Soft Edge by Iskos-Berlin

A scandi chair made of wood or wood/steel. A chair with a softly shaped seat and back where all the edges face away from the body. Stackable and light. Simple yet handsome. This is how classic blends into contemporary! For the Soft Edge chair designstudio Iskos-Berlin used a method that generates significantly more double curvature from standard veneers. They also worked with 6 mm instead of the usual 10 mm plywood, thus reducing the consumption of wood.

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Soft Edge chair by Iskos-Berlin for Hay (2016). Steel base, seat and back in moulded plywood. Photo copyright Hay.

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Soft Edge chair by Iskos-Berlin for Hay (2016). Photo copyright Iskos-Berlin.

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Soft Edge chair by Iskos-Berlin for Hay (2016), metal or wooden frame, seat and back in moulded plywood. Notice the three dimensional look, which is difficult to achieve when working with plywood. Photo copyright Hay.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Hay 2016-07-01

The House Story

Writing a so called house-story is a challenge. Text and pics must blend together into a portrait of someones most beloved home. It takes passion and commitment ”to make a home out of a house” and the people we visit have made that effort. We always feel privileged to be invited into a private home, and trusted with the task to capture its feel.

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In the very south of Sweden, in Skåne, master photographer Pelle Bergström and his family have created a fab house and a lovely home. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration SE (June/July 2016). Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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In the north of Sweden, in Hälsingland county, the owners of Växbo Lin, Jacob and Hanna Bruce with family, spend their holidays in a Swedish ”sportstuga” – a small, simple summer dwelling common in Sweden from the early 20th century, and even more from 1938 when Swede’s got the right to annual leave. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Deocration SE (June/July 2016). Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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On the outskirts of Stockholm gardendesigner Anna Lundberg with family lives in a wooden house from 1920. The great garden umbrella comes from Annas company Mirlo. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration SE (June/July 2016). Photo copyright Stellan Herner.

Anna Kern, Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes, Pelle Bergström 2016-06-24

The sculptural scandi lamp

The sculptural white lamp never goes out of fashion. It blends easily into any scandi interior and is a good example of visual sustainability.

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Io by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Fontana Arte (2015). Die-cast aluminium. Photo copyright Fontana Arte.

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Lampyre by Inga Sempé for Wästberg (2016). Opaline glass. Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Gatto by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos (1960). Steel, cocoon. Photo copyright Anna Kern. From a feature for Lantliv SE by Cia Wedin.

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Le KLint 101 by Kaare Klint for Le Klint (1944). Paper or lampshade foil. Photo copyright Le Klint.

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Tab by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Flos (2008). Painted pressofused aluminium, multi-led diffuser in specially designed PMMA. Photo copyright Barber & Osgerby.

Anna Kern, Barber & Osgerby, Castiglioni, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Inga Sempé, Le Klint, Wästberg 2016-06-19

Adi 24/7 home office

The 24/7 furniture series by Kaisa Kivelä for Finnish Design Shop take office furniture to the point where good function merge with visual sustainability, and hence the different pieces goes well into a home office. Producer is the Finnish furniture company Adi. Pics styled and photographed by talented Riika Katinkoski from the blog Weekday Carnival.

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Adi 24/7 high cabinet, by Kaisa Kivelä for Finnish Design Shop. Frame in melamine coated shipboard, front panels in painted MDF. Chair Siro by Ilkka Suppanen and Raffaella Mangiarotti for Woodnotes. Photo copyright Finnish Design Shop.

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Adi 24/7 drawer unit/low cabinet, by Kaisa Kivelä for Finnish Design Shop. The drawers have an intendention for opening on both sides. Frame in melamine coated shipboard, front panels in painted MDF. Chair Domus by Ilmari Tapiovaara for Artek (1946). Photo copyright Finnish Design Shop.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2016-06-16

Ready Made Montana

Recently Montana launched a range of ready made furniture, built by using their famous module system, designed by Peter J Lassen. Montana is Montana is Montana; sleek, handsome, sustainable to the environment and to the eye. How nice!

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Rest, bench/storage by Montana (2016). Photo copyright Montana.

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Bend, open-shelf modules in an S-shape, by Montana (2016). Photo copyright Montana.

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Aid, medicine cabinet by Montana (2016). Photo copyright Montana.

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Show, shelving unit divided into four compartments – the classic Montana bookcase. Now available with legs, castors, suspension rails or plinth. Photo copyright Montana.

