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  1. 4 Finnish & Swedish Brands Every Scandinavian Design Lover Should Know

    4 Finnish & Swedish Brands Every Scandinavian Design Lover Should Know

     

    You’ve no doubt heard of hygge, the Danish concept that denotes comfortable living and cozy quarters. Its associated design sensibility has permeated modern decor, and with good reason; interior designers and design aficionados alike appreciate the clean minimalism and natural materials that the aesthetic promises. But don't mistake simplicity for lack of imagination. Scandinavian design, since its emergence in the early 20th century, has long married form and function.

  2. 3 Days in Copenhagen With Lekker’s Design Sales Associate

    3 Days in Copenhagen With Lekker’s Design Sales Associate

     

    Danish brands and designers have produced some of the most iconic furniture, lighting, and accessories on the market.

    Our Design Sales Associate, Maris, recently took a quick trip to Copenhagen to explore the home of some of her favorite brands.

     

  3. Community Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity

    Community Spotlight: Habitat for Humanity

    It’s that time of year: Thanksgiving and the holiday season are around the corner, and it has us thinking a lot about giving. Not only giving to our friends and family (although that too!), but also giving back to our community. We kicked off our season of giving back by partnering with an organization that is near and dear to us: Habitat for Humanity.

     

    Fall and Winter are all about cozying up with loved ones, gathering around the table, and settling in for the colder months ahead. Having a warm comfortable place to call home is especially important at this time of year, which is why we’re so excited to support Habitat in their mission to build homes, community, and hope for those in need.

     

    On October 21, Habitat for Humanity

  4. Community Spotlight: Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty with USES

    Community Spotlight: Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty with USES

    Today, we’ll be speaking about Lekker as little as possible. (You may be thinking, that’s sort of difficult considering this a design journal, but stick with us here.) Since the pandemic has put a hold on our regular volunteering and who knows what it will look like in the future, we want to continuously share the organizations we love, support, and are chatting about behind the scenes. We want to make sure our small business and platform are working to spotlight people and organizations in the community that are mobilizing and doing the work to make Boston a more equitable place to live and working against social, racial, and economic injustices.

    For this community spotlight, we’ll be taking you through the history, mission, and innovations of 129-year-old South End institution, United South End Settlements, USES for short. An organization that works tirelessly

  5. Two Small Space Approaches by Studio Fauve

    Two Small Space Approaches by Studio Fauve

    This week we wanted to look at two Brooklyn spaces: one apartment in Bed-Stuy and one apartment in Greenpoint, designed by interior design studio, Studio Fauve, a master of making small spaces seem open and bright. We featured another NY project by the studio last year that serves as a great introduction to designer Charlotte Sylvain's style and approach. In the projects we're talking about today, Studio Fauve uses multi-purpose custom wood pieces to anchor the spaces and help make the most of a smaller footprint while not sacrificing beauty.

    Right now, it's easy to feel stuck in the sameness of life or feel too big for our spaces, so we all could use a reminder about the power of intentional design in improving our moods. If you want to explore this concept further,

  6. The Art Gallery Inspired Offices of Roc Nation

    The Art Gallery Inspired Offices of Roc Nation

    Whatever your work reality is right now in this new year, we're all thinking harder about what we need in a workspace right now: how it should feel, what it should offer, and where we want to be. Whether you can't imagine being back, you love working from home, or maybe you never left – the future of co-working spaces is in the balance. Because of that, we want to talk about the office of all the offices, the Roc Nation headquarters in NYC owned by none other than Jay-Z. Besides the obvious cool-factor of working there, the interiors are expansive, art-focused, and built for the creative collaboration we're desperate to resume. Filled with so many of our favorite pieces from Blu Dot to Knoll, we hope this is welcome inspiration to start the new

  7. A Snowy Escape in Vermont's Green Mountains

    A Snowy Escape in Vermont's Green Mountains

    Whether you're a nationwide Zillow aficionado or a local Airbnb hunter – is it impossible to not dream of other places right now. We love playing the game of looking far and wide at feats of architecture, dream interiors, or design hotels, this site is a personal favorite to bookmark for the future. But most often we're cruising homes in New England that are at least in the realm of geographical possibility. We're not here to wish for snow yet by any means, but we are admiring the quiet and the cozy in all forms. A recent project in the Green Mountains of Vermont found its way to our screens by architectural studio and building company Birdseye, its inspired by board + batten siding and tucked between a meadow and forest. It's a sight to be seen.

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  8. Lawless Design Creates Boho Interior In '40s House by Marcel Breuer

    Lawless Design Creates Boho Interior In '40s House by Marcel Breuer

    A trend we know everyone can't help but keep tabs on is the excess of folks and rhetoric around departing cities for different pastures  – whether that means a faster jump to the classic suburban move or looking for a semi-rural area to call home. Sometimes a location jump is exactly what you need for a physical or spiritual restart, we stumbled upon a design project by Lawless Design from 2017-2019 that dealt with a couple feeling the same way, wanting to leave Somerville after they found out they were expecting but in looking to keep their style found a house from the 1940s designed by Bauhaus Design leaders Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. Quite serendipitous right?

    Architecture: Henrybuilt

  9. The Design AirBnb of Our Dreams is Right in Our Backyard

    The Design AirBnb of Our Dreams is Right in Our Backyard

    As anyone living in a city can tell you, we're all desperately looking for a safe excursion into nature, a brook to call home, or an idyllic meadow to inhabit sustainably and possibly never return. Ahem, or maybe just a tent in the Berkshires where we can forget the current world for a long weekend.

    If you're asking us, there's one place that hasn't left our minds since we saw it. It's an Airbnb design concept called PIECES Homes located on the coast of Maine, and the interiors are otherwordly. So, what makes it a concept? Most of the furniture and decor featured in the home is from a product line called PIECES, created by Brooklyn-based design firm An Aesthetic Pursuit. We think it's the perfect place for a design-forward stay, a photo-shoot, or anything

  10. An 1800s Department Store Becomes A Greenwich Village Loft

    An 1800s Department Store Becomes A Greenwich Village Loft

    Amongst our frequent musings and deep dives into worldly interiors or feats of architecture outside of our New England stratosphere, we do find ourselves on the flip side, searching for spaces that are simple, light, and offer a sense of normalcy to our design eyes. A project rich with history completed last winter that we go back to again and again is a clean-lined one-bedroom apartment by the Brooklyn-based Studio Fauve, owned by designer Charlotte Sylvain.

    Besides the design of the interior being one that offers a sense of serenity, the building

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