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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!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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…

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

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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.

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”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

That precise moment

Any time soon now we’ll turn on the garden lights not to be guided through darkness but as part of the outdoor life. To sit outdoors for dinner is perhaps the most significant proof that winter is over. Outdoor lighting may be strong and disturbing, perhaps too bright, perhaps of mediocre design. But there’s fab light to be seen: Toldbod by Louis Poulsen was launched in 1982 and has definitely become a modern classic.

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Toldbod 220/290 by Louis Poulsen (1982). Die cast aluminium with shield in moulded clear polycarbonate, arm in extruded aluminium. The light is directed 100% downwards and the shade has a matt white painted interior emitting a soft, diffused, comfortable light. Photo copyright Louis Poulsen.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, In the Season 2017-05-01

For the little ones!

Scandi producers have a long legacy of making superb and sustainable furniture for children. One of the most famous is Peter’s Chair and Table by Hans J Wegner, designed in 1944 and in production by Carl Hansen & Sons.

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Peter’s Chair and Table by Hans J Wegner (1944) for Carl Hansen & Sons. The chair (CH410) and table (CH411) are made of untreated maple and beech hardwood. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.


Take a look at the making of Peter’s Chair and Table. Video copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

Another classic is the Childrens Stool NE60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek (1933). Made of beautiful pale birch this stool is a children’s version of the famous three-legged Stool 60. Photo copyright Artek.
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NE60 comes with an option for the seat. You can chose between natural lacquered birch veneer, white laminate or black linoleum. There’s a round table to go with the stool. Photo copyright Artek.

 

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A contemporary interpretation of the classics is Little Architect’s series by Ferm Living (2017). It is made of ash veneer and comes in five colours; bordeaux, dark blue, dark green, grey and rose. Photo copyright Ferm Living.

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..and here’s one of my favourites, the contemporary children’s chair Ru by Shane Schneck for Hay (2010). Not only innovative of structure but Ru features smart possibilities: it can hang off the table, it is stackable, and multiple chairs can be linked together to form a row. Birch plywood and ash veneer. Photo copyright Hay.

Alvar Aalto, Architectual moves, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Hans J Wegner, Hay, Videos 2017-04-29

Sophisticated Scandi

e93579fd-7f0d-4226-bde1-e905acf1deb2In the 60s Arne Jacobsen designed the now iconic cocktail and table wear series Cylinda-Line for Stelton. It is hard to believe this very contemporary look actually was created 50 years ago! To celebrate the magic of such good design Stelton now launches some of the classic steel products with a coat of coloured enamel! Photo copyright Stelton.

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Cylinda-Line by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton (1967) updated in colours Ocean Blue, Dusty Teal, Powder and Smokey Blue (2017). Photo copyright Stelton.

 

 

Architectual moves, Arne Jacobsen, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2017-04-17

Bruno Mathsson Award 2017

This year’s Bruno Mathsson Award goes to architects/designers Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. The Bruno Mathsson Award is one of the finest Nordic design awards, with a prize of SEK 250,000. Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom operate the firm TAF together.

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Architects Gabriella Gustafsson and Mattias Ståhlbom/TAF. From their office at Södermalm in Stockholm they work for clients world wide. Read and see more at ”TAF” to the right of this page. Photo copyright TAF.

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New take on a classic lighting function: You recognize the ”billiard” lamp, or perhaps this is a modern chandelier! TAF delivers and bring us a contemporary and charming lamp where all joints and cables are hidden and with remarkable thin supporting wires. Ambit Rail lamp by TAF for Muuto (2017). Photo copyright Muuto.

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The Mathsson Foundation started in 1983 by Karin and Bruno Mathsson with the purpose of promotion research, development, education and training in the areas of objects, and internal and external environment. Over the years  many a talented designer or/and architect has received this fine award. Let’s remember some design history:

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In 2004 we spotted talented Norway Says, and the young upcoming designers Andreas Engesvik, Torbjörn Anderssen and Espen Voll.

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Anderssen & Voll soon started their own business and are now one of Norways most successful design studios ever. Here posing with Mono 3-seater by Anderssen & Voll for Hjelle. Photo copyright Anderssen & Voll.

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Just like his former collegaues Andreas Engesvik now runs a successful design studio, working for various international clients like Iittala, Muuto, FontanaArte, Fogia and Asplund. Photo copyright Helle.

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Tiki sofa and chair by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia (2014) immediately became a Scandi classic. Photo copyright Fogia.

 

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Swedish architect and furniture designer Johannes Norlander got the award in 2005. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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House Morran by Johannes Norlander (2010) is a rebuilding of a summer bungalow from the 50s. By using simplistic forms and natural materials Norlander manage to create a very contemporary and elegant house. Photo copyright Rasmus Norlander.

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Last year Johannes Norlander got another very fine prize, the Kasper Salin Award 2016 for the building Studio 1 in Örgryte Torp. Photo copyright Arkitektur.

