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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

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…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

Exhibition at Stockholm Design Week

The exhibition ”Mellan handen och ögat” is up and running at fab Svensk Hemslöjd in Stockholm. More than 60 producers present new and old work. If in Stockholm come and experience handicraft and craft in a design context! Produced and curated by Cia Wedin in collaboration with Jenny Berge/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Stitch carpet by Pia Wallén for Asplund Collection, Ticka Bowls by Jennie Adén. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Flooring Elements by Bolon, Bowl table by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia, wool and mittens from Svensk Hemslöjd. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Deer by Gunnar Johnsson and Dalahorse by Nils Olsson. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Bowl by Åke Landström, Spoon by Andreas Heurlin, table cloth Våga by Växbo Lin. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Bolsterkudde cushion från Klässbols, Kranium wooden skull by Acne JR. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Ekblad cushion by Maria Åström, Stockholm No 1 chair by Larsson korgmakare, flooring Elements by Bolon, Book socle by Jessica Signell Knutsson. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

Andreas Engesvik, Anna Kern, Asplund, Bolon, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Bruno Mathsson, Calle Forsberg, Carina Seth Andersson, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Fogia, Friends, Ikea, In the Season, Iris Hantverk, Maria Åström, Pia Wallén, Scandimood, Signe Persson Melin, Wästberg 2019-02-04

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

Jasper Morrisons’ Frame of Life

Raami (frame in Finnish) is a new dining collection designed by Jasper Morrison for Iittala (2019). In the design process Morrison focused on the concept of atmosphere. He investigated how the way objects are used or handled (part from functionality and their visual qualities) have an impact on the atmosphere surrounding a meal. ”Objects that contribute the best atmosphere tend to be less immediately noticeable; it may take some time before you appreciate them for their practicality and more subtle, discreet presence”, says Morrison. ”That’s because the balance of how they look and how they perform is correct, they have been designed to perform well and contribute the right atmosphere, not just to catch the eye.” I agree on that. And who is better suited than Jasper Morrison to design a minimalistic, basic yet interesting collection where a few but well designed items in as disparate materials as ceramic, glass and wood perform very nicely together. Or with other pieces you may already have in your home. Or will find in the future… Raami is a contemporary collection with potential to become a classic.

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Raami dining collection by Jasper Morrison for Iittala (2019). Painting by Nathalie Du Pasquier. Photo copyright Iittala.

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Raami tumbler by Jasper Morrison for Iittala (2009) comes in colours Clear, Moss Green and Sea Blue. The plate comes in a soft white colour. Photo copyright Iittala.

Iittala_2019_Raami_18_JPGRaami glass by Jasper Morrison for Iittala (2009) is a small, rather sturdy and heavy glass on foot. For sparkling, white, red wine or apretif. Photo copyright Iittala.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Iittala 2018-11-20

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

Little Sun Black Diamond

Art + Sustainability is a strong trend and some projects manage to balance an artistic integrity with hard core pragmatism. In 2012 Olafur Eliasson teamed up with engineer Frederik Ottesen and founded Little Sun – a foundation and business, with the aim to bring sun energy to people who have no access to the electrical grid. Since the start more than 650 000 lamps have been sold of the original Little Sun lamp. Last year the team launched Little Sun Diamond, a pocket sized, feather light, solar powered lamp made of biodegenrable plastic. 5 hours charging in the sun gives 5 hours of bright light, fading to a longlasting soft light. Now Little Sun steps up with the release of Little Sun Black Diamond, a special edition in stylish carbon black. For each lamp sold two solar lamps will go to people in an area without reliably access to energy. The campaign runs November 1st until Christmas.

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Little Sun Black Diamond by Olafur Eliasson for Little Sun (2018). Photo copyright Little Sun.

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Five hours charge in the sun gives five hours bright light and then a slowly fade into a soft light over a time period of several hours. Little Sun Black Diamond by Olafur Eliasson for Little Sun (2018). Photo copyright Little Sun.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly 2018-11-05

Index yourself!

A nice surprise or your worst nightmare…Check out your actual carbon footprint with The Climate Account online calculator. The Climate Account has been developed by IVL Swedish Environmental Institute and is free for anyone to use as a help to detect how your lifestyle affects climate change.

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Fresh and Fading Memories, hanging sculpture installation by one of my favourite artists Ghanaian born El Anatsui at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice (2007). An artistic recycling of aluminium wrappings and bottle-caps. Photo copyright Palazzo Fortuny.

Compassionates, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2018-11-02

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

Helsinki Fashion Week ditch leather

In a stand against the leather industry’s cruelty to animals and the huge environmental devastation, leather will be prohibited on Helsinki Fashion Week catwalks from July 2019. The event – held annually in Finland’s capital – is world leading in promoting sustainable fashion. There’s nothing sustainable about the leather trade. In fact, the leather industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters, kills over a billion animals each year and also harm and kill people.

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On a couch near you? Every day hundred thousands of animals are abused in the leather trade.

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Perhaps your next designer chair? The ”life” of  animals in the leather trade is nothing but misery.

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Which Furniture Fair and Design Week will be first to follow Helsinki’s example and ditch leather? Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Innovative, high-tech options made from sustainable, plant-derived materials is on the rise. Alongside fab looking natural materials from a sustainable production. Let’s go Cruelty Free and never buy design products of animal origin. Leather, feather, fur and skin? No thank you!

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Videos 2018-08-16

No Plastic update: ghost nets

Longtime readers of Scandimood might remember my series ”No plastic”, ”No food waste” and ”No textile shopping”. And how I made an effort to reduce my private and professional consumtion of plastic, never throw away food and develop a strategy on how to buy less clothes and textile for the household. Some of you’ve now asked me for un update. You can read more under ”No Plastic” to the right of this page.

In Stockholm it is possible to recycle almost all kind of plastic. Unfortunately this make no incentive for people to consume less. On the contrary! Plastic is everywhere, it is difficult to avoid, and the main part of used plastic products end up as waste in the nature. A lot end up in the sea: it is app. that in 2050 there’ll be more plastic than fish in the seas.

An urgent problem with plastic is abandoned, lost and discarded fishing nets, lines and traps that threats sea life. A staggering 640,000 tonnes of (plastic) gear is left in our oceans each year. This gear traps, injures, mutilates and kills hundreds of thousands of whales, seals, turtles and birds annually. In July World Animal Protection called on all FN countries to investigate the possibility of using RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) and other ways to ID all commercial fishing gear. Follow their campagin Sea Change for more info.

 

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Turtle in the Saragasso Sea trapped in plastic waste.

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Kaskelot wale (aka Sperm whale) trapped in a ghost net. This giant have lived on earth for more than 25 million years! Photo copyright Alberto Romeo/Marine Photobank.

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Seal trapped in a ghost net in the waters of UK (2018). Photo copyright World Animal Protection.

 

 

Animal Rights, Compassionates, No Plastic 2018-08-09