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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

The green approach

…is too often a kind of green-washing for brands aware of the sustainability trend. But remember my post on flooring and colours? Pia Wallén, Bolon and Kasthall all do a great work bringing forth new ideas, techniques and materials for the benefit of climate as well as their workers and customers. Let’t take a look:

Pia Wallén is dedicated to pure materials and has developed new organic qualities for the cotton blankets and a strict green policy for the wool used in blankets and accessories. The products are made in Sweden and Pia Wallén goes for quality in every aspect of the production, from the design process and research for the very best materials, to the collaboration with a small family owned weavery. It is an exclusive and slow process as the product has to be top notch, to stand a chance in the textile market.

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Cross Blanket Midnight Blue, by Pia Wallén. Made in Sweden in eco cotton from Peru. Size 160×240 cm. Photo copyright Länna Möbler.

Bolon is a brand always pushing forward, bringing new takes on sustainability. With the vision of a future without footprints Bolon creates products that respects the environment from several perspectives. These are: 1. Product recycling. 2. No use of dangerous substances. 3. Exceeding legislation and industry standards. 4. Anticipating future legislation. 5. Purchasing practices. 6. Production using renewable energy. 7. Energy recovery from the floor after use.

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New this October is Bolon Green Weld  – the very first non toxic welding on the market. A welcome innovation, especially for the person working with installing the floor. This new glue is completely free from the common toxic component Tetrahydrofuran!

Kasthall recently launched Harvest – a new concept where the brand make use of spill over yarn from their production. As all Kasthall’s rugs are made to order there are often two or three spools of a certain colour yarn left over after weaving a rug. This because they make of a few extra spools in case there’s a need to redo something during the production process. The brand cannot reuse the residual spools of wool for rugs in the same collection due to the risk of minor colour discrepancies. The variation in colour of the residual spools of yarn posed a challenge and inspired Kasthall to find a new way to put it to use.

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Harvest by Ellinor Eliasson for Kasthall (2017) is a woven rug in 100 % wool made from left over yarn. This new approach on the classical Swedish rag rug comes in six colour combination but you never know beforehand which yarn will be used. The client may choose colourscheme but the rug’ll be unique. Harvest is framed with an edge, in which the colour-shifts of the rug is repeated and mixed. Photo copyright Kasthall.

 

 

 

Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall, Pia Wallén, Scandimood 2017-10-17

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

Scandi colours 2018

Sophisticated, cool and sassy…with a hint of humour? Contemporary Scandi is well beyond the traditional look of classic modernism. And moves effortlessly in a including international style. You see it with all the best producers as they’re presenting their news for 2018.

Flooring is one interesting area where the Swedish brands do very well;  Asplund, Bolon and Kasthall  goes international with an absolutely stunning apporach to colour.

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Pia Walléns kelim Stitch for Asplund (2017) comes in 100 % wool in exquisite, sophisticated colours Black indigo, Camel, Olive, Orange and Yellow. Hand woven with hand stitched crosses based on Pia’s classic Crux pattern. Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

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Stitch carpet/table cloth by Pia Wallén is reversible, with pattern on both sides. You may use Stitch as a rustic table cloth! How beautiful! Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

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Villa La Madonna soft rug by Bolon (2017) here in colours Smoke and Moss. Environmental friendly PVC and wool. Size 2 x 3 m. Photo copyright Bolon.

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Kasthall, especially with gifted designer Maja Johansson Staranders work, make a strong impression. The flirt with fashion, the elegant yet pragmatic feel. These are rugs or wall-to-wall flooring of a sustainable quality made to last long, if not for ever. Picture from the Kasthall Showroom in New York. Photo copyright Kasthall.

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On the wall: Field bouclé rug by Maja Johansson Starander for Kasthall (2017). Hand tufted in 100 % wool. On the floor: Castle rug by Maja Johansson Starander for Kasthall (2017). Woven chenille rug in linen and wool. And Häggå Shimmer by Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg, here in Sicilian Mandarine in wool with golden lurex threads. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Asplund, Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall, Okategoriserade, Pia Wallén 2017-10-03

A horse in the attic

Like a bee in the bonnet for some of us; horses, horses, horses! How sweet to have your horse at hand, right outside your room…if you’re 6 years old and hooked on the pony world! In this Stockholm Old Town home the owners have restored the attic into a contemporary living room. And have their childrens rooms guarded by the sweetest of ponies.

