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Flower power

A distinctive trend at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 was the replacement of grey grey grey by pale natural colours. But even though I am ”Mrs Beige” by heart I could easily have done with some patterns or at least accent colouring to highlight all the sand, cream, pale pink, icy blue and greige…Several brands worked with flowers, moss and branches in their presentations. One display really moved me; the lovely, natural, simplistic beauty of Gunnar Kaj for Iittala. Kaj, ”flower artist” as he likes to call himself, is known for his ability to create a poetic feel by using flowers and branches in unexpected combinations. Often au naturel…and always with respect of the plant. I loved the huge bunch of blueberry twigs in a Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto in the new moss green colour.


Small spring tulips in red, pink and white standing in their bulbs courting the Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala. If you look closer you also see a few Frittillaria meleagris (Sv. Kungsängslilja) among the tulips! Arrangement by Gunnar Kaj for Iittala (2018). Photo copyright Peter Bruselid.


Preview of Putki, a lamp by Matti Klenell for the restored National Museum of Sweden which is opening in October 2018. The lamp is mouth blown at the Iittala factory. Flower arrangement by Gunnar Kaj for Iittala (2018). Photo copyright Iittala.

Alvar Aalto, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iittala, Scandimood 2018-02-10

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 forgiving kind of glass

After years of plain smooth yet often colourful glass we now encounter some press glass news again! Yes! Being a hardcore sucker for classics like Kastehelmi by Oiva Toikka I welcome the Ripple glass series by danish brand Ferm Living. Pressed glass is such a ”forgiving” kind of glass; you can use a simple glass material and it can be mass-produced. If the design is fab…your glass product will be beautiful and nice to use on daily basis.


Ripple glass carafe by Ferm Living (2017). Photo copyright Ferm Living.


Ripple glass series with stylish carafe and glasses by Ferm Living (2017). Photo copyright Ferm Living.



Kastehelmi glass table wear was designed in 1964 by Oiva Toikka. It is still in production by Iittala. ”Kastehelmi” is finnish for ”dewdrop”, and especially the clear glass gives the impression of a garden in the morning or looking through a window on a rainy day. The tiny glass bubbles extend outwards from the centre of each piece and is not merely decorative. Oiva Toikka was seeking a way to hide the joint marks left by the production process, and came up with this pattern.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala, Oiva Toikka, Scandimood 2017-04-30

Iittala table manners

Finnish chef Sami Tallberg has a knack for presenting the most fascinating ”new wave vegetarian cuisine and raw food”. During the launch of Iittalas Reset the table show at Stockholm Design and Architecture Week 2017, Sami Tallberg interpreted Iittala products in playful gestures. On the menu one could read: ”Biohacker’s appetizer, Lapland matsutake and Nordic coconut, BioMed miracle pudding with cacao and Liquid black gold”. And as a starter: Ambronite + BIOMED pills!

New from Iittala this year is an addition to the Teema family, originally created by Kaj Franck in 1952. Teema Tiimi consists of bowls and plates with a distinctive multifunctional look. For this collection Iittala has collaborated with designers Minjia Wang (China), Ai Ono (Japan) and Kyuhyung Cho (Korea).



”BioMed miracle pudding with cacao” – this delicious dessert by Sami Tallberg at Iittalas press lunch for the Reset your table show (2017) was congenially served with coconut milk poured from the Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto (1936). Photo copyright Joseph Eriksson.


Teema Tiimi  by Minjia Wang (China), Ai Ono (Japan) and Kyuhyung Cho (Korea) for Iittala (2017). Photo copyright Iittala.



Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Iittala 2017-02-14

Finland no 1 EPI 2016

According to EPI, the environmental performance index 2016, Finland is now the greenest country in the world! Followed by Iceland, Sweden and Denmark. EPI ranks 180 countries’ performance on high-priority environmental issues in two areas: protection of human health and protection of ecosystems. One aspect of design production is wastewater. The report states that 23% of the countries still lack any kind of wastewater treatment! Remember the tanning mills of India? Or the plastic waste in the oceans? Or the abuse of animals in factory farming? You can make a difference by asking yourself: Where, how and of what is the design item made?

Lets go environmental friendly and cruelty free. To humans, animals and nature.



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Finland, the country of sustainable design! Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala. Photo copyright Iittala.

