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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

Light a candle

August came with shorter days and, suddenly, very dark evenings. As usual this brings out an urge for some soft candle light. This Fall we see a new take on the classic Scandinavian candle stick; poetic yet pragmatic design in cool pale metals. Like the beautiful Liv Candlestick by Andreas Engesvik for Norwegian silver manufacturer Arven. Part from the almost breathtaking experience of world class design, it is nice to be invited to take part of the industrial part of the production, see some pics below!

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Liv Candlestick by Andreas Engesvik for Arven (2018). Handmade in silver with subtle traces of the production and therefore each is slightly different. Limited edition. Photo copyright Andreas Engesvik.

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Andreas Engesvik, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, In the Season 2018-08-05

Rain is in the air…

…and we LOVE it! Stockholmers never miss out the possibility to dress up in their rain gear and when rain is in the air we see Stutterheim all over town. Stutterheim has made an incredible journey as a brand; from the first Arholma green, designed more or less a copy of founder Alexander Stutterheim’s grandfathers raincoat, they’ve surprised us with new takes on rain wear. The Fall of 2018 is no exception. Stutterheim has teamed up with Italian Marni for a stylish black raincoat!

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140 Opal by Marni for Stutterheim (2018). Rubberized cotton with a shiny opal black finish, contrasting yellow stitches and a matte black panel at back. Available in two lengths. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Arholma is still a fine day-do-day choice for the pragmatic (?) Swedish man! Arholma green raincoat by Stutterheim. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Stutterheim 2018-08-04

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

Perfectly Iris

Earlier this year Iris Hantverk won the Formex Formidable Award for ”best product”. Now the handsome brushes by Lovisa Wattman are in production. And as usual they’re perfectly manufactured by the gifted craftsmen at the Iris Hantverk workshop in Stockholm. Iris Hantverk has a long history of working with visually impaired craftsmen; the 6 craftsmen in Stockholm make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition but the design is contemporary.  Every brush is a wonder of aesthetics, function, environmental commitment and splendid craftsmanship.

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Porch broom by Lovisa Wattman for Iris Hantverk (2018). Oil treated birch and arenga fibre. The broom is intended for cleaning up around the patio or entrance. Lenght 55 cm and 125 cm. Photo by Anna Kern, copyright Iris Hantverk.

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The Porch broom may be stored with the help of a clever birch clampboard, also by Lovisa Wattman for Iris Hantverk (2018). The clamping board comes with 1 or 3 clamps. Photo by Anna Kern, copyright Iris Hantverk.

Anna Kern, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk 2018-08-02

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

Summer Wibes

The summer of 2018 has been warm and dry. In the north of Sweden wild fires are devastating several huge forests as well as smaller areas. No one goes unaffected by the loss of trees, wildlife and beauty. In the south unhappy farmers see their crop turn into dust and there’s no grass to eat for the cattle. Suddenly we realize that +32 degrees C for three months might be the new normal; climate change is here to take its toll. A positive sign though is that the production and consumtion of design and furniture is rapidly changing in a sustainable and conscious way. The Scandi brands send their holiday greetings but speak about the importance to take care of nature and only make design that can last a lifetime. At the very least.

In Finland and the village of Fiskars, wood design studio and furniture maker Nikari reminds us of their great ”12 designs for Nature” series by world leading designers like Jasper Morrison, Wataru Kumano, Alfredo Häberli, Louise Cambell and Thomas Sandell. Part of the profit from the sale goes to the protection of the global forest biodiversity. There’s, alongside the environmental friendly production, a visual sustainability in this series that appeal to me.

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April tables by Alfredo Häberli and December chair by Jasper Morrison & Wataru Kumano, for Nikari. Photo copyright Nikari.

Nikari also have a line of small products made from their excess wood. Like the fab cutting boards by Mattila & Merz and the simple but functional wooden spatulas by Minja Kolehmainen.

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Cutting boards made of workshop left overs in different wood…. The size of each board is determined by the piece of wood that was used. Nice! Photo copyright Kapo Kaamu.

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Wood spatula by Minja Kolehmainen for Nikari. Photo copyright Nikari.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, No Plastic 2018-07-30

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

Worth waiting for…

The furniture fair in Milan, Salone del Mobile 2018, is soon over and there’s been lots of interesting new design on display! It’s been especially nice to see small Scandi brands taking a step towards international. From Sweden I acknowledge great furniture from Asplund, rugs by Ilse Crawford for Kasthall, fab knitted eco sweaters from John Sterner, stylish hand woven steel wire baskets from Korbo and playful flowerpots for public spaces from Nola… And many more! It was worth waiting for!

 

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In Italy Spring is almost over but in Stockholm Old Town it has just begun. Some favourites are already in bloom. Botanic tulip…how we’ve been awaiting your beauty!

Asplund, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Kasthall, Korbo, Scandimood 2018-04-19

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