January kitchen

Add a little bit of softness to the classic Scandi look, and it becomes very contemporary.

Photo Copyright Mathias Nero

Superelips table by Bruno Mathsson and Piet Hein, Sjuan chair by Arne Jacobsen, both for Fritz Hansen, chair J49 av Börge Mogensen för Fredericia, Costanza lamp by Paolo Rizzato for Luce Plan, vase Pony by Carina Seth Andersson for Skruf, glass plate Kastehelmi by Oiva Toikka for Iittala, cup SPM by Signe Persson Melin for Rörstrand and napkin Herbarium by Stig Lindberg for Ljungbergs Factory.
Styling Cia Wedin, photo copyright Mathias Nero, for Lantliv SE, issue no 2/15.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2015-01-24

The Swedish Stove

When the modern heating system breaks down… I start up the lovely antique tile stove (aka Swedish Stove).This Scandi icon was invented by Carl Johan Cronstedt and Fabian Wrede in 1767, and considered very hi-tech. It actually increased the efficiency of the wood-burning stove eightfold. Stoves from the time come in different shapes, often with handpainted decorations. A few years ago a fine book on the subject was released by Susanna Scherman with photographs by Michael Perlmutter. From February 28 until March 15 you can see some of the pictures, taken with large format camera, blown up (to size 140×100 cm or 120×180 cm!) and then silicone mounted on glass, in an exhibition at Edsvik Konsthall.

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Tile stove at Gripsholm Castle, photo copyright Michael Perlmutter.

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Tile stove at Maltesholm, photo copyright Michael Perlmutter.

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Book cover shows tile stove at Sturehov, photo copyright Michael Perlmutter.

Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season 2015-01-23

A handsome model…

Baby – my Russian Blue cat/secretary was helping browsing through the mailbox this morning and she pointed out a very handsome model.
While she was admiring the sleek kitty I got caught by Mariposa – a new sofa by Barber & Osgerby for Vitra 2015 Home Collection. The unusual seat depths allows two people to sit on either end and comfortably face each other.
Mariposa will be shown in a special exhibition at the Furniture Fair in Cologne this coming week, as it has been selected among the winners of the ”Interior Innovation Award 2015”.

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Mariposa sofa by Barber & Osgerby for Vitra (2015). Photo copyright Vitra.

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Mariposa comes in vivid yellow, pale pink and light grey. Photo copyright Vitra.

Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2015-01-17

Brass delicate

We´ve seen a lot of brass during the last years. Like sculptural every-day objects by Ilse Crawford for Georg Jensen, or Claesson, Koivisto, Rune for Skultuna.
But during the end of 2014 new products appeared, indicating a more delicate look.
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Basket no 14, in brasscovered steel wire, by Rebeca Uth for Ro. Three different sizes, in heights from 14–42,5 cm. Photo copyright Ro.

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Bookend from The London Collection by Lara Bohinc for Skultuna.
Photo copyright Skultuna.

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Collection Ilse, by Ilse Crawford for Georg Jensen.
Photo copyright Georg Jensen.

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Ballerina bowls by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune for Skultuna.
Photo copyright Skultuna.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2015-01-15

Descending..

Years ago I took a stroll and came upon a gigantic oak tree hanging upside down in the sky, in the middle of a shopping area in Stockholm… The magnificent installation generated several visits; some at night when the tree was illuminated by red light.
Since then Charlotte Gyllenhammar has established herself as one of Sweden’s most influential artists. In her latest work she explores the subject’s integrity and the importance of perspective. Don´t miss out:
Charlotte Gyllenhammar
Göteborgs konstmuseum
24 January – 3 May 2015.

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Charlotte Gyllenhammar, Night Descend (2014). Foto copyright Stefan Bohlin.

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Die for you, installation at Sergels Torg, Stockholm (1993) by Charlotte Gyllenhammar. Photo copyright Stefan Bohlin.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2015-01-13

Bar Bench by Wegner

…an all time favourite in the modernistic Scandi style: Bar Bench by Hans J Wegner (1953). Originally Wegner designed this bench for his own private entrance hall, but the same year he also designed the Upholstered Peacock Chair and as the two were often seen together the Bar Bench soon become well-known. Its use extended to all kinds of rooms, not the least museums and other public spaces. Bar Bench aka pp589 is produced by PP Möbler in Denmark.

Bar Bench by Wegner

Interior at Tönder Museum in Denmark. Photo copyright Jens Mourits Sörensen.

Eco Aesthetics 2015-01-13