Stella, Estelle and Baby Bianco

It’s just like magic! From one day to the other the star lamp is up and shining in almost every window here in Old Town. As for us, we’ve got Stella and Estelle. And Baby Bianco! The first star lamp was made of glass and came to Sweden from Germany in the end of the 19th century. Since 1934 the slim paper star has been the most common model.

Stella, handmade paper star lamp by Watt & Veke, diameter 116 cm. Photo copyright Watt & Veke.

Estelle 80 pink
Estelle, handmade paper star lamp by Watt & Veke, diameter 80 cm. Photo copyright Watt & Veke.

Baby Bianco, handmade paper star lamp by Earth Friendly/Men at Work, diameter 45 cm. Photo copyright Men at Work.

There’s a paper star lamp for every taste. White, slim, round, colourful…Who said one is enough?!

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season 2015-11-24

The Christmas Calendar

From 1st of December until Christmas Eve the Christmas Calendar is big business in Sweden. Perhaps tea or chocolate will tempt you? I’ll go for both!

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The Tea Advent Calendar 2015 by Swedish brand Teadventskalendern comes with a selection of 24 different organic tea bags. One for each day. Photo copyright Teadventskalendern.

The Tea Advent Calendar 2015. Photo copyright Teadventskalendern.

Countdown for Christmas Calendar by Danish brand Simply Chocolate. 30 pieces of chocolate, handmade from high quality ingredients. Notice the extra treats at ”December 3 1/2″ and so on! Photo copyright Simply Chocolate.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, In the Season 2015-11-22

Liv (Life) and Swirl

Students from Beckmans School of Design has collaborated with Skultuna and designed products in brass. Last week I admired the result at Skultuna Concept Store in Stockholm. The Liv plant house by Emma Stridh has been chosen for production by Skultuna. All students contributed with eye opening new ways of using brass! I especially liked the Swirl candleholder by Jim Claesson Zsuppan: See how the brass is playfully squeezed and lended a slightly ruff finish. Then connected with smooth fine woodwork.

Liv plant house by Emma Stridh (2015), prototype in brass and glass. To be produced by Skultuna. Photo copyright Skultuna.

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Swirl Candleholder by Jim Claesson Zsuppan (2015), prototype in brass and wood. Photo copyright Skultuna.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2015-11-22

Cholita goes jungle

On request today from several readers; an update on the rescue of Cholita the bear. A heartwarming story of compassion, from ADI. For the whole story see post ”Changes” 2015-05-06 below.

Cholita the (endangered) Spectacled bear suffered 25 years shut in a tiny cage and abused at a Peruvian circus for ten years, later in a zoo. Her fingers were brutally cut down to stumps to remove her front claws and her teeth were broken off, leaving her defenceless. Cholita was rescued as part of Operation Spirit of Freedom, an ADI mission in collaboration with Peru’s authorities to enforce their law on wild animal circuses, and raid circuses all over the country in the biggest operation of its kind. Nearly 100 animals have been saved during 2015 from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade. ADI now want to provide Cholita with some friends and have identified three more Spectacled bears in urgent need of help. You can support their rescue by donating to ADI.

How to provide a wild bear with manicure, as she cannot herself wear the claws down. Video by AMI.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Scandimood, Videos 2015-11-22

Monokel Eyewear

Swedish brand Monokel Eyewear started in 2011 when two pals lay injured from snowboard accidents, and decided to make some use of the time. Since then Robert Sandgren and Fredrik Sävenberg has made a great work with their brand. All Monokel Eyewear sunglasses are handmade in Stockholm, from premium acetate 100% UV protective Carl Zeiss Vision lenses, stainless steel hinges and teflon covered hinge screews.

Monokel Eyewear Semi Transparent Blue. Photo copyright Monokel Eywear.

Monokel Eyewear Barstow Lemonade. Photo copyright Monokel Eyewear.

Monokel Eyewear Neo Condom. Photo copyright Monokel Eyewear.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2015-11-21

Pigeon Light

Pigeon Light was originally designed by Ed Carpenter when he was studying product design at London’s Royal College of Art, and exhibited at his degree show in 2001. Since then the sweet bringer of peace has hit iconic status. Now in reproduction and available at Liberty.

Pigeon Light by Ed Carpenter (2001), perplex shell, clothes peg foot and beech wood perch. Photo copyright Liberty.

