Archive | Eco Aesthetics

Ditch the single use plastic bag!

The implementation of the recent EU directive on how shops shall handle plastic bags in regard to their customers is now running full speed and in Stockholm you see the result; customers ditch the single use plastic and ask for sustainability. The aim of the regulation is to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, reduce littering and secure a more efficient resource utilization. Swedish fashion brands H&M, KappAhl and Lindex has therefore launched One Bag Habit. They report that during the first month of this initiative less than 30 % of their customers asked for/or bought a single use plastic bag when informed about the problems of plastic. How easy it was to skip the plastic and go for sustainability. Wow!

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”One Bag Habit – Reusable thinking”. Thinking is good but action better! Why not ditch all single use plastic in wrapping, tape, tags on the products… Photo copyright: One Bag Habit.

As for Scandimood – we’re in for foldable reusable classics:

 

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In a pocket close to you: Baggu. The american wonder bag…This sturdy, ripstop nylon tote has become a classic among foldable, stylish, light weight bags since it was launched in 2007. Machine washable.

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And what about the fibre bag, this one’s from Abacá. This kind of traditional, simple but decorative bag is easy to find, world wide. Photo copyright Abacá.

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And the eco cotton bag from Muir. French and stylish since 1860! Machine washable. Photo copyright Muir.

Learn more about the problems of plastics under the ”No Plastic” tag to the right of this page!

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2017-07-19

Note and the hidden tints

Note Design Studio is an example of how successful the contemporary scandinavian style becomes when a bit of international flair is added to the basic Scandi concept. With Note we get colours, material meetings and patterns on surfaces traditionally kept plain. Note knows how to flirt with styles and ideas from other cultures. It is also interesting to see young studios taking on commissions beyond their usual field of design…like building a house!

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With a colour palette based on original colours at kakelugnar (tiled ovens) from the 19th century Note Design Studio transformed an office space in Stockholm into a family home. Pink, green and a ”yellowish white”… The added colours function as a bridge between the original hues and the contemporary result. Here, children’s room, privat apartment Stockholm, by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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A simple homeoffice in one corner of the master bedroom. Privat apartment in Stockholm by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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The pattern of the original floor has been used in decorative and functional ways as a new wall and as a sound absorbing element. Master bedroom in private apartment Stockholm by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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Dining hall in private apartment Stockholm by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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Villa Esker by Note Design Studio for Sjöberg & Thermé (2017). Seems fun to build models and do some set design and take pics of your (coming) work and ideas….(Nice touch with the ”clouds”!). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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Villa Esker by Note Design Studio for Sjöberg & Thermé (2017) is an energy sufficient house under construction in Stockholm. Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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Two & Four cabinets by Note Design Studio for Reform (2017). The idea was to combine a traditional material with an old style technique – merging terrazzo with woodworking, thus creating a contemporary look. Photo copyright Reform.

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Cabinets and sideboards Two & Four by Note Design Studio for Reform (2017). Photo copyright Reform.

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Tops and sides comes in 20 mm-thick terrazzo panels in colours red or white. Here, Two & Four cabinet rust terrazzo (NCS S4030-Y5OR and STT-4-731), by Note Design Studio for Reform (2017). Photo copyright Reform.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Note Design Studio 2017-07-05

The Scandi bird bath

Several readers have asked for more info on Scandi style bird baths; there’s some iconic pieces available. Let’s have a look:

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Snäcka bird bath by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Handcasted, recycled aluminum, 49 x 49 x 7 cm, weight 6 kg. Photo copryight Byarums bruk.

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From a pice for Swedish mag Lantliv; Snäcka bird bath and Pallisad plant pot, both by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Handcasted, recycled aluminum. Gardensofa and chair Kaffe by Thomas Bernstrand for Blå Station and Crux blanket by Pia Wallén. Styling Cia Wedin, photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Kvadrat bird bath by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Handcasted, recycled aluminum, 40 x 40 x 8 cm, weight 7 kg. Photo copyright Byarums bruk.

 

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Ivåg by Signe Persson-Melin for Format & Färg, concrete, 30 x 21,7 x 6 cm. Photo copyright Format & Färg.

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Snäckabad bird bath by Stina Lindholm for Skulpturfabriken. Concrete, 50 x 50 x 10 cm, weight 25 kg including loose shell sculpture which comes with the set. Photo copyright Skulpturfabriken.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season, Scandimood, Signe Persson Melin 2017-06-24

No Plastic – make a change today!

After years of committed work to reduce all plastic from my home, my studio and ultimately my life I know it is possible. Not easy. But possible! There’s a lot of alternatives to plastic and you can reduce and replace your use of plastic with other materials, new sustainable habits…and there’s a lot of high quality recycled plastic design products around, from trainers to furniture! Read more under ”No Plastic” to the right on this page. And, join me on the journey towards a world without plastic waste.

MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.  Courtesey Parley for the Oceans (2017).

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, No Plastic, Scandimood, Videos 2017-06-08

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, No Plastic, Scandimood, Videos 2017-06-22

Have a seat!

Rope, yarn, string…of fiber, textile, plastic…There’s as many variations of seating as designers ideas. I appreciate when it’s possible to use a piece of furniture outdoors as well as indoors. Fortunately the trend 2017 is to relaunch simplistic, handsome and comfortable chairs in contemporary colours and materials. Good design never gets boring, but sometimes a new take on the visual and tactile make wonders!

