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Walking the stairs of Scarpa. Revisited.

Whenever I start climbing or descending a staircase designed by Italian architect Carlo Scarpa I automatically slow down… I want to linger in the moment. To touch the materials. To meditate over the perfection of form. How often do you walk up the stairs and immediately feel a need to try it again? You can actually experience the essence of movement when climbing Scarpa stairs!
Sometimes architecture make the everyday magic.

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Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice (1945).

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Exhibition pavillion of Venezuela at the Biennale in Venice, 1954–56.

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Olivetti showroom, Venice (1957–58).

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Castelvecchio Museum, Verona (1956–64).

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Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (1961–63).

 

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics 2019-03-08

Falling

…through days and nights as the Stockholm Design Week has been up and running. Good thing is the Scandi design world definitely aim on sustainability. Not as a trend, but as a real concern about climate change. Several brands did slow down and did not exhibit, others did but added ideas and discussions on sustainability to the concept. Some chose to work with developments in existing collections instead of presenting news.

The work to create sustainability in the design world has barely started and it’s gonna take some time before we touch firm ground. Where we’ll end up is hard to tell but one thing is clear: the industry must reconsider its position as ”designer of the future”, and speed up the way to produce, sell, use and recycle design in a sustainable way. Talking is good but action is needed.

Here’s some highlights from the Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2019:

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w102 chipperfield (the extended family) by David Chipperfield for Wästberg (2019). Solid brass, dimmable, energy class A+. Photo copyright Wästberg.

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w102 chipperfield (the extended family) for Wästberg (2019), sketch by designer/architect David Chipperfield. Photo copyright David Chipperfield.

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Bespoke and locally produced by gifted craftsmen: here a modern kitchen (2019) in a historical building. Cabinets in dark stained oak, top in Kinnekulle limestone and an asymmetric shelf. Photo copyright Nordiska kök.

 

fileSuspence pendant by GamFratesi for Fritz Hansen .The new colour Pale Pearl lends a soft egg-shell quality to the minimalistic classic. Photo copyright Fritz Hansen.

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Iittala. Jasper Morrison. Raami. A fine exhibition about finding joy in the simplistic but qualitative every day. Photo copyright Iittala.

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Baux Pulp Acoustic Panel by Form Us With Love for Baux (2019). The patterns are inspired by origami and the 100% bio based product comes in colouring created by using different amounts of natural wheat in the material. The panel is the first in the world to uncompromisingly combine high-performance properties of sound absorption, safety, and durability with modern aesthetics and sustainability. Cradle-to-cradle at its best! Photo copyright Baux.

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Asplund curated a small, intimate exhibition in their shop at Sibyllegatan in Stockholm and told the story of their cabinet Snow, designed by Jonas Bohlin and Thomas Sandell in 1994. The cabinet celebrates 25 years and the producer has made several important developments to turn it into a Scandi sustainability icon. For the anniversary Snow comes in the colour pale pink. Photo copyright Asplund.

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Avavick stool by Katja Pettersson for the recently restored Nationalmuseum in  Stockholm. Produced by Swedese. Avavick has its name from a dialect from Storuman in the north of Sweden, and it means ”top heavy”. The expression with a weighty seat and delicate legs is fab! Photo copyright Nationalmuseum.

Architectual moves, Asplund, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Form Us With Love, Iittala, Louise Campbell, Wästberg 2019-02-14

Mellan handen och ögat

If in Stockholm during the Stockholm Design Week 2019 you’re much welcome to visit a production of mine called ”Mellan handen och ögat” (Between the hand and the eye). It’s an exhibition + seminars + open studio programme on sustainability as it present itself when handicraft, craft and design meet and mingle! The ”Mellan handen och ögat” exhibition is a house-story…live…and it takes place at fab Svensk Hemslöjd. App. 60 of Sweden’s best craftspeople and designers participate, with everyday objects and furniture. The organisation Svensk Hemslöjd was founded in 1899 by textile artist Lilli Zickerman and the Swedish Prince Eugen. More information will soon be available at www.svenskhemslojd.com

Mellan handen och ögat exhibition poster by Anna Larsson Design_LR”Mellan handen och ögat” exhibition poster, by Anna Larsson Design (2019). Printed by Göteborgstryckeriet. Certified with Svanen.

Architectual moves, Book Cradle, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season, Scandimood 2019-01-26

Dear retired Bruno!

A retired lounge chair is sitting like a fine piece of art by the large window in my living room… Her name is Pernilla but she´s always been nicknamed ”Bruno” after Bruno Mathsson who designed this masterpiece in 1944. Bruno’s got a sleek, curved frame in laminated beech and original green paper webbing, now faded into a pale lime green. She’s no longer steady on her feet, and is wobbling slightly at touch. After close to 75 years of use this chair is now turned into a nest for cats. And as such she´ll remain.

