, contacted me a while back asking if I’d be interested in reviewing the debut box for the blog. It took me all of 2 minutes spent checking out the sample boxes before replying to Ana with a resounding YES! How could I say no?!

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And then I waited. Oh, the anticipation! I was so excited when the October box arrived at my office last week—I totally get the whole subscription box thing now. It felt like my birthday! I had to force myself to wait until I got home to open it up so I’d be able to take photos in a setting that didn’t involve fluorescent lights and industrial carpeting.

So, what was inside this magical box of fika-themed Scandinavian goodness? All sorts of good things!

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Wheee!!! SO MUCH PRETTY. The total retail value of everything together is about $90, so the Skandicrush box price—$50/month with an ongoing subscription, $60/month for individual orders*—is quite a good deal. Yes, you’re putting faith in Ana’s ability to assemble a collection of items every month that you’ll love, but judging by this first box and the samples on the site, she really knows what she’s doing. I’ve already signed up for an ongoing subscription, and I’m really excited for my next box!

Ana kindly created a discount code for Door Sixteen readers, if you’re interested in subscribing or ordering a box. Between now and October 31, you’ll get $15 off your first box when you enter the code D16-OCT at checkout.

NOTE: Apparently some folks are getting a DNS or “server not found” error when they try to place an order on the Skandicrush website. If this is happening to you, please contact Skandicrush directly at hello@skandicrush.com so that Ana and her team can get your order taken care of. Sorry for the trouble!

*By the way, Ana just let me know that she’s added an option to order just 2 or 3 boxes at a time, a perfect gift option for a lucky Scandinavian design lover in your life.

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I haven’t decided what I’ll use the wood-lidded airtight Sagaform storage container for yet, but it’s definitely going in the kitchen. I’m thinking it might be perfect for teabags. The oak tongs look so nice with the container, and they’re just right for yanking bread out of the toaster without burning your fingers or electrocuting yourself. Safety first!

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Eek! So cute. I love love love this little Diamond Box from Areaware. The lid is held in place with two strong magnets, making it a perfect place to hide real diamonds (not that I have any of those—but I have a good imagination) or favorite cookie fortunes.

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You already know I love these Geometry cups from Ferm Livingobviously. I’ve written about Ferm’s Geometry collection several times, and I’m excited to finally own a couple of pieces! I’m in a bit of a state of mug overload right now, so one of these sweet cups will be used for holding makeup brushes in the bathroom, and the other will probably get to just sit around looking pretty.

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Thanks so much for giving me the chance to review the first Skandicrush box, Ana! I couldn’t be happier, and I am really looking forward to seeing what’s in the November box. I’m sure it will be beautiful!

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This has to be a FAST post because I’m running out the door, but I just wanted to give you a heads-up that the FULL SIZE (63×95″), large Pia Wallen Cross blanket (with which you know I’m obsessed) is currently reduced to $99 at Urban Outfitters. That’s a MASSIVE reduction!!

FYI: This is the felted cotton version of the Cross blanket (the same one I have on my bed), not the wool Crux blanket that costs a million dollars and is never in stock. I love my Cross blanket, though—rest assured it’s excellent quality.

I didn’t even realize they stocked the large blanket until D16 reader Esra (THANK YOU, ESRA!!) emailed me this afternoon. I knew they’d been stocking the smaller crib-sized Cross blanket (31×49″) for a while, but it seems you can only get to the large-size blanket by Googling or with a direct link. CRAZY.

ALSO: Apparently Urban Outfitters is offering free shipping today, AND the code “FALL2014″ will generate a 10% discount. Bananas. I wasn’t able to get the discount code to work with PayPal, FYI, so I had to do a regular transaction and enter the code at the very end.

OK, go get yourself a blanket!! (Hopefully this isn’t some big mistake on Urban Outfitters’ part, haha.)

