Re-grow your vegs

Food waste has become a huge problem in Sweden; we throw away app. 26 kg food/person/year. The production of this food has a negative impact on climate change. It is important to reduce food waste in public as well as private consumption. As for myself I do no longer throw anything away. It may seem difficult at first but after some practise you’ll figure out how to re-use left overs etc in new delicious ways. Did you know that a lot of vegetables and fruits can re-grow themselves if put in water? Madeleine Nelson, student at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, and producer Designtorget has presented a tool for re-growing vegs like leek, salad and lemongrass. I’ll try this one out at once! Nice!

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Regrow, tool for regrowing vegetables and fruit, by Madeleine Nelson for Designtorget (2017). Stainless steel. Photo copyright Designtorget.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2017-02-27

Pia Wallén Xi cabinet

…is like a fashion statement bringing eastern and northern aesthetics together. Lovely!

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Xi cabinet by Pia Wallén for Asplund (2017). Lacquered mdf with solid oak stand, brass handle and brass back (inside the cabinet). Size 155 x 70 x 45 cm. Here at display in Asplund shop & showroom in Stockholm. Hanging kelim Stitch by Pia Wallén (2017) and kitchen Land by Johannes Norlander in a special Asplund green (2017) colour. Photo copyright insta @asplundstore

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Xi cabinet by Pia Wallén for Asplund (2017) comes in colours char and red. Xi means happy/joy in Chinese and are also the first two letters in the original spelling of XINA (China). And the name of Pia’s daughter Alva Xi. Photo copyright Asplund.

 

Asplund, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Pia Wallén 2017-02-23

Offecct Lifecircle

”In the near future, only the design and function will be possible to own. So we all have to rethink and reuse”, says Anders Englund, design manager at Offecct. Last week the company launched a new addition to their Lifecircle production line: the Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto.

Offecct aim to produce furniture with a ”perpetual lifecycle”, hence the company apply sustainability in all aspects of the production. They also offer a second-life strategy for their products: A used but functional Offecct piece of furniture can be traded in when you buy a new. After inspection, service and refurbishing the old product is sold again as Offecct ReUsed. You may also choose reupholstery for your furniture and Offecct then recycle the old textile as filling material. It is inovative and ambitious. And made in Sweden.

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Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2017). Frame in recycled aluminium, seat and back in molded wooden shell, handsewn textile cover with filling of cut cold foam. Photo copyright Offecct.

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The upholstered wooden sections of the Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2017) are available in a range of colours and finishes. They can easily be removed and replaced if you want a new colour or material for novel functions and/or styles. The old upholstering is used as filling material in other products.

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Notes hanging acoustic panels by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2015), in 100% recycled materials including filling of recycled waste textile. The designer was inspired by his childhood in Venice, Italy, where it is common to dry laundry by throwing them over any available cable you find hanging between houses. ”When kids play football on the street, the clothes hanging over the lines muffles the sound of the bouncing football and screaming kids. So I used that as inspiration and tried to transfer it into an industrial product”, explains Luca Nichetto. Photo copyright Offecct.

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Notes hanging acoustic panels by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2015), has a filling of recycled waste textile. Photo copyright Offecct.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Offecct 2017-02-22

Holocene by Wästberg

Fab masters of illumination, Wästberg, created the loveliest exhibition during Stockholm Design and Architecture Week. In the magical setting of Skridskopaviljongen Wästberg cherished fire as a light source. The Holocene collection consists of two oil lamps and one candlestick by designers Ilse Crawford, David Chipperfield and Jasper Morrison.

 

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The essence of a stylish Stockholm winter afternoon: Bamboo Chair by Viggo Boesen (1936),  table Utö by Axel Einar Hjorth (1930s) and contemporary candle light! I can imagine myself in that chair, wrapped in a cosy blanket, with a wool rug on the floor, teacup in my hand and… a pile of books to read. Candle stick Holocene no 3, by Jasper Morrison for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Holocene no 2 oil lamp by David Chipperfield for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Wästberg 2017-02-15

Iittala table manners

Finnish chef Sami Tallberg has a knack for presenting the most fascinating ”new wave vegetarian cuisine and raw food”. During the launch of Iittalas Reset the table show at Stockholm Design and Architecture Week 2017, Sami Tallberg interpreted Iittala products in playful gestures. On the menu one could read: ”Biohacker’s appetizer, Lapland matsutake and Nordic coconut, BioMed miracle pudding with cacao and Liquid black gold”. And as a starter: Ambronite + BIOMED pills!

