Archive | In the Season

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

Have a seat!

Rope, yarn, string…of fiber, textile, plastic…There’s as many variations of seating as designers ideas. I appreciate when it’s possible to use a piece of furniture outdoors as well as indoors. Fortunately the trend 2017 is to relaunch simplistic, handsome and comfortable chairs in contemporary colours and materials. Good design never gets boring, but sometimes a new take on the visual and tactile make wonders!

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PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm for Carl Hansen & Sons (1955). Realunched 2017. Steel frame and setting in rope. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

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PK1 chair by Poul Kjaerholm is a lightweight chair with four slim legs. Available in October 2017.  Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

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Panton One chair by Verner Panton for Montana (1955). Relaunched in 2003 and 2017. Available in no less than 12 colours. Steel frame with handwoven seat in polyurethane and nylon. Photo copyright Montana.

Architectual moves, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Montana 2017-05-23

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

That precise moment

Any time soon now we’ll turn on the garden lights not to be guided through darkness but as part of the outdoor life. To sit outdoors for dinner is perhaps the most significant proof that winter is over. Outdoor lighting may be strong and disturbing, perhaps too bright, perhaps of mediocre design. But there’s fab light to be seen: Toldbod by Louis Poulsen was launched in 1982 and has definitely become a modern classic.

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Toldbod 220/290 by Louis Poulsen (1982). Die cast aluminium with shield in moulded clear polycarbonate, arm in extruded aluminium. The light is directed 100% downwards and the shade has a matt white painted interior emitting a soft, diffused, comfortable light. Photo copyright Louis Poulsen.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, In the Season 2017-05-01

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

A clear vision?

The Scandinavian design, furniture and light fairs for Spring 2017 are lining up and here in Stockholm we’re heading towards Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. Producers, designers and media from all over the world will gather together at the Fair and in town. As we meet and mingle, do a lot of talking and listen to many a good discussion I’ll keep in mind that our perspectives may differ, even though it is not always obvious. That’s why I’ll bring a whole bag of different ”glasses” with me. Used together they may blur your vision for a while. But it is interesting what you can find when wearing:
The environmental friendly glasses – how, where and why is design produced? What impact does it have on the climate etc? What kind of responsibilites do we have, as producer, designer, media and user?
The gender glasses – who is included in the discourse of design, and who is not, and how come? The power structures in the design business is very rigid which is remarkable as the ”design world” as I know it is filled with gifted, friendly, caring people. How can we make change, and why is it important?
The animal rights glasses– no one can ignore that a large part of the industry profits from the abuse and suffering of animals.
The eco-aesthetical glasses – where do I find a satisfying combination of sustainable form and sustainable production? What critera has to be fulfilled for a product to be considered eco-aesthetically sustainable?

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Cosy Norwegian with an environmental friendly approach: styling by Kirsten Visdal for Oslo Design Fair (25–28 January 2017). Photo copyright Margaret M De Lange/ Oslo Design Fair.

 

 

Contemporary Scandi, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-01-22

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

Christmas prep

We’re awaiting Christmas and Old Town is starting to look like a fairy-tale! Inside our beautiful 18th century house we enjoy breakfast in the kitchen, while reading the morningpaper and making plans for food and gifts. It is a time of preparation and contemplation.

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This setting was created in my dear next-door neighbor Tinas’ lovely kitchen. Table Österlen by Inga Sempé for Gärsnäs, ”Y-chair” by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, stool from Norrgavel, teapot and cup Oiva by Sami Ruotsalainen for Marimekko, blackbirds in papier-mâché by Sam Stigsson for Konsthantverkarna. Styling by Cia Wedin, photo copyright Anna Kern.

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…and the scent of hyacinths are all over! With a planting bag made of environmental friendly, breathable polypropylene you can use your basket from Korbo Handwoven Wire Baskets for indoor planting. Here with white hyacinths and soft green moss, to protect the bulbs. Styling by Cia Wedin, photo copyright Anna Kern.

Anna Kern, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Korbo, Marimekko, Scandimood 2016-12-16

Eco laptop? Someone?

Stylish, environmental friendly and very functional. Just as I like it! The Pia Wallén laptop case in felted eco wool and a metal button closure is nothing but…perfect. And the colours…from classy off-white to chocking pink. Nice! But when will we see the first 100 % environmental friendly MacBook Pro?!

