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Outdoor Chairs
These stunning designs are part of Living Divani's new collection featuring brilliant designers: Massimo Mariani, David Lopez Quicoces and Piero Lissoni to mention just a few. Living Divani is a dynamic and vibrant family-owned company, that has successfully made its trademark of upholstery since the 1970's. Out of this wonderful Outdoor Collection I'm the most enticed by the George's Chair by David Lopez which displays a black supporting frame and wave in waxed rope, seat in solid Iroko wood — that of course, in combination with the Notes Table by Massiomo Mariani, as shown above, is a stunning work of art.

Photography: Tommaso Sartori
Styling: Ossino Studio

Outdoor Chairs

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108 Restaurant by René Redzepi
René Redzepi is the renowned genius behind NOMA and now also the proud owner of the high-end restaurant 108.

SPACE Copenhagen is responsible for NOMA'S interiors as well as for transforming an ordinary warehouse into a stunning minimal industrial space for René's clients to feel comfortable. The furniture has also been designed by SPACE Copenhagen. The pendant lamps have been manufactured by Bomma and the restaurant’s woven chairs by Jørgen Bækmark.

The restaurant seats around 80 guests and includes a small bar serving coffee and wine. Altogether this space is a display of René's characteristic organic, Scandinavian approach. In fewer words, it is perfect.

Photography: Joachim Wichmann

108 Restaurant by René Redzepi




I wanted to tackle a topic that I know interests most of you and after a bit of lurking I came to the realization that Productivity is general concern, and rightly so. Most of us who blog are usually multi-passionate which puts a lot on our plates every single day.

Having a custom strategy is important to ensure that you don't have deadlines coming out of your ears, it's also essential in preventing burn out – but sometimes just taking the time to build a realistic plan is far from possible.

I'm not an expert when it comes to time management and productivity but I haven't gone insane... yet. I believe that at least qualifies me to tell you which bits and pieces of productivity advice have worked for me when I didn't have a strategy or at times when life's challenges have thrown that carefully planed structure out the window:

01. Write Sh*t Down
Dave Kolo's WSD productivity method is the thing that makes the most sense. If you have something in writing to remind you of what you're supposed to be doing and when you're supposed to do it chances are, you will do it.

02. If it takes less than 2 minutes, do it now!
Is part of Davi Allan's GTD philosophy. Why write it down or stress out about it when you can get it out of the way? Quick calls, short emails or even small household tasks. Get them out of the way before seeing them in writing overwhelms you. Now, this is only successful when you focus on 1-2 tasks. There's no point in this if you end up spending an hour doing 2-minute tasks.

03. Eat your frogs
"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first." – Mark Twain.

Certainly Mr. Twain didn't paint the prettiest picture but it's great advice for those of us who constantly feel pushed to the point of not knowing where to get started completing our tasks. Work on the most difficult task first.

Simple.

04. Focus
This is something I've always done, even before reading more about productivity. My approach is similar to the Power Hour technique. It's about limiting yourself to focusing on one task for 1 hour – my only exception is that I change the time-frame according to my needs.

This works only if I don't reply to messages, personal emails or even worry about other work that might be queued. If you're a natural multitasker and you're happy juggling things all the time, this will be difficult but it's done wonders for me.

After completing the task, I allow myself the time for out-of-work activities for 10 minutes, I use those to stretch, fill up my water bottle or maybe send out a quick tweet about something completely unrelated to work and then carry on with the next task.

05. Relax and drink water
Believe or not one of the things that stop us from being highly productive is that we are in constant reaction mode, to the point in which our productivity becomes sporadic through out the day without letting us maintain a healthy pace.

We're also trained to think that caffeine equals alertness, therefor ups our productivity. The reality is that caffeinated drinks not only make our stress hormone go off the charts it also dehydrates our bodies. Dehydration causes mental fatigue which results in lack of concentration. I make it an every day ritual to drink at least 2 liters of water and you should too.

Not taking care of our minds and bodies is the perfect road to hitting brick-walls. When you are not working it is important that you give yourself true relaxation time, be as intentional with the "doing nothing" part as you are with the work. Make it a practical and mental exercise to disconnect from your lists and deadlines.

Whether you want to take your weekend off or a couple of hours of your every day, this will change your complete approach.

Try it.

You can apply one or all of the tips above by determining if it fits your lifestyle or not. The key thing to understand is that we will either run our day or the day will run us. Reclaim your productive life back by making it work for you.

How do you keep yourself from getting distracted throughout the day?

For more advice, tips and a full productivity strategy: Purchase my book 30 Days To Minimal Blogging.

Photography: Nina Holst with thanks.

How To Stay Productive When You Don't Have a System



Solid Studio
The beauty of natural fashion becomes more captivating as I see it evolve. The Russian-based Solid Studio Wear is a brilliant demonstration of organic fashion. Their minimal and conscious approach is pure perfection — touching on all key points without compromising look or quality.

I thought it would be hard to ever admit that I'm very much a supporter of wearing chokers — but that one above, I feel, completely justifies (and maybe even encourages) my opinion.

Photography: Solid Studio

Solid Studio



The Sensory Kitchen
Ronny Emborg is a renowned Chef based in Denmark. He's part of the highly enticing movement ‘The Sensory Kitchen’ — a cooking style where the dinning guest must use both eyes, ears, nose and taste during the meal. His book The Wizard's Cookbook presents 112 detailed recipes with pictures of every sensory dish. Dishes like: Frozen halibut, salted and dried cod roe and anchovy crème and Juniper bush parfait, forest berries and crispy lichen. From front to cover, this book is filled with absolute stunning imagery and stories.

Photography: Signe Birck

The Sensory Kitchen



White Spaces
This beautifully renovated loft located in Stockholm is a display of light and well-thought design. From top to bottom, from room to room, this home is clearly a project of love. I'm particularly attracted to the openness of this home, the clever use of space, kitchen floors and intricate pieces of art on the walls. It's almost making me regret having already bought paint for my living room walls... Almost.

Photography: Per Jansson

White Spaces

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