…and in Paris the pigeons are alerted and they sing: ”Liberté, egalité, fraternité!”
20111127_w8877_b7879_h1011_enM0100_cs_nTrocadero_s1600 Pigeon Parisien. Photo copyright Subeo.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2015-11-19

French esprit!

Inga Sempé knows how to bring modernity and esprit into her design. The simple, almost naïve form comes alive with beauty and a great deal of humour; You´ll never get bored in the company of a Sempé design. (Isn’t that a good argument for sustainability!). Last week I worked with w153/Île, Sempés new lamp for Swedish Wästberg (2015). Also awarded ”Best Lamp Design 2015″ by Swedish mag Residence. Well deserved!

”Une petite lampe à pincer multifunction”…Île clamp lamp for Wästberg (2015) has a flat base, allowing it to stand on a flat surface. The lamp can also be mounted on the wall. Being a LED lamp it doesn’t get warm and as such it is safe to clamp on your tabletop, a shelf, a thick book, the windowsill…Photo copyright Studio Sempix.

Sneakpeak setting by Cia Wedin Photo Anna Kern
Behind the scene with w153 Ìle by Inga Sempé for Wästberg: Here’s a sneak peak from when we started to build a setting with Inga Sempés new lighting for Wästberg. The clamp lamp sits perfectly well on Norråker table by Ikea (2015). From a coming piece by Cia Wedin for Lantliv SE. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Some more ingenious work by Inga Sempé:
Österlen chair by Inga Sempé for Gärsnäs. Photo copyright Gärsnäs.

Vapeurs colorées, lamp by Inga Sempé for Moustache (2012). Pleated Tyvek and pleated iron sheet. Photo copyright Moustache.

Beaux Fixe, armchair by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset (2015), model. Photo copyright Studio Sempix.

Giboulée, blankets by Inga Sempé for Röros Tweed (2014). Photo copyright Studio Sempix.

Collo Alto, cutlery (set) by Inga Sempé for Alessi (2015). Sketch. Photo copyright Inga Sempé.

Ruban mirrors by Inga Sempé for Hay (2015). Photo copyright Studio Sempix.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Inga Sempé, Röros Tweed, Scandimood, Wästberg 2015-11-19

Art walk

If in Stockholm take the chance to enjoy two really fab Swedish artists! Ann Edholm at Galerie Nordenhake, and Lina Selander at Moderna Museet!

Den sjungande Skogen
Ann Edholm
Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm
12 November – 19 December 2015

Installation view from Galerie Nordenhake with painting by Ann Edholm; Nachtwache/Nattvakt, 2015, oil on canvas, 264 x 238 cm. Copyright Ann Edholm and Galerie Nordenhake.

Lina Selander
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
14 November 2015 – 28 February 2016

Lina Selander, The Hours That Hold the Form (A Couple of Days in Portbou), 2007 (film still) Copyright Lina Selander.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes 2015-11-12

First day at kinder garten!

I KNOW this is a blog on Scandi style but is it not stylish to care about the little ones and feel happy (and amused) when they thrive! Human or animal..! Speaking about orangutan’s here’s a feel good moment from Indonesia.

Rickina was rescued from a man in the capital of Pontiak who claimed he had encountered a female orangutan with the baby ”in the forest” and claimed that the mother was so startled she’s abandoned the baby and run away! The man picked up the baby and in doing so apparently sauced a gaping wound on her head with his machete…A mother orangutan will never leave her infant behind and will fight to her death to protect her baby from aggressors. So what really happened? If you like you can ”adopt” Rickina at Orangutan Outreach.

Animal Rights, Videos 2015-11-11

Scandia by Kaj Franck

During the mid 50s Kaj Franck changed the standard for Scandinavian cutlery in a small but revolutionary way. His Scandia series were produced in stainless steel, made in Finland and deliberately multifunctional. Franck changed the traditional form of the spoon, making it rounder and deeper. The fork got its teeth flattened and broadened. The coffee spoon was made larger. And so on. Scandia become extremely popular over a span of 40 years. It’s very nice to see Scandia i production again, now by Iittala.

Scandia cutlery by Kaj Franck, now in production by Iittala (2016). Photo copyright Iittala.

Scandia Set, cutlery by Kaj Franck in production by Iittala (2016). Photo copyright Iittala.

Scandia Serving Set by Kaj Franck in production by Iittala (2016). Photo copyright Iittala.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Eco aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala, Scandimood 2015-11-11