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In 2017 we challenge climate change by integrating sustainabilty in every aspect of producing, using and…re-using of design! Scandi brands has taken to promote themselves as especially interested in sustainability vs a strong visual approach.

Here’s some flooring news from Swedish brands Bolon, Fogia and Kasthall. To be presented during the Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair this coming week. And as you can see we’re still in for blue shades, no matter how green the Spring!

Skärmavbild 2017-02-03 kl. 20.30.43

Material by Bolon (2017) is a new collection where innovative mixing of materials take contract flooring to a new level. Handsome wool threads woven into the recycled plastic of Bolon…Wow! Photo copyright Bolon.


Fields by Kasthall (2017) is hand tufted in a loop technique which leave the thread uncut and thus make the surface more resistant (to longterm wear). The simple graphic pattern is inspired by ploughed fields and traditional Swedish floorboards and wallpanels. Photo copyright Kasthall.


Ropemaker Rug by TAF for Fogia (2017) make spledid use of ideas about local heritage, craftsmen, natural materials etc, creating a longlasting rug with a very contemporary feel. Photo copyright Fogia.

Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Fogia, Kasthall, TAF 2017-02-03

Solid Scandi

Solid materials like wood and steel has a long history with the Scandinavian style. Swedish TAF architects have interpreted the history and function of steel vs furniture and the result is Brut, a side table where ideas comes forth in subtle and well defined detail. Despite its flimsy appearance and proportions Brut is rock solid.

Brut Table by TAF for Skagerak (2016). Steel, brass. Size 60x48x47 cm. Photo copyright Skagerak.

The components of table Brut by TAF for Skagerak (2016). Photo copyright TAF.

Swedish Designduo TAF; Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. Photo copyright TAF.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, TAF 2016-10-16

The attraction of a simple drawing

Invitations to attend press gatherings, exhibitions and design events during the Milano Deign Week 2016 are piling up in my mailbox and I dare say it’s a bit overwhelming; so many stories, so many pictures, so much effort made to catch my eye and my attention.
And then these simple sketches arrive. From TAF. And that’s all I need to get curious.

”While designing the lamp we were inspired by the idea of displaying the different lamp components on a serving plate – almost as a still life. A reduced design beyond reduction”, says Gabriella Gustafson & Mattias Ståhlbom from TAF.
Control, lamp for Muuto by TAF (2016). Photo copyright TAF.

Remember Ambit, the pendant lamp released earlier this year? Now it is followed by a mini version, as sweet as ever.
Ambit pendant lamp diameter 250 mm, by TAF for Muuto (2016). Photo copyright TAF.

TAF is one of 16 international designers/studios that has contributed to the new brand 2016/ curated by CD Teruhiro Yanagihara and co-CD:s Scholten & Baijings.
Double, porcelain set including 10 different pieces. By TAF for 2016/(2016). Photo copyright TAF.

You’ll find TAF for Muuto at Salone del Mobile, Hall 16, Stand C40.
You´ll find TAF for 2016/ at Showroom, Via dell Erbe 2, 20121 Milan.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, TAF 2016-04-09


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

What’s with pale pink..?

Soft shades of pink makes me think of ballet class and strawberry ice cream and peonies. But not interiors. Until now. Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom aka TAF Architects make pale pink a statement with their steel cabinet for NakNak, a new producer to be introduced at Stockholm Furniture Fair this coming week.
I’ll definitely take a closer look at this cabinet; is it heavy, light, smooth, rough, functional or merely decorative? How does it feel when you touch it, and how are you supposed to use it? You never know with TAF…that’s why they keep opening my eyes to new ways of embracing design. And colours…

Cabinet by TAF for NakNak (2015). Photo copyright TAF and NakNak.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes, Friends, TAF 2015-02-01