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In the attic; ponies and a contemporary interior! Vintage Ant chair by Arne Jacobsen (1952) for Fritz Hansen, table DLM (Don’t Leave Me) by Thomas Bentzen for Hay. Lamp Arco by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos and sofa from Ligne Roset. From a feature by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Stellan Herner.

Castiglioni, Contemporary Scandi, Fritz Hansen, Hay, Scandimood 2017-08-27

Arket and the Swedish heritage

Arket have launched their first home collection and chosen products from a range of qualitative producers, among them several classic Swedish brands. How nice to see brushes from Iris Hantverk, blankets from Klippan and toys from Brio in the selection!

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app006prodKlippan blanket in 100% eco lambswool. Photo copyright Arket.
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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk 2017-08-26

The Scandi Bathroom

Several readers have asked for posts on the Contemporary Scandi Bathroom. Here’s some fine spaces where a simplistic approach and a clever use of daylight plays with well chosen pieces of furniture and objects. Creating not only a functional bathroom but a room you like to spend time in. Where inspiration is all around! All pics by fab Anna Kern.

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In the north of Sweden, in a small 18th century house this amazing bathroom with floor pool blend tradition with a sustainable cutting-edge lifestyle. Handmade brush and soap by Iris Hantverk. From a feature by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration, photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Same bathroom as above but here you get a glimpse of the old tile oven with its emerald green surface, and a vintage factory barrel now used for laundry. Linen towels by Växbo Lin. From a feature for ELLE Decoration by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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In this bathroom the owner has built a sauna from some left over old wood and added a contemporary sliding glass door to make maximal use of the daylight. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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In the south of Sweden, close to the sea, this functional, no-nonsense bathroom is jazzed up by a soft linen curtain and a vintage stool by Alvar Aalto for Artek. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Gotland – the beautiful island situated in the Baltic Sea. And a bathroom blending indoors with outdoors. With a shower below the sky and an indoor spa…Wow! From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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In Stockholm, in a house from the 19th century, this newly installed bathroom picks up a traditional yet contemporary feel. Vintage bathtub, brushes, soap, knitted towels and wooden mat by Iris Hantverk. Hamam towels by Harrys Hardware. From a feature by Cia Wedin for Lantliv. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Stockholm again. Who’d not love to take a warm bath in a wooden bath tube! Handmade ceramic basins by Calle Forsberg. Towels by Växbo Lin and brushes by Iris Hantverk. From a feature by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

 

 

 

Alvar Aalto, Anna Kern, Calle Forsberg, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk 2017-08-26

Lingering in a summer feel

Lazy days are over and the Season has started; press invitations are filling up the in-box but before diving into the sea of news there’s still time for some slow reading. Not in the foldable outdoor chair of Summer. And not in the cosy lounge chair of the Fall. Now is the time for those in-between pieces of furniture like the Safari chair by Erik Wörtz for Eilersen. Simplistic but of high quality a chair like Safari is perfect when it is still warm enough to cuddle barefoot with a book or mag. In an easy manner. No need of blankets or tea. But a cat in the lap is, of course, welcome.

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Safari chair by Erik Wörtz for Eilersen (2017). Soap treated oak naturel and canvas. Size 61×61 cm. Seat height 39 cm in a slight slooping fashion. The canvas comes in four colours: 20 Light, 17 Nature, 01 Brown and 10 Black. Photo copyright Eilersen.

