Archive | Carina Seth Andersson

Cube and Social Club and a cat named Simon

Swedish brand Articles has launched their 2018 collection. And it is spot on the contemporary with interesting but laid-back form, sophisticated colouring, a hint of industrial and a touch of ornament. The statement piece Social Club by architect Anna von Schewen is a comfortable chair functioning as a small privat space or, with one or both sides folded down, as a welcoming, socially inviting seating. The glass vase Cube by Carina Seth Andersson has got a strong, almost grim, geometric form, but as part of the moulding process an ornamental pattern show on the side. Beautiful!



I agree with Simon, the handsome 4-year old Siberian cat, that his mom Anna knows how to design fab, comfortable furniture! Social Club by Anna von Schewen for Articles (2018) is a lounge chair that comes with an interesting double function; create your own private space with both sides up. Or fold one or both sides down and there’ll be an inviting openness to the chair. Social Club is available in high and low versions, with textile clothing. Photo copyright Articles.



Cube by Carina Seth Andersson for Articles (2018). Clear or black glass. Handmade by the gifted craftsmen at Skruf in Sweden. Photo copyright Articles.

Architectual moves, Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2018-02-09

Shapes and shades

Winter is beginning to fade away and while awaiting the sweet spring flowers I enjoy my vintage Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto, filled to the brim with crispy tulips. Its organic wide form is perfect for tulips. But it is also beautiful as a decorative design object, admired at the windowsill all year round. Form as function is common in the Scandi classics. But the ornament is never far away! By adding a small form element or a hint of colour, just like Aalto did with this everyday glass work, the designer lends decorative qualities to the object that goes far beyond function. In 2018 you’ll see this everywhere; a lot of shapes and shades. I am looking forward to experience soft colours and sophisticated ornamental details in the contemporary.


Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto for Karhula (1936). Beautiful as it is, with or without flowers. Photo copyright Jacksons.


Savoy series by Alvar Aalto for Iittala comes in a range of well chosen colours as well as clear glass. Photo copyright Iittala.

urna marimekko

Urna by Carina Seth Andersson for Marimekko, mouth blown glass vase, updated in a lovely olive shade (2017). Photo copyright Marimekko.


Cylinder, a mouth-blown cylindrical vase by Kristina Stark (2018), has a number of three-dimensional rings at the base, to support solitary stems or entire bouquets. Photo copyright Kristina Stark.


Cylinder by Kristina Stark (2018). The rings at the bottom of the vase are not only functional. When water is added the ornament creates a subtle reflection on the surface in a similar way as when you throw a stone into still water. Photo copyright Kristina Stark.

Alvar Aalto, Architectual moves, Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Marimekko 2018-01-31

Closing in on the Design Week!

In a few days the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 will be up and running. My mailbox is filling up with interesting previews of ideas and possibilities to experience and learn more about design! Here’s some brand and designer news to keep an eye on during the Design Week:

Designtorget in collaboration with students from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm. Morfar wheat warmer by Isabel Wagner and Olivia Tognelli Brontén is a real teaser with its ”grandpa + cat + relaxing + eco feel good” interpretation!



Wästberg + Dawid”Farewell to the Cave” jubilee celebration (Wästberg ten years), art exhibition by fab photographer Dawid and launch of a new book by Magnus Wästberg. Product launch? None!

Articles = Cube by Carina Seth Andersson and Socialclub by Anna von Schewen. Two exceptionally gifted designers. Two products. A launch and an exhibition.



Iittala Design Talk – Colours for Living where Jeremiah Tesolin (Creative Director, Iittala), Matti Klenell (Interior designer), Lotta Agaton (Interior designer) and Katri Saarikivi (Researcher of cognitive near science, topic colour and emotion, Helsinki University) take on a discussion on the ”power of colours and how they inspire better living within our home”.

Jessica Signell Knutsson; elegant but bold minimalism by the Swedish furniture designer from her designstudio in Barcelona. Exhibited by Astrid.

