Archive | Eco Aesthetics

For the little ones!

Scandi producers have a long legacy of making superb and sustainable furniture for children. One of the most famous is Peter’s Chair and Table by Hans J Wegner, designed in 1944 and in production by Carl Hansen & Sons.

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Peter’s Chair and Table by Hans J Wegner (1944) for Carl Hansen & Sons. The chair (CH410) and table (CH411) are made of untreated maple and beech hardwood. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.


Take a look at the making of Peter’s Chair and Table. Video copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

Another classic is the Childrens Stool NE60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek (1933). Made of beautiful pale birch this stool is a children’s version of the famous three-legged Stool 60. Photo copyright Artek.
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NE60 comes with an option for the seat. You can chose between natural lacquered birch veneer, white laminate or black linoleum. There’s a round table to go with the stool. Photo copyright Artek.

 

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A contemporary interpretation of the classics is Little Architect’s series by Ferm Living (2017). It is made of ash veneer and comes in five colours; bordeaux, dark blue, dark green, grey and rose. Photo copyright Ferm Living.

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..and here’s one of my favourites, the contemporary children’s chair Ru by Shane Schneck for Hay (2010). Not only innovative of structure but Ru features smart possibilities: it can hang off the table, it is stackable, and multiple chairs can be linked together to form a row. Birch plywood and ash veneer. Photo copyright Hay.

Alvar Aalto, Architectual moves, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Hans J Wegner, Hay, Videos 2017-04-29

Sophisticated Scandi

e93579fd-7f0d-4226-bde1-e905acf1deb2In the 60s Arne Jacobsen designed the now iconic cocktail and table wear series Cylinda-Line for Stelton. It is hard to believe this very contemporary look actually was created 50 years ago! To celebrate the magic of such good design Stelton now launches some of the classic steel products with a coat of coloured enamel! Photo copyright Stelton.

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Cylinda-Line by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton (1967) updated in colours Ocean Blue, Dusty Teal, Powder and Smokey Blue (2017). Photo copyright Stelton.

 

 

Architectual moves, Arne Jacobsen, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2017-04-17

Bruno Mathsson Award 2017

This year’s Bruno Mathsson Award goes to architects/designers Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. The Bruno Mathsson Award is one of the finest Nordic design awards, with a prize of SEK 250,000. Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom operate the firm TAF together.

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Architects Gabriella Gustafsson and Mattias Ståhlbom/TAF. From their office at Södermalm in Stockholm they work for clients world wide. Read and see more at ”TAF” to the right of this page. Photo copyright TAF.

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New take on a classic lighting function: You recognize the ”billiard” lamp, or perhaps this is a modern chandelier! TAF delivers and bring us a contemporary and charming lamp where all joints and cables are hidden and with remarkable thin supporting wires. Ambit Rail lamp by TAF for Muuto (2017). Photo copyright Muuto.

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The Mathsson Foundation started in 1983 by Karin and Bruno Mathsson with the purpose of promotion research, development, education and training in the areas of objects, and internal and external environment. Over the years  many a talented designer or/and architect has received this fine award. Let’s remember some design history:

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In 2004 we spotted talented Norway Says, and the young upcoming designers Andreas Engesvik, Torbjörn Anderssen and Espen Voll.

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Anderssen & Voll soon started their own business and are now one of Norways most successful design studios ever. Here posing with Mono 3-seater by Anderssen & Voll for Hjelle. Photo copyright Anderssen & Voll.

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Just like his former collegaues Andreas Engesvik now runs a successful design studio, working for various international clients like Iittala, Muuto, FontanaArte, Fogia and Asplund. Photo copyright Helle.

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Tiki sofa and chair by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia (2014) immediately became a Scandi classic. Photo copyright Fogia.

 

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Swedish architect and furniture designer Johannes Norlander got the award in 2005. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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House Morran by Johannes Norlander (2010) is a rebuilding of a summer bungalow from the 50s. By using simplistic forms and natural materials Norlander manage to create a very contemporary and elegant house. Photo copyright Rasmus Norlander.

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Last year Johannes Norlander got another very fine prize, the Kasper Salin Award 2016 for the building Studio 1 in Örgryte Torp. Photo copyright Arkitektur.

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In 2007  Louise Campbell from Denmark was recognized with the Mathsson award. Since many years now Campbell runs her own successful design studio, always abiding her ground rules: 1) Everything is possible until the opposite has been proven. 2) There must be a good reason for every single decision made. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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When Daniel Rybakken from Norway was awarded in 2011 there was no doubt a new star designer had arrived! Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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Staffan Holm – the wizard of wood –  got the top position in 2013. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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Well deserved recognition for famous design trio Claesson, Koivisto, Rune in 2015. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

 

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And the 2016 Mathsson award went to fab Clara von Zweigbergk and Shane Schneck! Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

Architectual moves, Bruno Mathsson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, TAF 2017-04-16

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

The friendly gesture

While sharing a Swedish ”fika” with my friend Stina we spoke about good things, inspiring things, kindness and compassion. And the peaceful resistance against violence shown by Stockholmers since last weeks terror attack aimed at innocent members of our society. Four people, among them a schoolchild, and a senior dog were killed. But there’ll be no hatred. That’s the message and we’re all messengers.
We also exchanged some design: I traded my green Marimekko Messenger bag for Stinas bright orange.
– Now we’ll remember each other every day, while wearing these bags, Stina said. How cool!
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Olkalaukku Urbaani Messenger bag by Ristomatti Ratia for Marimekko, 100 % cotton canvas. Photo copyright Marimekko.

