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A Mama's Touch

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Nina Tolstrup, the Danish furniture and product designer, who works under the name Studiomama, has been carving herself an enviable reputation in the UK.

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  Nina Tolstrup sits at her dining table/office space.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Nina Tolstrup sits at her dining table/office space.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Behind Nina Tolstrup’s dining table/office desk is a sideboard she designed herself, which is littered with things she has both collected and made.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Behind Nina Tolstrup’s dining table/office desk is a sideboard she designed herself, which is littered with things she has both collected and made.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Nina Tolstrup’s living space is furnished with a combination of pieces that she’s designed herself, like the Pallet chair she created for the Ten, 10, X projectat 100% Design, and the classics she’s collected from the likes of Kjærholm (in red leather) and Eames.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Nina Tolstrup’s living space is furnished with a combination of pieces that she’s designed herself, like the Pallet chair she created for the Ten, 10, X projectat 100% Design, and the classics she’s collected from the likes of Kjærholm (in red leather) and Eames.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  It isn’t difficult to spot the designer’s house along the narrow cobbled street in the East End of London. The clean facade is a clear break with the predominantly brick houses and a row of lock-ups.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    It isn’t difficult to spot the designer’s house along the narrow cobbled street in the East End of London. The clean facade is a clear break with the predominantly brick houses and a row of lock-ups.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  The aptly named Mirror/Ironing Board acts as a full-length mirror and also locks into place as an ironing board.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    The aptly named Mirror/Ironing Board acts as a full-length mirror and also locks into place as an ironing board.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  The OnOff clock comes in alarming colors.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    The OnOff clock comes in alarming colors.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  The magazine rack/toilet paper holder was made for Habitat.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    The magazine rack/toilet paper holder was made for Habitat.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  The self-supporting and extremely flexible bookshelf is made from 12 mm oak planks and uses 96 individual handmade pieces.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    The self-supporting and extremely flexible bookshelf is made from 12 mm oak planks and uses 96 individual handmade pieces.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  The balcony is notable for its outdoor shower.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    The balcony is notable for its outdoor shower.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Designed for Danish company Trip Trap, the Pilot Hanger (2003) is made from pressed oak or teak with a stainless steel hook. Very Scandinavian, very beautiful, and far better for blouses and blazers than what the dry cleaner provides.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Designed for Danish company Trip Trap, the Pilot Hanger (2003) is made from pressed oak or teak with a stainless steel hook. Very Scandinavian, very beautiful, and far better for blouses and blazers than what the dry cleaner provides.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Created for the 2006 Ten, 10, X exhibition at 100% Design, the Pallet Concept chair (2006) appears to have developed a life of its own. The idea is simple: Take pallets found in the street, download assembly instructions from Tolstrup’s website, and refashion them into a simple, elegant range of furniture.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Created for the 2006 Ten, 10, X exhibition at 100% Design, the Pallet Concept chair (2006) appears to have developed a life of its own. The idea is simple: Take pallets found in the street, download assembly instructions from Tolstrup’s website, and refashion them into a simple, elegant range of furniture.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Fruity bowls (2007), manufactured by Wentworth Pewter.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Fruity bowls (2007), manufactured by Wentworth Pewter.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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  Happy Family chairs, 2008, manufactured by E&Y.  Photo by: Ben Anders
    Happy Family chairs, 2008, manufactured by E&Y.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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