Archive | Alvar Aalto

Finland no 1 EPI 2016

According to EPI, the environmental performance index 2016, Finland is now the greenest country in the world! Followed by Iceland, Sweden and Denmark. EPI ranks 180 countries’ performance on high-priority environmental issues in two areas: protection of human health and protection of ecosystems. One aspect of design production is wastewater. The report states that 23% of the countries still lack any kind of wastewater treatment! Remember the tanning mills of India? Or the plastic waste in the oceans? Or the abuse of animals in factory farming? You can make a difference by asking yourself: Where, how and of what is the design item made?

Lets go environmental friendly and cruelty free. To humans, animals and nature.



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Finland, the country of sustainable design! Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala. Photo copyright Iittala.

Alvar Aalto, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala, Scandimood 2016-07-29

House stories

Summer has arrived, and so has the production of editorial House Stories. We travel Sweden, visiting the serene landscapes of the north, and the sweet flowery south… In between I enjoy a day or two in Stockholm where a small garden is waiting for me.
What’s a House Story? Well, we make a portrait of people and their homes, houses, studios and gardens. I do the writing, and coordinates the styling. The gifted photographers Stellan Herner and Anna Kern do the magic!
To be published in ELLE Decoration and Lantliv.

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Stockholm summer life. Pastilli Chair by Eero Aarnio (1967). Screen 100 by Alvar Aalto (1936). From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Johan Sellén.

Summerhouse in the south of Sweden. From a piece by Cia Wedin for Marie-Claire Maison Italy. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Alvar Aalto, Eco Aesthetics, In the Season, Scandimood 2015-06-10


Jani Martikainen has designed Majamoo set of trivets in birch plywood as a tribute to Alvar Aalto and the iconic Savoy vase. The trivets come in sizes 15 and 21 cm and can be used separately or nested together.


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Tea time in Finland with Majamoo trivets by Jani Martikainen. Photo copyright Majamoo.

Alvar Aalto, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2015-04-27

Stool 60

I’v got a bunch of stools by Alvar Aalto. At home, and in the office. Used as stools or as a small side table this small iconic piece of furniture is just perfect. Add to its functionalism that it is stackable. It is also very durable; some of my stools has been in use for more than 20 years and they are still in perfect condition.
Enjoy Alvar Aalto at his best!

Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek (1933). Poster. Photo copyright Artek.

My choice: the aalto stool in birch aux naturel with top in white laminate. Photo copyright Artek.

A young Alvar Aalto…

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…and a somewhat older sailor of fame.

Alvar Aalto, Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2015-03-21


My vintage green Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto is now filled with the last crispy tulips of the season! How bittersweet to know that within a week the lovely flowers will be gone…But Savoy will remain on the window sill. Beautiful as it is, with or without flowers.

Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto for Karhula (1936). Photo copyright Jacksons.

Alvar Aalto, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2015-03-15

Oiva Toikka

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.


Oiva Toikka is also much admired for his glass birds. During the last 40 years he has designed over 400 birds, individually mouth-blown for Iittala. Here’s some birds in a setting with Teema table wear and Kartio glass wear and vase Savoy, all by Alvar Aalto for Iittala. Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek. Photo copyright Iittala.

Alvar Aalto, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Iittala, Oiva Toikka, Scandimood 2015-01-06