This week we celebrate our 5th birthday and therefore we decided to share our five most remarkable experiences through the years.
The first memorable experience we want to enhance was our 1st birthday. We celebrated what should have been a summer party in our office and showroom due to bad weather. The day was spent with our guests with plenty of food and drinks. It was a lovely evening and definitely something we will never forget.
Another experience, which we are reminded of every morning when we arrive at work, was when we moved to our new showroom and office in the heart of Copenhagen. At first the rooms were completely empty and we wondered; are we ever going to fill out the space? Luckily we did and the location creates the most perfect setting for our client’s products, which also is something, the stylist’s benefits from.
The third experience we want to enhance was the Spring Press Lunch that we hosted. We invited the printed media into our showroom, which was transformed with the colours of the season and with various products from our clients. To facilitate a discussion about Danish design culture and what the future holds for the industry, we invited the editor in chief of the online niche magazine designETC, Charlotte Jul. We discussed the role of Danish design in an international context. We had a great, insightful discussion, even though we were nowhere near covering all aspects of the topic. It was a great experience, which underpinned our love for creativeness and innovation.
Our showroom is not only hosting photo shoots and our client’s products; we are also welcoming many different kinds of people. Therefore another memorable experience that we want to share with you was the visit of many Chinese journalists from TOPYS magazine. Our showroom was filled with Chinese people as they made a big interview with our client Vifa about the corporate history and the uniqueness of their designs.
The last remarkable experience we want to point out was most definitely when we packed a private jet with influencers from both printed and online media and flew to Hamburg to attend the Artemide event, which celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Tolomeo lamp. It was a great experience with a lot of inspiring conversations with Artemide enthusiast from all over the world.
Last Thursday, we hosted a press event in collaboration with our client Artemide, an Italian illumination brand.
The event was held in the beautiful apartment of the Danish artist Anne Aarsland. Three of the rooms in the apartment were furnished with designs from the Italian furniture brand Moroso and plenty of outstanding Artemide lamps. The talented stylist, Mette Helena Rasmussen, had done an amazing job with the styling of the apartment. The expression was Scandinavian and personal with an Italian vibe.
Niels Ihler from Artemide Scandinavia welcomed our guests with an introduction of Artemide and the products represented in the apartment.
The Italian designer Giuseppe Maurizio Scutellà had travelled all the way from Italy to join our event in Copenhagen. Here, he gave a presentation of his successful collaboration with Artemide and his design of the pendant Pirce. It was inspiring to learn more about Scutellà’s working process and sources of inspiration.
L&V café at Nansensgade in Copenhagen provided a selection of small Italian bites for our guests. La Grassa Chokolade delivered delicious chocolate and the Italian atmosphere was completed with Aperol Spritz served by Hans Just. Thanks to all of our sponsors.
We truly enjoyed the day spent together with Artemide and all the guests who showed up, even though the rain was pouring down outside.
A big thanks to everyone!
August means time for the trade fair Formland in Herning. Thursday the 17th we loaded the car with coffee and breakfast and headed off from Copenhagen, all with high expectations for the inspirational new designs we were about to see.
We arrived at Formland just in time for the press brunch. While we ate the organic brunch we listened to an inspiring presentation by Ben Branson from Seedlip about his invention of the worlds first non-alcoholic and award-winning liquor. With our stomachs full we headed out to visit the stands. Among our clients were the Danish interior brand Skriver Collection and the Norwegian ceramic brand Ment. Both stands were decorated with beautiful colours, all inspired by the nature with a mix of deep and dusty soft colours.
We went on to visit another of our clients the danish distributor Lampefeber, who presented their new contributions to lighting. One of these was the launch of a new version of the popular portable lamp FollowMe called FollowMe Plus from Marset. FollowMe Plus was launched not only in a larger size but also with a greater light output.
The focus on colours and materials of the nature was one of the undergoing trends. The stand of our client the Danish design brand SEJ DESIGN was decorated with fresh wood and their products made of PUR rubber. The sustainable touch and the rawness of the tree underpinned the search for honesty and uniqueness. Their stand matched the Scandinavian Trend Institute’s, PEJ gruppen, minds and predictions of SS18 trends - trends with a focus on the materials, nature, and sustainability.
