In my shelf: Ida Lauga

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In this blog series we visit Portal shelf owners in their homes.

This week we visit Ida, Leo, Ava and Gaston Lauga in Gamla Enskede, Stockholm. Ida and Leo are both creators, working as interior stylist and graphic designer. 

The first thing that strikes us when entering is the cosiness of their home. We fall in love with the small ceramics plates and sculptures on shelves and tables, as well as the kids’ art that are decorating the walls.

Do you re-arrange a lot at home?

Oh yes, once every month. In the night when the kids have fallen asleep we take a drink and make plans. The day after we go to Bauhaus, the whole gang. The kids think it’s as much fun as we do. Sometimes we build a headboard and sometimes we re-paint a room. But, sometimes our planning gets a little too spontaneous. Our sofa is actually dark blue, but we ordered it after a couple of glasses of wine. When it came it was way too big and dark. I sewed a new case for it  and now I really like it. 

Your husband Leo is French and you used to live in Paris. What do you miss about it?

I miss the cheese! And that you could find a delicious bottle of wine just around the corner. Maybe 10 pm if you’d like. I miss the spontaneity a little, and apéro! 

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Are there differences between how you and your Paris based friends furnish your homes?

I think Swedes are way more practically oriented compared to the French. Here we want big hallways and laundry rooms and it’s all very functional. Our friends in France have never heard about children safety in the home. They have a sculpture in the hallway instead of a shoe rack. 

But, they never heard about windproof windows or the word Lagom either, so you can choose what ideas to bring back here 🙂

It is such an honor to see Betonggruvan’s furniture in almost every room. Pill mirrors in the bathrooms, Plateau shelf in the hallway and the PORTAL shelving system in both living room and bathroom. 



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Tell us about your shelves. How do you use them?

In the living room we have our finest books, some candle lights and ceramics, and the bigger Portal shelf version also holds the TV, that I don’t really like. I find it so hard to incorporate with the interior. But I think it’s so cosy watching TV, that’s why we still have it. But it still looks nice there on the shelf with the paintings around.

In the bathroom we have a higher version of the shelf. It works so well for towels, baskets and boxes with toilet things. 

What do you like about the shelving system?

I think that it is so flexible. We have already moved it around some times since we re-arrange every now and then, and it really works so well in so many spaces. As storage, of course, but also as a TV bench or a sideboard. For all the rooms in your home!

Before we leave, I must ask about your feeling about interior and small children. 

I don’t want to have temporary furniture until my kids are “big enough”. I don’t want to compromise with the interior and also I want them to grow up in a nice home. Hopefully they will be inspired, and know that they should be careful with some stuff, without having a museum-like home of course. After all, we are all going to live here too. 

 

Thank you so much for having us Ida!

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In my shelf: Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli

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In this blog series we visit Portal shelf owners in their homes. Today we visit Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli.

 

Hi Caroline!
I’m a big fan of your podcast, En varg söker sin podd. You are so funny. Are you funny when it comes to interior decoration as well? What is interior decoration for you? 
I think interior decoration should be about honesty. Beauty is to be found in real life. Interior decoration has become too commercial, all about buying stuff. It should come from within and emerge from real life. You don’t have to consume “the right” stuff. That’s why I like this shelf. It’s a foundation that can evolve. 

 

What do you have in the shelf? 
Mainly children’s books. We read a lot. In the cabinet drawers we have stuff that the 2-year old can destroy the room with: scissors, pencils and colors. 
 

 

This is you kids’ room. How should one think when it comes to kids rooms? 
I think you should make it beautiful for the kids. Not childish. Just because they are kids and can’t spell doesn’t mean you have to have a misspelled sign. That’s ugly. You don’t have to worry about people not understanding that it’s a kid’s room, as long as there’s a kid living there. To dress up children to children and their rooms to “kids’ rooms” are a way to objectify them. 

In this apartment, my boyfriend and I have the small room. It’s wrong to give kids the smaller rooms. They need space to play. A kids room should be a place where they can make stuff. And reach stuff. 
Tell me about the doll house? 
The doll house is inherited from a colleague from a TV show I did. It came in a black garbage bag. The kids think it’s from Santa. 

 

In Caroline’s home we also find the “Lars Norén urn”. It used to be in Betonggruvan’s showroom, not for sale. When the writer Lars Norén came in and wanted to buy the urn I got so nervous that I said no. But when Caroline Ringskog Ferrada-Noli asked the same question, I said yes. Norén, if you read this: we’ll get you an urn as well.

Don’t miss Caroline’s new TV show “Amningsrummet” on SVT December 6th.
 
Thank you for having us Caroline!
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In my shelf: Desiree Maurd

In this blog series we visit Portal shelf owners in their homes. Today we visit Desiree Maurd, PR pro who lives in Stockholm with her son.

Hi Desiree,

First of all, tell us about you!
I’m a mom, a PR professional and lover of books. 

We love your home! Who lives here?
The apartment is located in the Kungsholmen area of Stockholm and I live here with my son Nikolaj, 3 years old. 

Tell us about your home, and what you like the most about it.
It’s my first apartment with high ceilings (3 meters) which I really love. Also it has many windows which feels like a real luxury (except when it’s time to pay the heating bills). Josefine of Betonggruvan is a good friend of mine and she has made me dare to use color when decorating. I used to have all black and white before but now I really understand what makes a home feel cosy. Color! 

What’s in your shelves? You have two.
The bigger one in the living room is almost all books. I was a bit afraid that I wouldn’t fit them all but the loooong shelf over the kitchen entry makes the trick. I have a hard time throwing books away, every one of them means a memory. This means I have many embarrassing books, like the one about Sex And The City 🙂

Our second shelf is brand new and it makes my son’s small room seem bigger. It hasn’t been filled up yet which feels exciting, what things will work best on which shelf? Also the new cabinet drawers are great. A kid’s room tend to be a bit cluttered… 

What made you choose a Portal shelf?
Because it’s rare in the sense that it feels both timeless and super contemporary. Can I have one in every room, please?  

