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The Egg chair goes Re-Wool!

One mega classic icon of Scandinavian design is the Egg™ chair by Arne Jacobsen (1958). Originally designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, and in production by Fritz Hansen. This comfortable piece of furniture is now available in the stunning Re-Wool fabric by Margrethe Odgaard for Kvadrat. Re-Wool was developed in an upcycling project by Kvadrat and their UK manufacturer Wool-tex (a mill specialized in the production of natural wool textiles).

Re-Wool is made with 45% recycled wool which reduces the products environmental impact as the recycled fibres have already been processed and thereby takes farming, transportation, scouring and dyeing out of the equation. It complies with EU Eco Label ”The Flower”.

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Egg™ chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen (1958). Upholstred in Re-Wool by Margrethe Odgaard for Kvadrat (2019). Photo copyright Fritz Hansen.

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Re-Wool fabric by Margrethe Odgaard for Kvadrat. Up-close you see how the new wool added to the vibrant mixed waste-wool base create a feel like ”bright stitching on dark fabric”. It is a masterpiece of new innovation, surely to become a classic. Alongside upholstery wool fabrics like Hallingdal by Nanna Ditzel (1965). Photo copyright Kvadrat.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fritz Hansen, Kvadrat 2021-02-11

Visuality as an aspect of sustainability

”Don’t make waste” is the most important trend 2020. And the Scandi brands are good at taking care of and developing what they’ve already got. One example is Dinesen – a family-owned company in Denmark, founded in 1898. With their ”passion for wood and respect for nature” Dinesen do not only manufacture beautiful flooring, but also work with visuality as an important part of sustainability. A few weeks ago Hans Peter Dinesen (5th generation Dinesen) and Mikkel Vestergaard (design and material developer) launched Dinesen Collection. A series of furniture and interior objects designed to activate your senses through aesthetic sustainability. The heartbeat of the collection is to ”draw nature’s calm presence in and spark curiosity about wood as a material”. Take a look!

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DS001 Table and DS101 Bench by Dinesen Collection (2020). Solid oak or Douglas (fir). The table and bench comes in three lengths. Available in natural wood treated with linseed oil. Or linseed oil mixed with red or green natural pigment. Photo Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects.

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DS301 Daybed by Dinesen Collection (2020). Solid oak or Douglas (fir). Available in natural wood treated with linseed oil or linseed oil with red or green natural pigment. The daybed can be ordered with cushions, here with textile from the Vidar 3 collection by Kvadrat. Photo Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects.

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DS401 Stand by Dinesen Collection (2020). Solid oak or Douglas (fir). Combined with DS410 Table Planks you may set up a desk unit, a dining table or an extension to your everyday dining table. Photo Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects.

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DS201 Stool by Dinesen Collection (2020). Solid oak or Douglas (fir). Here treated with linseed oil and natural green pigment. Cushion available. Photo Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects.

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Dinesen, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Kvadrat 2020-09-19

From Daffodil to Marigold!

Summer in Stockholm Old Town has been unfolding gracefully during the past three months. One fine project for me was to co-edit a special issue of  Selvedge Magazine on ”Nordic Design and Sustainability”. Scandi brands like Bolon, John Sterner, Kvadrat, Pia Wallén, Studio Brieditis & Evans and many more, share with you how they work with sustainability. Don’t miss out!

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Cover ”Selvedge Magazine no 96”. Photo by Malin Lauterbach for Swedish fashion and lifestyle brand John Sterner.

 

Bolon, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kvadrat, Pia Wallén 2020-09-16

Kvadrat goes flooring

Danish Kvadrat is a fab Scandi brand, known and respected for their environmental friendly production and handsome collection of contemporary fabrics. Kvadrat collaborates with designers and artists like Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Olafur Eliasson, Akira Minagawa, Doshi Levien and Patricia Urquiola. New 2018 is a collection of rugs by Hella Jongerius in felted interpretations of art and nature.

F_20095_C0285_FULL_SIZE_LOWSienna rug by Hella Jongerius for Kvadrat (2018) is inspired by abstract expressionist paintings, such as those of Mark Rothko. 100 % wool, available in standard rug sizes. Photo copyright Kvadrat.