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Pernilla with the now very rare green paper webbing. Photo by Jacksons.

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Pernilla with the now very rare red paper webbing. Photo by Jacksons.

Retired Bruno Mathsson chair turned into cats nest

Baby knew all along that Bruno actually would make a great cat nest (comfy…but also the perfect match to her emerald eyes…). Hera though is indifferent to the value of design. Food, sleep and some hunting makes her day. Everyday. Photo copyright Cia Wedin.

Architectual moves, Bruno Mathsson, Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Jacksons 2018-11-19

Office of tomorrow

Several Scandi brands attended Orgatec 2018 – the international fair in Cologne where furniture for the contemporary and future office space were on display. Swedish Wästberg exhibited as partner to Vitra within their ”Work Concept” space. And launched lighting with a high-tech, minimalistic and environmental friendly design. When the traditional office space and interior is under change, the Scandi brands establish a conceptual take on the office: Wästberg use form and function to bring lighting to a level where the lamp is not a fixed structure but a multifunctional nice obejct you may bring with you into different spaces over time.

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w182pastille by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin/ Industrial Facility for Wästberg (2018). Bio-polyamide based on 60% biologically and recycable material from the castor plant. Dimmable from a single LED rather than an array, which reduces heat as well as energy use. This is achieved by reaching a state of equilibrium between its single light source, a large reflector and large diffuser. Photo copyright Wästberg.

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w182pastille has a construction that allows a variety of ‘surfaces’ to be illuminated. Different to task lamps that illuminate in a focused way; or table and pendant lamps that provide ambient light, the lamp sees environments as surfaces to softly illuminate. The w182 pastille is able to freely articulate between surfaces by rotating up, down and around. Photo copyright Wästberg.

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w182pastille by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for Wästberg (2018). Comes in colours Oxide Red, Olive Green, Soft White and Graphite Black. Photo copyright Wästberg.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Wästberg 2018-11-07

Larsson korgmakare

Larsson korgmakare in Old Town Stockholm is the last rattan furniture maker in Sweden! Erica Larsson is 4th generation at the company. Larssons make their own fab furniture but also Josef Frank’s beautiful chairs for Svenskt Tenn. Recently Larsson korgmakare made some fab pieces for Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, designed by Matti Klenell and Carina Seth Andersson. If in Stockholm, visit the newly restored Nationalmuseum and admire the handmade furniture from Larsson korgmakare!

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Chair by Matti Klenell for Nationalmuseum (2018). Handmade by Larsson korgmakare. Photo copyright Nationalmuseum.

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In the making: craftsman Lasse from Larsson korgmakare work on the new chair by Matti Klenell for Nationalmuseum (2018). Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Erica Larsson at Larsson korgmakare working on a Josef Frank chair for Svenskt Tenn. From a piece for Svenska Dagbladet by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Filippa Tredal.

Architectual moves, Carina Seth Andersson, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Scandimood 2018-10-21

Bellhop by Barber Osgerby

Brittish design duo Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby in collaboration with Flos 2017 resulted in Bellhop, a series of handsome wall, floor and pendant lighting. Recently Flos launched a portable and rechargeable version of Bellhop, for indoor or outdoor (porch) use. You charge it by micro-USB-c and it’ll spread a clear light for app. 24 hours. I like the design and understand why using polycarbonate for the shell. PC is a durable plastic and when handled and used properly the risk of leaking toxines is small. But I wonder how this little sweetie is to be recycled, that day in the future when the LED function is worn out?

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Bellhop by Barber & Osgerby for Flos (2018). Photo copyright Flos.

 

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Bellhop portable by Barber & Osgerby for Flos (2018). Base and dome in coloured PC, diffuser in opaline injection moulded photo-engraved PC, 4-step dimmer function. Comes in colours chocholate, orange, gray and white. Photo copyright Barber & Osgerby.

 

Architectual moves, Barber & Osgerby, Contemporary Scandi 2018-10-11

Cosy October

Winter has arrived in the north of Sweden and mountains and woods are covered in snow. In Stockholm Old Town we’re yet in a kind of Indian summer euphoria but wise urbanistas do prepare and update their stock of candles, tea, blankets and Swedish fika. The famous Swedish cinnamon bun was actually celebrated nationwide a few days ago, and we Swedes ate more than 7 million buns! In a few hours…Designers eat buns too, but they also are busy making our everyday beautiful. Here’s some top notch news on the subject of cosiness!

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Tunes candle holder by Monica Förster for Georg Jensen (2018). Mirror polished stainless steel. As usual Monica Förster add a small, almost invisible twist to her design; I love the dubble function of the candle stick foot/tray. Photo copyright Georg Jensen.

