I like Kind

Kind is Cool. That’s all.

So many of you readers have asked about the ethics of design, e g how to detect and choose cruelty free design. I’ll be back to you soon with some thoughts on the matter. Today: a pic of me and my pony Kickan. The sweet personality and ever loving friend who tought me how to be kind.

 

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Me and my pony Kickan preparing for a jumping competition (with bars on a 15 cm level). Photo copyright Kjell Bollnert for Aftonbladet (1964).

 

Animal Rights, Friends, Scandimood 2016-08-18

Trippel goes contemporary!

I like design which is kind of ”open” to interpretation and change. Trippel by late Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg is such an object. The marble effect on the surface is created by using three different yarn blends. Trippel is elegant, the look almost like that of a high-quality suit. By adding a ten centimetre wide border in five different colour combinations, Trippel 2016 goes from classic to contemporary. Without loosing in visuality.

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Trippel woven rug orange/turquoise 720, by Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg for Kasthall (2016). 100% wool on linen warp. Photo copyright Kasthall.

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Trippel woven rug (detail) orange/turquoise 720, by Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg for Kasthall (2016). 100% wool on linen warp. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall 2016-08-11

Panton Music

When Verner Panton (1926–1998) visited Malaysia in the 60s he found some seashells on the beach and got inspired by their beautiful form and texture. Back in Denmark Panton designed Verpan, the now iconic pendant, where seashells are used to create a ”lampshade” which now and then gives off a sweet tinkling ”music” as the shells touches each other. It is very poetic. And Panton was delighted when he learned that by buying the seashells directly from people in poor countries the production of the lamp also gave people work. To celebrate Verner Pantons 90th anniversary, a new version of the lamp is presented. It is called Panton FUN and comes in a polished brass finish and mother of pearl coloured seashells. .

 

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Panton FUN 10DM pendant – 90th Anniversary Edition, in brass finish and mother of pearl coloured seashells. Originally designed by Verner Panton (1964). Photo copyright Verpan.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-08-09

Pure Morris

Pure Morris is a new collection wallpaper from Morris & Co. The collection recreates eight of William Morris’ finest originals dating back to the 1800’s, including Pure Strawberry Thief, Pure Poppy and Pure Bachelor’s Button. There’s also a new version of the lovely Willlow Bough.

7-morris-pure-wallpaper-archive-documents-sunflower-black-white-naturalNew take on William Morris: The Pure Morris collection focus on William Morris’ very skilled original drawings for his patterns on wallpaper and textile.

DMCW210490_zoomWillow Bough wallpaper by William Morris (1887). In Cream/Pale Green as we’re used to see it. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

DJA1WB103_zoom…and the sweet Blue. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

DMPU216024_zoomPure Willow Bough by William Morris, in Eggshell/Chalk. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

DMPU216023_zoomPure Willow Bough By William Morris, in Ecru/Silver. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

DMPU216025_zoomPure Willow Bough by William Morris, in Dove/Ivory. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-08-06

Thinking Cosy

The short but beautiful summer season of Stockholm Old Town is coming to its end. We’ve seen sun and heavy rain. Every other day actually! The evenings are getting darker and the air is slightly cool. Now it’s time to turn to cosy blankets, and tea and a good book and a cat in the lap!

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Lento lounge chair and low table by Harri Koskinen for Artek. Eco throws (from top) by Elvang, Himla, Klippan and Foxford. Table and stool from Norrgavel, stool in ash naturel from Melo, lamp from Paris au mois d’août, carpet Grid by Jessica Signell Knutsson for Asplund and eco bedlinen by Harry’s Hardware.annakern_sovrum2

Wallpaper Annika by Sandberg Wallpaper, table Tati by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Asplund, lamp Tab by Barber & Osgerby for Flos, carpet Convex by Pia Wallén for Asplund. Chair Kvilt by Nina Jobs for Gärsnäs, table Bowl by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia, floor lamp Tab by Barberg & Osgerby for Flos.

Eco bedroom, interior piece for Lantliv SE by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern. And yes, the cat model is Baby, our sweet, demanding studio boss! You’ll find more pics of B in the link ”No Plastic” to the right.

Andreas Engesvik, Anna Kern, Asplund, Barber & Osgerby, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Fogia, Friends, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-08-06

Le Café Mollien!

For several years Paris was my home and inspiration. How many an hour have I not spent strolling around in the great halls of Musée du Louvre. Especially the Denon wing, that´s where Mona Lisa smiles her little smile… I never attended the café Mollien as it lacked style and felt very out of place. But the new Le Café Mollien by Mathieu Lehanneur (2016) is nothing less than a marvel. The contemporary design blends perfectly well with the air of the Denon wing,  and the grandeur of the space is restored.

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Looking to the right…How does one choose: chair, armchair, stool or perhaps that cosy little bench in the alcove?

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Looking to the left…Great lamp bulbs in pink glass, and furniture in white wood, marble and brass!

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Looking out over the city of Paris…

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…and the terasse! Imagine spending an hour there in company of the ”Lunch Formula Molliers”!

