On the Bench for a while?

…time on the bench seems a good idea this Fall. At least for a while. To rest. To think. To gain strength before going back to business!
Here´s a mini-trend in the Season:


Berlin from Bolia A sleek 210 cm in massive, natural oak.


Bench One from Another Country. 160 cm, oak naturel.


Frame Bench by Sebastian Wrong for Hay. Solid ash, 250 cm.


And the great Wood Bench, by Barber Osgerby for Vitra. Solid oak. 260 cm…

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, In the Season 2014-08-19

Once upon a time…

Fourteen days ago there was a forest. Green and cool, filled with trees, rare plants, animals of all kinds. It was very beloved by the people in the area. Then on an extremely hot and dry day a big company decided it was ok to send an employee to do some soil scarification in the area. One huge machine, one man, and one tiny portable fire extinguisher… App. 15 square kilometers is still burning. This is, according to Swedish media, probably the outcome of big scale forestry in combination with climate changes.

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This is what an old Swedish forest normally looks like. Photographer unknown.


This is what we got. Photo Sveaskog.

In the Season 2014-08-13

In between Summer and Fall

During the early days of August it is still too warm in Stockholm for wool blankets. Instead we enjoy the beautiful linen blankets from e15. Estiva emerald brings about the essence of Scandi style. It’s structure is based on a simple basked weave, while the lush fringes draws attention and thus gives the blanket a very contemporary look.


Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, In the Season 2014-08-09

Nobody puts Baby in a corner!

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Well, sometimes she gets…caught in a poetry slam!
In July we read the great Swedish poets Gunnar Ekelöf and Thomas Tranströmer.
For an introduction in English try these:


And here’s the poets live:

PS Baby is a Russian Blue cat and boss at our office in Old Town, Stockholm. She´s five years old and especially fond of football, horses and Italian parmesano & cappuccino. She also has a soft spot for Miles Davies. Her favourite band is Moon City Boys.

Book Cradle, Compassionates, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-07-25

Sarjaton glass

Sarjaton glass by Finnish designer Aleksi Kuokka (shape) and team Musuta (pattern) for Iittala is a fine little glass which has not rendered as much fame as it should! It is little, it is delicate, it is a glass which always feels good in the hand and is nice to drink from.


Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends 2014-07-25

Summer dwellings

Swedes loves their summer dwellings! It must be small and close to nature but the style differ. Some prefer the traditional red wooden house with its glass porch and ”English garden”. Others travel to the Italian alps to live a simple life on a hill high above an ancient village. And for several of us the dream house is modernistic, like the houses we wrote about last summer in Scandimood issue no 2/2013 (see link at ”Previous issues” to the right of this page).
Enjoy a lovely traditional, a serene rustic and a beautiful modernistic.. All captured by photographer Patric Johansson in his book Arkitektens Fritidshus (”The Architects summerhouse”).

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Architectual moves, Book Cradle, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season 2014-07-23