Ply and Vivlio

Ply rug by textile designer Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto (2016) mix traditional weaving technique and contemporary colouring. The result lends style to the everyday! Margrethe Odgaard is also a furniture designer, in collaboration with Chris L Halstrom. Their Vivlio Shelving System for Skagerak (2016) recently won the Red Dot Design Award 2016. I especially like the idea of being able to turn the shelf round, and make it look (and function) more like a box than an open shelf.

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Ply rug by Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto (2016). Wool. Photo copyright Muuto.

Ply rug by Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto (2016) comes in five colours: Black/White, Dark Grey, Off-White, Rose and Yellow. Photo copyright Muuto.

Vivlio Shelf by Halstrom Odgaard for Skagerak (2016), ash/steel. Photo copyright Skagerak.

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Vivlio Shelving system by Halstrom Odgaard for Skagerak (2016). Photo copyright @halstromodgaard

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Muuto 2016-04-26

Slow down and notice…

If in Berlin this coming weekend, don´t miss out the opportunity to follow Michael Schmidt on a mediative walk through anonymous natural spaces. You’ll experience how the ordinary, the in-between zones, the forgettable and not so pretty slowly make an impact on you. Nature was the artists last book and it is impressive as a means of guiding and holding attention. Even the smallest detail comes forth as an important experience when you take your time to look closer. Interesting!

Photographs by Michael Schmidt
Curated by Thomas Weski
April 29 – May 1
Galerie Nordenhake Berlin

Michael Schmidt, Untitled from NATUR, 1987 / 2014. Gelatin silver bromide print, toned gold, 23.9 cm x 17.9 cm. Photocopyright Michael Schmidt/Galerie Nordenhake.

Compassionates, Okategoriserade 2016-04-25

Back to basic

The deep forests of Ångermanland in the north of Sweden inspired entrepreneur Niklas Gilmark to create Allvar. Gilmark teamed up with Stefan Söderberg, founder of fashion brand HOPE, and together they’ve now launched a series of men’s underwear made from wood cellulose. It has been a priority for Gilmark and Söderberg to have a sustainable value chain. Thus the trees comes from FSC certified forests, managed according to international sustainability standards. At the biorefinery Domsjö Fabriker the trees selected are those too weak to be used as construction timber. The wood is separated into ethanol, resin and lignin cellulose. From the cellulose the fabric is developed.*
Söderberg has deliberately kept the design very basic. Instead there’s a luxury which comes with the soft and sensual fabric and the carefully designed presentation. The Swedish word ”allvar” means seriousness. ”It captures the essence of what we want to communicate” says Niklas Gilmark. ”Our instincts and senses come alive, and our spirits soar”.

*From one full-grown tree you get enough viscose thread to make 200 pairs of trousers.


Trunk Fly Wood, dry white, by Stefan Söderberg for Allvar. Photo copyright Allvar.

Trunk Core Wood, almost black, by Stefan Söderberg for Allvar. Photo copyright Allvar.

Allvar packaging design, by Albin Holmqvist. Photo copyright Allvar.

Allvar packaging design, by Albin Holmqvist. Photo copyright Allvar.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2016-04-23

The London Influence

Influenced by the city of London Maja Johansson has created Core, Pearl and Pebble for Kasthall (2016). Maja Johansson challenges traditional weaving techniques by developing new structures and investigates the effect of mixing various materials and colours. In her work impressions of dramatic architecture, grand hotel lobbies and pavements shimmering from rain transform into three-dimensional textures and unexpected patterns.

Core peacock petrol, handtufted rug by Maja Johansson for Kasthall (2016). Worsted wool and linen. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Pearl icy grey, handtufted rug by Maja Johansson for Kasthall (2016). Worsted wool. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Pebble marble grey, handtufted rug by Maja Johansson for Kasthall (2016). Worsted wool and linen. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall 2016-04-19

Leather is not an option II

Speaking of accessories…Undercover footage by PETA shows the truth behind ostrich leather used for bags, boots, watch bands etc by luxury fashion brands. In the interior design world leather is mainly used for furniture. But now we see a trend where designers make interior ”accessories” in leather or with leather details, claiming leather to be a ”sustainable material”. Nothing could be more misleading. The leather industry is a ticking bomb of toxic pollution. And animals in the leather industry are not bred to become meat. Leather is big business where animals are exposed to massive abuse and suffering, workers at tanning plants risk their health and life, and the environment gets polluted. Thus, the current trend of designers, bloggers and journalists promoting leather as a ”sustainable material” is deeply worrying.

Ostriches killed for Hermés and Prada bags. Video copyright PETA.

The Toxic Price of Leather” from Sean Gallagher on Vimeo. Video copyright Sean Gallagher.

”What are your shoes stepping on?” Video copyright DanWatch.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Scandimood, Videos 2016-04-13

Accessorize your home

Several furniture brands present their own accessories lines. Hay led the way some years ago with their successful range of everyday objects. What started as a production of contemporary, well designed furniture soon grew into a home concept. For 2016 Hay present a collaboration with Sebastian Wrong and his new brand ”Wrong London”, with lighting produced by Wrong London in partnership with Hay. I’m glad to see a favourite, paper lamp Pion, included in the collection.
Earlier this year Swedish brand Fogia presented their first accessory line. Fab designers like Carina Seth Andersson and Note design studio added vessels, blankets, carpets etc to Fogias furniture line. Launched in Milan this week is a small shelf/hanger in the Arch series by Note.
Most surprising (?) though is renewed brand Republic by Fritz Hansen and their new asseccories line ”Objects”. Objects they are…and due to the presentation these vases, tables, cushions, candlesticks etc is ”a statement that can add a touch of Nordic lifestyle and playfulness to your home”. Well, the collection is obviously of good quality and the designers well known but time will tell if the collection survives the ever changeing interior trends. Small everyday yet decorative objects need to have a very high level of visual sustainability if they shall survive.

