10 Interiors + Lifestyle Things I Love For March

Hi, it's Allan Torp back again and it is nearly the first day of Spring; not that it feels like it here in the European freezer! Luckily, I spent the most of last month in Los Angeles, so I certainly cannot complain. I am full of energy and bringing you yet another of my favorite things, which takes you on a journey to explore the things that I know, see, visit and really would like to visit. This is my fifth list here on decor8, so would love to hear in the comments what you think. Is there anything you would like more or less of? Anything you want me to test out for you? Places you want me to visit? Anything? Let me know. Okay, let's get started with my 10 Things for March.

String Shelf on decor8


I love a good shelving system, one that you can restructure over and over again, which quickly allows you to change up the whole look of the room it is in at no cost whatsoever. One of my favorites on the market is Swedish String. For many years, they just did the basic frame and shelves in a few different colors and woods, but now, they are finally seeing its full potential and creating new ways making it possible to use in any room. Newest to the String family is a bathroom model. Perfect for a smaller bathroom room, it’s both super stylish and very usable.

Artby founders

 2 // ART:

Artby is a new art brand – so if you are looking for new contemporary art for your walls you should keep an eye out on their limited editions pieces by carefully selected artists, "Artby is led by Karl Hardell and Sara Hardell Flagge. Apart from sharing a passion for contemporary art, we are interested in juxtaposing heterogeneity with unity. We search for diversity and strong artistic individuality, we also look for a coherent product line with unifying collection themes, special signature papers and uniform frames." The first collection is called FACE, four new artists have created different interpretations of the face and my favorite is this one by Swedish artist Viktor Cole.



Another new brand from Scandinavia launched at Stockholm Furniture Fair just last month. Nuura is inspired by Nordic nature for its four-piece collection. Designer Sofie Refer, alongside co-founders Nadia Lassen and Peter Østerberg, realized a beautiful hand-blown collection that consists of raindrop-shaped pendants, chandeliers, and modern table lamps. It’s definitely a task to find great chandeliers without serious crystal overload, which certainly isn’t the case with Nuura. My favorite is the Miira 4, which is just so simple and timeless, yet very handsome.

NoMad LA
NoMad LA

 4 // SLEEP:

In the midst of a cultural renaissance, Downtown Los Angeles is on the rise. New stores and hotels are popping up in the blink of an eye. Newest to the block is NoMad Los Angeles, located on the corner of 7th and Olive Street, and if you are following just a few of the biggest influencers, you’ll know this is the place right now. All the cool kids are hanging out by the rooftop pool with sweeping views of the city and downtown. Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, each of the 241 rooms at NoMad Los Angeles look to Italy for inspiration – a nod to the building’s storied beginning.

Saveus Sweden

 5 // LISTEN:

Danes might recognize this one, or they might not even be aware of how they recognize him, but his name is Martin and he won the first ever Danish edition of X-factor. Back then, he was just a kid, a very successful kid for sure, but now he is better known under the name Saveus -  and his newest single, “Time Can Heal A Man” is amazing. Turn up the volume and just wait until the choir starts, you’ll be blown away.

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 6 // GROOM:

I am probably not the only one who buys products based on the packaging, all three products this month certainly look great alone or together and do not have to be hidden away in the shower cabinet.

A.  Filmore’s daily kit is perfect for the everyday use, face wash, and moisturizer, you really don’t need much more. For the past month, I have been smiling every morning in the shower, as the coconut and pomegranate face wash brings me to a beach in paradise. The moisturizer is perfect for the busy guy, as it keeps your skin hydrated and doesn’t leave your face greasy. I really love that the bottle is an 'airless' dispenser to ensure that you get 100% of the product from the bottle, meaning zero waste and less mess.

B.  A good hand cream to me is a cream that absorbs quickly, I hate having to walk around with greasy hands for too long. It also has to smell good, a masculine scent is best, nothing worse than too much lavender, I mean, I really do not want to smell like an older lady. I came across Grown Alchemist, a black and white tube full of a subtle hint of vanilla and orange peel scents. Nothing grandma about that.

