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Visuality as an aspect of sustainability

”Don’t make waste” is the most important trend 2020. And the Scandi brands are good at taking care of and developing what they’ve already got. One example is Dinesen – a family-owned company in Denmark, founded in 1898. With their ”passion for wood and respect for nature” Dinesen do not only manufacture beautiful flooring, but also work with visuality as an important part of sustainability. A few weeks ago Hans Peter Dinesen (5th generation Dinesen) and Mikkel Vestergaard (design and material developer) launched Dinesen Collection. A series of furniture and interior objects designed to activate your senses through aesthetic sustainability. The heartbeat of the collection is to ”draw nature’s calm presence in and spark curiosity about wood as a material”. Take a look!

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DS001 Table and DS101 Bench by Dinesen Collection (2020). Solid oak or Douglas (fir). The table and bench comes in three lengths. Available in natural wood treated with linseed oil. Or linseed oil mixed with red or green natural pigment. Photo Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects.

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DS301 Daybed by Dinesen Collection (2020). Solid oak or Douglas (fir). Available in natural wood treated with linseed oil or linseed oil with red or green natural pigment. The daybed can be ordered with cushions, here with textile from the Vidar 3 collection by Kvadrat. Photo Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects.

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DS401 Stand by Dinesen Collection (2020). Solid oak or Douglas (fir). Combined with DS410 Table Planks you may set up a desk unit, a dining table or an extension to your everyday dining table. Photo Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects.

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DS201 Stool by Dinesen Collection (2020). Solid oak or Douglas (fir). Here treated with linseed oil and natural green pigment. Cushion available. Photo Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects.

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Dinesen, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Kvadrat 2020-09-19

Colour me happy!

Stockholm Design Week is up-and-running and during its first day I was delighted to meet with four longtime favourites dressed up in lots and lots and lots of colour! Bolon, ever so fun and stylish! Montana, the very essence of sophisticated Scandi colour schemes. TAF, as orange and conceptual as ever. And Svenskt Tenn, where maximalism rules and you’re welcome to loose yourself in the eclectic world of Estrid Ericson and Josef Frank. It makes me happy to find contemporary interpretations of colour applied with such love and great skill!

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Bolon do not present news this year. Instead they’ve digged into their existing collection and played with it, trying out new ”outfits” and stepping up on an imaginary stage. ”The Art of Performance” (2020) is a magical trip into the curious minds of sisters/third generation owners Annica and Marie Eklund. Inspiration is drawn from fashion, art as well as photography. And the result is an inspiring new take on sustainable flooring. Take a look:

”The Art of Performance” by Bolon (2020). Bolon flooring in new combinations, CO2 neutral production, certified by several environmental standards. Photo and video copyright Bolon.

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At the launch at Montana, CEO Joakim Lassen presented Mini, created in collaboration with his father, the late Peter Lassen. With Mini the fab danes make room not only for personality but for accessability to qualitative design. Montana Mini comes with smaller proportions as the regular modular system, and not as many alternative units and colours. ”Today there’s already so many choices to face in our daily life”, says Joakim Lassen. And explains how Montana deals with new customer habits, like online shopping. ”When you’re buying furniture online it is not suitable with, let’s say, several shades of white to choose between”, says Joakim Lassen. ”To make it easier for our clients we’ve created a system of moduls with fewer parts, fewer colours, fewer choices”. Even so, less is as much Montana as ever and Mini cover most needs for storage in a home.

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Montana Mini, by Peter and Joakim Lassen (2020). Available in 3 versions (open, closed, shelved), in 10 matching colours. The modules snap together with strong magnets securing that the storage i aligned, and maintaining the sleek, clean lines that is the trademark style of Montana. Photo copyright Montana.

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TAF design studio, with founders Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom, has made a strong interpretation of Svenskt Tenn and the premium segment of handmade furniture from Sweden. The sofa Famna (”Embrace”) is huge and heavy, stands steady on the floor and is a given ”piece of conversation”: Inspired by a generous comfy bed or classic bath-tub, and the feel when you slowly let yourself into the warm and comforting… to relax.

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Famna, sofa by TAF for Svenskt Tenn (2020). Handmade construction and upholstering by O.H Sjögrens Furniture Factory in Tranås, Sweden. Comes in several textiles, from classic Brazil by Josef Frank to a luxurious orange velvet. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

Architectual moves, Bolon, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Josef Frank, Montana, TAF 2020-02-04

Implementing 0.7

My yearlong project to reduce my carbon footprint has come to its end and I’v reached my goal; a total below 1 tons CO2/year. Today 0.7 is my new starting point.* The challenge 2020 will be to keep the footprint at this level. The ”Reducing CO2” has been a follow up on my earlier sustainability projects like ”No Plastic” and ”No Food Waste”. And a possibility for me to go into detail and challenge my own habits.

In my business I’v recognized the beauty of 100% sustainable production, lending transparency and circular thinking into each and every project. Thank you dear clients who believed in me!