UPDATE: The blanket is sold out already. Sorry, guys. :(

NOTE: The in-stock Cross blanket that’s still listed on the Urban Outfitters site for $99 is NOT the full-size! That’s the crib/throw version, and it’s only (31×49″). CHECK THE LISTING DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY BEFORE ORDERING. The full-size (63×95″) blanket has been out of stock since September 15th.

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Last week I mentioned that I had styled a couple of rooms for the new Society6 lookbooks. They’re up now! I’ve never done anything like this before, and it was a real challenge. They asked me to pick out a couple dozen items (I was given free rein, so rest assured 100% of what’s in the lookbooks is there by my choice alone), and then I spent a weekend setting up a staged bedroom and workspace in my house. FUN!

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Society6 “In Flux” workspace lookbook

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Society6 has a special sale going right now to promote the In Flux collection: $10 off $75/$15 off $100/$30 off $150. The sale ends tonight (Sunday) at midnight PST, so if you’ve been wanting a bunch of stuff, now’s the time to get in there quickly.

As always, if you have any questions about the products themselves (whether they’re from my own K IS FOR BLACK shop or any of the others), please feel free to ask—I’ll give you my honest opinion about everything. Also, just for the sake of full disclosure, I was not paid to write this post (they didn’t even ask me to write a post) or to style the lookbooks, but I did get to keep the stuff I picked out and photographed.

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Society6 “In Flux” bedroom lookbook
Featuring designs by: K IS FOR BLACK; RK // Design; Nicklas Gustafsson; Kurt Rahn; Party in the Mountains; Terry Fan; Garima Dhawan; Fieldguided; Budi Satria Kahn; Beth Hoeckel; Man & Camera; Matthew Korbel-Bowers; Georgiana Paraschiv.

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Society6 “In Flux” workspace lookbook
Featuring designs by: Priscila Peress; K IS FOR BLACK; Nicklas Gustafsson; Matthew Korbel-Bowers; Bree Madden; Justin Cooper; Beth Hoeckel; Georgiana Paraschiv; Laura Moreau; Thoughtcloud; Wasted Rita; Dawn Gardner; David Olenick; Jesse Draxler; Fieldguided; Tordis Kayma; Julia Kostreva.

Sometime late last year, I heard about a new site for buying and selling furniture called Chairish. The idea behind Chairish is that you can shop for pre-loved, pre-owned (OK, used) furnishings without having to sift through a bunch of junk. Everything for sale on Chairish has been approved by its staff curators, who have what professionals in the industry like to call “good taste.” Aside from selecting great stuff, Chairish also screens sellers and handles the shipping (where applicable—local pickup is also often an option), so you don’t need to worry about driving four hours and finding out that the credenza you thought you were buying was already sold while you were on your way there.

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On the selling side, things get really good: You can either take your own good-quality photos of the stuff you’re selling (Chairish provides the silhouetting services!), or you can have a Chairish pro come to where you are and take photos for you if you’re in the Boston, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Greensboro, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, or Seattle areas. They’ll even do all the measuring and description-writing, too, if you want. When larger furniture items sell, Chairish partners with a white-glove shipping company who will come and pick up your dresser/table/sofa/whatever to be delivered to its new owner. I don’t know about you, but the main thing stops me from selling big pieces of furniture online (I’m looking at you, Heywood-Wakefield dresser) is not wanting to have to deal with getting the thing out of my house and arranging to have it shipped. And yes, they have an iPhone app (direct link) that makes the whole process ridiculously easy.

But enough about selling, let’s talk about BUYING! Chairish is hosting a giveaway for a $250 site credit for Door Sixteen readers! You can shop from my collection or from everything else on Chairish.

Giveaway time! Here’s how it works:
Enter your email address on the Door Sixteen + Chairish giveaway page.
Entries will be accepted from April 2nd through April 15.
One lucky winner will receive a $250 site credit to shop at Chairish! Yay!
If you’re the winner, I’ll notify you via email.

