I was delighted to be invited by 91 Magazine to have a pop up shop at West Elm in November. I love the magazine and having the chance to sell our beautiful products in London's Tottenham Court Road was an opportunity not to be missed. I had a great time, met lots of other independents and really enjoyed talking to people about the things we sell and the makers who craft them. I will definitely be looking for more opportunities to take reste on the road again!
Hygge has become the go to concept for marketing executives this winter. Perhaps with such global instability, it is no mystery why this Danish word has become foremost in people's minds. The irony is that hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience, rather than about things. The idea that real wealth is not what we can accumulate but what we have to share.
So what is Hygge? "Hygge has been translated as everything from 'the art of creating intimacy' to 'cosiness of the soul' to 'taking pleasure from the presence of soothing things'," claims Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book Of Hygge. Pronounced Hue-gah, hygge is about being, not having.
Our philosophy at reste is to live simply, to buy less and buy better. We work alongside artisans and makers who contribute to a simpler life through design, function and sustainability. We believe that by filling your home with tools you cherish and allowing their stories to integrate into your every day, you can live a more hyggeligt life.
Louisa Thomsen Brits says in The Book of Hygge "If we consider and care for each object that we keep, we become producers of meaning rather than consumers of goods.
"When we use a simple, handmade item, there is an interplay that takes place between the object and our own emotions and state of mind. We encounter the possibility of simplicity in ourselves in what we hold in our hands. And we touch the life of the maker."
It is clear that we cannot buy our way to a more hyggeligt life but by choosing handmade and well crafted things we can definitely evoke Hygge.
As British designer, Ilse Crawford says, "Craft makes our homes more human."
In 2016 I had the opportunity to visit Vietnam. Flying into Ho Chi Minh, we stayed a few days before heading south to the Mekong Delta. From here we headed up the coast by train to Hoi An and then finished our trip with a few days in Hanoi. I found it a beautiful country, shaped by its long history of conflict. A country of contradictions, from the frenetic streets of Hanoi to the slow way of life along the Delta.
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