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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Where design and art meet

Recently we’ve seen a strong trend to showcase design in ”art spaces”, and vice versa. If done well design and art may learn from each other and also contribute to a discussion on what, why and how to put design on display.

In September 2017 a small exhibition opened at ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, located in Stockholm: ”The HI-group. Craftsmanship in the plastic age” was commissioned by ArkDes, curated by Johan Örn and designed by TAF into the best design exhibition in Sweden in 2017. Absolutely fab! If you missed it, you may still enjoy the book/exhibition catalogue written by Johan Örn (curator of the collections at ArkDes) with graphic design by Johannes Molin. It is a splendid examination of the role of crafts in Scandinavian post-war furniture and interior design.

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The HI-group was a Swedish collective of craftsmen and designers working across different fields and in different materials. The HI-group are now considered masters of craft, furniture and interior design from the 1960. Photo copyright Kristofer Johnsson & TAF.

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A congenial selection of 30 objects, from furniture to photography, that had never been seen together before told a story of the renaissance of craft in an era more associated with modern, standardized materials. From exhibition ”The HI-group” at ArkDes, September – November 2017. Photo copyright Kristofer Johansson & TAF.

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The logotype for the HI-group by Melin & Österlin for the exhibition in 1966 (red colour). Previously exhibition logotype colours: Blue (1963) and brown (1964–1965). We recognize the colours as typical for the time, yet they have a distinctive contemporary feel. Photo copyright ArkDes.

 

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Book ”The HI-group and the Return to Craft – Swedish Furniture and Interiors 1960–1966”, by Johan Örn for ArkDes/Carlssons (2017). Graphic design by Johannes Molin.

 

From Sweden and the 60s archive to Japan where Marimekko plunge into a search for the spirit of print making.

”The Marimekko Spirit – Paavo Halonen / Maija Louekari / Aino-Maija Metsola” exhibition opened at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in November, and focuses on Marimekko’s younger-generation designers and the contemporary art of print making. It’ll be open until 13 January, 2018.

The second exhibition, ”Marimekko Spirit – Elämäntapa (暮らしぶり)”, opened at the Gallery A4 in December and will explore the dialogue between the Finnish and the Japanese lifestyles in the context of Marimekko’s design heritage. It’ll close at February 28, 2018.

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For the exhibition ”Marimekko Spirit” at Ginza Graphic Gallery Marimekko-designers Paavo Halonen, Maija Louekari and Aino-Maija Metsola were invited to create one completely new, Japanese-inspired print design each, based on their own impressions of a country none of them had ever visited before. Photo copyright Keisuke Kawanami.

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Diverse and stunning prints by the young Marimekko designers exhibited at Ginza Graphic Gallery (2017/2018). Photo copyright Keisuke Kawanami.

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A glimpse of the design process: Marimekko designers exhibited at Ginza Graphic Gallery (2017/2018). Photo copyright Keisuke Kawanami.

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…and at Gallery A4 in Tokyo you can experience the colourful world of Marimekko in a set including both sauna and a feel of the Finnish forests…

 

In Gustavsbergs Konsthall, 30 minutes east of Stockholm, fab Katja Pettersson (ex Front design group) examines ”Climate Anxiety. Guilt” in the exhibition ”Welcome Back”. Open until 28 January, 2018. As usual Katja Pettersson make a strong statement working with breathtaking ideas formulated within a sphere of likewise strong feeling(s), presented in a smart, smooth and visually design-orientated context. Don’t miss out!

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Welcome Back poster by Stefan Engblom (2017). Due to the massive interest for the exhibition it has been prolonged until 28 January, 2018.

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Overview ”Welcome Back”, exhibition by Katja Pettersson at Gustavsbergs Konsthall. Photo copyright Erik Undéhn.

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”Earth: 100 square meters, cut unburned clay. Human footprint, our weight dries the earth.” Detail from ”Welcome Back”, exhibition by Katja Pettersson at Gustavsbergs Konsthall (2017/2018). Photo copyright Erik Undéhn.

