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Best Winter Reads

In Love with Letters …

This very unusual year, we have fallen back in love with letters. And paragraphs and chapters, too. The extra time we’ve been given to roam around the house has resulted in quite a few extra hours on the couch, leafing through a magazine or deeply sunken into a book. 

These, our five favourite magazines and books for the winter of 2020, have all been chosen for their different qualities. While some are insightful, entertaining and captivating, others feature striking photography or carefully crafted typography and graphic design. All of them have one common denominator – they are all worthy of a prominent spot on the coffee table or bedside table.

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Akt Magazine
Issue 3

With the risk of tooting our own horns, we highly recommend getting the latest issue of Akt, an independent magazine in search for greatness in a small corner, abstraction in the mass, with a keen eye for timeless aesthetics and a nod to Belgium’s creative landscape.

For Akt III, TypeO’s co-founder Micha van Dinther has contributed with two articles – an essay on the feeling of melancholy, as well as a portrait of Cédric Etienne of Studio Corkinho and self-proclaimed ‘curator of stillness’.

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02
The Kinfolk Garden

With the release of The Kinfolk Table and The Kinfolk Home, lifestyle brand Kinfolk made quite a splash in the design world with its unique vision of community, gastronomy and design. Will their take on horticultural life have the same impact?

The Kinfolk Garden isn’t your average garden book. It is less about what to plant when, but more about the people behind some of the world’s most intriguing gardens and plant-filled homes. It also educates the reader about the secrets to a good garden and what it can do for our self-care and creativity.

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03
The Monocle Book of Gentle Living

Monocle‘s books on home decor, entrepreneurship and eating and drinking have become staples here at TypeO. In their latest book, the editorial team takes on topics of slowing down, enjoying more and being happy. Not an easy feat, no doubt.

The book’s ten chapters cover how to live a gentler life, how to have a good home, what pastimes to make time for, how to eat well, how to dress with care, how to stay more active, how to occasionally get lost, the importance of seeing new places and how to find balance. This book is a sound investment for a better life.

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04
Still: The Slow Home

“When were you last still? Without movement and motion. And free from thoughts tumbling and rumbling ahead. But still in the silent depths of quiet calm. Holding a space for now.”

With these words, interior stylist, author and designer Natalie Walton gets right down to business in her latest book, Still: The Slow Home. It is insightful, aspirational and down-to-earth, qualities that aren’t often found on the pages of the same book. Accompanied by gorgeous photographs by Chris Warnes, we get an intimate tour of the homes and lives of 20 individuals and families around the world. This book has it all.

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05
Vincent Van Duysen: Works 2009–2018

Before the pandemic struck, we had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful city of Antwerp. While there, we stayed at August, Belgium master-designer Vincent Van Duysen‘s latest hospitality project (read the full story here), and toured some of his other public projects: Graanmarkt 13 and the Pulcinella youth hostel.

Now that all travel happens in the mind, this book, an anthology of Van Duysen’s works between the years of 2009 and 2018 (which unfortunately excludes August, as it opened in 2019) offers a journey into the aesthetic world of his. Be warned that this book will induce severe design wanderlust.

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Bedding Essentials for a Good Night’s Sleep

Making the Perfect Bed

While staying up late might be the more glamorous option, we have to admit that we love hitting the hay early most nights. Sleep is a vital, often neglected, part of wellbeing. 

While there are plenty of proven tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, we feel that converting the bedroom, and the bed in particular, to a zone of comfort and relaxation is key. Here’s what we look for when making the perfect bed.

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Mattresses and Headboards

A mattress is a mattress, right? No, not at all. The difference between a low-cost mattress, completely comfortable at first, and a high-quality one is its durability. With an average of 229 961 hours of sleep in a lifetime, it might be wise to think of how you spend those hours.

For TypeO Loft, we opted for a bed from local Swedish brand Dux, which has 90 years of research and development in the art of sleeping, and a minimalist headboard by Norm for Dux to go along with it.

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Pillows and Comforters

It’s a jungle out there in the world of pillows and comforters, as they come in all shapes, sizes, materials and price points. Ultimately, choosing the right items for you is very much about personal preference.

Do you like your pillow firm or soft? Do you get cold or warm while sleeping? In what climate do you live? All these questions will affect your choice. With that said, we always recommend spending that little extra money on these items, as they will be with you for a while.

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Bedding

Choosing bedding is fun – while the mattress, pillows and comforters are to be seen as a blank, yet very important canvas, the bedding is where you get to play with materials, textures and colours to create an expression that feels uniquely you.

For TypeO Loft, we have chosen Swedish bed linen brand Read The Label’s organic and Fairtrade-certified clean white cotton satin, which provides a comfortable cool sensation against the skin. 

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Decorative Cushions

While some people might prefer a simpler, minimalist approach to bedding, many use cushion arrangements for a fuller look, to create a more homey feeling that has you just want to dive into bed.

We like to use decorative pillows in hues that are related, throwing in the odd colour splash for some drama. Dutch brand By Mölle is our go-to for everything cushion-related.

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Throws

For a fail-free finishing touch, a throw will give that last addition of colour and texture to the final look. But why is it so hard to find throws that are big enough to cover the entire end of the bed?

After searching all over, we found Belgian brand Alfred’s extra-large merino wool throws to be perfect for mastering that layered look we’re after.