Skärmavbild 2017-08-01 kl. 11.49.31Danish furniture designer Erik Wörtz (1916–1997) created the now iconic Safari chair in 1960. Wörtz worked as an architect for Eilersen who wanted a trendsetting piece of furniture with a slender appearance in a simple design. The Safari chair consists of a solid frame in eight parts, screwed together with eight Unbrako screws (precision high grade alloy and stainless steel fasteners) while the back, seat and armrests are mounted. Photo copyright Eilersen.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season 2017-08-18

Summer time with TID

We’re way into the holidays and the trendy stockholmers in their summergear leave every thought of time behind but wear their wristwatch as a stylish accessory. Something eye catching to jazz up your shorts and tunic! Swedish designstudio Form Us With Love bring their new watch for Tid straight into the contemporary by exploring a classic Scandinavian design value, eg transparency. And, as the trend goes, leaving leather behind. Their TID N0 3 is both a qualitative tool for urban life and a trend marker.

tid-no3-campaign-all-web_7421”Tid” is the Swedish word for ”time”. And a Swedish brand for watches. TID No 3 watch by Form Us With Love for Tid (2017) is made of light weight, durable plastic and comes in a range of colours. Photo copyright Tid.

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TID No 3 watch by Form Us With Love for Tid (2017). Silicone wristband comes in colours black, grey, green, blur, pink and orange. One size: 38 mm. Photo copyright Tid.

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TID Nylon Wristband by Form Us With Love for Tid (2017) comes in several colours and is available with black, gold or silver buckle. Photo copyright Tid.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Form Us With Love 2017-08-05

The poetic value of wood by Hartikainen

Finnish brand Nikari celebrates 50 years and for the anniversary put a spotlight on their young, fab, in-house designers. Since some time now I’v followed the work of cabinet maker master Antrei Hartikainen with great interest. Apart from work on design, prototypes and manufacturing processes Hartikainen explore how to highlight the possibilities of wood. In his smaller objects and sculptures Antrei Hartikainen shows a unique gift for emphasizing beauty with the smallest of gestures. This coming September his wall /floor sculptures Kukkii (”Blooming”) is chosen as one of three candidates for the Helsinki Design Week ”Product of the Year”- award 2017.

 

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Verso salad tools by Antrei Hartikainen for Serlachius Museums (2017). Maple wood au naturel. Photo copyright Antrei Hartikainen.

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In the making: band sewing is used to make out the shape of the Verso salad server. Each spoon is then hand finished by Antrei Hartikainen into beautiful salad tools, all unique. Photo copyright Antrei Hartikainen.

 

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Kukkii wood sculptures by Antrei Hartikainen. Photo copyright Kari Nyssönen.

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Kukkii – shapes of mushrooms and flowers. By Antrei Hartikainen. Different materials with wooden cover (detail). Photo copyright Antrei Hartikainen.

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Collector A, B, C stationary desk trays by Linda Bergroth, made by Antrei Hartikainen in birch naturel. Originally made for the ”We love wood(s)” exhibition at Fiskars Village and shown in Artek Helsinki & Institute Finlandiers in Paris. Later commissioned by Artek. Photo copyright Antrei Hartikainen and Rauno Träskelin.

 

 

Contemporary Scandi 2017-07-21

Ditch the single use plastic bag!

The implementation of the recent EU directive on how shops shall handle plastic bags in regard to their customers is now running full speed and in Stockholm you see the result; customers ditch the single use plastic and ask for sustainability. The aim of the regulation is to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, reduce littering and secure a more efficient resource utilization. Swedish fashion brands H&M, KappAhl and Lindex has therefore launched One Bag Habit. They report that during the first month of this initiative less than 30 % of their customers asked for/or bought a single use plastic bag when informed about the problems of plastic. How easy it was to skip the plastic and go for sustainability. Wow!

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”One Bag Habit – Reusable thinking”. Thinking is good but action better! Why not ditch all single use plastic in wrapping, tape, tags on the products… Photo copyright: One Bag Habit.

As for Scandimood – we’re in for foldable reusable classics:

 

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In a pocket close to you: Baggu. The american wonder bag…This sturdy, ripstop nylon tote has become a classic among foldable, stylish, light weight bags since it was launched in 2007. Machine washable.

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And what about the fibre bag, this one’s from Abacá. This kind of traditional, simple but decorative bag is easy to find, world wide. Photo copyright Abacá.

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And the eco cotton bag from Muir. French and stylish since 1860! Machine washable. Photo copyright Muir.

Learn more about the problems of plastics under the ”No Plastic” tag to the right of this page!

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2017-07-19