When Chairish approached me about putting together a collection of things I love and covet, I spent an afternoon looking at everything on the site. Before I knew it, I had marked 87 things as favorites. EIGHTY-SEVEN. I managed to narrow it down a little bit, and you can see my top 30-ish picks over there. Instead of just leaving you with a collection, though, I thought it would be fun to pull out my 12 favorite-favorites and show how I’d use them in a Door Sixteen-ish way.

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1. Room & Board Harding Queen Sleeper Sofa
2. Pink Dyed Grain Sack Pillows
3. Yaacov Agam Signed & Numbered Serigraph
4. Vintage Brass Candlesticks- Set of 3
5. Original Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Rocker
6. Vintage Kantha Pillow
7. Walnut Tambour Door Credenza by Milo Baughman
8. Royal Holland Pewter Coffee Service Set with Tray
9. Distressed Pair of IB Kofod Danish Lounge Chairs
10. Patrick Townsend White Orbit Chandelier
11. Black Square Boucherouite Rug
12. Danish Modern Teak Marble Top Coffee Table

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Vintage neutrals + bright textures. Well, if that doesn’t look like Door Sixteen, I don’t know what does. Black upholstery can be very somber-looking, and there’s nothing more satisfying than throwing on a few brightly-colored cushions and watching the whole mood of the piece change instantly. I love the combination of black, wood, and hot pink! I want to curl up on in one of these chairs and wait for someone to bring me coffee.

Shown here: Distressed Pair of IB Kofod Danish Lounge Chairs, Pink Dyed Grain Sack Pillows, Royal Holland Pewter Coffee Service Set with Tray

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Bold graphics + warm wood + metal. I know there are people who can’t get enough brass ‘n glass in their lives, but I personally prefer metals when they’re paired with much softer materials like rich, warm wood tones. I hadn’t heard of Israeli artist Yaacov Agam until I started putting this post together, but now I love his work! Check him out if you’re into op-art and color theory. Great stuff.

Shown here: Walnut Tambour Door Credenza by Milo Baughman, Vintage Brass Candlesticks- Set of 3, Yaacov Agam Signed & Numbered Serigraph, Original Herman Miller Eames Fiberglass Rocker

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Contemporary high-low + mixed vintage patterns. I don’t mean high-end and low-end, I mean literally high in the room and low in the room—something contemporary on the floor, and something contemporary on the ceiling. As much as I love vintage furniture, when you’re using a lot of mismatched vintage patterns, it can all start to look kind of kitschy and retro if everything else in the room is also vintage. Trust me on this—just two contemporary, neutral-colored pieces will take the edge off and make everything feel pulled together and fresh.

Shown here: Room & Board Harding Queen Sleeper Sofa, Patrick Townsend White Orbit Chandelier, Black Square Boucherouite Rug, Vintage Kantha Pillow

There’s TONS more stuff hand-picked by me in the Door Sixteen collection at Chairish, which is where I’m headed now to ogle coffee tables and lamps. I should probably be thinking about doing some spring cleaning and selling a few things, too—our basement has become quite the dumping ground for some really nice pieces of furniture that followed us home but don’t physically fit in our house or apartment. Sigh. Someday!

p.s. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

This post was written in partnership with Chairish, but all thoughts, opinions, and selections are entirely my own.

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IKEA’s 2013 limited edition collection, TRENDIG, is just now becoming available in the US, but we have another one to look forward to* soon: BRÅKIG. And ohhhh, it’s good. Lots of pale wood and bright colors and geometric patterns.

*UPDATE: Actually, if you’re in North America, you have nothing to look forward to, because BRÅKIG will not be sold here. Heavy sigh…

Designed by Danish art collective ArtRebels, BRÅKIG includes modified versions of existing IKEA pieces (the FROSTA stool and my favorite LERBERG trestles—that’s them above, re-imagined in COPPER [!!!] with a thin plywood top), as well as entirely new works.

