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Where design and art meet

Recently we’ve seen a strong trend to showcase design in ”art spaces”, and vice versa. If done well design and art may learn from each other and also contribute to a discussion on what, why and how to put design on display.

In September 2017 a small exhibition opened at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, located in Stockholm: ”The HI-group. Craftsmanship in the plastic age” was commissioned by ArkDes, curated by Johan Örn and designed by TAF into the best design exhibition in Sweden in 2017. Absolutely fab! If you missed it, you may still enjoy the book/exhibition catalogue written by Johan Örn (curator of the collections at ArkDes) with graphic design by Johannes Molin. It is a splendid examination of the role of crafts in Scandinavian post-war furniture and interior design.

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The HI-group was a Swedish collective of craftsmen and designers working across different fields and in different materials. The HI-group are now considered masters of craft, furniture and interior design from the 1960. Photo copyright Kristofer Johnsson & TAF.

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A congenial selection of 30 objects, from furniture to photography, that had never been seen together before told a story of the renaissance of craft in an era more associated with modern, standardized materials. From exhibition ”The HI-group” at ArkDes, September – November 2017. Photo copyright Kristofer Johansson & TAF.

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The logotype for the HI-group by Melin & Österlin for the exhibition in 1966 (red colour). Previously exhibition logotype colours: Blue (1963) and brown (1964–1965). We recognize the colours as typical for the time, yet they have a distinctive contemporary feel. Photo copyright ArkDes.

 

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Book ”The HI-group and the Return to Craft – Swedish Furniture and Interiors 1960–1966”, by Johan Örn for ArkDes/Carlssons (2017). Graphic design by Johannes Molin.

 

From Sweden and the 60s archive to Japan where Marimekko plunge into a search for the spirit of print making.

”The Marimekko Spirit – Paavo Halonen / Maija Louekari / Aino-Maija Metsola” exhibition opened at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in November, and focuses on Marimekko’s younger-generation designers and the contemporary art of print making. It’ll be open until 13 January, 2018.

The second exhibition, ”Marimekko Spirit – Elämäntapa (暮らしぶり)”, opened at the Gallery A4 in December and will explore the dialogue between the Finnish and the Japanese lifestyles in the context of Marimekko’s design heritage. It’ll close at February 28, 2018.

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For the exhibition ”Marimekko Spirit” at Ginza Graphic Gallery Marimekko-designers Paavo Halonen, Maija Louekari and Aino-Maija Metsola were invited to create one completely new, Japanese-inspired print design each, based on their own impressions of a country none of them had ever visited before. Photo copyright Keisuke Kawanami.

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Diverse and stunning prints by the young Marimekko designers exhibited at Ginza Graphic Gallery (2017/2018). Photo copyright Keisuke Kawanami.

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A glimpse of the design process: Marimekko designers exhibited at Ginza Graphic Gallery (2017/2018). Photo copyright Keisuke Kawanami.

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…and at Gallery A4 in Tokyo you can experience the colourful world of Marimekko in a set including both sauna and a feel of the Finnish forests…

 

In Gustavsbergs Konsthall, 30 minutes east of Stockholm, fab Katja Pettersson (ex Front design group) examines ”Climate Anxiety. Guilt” in the exhibition ”Welcome Back”. Open until 28 January, 2018. As usual Katja Pettersson make a strong statement working with breathtaking ideas formulated within a sphere of likewise strong feeling(s), presented in a smart, smooth and visually design-orientated context. Don’t miss out!

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Welcome Back poster by Stefan Engblom (2017). Due to the massive interest for the exhibition it has been prolonged until 28 January, 2018.

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Overview ”Welcome Back”, exhibition by Katja Pettersson at Gustavsbergs Konsthall. Photo copyright Erik Undéhn.

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”Earth: 100 square meters, cut unburned clay. Human footprint, our weight dries the earth.” Detail from ”Welcome Back”, exhibition by Katja Pettersson at Gustavsbergs Konsthall (2017/2018). Photo copyright Erik Undéhn.

