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Safety can be beautiful!

Finnish brand Jalo Helsinki challenge my views of what a fire extinction product may look like… By collaborating with gifted industrial designers they transform safety products into functional yet interesting interior details.

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Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Oiva, by Oiva Toikka for Jalo Helsinki. Biodegradable extinguishant. The empty container is possible to recycle. Photo copyright Jalo Helsinki.

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Lento 10 smoke alarm, by Paola Suhonen for Jalo Helsinki. This sweet night fly comes in colours Black, Light Green, Rosa, Silver Grey and White. Photo copyright Jalo Helsinki.

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Are you in for Moomin or Tom of Finland!? The fire blankets comes with artwork by Erik Bruun, Harri Koskinen, Oiva Toikka, Erja Hirvi, Tove Jansson and Tom of Finland. Here, The Hero by Tom of Finland for Jalo Helsinki. Size 120×180 cm. Photo copyright Jalo Helsinki.

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Kupu 10 smoke alarm, by Harri Koskinen for Jalo. Comes in five fabric covers in the colours Dark Grey, Light Brown, Turquoise, White and Yellow. Also available in a sassy chrome version. Photo copyright Jalo Helsinki.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly 2019-06-26

Sustainable glass by Iittala

Remember the Raami collection by Jasper Morrison for Iittala? Released earlier this year, this well-drawn, functional and handsome table wear instantly became very popular. Perhaps because the design is nothing but perfect for a young contemporary household. Now Iittala take the step to recycle waste glass from the production of their Aalto vases, bowls and coloured tumblers. What’s interesting is that the waste from the production at Iittala= virgin raw glass material. And hence useful in new high-quality products, like the special edition of Raami tumbler (2019). The special green colour is like a soft rain in the summer. Very pretty!

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Raami tumbler by Jasper Morrison for Iittala (2019). 100% recycled (waste) glass, made in Finland. Available online only. During 2019 Iittala changes their packaging from boxes in bleeched (white) paper with printed photographs, to boxes in recycled craft paper with illustrations.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala 2019-05-27

Swedish design!

Recently I’v worked for the Swedish Insitute, producing design related content for their site .sweden.se, which is Sweden’s official website. As always when digging my head into the history of Swedish design I feel humble. Before all the amazing designers and producers bringing high quality Scandi style into our lives.

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Contemporary Swedish design: BAUX acoustic pulp by Form Us With Love for BAUX (2019) is a sound absorbing panel made of 100 % bio-based pane, in colouring created by using different amounts of natural wheat in the material. Photo: Jonas Lindström/BAUX.

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Award-winning Swedish design: Diversity woven vinyl flooring from Bolon recently won the NYCxDESIGN award 2019, in the category ”Contract Flooring”. Congrats! Styling by Saša Antić. Photo: Pär Olofsson/Bolon. The stylish Dandy sofa comes from Swedish marvels Massproductions.

Architectual moves, Bolon, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Form Us With Love 2019-05-26

Solidarity now!

In our small urban garden the lilacs are blooming, in Old Town the rain is pouring and we´re going to VOTE and bring 20 Swedish representatives to the EU parliament. To-day we’ve the chance to say yes to solidarity with humans, animals and nature. Let’s focus on democracy and kindness, and challenge the right wing extreme movement popping up its populistic head all around Europe.
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Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2019-05-26

Around the table in Milan

Marimekko has set up shop in Milan during the design week and invites us to experience their colourful home collection irl! With simplistic but qualitaive styling, lots of interior feel and their ever so beautiful products Marimekko bring people together. To sit around the table sharing a meal, or a talk. To try a nap in a stylish bed where fresh linen in white and forest green reminds you of Finland. To enjoy the everyday and opening up for that special feeling called inspiration. Lovely!

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The Marimekko shoppable home experience 2019 is created in partnership with furniture design icon Artek and digital commerce specialised growth consultancy Columbia Road. Photo copyright Marimekko.

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Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Marimekko 2019-04-11

A taste of gardening

The days are getting longer and plants start growing in the garden. While awaiting the outdoor season we turn our caring efforts to the indoor plants. In 2019 several Scandi brands launches watering cans; here’s some stylish yet functional news.

 

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Nurture can and Nurture planter from The Nurture Collection by Ilse Crawford for Skultuna (2019). Polished brass, ceramics. Photo copyright Studio Ilse.

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Grab watering can by Stine Aas for Northern (2019) is designed with two functions in one form: it is useful for hanging plants as well as plants on the window sill. Powder coated stainless steel, comes in colours Dark green, Deep plum and Light yellow.  Photo copyright Northern.

 

 

 

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season 2019-04-11

Paper magic by Örsjö

The annual furniture fair in Milan is up and running and the Scandi brands are well represented. Among the many Swedish Örsjö stands out with the Virvel collection by Ingegerd Råman. The simplistic design, beautiful handcrafted paper from Lessebo and soft functional light make Virvel an instant classic. Paper shades have not been common in Sweden due to the risk of fire, but with LED there’s new possibilites to use paper for lamps. If in Milan you can visit Örsjö at Euroluce, pavilion 13/F15.

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Virvel lamp with paper shade, by Ingegerd Råman for Örsjö (2019). Photo copyright Erik Lefvander/Örsjö.

