Archive | Architectual moves

The recycling of a classic

In 2018 the upholstered chair is back at the core of the contemporary Scandi style. With upholstering comes a possiblity to work with different fabrics and play with colours. And, you can re-upholster an old chair as long as the shell is intact. The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) had a bunch of 30 year old No 7 by Arne Jacobsen. These classic chairs have been in use every single day over the years and when the original fabric had worned out DR decided to re-upholster instead of buying new furniture. The result is fab! Spot on the contemporary look combining qualitative fabric with well chosen colours into a sleek yet pragmatic elegance.

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Chair No 7 by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen (1955). Re-upholstered by architecht Tommy Topp at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation in textile from Kvadrat (2018). Shell in pressure molded sliced veneer, legs in steel. Photo copyright DR.

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Chair No 7 by Arne Jacobsen recycled with new textile from Kvadrat (2018). The upholstered Series No 7 Chair is one of the most comfortable chairs you can imagine. Originally designed for the SAS hotel in Copenhagen. Photo copyright DB.

 

 

Architectual moves, Arne Jacobsen, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fritz Hansen, In the Season 2018-08-11

The possibility of error: Castiglioni

When Achille Castiglioni was asked to describe the design process he said: ”Experience does not bring certainity or security, but rather increases the possibility of error. I would say it is better to start from scratch each time, with humility, because experience is not likely to turn into sillyness”. Sounds good to me: let’s embrace the possility of error! And celebrate a free minded, curious take on design.

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Achille Castiglioni (1918–2002) was an Italian architect and designer, especially interested in every-day objects. His oeuvre of work is impressing. Castiglioni designed the now iconic lamps Gatto, Arco, Parentesi and several others for Flos. Photo copyright Fondazione Achille Castiglioni.

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Gatto by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos (1960). Steel, cocoon. Height 310 mm and 580 mm. Photo copyright Flos.

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Splugen Brau pendant by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos (1961). Aluminium. Photo copyright Flos.

 

 

Architectual moves, Castiglioni, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2018-08-10

Cradle-to-cradle flooring with Bolon

It is interesting that one of Sweden’s leading companies when it comes to sustainability produce plastic flooring. Bolon show us that with hard work and new ideas it is actually possible for a brand to work with an environmentally ”difficult” product in a highly environmental friendly way.

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This summer the Ulricehamn based company launched a new non glue product, a tape that allows their flooring to be easily installed and removed without contamination. Previously, the glue used to affix Bolon’s flooring contaminated the material and made recycling difficult. They have also developed a new technique for installing tiles and studio products that does not affect the product’s recyclability. ”We see a possible future in which our product have no negative impact on the environment and can be recycled and reused over and over again,”, says Marie Eklund, Bolon’s CEO.

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Bolon are also testing new ways to recycle postconsumer waste. Hence they have developed a take-back service for worn-out flooring, to be up and running in 2020. They are currently looking at the possibility of a leasing service for flooring fixed with the new No Glue technique. N B Bolon flooring are installed world wide!

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Bolon also stated that their goal is to use 100% of the waste in new products; so far 33 % of the waste from the production in Ulricehamn is used as backing.

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Bolon’s updated sustainability strategy is due for release on October 1st, 2018. Don’t miss out!  Photo copyright Bolon.

Architectual moves, Bolon, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2018-08-03

Dreamy garden

Ulf Nordfjell is a Swedish landscape architect and gardener perhaps best known for winning the gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show three times! That’s an achivement, but Nordfjell is not only a wizzard with flowers, he also make beautiful, stylish, sensible (did I just write sensible!?) objects for the garden. But yes, a pergola or planting pot by Nordfjell is like a rock. There to stay and to integrate with the plants. They make sense. Nordfjell Collection is produced by Nola, Sweden’s leading developer of sustainable design for outdoor environments/public spaces.

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Viola Planter by Ulf Nordfjell for Nordfjell Collection/Nola. Photo copyright Per Ranung.

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Pergola Arch Steel by Ulf Nordfjell for Nordfjell Collection/Nola. Photo copyright Per Ranung.

 

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2018-07-31

And the winners are…

In Milan at the Furniture Fair, Swedish Scandi brands went international with qualitative, sustainable design. Asplund and Claesson Koivisto Rune teamed up with Kvadrat in the interesting project ”Circular by design” where seven top notch designers demonstrate how to use end-of life textiles in furniture and interior design. Textile waste is a massive global problem and last year Kvadrat collaborated with young Danish company Really in the development of Really Solid Textile Board: a hard-density material made from end-of-life cotton and wool from the fashion and textile industries, as well as households. The manufacturing does not involve use of dyes, water or toxic chemicals and generates only recyclable waste. The board can be re-granulated and formed into new boards.

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Bibliothèque by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Asplund (2018). The freestanding shelving system is contracted using slender rigid sheets of Really Solid Textile Board creating a sharp geometric look. Photo copyright Claesson Koivisto Rune.