* The average CO2 emissions per capita for Sweden is app. 4.47 metric tons (2019).

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Frösakull, the summer dwelling of Swedish furniture designer Bruno Mathsson (1907–1988), has been an inspiration for me during my aim to implement a sustainable lifestyle yet cherishing qualitative design and architecture. Simplicity at its best! Photo copyright Bruno Mathsson International.

Architectual moves, Bruno Mathsson, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2020-01-15

Aalto from archive to future

December is upon us and with only a few hours of daylight good lighting is important. Many Scandi brands use models from their archive alongside creating new design. How nice it is to find my favourite pendant by Alvar Aalto in production again!

 

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Pendant Light A201 by Alvar Aalto for the library of Säynätsalo Town Hall in central Finland (1952). Standard white with brass details. In production by Artek (2019). Photo copyright Artek.

 

Pendant-Light-A201-Säynätsalo-Town-Hall-Library-2962698A201 by Alvar Aalto in situ at the the library of Säynätsalo Town Hall in Finland. Standard white with brass details. In production by Artek (2019). Photo copyright Artek.

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Relaunching classics is a way to use what you’ve got and bring forth timeless quality. Sustainability in thought and action has always been a trademark of Artek. Pendant Light A201 Red by Alvar Aalto (1952) comes in a limited edition during 2020. Photo copyright Artek.

Alvar Aalto, Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season 2019-12-06

Montana – a Scandi role model

Danish Montana is world famous for their colourful shelving system designed by Peter J Lassen who founded the company in 1982. From start he declared the intention to work with a combination of contemporary design and sustainability. Montana became one of the first Danish businesses to run, as Lassen formulated it, ”a cradle-to-grave analyses of the environmental consequences of every given product”. No other Scandi furniture brand has achivied such high standard considering sustainable production, design level, working environmental and worksplace safety etc. In 2007 the brand developed their own, water-based, surface lacquer in collaboration with the Danish government. Earlier this Fall Montana was awarded, the official EU Ecolabel.

 

In August 2019 Peter J Lassen, shortly before he passed away at the age of 88, recorded this video where he explains how Montana Furniture came into existence and what constitutes the ”design DNA” of the brand. Take a few moments and enjoy! Video copyright Montana.

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In 2019 Montana launched a new palette developed in collaboration with colour expert Margrethe Odgaard. Photo copyright Montana.

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Montana shelving system palette by Margrethe Odgaard for Montana (2019), certified with EU Ecolabel and the Indoor Climate Label. Here a combination in colours Mushroom and White Oak. The objective of the EU Ecolabel is to reduce the overall environmental impact of the production and consumtion of goods. The label looks at the entire product’s life cycle and the environmental problems that might arise along the way – for the benefit of people, the environment and the earth’s resources. Photo copyright Montana.

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Montana uses exclusively PEFC-certified wood in their production, which takes place in Denmark, on the island of Funen.The production is certified according to ISO 14001 (environmental) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational, health and safety). 160 craftsmen work in the hyper tech factory. Photo copyright Montana.

 

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Montana 2019-11-20

Lazy Summer Vibes!

This time of the year my mailbox is bursting with pics of lazy summer life. This because the outdoor furniture of 2020 will soon be presented, at the international furniture fairs in Stockholm, London, Paris and Milan…Let’s indulge in summer beauties from Danish brand Skagerak – a family-owned company founded in 1976, working with the combination of contemporary Nordic design and sustainability. Skagerak is a certified B Corp business since 2016, which mean they strive to keep the utmost quality in three aspects: design, production and their relation to people and the planet.

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Gerda table and bench, by Included Middle (Chris L Halstrom and Margrethe Odgaard) for Skagerak (2020). The sleak minimalistic structure in environmental friendly aluminium has got very well drawn details, like the perforated top inspired by the work of Danish weaving pioneer Gerda Henning (1891–1951) who designed textiles for brands like Kaare Klint and Börge Mogensen. Photo copyright Skagerak.

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Gerda table and stool, by Included Middle for Skagerak (2020). Aluminium. Photo copyright Skagerak.

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Lily series of furniture for outdoor and indoor use. Designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) for Skagerak (2020). FCS-certified teak, stainless steel. Photo copyright Skagerak.

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Over time the untreated wood in the Lily series will patinate into a silver-gray colour. During the summer you use the furniture outdoors, then you bring it into your home or office during the winter. I like the double function! Lily is beautifully manufactured and there’s an air of simple summer life about it. Photo copyright Skagerak.

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Lily bench by BIG for Skagerak (2020). The bench will last, at least, a lifetime of use, but the design also allows it to be used as a sidetable. The Edge Pot by Stilleben (Ditte Reckweg and Jelena Nordentoft) is hand-thrown in terracotta and comes in both an indoor and outdoor version. Photo copyright Skagerak.

 

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2019-11-14

Swedish design!

