World Animal Day 2015

Animal welfare is on the international agenda today. In Sweden the 2015 theme is help for homeless animals, especially cats. The problem of dumped and homeless cats is getting out of control. App. 30 000 cats are held in shelters right now, waiting to get adopted. And app. 100 000 are still homeless, suffering from famine, cold weather and untreated injuries. At the same time Sweden’s got an almost non-existing problem with dogs. In Sweden dogs are expensive to buy and kept as family pets, they are registered and the owner pay tax. Most dogs also have a veterinary insurance. Cats don’t have the same status and it is time for a change! Support Djurens Rätt (Animal Rights Sweden) by signing their petition claiming:
a mandatory neutering for cats that are allowed to move outdoors
a requirement that cats should be marked and registered
a clear prohibition in the Animal Welfare Act against abandoning animals

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S*Tirnanog Russian Blue Ocean aka Ossie! Photo copyright Johan Sellén.

Animal Rights, Fab Swedes, Johan Sellén, Scandimood 2015-10-04

Book treats by Signell Knutsson

In a series of small book related objects Swedish designer Jessica Signell Knutsson has explored how the small detail work in the design process. Her Book Socle and Book End are simplistic but made with great craftsmanship in different materials, from simple mdf board to rare Swedish Kolmård marble.
The Objects for Books are exhibited at Konst-ig Art Bookstore in Stockholm 30 September – 17 October, 2015.

Book Socle by Jessica Signell Knutsson for Signell Knutsson (2015). Swedish Kolmård marble.

The Book Socle by Jessica Signell Knutsson comes in various materials in various editions.

Book End by Jessica Signell Knutsson (2015). Swedish Kolmård marble.
Photo copyright all pics: John Gripenholm.

Book Cradle, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Scandimood 2015-09-29

w152 Busby

Swedish brand Wästberg participates in London Design Week with w152 Busby, a very contemporary piece of lighting designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin from Industrial Facility. As lighting is no longer the subject of electricity, but of electronics w152 Busby is an electronic lamp that provides intelligent, universal power from three USB outlets; each can charge any smartphone or tablet at their fastest rate – and simultaneously. Wästberg combine environmental friendly with high quality form. And the styling is spot on: contemporary, relaxed and friendly.




All pics: w52 Busby by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for Wästberg (2015). Photo copyright Wästberg.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood, Wästberg 2015-09-20

Travelling moments

Nendo knows how to travel in style. The Kame suitcase for Italian brand Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano is made of polycarbonate and fabric, with updated functionality for contemporary travelling, and several smart details. Kame comes in four colours; shiro white, sun orange, eclipse blue and wasabi green, and in one size: a 550 mm cabin case.

Whats this? A Swedish vacuum cleaner? No, Kame suitcase by Nendo/Sayaka Ito. Photo copyright Nendo/Ayao Yamazaki.

Here we go: Kame suitcase by Nendo/Sayaka Ito has one hard shell side, and one side made in soft textile. Photo copyright Nendo/Ayao Yamazaki.

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Space saving soft top of Kame suitcase by Nendo/Sayaka Ito. Photo copyright Nendo/Ayao Yamazaki.

…and Oki Sato, head designer at Nendo, promoting the Kame suitcase at You Tube. Video copyright FPM.

Whenever I indulge in fab design I take a minute to remember: Access to this kind of high quality, contemporary scandi design is a privilege. ”What refugees carry in their bags as they leave their lives behind” is a series of photos and interviews by Tyler Jump for International Rescue Committee (2015). One family of 31 people (seven women, four men and 20 children) lost all their belongings on their journey from Aleppo, Syria, to Greece. They saved just one bag:
”One diaper, two small cartons of milk and some biscuits
Personal documents and money, one shirt, one pair of jeans, one pair of shoes
Toiletries, sanitary pads, a comb
Personal documents and money”. Photo copyright Tyler Jump/IRC.

A teenager, age 17, from Kunduz, Afghanistan, travelling alone, says he wants nothing but to fit in, to look European, hence the face-whitening cream. Now illegal in Greece he carries:
”One pair of pants, one shirt, one pair of shoes and one pair of socks
Shampoo and hair gel, toothbrush and toothpaste, face-whitening cream
Comb, nail clipper, bandages
100 U.S. dollars
130 Turkish liras
Smart phone and backup basic cell phone
SIM cards for Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey”. Photo copyright Tyler Jump/IRC.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Nendo 2015-09-20

Forssell for Skultuna

Swedish silver smith Pierre Forssell (1925–2004) designed a treasure of beauty for Skultuna. His candle holders are a combination of elegant modernism with traditional ideas. And brass perfection when at its best!


By Pierre Forsell for Skultuna: Sconce Reflex (late 1960s), Pendel pendulum (late 1950s) and the sweet Tulip candlestick (1970s), set of three size 19 cm, 21 cm and 23 cm. All items in polished brass. Photo copyright Bukowskis, from an exhibition held earlier this Fall.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Eco aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Okategoriserade 2015-09-16

Dot Divina last call

Surely Hay are sure Dot 2×2 Divina must go? The fine form and good quality of the two-button 70×36 cm cushion is available until November 30, 2015. Then it’ll be replaced by a more traditional one-button version, size 60×45. What a pity! A firm cushion you can actually use when reading and resting is rare at the scene right now.

Dot cushion 2×2 Divina Rose 613 from Hay. Cover fabric in 100% pure new wool, filling of silicone fibres and cut foam. Photo copyright Hay,

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2015-09-16

When favourites rocks

It’s always fun when your favourites rocks! London based design duo Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby are Guests of Honour 2016 at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, 9–13 February 2016 in Stockholm.
You’ll find more about and from the designers if you click on ”Barber & Osgerby” in the Archive list to the right on this page.

Tip Ton by Barber Osgerby
Tip Ton chair by Barber & Osgerby for Vitra. Photo copyright Vitra.

Guests of Honour 2016 at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair: Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. Photo copyright Barber & Osgerby.

Barber & Osgerby, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2015-09-14

Make Up by Lissert

Swedish design school graduate Thomas Lissert has been awarded the 2015 Svenskt Tenn design scholarship for his project ”Make Up” at Beckmans College of Design. His work is presented at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm until September 13th.

Stool by Thomas Lissert from the project ”Make Up” (2015). Photo copyright Thomas Lissert and Joanna Hüttner Lemoine.

”Make Up” project video presentation by Thomas Lissert (2015). Copyright Thomas Lissert and Joanna Hüttner Lemoine.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly 2015-09-08

Milano picnic

Bike, book, blanket…and a stylish vacuum jug makes the perfect picnic on a sunny September afternoon!


Stelton vacuum jug, aka EM77, by Erik Magnussen for Stelton (1977). Here the ”Milano series”- colours, in abs plastic/glass filler, size 1,0 L. Photo copyright Stelton.

Contemporary Scandi 2015-09-07

Have you ever seen a fig tree blossom?

Swedish/Turkish artist Meriç Algün Ringborg participates at the 14th Istanbul Biennial, ”Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Form”, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

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Have you ever seen a fig tree blossom? by Meriç Algün Ringborg (2015). Site-specific installation, graphite drawing, plaster cast, fresco, video, fresh figs, marble, notebooks, slide show, dried fig leaves collected from local fig trees. Variable dimensions. Photo copyright the artist and Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin/Stockholm.

Meriç Algün Ringborg
14th Istanbul Biennial

September 5 – November 1, 2015

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes 2015-09-05