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Computer Case by Pia Wallén. 100% felted wool, metal button closure. Size 37 x 26 cm. Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Pia Wallén, Scandimood 2016-11-28

Walk on the wild side

Winter is around the corner and the bright, bursting colours of Fall slowly fades into soft shades of brown, green, grey, purple and blue…NOW is the time for earth colours! For a week or two it is still possible to walk in the beautiful Swedish mountains and experience this fascinating process.  If you’re very lucky you might see an Arctic Fox! This fine little animal is on the red-list of endangered species in Sweden. But efforts are made to protect and save the Arctic Fox.

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Arctic Fox at Klimpfjäll in the north of Sweden. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.

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The Arctic Fox was given protected status in Sweden 1928, and Norway 1930, but until then it was hunted large-scale. Since the 1990s efforts have been made to protect the fox and its habitat. In the project Felles Fjellrev Sweden and Norway collaborates, with the aim to help the Arctic Fox survive. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.


Stalo Adventures is the main protector and guide of Arctic Fox in South Lapland. Video copyright Stalo Adventures.

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Kånken Mini from Fjällräven is a classic for children. It was created in 1978 to help prevent back problems that were emerging among Swedish school children. For almost 40 years it’s been the no 1 choice for generations of Swedish kids. In 2008 Kånken was the first backpack in the world to become climate compensated. Photo copyright Fjällräven. Kånken Mini comes in 40 colours!

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Right now there’s a campaign to save the Arctic Fox and Fjällräven participates with three special models of Kånken Mini. For each sold backpack Fjällräven give €10 to the campaign. ”Fjällräven” is the Swedish word for ”Arctic Fox”.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-10-25

Translating movement with GamFratesi

How do you translate a movement into a physical shape? With the Suspence™ lamp series Danish/Italian design duo GamFratesi created the form by pulling. The tensile force is visible at the top of the lamp, at the little tip! The natural soft curve of the lamps body is ”very GamFratesi” and the designers manage to make classic elegance blend into contemporary minimalism by working with small, subtle gestures. Notice the infinity diffuser in the pendant! And how the Nomad version is designed to be moved around, indoors but also ”on the terrace on a cosy summer evening”. While awaiting summer the Suspence™ lamp has, with its conceptual as well as functional approach to lighting, potential to be a favorite in many a Scandi homes.

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Suspence Pendant, by GamFratesi for Lightyears (2016). White matte, light grey matte or black matte lacquer with white, grey and black cord.  Aluminum, polycarbonate. Two sizes: 240 x 225 mm and 385 x 361 mm. Photo copyright Lightyears.

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Suspence Pendant, by GamFratesi for Lightyears (2016). Photo copyright Lightyears.

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Suspence Nomad, by GamFratesi for Lightyears (2016). White opal polyethylene body with 4 m grey or red cord. Photo copyright Lightyears.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Okategoriserade 2016-09-26

The stylish limited edition

Since some years the Scandi brands have taken to launch a limited F/W collection. This Fall we see lots of limited editions, may it be a collectors item, like Gloria Solid Silver by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Klong. Or a sassy raincoat from Stutterheim…Let’s take a look:

Swedish eco-brand Klong celebrate 15 years by presenting an anniversary collection focusing on innovation and sustainability and the combo creative art + fine craftsmanship. Among the objects, Gloria Solid Silver by Broberg & Ridderstråle, is a given collectors item. Gloria is handmade in collaboration with acknowledged jewellery designer and goldsmith Rey Urban (1929–2015).

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Gloria Solid Silver, candle holder by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Klong (2016). Sterling silver, 41 x 44 x 7,5 cm. Photo copyright Klong.

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Gloria Solid Silver, candle holder by Broberg & Ridderstråle for Klong (2016). Sterling silver, handmade by Rey Urban. Photo copyright Klong.

Fritz Hansen knows how to make their iconic chairs, like The Ant™ by Arne Jacobsen (1952) trendy and contemporary.  In Fritz Hansen’s limited edition Choice 2016 The Ant™ is dressed in a warm grey-dyed oak veneer with powder-coated bronze legs which lends a subtly weathered look to this sleek beauty.

 

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The Ant™ by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen (1952) in grey-dyed oak veneer and powder-coated bronze legs (2016). Photo copyright Fritz Hansen.

 

And who but Swedish brand Stutterheim (”Melancholy at its driest”) launches an edition of rain gear both stylish and trendy! Coat Odenplan comes in black, green, navy and sand.

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Odenplan Green by Stutterheim (2016). Handmade crombie coat in waterproof bonded cotton. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

Arne Jacobsen, Broberg & Ridderstråle, Contemporary Scandi, Friends, Fritz Hansen, In the Season, Stutterheim 2016-09-24