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With its soft, saturated hues and delicate composition Sienna brings to life Hella Jongerius’s exceptional sense for colour through an array of delicate tonal gradations. Photo copyright Kvadrat.
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Sienna in production in the handicraft studio in Nepal. To achieve the rug’s captivating watercolour-like expression, dyed flocks of wool are pulled by hand until they are almost transparent. Like paint, they overlap when placed on a dark or light base, gently flowing and diffusing into each other. Photo copyright Studio Hella Jongerius.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Kvadrat 2018-08-29

And the winners are…

In Milan at the Furniture Fair, Swedish Scandi brands went international with qualitative, sustainable design. Asplund and Claesson Koivisto Rune teamed up with Kvadrat in the interesting project ”Circular by design” where seven top notch designers demonstrate how to use end-of life textiles in furniture and interior design. Textile waste is a massive global problem and last year Kvadrat collaborated with young Danish company Really in the development of Really Solid Textile Board: a hard-density material made from end-of-life cotton and wool from the fashion and textile industries, as well as households. The manufacturing does not involve use of dyes, water or toxic chemicals and generates only recyclable waste. The board can be re-granulated and formed into new boards.

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Bibliothèque by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Asplund (2018). The freestanding shelving system is contracted using slender rigid sheets of Really Solid Textile Board creating a sharp geometric look. Photo copyright Claesson Koivisto Rune.

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The subtle offsets between vertical and horizontal elements reflect the intricacy of architectural curtain-wall design, and give Bibliothèque an unusual complexity. Like a skyscraper seen in the context of the city! Photo copyright Really/Kvadrat.

Kasthall presented a fine special collection by Ilse Crawford: ”Grönska” (Greenery) comes in five patterns (Åker/Field, Äng/Meadow, Glänta/Clearing, Fåra/Furrow and Täppa/Plot). Woven or hand tufted wool and/or linen.

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Fåra by Ilse Crawford for Kasthall (2018). Woven in 100% wool bouclé yarn. Photo copyright insta@kasthall

John Sterner. Who but founder Alexander Stutterheim (Stutterheim raincoats) could mangage to conceptualize locally hand knitted thick eco sweaters and launch their wintry feel on a hot spring day, just as… The combination of exquisite handicraft, perfect design and a knack for story telling make John Sterner an immediate favourite for everyone interested in design. And yes…there is a thin tee as well!

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Story telling from John Sterner – Swedish knitology. Photo copyright John Sterner.

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The Antidote Turtle Neck sweater by John Sterner (2018). Hand knitted in Öland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, 100% eco wool. Photo copyright John Sterner.

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Alvaret Tee knit in Eco Merino, by John Sterner (2018). Photo copyright insta@johnsterner_swedishknitology

Korbo handwoven wire baskets are made in Shanghai and transported by boat to app. 300 retailers in 21 countries world wide. Well done with ”one product”! Photo copyright Korbo.

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In Milan Korbo participated in the ”Hemma” exhibition and as you can see, in Italy a wire basket might be used to storage Swedish bread! Photo copyright Korbo.

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Korbo bin basket in the home office. Photo copyright Korbo.

Nola is always interesting and up-to-date with international trends and life’s necessities. Mainly producing furniture and objects for public spaces Nola make use of their skilled designers to let well produced sustainability shine in our everyday. New for 2018 is Cacti indoor planter available in three different sizes with trellises made in three different heights.

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Cacti planter by Anki Gneib for Nola (2018). Powder coated steel, RAL/Sablé. Height 173 cm, depth 31–51 cm and length 101–231 cm. Photo copyright Nola.

Architectual moves, Asplund, Book Cradle, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall, Kvadrat 2018-04-23

Soft and gentle

Textile LED lamp Elements by Note Design Studio for Zero (2015) comes as floor, table, pendant and wall mounted. The shade is made of Time 300 fabric from Kvadrat, which is an exclusive Trevira CS quality with reduced environmental impact. Time was designed by Erik Ole Jörgensen in 1987 and it is nice to see it used for such a contemporary lamp.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Kvadrat, Note Design Studio 2015-02-11