Janine Rewell is a 24-year-old Finnish freelance illustrator and designer based in Helsinki. While her illustration style is very colorful and decorative, her apartment leans towards a feminine minimalism. The two room 36m2 (387sf) apartment with wood floors, high ceilings and great detail sets the stage for Janine’s love of mixing Scandinavian design from the ’50s with modern furniture. Click here for additional images. Thanks, Janine! -Anne
Image above: My favorite spot at home is my bed, covered with a warm mohair blanket designed by my grandmother. Wooden chandelier by Lzf-lamps and the genius Ptolomeo bookcase creating a dynamic vertical line into the bedroom.
Image above: I found this handmade Moroccan boucherouite rag rug online, actually from a Design*Sponge post! (Thanks for that!) The small 50’s vintage couch is a bit uncomfortable but folds out into a double bed for guests. The old wood basket became a decent coffee table when topped with glass. Check out those cute little octagon shaped porcelain salt & pepper shakers.
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Image above: In contrast to a bunch of vintage wooden furniture, there are a lot of small metallic and glass details in my apartment. Each oblong glass globe in this recycled glass grape light is handblown from re-melted recycled glass in Syria.
Image above: I’m constantly afraid that the cast relief picturing my great grandfather is going to fall on my laptop. The desk is Finnish 50’s design by Alvar Aalto and the chair is a vintage Tolix stool, unfortunately it’s metallic and too cold to be sat on.
Image above: 1950’s style is an easy choice when you’re living in a small apartment. Also, buying antique design furniture is like investing money. Dainty furniture is functional and doesn’t take a lot of room. When needed this little Swedish vintage dining table folds out into a 12 seat table. I was hunting for these rare vintage Danish chairs for six months. You can find re-produced versions of these Møller chairs.
Image above: I’m not a big fan of bright lightning so my apartment is filled with small ambiance lightning like this glass Block lamp by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen. Deena coffee table is from Habitat and the fish screen print made by my friend and colleague Antti Uotila.