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The Craft Industry

Let’s take a look at three Swedish brands, operating in the field of craft, design and sustainability. During the Stockholm Design Week in February 2019 the owners of Iris Hantverk, Larsson korgmakare and Växbo Lin met at Svensk Hemslöjd and discussed their visions for a sustainable future and obstacles they might have to handle.

Sara Edhäll from Iris Hantverk spoke of their longtime work with visually impaired craftsmen and the importance of introducing contemporary design to the traditional concept of brush binding. Some of the models has been in the loop since 1870 when the company started. But a traditional model may come out of fashion due to lifestyle changes. By collaborating with industrial designers it’s been possible to develop attractive contemporary products within the limits of traditional brush binding. As the brushes and objects are handmade and of high quality natural materials, the production is expensive. ”Our brushes are popular”, Sara Edhäll says, ”but it is difficult to communicate to the customer why the price is higher. The well known traditional dishbrush is an example, it costs ten times more than a massproduced plastic dishbrush but it’ll last several years and you can recycle it, or put it in the compost”. Iris Hantverk also face difficulties finding craftsmen; today 6 craftsmen from different countries work together in the Stockholm factory. When a large order is placed Iris Hantverk collaborate with a similar craft industry in Estonia. Iris Hantverk has got two shops in Stockholm where they sell their own collection of brushes and everyday items as well as selected things for sustainable living.

iris-hantverk-skaggkamStylish product for the contemporary man: Beard comb by Lovisa Wattman. Linseed oiled walnut and stainless Swedish steel (with sandblasted surface). Also suitable for combing mustache. Size 7 x 7 x 1 cm. Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

Hanna Bruce from Växbo Lin told about the importance of design skills in the making of linen products for contemporary living. ”The young generation is interested in a beautiful table cloth or towel but not one you have to mangle. So we asked textile designer Ingela Berntsson to develop a series of table cloths and towels you can machine wash and just let dry and they’ll still look fab”. A linen towel is for life, it is almost impossible to wear out, absorbs water much better than cotton and is possible to recycle or compost. Växbo Lin recently decided to ditch bleech for all their warps. As a result the whole collection had to be updated. Jacob Bruce added that while Växbo Lin work with a contemporary design they continue to produce the traditional linen products to keep the heritage of patterns alive. ”But today our main concern is to develop sustainable products for the young generation of customers looking for a contemporary function and feel.” During several years there’s been a lack of qualitative, organic flax for sale on the market and Jacob and Hanna Bruce put in a lot of time searching for it. ”We have the mill, we have the knowledge of sustainable linen production and we’ve got functional designs. But we’re dependent on buying our material from abroad. We’d love to see a production of flax in Sweden!”.

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Bubbel towel by Ingela Berntsson for Växbo Lin. 100 % linen made in Sweden. Photo copyright Växbo Lin.

Erica Larsson from Larsson korgmakare is the only maker of rattan furniture in Sweden. Well known as the maker of Josef Frank’s models for Svensk Tenn and the designs by Matti Klenell and Carina Seth Andersson for the restored National Museum. Larsson korgmakare also make their own collection of chairs, stools and tables in designs from 1930s to 1960s. An important part of todays business is the restoring of old furniture, from antique cane and rattan pieces to classic Scandi furniture. ”There’s a lot of beautiful handmade furniture put away in attics and secondhand shops because they’re slightly broken or a bit old fashioned. But with a growing awareness of climate change and how secondhand might be a sustainable option, people, especially the younger generation, bring them to us to be renovated”, says Erica Larsson.”It is often easy to make a chair useful again, with a new weaved seating or change of week parts. An old piece of furniture often have a patina and charm you don’t get with the new”. For this small craft industry the lack of material is an never ending challenge: ”We always look for certified rattan, grown with the rubber plant in controlled farming. This to help prevent deforesting in the countries where it grows”.

Larsson korgmakare Photo Johan Sellén Styling Cia Wedin

Badhusstolen 230 by John Larsson for Larsson korgmakare (1940). Blanket by Pia Wallén. From an editorial piece by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Johan Sellén.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk, Larsson korgmakare 2019-03-06

Exhibition at Stockholm Design Week

The exhibition ”Mellan handen och ögat” is up and running at fab Svensk Hemslöjd in Stockholm. More than 60 producers present new and old work. If in Stockholm come and experience handicraft and craft in a design context! Produced and curated by Cia Wedin in collaboration with Jenny Berge/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Stitch carpet by Pia Wallén for Asplund Collection, Ticka Bowls by Jennie Adén. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Flooring Elements by Bolon, Bowl table by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia, wool and mittens from Svensk Hemslöjd. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Deer by Gunnar Johnsson and Dalahorse by Nils Olsson. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Bowl by Åke Landström, Spoon by Andreas Heurlin, table cloth Våga by Växbo Lin. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Bolsterkudde cushion från Klässbols, Kranium wooden skull by Acne JR. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

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Ekblad cushion by Maria Åström, Stockholm No 1 chair by Larsson korgmakare, flooring Elements by Bolon, Book socle by Jessica Signell Knutsson. Styling Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern/Svensk Hemslöjd.