C.  I’ve grown my hair an inch longer, which also means I use a bit more product in my hair, so I wash my hair more often than usual. I've been using Davines Nounou shampoo lately and honestly, I picked it because I liked the name and the color. It is actually meant for damaged or processed hair, I believe mine is neither, nevertheless, it leaves my hair smelling nice and feeling soft.

Design Hotel Book

7 // READ:

If you love traveling as much as I do and appreciate a nice design hotel upon arrival, you’ll love this book. Every year, Design Hotel launches a beautifully curated catalog of all their member hotels and it’s pretty enough to have on your coffee table. It features 295 handpicked properties with glorious photographs and behind-the-scenes stories of the Original Hoteliers who brought them to life.

La Rambla Hong Kong

8 // EAT:

I've just booked my first trip to Hong Kong, going in May, so I am very curious to hear if you guys have any suggestions on where to eat. I have bookmarked La Rambla, a new restaurant that’s getting top reviews and was named one of 14 hot new restaurants in the world. So I am guessing it is pretty good. It is Spanish style with Chef Ferran Tadeo in the kitchen, who formerly worked at the legendary elBulli under José Andrés, so all plates and ingredients are as authentically Spanish as they come. Again, do let me know if you have any other suggestions.

Everclassic Denmark
Everclassic Denmark

 9 // SHOP:

You probably already know I love my mid-century designs. I like a mix of new and modern designs too. In my LA house, I just added two Eames LCW lounge chairs, which I found in a vintage store. Finding great vintage mid-century is not always easy, and I would encourage you to go to trusted dealers, so you don’t end up with a paying a bunch for a replica piece. In the UK I suggest you check out Everything but the dog and in Denmark a store called Everclassic (they just opened up for international buyers) shown in the above photos. Both are great sites for making a good purchase, especially if you are not up for roaming flea markets yourself.

QUEER EYE cast on Netflix


I often struggle with finding good interior television shows, very often they are over the top, badly styled or on a tight budget so everything ends up being made out of MDF. New on Netflix is Queer Eye, and if you are my age, you might remember the show first aired in 2003, but now Netflix is airing it with a whole new cast – including Bobby Berk, who has taken on the role as the interior dude in the show. And I have to say, in 7 out of the 8 episodes of season 1, he is actually doing a pretty great job. As for the rest of the guys in the show, some are a bit over the top for my taste, but I still binged season 1 in a day.

See you soon again, in April! - Allan Torp

[Editor's Note: All grooming products book are gifted as part of reviewing for this column in partnership between Allan Torp and the brands. This review is provided by Allan Torp for decor8, any collaborations are his own. All words and opinions are his own.]

5 Things I'd Love To Own From Ire Furniture, Sweden

I'm currently looking for new furniture for my living room. My god, it's hard as hell because so many choices exist. What do you look for when shopping for sofas and chairs? What I really need and love about chairs and sofa has to be comfort combined with beauty. Beauty, for me, is when design is clean and simple and honest materials are used that make you just stop and say, "Wow". Are these traits also important to you?

So many that I've tested while perusing fairs and showrooms are gorgeous to look at BUT horribly uncomfortable to sit on for more than 10-15 minutes, especially unbearable for a cuddle session or to binge watch Netflix with your friends. I'm a sofa person, I rarely use our living room chairs, so I'm definitely more concerned about the comfort of our sofa over the chairs in the same space. Most of the time, our guests end up on large cushions laying on the floor or in the kitchen cooking with me anyway.

I'd like to share with you today a company in Sweden called Ire furniture, which is under the expert eye of Creative Director, Emma Olbers, who was asked to take on this important role in 2016. Because I love comfort and beauty, some of their chairs caught my and eye and definitely their sofas. Today, I'm going to share with you 5 of my personal favorites.

  Designer and Creative Director at Ire, Emma Obers

Designer and Creative Director at Ire, Emma Obers

In addition to Ire, designer Emma Olbers has a studio in Stockholm's Södermalm district where she has worked for nearly two decades designing everything with such honest simplicity while simultaneously honoring the environment. Everything she works on for Ire is produced in Sweden in compliance with Swedish laws for emissions.

  Agnes, Agda, Eva and Estrid chairs created by Front, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Andreas Engesvik and Emma Olbers for Ire.

