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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

Holocene by Wästberg

Fab masters of illumination, Wästberg, created the loveliest exhibition during Stockholm Design and Architecture Week. In the magical setting of Skridskopaviljongen Wästberg cherished fire as a light source. The Holocene collection consists of two oil lamps and one candlestick by designers Ilse Crawford, David Chipperfield and Jasper Morrison.

 

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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 contemporary candle light! I can imagine myself in that chair, wrapped in a cosy blanket, with a wool rug on the floor, teacup in my hand and… a pile of books to read. Candle stick Holocene no 3, by Jasper Morrison for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Holocene no 2 oil lamp by David Chipperfield for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Wästberg 2017-02-15

The sculptural scandi lamp

The sculptural white lamp never goes out of fashion. It blends easily into any scandi interior and is a good example of visual sustainability.

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Io by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Fontana Arte (2015). Die-cast aluminium. Photo copyright Fontana Arte.

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Lampyre by Inga Sempé for Wästberg (2016). Opaline glass. Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Gatto by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos (1960). Steel, cocoon. Photo copyright Anna Kern. From a feature for Lantliv SE by Cia Wedin.

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Le KLint 101 by Kaare Klint for Le Klint (1944). Paper or lampshade foil. Photo copyright Le Klint.

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Tab by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Flos (2008). Painted pressofused aluminium, multi-led diffuser in specially designed PMMA. Photo copyright Barber & Osgerby.

Anna Kern, Barber & Osgerby, Castiglioni, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Inga Sempé, Le Klint, Wästberg 2016-06-19

w163 Lampyre

Lampyre by Inga Sempé for Wästberg is made of opaline glass, emitting a calming light from base to top. The light can be adjusted from ”very bright to a phantomatic halo”. w163 Lampyre comes in two sizes. The large one is ideal as a solitary piece and will enlighten any space with softness. The smaller one will do well on a shelf or – following the Swedish habit – in a window to shine a friendly light to both the streets and in the home.

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w163 Lampyre by Inga Sempé for Wästberg (2016). Opaline glass. Dimensions: H498 mm x W380 mm, H310 mm x W238 mm. Photo copyright Wästberg.

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w163 Lampyre by Inga Sempé for Wästberg (2016). Lampyre is the french word for light-worm – perhaps an indication of how to interpret the environmental friendly aspects of Wästberg lighting. Let’s get close to nature with contemporary style! Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Wästberg stand at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2016. With small gestures Wästberg created an inviting space where lighting comes forth as an important part of interior decoration. Contemporary Scandi at its best! Photo copyright Wästberg.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Inga Sempé, Wästberg 2016-03-13

Why Scandi? Well, why not!

There’re certain values underpinning the Scandinavian style. One is environmental friendly production which has a long tradition in the Nordic countries. But in 2016 environmental friendly is not enough. Now we are in for the whole story; we want to know how, from where, by whom and of what the product is made.

Transparency is another Scandi style quality. In the iconic design from the Modernism until now there’s no hiding of materials used. On the contrary, you can easily detect that a Wegner ”Y-chair” is made of solid wood and paper cord. You’ll also know from where the wood is taken and how the paper cord is produced.


Making of the Wishbone Chair aka ”Y-chair” by Hans J Wegner, designed in 1949 and in production by Carl Hansen & Son since 1950. Solid hard wood and paper cord. Video copyright Carl Hansen & Son.

The lack of ornament of the classics has blended with new colour schemes and materials and transformed into contemporary. It might be minimalistic, but it is a ”friendly minimalism” where the reduced form comes forth as visual sustainability.
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Marfa light, garden torch by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune for Smaller Objects (2015). Galvanized and powder coated steel. The dark anthracite grey colour also has a practical function – it is forgiving to the soot formed by burning. Photo copyright Smaller Objects.