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Olkalaukku Urbaani Messenger  bag (detail) by Ristomatti Ratia for Marimekko (2017). Photo copyright Marimekko.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Marimekko 2017-04-13

Baranquilla by Josef Frank

From the very cool contemporary Scandi to the vivid colour scheme of Josef Frank! When Norway and Denmark got occupied by Germany during the 2nd World War, Josef Frank and his wife Anna left Stockholm to seek safety in New York. They travelled by boat to Colombia and the city Barranquilla and reached their destination in december 1941. During his exile Frank designed several iconic patterns. Gorgeous Baranquilla (1943–1945) is now in production by Svenskt Tenn.

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Baranquilla, textile pattern by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn (1943–1945) now in production by Svenskt Tenn (2017).

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Josef Frank 2017-04-04

When Classic goes Contemporary

Classic handtufted rug Moss by Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg for Kasthall goes contemporary with a stripe look! So 2017! Lovely! Ines is the sassy result of a fine interpretation process by designer Maja Johansson (2017).

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Ines rug by Maja Johansson for Kasthall (2017). Handtufted wool and linen. Here in the colour Moon 500. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Kasthall, Scandimood 2017-04-03

In between Winter and Spring

Perhaps this is the last weekend ”between winter and spring”? It is biting cold in the shade but with a cup of coffee in their hands the brave ones insist in sitting outdoors, trying out the garden furniture for the first time this year. As you know, the sunloving stockholmers never miss a chance of taking a fika in a spot of clear daylight. In the garden the trees are budding yet small birds fly like mini space shuttles to the feeding tray, hence and forth, collecting sunflower seeds to see them through the night!

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Yes yes yes! Garden furniture series Palissade by brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay (2016) is now available in cremewhite (2017). White? For outdoor use? Yes! Nothing stands better against green grass, lilac trees and soft grey gravel paths. Photo copyright Gulled.

Pallisade sketchThe first sketch for Palissade, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Photo copyright Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
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…and the colour scheme for Palissade by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay (2017).

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For stylish birds in an urban setting: Birdsnest, vintage bird feeder in stoneware by Swedish design nestor Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg (1960). Available at Nordlings. Photo copyright Nordlings.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Hay, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Scandimood 2017-04-01

The holistic point of view

While looking for Cruelty Free Design during the Stockholm Design & Architecture Week I found there’s a strong trend right now to define your brand, your design, your production as ”sustainable”. But very few indications of a holistic interpretation of sustainability. Where’s that top notch Scandi brand who can confirm their products does no harm to man, animal and nature? Not during the production, not during the use and not while recycled into new materials?

Birds plucked alive on farms linked to ”responsible” down suppliers. Investigation by PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (2016). Video copyright PETA.

Animal Rights, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Gender perspective, No Plastic 2017-03-29

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

Indicating Spring

Spring is around the corner and it’s high time to take geranium cuttings. The geranium or ”pelargon” as we call it in Sweden is easy to grow and lovely with its fresh green foliage and rich blossoming. Nowadays the geranium comes in many colours and shapes, but the Swede’s favourite is the classic Mårbacka. Pale pink has never been prettier!

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Among the Scandi interior and fashion accessories 2017 there´s a lot of sophisticated pink. Right now, in the early days of sunlight and soft rain…I definitely go for pink.

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Mosebacke raincoat by Stutterheim (2017). Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Navet Clamp Tray Small, by Navet Sthlm (2017). Pink metal, size diameter 15, H 1,7 cm. Photo copyright Navet Sthlm.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood, Stutterheim 2017-03-20

Det finns inga skuggor i svart

If in Stockholm this weekend don’t miss out the unique opportunity to experience three very different but somehow strangely connected artists from different ages and disciplines and in different exhibition sites but now within only a few steps from each other! Make the Tour of the year: It is deeply moving to consider what an artist (or architect) may achieve in a lifetime or in a few months at art school…And how very humanistic the experience of their sharing! Three favourites in one afternoon!

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Paintings/objects by Inez Jönsson, student at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

Galleri Mejan, Exercisplan 3, until 19 March 2017

 

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Det finns inga skuggor i svart, (huge) objects/paintings by Inez Jönsson (2017). Photo copyright Inez Jönsson, Royal Institute of Art.

 

The Cleaner (2017)

Marina Abramovic

Modern museum, Stockholm, until 21 May 2017

 

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Cabinet 2191 by Josef Frank and his textilepattern ”Manhattan”. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

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Josef Frank

ArkDes, Stockholm, until 27 August 2017

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