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And the winners are…

In Milan at the Furniture Fair, Swedish Scandi brands went international with qualitative, sustainable design. Asplund and Claesson Koivisto Rune teamed up with Kvadrat in the interesting project ”Circular by design” where seven top notch designers demonstrate how to use end-of life textiles in furniture and interior design. Textile waste is a massive global problem and last year Kvadrat collaborated with young Danish company Really in the development of Really Solid Textile Board: a hard-density material made from end-of-life cotton and wool from the fashion and textile industries, as well as households. The manufacturing does not involve use of dyes, water or toxic chemicals and generates only recyclable waste. The board can be re-granulated and formed into new boards.

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Bibliothèque by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Asplund (2018). The freestanding shelving system is contracted using slender rigid sheets of Really Solid Textile Board creating a sharp geometric look. Photo copyright Claesson Koivisto Rune.

Claesson Koivisto Rune for Asplund

The subtle offsets between vertical and horizontal elements reflect the intricacy of architectural curtain-wall design, and give Bibliothèque an unusual complexity. Like a skyscraper seen in the context of the city! Photo copyright Really/Kvadrat.

Kasthall presented a fine special collection by Ilse Crawford: ”Grönska” (Greenery) comes in five patterns (Åker/Field, Äng/Meadow, Glänta/Clearing, Fåra/Furrow and Täppa/Plot). Woven or hand tufted wool and/or linen.

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Fåra by Ilse Crawford for Kasthall (2018). Woven in 100% wool bouclé yarn. Photo copyright insta@kasthall

John Sterner. Who but founder Alexander Stutterheim (Stutterheim raincoats) could mangage to conceptualize locally hand knitted thick eco sweaters and launch their wintry feel on a hot spring day, just as… The combination of exquisite handicraft, perfect design and a knack for story telling make John Sterner an immediate favourite for everyone interested in design. And yes…there is a thin tee as well!

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Story telling from John Sterner – Swedish knitology. Photo copyright John Sterner.

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The Antidote Turtle Neck sweater by John Sterner (2018). Hand knitted in Öland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, 100% eco wool. Photo copyright John Sterner.

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Alvaret Tee knit in Eco Merino, by John Sterner (2018). Photo copyright insta@johnsterner_swedishknitology

Korbo handwoven wire baskets are made in Shanghai and transported by boat to app. 300 retailers in 21 countries world wide. Well done with ”one product”! Photo copyright Korbo.

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In Milan Korbo participated in the ”Hemma” exhibition and as you can see, in Italy a wire basket might be used to storage Swedish bread! Photo copyright Korbo.

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Korbo bin basket in the home office. Photo copyright Korbo.

Nola is always interesting and up-to-date with international trends and life’s necessities. Mainly producing furniture and objects for public spaces Nola make use of their skilled designers to let well produced sustainability shine in our everyday. New for 2018 is Cacti indoor planter available in three different sizes with trellises made in three different heights.

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Cacti planter by Anki Gneib for Nola (2018). Powder coated steel, RAL/Sablé. Height 173 cm, depth 31–51 cm and length 101–231 cm. Photo copyright Nola.

Architectual moves, Asplund, Book Cradle, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Kasthall, Kvadrat 2018-04-23

Worth waiting for…

The furniture fair in Milan, Salone del Mobile 2018, is soon over and there’s been lots of interesting new design on display! It’s been especially nice to see small Scandi brands taking a step towards international. From Sweden I acknowledge great furniture from Asplund, rugs by Ilse Crawford for Kasthall, fab knitted eco sweaters from John Sterner, stylish hand woven steel wire baskets from Korbo and playful flowerpots for public spaces from Nola… And many more! It was worth waiting for!

 

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In Italy Spring is almost over but in Stockholm Old Town it has just begun. Some favourites are already in bloom. Botanic tulip…how we’ve been awaiting your beauty!

Asplund, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Kasthall, Korbo, Scandimood 2018-04-19

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.

Bolon soft rugs 2017

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

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

Thinking Cosy

The short but beautiful summer season of Stockholm Old Town is coming to its end. We’ve seen sun and heavy rain. Every other day actually! The evenings are getting darker and the air is slightly cool. Now it’s time to turn to cosy blankets, and tea and a good book and a cat in the lap!

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Lento lounge chair and low table by Harri Koskinen for Artek. Eco throws (from top) by Elvang, Himla, Klippan and Foxford. Table and stool from Norrgavel, stool in ash naturel from Melo, lamp from Paris au mois d’août, carpet Grid by Jessica Signell Knutsson for Asplund and eco bedlinen by Harry’s Hardware.annakern_sovrum2

Wallpaper Annika by Sandberg Wallpaper, table Tati by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Asplund, lamp Tab by Barber & Osgerby for Flos, carpet Convex by Pia Wallén for Asplund. Chair Kvilt by Nina Jobs for Gärsnäs, table Bowl by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia, floor lamp Tab by Barberg & Osgerby for Flos.