 

Gustavsbergs Konsthall

Gustavsbergs Konsthall is Sweden’s only public gallery specializing in contemporary craft art and a leading venue for Swedish and international crafts. The gallery aims to increase public understanding of contemporary craft art and to promote discussion. The exhibition schedule features crafts in all types of materials, displaying current work by internationally recognized craft artists as well as the avant-garde of the younger generation. The gallery opened in 2007. During summertime you can visit by boat from Stockholm City.

Architectual moves, Book Cradle, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2017-12-31

What does the fox say?

In the end of 2017 good news came from the north of Sweden. The Arctic Fox project reported 31 litters of Arctic Fox were born during the summer. Compare that to the 6 litters of 2016! The small Fjällräv (Arctic Fox), is ”endangered” which means it is in acute threat of extinction. The total population is only app. 200 individuals. The Arctic Fox was given protected status in Sweden 1928, and Norway 1930, but until then it was hunted large-scale. Since the 1990s efforts have been made to protect the fox and its habitat.

If you’re curious to listen to the fox, you’ll find a charming audioinsta @fjallravsprojektet

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The white colour morph changes from a brown/grey/white summer coat to a completely white winter coat – an adaptation for staying camouflaged both in summer and winter habitats. One research area of The Arctic Fox project examine how camouflage is affected by shorter snow seasons under climate change. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.

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A 11-month old Swedish female arctic fox in winter coat. Photo copyright Tomas Meijer/The Arctic Fox Project.

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In the Arctic Fox project Sweden and Norway collaborates, with the aim to help this fine little animal survive.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-12-31

Fur Free Friday 2017

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CFD – Cruelty Free Design; never buy design made of or including fur, leather, hides, angora, mohair, feather, non certified wool or any part of an animal. Animals, humans and nature suffer in the industry and animal derived materials have a negative impact on the climate.

 

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”Production” of angora wool and hides. Photo copyright PETA2.

 

”Fur farming” in 2017. Photo copyright ADI (Animal Defenders International).

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Scandimood 2017-11-24

Into the woods

Well, some day’s you’re lucky. Two favourites in one frame: horse and tree. With this glimpse from England and fab Hampson Woods Jonty and his team take their business a step forward introducing ”HW Monthly Drops”. Each month HW will release a unique product made from a unique piece of timber, shaped into a new purpose. If you love wooden utilities in your kitchen…don’t miss out!

Small scale woodland management at Hampson Woods, located in the Lake District of Britain. These clips show horses George and Charly in action together with humans George and Tom from HW. Enjoy!

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Craftsman Kolli at work for team HW (2017). Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

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Porridge spoon (also perfect as spatula) by Hampson Woods (2017), handmade from london plane. To be finished with organic HW Wood Balm. Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, No Plastic 2017-11-05

World magic!

A year ago www.scandimood.se reached 139, now we’re hitting 152. Countries. From where you readers visit on a regular basis. I find your interest amazing; blogging thus become a true democratic project connecting people world wide! Let’s make a move and speak up to friends, relatives, at work, at school, in shops about why and how design in terms of environmental friendly production, visual sustainability and a cruelty free approach make a difference.

Tomorrow starts today.

Scandimood readers 2017

 

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Gender perspective, No Plastic, Scandimood 2017-11-05

Intuition in Venice

A few days ago, in the morning sun at Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, I enjoyed a cup of strong, delicious coffee, playing at being a true turist (turists in Venice do pay €12 for a cup of coffee…!), while enjoying the sight of the Basilica and small children chasing doves.

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If in Venice, don’t miss out ”Intuition” at Palazzo Fortuny. This beautiful exhibition will be the last in a highly-acclaimed series at the Palazzo Fortuny curated by Axel Vervoordt and Daniela Ferretti, including ”Artempo” (2007), ”Infinitum” (2009), ”TRA” (2011), ”Tàpies. Lo Sguardo dell’artista” (2013) and ”Proportion” (2015). ”Intuition” runs until 26 november 2017.