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The menu is printed on a canvas. Fine detail in Le Café Molliers by Mathieu Lehanneur (2016). All photos copyright Le Louvre and Michel Giesbrecht.

 

…and this is what the old café Mollien looked like…

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Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2016-08-02

Finland no 1 EPI 2016

According to EPI, the environmental performance index 2016, Finland is now the greenest country in the world! Followed by Iceland, Sweden and Denmark. EPI ranks 180 countries’ performance on high-priority environmental issues in two areas: protection of human health and protection of ecosystems. One aspect of design production is wastewater. The report states that 23% of the countries still lack any kind of wastewater treatment! Remember the tanning mills of India? Or the plastic waste in the oceans? Or the abuse of animals in factory farming? You can make a difference by asking yourself: Where, how and of what is the design item made?

Lets go environmental friendly and cruelty free. To humans, animals and nature.

 

 

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Finland, the country of sustainable design! Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala. Photo copyright Iittala.

Alvar Aalto, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala, Scandimood 2016-07-29

An imaginary forest by Dinesen

Wide floorboards in soap treated wood is a Scandi classic. Once a year the floor need a treat; scrub with a thick brush and linseed soap, rinse with icy cold water! The result is worth the effort: Suddenly the room is filled with a fresh scent of wood…of trees…It is like being in an imaginary forest! My floorboards at home were made in 1748 when our house was built. Considering the witdh of the boards the trees used to make them must have been at least 200 years old at the time. That’ll mean those trees started to grew somewhere in the north of Sweden more than 450 years ago! You can still get lovely standard floorboards in blond Swedish wood, but for the very wide ones you’ll go… Dinesen.

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Showroom in Stockholm by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat (2006). Floor and table by Dinesen. Photo copyright Dinesen.

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Dinesen showroom in Copenhagen. Photo copyright Dinesen.

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A private home in Aarhus. Photo copyright Gert Skërlund Andersen.

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Exhibition site. Photo copyright Dinesen.

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Living room in a contemporary villa. Photo copyright Dinesen.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-07-21

What to bring as a summer gift

When visiting friends at their summer dwellings I like to bring a gift and I like it to be something useful yet beautiful. Last summer my bag was packed with environmental friendly replacements for plastic like the stylish dish brush from Iris Hantverk made of birch wood and natural fibre. And the handsome linen dishcloth from Växbo Lin… This summer I go for contemporary eco as in ”environmentally friendly production” + ”visual sustainability” + ”a cruelty free approach”.

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Canot cutting board/serving plate in beech wood and brushes in beech wood/polyamid fibre, by Ionna Vautrin. Photo copyright Michel Giesbrecht/Ionna Vautrin.

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Pitcher with ridged edge, handmade in wood by Ryuji Mitani for Muji Tatazumai collection (2016). Only available at Muji’s 5th Ave New York shop. Photo copyright Muji.

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Glass vases by Carina Seth Andersson for (left) Marimekko (2016) and (right) for Skruf (2016). Photo copyright Carina Seth Andersson.

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Manhattan, kitchen towel in 100% linen by Peter Condu for Klässbols (1981). Photo copyright Klässbols.

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Dishbrush from Iris Hantverk. Handmade by blind craftsmen in Stockholm. Birch and natural fibre. Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

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Dish-cloth in linen from Växbo Lin. Photo copyright Växbo Lin.

Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Scandimood 2016-07-10

Greenkitchen stories and Granit

Swedish brand Granit has teamed up with David, Luise & Elsa at Greenkitchen Stories for a new campaign on storage vs veggie food.

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Storage (for the fridge of your dreams!). Photo copyright Granit.

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And for your tasty summer salad there’s a wide low bowl with wooden cutlery. Photo copyright Granit.

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The green lunch box goes in a green eco-bag. Photo copyright Granit.

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An apron is useful while harvesting…Photo copyright Granit.

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…and when preparing dinner pizza! Photo copyright Granit.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season 2016-07-09

Ekodukt Wildlife Crossing

Sweden is a country where many a good idea actually get realized to the benefit of humans as well as wildlife. Like building wildlife crossings (sv. ekodukt) under or over roads. Ten Swedish ekodukts are in use and the result is not only less traffic accidents between vehicles and animals but a rather quick development of important reconnections of natural habitats where the road used to serve as a dead end separating one part from the other.


Presentation of Swedish ekodukt in development outside Gothenburg. In Swedish. Video copyright Trafikverket.

http://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/varmland/djuren-far-egen-bro-over-e18?cmpid=del:pd:ny:20160709:djuren-far-egen-bro-over-e18:nyh
Link to a nice presentation, in Swedish, of an ekodukt in development at Sörmon outside Karlstad, in the southwest part of Sweden. Video copyright @svtnyheter

Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Videos 2016-07-09

Pretty in pink!

Gardentime…and side by side with the peony I’v planted the small but ever so beautiful Astrantia Major, ”Stjärnflocka” in Swedish. This flower goes very well with peonies and is a reminder of how a small gesture might help to highlight the grande. And vice versa.

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The lovely Sarah Bernhardt…Photo copyright Greenspire.

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…highlighted by the sweet Astrantia Major.

Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-07-06