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The Mega Cross Blanket by Pia Wallén (2018). Organic cotton (from certified farms in Peru), woven in Sweden, size 150 x 250 cm. Here the designer has made a playful exaggeration in scale and abstraction of the cross pattern from the original Crux Blanket which Pia Wallén designed in 1991. Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

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The Tea Advent Calendar 2018 by NABO design. Contains 24 organic teas including rooibos, black, green, white, red and herbal, for a new tea experience every day from 1st of December until Christmas Eve! Comes with Swedish or English text. Photo coyright NABO.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Georg Jensen, Monica Förster, Pia Wallén, Scandimood 2018-10-07

Erskines Box of Wonders

Ralph Erskines ”Lådan” (The Box) from 1941–1942 is one famous Swedish building! It is also a famous home. With only 20 squaremetres for himself, his wife Ruth and their two small children, Erskine had to invent space-saving furniture; the bed hung in ropes from the cealing, and doubled as a sofa, the working table folded into the bookshelf and so on. Lådan become known for its aesthetics and clever solutions and since long this small house stand as an architectual role model in the collective mind of Swedes longing for a simple (summer) dwelling.

Saturday 6th of October 2018 Lådan is open to the public. If in Stockholm, take the chance to experience an iconic house! An arrangement by ArkDes, The Swedish Center for Architecture and Design. Free entrance. For information on how to get to Lovön, see ArkDes.

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Lådan was originally built in Lissma, south of Stockholm, as a permanent home. It had no electricity, no running water and no wc. The Erskine family lived 4 years in Lådan, before moving closer to town. Lådan was well-built, but the materials did not survive over time and gradually it subsided into nature. In 1989, under supervision by Erskine, Lådan was rebuilt in Lovön, Stockholm. Photos (above and below) of Lådan exterior copyright ArkDes.

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Lådan livingroom

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Lådan interiors. Photo copyright Åke E:son Lindman.

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Ralph Erskine at his worktable in Lådan

Black and white images of Ralph Erskine and Lådan. Photo copyright ArkDes Collections.

 

 

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2018-10-05

Simplistic seating

The classic Scandi wood chair with its sleek and minimalistic look seem to reinvent itself every other year. In 2018 one interesting chair is the Linea Akademia chair by Wesley Walters & Salla Luhtasela for Nikari. It was part of Wesley Walters’ Master’s Thesis at Aalto University, a research of ”The American Shaker style and its characteristics, brought to life anew in a Nordic context”. Handsome!

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Linea Akademia chair by Wesley Walters & Salla Luhtasela (aka Kaksikko) for Nikari (2018). Massive oak treated with wood oil mixture. Photo copyright Chikako Harada.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2018-09-19

82 %

82 % of the Swedes stands up for democracy and will not tolerate rasism in any form. That was made clear after last weeks elections in Sweden. Let’s inspire the 18 % who did flirt with rasist parties to take a look at the Scandinavian design community. Contemporary Scandi brands stands firm in their openminded, curious and compassionate collaborations with designers from all over the world.

Next Guest of Honor at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair (2019) is studio Neri & Hu from Shanghai, China. This fab duo work with an interdiciplinary take on design; you can see the inspiration from architecture and global trends, often formulated in a poetic style. Among the Scandi Brands representing Neri & Hu are Swedish Bolon and Danish Kvadrat and Fritz Hansen.

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Yanzi Light by Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu for Artemide. Brushed brass, white, black/blown glass, size 40×75,4 cm, height 192 cm, diameter base 40 cm. Diffused LED source. Photo copyright Neri & Hu.

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Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu, aka Neri & Hu design studio. Photo copyright Neri & Hu.

Neri and HuNeri & Hu have established a retail platform in Shanghai, to offer Chinese consumers products by global designers. Photo copyright Dezeen.

 

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2018-09-14

Kvadrat goes flooring

Danish Kvadrat is a fab Scandi brand, known and respected for their environmental friendly production and handsome collection of contemporary fabrics. Kvadrat collaborates with designers and artists like Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Olafur Eliasson, Akira Minagawa, Doshi Levien and Patricia Urquiola. New 2018 is a collection of rugs by Hella Jongerius in felted interpretations of art and nature.

F_20095_C0285_FULL_SIZE_LOWSienna rug by Hella Jongerius for Kvadrat (2018) is inspired by abstract expressionist paintings, such as those of Mark Rothko. 100 % wool, available in standard rug sizes. Photo copyright Kvadrat.

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With its soft, saturated hues and delicate composition Sienna brings to life Hella Jongerius’s exceptional sense for colour through an array of delicate tonal gradations. Photo copyright Kvadrat.
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Sienna in production in the handicraft studio in Nepal. To achieve the rug’s captivating watercolour-like expression, dyed flocks of wool are pulled by hand until they are almost transparent. Like paint, they overlap when placed on a dark or light base, gently flowing and diffusing into each other. Photo copyright Studio Hella Jongerius.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Kvadrat 2018-08-29