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The green approach

…is too often a kind of green-washing for brands aware of the sustainability trend. But remember my post on flooring and colours? Pia Wallén, Bolon and Kasthall all do a great work bringing forth new ideas, techniques and materials for the benefit of climate as well as their workers and customers. Let’t take a look:

Pia Wallén is dedicated to pure materials and has developed new organic qualities for the cotton blankets and a strict green policy for the wool used in blankets and accessories. The products are made in Sweden and Pia Wallén goes for quality in every aspect of the production, from the design process and research for the very best materials, to the collaboration with a small family owned weavery. It is an exclusive and slow process as the product has to be top notch, to stand a chance in the textile market.

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Cross Blanket Midnight Blue, by Pia Wallén. Made in Sweden in eco cotton from Peru. Size 160×240 cm. Photo copyright Länna Möbler.

Bolon is a brand always pushing forward, bringing new takes on sustainability. With the vision of a future without footprints Bolon creates products that respects the environment from several perspectives. These are: 1. Product recycling. 2. No use of dangerous substances. 3. Exceeding legislation and industry standards. 4. Anticipating future legislation. 5. Purchasing practices. 6. Production using renewable energy. 7. Energy recovery from the floor after use.

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New this October is Bolon Green Weld  – the very first non toxic welding on the market. A welcome innovation, especially for the person working with installing the floor. This new glue is completely free from the common toxic component Tetrahydrofuran!

Kasthall recently launched Harvest – a new concept where the brand make use of spill over yarn from their production. As all Kasthall’s rugs are made to order there are often two or three spools of a certain colour yarn left over after weaving a rug. This because they make of a few extra spools in case there’s a need to redo something during the production process. The brand cannot reuse the residual spools of wool for rugs in the same collection due to the risk of minor colour discrepancies. The variation in colour of the residual spools of yarn posed a challenge and inspired Kasthall to find a new way to put it to use.

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Harvest by Ellinor Eliasson for Kasthall (2017) is a woven rug in 100 % wool made from left over yarn. This new approach on the classical Swedish rag rug comes in six colour combination but you never know beforehand which yarn will be used. The client may choose colourscheme but the rug’ll be unique. Harvest is framed with an edge, in which the colour-shifts of the rug is repeated and mixed. Photo copyright Kasthall.

 

 

 

Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall, Pia Wallén, Scandimood 2017-10-17

Re Rag Rug at Muji in Tokyo

If in Tokyo…don’t miss out fab Swedish design studio Brieditis & Evans at Muji Yurakucho Atelier. Designers Katarina Brieditis and Katrina Evans were invited by Japanese brand Muji to create a textile rug by using left over textile from Mujis own production but also clothes from the project ReMuji, where Muji take back used garments from their customers, dye still wearable pieces with indigo, and sell them (again). Muji  is a longtime participant in the Fuku-Fuku Project, a nationwide effort by retailers inviting customers to drop off their unwanted clothes for recycling. Brieditis & Evans runs the Re Rag Rug  project where they design and make experimental handmade rugs, of materials considered worthless. This approach on sustainability has rendered studio Brieditis & Evans much cred world wide. And as they say: ”Such a production, using waste will be ecologically sustainable and at the same time socially sustainable – as the production becomes a platform for developing crafts and where work is created.”

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The Handscape exhibition is running until 29 October, 2017 at Muji Yurakucho Atelier.

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In the making. Handscape rug by studio Brieditis & Evans (2017). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

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Evans working on the Handscape rug by studio Brieditis-Evans for Muji (2017). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

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Brieditis working on the Handscape rug for Muji (2017). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

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A visitor admiring the Handscape rug by studio Brieditis & Evans for Muji (2019). Photo copyright Leo Brieditis.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2017-10-07

Scandi colours 2018

Sophisticated, cool and sassy…with a hint of humour? Contemporary Scandi is well beyond the traditional look of classic modernism. And moves effortlessly in a including international style. You see it with all the best producers as they’re presenting their news for 2018.

Flooring is one interesting area where the Swedish brands do very well;  Asplund, Bolon and Kasthall  goes international with an absolutely stunning apporach to colour.

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Pia Walléns kelim Stitch for Asplund (2017) comes in 100 % wool in exquisite, sophisticated colours Black indigo, Camel, Olive, Orange and Yellow. Hand woven with hand stitched crosses based on Pia’s classic Crux pattern. Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

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Stitch carpet/table cloth by Pia Wallén is reversible, with pattern on both sides. You may use Stitch as a rustic table cloth! How beautiful! Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

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Villa La Madonna soft rug by Bolon (2017) here in colours Smoke and Moss. Environmental friendly PVC and wool. Size 2 x 3 m. Photo copyright Bolon.

