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Colour me happy!

Stockholm Design Week is up-and-running and during its first day I was delighted to meet with four longtime favourites dressed up in lots and lots and lots of colour! Bolon, ever so fun and stylish! Montana, the very essence of sophisticated Scandi colour schemes. TAF, as orange and conceptual as ever. And Svenskt Tenn, where maximalism rules and you’re welcome to loose yourself in the eclectic world of Estrid Ericson and Josef Frank. It makes me happy to find contemporary interpretations of colour applied with such love and great skill!

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Bolon do not present news this year. Instead they’ve digged into their existing collection and played with it, trying out new ”outfits” and stepping up on an imaginary stage. ”The Art of Performance” (2020) is a magical trip into the curious minds of sisters/third generation owners Annica and Marie Eklund. Inspiration is drawn from fashion, art as well as photography. And the result is an inspiring new take on sustainable flooring. Take a look:

”The Art of Performance” by Bolon (2020). Bolon flooring in new combinations, CO2 neutral production, certified by several environmental standards. Photo and video copyright Bolon.

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At the launch at Montana, CEO Joakim Lassen presented Mini, created in collaboration with his father, the late Peter Lassen. With Mini the fab danes make room not only for personality but for accessability to qualitative design. Montana Mini comes with smaller proportions as the regular modular system, and not as many alternative units and colours. ”Today there’s already so many choices to face in our daily life”, says Joakim Lassen. And explains how Montana deals with new customer habits, like online shopping. ”When you’re buying furniture online it is not suitable with, let’s say, several shades of white to choose between”, says Joakim Lassen. ”To make it easier for our clients we’ve created a system of moduls with fewer parts, fewer colours, fewer choices”. Even so, less is as much Montana as ever and Mini cover most needs for storage in a home.

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Montana Mini, by Peter and Joakim Lassen (2020). Available in 3 versions (open, closed, shelved), in 10 matching colours. The modules snap together with strong magnets securing that the storage i aligned, and maintaining the sleek, clean lines that is the trademark style of Montana. Photo copyright Montana.

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TAF design studio, with founders Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom, has made a strong interpretation of Svenskt Tenn and the premium segment of handmade furniture from Sweden. The sofa Famna (”Embrace”) is huge and heavy, stands steady on the floor and is a given ”piece of conversation”: Inspired by a generous comfy bed or classic bath-tub, and the feel when you slowly let yourself into the warm and comforting… to relax.

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Famna, sofa by TAF for Svenskt Tenn (2020). Handmade construction and upholstering by O.H Sjögrens Furniture Factory in Tranås, Sweden. Comes in several textiles, from classic Brazil by Josef Frank to a luxurious orange velvet. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

Architectual moves, Bolon, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Josef Frank, Montana, TAF 2020-02-04

Montana – a Scandi role model

Danish Montana is world famous for their colourful shelving system designed by Peter J Lassen who founded the company in 1982. From start he declared the intention to work with a combination of contemporary design and sustainability. Montana became one of the first Danish businesses to run, as Lassen formulated it, ”a cradle-to-grave analyses of the environmental consequences of every given product”. No other Scandi furniture brand has achivied such high standard considering sustainable production, design level, working environmental and worksplace safety etc. In 2007 the brand developed their own, water-based, surface lacquer in collaboration with the Danish government. Earlier this Fall Montana was awarded, the official EU Ecolabel.

 

In August 2019 Peter J Lassen, shortly before he passed away at the age of 88, recorded this video where he explains how Montana Furniture came into existence and what constitutes the ”design DNA” of the brand. Take a few moments and enjoy! Video copyright Montana.

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In 2019 Montana launched a new palette developed in collaboration with colour expert Margrethe Odgaard. Photo copyright Montana.