New from Iittala this year is an addition to the Teema family, originally created by Kaj Franck in 1952. Teema Tiimi consists of bowls and plates with a distinctive multifunctional look. For this collection Iittala has collaborated with designers Minjia Wang (China), Ai Ono (Japan) and Kyuhyung Cho (Korea).

 

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”BioMed miracle pudding with cacao” – this delicious dessert by Sami Tallberg at Iittalas press lunch for the Reset your table show (2017) was congenially served with coconut milk poured from the Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto (1936). Photo copyright Joseph Eriksson.

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Teema Tiimi  by Minjia Wang (China), Ai Ono (Japan) and Kyuhyung Cho (Korea) for Iittala (2017). Photo copyright Iittala.

 

 

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Iittala 2017-02-14

Love always!

In the mood for Valentine’s day? Stockholm based Moon City Boys celebrate with L’amour Toujours – their upbeat cover version of Gigi l’Agostinos super hit (aka I Fly With You) from 1999.


L’amour Toujours, music video by MCB (2017). Directed and filmed by Kelly Wedin. Styling Liselotte Bramstång, hair Alejandro Ramirez. Video copyright Moon City Boys.

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Moon City Boys (2017). Photo copyright MCB/Fredrik Andersson.

Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes, Videos 2017-02-13

Stockholm by Ikea

With the launch of Ikea Stockholm 2017 Ikea takes a step towards a more sustainable approach on design; the updated Stockholm collection include some interesting pieces. Like the re-launch of Anna Sörenssons handwoven 100% wool rug in orange/white. It was originally presented in the Stockholm 2006 collection as Stockholm Stripe rug and has been a bestseller at Ikea, no doubt beacuse it is well drawn and the quality of wool and weaving is good. The 2017 colour looks more red than orange though… Why? Sörensson (1952–2008) often worked with a strong, clear orange in her now iconic textiles. I’d loved to see her Stripe rug in bright orange!

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Stockholm 2017 Stripe carpet by Anna Sörensson for Ikea (2006), now updated in orange/white and grey/white. Handmade in 100% wool, size 350 x 250 cm. Photo copyright Ikea.

Another fine object in this collection is the rattan cabinet by Nike Karlsson. I spoke with the designer and he pointed out some details which one might not see at a first glance: the delicate weaving of the rattan, the smooth edge of the brass handles and the possibility to turn the back of the cabinet in vertical or horizontal position thus creating different expressions of the pattern. Available at Ikea Sweden 7th of April; go and try its tactile qualities, it feels nice to the touch!

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Nike Karlssons contribution for Ikea Stockholm 2017 also include a sofa table and sideboard in rattan/pinewood/ash veneer. It must be stated that it is not to be used as a bench! It takes a weight of max 10 kg, and if you need a bench with a similar look you have to go for the classics, like Mogensens Bench 272 for Fredricia (1955). lndustrial designer Ola Wihlborg has designed the trays/bowls in ash veneer, diameter 51 cm and in walnut veneer, diameter 26 cm. They come with a low wide tray in stainless steel, diameter 40 cm. Photo copyright Ikea.

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Another fine product by Nike Karlsson is the Stockholm rattan loungechair, handmade by gifted craftsmen in rattan of good quality. The chair earns its place in this collection, with its simple, generous form decorated with a paraphrase of the carpet pattern by Kazuyo Nomura. Photo copyright Ikea.

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Monstera reinstalled…

Who but Harri Koskinen would embark on a design journey in the company of Josef Frank’s iconic patterns for premium brand Svenskt Tenn. And come up with a stylized monstera leaf ! Let be handmade in glistening brass but nevertheless monstera, this ever present plant in interior pics from modernism ‘til today…But with Koskinen the monstera bring about a poetic quality which is surprisingly fresh.
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The Shadow Play lamp with its strict ”leaf” on a likewise strict ”stem”, ”planted” in a simplistic ”pot” may look bold and conceptual in a way we’re not used to with Svenskt Tenn. But how well it goes with the playful colour magic of Josef Frank! For the exhibition at Svenskt Tenn during Stockholm Design Week Koskinen also upholstered some pieces of furniture from his own brand Harri Koskinen Works in Josef Frank fabrics. Lovely!
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As a designer Harri Koskinen is known for reducing his design until there’s only the essence of form left for us to respond to. With the Shadow Play lamp Harri Koskinen let us experience a subtle play of light & shadow: as light spills throught slits in the leaf a play of shadows start on your wall and ceiling. Thus you’ll have huge, soft leaves floating around and above you. Add some real plants too and the effecct is fab!

