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The sculptural scandi lamp

The sculptural white lamp never goes out of fashion. It blends easily into any scandi interior and is a good example of visual sustainability.

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Io by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Fontana Arte (2015). Die-cast aluminium. Photo copyright Fontana Arte.

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Lampyre by Inga Sempé for Wästberg (2016). Opaline glass. Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Gatto by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos (1960). Steel, cocoon. Photo copyright Anna Kern. From a feature for Lantliv SE by Cia Wedin.

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Le KLint 101 by Kaare Klint for Le Klint (1944). Paper or lampshade foil. Photo copyright Le Klint.

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Tab by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Flos (2008). Painted pressofused aluminium, multi-led diffuser in specially designed PMMA. Photo copyright Barber & Osgerby.

Anna Kern, Barber & Osgerby, Castiglioni, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Inga Sempé, Le Klint, Wästberg 2016-06-19

Double function

When Claesson Koivisto Rune designed a new gallery building for Inde/Jacobs in Marfa,Texas they also designed some pieces of furniture to go with the space. The very fine Arte Marfa Twist stool is now in production by Nikari. The stool may also double as a side table. Nice!

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Arte Marfa Twist stool/table by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Inde/Jacobs Gallery (2015) in production by Nikari. Ash treated with natural oil mixture or black stain, 400 x 450 mm. Photo copyright Studio Chikako Harada.

Architectual moves, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2016-03-30

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.

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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.

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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

Why Scandi? Well, why not!

There’re certain values underpinning the Scandinavian style. One is environmental friendly production which has a long tradition in the Nordic countries. But in 2016 environmental friendly is not enough. Now we are in for the whole story; we want to know how, from where, by whom and of what the product is made.

Transparency is another Scandi style quality. In the iconic design from the Modernism until now there’s no hiding of materials used. On the contrary, you can easily detect that a Wegner ”Y-chair” is made of solid wood and paper cord. You’ll also know from where the wood is taken and how the paper cord is produced.


Making of the Wishbone Chair aka ”Y-chair” by Hans J Wegner, designed in 1949 and in production by Carl Hansen & Son since 1950. Solid hard wood and paper cord. Video copyright Carl Hansen & Son.

The lack of ornament of the classics has blended with new colour schemes and materials and transformed into contemporary. It might be minimalistic, but it is a ”friendly minimalism” where the reduced form comes forth as visual sustainability.
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Marfa light, garden torch by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune for Smaller Objects (2015). Galvanized and powder coated steel. The dark anthracite grey colour also has a practical function – it is forgiving to the soot formed by burning. Photo copyright Smaller Objects.

Natural materials. In 2015 we learned that one of the most common materials of the Scandinavian and Nordic design, namely leather, is not as good as we thought. Instead the production of leather has proved multi toxic and carries a disturbing amount of abuse to and suffering by animals, humans and environment. We also learned that big scale production of wool is at risk becoming the next full scale disaster. Not long ago we also realized that production of cotton is a huge evironmental problem. Flax is popping up as a possibility for the future. But the Scandi designer of today also do hi-tech, perhaps most obvious with the lighting brands where the heritage of the Scandinavian traditions is used to create world leading design.

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From growing flax to harvesting, preparing and spinning it into linen. Manhattan kitchen towel by Peter Condu for Klässbols (1981). Photo copyright Klässbols.

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Busby light by Sam Hecht & Kim Colin/Industrial Facility for Wästberg (2015). The contemporary Scandi lamp is no longer a subject of electricity but of electronics. Printed circuit boards, micro-chips, diodes and interfaces are now the staple ingredients, giving us greater control, conserving energy and providing longer lifespans. Photo copyright Jara Varela/Wästberg.

Carl Hansen & Son, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Hans J Wegner, Videos, Wästberg 2016-01-17

The love of small things

Architects Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune share a passion for small functional everyday objects. After working together for twenty years they’ve now started their own brand called Smaller Objects. The first collection highlight the aesthetic value of the everyday object and celebrates simplicity of form and material. The objects are manufactured at factories in Sweden, Finland, Poland and Portugal. To achieve a sustainable production Smaller Objects collaborates with manufacturers who knows natural and endurable materials, avoid using chemicals and, in the case of ceramics, recycle the vaste from the production. The coasters are made of natural soapstone from Finland and the wood is untreated, massive beech. The down/feather filling of the cushion comes from dead ducks, but if it is certified or not it doesn’t say. The same goes for the wool fabric.

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Marfa Light, garden torch by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune/Smaller Objects 2015. Galvanized, powder-coated steel. Photo copyright Smaller Objects.

