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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 a laid-back but 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

Re-grow your vegs

Food waste has become a huge problem in Sweden; we throw away app. 26 kg food/person/year. The production of this food has a negative impact on climate change. It is important to reduce food waste in public as well as private consumption. As for myself I do no longer throw anything away. It may seem difficult at first but after some practise you’ll figure out how to re-use left overs etc in new delicious ways. Did you know that a lot of vegetables and fruits can re-grow themselves if put in water? Madeleine Nelson, student at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, and producer Designtorget has presented a tool for re-growing vegs like leek, salad and lemongrass. I’ll try this one out at once! Nice!

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Regrow, tool for regrowing vegetables and fruit, by Madeleine Nelson for Designtorget (2017). Stainless steel. Photo copyright Designtorget.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2017-02-27

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

Love always!

In the mood for Valentine’s day? Stockholm based Moon City Boys celebrate with L’amour Toujours – their upbeat cover version of Gigi l’Agostinos super hit (aka I Fly With You) from 1999.


L’amour Toujours, music video by MCB (2017). Directed and filmed by Kelly Wedin. Styling Liselotte Bramstång, hair Alejandro Ramirez. Video copyright Moon City Boys.

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Moon City Boys (2017). Photo copyright MCB/Fredrik Andersson.

Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes, Videos 2017-02-13

Stockholm by Ikea

With the launch of Ikea Stockholm 2017 Ikea takes a step towards a more sustainable approach on design; the updated Stockholm collection include some interesting pieces. Like the re-launch of Anna Sörenssons handwoven 100% wool rug in orange/white. It was originally presented in the Stockholm 2006 collection as Stockholm Stripe rug and has been a bestseller at Ikea, no doubt beacuse it is well drawn and the quality of wool and weaving is good. The 2017 colour looks more red than orange though… Why? Sörensson (1952–2008) often worked with a strong, clear orange in her now iconic textiles. I’d loved to see her Stripe rug in bright orange!

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Stockholm 2017 Stripe carpet by Anna Sörensson for Ikea (2006), now updated in orange/white and grey/white. Handmade in 100% wool, size 350 x 250 cm. Photo copyright Ikea.

Another fine object in this collection is the rattan cabinet by Nike Karlsson. I spoke with the designer and he pointed out some details which one might not see at a first glance: the delicate weaving of the rattan, the smooth edge of the brass handles and the possibility to turn the back of the cabinet in vertical or horizontal position thus creating different expressions of the pattern. Available at Ikea Sweden 7th of April; go and try its tactile qualities, it feels nice to the touch!

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Nike Karlssons contribution for Ikea Stockholm 2017 also include a sofa table and sideboard in rattan/pinewood/ash veneer. It must be stated that it is not to be used as a bench! It takes a weight of max 10 kg, and if you need a bench with a similar look you have to go for the classics, like Mogensens Bench 272 for Fredricia (1955). lndustrial designer Ola Wihlborg has designed the trays/bowls in ash veneer, diameter 51 cm and in walnut veneer, diameter 26 cm. They come with a low wide tray in stainless steel, diameter 40 cm. Photo copyright Ikea.

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Another fine product by Nike Karlsson is the Stockholm rattan loungechair, handmade by gifted craftsmen in rattan of good quality. The chair earns its place in this collection, with its simple, generous form decorated with a paraphrase of the carpet pattern by Kazuyo Nomura. Photo copyright Ikea.

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Monstera reinstalled…

Who but Harri Koskinen would embark on a design journey in the company of Josef Frank’s iconic patterns for premium brand Svenskt Tenn. And come up with a stylized monstera leaf ! Let be handmade in glistening brass but nevertheless monstera, this ever present plant in interior pics from modernism ‘til today…But with Koskinen the monstera bring about a poetic quality which is surprisingly fresh.
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The Shadow Play lamp with its strict ”leaf” on a likewise strict ”stem”, ”planted” in a simplistic ”pot” may look bold and conceptual in a way we’re not used to with Svenskt Tenn. But how well it goes with the playful colour magic of Josef Frank! For the exhibition at Svenskt Tenn during Stockholm Design Week Koskinen also upholstered some pieces of furniture from his own brand Harri Koskinen Works in Josef Frank fabrics. Lovely!
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As a designer Harri Koskinen is known for reducing his design until there’s only the essence of form left for us to respond to. With the Shadow Play lamp Harri Koskinen let us experience a subtle play of light & shadow: as light spills throught slits in the leaf a play of shadows start on your wall and ceiling. Thus you’ll have huge, soft leaves floating around and above you. Add some real plants too and the effecct is fab!

Shadow Play, lamp by Harri Koskinen for Svenskt Tenn (2017). Brass. Comes with one or three leaves. Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Harri Koskinen, Josef Frank 2017-02-09

Environmentalists!

In 2017 we challenge climate change by integrating sustainabilty in every aspect of producing, using and…re-using of design! Scandi brands has taken to promote themselves as especially interested in sustainability vs a strong visual approach.

Here’s some flooring news from Swedish brands Bolon, Fogia and Kasthall. To be presented during the Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair this coming week. And as you can see we’re still in for blue shades, no matter how green the Spring!

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Material by Bolon (2017) is a new collection where innovative mixing of materials take contract flooring to a new level. Handsome wool threads woven into the recycled plastic of Bolon…Wow! Photo copyright Bolon.

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Fields by Kasthall (2017) is hand tufted in a loop technique which leave the thread uncut and thus make the surface more resistant (to longterm wear). The simple graphic pattern is inspired by ploughed fields and traditional Swedish floorboards and wallpanels. Photo copyright Kasthall.

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Ropemaker Rug by TAF for Fogia (2017) make spledid use of ideas about local heritage, craftsmen, natural materials etc, creating a longlasting rug with a very contemporary feel. Photo copyright Fogia.

Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Fogia, Kasthall, TAF 2017-02-03

Christer Strömholm

Dearest friend and mentor; Christer Strömholm, born 22nd of July 1918, and gone to join the heavenly stars on 11th of January 2002. CHR changed the way we look upon photography as he, during a long and curious life, travelled the world with his camera! And brought us the images never to be forgotten.

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Paris late 60s. Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

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Paris 0212. Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

 

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Anita – Barcelona 1959. Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

 

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La Methode, Paris 1960. Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

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Paris 1959. The pic that brought us together; actually MY view in the 80s, captured by CHR in 1959 – my year of birth! How sweet and crazy! What did he do in ”my parisian dwelling”?! And much much later we discovered that Christer had also spent a lot of time with his girlfriend in MY apartment  in Stockholm. Ha ha! Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

 

 

Christer Strömholm, Compassionates, Fab Swedes, Friends, Scandimood 2017-01-11

Scandi eco flowers

It’s the beginning of January and Stockholm Old Town rests peacefully under a thick layer of snow.  It is not very cold, only minus 12, but enough to make your walk during the few hours of sunlight rather…brisk.  While indoors again I hide away with book, cat and tea! Today I picked up some pretty anemones, thinking how good that it’ll soon be possible to buy 100% eco-certified flowers from Swedish Interflora. The big producers of flowers are taking important steps towards an environmental friendly production. It might seem a small gesture but considering Interflora’s got 700 shops in Sweden…

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Anemone Coronaria, styled by Cia Wedin for Lantliv SE. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Fång by Interflora – flowers certified by MPS for Interflora. Available from April 2017. Photo copyright Interflora.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season 2017-01-05