Agnes, Agda, Eva and Estrid chairs created by Front, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Andreas Engesvik and Emma Olbers for Ire.

Ire also collaborates with other distinguished Scandinavian designers, for instance Andreas Engesvik, Jesper Ståhl, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Carl-Henrik Spak, Mattias Stenberg, Josefine Alpen, Ellinor Eriksson, and design duo Anna Lindgren and Sofia Lagerkvist of Front. In addition to Emma, Mattias Stenberg is another favorite of mine. Maybe you've heard of some of them and follow their work?

Now it's time to show you some of my favorite pieces from Ire. Here are my top 5:


One design that launched recently at the Stockholm Furniture Fair was Estrid, designed by  Emma Olbers for Ire. It's such a lovely armchair (shown above) that looks so warm and soft, with its inspiration found in mid century classic armchairs that perhaps your grandfather would sit on, only it was re-imagined with clean lines, a more modern simplicity, lovely silhouette and a touch of elegance.

Estrid is also beautifully handmade, the hallmark of all furniture from Ire, with natural materials and the best part, it's comfortable! The proportions are generous enough to tuck your legs beneath you when you read (like I do) or to invite your little one to share storytime with you (also something I love to do, spend moments with my son).

  Estrid chair designed by Emma Obers for Ire

Estrid chair designed by Emma Obers for Ire


Agnes is an informal chair designed by Andreas Engesvik that was made to fit a variety of homes, from the urban residence to the beach cottage. The frame is very traditional, however the upholstery looks very relaxed and invites you to do the same. 

  Agnes designed by Andreas Engesvik for Ire

Agnes designed by Andreas Engesvik for Ire


I love Hanna's white-pigmented and waxed oak frame silhouette and that you can choose your own fabric cover. I would definitely opt for something in a neutral quilted fabric, linen or vegetable-tanned leather.

  Hanna designed by Emma Olbers

Hanna designed by Emma Olbers


Ohhhh the Como... It's a sofa, but here's the end piece shown in this gorgeously dilapidated old home. It consists of four parts which you can combine, a corner part, 1-part without armrest, 1-part armrest left and 1-part armrest right. I love that you can also choose to order it with our without decorative stitching (shown in black below). I'd take that WITH, please. 

  Como designed by Mattias Stenberg for Ire

Como designed by Mattias Stenberg for Ire


I'd love the Hanna sofa for a guest bedroom or a sitting room. Again, that white-pigmented oak frame steals the show for me.

  Hanna sofa by Emma Olbers

Hanna sofa by Emma Olbers

Ire Moodboard

I love their use of honest materials coupled with such a vast array of colors and fabrics that customers can choose from to create the perfect piece. Customizing is such an important thing, isn't it? I'd never buy a sofa nowadays without some tweak, I'm too particular!


I wish you a lovely day and remember, if you want to see regular content from me multilple times a day, you can visit my Instagram and Instagram Stories because I'm quite active over there. Big hug to you all, so glad to see you are still reading blogs and showing up when I post, it makes me super happy.



(Photographs: Ire Furniture, Sweden)

My Chat with Jonathan Adler and his Launch Party at KaDeWe Berlin

Hello friends! I have a very special guest today on decor8, Mr. Jonathan Adler himself! Swoon! I had the pleasure of working with Jonathan and his team recently because he officially launched Jonathan Adler Germany and I got to be a part of that, which was an absolute honor and career highlight for me. 

My relationship with the brand started in 2006, when JA advertised on decor8, which really helped me to quickly gain credibility as a new journalist and blogger. I will always be grateful for his support. Later, I asked if I could work in his home for a day in 2011 to style and photograph it for Decorate, and he accepted gladly, another special moment in my career.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I’ve been around his products for years, I’ve watched how his collections have evolved, and I even own a lamp, serving dishes, Christmas ornaments, candles and bookends. I also have most of his books too, and last month, he signed one for me which made me so happy.