Andreas Engesvik, Anna Kern, Asplund, Bolon, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Bruno Mathsson, Calle Forsberg, Carina Seth Andersson, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Fogia, Friends, Ikea, In the Season, Iris Hantverk, Maria Åström, Pia Wallén, Scandimood, Signe Persson Melin, Wästberg 2019-02-04

Perfectly Iris

Earlier this year Iris Hantverk won the Formex Formidable Award for ”best product”. Now the handsome brushes by Lovisa Wattman are in production. And as usual they’re perfectly manufactured by the gifted craftsmen at the Iris Hantverk workshop in Stockholm. Iris Hantverk has a long history of working with visually impaired craftsmen; the 6 craftsmen in Stockholm make brushes according to an old Swedish tradition but the design is contemporary.  Every brush is a wonder of aesthetics, function, environmental commitment and splendid craftsmanship.

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Porch broom by Lovisa Wattman for Iris Hantverk (2018). Oil treated birch and arenga fibre. The broom is intended for cleaning up around the patio or entrance. Lenght 55 cm and 125 cm. Photo by Anna Kern, copyright Iris Hantverk.

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The Porch broom may be stored with the help of a clever birch clampboard, also by Lovisa Wattman for Iris Hantverk (2018). The clamping board comes with 1 or 3 clamps. Photo by Anna Kern, copyright Iris Hantverk.

Anna Kern, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk 2018-08-02

The small size Scandi gift 2017

Looking for a Contemporary Scandi design gift size small? Here’s some of my favourites:

 

 

Reflector by Svenskt Tenn

Reflector by Erika Pekkari for Svenskt Tenn, brass, 24,5 cm. A fine little object to bring as a gift to someone who love flowers and perhaps has grown an amaryllis for Christmas. Put the reflector in the flowerpot and it’ll reflect light into the room. Or, use it as a bookmark! Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

 

Coaster by Pia Wallén

Coaster in felted eco wool by Pia Wallén. When you arrive at a friends house with a bottle of glögg (Swedish for mulled wine) why not add some coasters – for designs sake! Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

 

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Nail brush Lovisa is handmade by visually impaired craftsmen at Iris Hantverk brush binding manufacturing in Stockholm. Oil treated oak and tampico fibre, 10 x 4 x 3 cm. Perfect in the bathroom, kitchen or in the garden! Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

 

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…and the new vegan chocolate truffle, handmade by Åre Chokladfabrik in Jämtland county, in the north of Sweden. Photo copyright Åre Chokladfabrik.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Iris Hantverk, Pia Wallén 2017-12-21

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!

app006prod-1Iris Hantverk dust set with broom handcrafted by visually impaired craftsmen using traditional techniques for brush-binding. Metal dustpan with rubber edge. Photo copyright Arket.

app006prodKlippan blanket in 100% eco lambswool. Photo copyright Arket.
Skärmavbild 2017-08-26 kl. 15.58.27BRIO pull-along dachshund in FSC certified wood. Photo copyright Arket.

 

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

Iris Hantverk

This week we’ve created new pics for Iris Hantverk and spent a sunny day on location shooting kitchen-, bath- and outdoor products. Here’s some of the items we worked with. The brushes are handmade by sight damaged craftsmen in Stockholm and the textiles knitted in eco certified linen and cotton.

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Knitted potholder, linen/eco cotton, design by Margot Barolo. Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

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Bath brush in oak and fibre, design by Lovisa Wattman. Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

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Nail brush in oak and fibre, design by Lovisa Wattman. Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

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Knitted towel, eco cotton, design by Margot Barolo/Ulrika Mårtensson. Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

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Getting ready to shoot everyday kitchen products for Iris Hantverk. Set design by Cia Wedin. Furniture from Gärsnäs and Carl Hansen & Sön, kelim carpet from Asplund. Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

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…ahh, now’re getting somewhere. In a few minutes we’ll start shooting. You’ll find the final pic at Iris Hantverk website later on this Spring. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk 2016-03-26

No Plastic VI: The summer(house) gift

During my efforts to reduce the use of plastics at home and at work, I’v become increasingly aware of what a huge problem plastic products are to our environment and ultimately to all life on earth (read former posts on the subject under ”No Plastic”, you’ll find the links to the right on this page). Plastic mania is all around!

When visiting friends and relatives in the countryside I like to bring small, environmental friendly yet stylish products as a gift to my host. Something simple but useful. Something which can replace a similar plastic product.

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…like a dishbrush in birch wood and natural fibre, handmade in Stockholm by Iris Hantverk.

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…or a clothesline in sisal from Byggfabriken.

klädnypor-650x650 ..with wooden clothes pegs by Grunne.

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…perhaps a dishcloth in 100% linen by Växbo Lin? Woven and sewn in Hälsingland in the north part of Sweden.

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…and a short handle cotton string turtle bag; the perfect storage solution, when not used for shopping. This one in certified organic cotton, from Turtle Bags.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iris Hantverk, No Plastic 2015-06-20

Starting afresh

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For an interior piece in the present issue of Swedish countrystyle mag Lantliv we created a simplistic ”walk-in-closet”. Linen bathrobes from Society, cashmere sweater from Garbo Interiors, hangers from Hay, stool in birch naturel from Norrgavel, plissé silk scarf by Susanna Hepp, felted wool slippers from Pia Wallén, cotton bag from Designtorget, basket from Svensk Hemslöjd and rug by Patricia Schoenck for Iris Hantverk.
Styling by Cia Wedin, assistant Sanna Matsson, photo by Patric Johansson.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, In the Season, Iris Hantverk, Pia Wallén 2015-01-02