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Home Fragrances

The Scentsational Home

Smell is humankind’s most powerful sense, and it is a proven fact that we feel better and more at ease in a space that smells fresh. But selecting a home fragrance to create a nose-friendly space isn’t as easy as just picking the first scented candle you come across. 

TypeO explores the options and selects five scent-national tried and tested products we love.

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Scented Candles

Are you on team candle, or on team diffuser? We would argue that both have their raison d’être in a modern home. Scented candles are best for an intimate moment, like a bath or a dinner, as the warm, flickering light sets a mood, too.

We adore Swedish brand Quod’s smoky and woody ’No 1 Black Wood’ candle.

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Scent Diffusers

With diffusers, the main benefit is that you can set them down and completely forget about them. They continuously emanate a scent, but sometimes it is hard to control its intensity.

That is why we appreciate Berlin-based olfactory studio Aoiro’s scent diffuser, which is great for different sorts of botanical essences that don’t dominate a space entirely.

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Room Sprays

If you’re looking for a quick fix to cover up odours in bathrooms, kitchens and closets, reach for a room spray. An instant mist will make any foul odour dissipate shortly after spritzing, but will only last for so long.

We have tried and tested Aoiro’s ’Hakudo Rain’ room perfume in the most demanding situations, and it comes highly recommended.

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Incense

If incense brings to mind that hippie backpacking trip to India in the 1970s, think again. Today’s incense is sophisticated and chic.

Cinnamon Projects’s chic Japanese-style incense sticks, which come beautifully packaged, becomes a beautiful ritual home ritual that you can enjoy on your own or with someone special.

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Cedar Closet Accessories

Throughout the years, we have tried many a product to get rid of that stale smell that clothes get from too much time in drawers and closets. But we keep returning to cedarwood, which is an all-natural solution that absorbs moisture and odours, repels moths and gives a clean and discreet scent.

Try cedar hangers or rings, or little bags of cedar chips.

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Swedish ‘Fika’ Essentials

Mastering the Art of Swedish ’Fika’

As a visitor in Sweden, chances are great that one of the first Swedish words you encounter is ’fika’. The ritual, often enjoyed multiple times a day, is so much more than just a coffee and tea break. It is a social event, creating connections, and enjoyed anywhere, and at any time.

At TypeO, we certainly can’t live without our fika. Here are five essentials for an even prettier fika-break.

01
Kerch Kafferosteri ’Special’ Roast

For us, a nice roast is the foundation of a satisfying fika. Although we are fans of the third wave coffee movement, we like to save speciality coffee for special occasions. While traditional Swedish coffee is strong and darkly roasted, Stockholm-based roaster Kerch Kafferosteri offers something in the middle, perfect for a quick fika at the office.

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Moheim Stoneware Mug

One can’t have too many mugs. A recent favourite is the stoneware mug by Japanese brand Moheim – glazed on the inside, and with a matte satin finish on the outside, its minimal design merges tactility and function. 

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Teministeriet ’Recover’ Ayurveda Tea

Teministeriet, a Malmö-based brand that specialises in both tea and coffee, offers an ayurvedic line of teas we just can’t stop sipping. ’Recover’ boosts the immune system and relieves muscle pain with the help of ginger, clove and black pepper. 

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Hasami Porcelain Tea Pot

A recent addition to Hasami Porcelain’s line of modular and stackable tableware is this gorgeous teapot with a built-in metal tea strainer. Sleek and comfortable to the touch, it captures what the brand is all about – merging traditional Japanese craftsmanship with contemporary design.

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Hasami Porcelain tea pot in natural matte

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Alexandra Nilasdotter Ceramic Pitcher

Swedish ceramist Alexandra Nilasdotter likes to explore functionality in all her pieces. Her pitcher is a perfect example of how her work – at first glance – almost looks cast, rather than thrown. The inside is glazed while the outside is in a natural matt finish.

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Books & Magazines

The Five Must-Reads of 2019

With the digital world occupying more and more of our day, we eagerly yearn for those pockets of time where we can put our devices aside for some one-on-one time with a book or a magazine.

Reading is quality time – for both mind and soul. Here are five printed works we currently like to get lost in.

01
Vincent Van Duysen Works 2009–2018

If you’re to get only one book, this is it. Book of the year, hands down. Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen is known for his warm minimalism and does it like no one else. Inspiring, meditative and thoughtful, all in one.

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Akt

In keeping with the Belgian theme, a nation whose aesthetics we admire deeply, we’d like to introduce you to a newcomer. Independent magazine Akt explores Belgiums creative landscape and was founded by our dear friends Jessy Van Durme, writer, designer and stylist, and Piet Albert Goethals, photographer. The first-ever issue of Akt is our now.

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Birthday Girl

We know, we’re late for the party. We are probably the last in the world to discover Haruki Murakami’s work. But better late than never, right? After having read ’Men Without Women’ on a recent vacation, we can’t wait for the release of ’Birthday Girl’, published to celebrate Murakami’s 70th birthday.

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Cereal City Guide Paris

Close friends from the US have invited us to join them on a spring trip to Paris, and we can’t wait to explore the city of lights with them. Months in advance, we’ve already begun research on what to see, do, shop and (above all) eat. Cereal’s guide to Paris is right up our alley, with its carefully selected itinerary that you’ll without a doubt be seeing on our Instagram in the very near future.

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05
The Eye

Last but not least is a book we’ve already recommended, but feel really deserves extra attention. In it, Nathan Williams, founder of iconic publication Kinfolk, meets up with 90 of the world’s leading creative directors to understand how they developed their ”eye”.

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