 

Gustavsbergs Konsthall

Gustavsbergs Konsthall is Sweden’s only public gallery specializing in contemporary craft art and a leading venue for Swedish and international crafts. The gallery aims to increase public understanding of contemporary craft art and to promote discussion. The exhibition schedule features crafts in all types of materials, displaying current work by internationally recognized craft artists as well as the avant-garde of the younger generation. The gallery opened in 2007. During summertime you can visit by boat from Stockholm City.

Architectual moves, Book Cradle, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2017-12-31

What does the fox say?

In the end of 2017 good news came from the north of Sweden. The Arctic Fox project reported 31 litters of Arctic Fox were born during the summer. Compare that to the 6 litters of 2016! The small Fjällräv (Arctic Fox), is ”endangered” which means it is in acute threat of extinction. The total population is only app. 200 individuals. The Arctic Fox was given protected status in Sweden 1928, and Norway 1930, but until then it was hunted large-scale. Since the 1990s efforts have been made to protect the fox and its habitat.

If you’re curious to listen to the fox, you’ll find a charming audioinsta @fjallravsprojektet

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The white colour morph changes from a brown/grey/white summer coat to a completely white winter coat – an adaptation for staying camouflaged both in summer and winter habitats. One research area of The Arctic Fox project examine how camouflage is affected by shorter snow seasons under climate change. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.

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A 11-month old Swedish female arctic fox in winter coat. Photo copyright Tomas Meijer/The Arctic Fox Project.

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In the Arctic Fox project Sweden and Norway collaborates, with the aim to help this fine little animal survive.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-12-31

The small size Scandi gift 2017

Looking for a Contemporary Scandi design gift size small? Here’s some of my favourites:

 

 

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Reflector by Erika Pekkari for Svenskt Tenn, brass, 24,5 cm. A fine little object to bring as a gift to someone who love flowers and perhaps has grown an amaryllis for Christmas. Put the reflector in the flowerpot and it’ll reflect light into the room. Or, use it as a bookmark! Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

 

Coaster by Pia Wallén

Coaster in felted eco wool by Pia Wallén. When you arrive at a friends house with a bottle of glögg (Swedish for mulled wine) why not add some coasters – for designs sake! Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

 

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Nail brush Lovisa is handmade by visually impaired craftsmen at Iris Hantverk brush binding manufacturing in Stockholm. Oil treated oak and tampico fibre, 10 x 4 x 3 cm. Perfect in the bathroom, kitchen or in the garden! Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

 

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…and the new vegan chocolate truffle, handmade by Åre Chokladfabrik in Jämtland county, in the north of Sweden. Photo copyright Åre Chokladfabrik.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Iris Hantverk, Pia Wallén 2017-12-21

From wood to textile

Do you know what small fashion brand Allvar has in common with gigantic furniture maker IKEA and iconic textile producer Marimekko? They´re all investing in the developing of new kinds of cellulose based textiles. With an aim to find a sustainable alternative to cotton etc.

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Allvar Hipster by Stefan Söderberg (founder of fashion brand Hope) for Allvar (2017), made from pine and spruce trees from FSC certified forests in the Ångermanland province in Sweden. Timber from these forests are sent to the biorefinery Domsjö Fabriker by the forest company Holmen. Most of the trees selected are those too weak to be used as construction timber. In the biorefinery, the wood is separated into its different parts: ethanol, resin, lignin and cellulose. Allvar underwear are made from the cellulose. Photo copyright Allvar.

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Allvar is the first brand of textile products with a certain origin in the Swedish forests. The minimalistic style of both product and packaging lends Allvar a chance to be recognized at the international fashion scene. Photo copyright Allvar.

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Allu dress by Marimekko (2014) was the first Marimekko product to be made of Ioncell fabric. Photo copyright Marimekko.

Since some years Marimekko has been part of a research project led by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki developing the Ioncell-F method, by which birch cellulose can be used to manufacture a biodegradable textile fibre. Marimekko now takes the step to make a market entry of wood-based textiles made of pulp-based fibre spun with Spinnova technology. Finnish fibre technology company Spinnova is currently the only company in the world able to convert pulp directly into textile fibre without chemical solvents.

