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One of the most interesting products at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 was Kolonn – a contemporary stylish room divider by Beckmans students Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh. The idea was to investigate what defines a piece of furniture. And how to create an extra space, ”a room in the room” by using light weight, environmental friendly, basic material. In this case so called wallboard, which is a non toxic cellulose fibre pressed like a corrugated sheet, which makes it very flexible. Kolonn has strong sculptural and aesthetic qualities. But it is also a fine example of how a well designed object may be both beautiful and useful in the everyday. It’s sound absorbent qualities is a plus. And the light weight: less than 4 kg!

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Kolonn room divider by Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh for Beckmans in collaboration with Massproduction (2018). Photo copyright Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh.

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A beautiful sculptural object and a useful everyday piece of furniture. Kolonn room divider by Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh (Beckmans 2018).  Photo copyright Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh.


The iconic Screen 100 by Alvar Aalto for Artek (1936). Massive pinewood stripes. In production by Artek. Photo copyright Artek.

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2018-03-02

Cube and Social Club and a cat named Simon

Swedish brand Articles has launched their 2018 collection. And it is spot on the contemporary with interesting but laid-back form, sophisticated colouring, a hint of industrial and a touch of ornament. The statement piece Social Club by architect Anna von Schewen is a comfortable chair functioning as a small privat space or, with one or both sides folded down, as a welcoming, socially inviting seating. The glass vase Cube by Carina Seth Andersson has got a strong, almost grim, geometric form, but as part of the moulding process an ornamental pattern show on the side. Beautiful!



I agree with Simon, the handsome 4-year old Siberian cat, that his mom Anna knows how to design fab, comfortable furniture! Social Club by Anna von Schewen for Articles (2018) is a lounge chair that comes with an interesting double function; create your own private space with both sides up. Or fold one or both sides down and there’ll be an inviting openness to the chair. Social Club is available in high and low versions, with textile clothing. Photo copyright Articles.



Cube by Carina Seth Andersson for Articles (2018). Clear or black glass. Handmade by the gifted craftsmen at Skruf in Sweden. Photo copyright Articles.

Architectual moves, Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2018-02-09

Sustainable urban gardening

There’s design and there’s sustainability. And there’s gardening. Gardening, the dream and expectations of the garden season, is part of the discussion on design and its implications on the climate. We know how to make gardening sustainable by using an organic method and eco certified seed and soil. But don’t forget the tools! Fiskars took on the challenge to develop a new range of light weight gardening tools for the small urban garden. The Fiskars Garden Light tools are made of certified, sustainable materials of high quality. The visuality is in line with the trend of a more sophisticated urbanity. What more, the tool is tactile to the hand and designed down to the detail. This is unusual; perhaps it takes a multinational Scandi brand to lead the way. Too often gardening tools are too heavy and lack visual qualities. With Fiskars we go contemporary and straight into the discussion of how to make sustainability happen. Read more at Fiskar’s sustainability report.


The Fiskars Garden Light series (2018) combine light-weight with function and a fab visuality. Steel, aluminium, certified plastic cover. Photo copyright Fiskars.


Snowdrop, a favourite! Soon, very soon, we’ll be able to admire its graceful beauty in our small urban garden here in Old Town Stockholm.

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fiskars, In the Season 2018-02-03

Shapes and shades

Winter is beginning to fade away and while awaiting the sweet spring flowers I enjoy my vintage Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto, filled to the brim with crispy tulips. Its organic wide form is perfect for tulips. But it is also beautiful as a decorative design object, admired at the windowsill all year round. Form as function is common in the Scandi classics. But the ornament is never far away! By adding a small form element or a hint of colour, just like Aalto did with this everyday glass work, the designer lends decorative qualities to the object that goes far beyond function. In 2018 you’ll see this everywhere; a lot of shapes and shades. I am looking forward to experience soft colours and sophisticated ornamental details in the contemporary.


Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto for Karhula (1936). Beautiful as it is, with or without flowers. Photo copyright Jacksons.


Savoy series by Alvar Aalto for Iittala comes in a range of well chosen colours as well as clear glass. Photo copyright Iittala.

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Urna by Carina Seth Andersson for Marimekko, mouth blown glass vase, updated in a lovely olive shade (2017). Photo copyright Marimekko.


Cylinder, a mouth-blown cylindrical vase by Kristina Stark (2018), has a number of three-dimensional rings at the base, to support solitary stems or entire bouquets. Photo copyright Kristina Stark.