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In 2007  Louise Campbell from Denmark was recognized with the Mathsson award. Since many years now Campbell runs her own successful design studio, always abiding her ground rules: 1) Everything is possible until the opposite has been proven. 2) There must be a good reason for every single decision made. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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When Daniel Rybakken from Norway was awarded in 2011 there was no doubt a new star designer had arrived! Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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Staffan Holm – the wizard of wood –  got the top position in 2013. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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Well deserved recognition for famous design trio Claesson, Koivisto, Rune in 2015. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

 

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And the 2016 Mathsson award went to fab Clara von Zweigbergk and Shane Schneck! Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

Architectual moves, Bruno Mathsson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, TAF 2017-04-16

On the road with Anna

On request: house-stories signed photographer Anna Kern. It is a privilege to work with Anna and  spend a day or two in a private home, trusted to shoot and write the family’s story.  During the many hours on the road we get to know the landscape of Sweden, from the sunny fields of the south to the archipelago of Stockholm to the deep forests of the north.  Let’s re-visit some homes from 2016:

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On the outskirts of Stockholm we met with ceramic artist Calle Forsberg and garden designer Marika Delin. Marikas brother, architect Buster Delin designed the building in a 100% ecofriendly style, with simple solutions to maximize the function of the combinated home/studio.

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The kitchen is placed on top of the ceramic studio and warmed up by the ovens Calle use to burn his objects. The ”wallpaper” in the bedroom is made by raw, plant dyed, aquarelle paper. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for ELLE Decoration SE.

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We didn’t want to leave: Photograper Pelle Bergström’s villa in Skåne is a sanctuary for the soul. You rest, you work, you cook good food. And you do some gardening.

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The simplistic beauty of this house is made into a welcoming home by the cool arrangement of classic furniture + inherited aaltopieces + flee-market finds. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for ELLE Decoration SE.

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In this small sweetie in the south of Sweden interior designer Marianne Eriksson has created one of the loveliest homes we’ve seen. By using simple, natural materials and some old and some new pieces of furniture Marianne did wonders with a very old, worn-down house. Beautiful!

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The kitchen doubles as bed-and-breakfast dining room. In the entrance and adjoining rooms we admired Mariannes ability to mix colours, textiles, form and flowers. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for Lantliv SE.

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Tola. The home of textile designer Maria Åström and artist Sam Stigsson. We’ve visited this house several time over the years,  shooting pics for our book ”Mönsterträdgård” (”Garden of Patterns”,  Scandi Edition 2016).  It is a home filled with inspiration and beauty.

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Sam’s wood butterflies and candleholders in concrete are for sale at Konsthantverkarna in Stockholm. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for Lantliv SE.

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In the northeast part of Gotland (an island located in the Baltic Sea) you may visit sculptor Stina Lindholm at Skulpturfabriken. The factory, studio, café and garden are open to the public.

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And we had the pleasure to be invited to Stina’s personal space where old & traditional blend with new design into a contemporary home.  By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for Lantliv SE.

 

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In the south part of Gotland this architect home surprised us. You may work and design contemporary yet decorate your home in a traditional, simplistic country style. Look how nice the design pieces add to the style of the house!

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And yes…we got to sleep in the blue bedroom! And the entrance is nothing but lovely! By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for ELLE Decoration SE:

 

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Hanna and Jacob Bruce of Växbo Lin knows how to mix new/hi-tech with old/traditional, thus creating a contemporary home for their three young children and cat. In the extension part they’ve placed ”modern facilities” like bathroom, sauna and a washing machine.

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In the old part of the house they’ve restored the traditional ”salen” with great care and love. This room, with its wooden floorboards, linseed paint and handprinted wallpaper demand some carefulness when used, but is nevertheless part of a modern family life.

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During the summer of 2016 we visited several houses to be published in 2017. Here’s a sneak-peak from an architects villa built in a 100% environmental friendly way.  The natural light play an important part in this house-story.  And the cows from ”next doors”…

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Integrated in the landscape, with interior solutions combining aesthetics and comfort this home is a fine example of  a so called circular economy architecture. To be published in ELLE Decoration SE in 2017. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern.

Anna Kern, Architectual moves, Calle Forsberg, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Maria Åström, Scandimood 2016-12-21

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.

On three occasions during September and October 2016 (18th + 25th of September, 16th of October) 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 interiors. Photo copyright Åke E:son Lindman.

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

 

 

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2016-09-07

Le Café Mollien!

For several years Paris was my home and inspiration. How many an hour have I not spent strolling around in the great halls of Musée du Louvre. Especially the Denon wing, that´s where Mona Lisa smiles her little smile… I never attended the café Mollien as it lacked style and felt very out of place. But the new Le Café Mollien by Mathieu Lehanneur (2016) is nothing less than a marvel. The contemporary design blends perfectly well with the air of the Denon wing,  and the grandeur of the space is restored.

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Looking to the right…How does one choose: chair, armchair, stool or perhaps that cosy little bench in the alcove?

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Looking to the left…Great lamp bulbs in pink glass, and furniture in white wood, marble and brass!

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Looking out over the city of Paris…

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…and the terasse! Imagine spending an hour there in company of the ”Lunch Formula Molliers”!

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The menu is printed on a canvas. Fine detail in Le Café Molliers by Mathieu Lehanneur (2016). All photos copyright Le Louvre and Michel Giesbrecht.

 

…and this is what the old café Mollien looked like…

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Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2016-08-02

Oblon – bath outside the box

The Oblon series by venetian architect Stefano Cavazzana for Novello is a handsome, sleek yet basic product line which goes very well into a Scandi summer house. There’s a strong trend now to think outside the box when considering installing modern fascilites, like bathrooms into old buildings/summer dwellings. By using modular systems it is possible to integrate the bathroom into a variety of spaces, creating a room rather than a standard bathroom. With Oblon there’s also an interpretation of traditional bathing habits, like bringing the water into the room by a can or a simple tap. As well as the paraphrase on the freestanding porcelain bowls, used during centuries in Scandi houses as basins.

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Oblon series by Stefano Cavazzana for Novello (2016). All photos copyright Novello.

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Environmental friendly 2016-06-04