Bolon. In situ at several exhibition spaces at the Fair we’ll experience the magic of Bolon flooring; in ”Thammada” – an installation by Paola Navone, Guest of Honor at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018; in the exhibition and café by Nick Ross for the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair Greenhouse area; in ”Panorama” – an exhibition on democratic architecture.

Gärsnäs. New work by David Ericsson, Färg & Blanche and others, displayed in a space designed by TAF architects.



Architectual moves, Bolon, Book Cradle, Carina Seth Andersson, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iittala, TAF, Wästberg 2018-01-29

The adorable vessel

A vessel of dignity is both beautiful to beheld and functional. Swedish designer Carina Seth Andersson has created Pallo Junior, a new member of her ”Pallo family”  for Skruf. In her ceramic and glass studio in Gustafsberg, close to Stockholm, Carina Seth Andersson creates minimalistic yet perfectly functional everyday objects.


Great Burnet (Sw: Pimpinell!) and Hop looks fab in Pallo Junior, vase by Carina Seth Andersson for Skruf (2016). Photo copyright @carinasethandersson


If in Stockholm, don’t miss out Plock, glass objects by Carina Seth Andersson, October 8  – October 26 at Konsthantverkarna. Photo copyright @carinasethandersson

Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2016-10-02

What to bring as a summer gift

When visiting friends at their summer dwellings I like to bring a gift and I like it to be something useful yet beautiful. Last summer my bag was packed with environmental friendly replacements for plastic like the stylish dish brush from Iris Hantverk made of birch wood and natural fibre. And the handsome linen dishcloth from Växbo Lin… This summer I go for contemporary eco as in ”environmentally friendly production” + ”visual sustainability” + ”a cruelty free approach”.

Canot cutting board/serving plate in beech wood and brushes in beech wood/polyamid fibre, by Ionna Vautrin. Photo copyright Michel Giesbrecht/Ionna Vautrin.

Pitcher with ridged edge, handmade in wood by Ryuji Mitani for Muji Tatazumai collection (2016). Only available at Muji’s 5th Ave New York shop. Photo copyright Muji.

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Glass vases by Carina Seth Andersson for (left) Marimekko (2016) and (right) for Skruf (2016). Photo copyright Carina Seth Andersson.

Manhattan, kitchen towel in 100% linen by Peter Condu for Klässbols (1981). Photo copyright Klässbols.

Dishbrush from Iris Hantverk. Handmade by blind craftsmen in Stockholm. Birch and natural fibre. Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

Dish-cloth in linen from Växbo Lin. Photo copyright Växbo Lin.

Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Scandimood 2016-07-10

The monumental vessel

One strong coming trend is ”the monumental ceramic vessel”, to be used indoors as well as outdoors. Carina Seth Andersson’s Ceramics for Fogia is industrially made but carries a unique individual feel, due to the vessels being charred in different shades of sand and black.

Ceramics, vessels by Carina Seth Andersson for Fogia (2016). Photo copyright Mathias Nero/Fogia.


Edge Pot by Stilleben for Skagerak (2016) consists of simple but stylish terracotta pots in various sizes. The Edge Pots are inspired by classic Greek and Egyptian vases that raised slightly up from the ground by a small base but are given a contemporary Scandi look by the choice of material and colour. Photo copyright Skagerak.

Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Fogia 2016-02-11

Great Expectations

With less than a week to go before Stockholm Design Week kicks off, interesting previews of news are piling high. During the 2016 Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair I’ll be especially curious of what the Scandi brands are up to!

Iittala x Issey Miyake
The most hyped launch must be Pause for Harmony by Issey Miyake for Iittala. The master of pleating and plissé goes Finnish!

Ingegerd Råman for Ikea
Another top notch collaboration is fab Ingegerd Råman for Ikea. Viktigt collection will be presented on February 11th. Same date as the release of ”It’s nothing but it’s still something”, a book about the designer and her work.