Cylinder by Kristina Stark (2018). The rings at the bottom of the vase are not only functional. When water is added the ornament creates a subtle reflection on the surface in a similar way as when you throw a stone into still water. Photo copyright Kristina Stark.

Alvar Aalto, Architectual moves, Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Marimekko 2018-01-31

Closing in on the Design Week!

In a few days the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 will be up and running. My mailbox is filling up with interesting previews of ideas and possibilities to experience and learn more about design! Here’s some brand and designer news to keep an eye on during the Design Week:

Designtorget in collaboration with students from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm. Morfar wheat warmer by Isabel Wagner and Olivia Tognelli Brontén is a real teaser with its ”grandpa + cat + relaxing + eco feel good” interpretation!



Wästberg + Dawid”Farewell to the Cave” jubilee celebration (Wästberg ten years), art exhibition by fab photographer Dawid and launch of a new book by Magnus Wästberg. Product launch? None!

Articles = Cube by Carina Seth Andersson and Socialclub by Anna von Schewen. Two exceptionally gifted designers. Two products. A launch and an exhibition.



Iittala Design Talk – Colours for Living where Jeremiah Tesolin (Creative Director, Iittala), Matti Klenell (Interior designer), Lotta Agaton (Interior designer) and Katri Saarikivi (Researcher of cognitive near science, topic colour and emotion, Helsinki University) take on a discussion on the ”power of colours and how they inspire better living within our home”.

Jessica Signell Knutsson; elegant but bold minimalism by the Swedish furniture designer from her designstudio in Barcelona. Exhibited by Astrid.

Bolon. In situ at several exhibition spaces at the Fair we’ll experience the magic of Bolon flooring; in ”Thammada” – an installation by Paola Navone, Guest of Honor at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018; in the exhibition and café by Nick Ross for the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair Greenhouse area; in ”Panorama” – an exhibition on democratic architecture.

Gärsnäs. New work by David Ericsson, Färg & Blanche and others, displayed in a space designed by TAF architects.



Architectual moves, Bolon, Book Cradle, Carina Seth Andersson, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iittala, TAF, Wästberg 2018-01-29

Where design and art meet

Recently we’ve seen a strong trend to showcase design in ”art spaces”, and vice versa. If done well design and art may learn from each other and also contribute to a discussion on what, why and how to put design on display.

In September 2017 a small exhibition opened at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, located in Stockholm: ”The HI-group. Craftsmanship in the plastic age” was commissioned by ArkDes, curated by Johan Örn and designed by TAF into the best design exhibition in Sweden in 2017. Absolutely fab! If you missed it, you may still enjoy the book/exhibition catalogue written by Johan Örn (curator of the collections at ArkDes) with graphic design by Johannes Molin. It is a splendid examination of the role of crafts in Scandinavian post-war furniture and interior design.


The HI-group was a Swedish collective of craftsmen and designers working across different fields and in different materials. The HI-group are now considered masters of craft, furniture and interior design from the 1960. Photo copyright Kristofer Johnsson & TAF.


A congenial selection of 30 objects, from furniture to photography, that had never been seen together before told a story of the renaissance of craft in an era more associated with modern, standardized materials. From exhibition ”The HI-group” at ArkDes, September – November 2017. Photo copyright Kristofer Johansson & TAF.


The logotype for the HI-group by Melin & Österlin for the exhibition in 1966 (red colour). Previously exhibition logotype colours: Blue (1963) and brown (1964–1965). We recognize the colours as typical for the time, yet they have a distinctive contemporary feel. Photo copyright ArkDes.



Book ”The HI-group and the Return to Craft – Swedish Furniture and Interiors 1960–1966”, by Johan Örn for ArkDes/Carlssons (2017). Graphic design by Johannes Molin.


From Sweden and the 60s archive to Japan where Marimekko plunge into a search for the spirit of print making.

”The Marimekko Spirit – Paavo Halonen / Maija Louekari / Aino-Maija Metsola” exhibition opened at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in November, and focuses on Marimekko’s younger-generation designers and the contemporary art of print making. It’ll be open until 13 January, 2018.

The second exhibition, ”Marimekko Spirit – Elämäntapa (暮らしぶり)”, opened at the Gallery A4 in December and will explore the dialogue between the Finnish and the Japanese lifestyles in the context of Marimekko’s design heritage. It’ll close at February 28, 2018.

For the exhibition ”Marimekko Spirit” at Ginza Graphic Gallery Marimekko-designers Paavo Halonen, Maija Louekari and Aino-Maija Metsola were invited to create one completely new, Japanese-inspired print design each, based on their own impressions of a country none of them had ever visited before. Photo copyright Keisuke Kawanami.

