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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.


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

Compassionates, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2016-11-22

Labour of Love

Inspired by natures delicate qualities: the ever-changing light,  smooth pebblestones washed up by the sea, dandelion spores drifting in the air… Silversmith Helena Emmans lives and creates her beautiful silver spoons at the likewise beautiful Isle of Skye. Her spoons are intended for light use such as ”for tea leaves or sugar”. Or just as a decorative sculptural handcrafted object. Notice the small oxidized details! How astonishingly lovely.


Silver spoons by Helena Emmans. Sizes app. 5×17 cm, all handcrafted in hallmarked sterling silver. Photo copyright Helena Emmans.

Silversmith Helena Emmans at work in her studio at Isle of Skye.  Photo copyright Nassima Rothacker.

Silversmith Helena Emmans lives and creates her silver work at Isle of Skye, the most northerly major island in the inner Hebrides of Scotland.  Photo copyright Nassima Rothacker.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2016-11-21

Walk on the wild side

Winter is around the corner and the bright, bursting colours of Fall slowly fades into soft shades of brown, green, grey, purple and blue…NOW is the time for earth colours! For a week or two it is still possible to walk in the beautiful Swedish mountains and experience this fascinating process.  If you’re very lucky you might see an Arctic Fox! This fine little animal is on the red-list of endangered species in Sweden. But efforts are made to protect and save the Arctic Fox.


Arctic Fox at Klimpfjäll in the north of Sweden. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.


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. In the project Felles Fjellrev Sweden and Norway collaborates, with the aim to help the Arctic Fox survive. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.

Stalo Adventures is the main protector and guide of Arctic Fox in South Lapland. Video copyright Stalo Adventures.


Kånken Mini from Fjällräven is a classic for children. It was created in 1978 to help prevent back problems that were emerging among Swedish school children. For almost 40 years it’s been the no 1 choice for generations of Swedish kids. In 2008 Kånken was the first backpack in the world to become climate compensated. Photo copyright Fjällräven. Kånken Mini comes in 40 colours!



Right now there’s a campaign to save the Arctic Fox and Fjällräven participates with three special models of Kånken Mini. For each sold backpack Fjällräven give €10 to the campaign. ”Fjällräven” is the Swedish word for ”Arctic Fox”.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-10-25

Dancing into the ethics

As I prepared an update on the Ethics of Design and A Cruelty Free Approach to Design this happy moment crossed my path!



Dog groomer and rescue activist Luis Caballero at Pet Shop Perrito Feliz in Buenos Aires love dogs. Sometimes compassion comes with fun. If you’ve ever shared such a moment with a likewise happy puppy…you’ll never buy a design item made from dog skin. Some animal individuals doesn’t like playful interaction in human terms  and you might end up dancing before your bored or embarrassed (?) pet… but if you are lucky it is a way of building friendship between human and animal. It all depends of the setting: ”Dancing” with an abused monkey, bear or elephant is nothing but misery. Dancing with a puppy as in having fun together may help raise the status of dogs and help putting an end to the dog leather trade.
Video copyright Gabriela Caballero.

Undercover investigation video of Chinese dog leather trade, copyright PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Videos 2016-09-04

Panton Music

When Verner Panton (1926–1998) visited Malaysia in the 60s he found some seashells on the beach and got inspired by their beautiful form and texture. Back in Denmark Panton designed Verpan, the now iconic pendant, where seashells are used to create a ”lampshade” which now and then gives off a sweet tinkling ”music” as the shells touches each other. It is very poetic. And Panton was delighted when he learned that by buying the seashells directly from people in poor countries the production of the lamp also gave people work. To celebrate Verner Pantons 90th anniversary, a new version of the lamp is presented. It is called Panton FUN and comes in a polished brass finish and mother of pearl coloured seashells. .



Panton FUN 10DM pendant – 90th Anniversary Edition, in brass finish and mother of pearl coloured seashells. Originally designed by Verner Panton (1964). Photo copyright Verpan.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-08-09

Pure Morris

Pure Morris is a new collection wallpaper from Morris & Co. The collection recreates eight of William Morris’ finest originals dating back to the 1800’s, including Pure Strawberry Thief, Pure Poppy and Pure Bachelor’s Button. There’s also a new version of the lovely Willlow Bough.

7-morris-pure-wallpaper-archive-documents-sunflower-black-white-naturalNew take on William Morris: The Pure Morris collection focus on William Morris’ very skilled original drawings for his patterns on wallpaper and textile.