Eco bedroom, interior piece for Lantliv SE by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern. And yes, the cat model is Baby, our sweet, demanding studio boss! You’ll find more pics of B in the link ”No Plastic” to the right.

Andreas Engesvik, Anna Kern, Asplund, Barber & Osgerby, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Fogia, Friends, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-08-06

Miniflag summer collection

Asplund has launched a summer collection featuring their contemporary kelim Miniflag by Thomas Sandell in four new fresh colours. All carpets are handwoven in 100% wool.

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Miniflag summer collection 2015 by Thomas Sandell for Asplund Collection. Handwoven kelim in 100 % wool. Limited edition. Photo copyright Asplund.

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The Miniflag kelim blends perfectly into contemporary, classic or country Scandi style. Here a chocolate/blue beauty in a living room, on wooden floor…Photo copyright Asplund.

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..and here Miniflag Nordic Anthracite in a bedroom, on concrete floor…Photo copyright Asplund.

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Miniflag Nordic by Thomas Sandell for Asplund Collection. Photo copyright Asplund.

Asplund, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends 2015-07-10

The carefully chosen

Johan Ridderstråle runs the design studio Broberg & Ridderstråle together with Mats Broberg. Earlier this week Broberg & Ridderstråle were awarded the ELLE Decoration Swedish Design Awards 2015 for ”Best carpet” – namely Fleur for Asplund.
In his private home at Södermalm in Stockholm Johan Ridderstråle has worked with a few, carefully chosen additions to the original architecture from 1907. Thus creating a contemporary, handsome and very comfortable feel.

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Kitchen by Johan Ridderstråle in natural elm wood, carrara marble and hot-rolled steel plates. Picture by Stellan Herner, from a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration SE issue no 1/2015. Photo copyright Stellan Herner.

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Fleur carpet by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Asplund (2014) is hand tufted in a combination of wool and (synthetic) silk. Photo copyright Broberg & Ridderstråle.

Asplund, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends 2015-02-06

Asplund 25 years

In the late 1990s a small family business from Stockholm gained world wide attention when they insisted on redefining the classic Scandinavian style into what they called ”a friendly minimalism”. It was sleek and cool and stylish. And a bit opportunistic too. But the collection had what was later known as the Asplund look. During the years Asplund has collaborated with a wide range of gifted designers to establish the brand as one of the most influential contemporary Swedish brands. The main bulk of production is still handmade in Sweden, in natural or durable materials. Focus lays on a minimalistic play with sophisticated colours and unexpected meetings between materials, always emphasizing the fine detail.
During Stockholm Design Week a special 25-year anniversary catalogue will be released.
Here´s a sneak-peak from the publication. Get your own copy for free, at Asplund.

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Brothers Michael and Thomas Asplund started Asplund as a design/art gallery but soon decided on their own brand. Page from Asplund 25 years anniversary catalogue.
Photo copyright Asplund. Published by permission.

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Pia Wallén was originally a fashion designer interested in handicraft methods. Her early work for Asplund amazed the design audience and many a Pia Wallén piece are considered contemporary classics. Page from Asplund 25 years anniversary catalogue.
Photo copyright Asplund. Published by permission

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The friendly minimalism comes forth in the play between form, material, colour and detail. Beach carpet by Maria Håård, Press magazine stand by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune. Page from Asplund 25 years anniversary catalogue.
Photo copyright Asplund. Published on permission.

Asplund, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, Pia Wallén 2015-02-01

Cosy minimalism with Asplund

Swedish producer Asplund are known for their ”friendly minimalism”. Focusing on high quality design by mainly Swedish designers, using natural materials like wool, silk and steel, and working with a colouring scheme of lovely muted pastels, Asplund 2014 is contemporary Scandi at its best. This Fall the carpet collection stands out as being both classic and innovative. Especially Jessica Signell Knutssons carpet Grid, with its handwoven wool base and knotted silk pattern. It’s tactile to the touch and beautiful to look at. Best carpet this year!
It is also nice to see the fine cabinets by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune and Anya Sebton/Eva Lilja Löwenhielm in new colours.

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Vass cabinet by Claesson, Koivisto, Rune 2007/08 for Asplund Collection. Carpet Point by Sandra Adrian Asplund 2014.

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Frame cabinet by Anya Sebton and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm 2013/14 for Asplund Collection. Carpet Fleurette by Broberg & Ridderstråle.
 
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Grid carpet by Jessica Signell Knutsson for Asplund Collection 2014.

Asplund, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season 2014-10-25