Venice is a city of art: at the Accademia you can admire newly restored work by Jheronimus Bosch (c. 1450–1516). In all its glory! Such imagination, such skill. And, such magnificent colours!

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Here ”St.Anthony”, part of the Hermit Saints Triptyk, by Jheronimus Bosch, detail. Photo copyright Cia Wedin.

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Re Rag Rug at Muji in Tokyo

If in Tokyo…don’t miss out fab Swedish design studio Brieditis & Evans at Muji Yurakucho Atelier. Designers Katarina Brieditis and Katrina Evans were invited by Japanese brand Muji to create a textile rug by using left over textile from Mujis own production but also clothes from the project ReMuji, where Muji take back used garments from their customers, dye still wearable pieces with indigo, and sell them (again). Muji  is a longtime participant in the Fuku-Fuku Project, a nationwide effort by retailers inviting customers to drop off their unwanted clothes for recycling. Brieditis & Evans runs the Re Rag Rug  project where they design and make experimental handmade rugs, of materials considered worthless. This approach on sustainability has rendered studio Brieditis & Evans much cred world wide. And as they say: ”Such a production, using waste will be ecologically sustainable and at the same time socially sustainable – as the production becomes a platform for developing crafts and where work is created.”

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The Handscape exhibition is running until 29 October, 2017 at Muji Yurakucho Atelier.

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In the making. Handscape rug by studio Brieditis & Evans (2017). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

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Evans working on the Handscape rug by studio Brieditis-Evans for Muji (2017). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

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Brieditis working on the Handscape rug for Muji (2017). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

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A visitor admiring the Handscape rug by studio Brieditis & Evans for Muji (2019). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2017-10-07

No Plastic – make a change today!

After years of committed work to reduce all plastic from my home, my studio and ultimately my life I know it is possible. Not easy. But possible! There’s a lot of alternatives to plastic and you can reduce and replace your use of plastic with other materials, new sustainable habits…and there’s a lot of high quality recycled plastic design products around, from trainers to furniture! Read more under ”No Plastic” to the right on this page. And, join me on the journey towards a world without plastic waste.

MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.  Courtesey Parley for the Oceans (2017).

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, No Plastic, Scandimood, Videos 2017-06-08

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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

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If in Stockholm the coming week don’t miss out the opening of the 2017 graduate exhibition at Handarbetets Vänner/Friends of Handicraft, the oldest and most distinguished handicraft and textile institution in Sweden. HV was founded in 1874 and the HV Studio is one of Europe’s few remaining studios for textile art and craft. HV is also a school and this year we’ll be able to see work by graduates Julia Frostell, Arianna E Funk, Lisa Hagström, Emma Holmgren, Lisa Imberg, Anna-Karin Linde and Sarah Luna.

Textil klass (Textile class)

4 May – 5 August, 2017

Handarbetets Vänner /Friends of Handicraft

Djurgårdsslätten 82–84, Stockholm

 

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Work in progress, weaving by Julia Frostell, graduate student at Handarbetets Vänner. Photo copyright Emma Holmgren.

 

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Work in progress, embroidery by Lisa Imberg, graduate student at Handarbetets Vänner. Photo copyright Emma Holmgren.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2017-04-30

Where are you?

As it seems, you’re all over the place! You readers of Scandimood are now situated in 149 countries. And you visit on a regular basis. Thank you! How nice to know you, if only through your interest in the Contemporary Scandinavian style and lifestyle!

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Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Scandimood 2017-04-23

Baranquilla by Josef Frank

From the very cool contemporary Scandi to the vivid colour scheme of Josef Frank! When Norway and Denmark got occupied by Germany during the 2nd World War, Josef Frank and his wife Anna left Stockholm to seek safety in New York. They travelled by boat to Colombia and the city Barranquilla and reached their destination in december 1941. During his exile Frank designed several iconic patterns. Gorgeous Baranquilla (1943–1945) is now in production by Svenskt Tenn.

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Baranquilla, textile pattern by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn (1943–1945) now in production by Svenskt Tenn (2017).

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Josef Frank 2017-04-04