Scandinavian Design – &Tradition

A quote from the founder of &Tradition – “We want to connect with the old masters, while giving space to new designers to define what will become future classics. We see a kinship between the old masters, who were avant-garde in their time, and new designers creating the ground-breaking icons of today”.

 &Tradition is a Danish design company established in 2010 with the founding principle being tradition tied to innovation. Their unique library of furniture and lighting spans from the 1930s to the present day and includes designs by internationally renowned designers.

One of their most iconic products is the Flowerpot Light  designed by Verner Panton. The Flowerpot light with its two semi-circular spheres facing each other has long proved its lasting design quality and is just as much an icon of our time. 

Scandinavian Design - Flowerpot Light
Simple and colourful – Flowerpot light by Verner Panton
Newer stand out pieces by &Tradition include the Mayor Sofa. A re-issue designed by Arne Jacobsen. Mayor sofa was created for Søllerød City Hall, built 1939-1942. The Danish architects Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen were responsible for the entire town hall aesthetic appearance, from the design of the entire building to furniture and small details such as door handles. The two architects created many award-winning buildings together, and at the time furniture designs came second. Together they created, in addition to Søllerød Town Hall, numerous of other award-winning projects. Now, more than 70 years later, the team receives yet another award for their astonishing designs. Recently the MAYOR sofa has won the award for “Best Reissue” in the prestigious Wallpaper* Design Award 2013.

Scandinavian Design - Mayor Sofa by &Tradition
Beautiful Mayor Sofa designed by Arne Jacobsen, love the green colour

With the Shuffle Table Mia Hamborg gives new life to the old Nordic craft tradition of turning wood by adding the colour and playful forms from old painted wooden toys. It’s up to you where you want to put this fine piece of furniture and being truly Nordic and democratic, you can even decide the form and height of the table. This new black marble version is stunning and adds an element of sophistication, great example of clever Scandinavian Design.

Scandinavian Design - &Tradition Shuffle table in black marble
&Tradition Shuffle table in black marble
One of the most respected designers of modern time – Benjamin Hubert has also designed lights for &Tradition. The spinning-top toy, a childhood favourite, inspires to the joyful form of the Spinning Light along with the process of metal spinning. Here, form truly meets function in an innovative way. It’s sleek, it’s sexy and it’s sure to become a new classic.

Scandinavian Design - White Spinning Light by Benjamin Hubert
White Spinning Light by Benjamin Hubert
The Catch Chair is another favourite designed by Jamie Hayon. Catch Chair’s armrests extend from the shell like literal limbs, ready to embrace you as you sit down. In addition to being a witty personification, it is also an eye-catching piece of design. Serpentine lines give it a playful lightness that is counterbalanced by a sturdy, well-balanced base and legs that ensure maximum comfort. Available in many fabric and leather options.

Scandinavian Design - Catch Chair by Jamie Hayon for &Tradition
Catch Chair by Jamie Hayon for &Tradition
&Tradition are not one of the most well known Scandinavian brands but we love them!

The Team at Cimmermann

Salone 2014 Milan – The Fair

Salone furniture fair is over for another year. Here we bring you our favourite moments from the fair.

Punt had some really exciting new products. The Literatura Light and new Stockholm sideboards were particularly cool.

Stockholm Low Sideboard by Punt
Stockholm low sideboard from Punt new black metal top
Salone 2014 - New Literatura Light from Punt
New Literatura Light from Punt

For the first time Tom Dixon exhibited in the main hall at the Salone fair. His stand as expected was stunning. With clusters of Beat lights, mirrorballs and new furniture it was a feast for the eyes.

Salone - New from Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon new Gold Mirror Ball suspension lights
Salone - New Tom Dixon Beat Lights
New Grey Beat Lights from tom Dixon
Tom Dixon Cell Lights
Tom Dixon Cell Lights
Tom Dixon - the man himself
Tom Dixon – the man himself

Kartell went for a Precious Gold theme and it sure lived upto the billing. A collection of classics and new products in Gold, Silver and Copper Hues. Who should brush past us looking at his new designs, none other than legendary designer Philippe Starck.