Recently I’v worked for the Swedish Insitute, producing design related content for their site .sweden.se, which is Sweden’s official website. As always when digging my head into the history of Swedish design I feel humble. Before all the amazing designers and producers bringing high quality Scandi style into our lives.

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Contemporary Swedish design: BAUX acoustic pulp by Form Us With Love for BAUX (2019) is a sound absorbing panel made of 100 % bio-based pane, in colouring created by using different amounts of natural wheat in the material. Photo: Jonas Lindström/BAUX.

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Award-winning Swedish design: Diversity woven vinyl flooring from Bolon recently won the NYCxDESIGN award 2019, in the category ”Contract Flooring”. Congrats! Styling by Saša Antić. Photo: Pär Olofsson/Bolon. The stylish Dandy sofa comes from Swedish marvels Massproductions.

Architectual moves, Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Form Us With Love 2019-05-26

Around the table in Milan

Marimekko has set up shop in Milan during the design week and invites us to experience their colourful home collection irl! With simplistic but qualitaive styling, lots of interior feel and their ever so beautiful products Marimekko bring people together. To sit around the table sharing a meal, or a talk. To try a nap in a stylish bed where fresh linen in white and forest green reminds you of Finland. To enjoy the everyday and opening up for that special feeling called inspiration. Lovely!

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The Marimekko shoppable home experience 2019 is created in partnership with furniture design icon Artek and digital commerce specialised growth consultancy Columbia Road. Photo copyright Marimekko.

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Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Marimekko 2019-04-11

Paper magic by Örsjö

The annual furniture fair in Milan is up and running and the Scandi brands are well represented. Among the many Swedish Örsjö stands out with the Virvel collection by Ingegerd Råman. The simplistic design, beautiful handcrafted paper from Lessebo and soft functional light make Virvel an instant classic. Paper shades have not been common in Sweden due to the risk of fire, but with LED there’s new possibilites to use paper for lamps. If in Milan you can visit Örsjö at Euroluce, pavilion 13/F15.

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Virvel lamp with paper shade, by Ingegerd Råman for Örsjö (2019). Photo copyright Erik Lefvander/Örsjö.

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Örsjö is known for their collaborations with skilled Swedish designers. The 2019 collection is no exception. From left to right: Skyline by Folkform, white enamel or polished brass, Vinge by Note Design Studio, enamelled frame with dimmer handle in solid brass or enamelled metal, Streck by Joel Karlsson, adjustable shade made of opal blown glass, switch inside shade, textile cord, Libreria by Folkform, powdercoated steel and opal glass, Kvist by Jonas Bohlin, silver welded contruction, hook designed for wrapping cord, and Libreria floor by Folkform, powdercoated steel and opaque glass. Photo copyright Erik Lefvander/Örsjö.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2019-04-10

Heav(enl)y Metal!

Aluminium is everyone’s choice 2019 and Swedish brands knows how to combine fab design with this sustainable metal. The alu trend started some years ago with the ingenious designs by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. The designer (born in 1925) was invited by the company (until then a traditional metal industry) to create contemporary objects for the garden. With her knowledge of form and function Signe Persson-Melin revitalized the whole collection. Gråsippa, Pokal and Palissad soon became role models for sustainable form + sustainable production. Byarums bruk use recycled Swedish aluminium. Their planters can be used all year round, as aluminium is resistent to both heat and cold.

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Gråsippa planter by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Recycled raw cast aluminium. Photo copyright Byarums bruk.

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Pokal planter by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Recycled raw cast aluminium. Photo copyright Byarums bruk.

 

Another stylish product in cast aluminium is the Museum display shelf, by TAF for the new interior of Nationalmuseum – the Swedish National Gallery. In production by String Furniture.

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Museum display shelf by TAF for String Furniture (2018). Photo copyright String Furniture.

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Even though the brand works in virgin aluminium, recycled might be an opition in the future, says Victoria Friis from String Furniture. Meanwhile String Furniture collaborate with a chinese manufacturer who’s following the Swedish certification standard ”Möbelfakta” which ensures sustainable quality for metal products, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The products by String Furniture comes in an paper package made in Sweden, following FTI guidelines and standards FSC, ISO22000, ISO9001 and ISO14001.

String Furniture also produce the classic work by Kajsa and Nisse Strinning. Namely the ”string shelf”, a piece of iconic furniture well-known and loved by Swedes since the 50s. Very few designers have made such an impact on Swedish interior decoration as the Strinning couple. Recently String Furniture launched several developments, in collaboration with some of Sweden’s best industrial designers and stylists.

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String Furniture Beige is an update of the String indoor shelving system, with a new beige coating chosen by interior stylist Lotta Agaton (2019).

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String Outdoor, by Kajsa and Nisse Strinning (panels) and Anna von Schewen/Björn Dahlström (shelves) for String (2019). Aluzinc, steel coated with rust resistant aluminium-zinc (shelves) and hot-dip galvanized metal string (panels). Made in Sweden. Photo copyright String Furniture.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Signe Persson Melin, TAF 2019-04-03

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.

 

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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

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