Tray stack from the collection ”Objects” by Republic of Fritz Hansen is inspired by traditional Nordic bentwood boxes as well as shaker lifestyle. Photo copyright Republic of Fritz Hansen.

Pion, paper lamp by Bertjan Pot for Wrong London (2016). Photo copyright Wrong London.

Contemporary Scandi 2016-04-13

Dine in style!

Norway’s got a long tradition of making beautiful cutlery, especially Tias Eckhoff (1926–2016) has graced many a table with his design. Eckhoff’s Maya comes to my mind when I admire the new serving spoon and fork by Lars Beller Fjetland for Theodor Olsen. Monstrera is part of the exhibition Structure at Ventura Lambrate, Milan, 12–17 April. The exhibition presents 26 contemporary Norwegian designers, get a glimpse @norwegianstructure

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Monstrera serving fork and spoon, by Lars Beller Fjetland for Theodor Olsen (2016). Photo copyright Theodor Olsen.

Maya, cutlery by Tias Eckhoff (1962) for Norsk Stålpress (Norstaal), stainless steel. In production by Stelton. Photo copyright SNL.


Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2016-04-12

Tailor made sound

Oslo is the fourth wireless loudspeaker launched by Danish manufacturer Vifa and part of their ”Nordic series”. Vifa knows how to visualize their story and the flirt with fashion and life-style lends a very contemporary feel to the product.

Oslo, portable, wireless loudspeaker by Vifa (2016). Diecast aluminum frame, polycarbonate enclosure, textile cover by Kvadrat, dimensions 268 mm x 181 mm x 990 mm, net weight 2,4 kg. Photo copyright Vifa.

Contemporary Scandi 2016-04-11

The magic number?

139. Readers from 139 countries visit Scandimood and it amazes me. How lovely! Blogging becomes a true democratic project connecting people word wide. But now it seems we’re standing still, as there’s been only one addition of a country (but several readers though) during the first months of 2016. Let’s reach out: If you know somebody in a country not marked on the map, please let hen (the Swedish gender-neutral personal pronoun) know about Scandimood and ask hen to visit. Let’s conquer the whole globe with a tale of design vs environmental friendly production, visual sustainability and a cruelty free approach!
PS Thank you all for visiting on such regular basis! Much appreciated!

Readers of Scandimood are located in 139 countries

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Scandimood 2016-04-10

The attraction of a simple drawing

Invitations to attend press gatherings, exhibitions and design events during the Milano Deign Week 2016 are piling up in my mailbox and I dare say it’s a bit overwhelming; so many stories, so many pictures, so much effort made to catch my eye and my attention.
And then these simple sketches arrive. From TAF. And that’s all I need to get curious.

”While designing the lamp we were inspired by the idea of displaying the different lamp components on a serving plate – almost as a still life. A reduced design beyond reduction”, says Gabriella Gustafson & Mattias Ståhlbom from TAF.
Control, lamp for Muuto by TAF (2016). Photo copyright TAF.

Remember Ambit, the pendant lamp released earlier this year? Now it is followed by a mini version, as sweet as ever.
Ambit pendant lamp diameter 250 mm, by TAF for Muuto (2016). Photo copyright TAF.

TAF is one of 16 international designers/studios that has contributed to the new brand 2016/ curated by CD Teruhiro Yanagihara and co-CD:s Scholten & Baijings.
Double, porcelain set including 10 different pieces. By TAF for 2016/(2016). Photo copyright TAF.

You’ll find TAF for Muuto at Salone del Mobile, Hall 16, Stand C40.
You´ll find TAF for 2016/ at Showroom, Via dell Erbe 2, 20121 Milan.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, TAF 2016-04-09

Sladda urban bike by Ikea

Sladda bicycle by Ikea has been rewarded the ”Best of the Best” Red Dot Award 2016. It is a well deserved honour for Ikea and developers/industrial designers Oskar Juhlin, Jan Puranen och Kristian Eke from Veryday designstudio. Bicycles are one of the most eco-friendly forms of transportation and with Sladda the project team has created a game-changing bike which is multi-gender, very simple to use, and rigorously tested to support a sustainable lifestyle for a broad range of people. Available in Sweden in August 2016.

Sladda bike by Veryday design studio for Ikea (2016). The bike’s got a ingenious click-in knob system which make it possible to hook on and off accessories like baskets and racks! Sladda comes with a 25-year warranty. Photo copyright Ikea.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Gender perspective, Ikea 2016-04-08

Stories by the Water

The annual Milan Design Week and the Salone Internazionale del Mobile is held 12–17 April, 2016. Sweden is well represented this year, both in town and at the Fair. Here’s a teaser from the Academy of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg and graduate student Matz Engdahl who will be participating in the exhibition Stories by the Water, curated by Note Design Studio.

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Funt, babtismal font by Matz Engdahl, detail. Photo copyright Matz Engdahl.”Funt” is the Swedish word for ”baptismal font”.

Funt from Matz Engdahl on Vimeo.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Videos 2016-04-06