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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

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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

Sophisticated Scandi

e93579fd-7f0d-4226-bde1-e905acf1deb2In the 60s Arne Jacobsen designed the now iconic cocktail and table wear series Cylinda-Line for Stelton. It is hard to believe this very contemporary look actually was created 50 years ago! To celebrate the magic of such good design Stelton now launches some of the classic steel products with a coat of coloured enamel! Photo copyright Stelton.

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Cylinda-Line by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton (1967) updated in colours Ocean Blue, Dusty Teal, Powder and Smokey Blue (2017). Photo copyright Stelton.

 

 

Architectual moves, Arne Jacobsen, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics 2017-04-17

Bruno Mathsson Award 2017

This year’s Bruno Mathsson Award goes to architects/designers Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. The Bruno Mathsson Award is one of the finest Nordic design awards, with a prize of SEK 250,000. Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom operate the firm TAF together.

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Architects Gabriella Gustafsson and Mattias Ståhlbom/TAF. From their office at Södermalm in Stockholm they work for clients world wide. Read and see more at ”TAF” to the right of this page. Photo copyright TAF.

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New take on a classic lighting function: You recognize the ”billiard” lamp, or perhaps this is a modern chandelier! TAF delivers and bring us a contemporary and charming lamp where all joints and cables are hidden and with remarkable thin supporting wires. Ambit Rail lamp by TAF for Muuto (2017). Photo copyright Muuto.

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The Mathsson Foundation started in 1983 by Karin and Bruno Mathsson with the purpose of promotion research, development, education and training in the areas of objects, and internal and external environment. Over the years  many a talented designer or/and architect has received this fine award. Let’s remember some design history:

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In 2004 we spotted talented Norway Says, and the young upcoming designers Andreas Engesvik, Torbjörn Anderssen and Espen Voll.

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Anderssen & Voll soon started their own business and are now one of Norways most successful design studios ever. Here posing with Mono 3-seater by Anderssen & Voll for Hjelle. Photo copyright Anderssen & Voll.

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Just like his former collegaues Andreas Engesvik now runs a successful design studio, working for various international clients like Iittala, Muuto, FontanaArte, Fogia and Asplund. Photo copyright Helle.

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Tiki sofa and chair by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia (2014) immediately became a Scandi classic. Photo copyright Fogia.

 

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Swedish architect and furniture designer Johannes Norlander got the award in 2005. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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House Morran by Johannes Norlander (2010) is a rebuilding of a summer bungalow from the 50s. By using simplistic forms and natural materials Norlander manage to create a very contemporary and elegant house. Photo copyright Rasmus Norlander.

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Last year Johannes Norlander got another very fine prize, the Kasper Salin Award 2016 for the building Studio 1 in Örgryte Torp. Photo copyright Arkitektur.

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In 2007  Louise Campbell from Denmark was recognized with the Mathsson award. Since many years now Campbell runs her own successful design studio, always abiding her ground rules: 1) Everything is possible until the opposite has been proven. 2) There must be a good reason for every single decision made. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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When Daniel Rybakken from Norway was awarded in 2011 there was no doubt a new star designer had arrived! Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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Staffan Holm – the wizard of wood –  got the top position in 2013. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

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Well deserved recognition for famous design trio Claesson, Koivisto, Rune in 2015. Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

 

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And the 2016 Mathsson award went to fab Clara von Zweigbergk and Shane Schneck! Photo copyright Bruno Mathssons stiftelse.

Architectual moves, Bruno Mathsson, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, TAF 2017-04-16

Contemporary Scandi Colours

The Scandinavian style is often defined as being simplistic and lacking colour. It has become common to exemplify the Scandi look with classic furniture by masters like Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Bruno Mathsson and Hans J Wegner. (See categories to the right of this page). And yes, much of the classic Scandi does have a pale look due to the use of natural wood, paper yarn, linen, wool etc. But since some years now we see a new approach to colour with beautiful soft shades forming contemporary colourschemes. The possibility to mix many colours is the important part; an interior with many colours becomes livable and welcoming in a way the monochrome, white or grey-scale interior can never achieve. Muuto is one good example of a Scandi brand working deliberately with colours to create the New Scandi.

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Accent cushion by Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto (2017). The simplicity of the soft canvas weave is highlighted in the scaled canvas print, emphasizing the visuality of traditional weaving technique. 100% cotton, silk screen print. Size 60×30 cm. Photo copyright Muuto.

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Muuto also knows how to give their permanent collection a new look by adding new colours. Here lamps Unfold by Form Us With Love in Olive, E27 by Mattias Ståhlbom in Nude and Ambit by TAF in Beige-Green. All pics copyright Muuto.

Muuto shootFiber chair upholstered by Iskos Berlin, Compile bookends by Cecilie Manz, Leaf lamp by Broberg & Ridderstråle, Restore tray by Mika Tolvanen. Photo copyright Muuto.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Muuto 2017-04-14

The friendly gesture

While sharing a Swedish ”fika” with my friend Stina we spoke about good things, inspiring things, kindness and compassion. And the peaceful resistance against violence shown by Stockholmers since last weeks terror attack aimed at innocent members of our society. Four people, among them a schoolchild, and a senior dog were killed. But there’ll be no hatred. That’s the message and we’re all messengers.
We also exchanged some design: I traded my green Marimekko Messenger bag for Stinas bright orange.
– Now we’ll remember each other every day, while wearing these bags, Stina said. How cool!
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Olkalaukku Urbaani Messenger bag by Ristomatti Ratia for Marimekko, 100 % cotton canvas. Photo copyright Marimekko.

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Olkalaukku Urbaani Messenger  bag (detail) by Ristomatti Ratia for Marimekko (2017). Photo copyright Marimekko.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Marimekko 2017-04-13

Baranquilla by Josef Frank

From the very cool contemporary Scandi to the vivid colour scheme of Josef Frank! When Norway and Denmark got occupied by Germany during the 2nd World War, Josef Frank and his wife Anna left Stockholm to seek safety in New York. They travelled by boat to Colombia and the city Barranquilla and reached their destination in december 1941. During his exile Frank designed several iconic patterns. Gorgeous Baranquilla (1943–1945) is now in production by Svenskt Tenn.

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Baranquilla, textile pattern by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn (1943–1945) now in production by Svenskt Tenn (2017).

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Josef Frank 2017-04-04

When Classic goes Contemporary

Classic handtufted rug Moss by Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg for Kasthall goes contemporary with a stripe look! So 2017! Lovely! Ines is the sassy result of a fine interpretation process by designer Maja Johansson (2017).

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Ines rug by Maja Johansson for Kasthall (2017). Handtufted wool and linen. Here in the colour Moon 500. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Kasthall, Scandimood 2017-04-03