If you’re like me and don’t live near a JA retail store, you may have also only shopped his collection online, but good news for me now! He has a concession in nearby Berlin in one of the oldest, most famous and decadent department store in Germany called KaDeWe. In fact, last month he was in Berlin to launch his collection and I was there to meet him and see his latest creations up close and personal and it was great.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

But first, the pre-party. I met JA the night before the KaDeWe launch at a swanky French bistro with a small group of journalists and friends/colleagues of his in Germany, including Dag, his new German distributor, and Micah, from the New York office. With us was also his London-based PR firm who were in charge of organizing the pre-launch and launch. Naturally I have to shout them out because they are the reason I got this spectacular invitation to work with his team in the first place.

Because it was Fashion Week in Berlin, the restaurant was filled to the gills with fashionistas wearing very expensive, and expressive, frocks. It was fun to be immersed in this gigantic French-inspired restaurant, eating schnitzel, sitting across from Jonathan discussing the horrors of nudity in German saunas, and general people-watching in this beyond loud hot spot, but the buzz and energy was just fantastic.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

At his KaDeWe launch the next day, many of his fans showed up and all eyes were on Jonathan. A few were quite star struck, three of my friends’ hands were shaking when they walked up to him, because it was a big deal for them to meet their interiors idol. Luckily though, he’s a nice guy, grounded and funny, so the evening felt very relaxed and friendly.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I also respected so much that he offered to sign ceramics for his guests who purchased them during the party – I was so impressed and regret that I didn’t think to ask him for a signed piece. I was so caught up in the moment that it didn’t occur to me until I was on the train ride home that I’d missed out on such a special opportunity.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I must confess, I’m even more endeared to his collection than before I met him. Something clicked when we spoke, in the sense that I felt like he really works hard for his success, earned everything he has, and continues to show commitment to his brand, team and products. JA is involved in all aspects of his business and has a very close relationship with his staff but also with his workers abroad who are dispersed all over. He visits them, watches them make his products, inspects, gives his opinions, he's present and involved. Respect.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

When I interviewed Jonathan, one of my first questions was, "Since you are always on the go, when do you even have the time to design new collections?", and he explained that while on the road, he’ll have an idea and immediately, he'll call his team and/or sketch the idea out. He also added a good point that I often think about a lot, "We are all very lucky to live in this age because the internet makes it so easy to get our work out there but also to run and manage a business, you can text or phone your staff instantly!", and from there, at least for him, it's done!

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018
You should surround yourself with stuff that means something to you. Sometimes people just get things that are fine, and “will do”, and I feel like you should never settle, you should always seek the sublime.
— Jonathan Adler

I find it worth mentioning a little about his background, since we always tend to judge someone successful as having had it all handed to them somehow. Jonathan openly shared that he grew up on a farm in southern New Jersey, definitely not in a hot spot for design. He explained that this somewhat mundane environment fueled his creativity because he aspired for more - to dream and design.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I asked him about what he thinks when young people come from similar places, not from the hot spots like New York City where he has lived now for many years, and he responded without hesitation that he actually worries about the kids in NYC that he knows, because they are growing up so privileged with everything handed to them, and he wonders what they will have to look forward to someday. I was touched by his honesty, because often when you are flying among the stars all day, you lose touch with reality and forget how most of the world lives. I can tell Jonathan has never lost touch with his roots and that he is relatable and genuine and this made me see him and his work in a whole new way. For me, it gave me a clearer picture of who he really is and before, that was always missing.

We are all very lucky to live in this age because the internet makes it so easy to get our work out there but also to run and manage a business...
— Jonathan Adler
KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

We also chatted about his overall line, as it has evolved since years back. He has grown it in a more sophisticated direction, which I like, because it fits his products and price point much better, while still retaining his tongue-in-cheek wit that made him famous in the first place. I believe that his sense-of-humor (combined with his obvious talent) really put him on the map because he came into design with his unexpected and eccentric pieces at a time when design was still pretty serious business in the United States. Vases were meant to be beautiful objects of art at the price point in which he sells at. But he challenged how we see objects. He made things that were cheeky and today, he still does. His humor is his strongest selling point, and it runs through everything that he designs, and I believe JA will be embraced by Germans since, once you really have a German friend, you learn quickly that all of the serious professionalism that they show publicly is often just one face; behind closed doors they are fun-loving, warm and quite funny.