Buy Desiree’s kids room shelf HERE

Thank you for having us Desiree!

In my shelf: Swantje Hinrichsen

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In this blog series we step into the homes of PORTAL shelf owners.

Today we are visiting a dear Betonggruvan favourite: Swantje Hinrichsen.

Hi Swantje! First of all, tell us about you!

I‘m Swantje, 39, a Germany based Art Director, Graphic Designer and Illustrator with a strong focus on Editorial Design, Book Design and playful visual Identities.

Both, my work- and interiorstyle are very graphic, colorthemed and conceptual and i love the fact that i can combine home- and worklife through these characteristics.

My home, my work and colors are kind of my therapy, they keep me stay true to myself, help me changing perspectives, charging my batteries and transfering my emotions and my thoughts.

They are my visual language and part of my DNA.

One month ago i moved to my very own Studio room, where i’ve aimed to have a bright color concept to. There’s a sofa inside as well to have some rests when i need them. Most of all i wanted it to be space where i feel home too, since i’m sitting an working there most time of the day. It’s called my »Buttercreamstudio« because the bright yellow walls look like a huge buttercream cake. =)

Shelving system PORTAL – SWANTJE II €350 – €734

We love your home! Who lives here?

My boyfriend and me. And maybe sometimes some imaginary friends too =)

Tell us about your house, and what you like the most about it:

Our house is an old one, from 1920 i guess. It has three levels and messures about 145 square meters. When you step into the entrance there’s a small hallway (the colorful one with the bikes hanging on the wall), from there you take the stairway up onto the first floor. There you find kitchen, dining- and livingroom and a bathroom. The second floor (under the roof) has a bedroom, a small balcony (and a room attached to it), a workspace/guestroom (we call it the »everythingroom«, cause we also have the clothesrack and the clothing cabinets in it) and another bathroom.

What i like most about the house is, that it has these original old floor in every room (except the bathrooms) and that it’s so calm inside. Sometimes i don’t like the »open living« since i like to be by myself a lot and therefore would like to close a door. But that’s just a teeny tiny small thing.

What’s in your shelf? And why did you choose to have it (your second Betonggruvan shelf!) in your kitchen?

We store some cooking books and breadboxes inside the cupboard with the doors and glasses with meal and stuff, some dishes and fruits in the open part. I chose to have another shelf of yours in the kitchen because i thought it just completes the kitchen interior perfectly with it’s warmth and »lightness«.

Shelving system PORTAL – SWANTJE II €350 – €734

Thank you for having us Swantje!

Buy Swantje’s shelf here.



In my shelf: Flora Wiström

In our new blog series we step into the homes of PORTAL shelf owners.

Today we are visiting Flora Wiström in her apartment on Södermalm in Stockholm. She works as a blogger and writer and also arranges writing couses with her friend and colleague Yrsa Keysendal. That Flora works with books is hard to miss by visiting her: there are books everywhere. 

We enter the apartment and are immediately greeted by the livingroom, painted green. We’re here to talk about Flora’s shelf and books – two things that we both love.

 

Hi Flora!

Who lives here?

Me and my boyfriend Johan.

You have a lot of books in your shelf, tell us about how you sort them!

Maybe it has to do with my need for control, but I sort the books by which ones I have and have not read. And also by paperback and hardcover. I love to own books, as a trophy of how much I read 🙂 

Which book do you want to recommend?

Röd Självbiografi (Red autobiography) by Anne Carson. It is a very thrilling lyrical novel, an interpretation of the myth about Herakles and Geryon. Geryon is a monster that falls in love with Herakles, but Herakles is not that enthusiastic. It’s such a strong story about desire. I just read it in my book club and could not stop reading. It is a very well-written and quite peculiar book.

Hyllsystem PORTAL – FLORA – 15710 kr

 

What about the little drawing behind the plants?

It was a gift I got on my 24th birthday. My boyfriend Johan and I had then been dating for a few months, and since he is an architect he decided to draw me a little cabin where I could sit and write. It was so cute that I could not stop crying. It was never supposed to be built, but more of a sweet gesture to encourage my writing.

 

 

You released the book Hålla andan this year, tell us about it!

It takes place at a public swimming pool. Those places make me feel very uncomfortable, you are exposed and it is so associated with going there with school and being undressed. But there is also something nice about dressing rooms. When I had decided on the location, I involved every part of in the swimming facility in the story, from the roof and the reception to the sauna and the staff room.

The main character is a young elite swimmer that one day disappears. Her siblings are trying to understand why she went away, and it is a story about relationsships and performance. The cover of Hålla Andan is made by Sara Edström who also designed my first book Stanna. She is also the designer of the new issues of Annika Thor’s books.

 

 

Tell us about your shelf.

I used to have a smaller version before, when I lived in a 24 sqm apartment. I then had three sections of the shelf, but after I moved in here and got more space I could add one more section.

When I had just moved in, my best friend and I painted the pinewood shelves in our underwear. I love that they are all painted the same color as the wall, and that the shelf takes up an entire wall. The books and things in my shelf really get to be the main characters in the room. It is easy to move things around in the shelf to give the room a new feeling. I just read that it is good for a room when things move around from time to time. Good for the energy.

Hyllsystem PORTAL – FLORA – 15710 kr

 

Thank you for having us Flora!

Flora’s shelf consists of white shelf ladders and pinewood shelves painted in light green.

Buy Flora’s shelf HERE