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PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm for Carl Hansen & Sons (1955). Realunched 2017. Steel frame and setting in rope. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

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PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm is a lightweight chair with four slim legs. Available in October 2017.  Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

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Panton One chair by Verner Panton for Montana (1955). Relaunched in 2003 and 2017. Available in no less than 12 colours. Steel frame with handwoven seat in polyurethane and nylon. Photo copyright Montana.

Architectual moves, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Montana 2017-05-23

That special feeling

Once in a while we visit a house where architecture and interior, seemingly without effort, blends into that special feeling we call a home.  Skilled architect Torbjörn Gudmundsson and organic house producer LEVA Husfabrik created the building, in collaboration with a young Stockholm family. The interior is sparsely decorated with a few selected new pieces of furniture and some vintage/second hand objects. And the result is fab!

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In the May issue of Swedish ELLE Decoration you can read about this small contemporary summer dwelling situated in the Stockholm Archepelago. Text and styling by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-05-18

Pilaster

Pilaster is one of the most famous Swedish bookshelves ever. It was designed by architect John Kandell in 1989. With its simple but ingenious form it is perfect for those books you want to have at hand. Perhaps in the kitchen, or by your bed? In his later years John Kandell often found solutions for small spaces, the in-between spaces where you pass (like in the stairs) or need something interesting to rest your eyes on…

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Pilaster shelf by John Kandell for Källemo (1989). Birch naturel treated with natural soap. Photo copyright Källemo.

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Recently added to my ”must read” list is the fine story of John Kandell (1925–1991) and his wife, textile designer Ulla Kandell (born 1926).  Written by Gunilla Lundahl with graphic design by Johannes Molin it is a book to return to many times, for a read, or to browse through while enjoying its visuality. In Swedish only, but wow…what a perfect presentation of the Kandells! In layer upon layer their story unfolds…revealing unexpected things like small messages between the Kandell couple, drawings, interior pics, architect plans, production display and lots of info on their important work.

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”Leken och allvaret – John and Ulla Kandell”. Book by Gunilla Lundahl for Carlssons bokförlag (2017). Photo copyright Carlssons.

Architectual moves, Book Cradle, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2017-05-09

Gunnel Sahlin at LCW

LCW – London Craft Week is up and running until 7th of May. If in London don´t miss out fab Swedish glass artist Gunnel Sahlin at Vessel gallery in Notting Hill.

Hortus Poetica – Exploring Materiality, Colour & Form

Glass by Gunnel Sahlin

Vessel gallery, 114 Kensington Park Rd

 

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Gunnel Sahlin working in her studio. In her glass work Sahlin explore the limits of glass materiality, colour, form and light. Her main inspiration is the natural world around her. Photo copyright Konsthantverkarna.

 

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Bicolor Magnolia, Lilium, Cintronella and Raps, glass objects sizes 18–20 cm. Photo copyright Gunnel Sahlin.

 

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2017-05-05

That precise moment

Any time soon now we’ll turn on the garden lights not to be guided through darkness but as part of the outdoor life. To sit outdoors for dinner is perhaps the most significant proof that winter is over. Outdoor lighting may be strong and disturbing, perhaps too bright, perhaps of mediocre design. But there’s fab light to be seen: Toldbod by Louis Poulsen was launched in 1982 and has definitely become a modern classic.

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Toldbod 220/290 by Louis Poulsen (1982). Die cast aluminium with shield in moulded clear polycarbonate, arm in extruded aluminium. The light is directed 100% downwards and the shade has a matt white painted interior emitting a soft, diffused, comfortable light. Photo copyright Louis Poulsen.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, In the Season 2017-05-01

The forgiving kind of glass

After years of plain smooth yet often colourful glass we now encounter some press glass news again! Yes! Being a hardcore sucker for classics like Kastehelmi by Oiva Toikka I welcome the Ripple glass series by danish brand Ferm Living. Pressed glass is such a ”forgiving” kind of glass; you can use a simple glass material and it can be mass-produced. If the design is fab…your glass product will be beautiful and nice to use on daily basis.

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Ripple glass carafe by Ferm Living (2017). Photo copyright Ferm Living.

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Ripple glass series with stylish carafe and glasses by Ferm Living (2017). Photo copyright Ferm Living.

 

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Kastehelmi glass table wear was designed in 1964 by Oiva Toikka. It is still in production by Iittala. ”Kastehelmi” is finnish for ”dewdrop”, and especially the clear glass gives the impression of a garden in the morning or looking through a window on a rainy day. The tiny glass bubbles extend outwards from the centre of each piece and is not merely decorative. Oiva Toikka was seeking a way to hide the joint marks left by the production process, and came up with this pattern.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala, Oiva Toikka, Scandimood 2017-04-30

by HV

If in Stockholm the coming week don’t miss out the opening of the 2017 graduate exhibition at Handarbetets Vänner/Friends of Handicraft, the oldest and most distinguished handicraft and textile institution in Sweden. HV was founded in 1874 and the HV Studio is one of Europe’s few remaining studios for textile art and craft. HV is also a school and this year we’ll be able to see work by graduates Julia Frostell, Arianna E Funk, Lisa Hagström, Emma Holmgren, Lisa Imberg, Anna-Karin Linde and Sarah Luna.

Textil klass (Textile class)

4 May – 5 August, 2017

Handarbetets Vänner /Friends of Handicraft

Djurgårdsslätten 82–84, Stockholm

 

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Work in progress, weaving by Julia Frostell, graduate student at Handarbetets Vänner. Photo copyright Emma Holmgren.

 

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Work in progress, embroidery by Lisa Imberg, graduate student at Handarbetets Vänner. Photo copyright Emma Holmgren.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2017-04-30

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