Archive | Fab Swedes

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, Johan Sellén, 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

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

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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

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

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

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.

Against Design

Josef Frank

ArkDes, Stockholm, until 27 August 2017

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