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Precious days!

During the first week of June the scent from the old lilac tree is all over our urban garden and we take every opportunity to enjoy a fika under its green foliage. Every year the amethyst colour of the flowers evoke a feel of wonder in me; it is something about that colour! This kind of colourful is daring in a Scandi interior. But try! If only with a bunch of flowers. And see how it adds to a contemporary feel!

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Lilacs are common in Stockholm, here in a garden in Äppelviken. Rattan chair 230 by Larsson Korgmakare, blanket Crux blanket (1991) by Pia Walllén. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Johan Sellén.

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Wallpaper Westwood, digital print by Camilla Diedrich, table Shake by Jens Fager for Muuto (2009), chair Speed by Johan Lindstén for Johanson Design, lamp 081t1 by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Wästberg. Styling by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Anna Kern, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Johan Sellén, Muuto, Pia Wallén, Wästberg 2017-06-02

Contemporary Scandi Colours

The Scandinavian style is often defined as being simplistic and lacking colour. It has become common to exemplify the Scandi look with classic furniture by masters like Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Bruno Mathsson and Hans J Wegner. (See categories to the right of this page). And yes, much of the classic Scandi does have a pale look due to the use of natural wood, paper yarn, linen, wool etc. But since some years now we see a new approach to colour with beautiful soft shades forming contemporary colourschemes. The possibility to mix many colours is the important part; an interior with many colours becomes livable and welcoming in a way the monochrome, white or grey-scale interior can never achieve. Muuto is one good example of a Scandi brand working deliberately with colours to create the New Scandi.

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Accent cushion by Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto (2017). The simplicity of the soft canvas weave is highlighted in the scaled canvas print, emphasizing the visuality of traditional weaving technique. 100% cotton, silk screen print. Size 60×30 cm. Photo copyright Muuto.

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Muuto also knows how to give their permanent collection a new look by adding new colours. Here lamps Unfold by Form Us With Love in Olive, E27 by Mattias Ståhlbom in Nude and Ambit by TAF in Beige-Green. All pics copyright Muuto.

Muuto shootFiber chair upholstered by Iskos Berlin, Compile bookends by Cecilie Manz, Leaf lamp by Broberg & Ridderstråle, Restore tray by Mika Tolvanen. Photo copyright Muuto.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Muuto 2017-04-14

Ply and Vivlio

Ply rug by textile designer Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto (2016) mix traditional weaving technique and contemporary colouring. The result lends style to the everyday! Margrethe Odgaard is also a furniture designer, in collaboration with Chris L Halstrom. Their Vivlio Shelving System for Skagerak (2016) recently won the Red Dot Design Award 2016. I especially like the idea of being able to turn the shelf round, and make it look (and function) more like a box than an open shelf.

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Ply rug by Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto (2016). Wool. Photo copyright Muuto.

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Ply rug by Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto (2016) comes in five colours: Black/White, Dark Grey, Off-White, Rose and Yellow. Photo copyright Muuto.

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Vivlio Shelf by Halstrom Odgaard for Skagerak (2016), ash/steel. Photo copyright Skagerak.

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Vivlio Shelving system by Halstrom Odgaard for Skagerak (2016). Photo copyright @halstromodgaard

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Muuto 2016-04-26

E27

Designed by Mattias Ståhlbom for Muuto (2008) E27 has become an icon of Contemporary Scandi design. The naked bulb, the industrial look, the materials and the colours appeal to young as well as old… This lamp is like an aalto stool; it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen it a hundred times, it is still interesting with its simplistic design and modern feel. Matthias Ståhlbom is a partner at the Stockholmbased architecture and design studio TAF. TAF are right now working on a new bar, restaurant and café for the Swedish National Museum in Stockholm, a very interesting commission where TAF collaborates with fab designers Matti Klenell, Carina Seth Andersson and Stina Löfgren. The National Museum closed in 2013 for renovation, and will re-open in 2018.

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E27, pendant by Mattias Ståhlbom for Muuto (2008). Silicone/rubber, plastic socket and PVC cord,18W/E27 halogen bulb, energy class C with average lifespan of 1800 hours, H 23 cm, D 12,5 cm, cord 4 m. Photo copyright Muuto.

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Sketch of E27 lamp by Mattias Ståhlbom. Photo copyright TAF Architects.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Muuto, TAF 2016-03-27

Grain and Ambit

Muuto has launched a series of minimalistic pendants by Swedish designer Jens Fager and Stockholm based TAF Architects.

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Grain pendant by Jens Fager for Muuto (2015). Bamboo fibres and polypropylene. Rubber cord. Available in black, grey, dusty red, nature, white and dusty green. Photo copyright Muuto.

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Ambit pendant by TAF architects for Muuto (2015). Press spun, polished aluminum, painted by hand. Rubber cord. Available in dusty green, black, grey, rose and white. Photo copyright Muuto.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Muuto, TAF 2015-08-19

With Sanna at the Fair!

I went to Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015 in the company of my dear assistant Sanna Mattsson. Here’s some of the things Sanna saw:

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Dancing Pendant lamp by Iskos-Berlin for Menu gives a playful impression, designed as it is with overly dimensioned proportions. The huge white shade remainds me of my great grandmothers crocheted lampshades. And how the wind catches a thin summer skirt and make it dance. Dancing Pendant lamp is made from polyester (PET) felt and 100% recyclable.”/SM. Photo copyright Menu.

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”The candle holder Grip by Jens Fager for Muuto proves that something simple can be interesting. It is small and humble and made of aluminium and steel. You want to touch it, and when you lift it you notice how heavy it is. There’s a tactile quality to this candle holder which cannot be seen, but comes forth when you handle it.”/SM. Photo copyright Muuto.

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”My favourite chair from the Fair 2015 is Vagn by Andreas Engesvik for Tonning. Here the designer has worked with a classic Scandinavian form and altered it into contemporary by adding a few modern influences. Vagn is handmade in solid oak by use of traditional technique; joint fittings and glue. The Bunad blanket has a long history in Norway. This collection is by Andreas Engesvik for Mandal Veveri.”/SM. Photo copyright Mandal Veveri.

Andreas Engesvik, Contemporary Scandi, Muuto 2015-02-11

No plastic III: the recycled product

Remember I took the challenge of a ”no plastic” december? Making an effort to reduce my use of plastic? It went very well; family + office generated (in total) one small bag of plastic to be recycled and a few objects of plastic vaste (mainly invitation cards). Next step was to reduce the use of plastic even more. That’s what I have been doing during January. I have learned more about plastic packages and how to avoid them when buying food. Now my aim is to reduce the use of micro plastic to zero. That’s my challenge for February. To be continued.

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Recycling of plastic is necessary for the future and many Scandinavian designers are working hard developing new products of high quality. Restore basket by Mika Tolvanen for Muuto is such a contemporary interior piece; playful, trendy and useful. Made of polymer felt (from PET bottles). Now available in bright yellow. 48 x 35 x 23 cm. Perfect for magazines, toys or perhaps a small dog/cat!

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Muuto, No Plastic 2015-02-11