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The subtle offsets between vertical and horizontal elements reflect the intricacy of architectural curtain-wall design, and give Bibliothèque an unusual complexity. Like a skyscraper seen in the context of the city! Photo copyright Really/Kvadrat.

Kasthall presented a fine special collection by Ilse Crawford: ”Grönska” (Greenery) comes in five patterns (Åker/Field, Äng/Meadow, Glänta/Clearing, Fåra/Furrow and Täppa/Plot). Woven or hand tufted wool and/or linen.

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Fåra by Ilse Crawford for Kasthall (2018). Woven in 100% wool bouclé yarn. Photo copyright insta@kasthall

John Sterner. Who but founder Alexander Stutterheim (Stutterheim raincoats) could mangage to conceptualize locally hand knitted thick eco sweaters and launch their wintry feel on a hot spring day, just as… The combination of exquisite handicraft, perfect design and a knack for story telling make John Sterner an immediate favourite for everyone interested in design. And yes…there is a thin tee as well!

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Story telling from John Sterner – Swedish knitology. Photo copyright John Sterner.

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The Antidote Turtle Neck sweater by John Sterner (2018). Hand knitted in Öland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, 100% eco wool. Photo copyright John Sterner.

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Alvaret Tee knit in Eco Merino, by John Sterner (2018). Photo copyright insta@johnsterner_swedishknitology

Korbo handwoven wire baskets are made in Shanghai and transported by boat to app. 300 retailers in 21 countries world wide. Well done with ”one product”! Photo copyright Korbo.

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In Milan Korbo participated in the ”Hemma” exhibition and as you can see, in Italy a wire basket might be used to storage Swedish bread! Photo copyright Korbo.

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Korbo bin basket in the home office. Photo copyright Korbo.

Nola is always interesting and up-to-date with international trends and life’s necessities. Mainly producing furniture and objects for public spaces Nola make use of their skilled designers to let well produced sustainability shine in our everyday. New for 2018 is Cacti indoor planter available in three different sizes with trellises made in three different heights.

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Cacti planter by Anki Gneib for Nola (2018). Powder coated steel, RAL/Sablé. Height 173 cm, depth 31–51 cm and length 101–231 cm. Photo copyright Nola.

Architectual moves, Asplund, Book Cradle, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall, Kvadrat 2018-04-23

Nikari at Salone del Mobile 2018

The most important furniture fair 2018, Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy runs between 17th and 22nd of April. The Scandi brands are lining up with fab news and lots of fun! From Finnish Nikari I especially fancy Skandinavia Separat, a room divider by Danish designer Cecilie Manz. In times of compact living a room divider make sense; remember the Swedish Kolonn by young designers Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh and the classic aalto screen….From Nikari one may always expect perfectly handcrafted products in wood. This time in Northern pine or European Ash. The only thing I don’t like is the use of leather for the joints. Leather, naturally tanned or not, are not a material for the future! But the idea of a flexible joint is great. I’d love to see a version with textile or hi-tech material joints.

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Skandinavia Separat room divider by Cecilie Manz for Nikari (2018). Pine wood and leather, hight 130 cm, full length 180 cm. Photo by Studio Chikako Harada/Photo copyright Nikari.

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Kolonn room divider by Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh for Beckmans (2018). Photo copyright Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh. Exhibited in Milan as part of the Swedish Design Moves: ”Hemma – Stories of Home” curated by Joyn Studio and located at Via Eugenio Balzan 4, in Brera. Photo copyright Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh. Read more about Kolonn at post  2018-03-02 below.

 

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The iconic Screen 100 by Alvar Aalto for Artek (1936) is made of massive pinewood stripes. Flexible jointed panels connected with metal wire. This original painted screen was produced in the early 40s by Artek and available some years ago at Jacksons. Photo copyright Jacksons.

 

Alvar Aalto, Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Jacksons 2018-04-16

Marble fantastic!

Marble is an amazing material, not only beautiful but also highly functional. Several Scandi brands use the precious stone for furniture, kitchen, bathroom, small objects etc. Republic of Fritz Hansen™ recently relaunched two classic tables by Poul Kjaerholm with marble tops in a sophisticated beige or tone-in-tone anthracite black. It looks fab! And adds a new dimension to the concept of visual sustainability!

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PK61™ coffee table by Poul Kjaerholm (1929–1980) for Republic of Fritz Hansen™ (1956). Top in beige limestone (2018) originating from the south of Italy. Photo copyright Republic of Fritz Hansen™.

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PK54™ dining table by Poul Kjaerholm (1929–1980) for Republic of Fritz Hansen™ (1963). Top in anthracite Petra marble (2018) originating from ancient Persia. Photo copyright Republic of Fritz Hansen™.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fritz Hansen 2018-04-03

Kolonn

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.

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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