Another trend this year was simple design with an edge. With a reference back to the 50’s and 60’s the products had softer more recognizable shapes. Small uneven details in the products brought some sort of sedition to the designs, which made the expression more unique with a sense of an underlying story.
With all this new information about the latest trends, news and inspiration, we headed back to Copenhagen. All with an excitement for the upcoming season and the many new inspirational designs.
30 years ago, the Italian lighting brand, Artemide, launched their first Tolomeo lamp. The exact year was 1987, when Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina created the design and brought it to life. Since then, a lot of attention has been drawn to the iconic design, which has been a success all over the world. Now that is something to celebrate!
Tuesday 11th, Inside PR and Artemide Scandinavia packed a private jet with influencers from both printed and online media. Full of excitement, we all flew to Hamburg where a Tolomeo anniversary celebration was held.
Well arrived in Hamburg, we had and Italian lunch that underlined the Italian theme of Artemide and Tolomeo. In the beautiful surroundings of German architecture, Elbphilharmonie, the team was guided through the historical building. An old warehouse transformed into two concert halls, a hotel and residential apartments. An exciting start of a day packed with classic architecture, Italy, design and extravagant lifestyle.
Before the event, the press had the opportunity of interviewing Carlotta de Bevilacqua, VP of Artemide. As one of the most influential people of Italian lighting the design, Carlotta talked about her and Artemide’s collaboration with the creator of Tolomeo, Michele De Lucchi. Besides her profession as VP of Artemide, Carlotta is also an architect of light and a friend and colleague of Michele De Lucchi. To our luck Michele De Lucchi himself joined the interview with Carlotta de Bevilacqua.
Architect Meinhard von Gerkan officially opened the Tolomeo celebration with at short introduction of the beautiful Architektursalon von Gerkan, where the event took place. A location that compliments many of Michele De Lucchi designs - especially the main attraction and jubilee: Tolomeo.
Architektursalon von Gerkan is placed on the banks of the Elbe River with a unique view over the river.
The three architecs had a press conference with the entire press. Afterwards we were free to experience the Architektursalon von Gerkan and Michele De Lucchi designs, especially his first prototype of the Tolomeo dragged a lot of attention.
A great day in Hamburg with a lot of inspiring conversations with Artemide enthusiasts from all over the world.
Having a good social media presence can help your business grow. However, this will not happen overnight and it can be rather time-consuming to build your brand socially. But there are some simple steps that can help you and your business through the SoMe jungle. Our PR and Social Media Consultant Stephanie Møller Nielsen gives you 5 tips on how to improve – or even get started on - your presence on social media.
1. Identify goals and objectives
The first step in growing your business’s social media presence is to identify goals and objectives for using social media. What do you want to achieve? Do you want to increase sales? Or do you want to increase brand awareness? By knowing your goals, you can set clear objectives, and know what you are aiming for - before you start posting. This also makes it easier to measure your performance later.
2. Limit yourself
Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Youtube are all highly active social media networks, and they continue to grow! It can be difficult to choose which platforms to focus on, and although a platform is popular, it may not be the right fit for your company. So limit yourself! Ensure you know how each platform works; what audiences you can reach; and what your objectives are and you will be off to a great start. If time is limited, then only commit yourself to 1-2 networks.
3. Quality over quantity
It is a myth that you have to post every day. When making content, you should always focus on making high quality content. It can vary a great deal what content works best on social media. Images and videos on average get the most interaction. Therefore, adding an image, info graphic or video can help you convey the message. It is no coincidence the old saying goes ”a picture is worth a thousand words”.
4. Plan ahead
A great tool in succeeding on social media is to plan ahead. Making a content plan can help you utilise the content and keep track of your platform. Most social media platforms even allow you to make and schedule your content in advance. That way you can distribute your content more effectively.
Posting high quality content is a step in the right direction, but it is only part of the job. Your presence online shouldn’t stop with your own content, you also need to engage with your followers! You should see social media as a flow, and liking, commenting and even sharing your followers’ posts is part of what makes social media work so well.
If you want help improving your social media presence for your design company or just knowing your opportunities online, please feel free to contact me here, and I will help explore your SoMe options.