Diverse and stunning prints by the young Marimekko designers exhibited at Ginza Graphic Gallery (2017/2018). Photo copyright Keisuke Kawanami.

A glimpse of the design process: Marimekko designers exhibited at Ginza Graphic Gallery (2017/2018). Photo copyright Keisuke Kawanami.

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…and at Gallery A4 in Tokyo you can experience the colourful world of Marimekko in a set including both sauna and a feel of the Finnish forests…


In Gustavsbergs Konsthall, 30 minutes east of Stockholm, fab Katja Pettersson (ex Front design group) examines ”Climate Anxiety. Guilt” in the exhibition ”Welcome Back”. Open until 28 January, 2018. As usual Katja Pettersson make a strong statement working with breathtaking ideas formulated within a sphere of likewise strong feeling(s), presented in a smart, smooth and visually design-orientated context. Don’t miss out!


Welcome Back poster by Stefan Engblom (2017). Due to the massive interest for the exhibition it has been prolonged until 28 January, 2018.


Overview ”Welcome Back”, exhibition by Katja Pettersson at Gustavsbergs Konsthall. Photo copyright Erik Undéhn.


”Earth: 100 square meters, cut unburned clay. Human footprint, our weight dries the earth.” Detail from ”Welcome Back”, exhibition by Katja Pettersson at Gustavsbergs Konsthall (2017/2018). Photo copyright Erik Undéhn.


Gustavsbergs Konsthall

Gustavsbergs Konsthall is Sweden’s only public gallery specializing in contemporary craft art and a leading venue for Swedish and international crafts. The gallery aims to increase public understanding of contemporary craft art and to promote discussion. The exhibition schedule features crafts in all types of materials, displaying current work by internationally recognized craft artists as well as the avant-garde of the younger generation. The gallery opened in 2007. During summertime you can visit by boat from Stockholm City.

Architectual moves, Book Cradle, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2017-12-31

Note and the hidden tints

Note Design Studio is an example of how successful the contemporary scandinavian style becomes when a bit of international flair is added to the basic Scandi concept. With Note we get colours, material meetings and patterns on surfaces traditionally kept plain. Note knows how to flirt with styles and ideas from other cultures. It is also interesting to see young studios taking on commissions beyond their usual field of design…like building a house!


With a colour palette based on original colours at kakelugnar (tiled ovens) from the 19th century Note Design Studio transformed an office space in Stockholm into a family home. Pink, green and a ”yellowish white”… The added colours function as a bridge between the original hues and the contemporary result. Here, children’s room, privat apartment Stockholm, by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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A simple homeoffice in one corner of the master bedroom. Privat apartment in Stockholm by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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The pattern of the original floor has been used in decorative and functional ways as a new wall and as a sound absorbing element. Master bedroom in private apartment Stockholm by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.


Dining hall in private apartment Stockholm by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.


Villa Esker by Note Design Studio for Sjöberg & Thermé (2017). Seems fun to build models and do some set design and take pics of your (coming) work and ideas….(Nice touch with the ”clouds”!). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.


Villa Esker by Note Design Studio for Sjöberg & Thermé (2017) is an energy sufficient house under construction in Stockholm. Photo copyright Note Design Studio.


Two & Four cabinets by Note Design Studio for Reform (2017). The idea was to combine a traditional material with an old style technique – merging terrazzo with woodworking, thus creating a contemporary look. Photo copyright Reform.


Cabinets and sideboards Two & Four by Note Design Studio for Reform (2017). Photo copyright Reform.


Tops and sides comes in 20 mm-thick terrazzo panels in colours red or white. Here, Two & Four cabinet rust terrazzo (NCS S4030-Y5OR and STT-4-731), by Note Design Studio for Reform (2017). Photo copyright Reform.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Note Design Studio 2017-07-05

The Scandi bird bath

Several readers have asked for more info on Scandi style bird baths; there’s some iconic pieces available. Let’s have a look:

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Snäcka bird bath by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Handcasted, recycled aluminum, 49 x 49 x 7 cm, weight 6 kg. Photo copryight Byarums bruk.

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From a pice for Swedish mag Lantliv; Snäcka bird bath and Pallisad plant pot, both by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Handcasted, recycled aluminum. Gardensofa and chair Kaffe by Thomas Bernstrand for Blå Station and Crux blanket by Pia Wallén. Styling Cia Wedin, photo copyright Anna Kern.


