Wash up for farm animal welfare

Dr. Bronner´s, the organic soap brand known for its high profile activism campaigns for social change, is championing farm animal welfare by supporting Compassion in World Farming, the world’s leading farm animal welfare charity.
Until June 2015, Dr B will donate 20 p for every bottle of Dr. Bronner´s liquid soap sold in the UK to support Compassion. If not in England, you can do your purchase via drbronner.co.uk, and thus help Compassion in their important work.
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Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2014-11-15

Paris au mois d’août

It´s snowing in Stockholm. Rather wet and chilly…but lovely! Winter again! Indoors I use several small lamps to create cosiness and beauty. A favourite is the organic shaped lamp in natural materials, designed by Pascale Daniel for French Paris au mois d’août. The collection is eco and fair trade-produced in Bangladesh.

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Photo by Maia Flore/Agence VU.

PS! Take a feel good moment and listen to Charles Aznavour, performing the song: http://youtu.be/QoxzNlJpzH4

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, In the Season 2014-11-06

Just water…

Access to clean water is essential for all life. In Stockholm we´re lucky to have really good tap-water. But as much as we enjoy it, we also have a tendency to take it for granted.
To celebrate the luxury of having free access to clean, clear, fantastic water I got myself a Pony carafe and can now enjoy the combination of good design and good water.

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Pony is designed by Carina Seth Andersson for Skruf.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-10-27

Cosy minimalism with Asplund

Swedish producer Asplund are known for their ”friendly minimalism”. Focusing on high quality design by mainly Swedish designers, using natural materials like wool, silk and steel, and working with a coloring scheme of lovely muted pastels, Asplund 2014 is contemporary Scandi at its best. This Fall the carpet collection stands out as being both classic and innovative. Especially Jessica Signell Knutssons carpet Grid, with its handwoven wool base and knotted silk pattern. It’s tactile to the touch and beautiful to look at. Best carpet this year!
It is also nice to see the fine cabinets by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune and Anya Sebton/Eva Lilja Löwenhielm in new colours.

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Vass cabinet by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune 2007/08 for Asplund Collection. Carpet Point by Sandra Adrian Asplund 2014.

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Frame cabinet by Anya Sebton and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm 2013/14 for Asplund Collection. Carpet Fleurette by Broberg & Ridderstråle.
 
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Grid carpet by Jessica Signell Knutsson for Asplund Collection 2014.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season 2014-10-25

Korbo Wire Baskets

Ahh! Look at this! New baskets from one of our favorite companies, Korbo Wire Baskets in Gothenburg. All baskets are handmade and available in both galvanized and acid proof stainless steel. Perfect for storage or planting, indoors as well as in the garden.

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Classic 50 from Korbo Wire Basket. Photo by Anna Kern.

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Bucket from Korbo Wire Basket. Photo by Patric Johansson.

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Bin and Bin Hanger from Korbo Wire Baskets. Photo by Patric Johansson.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-10-02

Platel by Note Design Studio

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Platel storage unit by Note Design Studio for Spanish manufacturer Punt is a minimalistic coatrack presented at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2014 and now in production. Platel is the perfect solution for every Scandi hallway, as in the Scandinavian countries you´re supposed to take off your shoes and coat before entering the rest of the house. Or why not use it in the bedroom instead of a closet!

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The Note Design Studio team are based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-09-23

Karin 73

Karin lounge chair was originally designed by Bruno Mathsson in 1969. Four years later Mathsson changed the upholstery method for the chair and renamed it Karin 73. This very comfortable chair has not been in production for over twenty years, but is now available from Swedish producer DUX.

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Karin 73 in textile Cordonne Ivory by Warwick.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-09-23

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