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Repeat, sideboard by Montana (2016). Available with legs, castors, suspension rails or plinth. Photo copyright Montana.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Montana 2016-06-13

Ikea bed and bag…

Ikea has teamed up with brittish designer wizard Tom Dixon and danish scandibrand Hay. As with former design collaborations (Ilse Crawford’s Sinnerlig, Ingegerd Råman’s Viktigt) Ikea take environmental friendly steps forward.
Hay, with designer Mette Hey, has given the iconic blue Ikea bag an update, I’ll try mine during the summer to see what it feels like. I am not a plastic fan but considering the blue bag sell in amazingly 65 million a year I appreciate the updated look and the way Hay worked with an environmental friendly 100 % polypropylene. From Hay there’ll also be a collection of furniture and accessories.
Tom Dixon will re-define the use of some Ikea classics like the Klippan sofa and the range of Ikea spring mattresses. Instead of using different legs or frames for different furniture Dixon has been commissioned to design a frame/platform series to go with both sofa and bed. The new design will be produced in environmental friendly aluminum.

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Updated Ikea bag, by Hay for Ikea (August 2017). Photo copyright Ikea.

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Ikea Frakta shopping bag by Knut Hagberg and Marianne Hagberg for Ikea (1996).

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Bed/sofa frame/platform in 100% recycled aluminium, by Tom Dixon for Ikea (January/February 2018). Photo copyright Ikea.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Ikea 2016-06-10

Stutterheim goes NYC

Swedish brand Stutterheim has opened a shop in New York City, perhaps with the aim to spread the famous Swedish melancholy world wide? ”Through our melancholy we come up with new ways of seeing the world and new ways of being in the world”, Stutterheim claim. And then the brand add a great deal of humor to their handsome collection by naming their gear according to the rather stiff dress codes of some Stockholm areas. It is actually spot on. Södermalm, Vasastan…I am awaiting an Old Town creative but sensible parka!

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Södermalm Opal Black Biker Jacket by Stutterheim (2016). Handmade in high gloss opal. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Vasastan Charcoal Carcoat by Stutterheim (2016). Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Beckolmen Charcoal bucket hat by Stutterheim (2016). Handmade in rubberized cotton. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Arholma green, the original raincoat by Stutterheim. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Stutterheim New York Shop at 232 Muberry Street in Nolita. Photo copyright @stutterheim

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Embracing melancholy! Photo copyright Matt Scorte/Stutterheim.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Stutterheim 2016-06-06

Sweden mania!

June 6th is the National Day of Sweden, celebrated in honour of the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, and the foundation of modern Sweden. Being a public holiday Swede’s take the chance to be outdoors the whole day; we go for picknicks, take a swim, spend time together. Since some years one of the Swedish daily newspapers ask their readers to contribute with pics of what they love most about Sweden. This year, as always, Nature is the winner; and the lovely, magnificent, sweet natural sights, from the peaks in the north to the long beaches of the south.

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All pics photo copyright Aftonbladet.

Compassionates, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2016-06-06

Pia Wallén Cross Camel

Go stylish with Cross by Pia Wallén! The popular eco-blanket in 100 % organic cotton in a sophisticated camel is now back in stock. Cross is a perfect companion on cool summer evenings when you need a soft and light blanket to drape around your shoulders.

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Cross blanket Camel, by Pia Wallén (2015). 100 % organic cotton, sizes 75 x 125 cm and 150 x 250 cm. Photo copyright Pia Wallen.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Pia Wallén, Scandimood 2016-06-05

Oblon – bath outside the box

The Oblon series by venetian architect Stefano Cavazzana for Novello is a handsome, sleek yet basic product line which goes very well into a Scandi summer house. There’s a strong trend now to think outside the box when considering installing modern fascilites, like bathrooms into old buildings/summer dwellings. By using modular systems it is possible to integrate the bathroom into a variety of spaces, creating a room rather than a standard bathroom. With Oblon there’s also an interpretation of traditional bathing habits, like bringing the water into the room by a can or a simple tap. As well as the paraphrase on the freestanding porcelain bowls, used during centuries in Scandi houses as basins.

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Oblon series by Stefano Cavazzana for Novello (2016). All photos copyright Novello.

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Environmental friendly 2016-06-04

Living your Rights

Living your Dream is good. But nothing top living your Rights! Remember ADI – Animal Defenders International – and their heroic rescue of circus animals in Peru and Colombia? The campaign ”Spirit of Freedom” has now resulted in the relocating of more than 100 individuals to sanctuaries world wide. Here’s the feel-good tale of how 33 former ”circus lions” travel to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa. The big cats are too old to be rehabilitated and released into nature. But at this well renewed sanctuary they now may taste some of the rights which were taken from them.


How 33 rescued ”circus lions” went home to Africa. Video copyright ADI (2016).

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Scandimood 2016-06-02

Samuji Koti

Finnish fashion brand Samuji have presented their first home collection, named Samuji Koti. Koti is the Finnish word for ”home”. All items are handmade in Finland or Japan, in rather basic materials. Looking forward to see more from ex-marimekko designer Samu-Jussi Koski with team!

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Textile by Samuji Koti (2016). Photo copyright Samuji.

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Towels in linen/cotton by Samuji Koti (2016). Photo copyright Samuji.

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Red clay platter by Samuji Koti (2016). Photo copyright Samuji.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-06-01