Kvadrat bird bath by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Handcasted, recycled aluminum, 40 x 40 x 8 cm, weight 7 kg. Photo copyright Byarums bruk.



Ivåg by Signe Persson-Melin for Format & Färg, concrete, 30 x 21,7 x 6 cm. Photo copyright Format & Färg.

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Snäckabad bird bath by Stina Lindholm for Skulpturfabriken. Concrete, 50 x 50 x 10 cm, weight 25 kg including loose shell sculpture which comes with the set. Photo copyright Skulpturfabriken.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season, Scandimood, Signe Persson Melin 2017-06-24

Have a seat!

Rope, yarn, string…of fiber, textile, plastic…There’s as many variations of seating as designers ideas. I appreciate when it’s possible to use a piece of furniture outdoors as well as indoors. Fortunately the trend 2017 is to relaunch simplistic, handsome and comfortable chairs in contemporary colours and materials. Good design never gets boring, but sometimes a new take on the visual and tactile make wonders!

PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm for Carl Hansen & Sons (1955). Realunched 2017. Steel frame and setting in rope. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.


PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm is a lightweight chair with four slim legs. Available in October 2017.  Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.


Panton One chair by Verner Panton for Montana (1955). Relaunched in 2003 and 2017. Available in no less than 12 colours. Steel frame with handwoven seat in polyurethane and nylon. Photo copyright Montana.

Architectual moves, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Montana 2017-05-23

That special feeling

Once in a while we visit a house where architecture and interior, seemingly without effort, blends into that special feeling we call a home.  Skilled architect Torbjörn Gudmundsson and organic house producer LEVA Husfabrik created the building, in collaboration with a young Stockholm family. The interior is sparsely decorated with a few selected new pieces of furniture and some vintage/second hand objects. And the result is fab!


In the May issue of Swedish ELLE Decoration you can read about this small contemporary summer dwelling situated in the Stockholm Archepelago. Text and styling by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-05-18

Lissoni moments

Sometimes I need a Lissoni moment = to indulge in the excessive beauty and aesthetics of a Piero Lissoni product or building. So very Italian! So very contemporary! Lissonis work is a great inspiration. There´s the friendly minimalism, the strong visuality, the respect of materials and a use of space creating a feel good dimension.


Rod sofa by Piero Lissoni for Living Divani (2012). Photo copyright Living Divani.

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The coolness of a tap claiming its position as a handsome manmade piece of work! A simple but distinctive shape against beautiful material samples make the bath or kitchen into a room, into something cared of.  About Water AL/23 by Piero Lissoni for Fantini (2010). Photo copyright Tommaso Sartori for Fantini.


Lochness cabinet by Piero Lissoni for Cappellini (2015). Photo copyright Cappellini.


Le trottole, spinning tops in different wood combinations by Piero Lissoni for Porro (2015). Photo copyright Porro.


And a geometrical, rather strict but ever so beautiful garden…Giardino Geometrico for Salone del Mobile (2014) in collaboration with Living Divani and Laminam. Photo copyright Lissoniassociati.


Awaiting the designer…where is he?


Aah! Piero Lissoni in his studio in Milano. Where there’s some scandistyle pieces on display. Photo copyright Lissoniassociati.

Architectual moves 2017-05-12


Pilaster is one of the most famous Swedish bookshelves ever. It was designed by architect John Kandell in 1989. With its simple but ingenious form it is perfect for those books you want to have at hand. Perhaps in the kitchen, or by your bed? In his later years John Kandell often found solutions for small spaces, the in-between spaces where you pass (like in the stairs) or need something interesting to rest your eyes on…


Pilaster shelf by John Kandell for Källemo (1989). Birch naturel treated with natural soap. Photo copyright Källemo.


Recently added to my ”must read” list is the fine story of John Kandell (1925–1991) and his wife, textile designer Ulla Kandell (born 1926).  Written by Gunilla Lundahl with graphic design by Johannes Molin it is a book to return to many times, for a read, or to browse through while enjoying its visuality. In Swedish only, but wow…what a perfect presentation of the Kandells! In layer upon layer their story unfolds…revealing unexpected things like small messages between the Kandell couple, drawings, interior pics, architect plans, production display and lots of info on their important work.


”Leken och allvaret – John and Ulla Kandell”. Book by Gunilla Lundahl for Carlssons bokförlag (2017). Photo copyright Carlssons.

Architectual moves, Book Cradle, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2017-05-09