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Christmas prep

We’re awaiting Christmas and Old Town is starting to look like a fairy-tale! Inside our beautiful 18th century house we enjoy breakfast in the kitchen, while reading the morningpaper and making plans for food and gifts. It is a time of preparation and contemplation.

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This setting was created in my dear next-door neighbor Tinas’ lovely kitchen. Table Österlen by Inga Sempé for Gärsnäs, ”Y-chair” by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, stool from Norrgavel, teapot and cup Oiva by Sami Ruotsalainen for Marimekko, blackbirds in papier-mâché by Sam Stigsson for Konsthantverkarna. Styling by Cia Wedin, photo copyright Anna Kern.

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…and the scent of hyacinths are all over! With a planting bag made of environmental friendly, breathable polypropylene you can use your basket from Korbo Handwoven Wire Baskets for indoor planting. Here with white hyacinths and soft green moss, to protect the bulbs. Styling by Cia Wedin, photo copyright Anna Kern.

Anna Kern, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Korbo, Marimekko, Scandimood 2016-12-16

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

Care for your chair

We’ve had a maintenance day. A furniture maintenance day. Once in a while you need to take care of your Scandi classics if they’ll grow old with grace. My Y-chairs in light natural maple are treated with soap and nothing but soap. They’ll get dirty…oh yes! But after a rinse with soap for natural wood furniture they look as lovely as ever.

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Wood Soap Care Kit by Carl Hansen & Son is an environmental friendly treatment for furniture in natural wood. Certified with the Danish Indoor Climate Label which is a tool for development and selection of indoor air quality friendly products and better understanding of the impact of products and materials on the indoor air quality in buildings.


How to treat your natural wood furniture with soap. Instruction video by Carl Hansen & Son. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Son.

Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Friends, Videos 2015-10-24

Wegner and the 70s

CH417, the low side table with reversible tray, was originally designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1970. It has a clever construction with a round loose tray and a collapsible steel base. Wegner fitted the tray with a natural-coloured oak rim that surrounds and holds a thin black laminate surface on one side and a white laminate surface on the other. From May 2015 the reversible tray will also be available with surfaces in light oak veneer and smoked oak veneer.

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The multifunctional, low side table with a slender steel base was designed by Hans J Wegner in 1970. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Son.

Carl Hansen & Son, Eco Aesthetics, Friends, Hans J Wegner 2015-03-01