A Mama's Touch

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in Super Natural
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  Nina Tolstrup sits at her dining table/office space.
    Nina Tolstrup sits at her dining table/office space.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    The aptly named Mirror/Ironing Board acts as a full-length mirror and also locks into place as an ironing board.
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  The OnOff clock comes in alarming colors.
    The OnOff clock comes in alarming colors.
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  The magazine rack/toilet paper holder was made for Habitat.
    The magazine rack/toilet paper holder was made for Habitat.
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  The self-supporting and extremely flexible bookshelf is made from 12 mm oak planks and uses 96 individual handmade pieces.
    The self-supporting and extremely flexible bookshelf is made from 12 mm oak planks and uses 96 individual handmade pieces.
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  The balcony is notable for its outdoor shower.
    The balcony is notable for its outdoor shower.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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  Fruity bowls (2007), manufactured by Wentworth Pewter.
    Fruity bowls (2007), manufactured by Wentworth Pewter.
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  Happy Family chairs, 2008, manufactured by E&Y.
    Happy Family chairs, 2008, manufactured by E&Y.
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