Archive | Eco Aesthetics

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

In between Winter and Spring

Perhaps this is the last weekend ”between winter and spring”? It is biting cold in the shade but with a cup of coffee in their hands the brave ones insist in sitting outdoors, trying out the garden furniture for the first time this year. As you know, the sunloving stockholmers never miss a chance of taking a fika in a spot of clear daylight. In the garden the trees are budding yet small birds fly like mini space shuttles to the feeding tray, hence and forth, collecting sunflower seeds to see them through the night!

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Yes yes yes! Garden furniture series Palissade by brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay (2016) is now available in cremewhite (2017). White? For outdoor use? Yes! Nothing stands better against green grass, lilac trees and soft grey gravel paths. Photo copyright Gulled.

Pallisade sketchThe first sketch for Palissade, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Photo copyright Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
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…and the colour scheme for Palissade by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay (2017).

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For stylish birds in an urban setting: Birdsnest, vintage bird feeder in stoneware by Swedish design nestor Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg (1960). Available at Nordlings. Photo copyright Nordlings.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Hay, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Scandimood 2017-04-01

The holistic point of view

While looking for Cruelty Free Design during the Stockholm Design & Architecture Week I found there’s a strong trend right now to define your brand, your design, your production as ”sustainable”. But very few indications of a holistic interpretation of sustainability. Where’s that top notch Scandi brand who can confirm their products does no harm to man, animal and nature? Not during the production, not during the use and not while recycled into new materials?

Birds plucked alive on farms linked to ”responsible” down suppliers. Investigation by PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (2016). Video copyright PETA.

Animal Rights, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Gender perspective, No Plastic 2017-03-29

Contemporary storage

Storage may be simply practical or add a visual quality to your interior. In Denmark handsome storage is common; here´s some news from classic Montana and trendy Hay.

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Panton Wire by Verner Panton for Montana (1971). Limited edition gold (2017). This small stylish module may be mounted on a wall or stacked on top of each other as a roomdivider/shelf. Chrome-plated steel with 24k gold finish. Also available in colours Chrome, Black, Snow or Moulin Rouge. The wall unit takes 10 kg, the floor unit takes 40 kg.

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Laundry Basket, by Big-game design studio for Hay (2017). Evironmental ”friendly” polypropylene plastic. The flat rim serves as a handle. Photo copyright Hay.

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Casette mini-container with a zip, by Hay (2017). Textile. Photo copyright Hay.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Hay, Montana 2017-03-25

Indicating Spring

Spring is around the corner and it’s high time to take geranium cuttings. The geranium or ”pelargon” as we call it in Sweden is easy to grow and lovely with its fresh green foliage and rich blossoming. Nowadays the geranium comes in many colours and shapes, but the Swede’s favourite is the classic Mårbacka. Pale pink has never been prettier!

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Among the Scandi interior and fashion accessories 2017 there´s a lot of sophisticated pink. Right now, in the early days of sunlight and soft rain…I definitely go for pink.

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Mosebacke raincoat by Stutterheim (2017). Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Navet Clamp Tray Small, by Navet Sthlm (2017). Pink metal, size diameter 15, H 1,7 cm. Photo copyright Navet Sthlm.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood, Stutterheim 2017-03-20

Det finns inga skuggor i svart

If in Stockholm this weekend don’t miss out the unique opportunity to experience three very different but somehow strangely connected artists from different ages and disciplines and in different exhibition sites but now within only a few steps from each other! Make the Tour of the year: It is deeply moving to consider what an artist (or architect) may achieve in a lifetime or in a few months at art school…And how very humanistic the experience of their sharing! Three favourites in one afternoon!

Det finns inga skuggor i svart (There are no shadows in black)

Paintings/objects by Inez Jönsson, student at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

Galleri Mejan, Exercisplan 3, until 19 March 2017

 

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Det finns inga skuggor i svart, (huge) objects/paintings by Inez Jönsson (2017). Photo copyright Inez Jönsson, Royal Institute of Art.

 

The Cleaner (2017)

Marina Abramovic

Modern museum, Stockholm, until 21 May 2017

 

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Cabinet 2191 by Josef Frank and his textilepattern ”Manhattan”. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

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Josef Frank

ArkDes, Stockholm, until 27 August 2017

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Josef Frank 2017-03-17

Pia Wallén Xi cabinet

…is like a fashion statement bringing eastern and northern aesthetics together. Lovely!