Kartell - Precious Gold
Kartell – Precious Gold, Masters, Componibilli, Gnome and much more all in gold, copper or silver
Philippe Starck on the Kartell Stand
Philippe Starck on the Kartell Stand
Kartell new Masters Chairs
Kartell new Masters Chairs

Vitra didn’t fail to impress with some stunning new pieces from Barber Osgerby – our particular favourite being the Mariposa Sofa, Alexander Girard re-issues and new colours for the Eames Chairs.

 Vitra Mariposa Sofa by Barber Osgerby
New Vitra Mariposa Sofa by Barber Osgerby
Salone 2014 - New Shelving Barber Osgerby
New shelving from Barber Osgerby for Vitra
Salone - Girard new prints from Vitra
Alexander Girard new prints from Vitra
Eames Aluminium Chairs Vitra
New Colours for the iconic Eames Aluminium chairs

Amongst the hundereds of Italian companies stood out the quintessentially British brand SCP and what a breathe of fresh air it was. Re-issues from Jasper Morrison, new Donna Wilson, shelving from Terence Woodgate all very exciting. My only regret Whiskey was being served from 4 but I didn’t quite make it – next year hopefully!!!

SCP at Salone
SCP stand at Salone 2014
SCP Salone
New tables from SCP and Woodgate new slim design sofa
SCP and Jasper Morrison
Jasper Morrison first product designed for SCP re-issue

We has such an exciting time in Milan this year, keep your eyes open on our website for all the new products as and when they are launched but for now bye bye Milan 2014.

The Team at Cimmermann

Spring Into The Outdoors – how to plan a new outdoors for Summer 2014

This year, live outside. Extend the size of your home by using your outdoor space to its best advantage. In the spring and summer, your outdoors can be an extension of your indoors. Imagine enjoying an evening around a cosy outdoor fireplace, lounging in style. Or taking a nap in a luxurious armchair whilst gazing at the stars. We think there are three key areas to consider when planning your outdoors for this summer: furniture, flow and lighting.


No longer simply the realm of deck chairs or rattan, today designers are able to use innovative materials to bring the comfort of indoors, out. Take the Kartell Pop Outdoor Sofa, which now comes in a range of Sunbrella fabrics.

Kartell Pop Outdoor Sofa -Spring
Spring into Summer – Kartell Pop Outdoor Sofa

Remove the distinction between indoor and out. With doors flung wide, stepping onto your deck, terrace or lawn should feel a seamless transition. Outdoor fabrics for awnings and furniture, can match your indoor colour scheme. We love Sunbrella outdoor fabrics  for their palette of 55 solids, influenced by a return to the natural, full of subtle nuances of pure white, ivory, taupe, coffee or ochre brown.  Danish fabric company Kvadrat do some stunning
outdoor fabrics too.

Spring - Kvadrat Waterborn Fabric
Spring Outdoor Fabrics – Kvadrat Waterborn

Forget the glare of a security light. Today’s outdoor lighting can enhance mood and tone from dusk to darkness. The Foscarini Solar Outdoor Floor Light works as lighting, a table, or a contemporary hearth to gather around Or try an Artemide Dioscuri wall light for its soft diffused light.

Spring - Outdoor Foscarini Solar Light
Spring Lights for Outdoor – Foscarini Solar Lights
Bring on the Summer Sunshine!

The Team at Cimmermann

Spring, add a little sunshine

Spring Interiors
Spring – brighten up your interior with our inspiring moodboards

Inject a little bit of spring sunshine to your home to make you smile and escape all the miserable weather, here’s a few ideas….

a) add a cluster of light’s with muuto’s e27 light
b) put some spring flowers in a beautiful muuto vase
c) inject a splash of poppy red with a vitra eames DSR chair
d) add a pop of colour on your sofa with hay puzzle cushions
e) arrange some bright colours on a string pocket

Add these simple but effective additions to your interior to make a real difference and brighten up your life!