DMCW210490_zoomWillow Bough wallpaper by William Morris (1887). In Cream/Pale Green as we’re used to see it. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

DJA1WB103_zoom…and the sweet Blue. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

DMPU216024_zoomPure Willow Bough by William Morris, in Eggshell/Chalk. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

DMPU216023_zoomPure Willow Bough By William Morris, in Ecru/Silver. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

DMPU216025_zoomPure Willow Bough by William Morris, in Dove/Ivory. Photo copyright Morris & Co.

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-08-06

An imaginary forest by Dinesen

Wide floorboards in soap treated wood is a Scandi classic. Once a year the floor need a treat; scrub with a thick brush and linseed soap, rinse with icy cold water! The result is worth the effort: Suddenly the room is filled with a fresh scent of wood…of trees…It is like being in an imaginary forest! My floorboards at home were made in 1748 when our house was built. Considering the witdh of the boards the trees used to make them must have been at least 200 years old at the time. That’ll mean those trees started to grew somewhere in the north of Sweden more than 450 years ago! You can still get lovely standard floorboards in blond Swedish wood, but for the very wide ones you’ll go… Dinesen.


Showroom in Stockholm by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat (2006). Floor and table by Dinesen. Photo copyright Dinesen.


Dinesen showroom in Copenhagen. Photo copyright Dinesen.

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A private home in Aarhus. Photo copyright Gert Skërlund Andersen.


Exhibition site. Photo copyright Dinesen.


Living room in a contemporary villa. Photo copyright Dinesen.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-07-21

Stutterheim goes NYC

Swedish brand Stutterheim has opened a shop in New York City, perhaps with the aim to spread the famous Swedish melancholy world wide? ”Through our melancholy we come up with new ways of seeing the world and new ways of being in the world”, Stutterheim claim. And then the brand add a great deal of humor to their handsome collection by naming their gear according to the rather stiff dress codes of some Stockholm areas. It is actually spot on. Södermalm, Vasastan…I am awaiting an Old Town creative but sensible parka!

Södermalm Opal Black Biker Jacket by Stutterheim (2016). Handmade in high gloss opal. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

Vasastan Charcoal Carcoat by Stutterheim (2016). Photo copyright Stutterheim.

Beckolmen Charcoal bucket hat by Stutterheim (2016). Handmade in rubberized cotton. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

Arholma green, the original raincoat by Stutterheim. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Stutterheim New York Shop at 232 Muberry Street in Nolita. Photo copyright @stutterheim

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Embracing melancholy! Photo copyright Matt Scorte/Stutterheim.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Stutterheim 2016-06-06

Sweden mania!

June 6th is the National Day of Sweden, celebrated in honour of the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, and the foundation of modern Sweden. Being a public holiday Swede’s take the chance to be outdoors the whole day; we go for picknicks, take a swim, spend time together. Since some years one of the Swedish daily newspapers ask their readers to contribute with pics of what they love most about Sweden. This year, as always, Nature is the winner; and the lovely, magnificent, sweet natural sights, from the peaks in the north to the long beaches of the south.






All pics photo copyright Aftonbladet.

Compassionates, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2016-06-06

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.





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

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

Living your Rights

Living your Dream is good. But nothing top living your Rights! Remember ADI – Animal Defenders International – and their heroic rescue of circus animals in Peru and Colombia? The campaign ”Spirit of Freedom” has now resulted in the relocating of more than 100 individuals to sanctuaries world wide. Here’s the feel-good tale of how 33 former ”circus lions” travel to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa. The big cats are too old to be rehabilitated and released into nature. But at this well renewed sanctuary they now may taste some of the rights which were taken from them.

How 33 rescued ”circus lions” went home to Africa. Video copyright ADI (2016).

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Scandimood 2016-06-02

Samuji Koti

Finnish fashion brand Samuji have presented their first home collection, named Samuji Koti. Koti is the Finnish word for ”home”. All items are handmade in Finland or Japan, in rather basic materials. Looking forward to see more from ex-marimekko designer Samu-Jussi Koski with team!

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Textile by Samuji Koti (2016). Photo copyright Samuji.

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Towels in linen/cotton by Samuji Koti (2016). Photo copyright Samuji.

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Red clay platter by Samuji Koti (2016). Photo copyright Samuji.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2016-06-01