Do you enjoy and admire Scandinvian design, architecture and lifestyle like I do? Then you must check out this great website Nordic Design - From Scandinavia with Love. I'm a regular to this site and recently I wanted to find out more about the people behind this website.
So meet this week's Inspiration Profile - Catherine Lazure-Guinard from Nordic Design.
|Stroget, the pedestrian street in Copenhagen. Photo: Guomundur Albertsson|
Name: Catherine Lazure-Guinard
Who/what inspires me:
Scandinavia and its designers, nature, craftsmanship, and integrity.
The passion, enthusiasm and drive of today’s young designers who continuously innovate and create beautiful things.
People who dare to chase their dreams, and have fun along the way.
Kjartan; my best friend, my husband and my Nordic Design partner.
|Loving the vintage Swan chair by Arne Jacobsen. Photo: Line Thit Klein|
Kjartan and I do like to go on long drives; the car is where we’ve had our most productive braistorm sessions so far!
What I do when I’m stuck for inspiration: My guilty pleasure is to buy a bunch of magazines and to spend a lazy afternoon on the couch devouring the content until my eyes hurt. But I’ll have to admit, I am a Pinterest addict! I am rarely stuck for inspiration, thanks to it! It is a fantastic way to keep track of and categorize all the great things I find on the web, as well as to share discoveries with like-minded people.
The best advice I have been given is: I like quote and motivational words of wisdom, especially when they’re about optimism, self-belief and the confidence to reach personal goals. I especially like this one from Eleanor Roosevelt below.
My latest discovery is:
- Oven-baked parsnip fries with lemon zest and thyme
- Babylon backpacks from Wheelmen & Co.
- Grapefruit scented candles from Lilla Bruket
- Angora socks by HappySocks
- Le-dilemma tumblr
Books that I get inspiration from: Whether it is about photography, architecture, or interior design, I love a chunky coffee table book with beautiful images.
Although it is a cookbook, Redzepi’s ‘Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine’ definitely finds a place in my living room. The pictures are from Ditte Isager and truly ‘make the book’. It is stunning and inspiring.
I also collect Wallpaper’s cityguides. They are the perfect travel companions for fans of art, architecture, unusual places, and modern amenienties. If it is available, I buy a book whenever I am travelling to a new city.
|Images from 'Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine'. Photos: Ditte Isager|
Varpunen - Loving the shots from her own house!
Lotta Agaton - She truly sticks to her own style and intuition.
Hello, I'm Tiger - For the special finds and great DIY projects
Riazzoli - She finds lovely images
Convoy - Great ‘moodboard’ with pretty stuff
Bungalow 5 - Inspiring interiors
|A bedroom styled by Lotta Agaton. Photo: Agent Bauer.|
|Series 7 chairs by Arne Jacobsen. A timeless design.|
My office is: Under construction! We are renovating, and we’re still getting rid of moving boxes. Piles of magazines, books, wrapping paper rolls, and knick knacks are everywhere. We recently built a desk going from wall to wall, stretching across the room. We’re gradually shaping the room into a proper home office.
I am a full-time marketing communication consultant, which I love, but I really look forward to be able to dedicate much more time to Nordic Design.
Mostly, I don’t always have specific plans or project to look forward to. Just the anticipation of what’s ahead is a pretty good start: The unexpected, new friendships, discoveries, joyful moments. I believe good things come to those who are open and receptive.
|A Scandinavian Dining room. Photo: Sisters Agency.|
|Black, grey, white and wood - a great combination. Photo: Line Thit Klein|
Collection of photographs by Catherine Lazure-Guinard and all photographers are credited.