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I’m in love with that wood rack/stand thingy, right down to the copper hooks. I have absolutely no idea what I’d use it for, but I feel like I need it in my life anyway. If I had a need to hang 20 dish towels and some mugs in one spot, I’d be all over it. (OK, I’m sure there’s an obvious, practical use for it that’s just not occurring to me. Blankets? But then what are the hooks for?) Anyway, it’s pretty. Those ice cream-colored FROSTA stools are pretty, too, though I think I’d only want the pink one. (Remember my FROSTA makeover? The FROSTA has been discontinued here for so long.)

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Cups! Saucers! Trays! A whole line of textiles! These triangle patterns remind me of IKEA’s own 2008 textile collections (I still have mine squirreled away), Eugen Trost’s Zebra ceramics, and of course Sven Markelius’s classic Ljungbergs Pythagoras pattern—not to mention more recent designs by House of Rym and Ferm Living. These elongated triangles have become a staple of Scandinavian design over the past half century, and I love seeing the theme continue through so many new designers’ works.

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The multicolored knobs on the BRÅKIG dresser are great. I’m surprised by how much I like this, though I can’t imagine having it in my house. Maybe it’s because the knobs remind me of the SNODD cabinet knobs I used in my old, old apartment kitchen—they were really nice, so of course IKEA discontinued them immediately. I hope whoever lives in that apartment now appreciates them.

And THE CHAIR! It comes in a couple of pastel shades, too, but I think the unpainted (birch?) version is nicest. I like that the back is cut from a single piece of wood. I kind of want to paint black “socks” on it, though, just to break up all the wood a little.

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These art prints aren’t available from IKEA, but I thought it would be fun to include them anyway. ArtRebels have put together a whole selection of artwork inspired by the BRÅKIG collection, and yes, they ship to the US. My favorites (clockwise) are these by Camillia Konradsen, Sara Gade, Kristina Green Bonne, and WAAITT. Hooray for discovering new artists and designers!

You can read more about the BRÅKIG collection and see pictures of some of the other stuff in the line on ArtRebel’s blog. The full collection contains 36 pieces, so there’s a lot more to come! IKEA doesn’t have anything on their site yet, but the products are due to roll out in Europe beginning in February. No word yet on when we’ll see BRÅKIG in the US, but hopefully soon—there are a few pieces I know I’m going to want to bring home with me. UPDATE: Unfortunately, the BRÅKIG collection will not be sold in North America.

And here’s the BRÅKIG line as it progressed, as presented in a fun video by ArtRebels

I’m not sure I ever really noticed it until I started designing stuff for my own shop (which is turning out to be surprisingly pink-heavy), but I really do have a thing for pink. Not only screaming-hot neon pink, but a much softer, paler, gentler pink — shell pink, pale corals…blush, if you will. I think my obsession probably started when I was working on the design for sfgirlbybay, when I realized how great pale pinks look alongside black, white, marble and wood — my favorite tones and textures.

To be honest, this wishlist I’ve put together here probably could have been 15x longer. Once I started going through my Etsy Page and my Dropmarks and all of the miscellaneous junk all over my desktop, I found a whole lot of pink. I managed to narrow it down, though, and these are my favorites! I might still need to do a part two…

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1. Two Circles print, K IS FOR BLACK
2. Ornament Pastel Wooden Blocks, Sketch.inc
3. Short Stacked Candlestick, Kate Spade Saturday
4. Origami Paper Lamp Shade, Re-Born
5. Alfabet Poster, Leise Dich Abrahamsen
6. Pink Clay Facial Mask, Herbivore Botanicals
7. I AM HUMAN AND I NEED MONEY JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE DOES print, Wasted Rita

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1. Mayor Sofa, &tradition
2. Nerd Chair, Muuto
3. Ink’d Pink, Sketch.inc
4. TS Berfa ampersand poster, Robert Wilson/Typespec
5. Wide-Rim Bowls, Kate Spade Saturday
6. Teepee Quilted Pillow, Ferm Living
7. Block Table, Normann Copenhagen
8. Wire Basket, Ferm Living

Happy New Year! To celebrate the arrival of 2014, I thought I’d put together a post about a brand that everyone else was talking about at the beginning of 2013, because that’s how far behind I am in picking up on things. I basically have my finger on the pulse of a hibernating bear, what can I say?