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Ikea in partnership with H&M and the Swedish green-tech company Tree to Textile has embarked on a project to develop techniques for the making of cellulose based textiles. When and how is yet to be presented.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2017-12-05

08.22 traditions

December 3rd in Stockholm Old Town and at sunrise 08.22 we lit a candle and have some tea and gingerbread while enjoying the scent of hyacinths. Six hours later the sun sets but by then you´ll see paperstar lighting in every other window, and outdoors garden torches are burning.
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The essence of a stylish Stockholm winter afternoon: Bamboo Chair by Viggo Boesen (1936), table Utö by Axel Einar Hjorth (1930s) and candle stick Holocene no 3, by Jasper Morrison for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Hyacinths are everywhere! Glass by Ulla Forsell. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Titti Erksell-Barker.

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Paper star Stella from Watt & Veke, handmade in environmental friendly produced paper. Size 80 cm. Photo copyright Watt & Veke.

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…and garden torch Marfa light, by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Smaller Objects. Galvanized, powder coated steel, 12x12x65 cm. Photo copyright Smaller Objects.

Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood, Wästberg 2017-12-03

Into the woods

Well, some day’s you’re lucky. Two favourites in one frame: horse and tree. With this glimpse from England and fab Hampson Woods Jonty and his team take their business a step forward introducing ”HW Monthly Drops”. Each month HW will release a unique product made from a unique piece of timber, shaped into a new purpose. If you love wooden utilities in your kitchen…don’t miss out!

Small scale woodland management at Hampson Woods, located in the Lake District of Britain. These clips show horses George and Charly in action together with humans George and Tom from HW. Enjoy!

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Craftsman Kolli at work for team HW (2017). Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

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Porridge spoon (also perfect as spatula) by Hampson Woods (2017), handmade from london plane. To be finished with organic HW Wood Balm. Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, No Plastic 2017-11-05

World magic!

A year ago www.scandimood.se reached 139, now we’re hitting 152. Countries. From where you readers visit on a regular basis. I find your interest amazing; blogging thus become a true democratic project connecting people world wide! Let’s make a move and speak up to friends, relatives, at work, at school, in shops about why and how design in terms of environmental friendly production, visual sustainability and a cruelty free approach make a difference.

Tomorrow starts today.

Scandimood readers 2017

 

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Gender perspective, No Plastic, Scandimood 2017-11-05

The green approach

…is too often a kind of green-washing for brands aware of the sustainability trend. But remember my post on flooring and colours? Pia Wallén, Bolon and Kasthall all do a great work bringing forth new ideas, techniques and materials for the benefit of climate as well as their workers and customers. Let’t take a look:

Pia Wallén is dedicated to pure materials and has developed new organic qualities for the cotton blankets and a strict green policy for the wool used in blankets and accessories. The products are made in Sweden and Pia Wallén goes for quality in every aspect of the production, from the design process and research for the very best materials, to the collaboration with a small family owned weavery. It is an exclusive and slow process as the product has to be top notch, to stand a chance in the textile market.

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Cross Blanket Midnight Blue, by Pia Wallén. Made in Sweden in eco cotton from Peru. Size 160×240 cm. Photo copyright Länna Möbler.

Bolon is a brand always pushing forward, bringing new takes on sustainability. With the vision of a future without footprints Bolon creates products that respects the environment from several perspectives. These are: 1. Product recycling. 2. No use of dangerous substances. 3. Exceeding legislation and industry standards. 4. Anticipating future legislation. 5. Purchasing practices. 6. Production using renewable energy. 7. Energy recovery from the floor after use.

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New this October is Bolon Green Weld  – the very first non toxic welding on the market. A welcome innovation, especially for the person working with installing the floor. This new glue is completely free from the common toxic component Tetrahydrofuran!

Kasthall recently launched Harvest – a new concept where the brand make use of spill over yarn from their production. As all Kasthall’s rugs are made to order there are often two or three spools of a certain colour yarn left over after weaving a rug. This because they make of a few extra spools in case there’s a need to redo something during the production process. The brand cannot reuse the residual spools of wool for rugs in the same collection due to the risk of minor colour discrepancies. The variation in colour of the residual spools of yarn posed a challenge and inspired Kasthall to find a new way to put it to use.

