Entries by Penny

Designers Series – Ejner Larsen & Aksel Bender Madsen

Siv and Siri are such a handsome pair! Designed by Ejner Larsen and Aksel Bender Madsen the quality of design shines through and they really epitomise the best in Danish midcentury furniture making. The designers, Larsen and Bender Madsen, emerged from a strong design tradition having met and trained at the Royal Danish Academy of […]

A Patch on an Eames Fibreglass Chair..

I love this photo, it’s of an Eames Fibreglass Chair and is a working model that Charles and Ray Eames kept on hand as part of their study collection. When it got a hole in its original green Naugahyde upholstery they had it patched with contrast electrical tape.  They didn’t throw it away, or get […]

The Value of Vintage

As customers we are increasingly demanding more transparency about the environmental impact of what we buy, and there has been a move away from the throwaway towards more considered purchasing. There is a balance, Marie Kondo may advise we have in our homes ‘only that which sparks joy’. Fine in principle but sometimes harder to […]

In Celebration of Curves..

Curves are everywhere at the moment and it’s an interiors trend we love. It feels like we need some softer lines and a more embracing tone in the current climate, can’t imagine why… And whilst there is a stereotype of midcentury sofa design as the classic 60s ‘Mad Men’ low profile couch, beautifully angular with […]

Grete Sofa

I have been coveting the beautiful fabrics designed and hand-drawn by conservation biologist Newton Paisley for some time now and am thrilled to have been able to use one of the linens from her Cactus Mexicanos series on our Grete sofa. The pops of magenta, (a common flower colour for this group), make it feel fantastically […]


One of my favourite paintings can be found in the home of the renowned midcentury Danish architect and designer Finn Juhl. The painting is of his second wife, Hanne Hansen by Danish painter, Vilhelm Lundstrøm. Lundstrøm was one of the most famous and beloved Danish painters of the 20th Century and he inspired midcentury architects […]


I’m definitely drawn to interiors which feel like a window onto the people who live there and of the life lived. Not necessarily shrines to a particular style or era but more a reflection of loves and experiences, spaces which have a real sense of place and personality. (It’s partly why I chose the name […]


Welcome to my Stedsans blog. A place for thoughts and pictures, things which have caught my eye or made me think. I’m always on the lookout for interesting interiors so you may find a few of them along the way, and of course all things Scandinavian