I heard about Kate Spade Saturday when the site launched last year, of course, but other than a few quick visits to the site to admire the graphic design, I kind of just put it out of my head. The Kate Spade main line isn’t a brand I pay attention to because the clothes really aren’t my style, so when Kate Spade Saturday came along, I wasn’t particularly interested. I get a lot of “saw this, thought of you” emails and tweets about Saturday stuff, though, so I finally took some time to check out the non-clothing items. Boy, have I been missing out! So much nice stuff…and pretty reasonable prices, too.

Wow, that was long-winded. Let’s get to it! Here are some of my favorite things from Kate Spade Saturday’s home line:

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1. Pyramid Picture Frame
Yes, that’s a triangular picture frame! It’s a glass sandwich held together by magnets, so you could really put anything in there, not just a piece of triangular art. So cool.
2. Wide-Rim Nesting Bowls
3. Tall Painted Vase
4. Graphic Pitcher
So very Bauhaus-ish! This pitcher is at the top of my wishlist. I like that it’s not MASSIVE, either. Just the right size.
5. Two-Color Napkins
OK wait, maybe I want these napkins more than the pitcher. They do look nice together…

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1. Carpet Pillowcase in Sunspot
You need to look at this pillow on the Saturday site and click to view it super-close. The texture is really, really nice. So wooly and chunky!
2. Saturday Morning Mug
This mug would look right at home in this room, yes?
3. Geometric Salt & Pepper Shakers
4. Desk Lamp
5. Circle Picture Frame
Same concept as the triangular frame above, but round. And pink. Just the right pink, too.
6. Positive-Negative Blanket
It’s reversible! The other side of the blanket is black with a white circle. Want.

Again, Happy New Year. I hope you’ve all had a little time to relax and decompress after the craziness of the last few months. I’ll be back on Monday with pictures of projects I’ve been working on at the house! Have a great weekend. xx

I was recently invited to become a member of Etsy Pages, which is sort of like Etsy favorites but specifically for bloggers and brands (or, to use a word which sounds to me like a type of breath mints, “tastemakers”). This past week I finally started getting the Door Sixteen Etsy Page in order, and man…it’s FUN.

There are lots of social shopping sites all over the place now, and I don’t use any of them (or Pinterest, for that matter), but for me this is a natural. I already post my Etsy wishlists here on the blog, so it makes sense. Anything I add to my Etsy Page links directly to that item in the seller’s shop, and no third party is taking away any of the profits. I like that.

You can follow Door Sixteen on Etsy here:

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When you follow Etsy Pages, the stuff I add to my lists will show up in your activity. I never used to follow people on Etsy because I didn’t really understand the point, but now I get it. MORE STUFF TO BUY!

I have a bunch of lists set up already, but my favorite one to look at is my black + white collection. I want all of these things…

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curated by Door Sixteen on Etsy

Door Sixteen on Etsy Pages

OK, so maybe this is a little obsessive. Remember that perfect room in my post about the Jacobsen Mayor sofa? Well, I felt compelled to try to track down where every last thing in it comes from, from lamps to textiles to art. And I almost managed to do it! See, this is exactly why I have a blog.

This post is sponsored by the 20oz cup of coffee I had at 10PM last night.