Shadow Play, lamp by Harri Koskinen for Svenskt Tenn (2017). Brass. Comes with one or three leaves. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Harri Koskinen, Josef Frank 2017-02-09

Environmentalists!

In 2017 we challenge climate change by integrating sustainabilty in every aspect of producing, using and…re-using of design! Scandi brands has taken to promote themselves as especially interested in sustainability vs a strong visual approach.

Here’s some flooring news from Swedish brands Bolon, Fogia and Kasthall. To be presented during the Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair this coming week. And as you can see we’re still in for blue shades, no matter how green the Spring!

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Material by Bolon (2017) is a new collection where innovative mixing of materials take contract flooring to a new level. Handsome wool threads woven into the recycled plastic of Bolon…Wow! Photo copyright Bolon.

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Fields by Kasthall (2017) is hand tufted in a loop technique which leave the thread uncut and thus make the surface more resistant (to longterm wear). The simple graphic pattern is inspired by ploughed fields and traditional Swedish floorboards and wallpanels. Photo copyright Kasthall.

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Ropemaker Rug by TAF for Fogia (2017) make spledid use of ideas about local heritage, craftsmen, natural materials etc, creating a longlasting rug with a very contemporary feel. Photo copyright Fogia.

Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Fogia, Kasthall, TAF 2017-02-03

Between Winter and Spring…

…you’ll find Rivi, a new textile collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Artek (2017). Rivi – meaning ”line” in Finnish – is based on a handmade drawing. Part from running metre fabric this cotton textile is available as cushions, pouches, canvas bags and silk screen printed trays. Rivi continues Artek’s long tradition of handmade textile patterns, following in the footsteps of Aino and Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck and other designers, while boasting its very own characteristics.

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Rivi by brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Artek (2017) comes in four colour variations: white/blue, blue/white, mustard/white and light grey/white. Photo copyright Artek.

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A clear vision?

The Scandinavian design, furniture and light fairs for Spring 2017 are lining up and here in Stockholm we’re heading towards Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. Producers, designers and media from all over the world will gather together at the Fair and in town. As we meet and mingle, do a lot of talking and listen to many a good discussion I’ll keep in mind that our perspectives may differ, even though it is not always obvious. That’s why I’ll bring a whole bag of different ”glasses” with me. Used together they may blur your vision for a while. But it is interesting what you can find when wearing:
The environmental friendly glasses – how, where and why is design produced? What impact does it have on the climate etc? What kind of responsibilites do we have, as producer, designer, media and user?
The gender glasses – who is included in the discourse of design, and who is not, and how come? The power structures in the design business is very rigid which is remarkable as the ”design world” as I know it is filled with gifted, friendly, caring people. How can we make change, and why is it important?
The animal rights glasses– no one can ignore that a large part of the industry profits from the abuse and suffering of animals.
The eco-aesthetical glasses – where do I find a satisfying combination of sustainable form and sustainable production? What critera has to be fulfilled for a product to be considered eco-aesthetically sustainable?

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Cosy Norwegian with an environmental friendly approach: styling by Kirsten Visdal for Oslo Design Fair (25–28 January 2017). Photo copyright Margaret M De Lange/ Oslo Design Fair.

 

 

Contemporary Scandi, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-01-22

When elephants stir… part two

One of the first posts on Scandimood about animal rights told about the abuse of elephants. Last year Ringling Bros. declared their ”elephant act” closed and today news came this institution of abuse is shutting down. Let’s stir up the world! For the benefit of all animals still captured in the entertainment business. Society has changed, eyes have opened; say no to the abuse and exploit of animals for entertainment, in factory farming and production of food, clothes, design items and meds…

 

 

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Transfer or transition? Your choice makes the difference. Eames Elephant by Charles and Ray Eames (1945) for Vitra. Photo copyright Vitra.

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BLES – Boon Lott’s Elephant Sancturary creates a safe and natural home for rescued Thai elephants.

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Wildlife SOS India saves captured and abused elephants in India.

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PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals works to end the use and abuse of elephants for entertainment, like in circuses (picture shows ”training” of a young calf).
CAPS – Captive Animals’ Protection Society also works to free elephants from exploitation in captivity.
Several other non-profit organizations struggle to stop pouching of elephants and the horrific ivory trade. Among them WWF and Save The Elephants.

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Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi 2017-01-15