Turning point

Tonight is the Winter Solstice in Sweden. And tonight will be the longest night of this year. In the very north the sun will not rise at all.
And this is the night (!) when my beautiful amaryllis plants decided to bloom! In shades of pink and crispy white. And a hint of fresh lime.

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All photographs by unknown masters at internet.

Eco Aesthetics, Friends, In the Season 2014-12-21

Dots

Dots – a series of five wooden hooks by Lars Tornöe for Muuto makes a nice view on the wall, even when not used for hanging anything. I like the smooth roundness of the oak wood in combination with the size, which goes from 90 mm to 170 mm!

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Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2014-12-21

And ”fragile” takes on a whole new meaning…

”NOW” is a coming exhibition at Konsthantverkarna Gallery in Stockholm, opening January 10th, 2015. Among the participating artists are Helena Engerås (textile) and Yan Feng Zhang (ceramics). Both are recently graduated students at HDK – Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk (School of Design and Crafts) in Gothenburg. In NOW they explore the concept of ”body”, working with large wall hanged installations. It’s poetic and seemingly fragile. But the fragility actually turns out to be a means of strength.

Textile work by Helena Engarås
Textile work by Helena Engerås.

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Ceramic work by Yan Feng Zhang.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi 2014-12-21

Montana blues…

Danish Montana takes on a flirt with their own history, using colouring from 1983 presented in a breathtaking natural setting in the north of Norway. In pure white.. to shades of midnight blue, the Montana shelf system is as much up to date as ever.
See their promotion film here.
When Peter J Lassen started Montana in 1974 he had a vision of a functional shelf system of industrial origins. Inspired by his collaboration with Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and Jörgen Utzon, Peter J Lassen embarked on an impressing development process. In 1982 he took Montana to the Cologne fair and an international audience. At that time Montana had a turnover of DKK 1 million and a staff of two. The rest is design history.
Environmental and safety concerns has always been top priority for Montana and figure into the company’s strategic considerations, on equal footing with design, quality, technology and cost.
The switch to water-based surface lacquer in 2007 was an important contribution to better indoor climate. And, a better climate over all.

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Take a look at the production process at Montana.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2014-12-19

Dear retired Bruno!

A retired lounge chair is sitting like a fine piece of art by the large window in my living room… Her name is Pernilla but she´s always been nicknamed ”Bruno” after Bruno Mathsson who designed this masterpiece in 1944. Bruno’s got a sleek, curved frame in laminated beech and original green paper webbing, now faded into a pale lime green. She’s no longer steady on her feet, and is wobbling slightly at touch. After 70 years of use this chair is now turned into a nest for cats. And as such she´ll remain.

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Pernilla with the now very rare green paper webbing. Photo by Jacksons.

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Pernilla with the now very rare red paper webbing. Photo by Jacksons.

Retired Bruno Mathsson chair turned into cats nest

Baby knew all along that Bruno actually would make a great cat nest (comfy…but also the perfect match to her emerald eyes…). Hera though is indifferent to the value of design. Food, sleep and some hunting makes her day. Everyday.

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-12-10

No Plastic!

Take on the challenge: use no plastic during december! It might be difficult. Or perhaps quite easy…Plastic waste is a huge and alarming problem, especially when your waste is not recycled and goes into the sea…Don´t forget the micro plastic, as in microbeads in some beauty products. Or how fleece generates micro plastics when it goes through the laundry, and thus become part of domestic waste water.

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Turtle in the Saragasso Sea trapped in plastic waste.

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Gåsö in the Swedish archipelago, photo by Mats Alm.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2014-12-01

Go green with Anna and Fanny

If you´re thinking of going into green food, the new book Det goda enkla by Anna and Fanny Bergenström for Trio is a good start. For a vegetarian it is useful as a how to-guide as Anna and Fanny provides a way of thinking when it comes to cooking which focus on simplicity in the making combined with a never ending curiosity in all kinds of green ingredients.

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Trio is a small Swedish indie press. Det goda enkla is at present only available in Swedish. For this book Fanny Bergenström was awarded ”Best food photographer 2014″ by Swedish Måltidsakademin.

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Book Cradle, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season 2014-11-28

Nao Tamura for Dicipline

”Balance” and ”beauty” are words often used to describe the outcome of Nao Tamura’s work. Add ”innovative” and you come close to pin down her design.
The Sasso cutting boards for Dicipline were shown at Salone Del Mobile in Milan 2014 and is now available in bay oak, niangon wood or black marble.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2014-11-28

Trotz

If in Berlin, don´t miss new work by Swedish artist Ann Edholm at Galerie Nordenhake. The Exhibition is ongoing until January 10, 2015.

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Terror I, 2014, oil on canvas, 240 x 240 cm. Photograph from the artists studio, copyright Galerie Nordenhake.

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Trotz/Oswiecim, 2014, ink on paper, 42.5 x 35.5 cm each / In Spite of All, 2012, oil and wax on canvas, 200×175 cm. Photo copyright Galerie Nordenhake.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-11-26

Sweet fragrance and sweet Mokkasin

With a planting bag made of environmental friendly, breathable polypropylene you can use your basket from Korbo Handmade Wire Baskets for planting indoors. Here I filled it with white hyacinths and protected the bulbs with a cover of soft green moss. This picture was part of a photo session for Korbo which took place at Sofia Janssons beautiful home in Katrineholm, a small town in the countryside south of Stockholm. From there Sofia runs the webshop Little Cute Mokkasin, as well as her sweet Mokkasin blog.

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Photo by Anna Kern.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season 2014-11-26