The Team at Cimmermann

Our Favourite Homes from TV and the Movies

We often spend years investing in the stories of characters we love – their living spaces becoming our own. Here are a few interior design styles that we adore:

Don and Megan’s Apartment, Mad Men

Don: Let yourself out, lock the door behind you…as a courtesy.
Faye: You want to leave me here? You sure?
Don: I’m taking everything interesting with me.
Don and Megan’s huge, modern (for the 60s) pad is as intricately put together as every other Mad Men set. This is a place built for entertaining, with a white-carpeted sunken lounge; pass-through windows into the kitchen area; shagpile rugs and designer seating dotted throughout, as well as a huge terrace overlooking the Manhattan skyline. The set-designers have clearly had a lot of fun sourcing everything – the dining-table is a retro Danish affair, while many of the other furnishings are from American vintage and antiques stores, as well as bargains found on Craigslist, giving the apartment a very genuine feel.

Takeaway: An open fireplace with an interesting surround adds a lot of character to a room.

Image –

Home of Don Draper
Mad Men Don Drapers Apartment
Olivia Pope’s Apartment, Scandal

 “I imagined your place a thousand times. I like it. It’s very you.”

Few shows since Sex and the City have caused such a stir with their star’s wardrobe as Scandal, and you’d expect that attention-to-detail to carry through into Olivia’s apartment, even though she barely spends any time there. “She decorates for comfort. She isn’t that fussy.” says one production designer.

She may not be fussy but she certainly doesn’t settle for anything but the best. Olivia’s apartment is truly elegant, with calming pastel shades throughout, and beautiful arches and moldings based on those found in some classic LA apartments.

The kitchen, whilst small, is jazzed up by jet black tiles that contrast brightly with white cabinets, while attractive lamps are found on every surface, highlighting Olivia’s gorgeous furnishings even in the corners where the camera rarely focus.

Takeaway: Even though we rarely see it, the opulence of Olivia’s bedding has had online style-gurus in a flurry since the series began.

Her office is pretty cool too featuring some iconic Eames EA117 Office Chairs, a lady with taste.

Olivia Pope - Scandal
Olivia Pope’s Office – Image courtesy of

Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment, Sex and the City

‘”Beauty is fleeting, but a rent-controlled apartment overlooking the park is forever.”

This iconic apartment is an extension of Carrie’s personality – warm, and busy, yet under control. The eclectic furnishings and well-placed lighting give every room a super-stylish, feminine environment. In a recent survey by The Daily Mail, Carrie’s apartment topped our inspiration hit list.

Everyone remembers Carrie’s magnificent walk-in wardrobe, essential for a woman whose shoe collection has been estimated to be worth $40,000, but the apartment has plenty of other memorable features.

The white-tiled bathroom gives a great sense of openness despite the perma-clutter, and her attractive kitchen, homely yet still Manhattan chic, gets far too little screen time. It’s so comfortingly familiar that when Carrie eventually moves out, it’s just as heart-breaking for fans of the show as it is for her when she paces around the empty space.

Takeaway: Sex and the City demonstrates how even apartments short on space can max up the style factor.

Carrie Bradshaw
Carrie Bradshaw apartment interior – image courtesy of

Holly Golightly’s Apartment, Breakfast At Tiffany’s

“If I could find a real-life place that made me feel like Tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.”

Holly was the original independent girl about town, with the fantasy home and wardrobe, and the glamorous lifestyle. Her tiny apartment, in a 4-storey brownstone townhouse on the Upper East Side is sparsely decorated to the point where it looks as though she’s just moving in, or out, when in fact she’s already well-established.

The furnishings are minimal because this isn’t Holly’s home, it’s just another staging post on her life’s journey. If you watch the party scene for example, virtually everyone is standing. There’s no seating anywhere. But this lady knows how to work with what she’s got – when you’ve limited space, you need to get creative with storage. That means shoes tucked into the fridge, and suitcases doubling as tables.

Holly also displays a knack for furnishing her apartment on a tight budget – the charming white loveseat is actually a bathtub cut in half (furniture hacking in the 60s, love it!) and the cast-iron bed where she recovers from her hangovers, the cluttered dresser and fridge are all eye-catching pieces easily reproduced today in fantastic vintage styles.

Takeaway: Attractive movable frames, like the lattice one Holly uses to separate her kitchen and hallway, are a great way to maximise small spaces and keep room design looking fresh.

Breakfast at Tiffanys
the exterior of Holly Golightly’s apartment in New York image courtesy of –
TV interiors can be inspiring, hope you like the ones we chose to share with you.

The Team at Cimmermann.

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