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Smaller Objects collection 2015, designed by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune.
Photo copyright Smaller Objects.

Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes, Friends 2015-02-02

Asplund 25 years

In the late 1990s a small family business from Stockholm gained world wide attention when they insisted on redefining the classic Scandinavian style into what they called ”a friendly minimalism”. It was sleek and cool and stylish. And a bit opportunistic too. But the collection had what was later known as the Asplund look. During the years Asplund has collaborated with a wide range of gifted designers to establish the brand as one of the most influential contemporary Swedish brands. The main bulk of production is still handmade in Sweden, in natural or durable materials. Focus lays on a minimalistic play with sophisticated colours and unexpected meetings between materials, always emphasizing the fine detail.
During Stockholm Design Week a special 25-year anniversary catalogue will be released.
Here´s a sneak-peak from the publication. Get your own copy for free, at Asplund.

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Brothers Michael and Thomas Asplund started Asplund as a design/art gallery but soon decided on their own brand. Page from Asplund 25 years anniversary catalogue.
Photo copyright Asplund. Published by permission.

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Pia Wallén was originally a fashion designer interested in handicraft methods. Her early work for Asplund amazed the design audience and many a Pia Wallén piece are considered contemporary classics. Page from Asplund 25 years anniversary catalogue.
Photo copyright Asplund. Published by permission

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The friendly minimalism comes forth in the play between form, material, colour and detail. Beach carpet by Maria Håård, Press magazine stand by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune. Page from Asplund 25 years anniversary catalogue.
Photo copyright Asplund. Published on permission.

Asplund, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Pia Wallén 2015-02-01

Brass delicate

We´ve seen a lot of brass during the last years. Like sculptural every-day objects by Ilse Crawford for Georg Jensen, or Claesson, Koivisto, Rune for Skultuna.
But during the end of 2014 new products appeared, indicating a more delicate look.
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Basket no 14, in brasscovered steel wire, by Rebeca Uth for Ro. Three different sizes, in heights from 14–42,5 cm. Photo copyright Ro.

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Bookend from The London Collection by Lara Bohinc for Skultuna.
Photo copyright Skultuna.

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Collection Ilse, by Ilse Crawford for Georg Jensen.
Photo copyright Georg Jensen.

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Ballerina bowls by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune for Skultuna.
Photo copyright Skultuna.

Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Georg Jensen 2015-01-15

Into the kitchen

The kitchen is an important space in a Scandi home. It is much more than just a room for preparing food. In the kitchen you eat and spend time with family and friends. You work, read, relax, play and do your homework. Hence the Scandi kitchen is well decorated and carefully taken care of.

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…like a blank canvas waiting to come into use.
Kitchen by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune (2013). Photo copyright CKR.

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…if possible you squeeze in a nice reading area.
Photo copyright Pelle Bergström.

Kitchenphoto by Jonas Ingerstedt
…and then you add your favourite things, some comfy chairs and a perfectly calibrated pendant. Until the kitchen becomes your favourite room.
Photo copyright Jonas Ingerstedt.

Architectual moves, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Pelle Bergström 2015-01-03

Space within space with Wästberg

Wästberg knows how to combine top class design with environmental friendly production. It is also, always, intelligent and innovative. The coming collection w151 by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune re-establish the lamp as a means to create space in a room. Imagine one of these huge shades over a table…!

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w152 by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune for Wästberg (2015). LED, aluminium.

Claesson Koivisto Rune, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Wästberg 2014-11-28

Cosy minimalism with Asplund

Swedish producer Asplund are known for their ”friendly minimalism”. Focusing on high quality design by mainly Swedish designers, using natural materials like wool, silk and steel, and working with a colouring scheme of lovely muted pastels, Asplund 2014 is contemporary Scandi at its best. This Fall the carpet collection stands out as being both classic and innovative. Especially Jessica Signell Knutssons carpet Grid, with its handwoven wool base and knotted silk pattern. It’s tactile to the touch and beautiful to look at. Best carpet this year!
It is also nice to see the fine cabinets by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune and Anya Sebton/Eva Lilja Löwenhielm in new colours.

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Vass cabinet by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune 2007/08 for Asplund Collection. Carpet Point by Sandra Adrian Asplund 2014.

Frame cabinet by Asplund
Frame cabinet by Anya Sebton and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm 2013/14 for Asplund Collection. Carpet Fleurette by Broberg & Ridderstråle.
 
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Grid carpet by Jessica Signell Knutsson for Asplund Collection 2014.

Asplund, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season 2014-10-25