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Harvest by Ellinor Eliasson for Kasthall (2017) is a woven rug in 100 % wool made from left over yarn. This new approach on the classical Swedish rag rug comes in six colour combination but you never know beforehand which yarn will be used. The client may choose colourscheme but the rug’ll be unique. Harvest is framed with an edge, in which the colour-shifts of the rug is repeated and mixed. Photo copyright Kasthall.

 

 

 

Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall, Pia Wallén, Scandimood 2017-10-17

Re Rag Rug at Muji in Tokyo

If in Tokyo…don’t miss out fab Swedish design studio Brieditis & Evans at Muji Yurakucho Atelier. Designers Katarina Brieditis and Katrina Evans were invited by Japanese brand Muji to create a textile rug by using left over textile from Mujis own production but also clothes from the project ReMuji, where Muji take back used garments from their customers, dye still wearable pieces with indigo, and sell them (again). Muji  is a longtime participant in the Fuku-Fuku Project, a nationwide effort by retailers inviting customers to drop off their unwanted clothes for recycling. Brieditis & Evans runs the Re Rag Rug  project where they design and make experimental handmade rugs, of materials considered worthless. This approach on sustainability has rendered studio Brieditis & Evans much cred world wide. And as they say: ”Such a production, using waste will be ecologically sustainable and at the same time socially sustainable – as the production becomes a platform for developing crafts and where work is created.”

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The Handscape exhibition is running until 29 October, 2017 at Muji Yurakucho Atelier.

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In the making. Handscape rug by studio Brieditis & Evans (2017). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

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Evans working on the Handscape rug by studio Brieditis-Evans for Muji (2017). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

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Brieditis working on the Handscape rug for Muji (2017). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

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A visitor admiring the Handscape rug by studio Brieditis & Evans for Muji (2019). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2017-10-07

Scandi colours 2018

Sophisticated, cool and sassy…with a hint of humour? Contemporary Scandi is well beyond the traditional look of classic modernism. And moves effortlessly in a including international style. You see it with all the best producers as they’re presenting their news for 2018.

Flooring is one interesting area where the Swedish brands do very well;  Asplund, Bolon and Kasthall  goes international with an absolutely stunning apporach to colour.

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Pia Walléns kelim Stitch for Asplund (2017) comes in 100 % wool in exquisite, sophisticated colours Black indigo, Camel, Olive, Orange and Yellow. Hand woven with hand stitched crosses based on Pia’s classic Crux pattern. Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

Stitch by Pia Wallén

Stitch carpet/table cloth by Pia Wallén is reversible, with pattern on both sides. You may use Stitch as a rustic table cloth! How beautiful! Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

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Villa La Madonna soft rug by Bolon (2017) here in colours Smoke and Moss. Environmental friendly PVC and wool. Size 2 x 3 m. Photo copyright Bolon.

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Kasthall, especially with gifted designer Maja Johansson Staranders work, make a strong impression. The flirt with fashion, the elegant yet pragmatic feel. These are rugs or wall-to-wall flooring of a sustainable quality made to last long, if not for ever. Picture from the Kasthall Showroom in New York. Photo copyright Kasthall.

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On the wall: Field bouclé rug by Maja Johansson Starander for Kasthall (2017). Hand tufted in 100 % wool. On the floor: Castle rug by Maja Johansson Starander for Kasthall (2017). Woven chenille rug in linen and wool. And Häggå Shimmer by Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg, here in Sicilian Mandarine in wool with golden lurex threads. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Asplund, Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall, Okategoriserade, Pia Wallén 2017-10-03

A horse in the attic

Like a bee in the bonnet for some of us; horses, horses, horses! How sweet to have your horse at hand, right outside your room…if you’re 6 years old and hooked on the pony world! In this Stockholm Old Town home the owners have restored the attic into a contemporary living room. And have their childrens rooms guarded by the sweetest of ponies.

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In the attic; ponies and a contemporary interior! Vintage Ant chair by Arne Jacobsen (1952) for Fritz Hansen, table DLM (Don’t Leave Me) by Thomas Bentzen for Hay. Lamp Arco by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos and sofa from Ligne Roset. From a feature by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Stellan Herner.

Castiglioni, Contemporary Scandi, Fritz Hansen, Hay, Scandimood 2017-08-27