Marimekko Moments

Marimekko knows how to mix influences from different cultures into a design and style that is unmistakingly their own. The interplay between Finnish functionalism, minimalism and folklore has always been part of the brands identity, but during 2014 Marimekko has stepped up the design ladder, going international. We like the colorful, urban approach with well-made patterns used to create products for a modern life. This is Contemporary Scandi at its best.

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Duvet cover Tasaraita, by Annika Rimala, cushion covers Utö, by Aino-Maija Metsola, and Siirtolapuutarha by Maija Louekari. Interior light Valoisa by Harri Koskinen. All from Moments – Marimekko Autumn 2014. Published by permission from Marimekko.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2014-09-12

The Soft Scandi

Soft Scandi…what´s that? Right now we see a strong trend towards a more relaxed Scandi Style; in interiors, in fashion, in an over-all life style that is. Still minimalistic in its approach, many brands takes the style into eco-friendly and slow.
Danish brand Aiayu started ten years ago with an idea of producing sustainable fashion and home textile in one material only. After meeting the Llama and noticing the potential in the Llama wool fibre, Aiayu launched their first collection in 2006. In 2009 they installed a water plant in their (only) factory in Bolivia, with the result that 100 % of all water used in production are cleaned, and 70 % re-used. In 2009 and 2012 Aiayu was awarded ”Ethical brand of the year”. Their new home collection was shown at Maison et Objet 2014.

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Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2014-09-12

What happened to Art in todays politics?

Two days from now we’ll have elections in Sweden. Yet no politician seem to have anything to say about Art, Architecture and Design. Nothing. We find this very alarming. Let’s rest our spinning thoughts by contemplating the beautiful sculpture Head by Constantin Brâncusi.

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Brâncusi taking a break with one of his fluffy friends…
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… and the artist working in his studio.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics 2014-09-11

Back to basic!

During the last year we´ve seen cushions en masse, leading us to wonder how many cushions it’s actually possible to use in a sofa, chair or bed! And why on earth we´re supposed to change cushions all the time? Therefore it is interesting to see young danish designer Simon Legald insist on a long-time relationship for you and your cushion!
Cloud for Normann-Copenhagen is functional behind your back while reading, watching a film or working on your laptop…
Simon Legald says: ”I wanted to create a cushion that was comfortable and could spring back into shape. So you don’t need to fluff up the cushion after use.”
To achieve this he used foam for filling, and the design is clever with a combination of classic upholstery techniques, a Gabriel Medley fabric in oeko-tex polyester and contemporary colours.
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Contemporary Scandi 2014-09-10

Form (us) with LOVE

Swedish design group Form Us With Love has an appealing easy-going approach to interiors and design; they stay ground with their credo on focusing on the actual person who shall use their design. FUWL don´t hesitate to use words like ”practical”,”simplicity” or ”everyday life” when describing their design. These new products for Danish brand Menu was launched at Maison et Objet in Paris. LOVEly!

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The Cage Collection by Form Us With Love for Menu, coat painted steel and ash wood, first shown in september 2014.

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The Form Us With Love team outside their studio/showroom in Stockholm.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-09-10

Mr Cooper, how do you take it?

The best café in Sweden, according to White Guide 2014, is Johan & Nyström Concept Store at Södermalm area in Stockholm.
After years of an excessive caffelattemacchiatocappuccino trend it is a relief to find a café where it’s all right to go hardcore: ”Black as midnight on a moonless night”…

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Photographs by Patric Johansson, from an editorial piece by Cia Wedin.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season 2014-09-09

Re Rag Rug

Swedish designers Katarina Brieditis and Katarina Evans, aka Re Rag Rug, make innovative, experimental, designed, handmade rugs, of materials considered worthless. Don´t miss out their exhibition at Handarbetets Vänner in Stockholm, open until 7th of September. Or, visit them at 100%design in London, 17–20 September 2014.

RRR10-13 hi Squeeze, by Re Rag Rug, is a hand knitted double knit made from T-shirts och jersey excess from textile industry in India.

RRR8-Off Pist Off Pist by Re Rag Rug, is hooked/chain stitched and made out of recycled white t-shirts.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-09-03

Chart 2014

Art is essential for us! If you´re in Copenhagen this coming weekend, don´t miss out the second edition of Chart Art Fair at Kunsthall Charlottenborg.

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Among this years participants is Galerie Nordenhake, to be found in Boot 22.
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Whitney Stanley Whitney, New York 2013. Photo Galerie Nordenhake.

…take a look at the pics below for a throwback of Chart 2013.
Photos Chart Art Fair.

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Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, In the Season 2014-08-24

On the Bench for a while?

…time on the bench seems a good idea this Fall. At least for a while. To rest. To think. To gain strength before going back to business!
Here´s a mini-trend in the Season:

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Berlin from Bolia A sleek 210 cm in massive, natural oak.

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Bench One from Another Country. 160 cm, oak naturel.

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Frame Bench by Sebastian Wrong for Hay. Solid ash, 250 cm.

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And Wood Bench, by Barber Osgerby for Vitra. Solid oak. 260 cm…

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, In the Season 2014-08-19