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Good Vibrations

Join in the launch of Reflections on Swedish Interiors at Artisan Restaurant

Photograph: Neil Landino

Design duo Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems, cofounders of Eleish van Breems Ltd., are bestowing the feel-good effects of Swedish interiors onto the creative community with their new book, Reflections on Swedish Interiors, available this month (Gibbs Smith, 2013). To honor the launch, Artisan Restaurant owner Rick Wahlstedt and his team and athome are hosting a book signing with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a signing at Artisan in Southport on Friday September 20, and all athome readers are invited!

In the book, Eleish and van Breems, renowned for infusing contemporary interiors with traditional Scandinavian principles, illustrate how well-designed Swedish rooms evoke pure beauty and simplicity. “There’s a sense of balance between light, placement and color,” explains van Breems. “And there’s always something whimsical. The room appears to be simple, but in actuality, it is layered and complex.” Each location featured in the book embodies overriding calmness, and Artisan is among the spaces featured. “The quality is high but the feeling is relaxed,” van Breems says of the Southport eatery. “Focus is on the food. So it’s elegant, but understated.”

The design team decided to create the book after coming across more and more Swedish interior enthusiasts. Photographer Neil Landino “made this book come to life in a way we never expected,” remarks van Breems. Projects by the most reverent advocates of this philosophy—Eleish van Breems, 2Michaels, Liza Laserow and Jonas Wickman to name a few—offer a balance of these ideals injected with each designer’s personal aesthetic.  

For those wishing for a taste of Swedish and Scandinavian design, Eleish van Breems will be opening a store within Lillian August this October. Van Breems explains that the shop will have a mix of offerings, serious collector’s pieces to lighthearted decorations, plus some Eleish van Breems trademarks: “Rococo mirrors from the 1760s, folk pieces and the tall-case clocks everyone loves,” lists van Breems.

Reflections on Swedish Interiors launch event: Friday, September 20th, 3 p.m–5 p.m at Artisan Restaurant in Southport, space limited. RSVP to swyatt@artisansouthport.com.