Archive | In the Season

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

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

Greenkitchen stories and Granit

Swedish brand Granit has teamed up with David, Luise & Elsa at Greenkitchen Stories for a new campaign on storage vs veggie food.

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Storage (for the fridge of your dreams!). Photo copyright Granit.

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And for your tasty summer salad there’s a wide low bowl with wooden cutlery. Photo copyright Granit.

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The green lunch box goes in a green eco-bag. Photo copyright Granit.

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An apron is useful while harvesting…Photo copyright Granit.

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…and when preparing dinner pizza! Photo copyright Granit.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season 2016-07-09

Pretty in pink!

Gardentime…and side by side with the peony I’v planted the small but ever so beautiful Astrantia Major, ”Stjärnflocka” in Swedish. This flower goes very well with peonies and is a reminder of how a small gesture might help to highlight the grande. And vice versa.

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The lovely Sarah Bernhardt…Photo copyright Greenspire.

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…highlighted by the sweet Astrantia Major.

Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-07-06

Spring Spa Day

The crispy nordic light is working its magic. At 7 in the morning we’re on todays mission: cleaning the windows. Work completed calls for a treat and now there’ll be coffee and cake. And sitting down, enjoying the scent of lilacs drifting in from the garden.
For an environmental friendly update of your home you do not need any chemicals. Water, linseed soap and a linen cloth will do the trick.

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Dishcloth in linen from Växbo Lin. Photo copyright Växbo Lin.

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Organic linseed soap can be used for all sorts of cleaning; floor, windows, dust cleaning, washing clothes, hands, in the bath…but make sure to chose mild natural linseed oil. This one from Allbäck Linoljeprodukter. Photo copyright Allbäck Linoljeprodukter.

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Lilacs. Photo copyright Auntie Dogmas Gardenspot.

Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-05-15

First step into the season

The very first thing we do in early spring is to bring out the garden bench. Where two colleagues can sit, side by side, sipping a strong, hot coffee, chatting away… Having a traditional go-fika (coffee and cinnamon bum) in the sun is important. How would you otherwise know what to write, or design or both! Ideas comes easily when together on the bench.

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Pallissade bench by Ronan & Erwan Bourullec for Hay (2016). Photo copyright Gulled.

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Pallissade bench, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay. Electro-galvanized, powder coated steel, W120 x D42 x H45 cm. Photo copyright Hay.

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Pallissade comes in anthracite, light grey and olive.

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Luxembourg bench, by Frédéric Sofia for Fermob (2003). New colour ”Rosemary” (2016). Aluminium tubular frame and anti-UV powder coating, weight 8 kg. Photo copyright Fermob.

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…add a Luxembourg chair and bring friends of colours to your gathering. The Luxembourg series comes in no less than 24 colours! Photo copyright Philippe Friseée.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec 2016-05-07

Tulip mania!

Spring is around the corner; we’re almost there! We enjoy long walks in the bright sunshine. And bring back bundles of crispy tulips. Stockholmers do really love tulips and especially the eco tulip from producer Alverbäcks. Since 1968 Alverbäcks has been growing tulips at Ekerö, an island very close to Stockholm city. Being environmental friendly and eco minded, Alverbäcks were among the first producers to certify their tulips within a system which reduces the negative climate effects of glass house cultivation.

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Environmental friendly grown tulips from Alverbäcks in Ekerö, Stockholm. Photo copyright Alverbäcks.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season 2016-03-13

Snow is in the air!

It’s winter in Sweden, and Old Town is no exception. Every roof top is white, the streets are white, the air is filled with a fluffy mesmerizing white. And as it is not very cold, just around minus 10 Celsius, it is perfect weather to bring out your kickslade (sv: spark) and have fun. This amusing vehicle (yes, it is classified as a vehicle) is cherished in Sweden since 150 years.

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The Vansbro Kickslade is in production by Vansbro Kickslade Factory in Äppelbo/Dalarna County. It is made from Swedish birch wood with steel runners from Boxholm steel mill (part of the steel is recycled from scrapped cars). The wooden parts are treated with water based lacquer. Photo copyright Vansbro Sparkfabrik.

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After app. 150 years of the same design there’s recently been an adjustment to modern lifestyle and needs. Now you can fold your kickslade and bring it with your in your car etc.

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With the kickslade you go for fun with your kids…

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…your dog…

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…or perhaps your PONY! All photos from the internet. Photo copyright unknown.

Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-01-09

Stella, Estelle and Baby Bianco

It’s just like magic! From one day to the other the star lamp is up and shining in almost every window here in Old Town. As for us, we’ve got Stella and Estelle. And Baby Bianco! The first star lamp (made of glass) came to Sweden from Germany in the end of the 19th century. Since 1934 the slim paper star has been the most common model.

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Stella, handmade paper star lamp by Watt & Veke, diameter 116 cm. Photo copyright Watt & Veke.

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Estelle, handmade paper star lamp by Watt & Veke, diameter 80 cm. Photo copyright Watt & Veke.

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Baby Bianco, handmade paper star lamp by Earth Friendly/Men at Work, diameter 45 cm. Photo copyright Men at Work.

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There’s a paper star lamp for every taste. White, slim, round, colourful…Who said one is enough?!

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season 2015-11-24

The Christmas Calendar

From 1st of December until Christmas Eve the Christmas Calendar is big business in Sweden. Perhaps tea or chocolate will tempt you? I’ll go for both!

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The Tea Advent Calendar 2015 by Swedish brand Teadventskalendern comes with a selection of 24 different organic tea bags. One for each day. Photo copyright Teadventskalendern.

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The Tea Advent Calendar 2015. Photo copyright Teadventskalendern.

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Countdown for Christmas Calendar by Danish brand Simply Chocolate. 30 pieces of chocolate, handmade from high quality ingredients. Notice the extra treats at ”December 3 1/2” and so on! Photo copyright Simply Chocolate.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, In the Season 2015-11-22

Waiting for something good!

Now it’s time for the amaryllis bulbs to be planted and the hyacinths to go into vases. In app. 6 weeks from now the graceful flowers will blossom, filling the room with their lovely scent!

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Amaryllis bulbs to be planted in rich soil some six weeks before Christmas. From a piece by Cia Wedin for Lantliv SE. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Hyacinth bulbs in Olympia vases by Ingegerd Råman for Skruf. Hats made of Carta Varese paper from Carta Pura. Wooden dear by Gunnar Johnsson for E Torndahl. From a piece by Cia Wedin for Lantliv SE. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2015-11-10