An imaginary forest by Dinesen

Wide floorboards in soap treated wood is a Scandi classic. Once a year the floor need a treat; scrub with a thick brush and linseed soap, rinse with icy cold water! The result is worth the effort: Suddenly the room is filled with a fresh scent of wood…of trees…It is like being in an imaginary forest! My floorboards at home were made in 1748 when our house was built. Considering the witdh of the boards the trees used to make them must have been at least 200 years old at the time. That’ll mean those trees started to grew somewhere in the north of Sweden more than 450 years ago! You can still get lovely standard floorboards in blond Swedish wood, but for the very wide ones you’ll go… Dinesen.


Showroom in Stockholm by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat (2006). Floor and table by Dinesen. Photo copyright Dinesen.


Dinesen showroom in Copenhagen. Photo copyright Dinesen.

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A private home in Aarhus. Photo copyright Gert Skërlund Andersen.


Exhibition site. Photo copyright Dinesen.


Living room in a contemporary villa. Photo copyright Dinesen.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-07-21

What to bring as a summer gift

When visiting friends at their summer dwellings I like to bring a gift and I like it to be something useful yet beautiful. Last summer my bag was packed with environmental friendly replacements for plastic like the stylish dish brush from Iris Hantverk made of birch wood and natural fibre. And the handsome linen dishcloth from Växbo Lin… This summer I go for contemporary eco as in ”environmentally friendly production” + ”visual sustainability” + ”a cruelty free approach”.

Canot cutting board/serving plate in beech wood and brushes in beech wood/polyamid fibre, by Ionna Vautrin. Photo copyright Michel Giesbrecht/Ionna Vautrin.

Pitcher with ridged edge, handmade in wood by Ryuji Mitani for Muji Tatazumai collection (2016). Only available at Muji’s 5th Ave New York shop. Photo copyright Muji.

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Glass vases by Carina Seth Andersson for (left) Marimekko (2016) and (right) for Skruf (2016). Photo copyright Carina Seth Andersson.

Manhattan, kitchen towel in 100% linen by Peter Condu for Klässbols (1981). Photo copyright Klässbols.

Dishbrush from Iris Hantverk. Handmade by blind craftsmen in Stockholm. Birch and natural fibre. Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

Dish-cloth in linen from Växbo Lin. Photo copyright Växbo Lin.

Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Scandimood 2016-07-10

Greenkitchen stories and Granit

Swedish brand Granit has teamed up with David, Luise & Elsa at Greenkitchen Stories for a new campaign on storage vs veggie food.

Storage (for the fridge of your dreams!). Photo copyright Granit.

And for your tasty summer salad there’s a wide low bowl with wooden cutlery. Photo copyright Granit.

The green lunch box goes in a green eco-bag. Photo copyright Granit.

An apron is useful while harvesting…Photo copyright Granit.

…and when preparing dinner pizza! Photo copyright Granit.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season 2016-07-09

Ekodukt Wildlife Crossing

Sweden is a country where many a good idea actually get realized to the benefit of humans as well as wildlife. Like building wildlife crossings (sv. ekodukt) under or over roads. Ten Swedish ekodukts are in use and the result is not only less traffic accidents between vehicles and animals but a rather quick development of important reconnections of natural habitats where the road used to serve as a dead end separating one part from the other.

Presentation of Swedish ekodukt in development outside Gothenburg. In Swedish. Video copyright Trafikverket.
Link to a nice presentation, in Swedish, of an ekodukt in development at Sörmon outside Karlstad, in the southwest part of Sweden. Video copyright @svtnyheter

Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Videos 2016-07-09

Pretty in pink!

Gardentime…and side by side with the peony I’v planted the small but ever so beautiful Astrantia Major, ”Stjärnflocka” in Swedish. This flower goes very well with peonies and is a reminder of how a small gesture might help to highlight the grande. And vice versa.

The lovely Sarah Bernhardt…Photo copyright Greenspire.

…highlighted by the sweet Astrantia Major.

Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-07-06

Light and airy

Summer has arrived in Old Town. The garden is starring beautiful flowers like pink peonies and white hortensia. The air is filled with a scent of thyme, rosemary and lavender. Indoors I like to capture the light and airy feel of a lazy summer day. Veil by Ritva Puotila for Woodnotes is a handknitted curtain or room divider, made from paper yarn. As always, Puotilas design is minimalistic but with a poetic touch.


Veil, curtain by Ritva Puotila for Woodnotes (2008). Handknitted in 100 % environmental friendly paper yarn, 130 x 240 cm and 130 x 290 cm. Photo copyright Woodnotes.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-07-06

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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