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Xi cabinet by Pia Wallén for Asplund (2017). Lacquered mdf with solid oak stand, brass handle and brass back (inside the cabinet). Size 155 x 70 x 45 cm. Here at display in Asplund shop & showroom in Stockholm. Hanging kelim Stitch by Pia Wallén (2017) and kitchen Land by Johannes Norlander in a special Asplund green (2017) colour. Photo copyright insta @asplundstore

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Xi cabinet by Pia Wallén for Asplund (2017) comes in colours char and red. Xi means happy/joy in Chinese and are also the first two letters in the original spelling of XINA (China). And the name of Pia’s daughter Alva Xi. Photo copyright Asplund.

 

Asplund, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Pia Wallén 2017-02-23

Offecct Lifecircle

”In the near future, only the design and function will be possible to own. So we all have to rethink and reuse”, says Anders Englund, design manager at Offecct. Last week the company launched a new addition to their Lifecircle production line: the Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto.

Offecct aim to produce furniture with a ”perpetual lifecycle”, hence the company apply sustainability in all aspects of the production. They also offer a second-life strategy for their products: A used but functional Offecct piece of furniture can be traded in when you buy a new. After inspection, service and refurbishing the old product is sold again as Offecct ReUsed. You may also choose reupholstery for your furniture and Offecct then recycle the old textile as filling material. It is inovative and ambitious. And made in Sweden.

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Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2017). Frame in recycled aluminium, seat and back in molded wooden shell, handsewn textile cover with filling of cut cold foam. Photo copyright Offecct.

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The upholstered wooden sections of the Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2017) are available in a range of colours and finishes. They can easily be removed and replaced if you want a new colour or material for novel functions and/or styles. The old upholstering is used as filling material in other products.

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Notes hanging acoustic panels by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2015), in 100% recycled materials including filling of recycled waste textile. The designer was inspired by his childhood in Venice, Italy, where it is common to dry laundry by throwing them over any available cable you find hanging between houses. ”When kids play football on the street, the clothes hanging over the lines muffles the sound of the bouncing football and screaming kids. So I used that as inspiration and tried to transfer it into an industrial product”, explains Luca Nichetto. Photo copyright Offecct.

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Notes hanging acoustic panels by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2015), has a filling of recycled waste textile. Photo copyright Offecct.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Offecct 2017-02-22

Holocene by Wästberg

Fab masters of illumination, Wästberg, created the loveliest exhibition during Stockholm Design and Architecture Week. In the magical setting of Skridskopaviljongen Wästberg cherished fire as a light source. The Holocene collection consists of two oil lamps and one candlestick by designers Ilse Crawford, David Chipperfield and Jasper Morrison.

 

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The essence of a stylish Stockholm winter afternoon: Bamboo Chair by Viggo Boesen (1936),  table Utö by Axel Einar Hjorth (1930s) and contemporary candle light! I can imagine myself in that chair, wrapped in a cosy blanket, with a wool rug on the floor, teacup in my hand and… a pile of books to read. Candle stick Holocene no 3, by Jasper Morrison for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Holocene no 2 oil lamp by David Chipperfield for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Wästberg 2017-02-15

Iittala table manners

Finnish chef Sami Tallberg has a knack for presenting the most fascinating ”new wave vegetarian cuisine and raw food”. During the launch of Iittalas Reset the table show at Stockholm Design and Architecture Week 2017, Sami Tallberg interpreted Iittala products in playful gestures. On the menu one could read: ”Biohacker’s appetizer, Lapland matsutake and Nordic coconut, BioMed miracle pudding with cacao and Liquid black gold”. And as a starter: Ambronite + BIOMED pills!

New from Iittala this year is an addition to the Teema family, originally created by Kaj Franck in 1952. Teema Tiimi consists of bowls and plates with a distinctive multifunctional look. For this collection Iittala has collaborated with designers Minjia Wang (China), Ai Ono (Japan) and Kyuhyung Cho (Korea).

 

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”BioMed miracle pudding with cacao” – this delicious dessert by Sami Tallberg at Iittalas press lunch for the Reset your table show (2017) was congenially served with coconut milk poured from the Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto (1936). Photo copyright Joseph Eriksson.

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Teema Tiimi  by Minjia Wang (China), Ai Ono (Japan) and Kyuhyung Cho (Korea) for Iittala (2017). Photo copyright Iittala.

 

 

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Iittala 2017-02-14