Archive | Alvar Aalto

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

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.

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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

Majamoo

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!

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

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

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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

Savoy

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.

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

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

Oiva Toikka

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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.

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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