Alvar Aalto, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala, Scandimood 2016-07-29

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

Aarre by Iittala

Aarre. It is almost impossible for a Swede to guess the meaning of intriguing, beautiful words flying in from our neighbor country Finland! It is like a secret singsong tale; the soft melody of the Finnish language is very poetic! So is the glass knobs by Markku Salo, Anu Penttinen and Aalto+Aalto. Iittala call the knobs ”wall jewels” and the collection is a tribute to Oiva Toikka. Glass master Toikka mentored the designers throughout the process of creating a concept for unique, mouth-blown glass art; Aarre, ”Treasure”, is the result. The pieces are handcrafted by the skilled glassblowers at the Iittala factory.

Aarre glass knobs by Iittala (2015). Here: Thätisumo black by Markku Salo, Simpukka black/white by Anu Penttinen and Sesili white/blue by Aalto+Aalto. Photo copyright Iittala.

Aarre glass knobs by Iittala (2015). Here: Saturnus gold and Kentauri grey, both by Markku Salo, Seseli white/blue by Aalto+Aalto, Anemone pale pink and Koralli clear, both by Anu Penttinen. Photo copyright Iittala.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Iittala 2015-12-26

Scandia by Kaj Franck

During the mid 50s Kaj Franck changed the standard for Scandinavian cutlery in a small but revolutionary way. His Scandia series were produced in stainless steel, made in Finland and deliberately multifunctional. Franck changed the traditional form of the spoon, making it rounder and deeper. The fork got its teeth flattened and broadened. The coffee spoon was made larger. And so on. Scandia become extremely popular over a span of 40 years. It’s very nice to see Scandia i production again, now by Iittala.

Scandia cutlery by Kaj Franck, now in production by Iittala (2016). Photo copyright Iittala.

Scandia Set, cutlery by Kaj Franck in production by Iittala (2016). Photo copyright Iittala.

Scandia Serving Set by Kaj Franck in production by Iittala (2016). Photo copyright Iittala.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala, Scandimood 2015-11-11


…never goes out of style! Timo Sarpaneva (1926–2006) designed many, now classic, Scandi items. One favourite of mine is the cast iron pot with its mix of traditional and contemporary. The version in cast iron with enameled inside and detachable wooden handle is in production by Iittala. But how I miss the fine enameled ones of the 1960s; the red, the black, the green!

Sarpaneva cast iron pot, by Timo Sarpaneva (1960), in production by Iittala. Cast iron, enamel, natural oak. Photo copyright Iittala.



Red, black, green…The enameled cast iron pot by Timo Sarpaneva (1960) for Rosenlew & Co is no longer in production. Photos from vintage/auction sites on the internet (items sold).

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala 2015-07-22

Tools extended

When Iittala lauched Tools cookware range in 1998, the response was an immense hype in media at the time. Designer Björn Dahlström was praised for the classic Scandi look, producer Iittala for the high quality. I have used the owen pan, sauteuses and casseroles for 17 years, and they´re still in very good condition. Perhaps not as shiny and bright as they once were, but still handsome. And the functionality is the same. ”We need to come away from trends and throw away consumerism,” Björn Dahlström reflects. And stresses the importance of making products with a long lifespan. In August 2015 Iittala is adding a selection of frying pans to the collection.


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Tools cookware by Björn Dahlström for Iittala. Photo copyright Iittala.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iittala 2015-05-21

On a rainy day

On a rainy cold day it feels good to take a brake and sit by the candle light, in the company of a good book and a fluffy friend!

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Thinking Man’s Chair by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini (1986). Lamp Liv by Jonas Bohlin for Klong. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Stellan Herner.

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Lantern in glass, by Harri Koskinen for Iittala (1999). Photo copyright Iittala.

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Mohair blanket by Lena Rewell. Photo copyright Lena Rewell textile studio.

Eco Aesthetics, Iittala, In the Season, Scandimood 2015-05-05


The Meno bag series by Harri Koskinen for Iittala recently got a little cousin called Rain. The 35x30x20 cm bag is made of environmental friendly polyester felt and available from Myiittala as long as the stock lasts… I find it a perfect spring companion with its basic 70s look and trendy denim blue colour. And, a plus to Iittala for using an animal friendly material!


Meno bag Rain by Harri Koskinen for Iittala 2015, limited edition. Photo copyright Iittala.

Meno bag by Harri Koskinen for Iittala 2013. Photo copyright Iittala.

Contemporary Scandi, Iittala 2015-03-03