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

I asked Jonathan to articulate how he personally sees his collection because I enjoy listening to how someone defines their own work. He explained, “I call it Modern American Glamour. Modern in the sense that I always try to make things that are new, creative and have never been seen before. American, as I feel like my stuff has an American-ness, which is impossible to define, but you can see it in my collection, an optimism, the freedom in America, so my work feels American. And Glamour, it’s another tough word to define but to me Glamour is about making stuff that is bold, memorable and shiny.”

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

We also discussed his philosophy when it comes to the home and how he feels about the things we bring into it and he explained, “Your home should make you happy and should be eccentric and personal. You should surround yourself with stuff that means something to you. Sometimes people just get things that are fine, and “will do”, and I feel like you should never settle, you should always seek the sublime.”

KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

We spoke briefly about his line in Germany, since it just officially launched here, and how it’s been received so far by consumers. He remarked, “Luckily it’s been really well received, thank God, and gives me an excuse to always come back here… I think that to me a lot of contemporary German homes are quite minimal and in that sense my stuff works perfectly because my actual objects are minimalist.”

I thought about that for a moment, because I never in my life would have thought of anything from him as minimalist, but stepping back I believe what he meant was that you could take a lamp from his collection, or a vase, or a single object and place it in a more minimalist environment and it would still work and fit nicely. His objects only become "maximalist" when you place them all together or in spaces that are already very full-on and decorated.

Your home should make you happy and should be eccentric and personal.
— Jonathan Adler
KaDeWe - Event: Jonathan Adler - 17.01.2018

If you live (or are visiting) Germany, please visit the official Jonathan Adler shop within KaDeWe on the 4th floor or visit Coop Raum Werk in Munich or The Interior Club in Dusseldorf to experience his products in person.

Jonathan, it was an honor and pleasure to meet you, and thank you so much for signing my book and for the time that you spent with me – it was a very nice few days in Berlin with you and Team JA! All the best, and welcome to Germany!

(Photos: With permission from the KaDeWe Group)


The One e-course You Need To Take in 2018

Hello everyone! As the snow hammers down on many of us, let's talk about something really positive and exciting for a moment, shall we? If there is one e-course you need this year, it's the one we'll teach in March/April. I know that sounds a little arrogant to say, but I'm so confident about this class because I've teamed up with my friend, Agata Dimmich, a stylist living in Milan from Passion Shake, and together we will deliver Content Creator for the first time.

This class promises to be inspirational, educational and lots of fun. We will show you lots of tricks and great ways (and challenging ones too, but that's good!) to pull together beautiful content for your blog and social media platforms. We have SO MANY new ideas to talk to you about in class! Weeee.!

If you register now, you will pay only $79! The class will be $99 soon, but for now, we are keeping it very, very affordable so those of you who may be a little short on $$$ can still afford to take it and be inspired and encouraged.

Agata Dimmich

From March 23 - April 9th, you will learn :

  • How to find your focus and plan your photos in advance
  • How to set up a space for styling a scene and how to style interiors
  • How to style and shoot flatlays
  • How to create a consistency between your visuals
  • How to style yourself (and friends) into photos
  • Camera tips and tricks for bright and sharp photos (though this isn't a photography class, one lesson will cover photography)
  • Product styling for companies
  • How to edit photos using Lightroom and your Smartphone
  • Case studies of stylists and what we can learn from them
  • And more about how to create gorgeous content for your portfolio, Instagram, blog, etc.

We will teach you through a balanced mix of:

  • Videos
  • Podcasts
  • Written materials
  • Live video chats
  • Questions you can ask us and fellow students in the forum

Plus the $79 fee includes:

  • A brief professional evaluation of your final project by Holly Becker
  • 2 week free class extension until Monday, April 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM CET.
  • Full access to our student-only forum where you can meet and talk to us and other students
  • Lifetime access to our private Facebook page with 2,500 student members
  • AND you can download everything (except the two live chats)

Some of our testimonials:

We hope to see you in our class, it will be so nice to welcome you and a great time of the year to get started - before all of the sunshine and beautiful weather arrives... We will get you ready for the months to come so you're able to rock your blogs and social media platforms. We will teach you simple techniques that can really transform your visual identity online and how you feel about your work - it doesn't have to be hard or time consuming - let Agata and I show you how!

(Photos: Agata Dimmich and Holly Becker)