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Kasthall, especially with gifted designer Maja Johansson Staranders work, make a strong impression. The flirt with fashion, the elegant yet pragmatic feel. These are rugs or wall-to-wall flooring of a sustainable quality made to last long, if not for ever. Picture from the Kasthall Showroom in New York. Photo copyright Kasthall.

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On the wall: Field bouclé rug by Maja Johansson Starander for Kasthall (2017). Hand tufted in 100 % wool. On the floor: Castle rug by Maja Johansson Starander for Kasthall (2017). Woven chenille rug in linen and wool. And Häggå Shimmer by Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg, here in Sicilian Mandarine in wool with golden lurex threads. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Asplund, Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall, Okategoriserade, Pia Wallén 2017-10-03

Arket and the Swedish heritage

Arket have launched their first home collection and chosen products from a range of qualitative producers, among them several classic Swedish brands. How nice to see brushes from Iris Hantverk, blankets from Klippan and toys from Brio in the selection!

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk 2017-08-26

The Scandi Bathroom

Several readers have asked for posts on the Contemporary Scandi Bathroom. Here’s some fine spaces where a simplistic approach and a clever use of daylight plays with well chosen pieces of furniture and objects. Creating not only a functional bathroom but a room you like to spend time in. Where inspiration is all around! All pics by fab Anna Kern.

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In the north of Sweden, in a small 18th century house this amazing bathroom with floor pool blend tradition with a sustainable cutting-edge lifestyle. Handmade brush and soap by Iris Hantverk. From a feature by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration, photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Same bathroom as above but here you get a glimpse of the old tile oven with its emerald green surface, and a vintage factory barrel now used for laundry. Linen towels by Växbo Lin. From a feature for ELLE Decoration by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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In this bathroom the owner has built a sauna from some left over old wood and added a contemporary sliding glass door to make maximal use of the daylight. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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In the south of Sweden, close to the sea, this functional, no-nonsense bathroom is jazzed up by a soft linen curtain and a vintage stool by Alvar Aalto for Artek. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Gotland – the beautiful island situated in the Baltic Sea. And a bathroom blending indoors with outdoors. With a shower below the sky and an indoor spa…Wow! From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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In Stockholm, in a house from the 19th century, this newly installed bathroom picks up a traditional yet contemporary feel. Vintage bathtub, brushes, soap, knitted towels and wooden mat by Iris Hantverk. Hamam towels by Harrys Hardware. From a feature by Cia Wedin for Lantliv. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Stockholm again. Who’d not love to take a warm bath in a wooden bath tube! Handmade ceramic basins by Calle Forsberg. Towels by Växbo Lin and brushes by Iris Hantverk. From a feature by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

 

 

 

Alvar Aalto, Anna Kern, Calle Forsberg, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk 2017-08-26

Summer time with TID

We’re way into the holidays and the trendy stockholmers in their summergear leave every thought of time behind but wear their wristwatch as a stylish accessory. Something eye catching to jazz up your shorts and tunic! Swedish designstudio Form Us With Love bring their new watch for Tid straight into the contemporary by exploring a classic Scandinavian design value, eg transparency. And, as the trend goes, leaving leather behind. Their TID N0 3 is both a qualitative tool for urban life and a trend marker.

tid-no3-campaign-all-web_7421”Tid” is the Swedish word for ”time”. And a Swedish brand for watches. TID No 3 watch by Form Us With Love for Tid (2017) is made of light weight, durable plastic and comes in a range of colours. Photo copyright Tid.

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TID No 3 watch by Form Us With Love for Tid (2017). Silicone wristband comes in colours black, grey, green, blur, pink and orange. One size: 38 mm. Photo copyright Tid.

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TID Nylon Wristband by Form Us With Love for Tid (2017) comes in several colours and is available with black, gold or silver buckle. Photo copyright Tid.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Form Us With Love 2017-08-05

Note and the hidden tints

Note Design Studio is an example of how successful the contemporary scandinavian style becomes when a bit of international flair is added to the basic Scandi concept. With Note we get colours, material meetings and patterns on surfaces traditionally kept plain. Note knows how to flirt with styles and ideas from other cultures. It is also interesting to see young studios taking on commissions beyond their usual field of design…like building a house!