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Montana shelving system palette by Margrethe Odgaard for Montana (2019), certified with EU Ecolabel and the Indoor Climate Label. Here a combination in colours Mushroom and White Oak. The objective of the EU Ecolabel is to reduce the overall environmental impact of the production and consumtion of goods. The label looks at the entire product’s life cycle and the environmental problems that might arise along the way – for the benefit of people, the environment and the earth’s resources. Photo copyright Montana.

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Montana uses exclusively PEFC-certified wood in their production, which takes place in Denmark, on the island of Funen.The production is certified according to ISO 14001 (environmental) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational, health and safety). 160 craftsmen work in the hyper tech factory. Photo copyright Montana.

 

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Montana 2019-11-20

Have a seat!

Rope, yarn, string…of fiber, textile, plastic…There’s as many variations of seating as designers ideas. I appreciate when it’s possible to use a piece of furniture outdoors as well as indoors. Fortunately the trend 2017 is to relaunch simplistic, handsome and comfortable chairs in contemporary colours and materials. Good design never gets boring, but sometimes a new take on the visual and tactile make wonders!

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PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm for Carl Hansen & Sons (1955). Realunched 2017. Steel frame and setting in rope. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

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PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm is a lightweight chair with four slim legs. Available in October 2017.  Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

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Panton One chair by Verner Panton for Montana (1955). Relaunched in 2003 and 2017. Available in no less than 12 colours. Steel frame with handwoven seat in polyurethane and nylon. Photo copyright Montana.

Architectual moves, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Montana 2017-05-23

Contemporary storage

Storage may be simply practical or add a visual quality to your interior. In Denmark handsome storage is common; here´s some news from classic Montana and trendy Hay.

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Panton Wire by Verner Panton for Montana (1971). Limited edition gold (2017). This small stylish module may be mounted on a wall or stacked on top of each other as a roomdivider/shelf. Chrome-plated steel with 24k gold finish. Also available in colours Chrome, Black, Snow or Moulin Rouge. The wall unit takes 10 kg, the floor unit takes 40 kg.

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Laundry Basket, by Big-game design studio for Hay (2017). Evironmental ”friendly” polypropylene plastic. The flat rim serves as a handle. Photo copyright Hay.

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Casette mini-container with a zip, by Hay (2017). Textile. Photo copyright Hay.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Hay, Montana 2017-03-25

Ready Made Montana

Recently Montana launched a range of ready made furniture, built by using their famous module system, designed by Peter J Lassen. Montana is Montana is Montana; sleek, handsome, sustainable to the environment and to the eye. How nice!

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Rest, bench/storage by Montana (2016). Photo copyright Montana.

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Bend, open-shelf modules in an S-shape, by Montana (2016). Photo copyright Montana.

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Aid, medicine cabinet by Montana (2016). Photo copyright Montana.

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Show, shelving unit divided into four compartments – the classic Montana bookcase. Now available with legs, castors, suspension rails or plinth. Photo copyright Montana.

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Repeat, sideboard by Montana (2016). Available with legs, castors, suspension rails or plinth. Photo copyright Montana.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Montana 2016-06-13

Montana blues…

Danish Montana takes on a flirt with their own history, using colouring from 1983 presented in a breathtaking natural setting in the north of Norway. In pure white.. to shades of midnight blue, the Montana shelf system is as much up to date as ever.
See their promotion film here.
When Peter J Lassen started Montana in 1974 he had a vision of a functional shelf system of industrial origins. Inspired by his collaboration with Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton and Jörgen Utzon, Peter J Lassen embarked on an impressing development process. In 1982 he took Montana to the Cologne fair and an international audience. At that time Montana had a turnover of DKK 1 million and a staff of two. The rest is design history.
Environmental and safety concerns has always been top priority for Montana and figure into the company’s strategic considerations, on equal footing with design, quality, technology and cost.
The switch to water-based surface lacquer in 2007 was an important contribution to better indoor climate. And, a better climate over all.

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Take a look at the production process at Montana.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Montana, Videos 2014-12-19