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Örsjö is known for their collaborations with skilled Swedish designers. The 2019 collection is no exception. From left to right: Skyline by Folkform, white enamel or polished brass, Vinge by Note Design Studio, enamelled frame with dimmer handle in solid brass or enamelled metal, Streck by Joel Karlsson, adjustable shade made of opal blown glass, switch inside shade, textile cord, Libreria by Folkform, powdercoated steel and opal glass, Kvist by Jonas Bohlin, silver welded contruction, hook designed for wrapping cord, and Libreria floor by Folkform, powdercoated steel and opaque glass. Photo copyright Erik Lefvander/Örsjö.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2019-04-10

Awaiting Summer!

Every other day during April we Stockholmers experience Spring (Wow! Let’s sit outdoors for a Swedish fika with strong black coffee and sweet cinnamon bun! Faces lifted towards the sun!). Or Winter (What! Bring out the thermo gear and knitted mittens again…there’s blasting icy snow on every turn!). But soon, very soon we’ll be rescued by Summer. Meanwhile I enjoy the sight of Lily of the Kings Meadow and Snowdrop in my small urban garden.

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Lily of the Kings Meadow (Fritillaria meleagris) or ”Kungsängslilja” in Swedish, is the official flower of the Swedish province Uppland, located a short distance north of Stockholm, where it grows wild at the meadows in village Kungsängen (the Kings meadow).

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A miracle every year: Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis). Photo copyright Birgitta Bratthall.

Eco Aesthetics, Scandimood 2019-04-10

Heav(enl)y Metal!

Aluminium is everyone’s choice 2019 and Swedish brands knows how to combine fab design with this sustainable metal. The alu trend started some years ago with the ingenious designs by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. The designer (born in 1925) was invited by the company (until then a traditional metal industry) to create contemporary objects for the garden. With her knowledge of form and function Signe Persson-Melin revitalized the whole collection. Gråsippa, Pokal and Palissad soon became role models for sustainable form + sustainable production. Byarums bruk use recycled Swedish aluminium. Their planters can be used all year round, as aluminium is resistent to both heat and cold.

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Gråsippa planter by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Recycled raw cast aluminium. Photo copyright Byarums bruk.

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Pokal planter by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Recycled raw cast aluminium. Photo copyright Byarums bruk.

 

Another stylish product in cast aluminium is the Museum display shelf, by TAF for the new interior of Nationalmuseum – the Swedish National Gallery. In production by String Furniture.

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Museum display shelf by TAF for String Furniture (2018). Photo copyright String Furniture.

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Even though the brand works in virgin aluminium, recycled might be an opition in the future, says Victoria Friis from String Furniture. Meanwhile String Furniture collaborate with a chinese manufacturer who’s following the Swedish certification standard ”Möbelfakta” which ensures sustainable quality for metal products, environmental sustainability and social responsibility. The products by String Furniture comes in an paper package made in Sweden, following FTI guidelines and standards FSC, ISO22000, ISO9001 and ISO14001.

String Furniture also produce the classic work by Kajsa and Nisse Strinning. Namely the ”string shelf”, a piece of iconic furniture well-known and loved by Swedes since the 50s. Very few designers have made such an impact on Swedish interior decoration as the Strinning couple. Recently String Furniture launched several developments, in collaboration with some of Sweden’s best industrial designers and stylists.

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String Furniture Beige is an update of the String indoor shelving system, with a new beige coating chosen by interior stylist Lotta Agaton (2019).

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String Outdoor, by Kajsa and Nisse Strinning (panels) and Anna von Schewen/Björn Dahlström (shelves) for String (2019). Aluzinc, steel coated with rust resistant aluminium-zinc (shelves) and hot-dip galvanized metal string (panels). Made in Sweden. Photo copyright String Furniture.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Signe Persson Melin, TAF 2019-04-03

When elephants stir…

Transfer or transition?
Your choice makes the difference.

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Eames Elephant by Charles and Ray Eames (1945) for Vitra. Photo copyright Vitra.

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BLES – Boon Lott’s Elephant Sancturary creates a safe and natural home for rescued Thai elephants. Photo copyright BLES.

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Wildlife SOS India saves captured and abused elephants in India. Photo copyright SOS India.

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PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals works to end the use and abuse of elephants for entertainment, like in circuses (picture shows ”training” of a young calf). Photo copyright PETA.

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FREEDOM FOR ANIMALS – the working name of CAPS – Captive Animals’ Protection Society also works to free elephants from exploitation in captivity.

Several other non-profit organizations struggle to stop pouching of elephants and the horrific ivory trade. Among them WWF and Save The Elephants.

Animal Rights, Scandimood 2019-03-13

Perfectly pink

In the beginning of March there’s the special moment when the pink lady arrives. Alma, a massproduced but oh so sassy tulip grown in Stockholm by sustainable producer Alverbäcks. Now is the time for colours, bright pink and stunning yellow, soon to be followed by softer shades, and abruptly ending with the orange Princess Iréne. During this intense period Swede’s buy app. 1 million tulips/day. One MILLION. The statistics of what we buy, why, where and how is amazing reading. And I am glad to learn that more than 90% of the friendly flowers are grown in Sweden, by sustainable producers. Alverbäcks Alma make my day!

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Alma early spring tulip from Alverbäcks. CO2 compensated and certified with Svenskt Sigill. Photo copyright Alverbäcks.

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Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2019-03-07

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”.

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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