Danish brands: Michelle Carlslund Illustration

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a picture of a super cute Michelle Carlslund print recently. I first came across her work when I saw some posters and prints at the Finderskeepers pop-up store earlier this year, where I also purchased the “Don’t forget to kiss” print.

Photo via michellecarlslund.com

 

The talented young Danish designer aims to create playful, warm, and nostalgic designs, and I for one am completely in love with her cute and quirky characters and the generally whimsical feeling about her artwork. Michelle’s process includes designs that are cut and glued, others are ink drawings or use watercolors. Some of the recurring motifs include sailors and nautical scenes as well as animals, like a tiger or an incredibly adorable bear.

Photo via michellecarlslund.com

 

One thing I especially like is that all of her posters are printed on eco-friendly stone paper, which is made from limestone. The production uses no water, trees or bleach, and releases only half as much CO2 as conventional paper production.

You can find Michelle Carlslund’s prints in a number of stores around Copenhagen, including at Magasin (here’s a store locator) as well as in her web shop or via Etsy. In her store, you’ll also find the cutest printed tote bags!

‘ Photo via michellecarlslund.com

Side note: “Bee keeping for dummies“?! I’m dying! This is too cute!!!

Photo via michellecarlslund.com

 

I’m sure over time many more of her prints will be making their way into my home. I completely fell in love with that bear, and I’m a sucker for anything nautical, so there will be tough choices to make!

What do you think about Michelle’s designs? Which one is your favorite?

So many pretty things: Finderskeepers Pop-Up Shop Party

Finderskeepers is a small designer trade fair and market taking place in Copenhagen and Århus. It’s a venue for small businesses, artists and designers to showcase their work, for example in clothing, accessories, interior design, decorations, jewelry, prints, and so much more. If you, like me, are fascinated by smaller brands and individual designers showing great craftsmanship, you should definitely check out their homepage and mark your calendar for the 6th and 7th September, when the market takes place in Copenhagen again.

If you simply can’t wait until then, no reason to get sad now, because the lovely folks from Finderskeepers have set up a pop-up shop in the stylish Avenue Boutique Hotel on the border between the hip areas of Frederiksberg and Nørrebro, and were hosting an opening party on Saturday (which was one of my tips for the weekend).

In the small but cozy and stylish bar and lounge area of the hotel, you were able to enjoy a beer from Nørrebro Bryghus, a local microbrewery, or a maté maté ice tea, while nibbling on some chocolates and browsing through the small tables with the goodies. Brands on sale in the store include SilleKnotte (beautiful leather accessories, I have my eye on the leather shelf straps!), Handcrafted CPH and Nanna Fjord with their simplistic and beautiful jewelry, and many graphic designers and artists with their prints and artwork. I walked away with a small print from Sofie Børsting (who I’ve previously talked about) and one from Michelle Carlslund, who creates the most adorable, playful, almost child-like prints.

Below are some impressions from the shop.

The cozy lounge at Avenue Hotel

The cozy lounge at Avenue Hotel

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Danish brands: Pernille Corydon Jewellery

I’ve been wanting to start writing about Danish brands I come across, especially those that might not be as popular or known outside of Denmark. I just think that the Danes have a special style and eye for design - it’s a question of taste, of course, but I really like the clarity and simplicity, the clean lines and almost monochromatic colors. And I’ve recently come across the jewelry from Pernille Corydon, and I find them very timeless and stylish, while at the same time elegant and feminine. So that’s why I’m introducing them here today!

Her jewellery is described on her homepage as follows, which I find very fitting: “Scandinavian simplicity inspired by geometric shapes characterizes the work of Pernille Corydon. The Danish designer creates distinct, modern jewellery stripped of excess. What
remains is a pure and feminine expression that matches women of
all ages from all parts of the world.

I’ve recently bought the “Multi Coin Ring” in gold, and it’s beautiful. I stood in the store and could quite literally have bought ALL of her earrings and rings! So pretty!

Multi coin ring

Multi coin ring

 

It comes with matching earrings as well (might have to get those, too!). But I really like all her stuff, and you should definitely check it out!

Pernille Corydon rings

Pernille Corydon rings

Pernille Corydon necklaces

Pernille Corydon necklaces

Pernille Corydon earrings

Pernille Corydon earrings

 

Pernille Corydon Jewellery

http://uk.pernillecorydon.com/

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