Natural materials. In 2015 we learned that one of the most common materials of the Scandinavian and Nordic design, namely leather, is not as good as we thought. Instead the production of leather has proved multi toxic and carries a disturbing amount of abuse to and suffering by animals, humans and environment. We also learned that big scale production of wool is at risk becoming the next full scale disaster. Not long ago we also realized that production of cotton is a huge evironmental problem. Flax is popping up as a possibility for the future. But the Scandi designer of today also do hi-tech, perhaps most obvious with the lighting brands where the heritage of the Scandinavian traditions is used to create world leading design.

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From growing flax to harvesting, preparing and spinning it into linen. Manhattan kitchen towel by Peter Condu for Klässbols (1981). Photo copyright Klässbols.

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Busby light by Sam Hecht & Kim Colin/Industrial Facility for Wästberg (2015). The contemporary Scandi lamp is no longer a subject of electricity but of electronics. Printed circuit boards, micro-chips, diodes and interfaces are now the staple ingredients, giving us greater control, conserving energy and providing longer lifespans. Photo copyright Jara Varela/Wästberg.

Carl Hansen & Son, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Hans J Wegner, Videos, Wästberg 2016-01-17

French esprit!

Inga Sempé knows how to bring modernity and esprit into her design. The simple, almost naïve form comes alive with beauty and a great deal of humour; You´ll never get bored in the company of a Sempé design. (Isn’t that a good argument for sustainability!). Last week I worked with w153/Île, Sempés new lamp for Swedish Wästberg (2015). Also awarded ”Best Lamp Design 2015” by Swedish mag Residence. Well deserved!

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”Une petite lampe à pincer multifunction”…Île clamp lamp for Wästberg (2015) has a flat base, allowing it to stand on a flat surface. The lamp can also be mounted on the wall. Being a LED lamp it doesn’t get warm and as such it is safe to clamp on your tabletop, a shelf, a thick book, the windowsill…Photo copyright Studio Sempix.

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Behind the scene with w153 Ìle by Inga Sempé for Wästberg: Here’s a sneak peak from when we started to build a setting with Inga Sempés new lighting for Wästberg. The clamp lamp sits perfectly well on Norråker table by Ikea (2015). From a coming piece by Cia Wedin for Lantliv SE. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Some more ingenious work by Inga Sempé:
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Österlen chair by Inga Sempé for Gärsnäs. Photo copyright Gärsnäs.

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Vapeurs colorées, lamp by Inga Sempé for Moustache (2012). Pleated Tyvek and pleated iron sheet. Photo copyright Moustache.

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Beaux Fixe, armchair by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset (2015), model. Photo copyright Studio Sempix.

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Giboulée, blankets by Inga Sempé for Röros Tweed (2014). Photo copyright Studio Sempix.

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Collo Alto, cutlery (set) by Inga Sempé for Alessi (2015). Sketch. Photo copyright Inga Sempé.

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Ruban mirrors by Inga Sempé for Hay (2015). Photo copyright Studio Sempix.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Inga Sempé, Röros Tweed, Scandimood, Wästberg 2015-11-19

w152 Busby

Swedish brand Wästberg participates in London Design Week with w152 Busby, a very contemporary piece of lighting designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin from Industrial Facility. As lighting is no longer the subject of electricity, but of electronics w152 Busby is an electronic lamp that provides intelligent, universal power from three USB outlets; each can charge any smartphone or tablet at their fastest rate – and simultaneously. Wästberg combine environmental friendly with high quality form. And the styling is spot on: contemporary, relaxed and friendly.

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All pics: w52 Busby by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for Wästberg (2015). Photo copyright Wästberg.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood, Wästberg 2015-09-20

Space within space with Wästberg

Wästberg knows how to combine top class design with environmental friendly production. It is also, always, intelligent and innovative. The coming collection w151 by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune re-establish the lamp as a means to create space in a room. Imagine one of these huge shades over a table…!

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w152 by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune for Wästberg (2015). LED, aluminium.

Claesson Koivisto Rune, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Wästberg 2014-11-28