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With a colour palette based on original colours at kakelugnar (tiled ovens) from the 19th century Note Design Studio transformed an office space in Stockholm into a family home. Pink, green and a ”yellowish white”… The added colours function as a bridge between the original hues and the contemporary result. Here, children’s room, privat apartment Stockholm, by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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A simple homeoffice in one corner of the master bedroom. Privat apartment in Stockholm by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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The pattern of the original floor has been used in decorative and functional ways as a new wall and as a sound absorbing element. Master bedroom in private apartment Stockholm by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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Dining hall in private apartment Stockholm by Note Design Studio (2017). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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Villa Esker by Note Design Studio for Sjöberg & Thermé (2017). Seems fun to build models and do some set design and take pics of your (coming) work and ideas….(Nice touch with the ”clouds”!). Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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Villa Esker by Note Design Studio for Sjöberg & Thermé (2017) is an energy sufficient house under construction in Stockholm. Photo copyright Note Design Studio.

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Two & Four cabinets by Note Design Studio for Reform (2017). The idea was to combine a traditional material with an old style technique – merging terrazzo with woodworking, thus creating a contemporary look. Photo copyright Reform.

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Cabinets and sideboards Two & Four by Note Design Studio for Reform (2017). Photo copyright Reform.

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Tops and sides comes in 20 mm-thick terrazzo panels in colours red or white. Here, Two & Four cabinet rust terrazzo (NCS S4030-Y5OR and STT-4-731), by Note Design Studio for Reform (2017). Photo copyright Reform.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Note Design Studio 2017-07-05

The Scandi bird bath

Several readers have asked for more info on Scandi style bird baths; there’s some iconic pieces available. Let’s have a look:

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Snäcka bird bath by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Handcasted, recycled aluminum, 49 x 49 x 7 cm, weight 6 kg. Photo copryight Byarums bruk.

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From a pice for Swedish mag Lantliv; Snäcka bird bath and Pallisad plant pot, both by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Handcasted, recycled aluminum. Gardensofa and chair Kaffe by Thomas Bernstrand for Blå Station and Crux blanket by Pia Wallén. Styling Cia Wedin, photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Kvadrat bird bath by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Handcasted, recycled aluminum, 40 x 40 x 8 cm, weight 7 kg. Photo copyright Byarums bruk.

 

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Ivåg by Signe Persson-Melin for Format & Färg, concrete, 30 x 21,7 x 6 cm. Photo copyright Format & Färg.

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Snäckabad bird bath by Stina Lindholm for Skulpturfabriken. Concrete, 50 x 50 x 10 cm, weight 25 kg including loose shell sculpture which comes with the set. Photo copyright Skulpturfabriken.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season, Scandimood, Signe Persson Melin 2017-06-24

Poetry and pink peonies

June in Old Town Stockholm is perhaps the most poetic time of the year: the pink peonies bloom in the garden, side by side with astrantia major – sv. Stjärnflocka. The bluetit bring the young ones for a visit and while mum and dad take a bath the chicks squeak and dance to get attention, and ultimately food, food, food…Now is the time to be lazy, to sit in the garden reading poetry (today I’m hooked on Fermata by young Swedish poet Iman Mohammed, published by Chateaux) and sipping green tea, nibbling cookies!

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Pink peonies in the urban garden do the trick: could it be more poetic? Alongside the peonies we’ve planted Astrantia Major.

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The simple sweetness of Stjärnflocka (Astrantia Major) help to enlighten the beauty of the peonies. And vice versa.

 

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A ”pool” for the birds of Old Town; Shell birdbath by Sam Stigsson for Konsthantverkarna. Handmade in concrete. Photo copyright Sam Stigsson.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-06-22

Precious days!

During the first week of June the scent from the old lilac tree is all over our urban garden and we take every opportunity to enjoy a fika under its green foliage. Every year the amethyst colour of the flowers evoke a feel of wonder in me; it is something about that colour! This kind of colourful is daring in a Scandi interior. But try! If only with a bunch of flowers. And see how it adds to a contemporary feel!

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Lilacs are common in Stockholm, here in a garden in Äppelviken. Rattan chair 230 by Larsson Korgmakare, blanket Crux blanket (1991) by Pia Walllén. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Johan Sellén.

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Wallpaper Westwood, digital print by Camilla Diedrich, table Shake by Jens Fager for Muuto (2009), chair Speed by Johan Lindstén for Johanson Design, lamp 081t1 by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Wästberg. Styling by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Anna Kern, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Muuto, Pia Wallén, Wästberg 2017-06-02

That special feeling

Once in a while we visit a house where architecture and interior, seemingly without effort, blends into that special feeling we call a home.  Skilled architect Torbjörn Gudmundsson and organic house producer LEVA Husfabrik created the building, in collaboration with a young Stockholm family. The interior is sparsely decorated with a few selected new pieces of furniture and some vintage/second hand objects. And the result is fab!

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In the May issue of Swedish ELLE Decoration you can read about this small contemporary summer dwelling situated in the Stockholm Archepelago. Text and styling by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-05-18

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