Furnishings and décor first…

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1. Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair
2. Ferm Living Copper Cup
3. Kay Bojesen Dog
4. Le Klint 101C pendant lamp
5. Ferm Living Copper Tray (no longer available, alas)
6. Bestlite BL2 Table Lamp
7. Ferm Living Black Stripe Cushion
8. FujiFilm X100S Camera
9. &tradition Arne Jacobsen Mayor Sofa
10. UO Danish Modern Coffee Table (not exactly the same, but close…)
11. IKEA Söften Rug
12. Kähler Love Song Vases

So, it’s driving me CRAZY that I can’t figure out where that pillow with the moon and trees comes from. Does anyone know? Here’s a larger version of the photo. Same for the navy pillow with the tiny dots. And the candle holder. And if you want to get really crazy (I do…) the books on the table. I don’t want to tell you how long I spent trying to decipher what it says on the spine of the bottom book in the stack.

UPDATE: The mystery pillow is by Nord from Kaiku! Thank you, thank you, Camilla!! Yay.

And now on to the artwork…

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1. “Small Talk,” One Must Dash (also from Artsy Modern in the US)
2. “Elements of Birds I,” Mintstudio
3. “Punk,” Kristina Dam
4. “Lola,” Samantha Totty
5. “Wild Stripes,” RK Design
6. Various exhibition posters from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark

Unfortunately, it looks like none of the Louisiana exhibition posters are available online, but it’s possible that they still have them for sale at the museum gift shop. I’d love to get my hands on that Walton Ford poster! His work is nuts. For the life of me, I cannot find that blue poster with the big black A on it. At first I thought it might’ve been cut off of the Artek logo, but the counter space is wrong. Any ideas?

UPDATE: The blue A poster is from Playtype. Thank you, Maaret!!

Even though I can’t have THE sofa, I am going to order a few of these prints! The Le Klint lamp is now also on my wishlist. (The only thing in the room I already own is that IKEA rug, which is sort of funny.)

The room of my desire was styled by Nicola Kragh Riis and photographed by Line Klein for ALT Interiør magazine. Nicola is obviously a genius! Here’s Line’s photo again in full, for reference:

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Photo by Line Klein (see more) for ALT Interiør // Styling by Nicola Kragh Riis

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Photo by Line Klein (see more) for ALT Interiør // Styling by Nicola Kragh Riis

OK, that’s just perfect. Yep, we’re all done here, no need to look at any more interiors, ever. Bye, everyone!!

(EDIT: The more I look at this room, the more I love it. I’m going to post a breakdown tomorrow of everything in it with links to the artists’ shops and the lamps and so on!)

You know when it’s 2AM and you can’t sleep so you’re watching videos of porcupines eating pumpkin and obsessively searching for vintage rugs on eBay and then you start looking at all of the nice Danish furniture you can’t afford and fantasizing about a wealthy benefactor giving you one just because…and also paying off your mortgage at the same time? Well, that’s how I cope with insomnia, and it was on a sleepless night a few weeks ago that I realized the Mayor sofa from &tradition is truly the stuff my dreams (well, the ones I’d have if I could fall asleep) are made of.

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In 1939, Danes Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen designed Søllerød Town Hall (now Rudersdal Rådhus) and everything in it, including the Mayor sofa. As far as I can tell from pasting Danish text into Google translate, the sofa was never in full production as a consumer product. Danish furniture company &tradition changed that this year, and the Mayor sofa is now available in a bunch of colors, fabrics and wood options. In the US, it’s carried by A+R.

LOOK AT IT, LOOK AT IT. That’s the best sofa ever, right? The way the high back curves into the arms, the thin seat cushion, the subtle tufting, those sturdy wood legs and the exposed frame…yes, yes, yes. This is everything I’ve ever wanted from a sofa. Well, not everything, because it’s totally and completely forever out of my budget, but hey, this is a fantasy.

Arne Jacobsen did everything just right. Sigh.

More fantasizing: Maybe DWR will start carrying it and I’ll find one at the Annex for $500. And it’ll just have, like, a little coffee stain on it that I can cover with a pillow. I would accept the coffee stain, and maybe even love the sofa a little more because of its flaw. That’s how it would be. My sofa.

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Photo by Line Klein (see more) for ALT Interiør // Styling by Nicola Kragh Riis