I’ll definitely keep an eye or two on:
Swedese with news by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Roger Persson and…Barber & Osgerby, the brilliant Brittish design duo who’re ”2016 Guests of Honour” at the Fair.

Claesson, Koivisto, Rune/ Smaller Objects and their everyday objects designed by a range of well known international designers.

Gärsnäs with news by David Ericsson (I’m still stunned by the beautiful Madonna Chair he created for Gärsnäs last year), and Färg & Blanche, to name a few.

Form Us With Love designstudio 2016
Form Us With Us celebrates 10 years as a design studio with an exhibition at Konstakademien.

Fogia goes Seth Andersson; Carina Seth Andersson is a strong addition to the Fogia team, where we also find gifted designers like Andreas Engesvik (Tiki sofa, 2015). Furthermore, Fogia is launching a life style concept under the creative direction of Note Design Studio.

And Note Design Studio themselves exhibit at ArkDes, the Architechture and Design center at Skeppsholmen in Stockholm.

There’ll be no lack of good, environmental friendly and visually sustainable design. As usual, Sanna and I will attend the Fair as well as events in town. We’ll walk and talk and mingle…and report back to you!

Andreas Engesvik, Barber & Osgerby, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Carina Seth Andersson, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fogia, Form Us With Love, Iittala, Note Design Studio 2016-01-31

In the detail with Marimekko

Finnish brand Marimekko has launched their Spring/Summer 2016 Home Collection. I met with Creative Director Anna Teurnell and designer Carina Seth Andersson for a talk about the fine detail because that’s what make this collection extra ordinary. The hand drawn graphic patterns by Seth Andersson are screen printed with great skill and used for multipurpose fabrics in a colour scheme of white, pale pink and blue. And there’s a series of glass vases to go with the Oiva series by Sami Routsalainen; notice how the form of the small, delicate base of the porcelain has been integrated into the form of the vases, creating a floating feel! Alongside the distinctive and timeless design by Carina Seth Andersson, Marimekko present a folkloristic, organic pattern by Aino-Maija Metsola and some really cool patterns from the Marimekko archive, like the iconic Sonaatti.

Marimekko Spring/Summer collection 2016. Fabric pattern and vase by Carina Seth Andersson. Photo copyright Marimekko.

Flower vase by Carina Seth Andersson for Marimekko. Photo copyright Marimekko.

Napkin in a pattern by Carina Seth Andersson for Marimekko Spring/Summer collections 2016. Photo copyright Marimekko.

Sonaatti cushion cover by Kaarina Kellomäki (1967). Photo copyright Marimekko.

Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Marimekko 2015-11-09

January kitchen

Add a little bit of softness to the classic Scandi look, and it becomes very contemporary.

Photo Copyright Mathias Nero

Superelips table by Bruno Mathsson and Piet Hein, Sjuan chair by Arne Jacobsen, both for Fritz Hansen, chair J49 av Börge Mogensen för Fredericia, Costanza lamp by Paolo Rizzato for Luce Plan, vase Pony by Carina Seth Andersson for Skruf, glass plate Kastehelmi by Oiva Toikka for Iittala, cup SPM by Signe Persson Melin for Rörstrand and napkin Herbarium by Stig Lindberg for Ljungbergs Factory.
Styling Cia Wedin, photo copyright Mathias Nero, for Lantliv SE, issue no 2/15.

Arne Jacobsen, Börge Mogensen, Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fredericia, Friends, Fritz Hansen, Iittala, Luce Plan, Oiva Toikka, Signe Persson Melin 2015-01-24

Just water…

Access to clean water is essential for all life. In Stockholm we´re lucky to have really good tap-water. But as much as we enjoy it, we also have a tendency to take it for granted.
To celebrate the luxury of having free access to clean, clear, fantastic water I got myself a Pony carafe and can now enjoy the combination of good design and good water.

pony by Carina Seth Anderson
Pony is designed by Carina Seth Andersson for Skruf.

Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2014-10-27