Archive | Environmental friendly

The recycling of a classic

In 2018 the upholstered chair is back at the core of the contemporary Scandi style. With upholstering comes a possiblity to work with different fabrics and play with colours. And, you can re-upholster an old chair as long as the shell is intact. The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) had a bunch of 30 year old No 7 by Arne Jacobsen. These classic chairs have been in use every single day over the years and when the original fabric had worned out DR decided to re-upholster instead of buying new furniture. The result is fab! Spot on the contemporary look combining qualitative fabric with well chosen colours into a sleek yet pragmatic elegance.

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Chair No 7 by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen (1955). Re-upholstered by architecht Tommy Topp at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation in textile from Kvadrat (2018). Shell in pressure molded sliced veneer, legs in steel. Photo copyright DR.

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Chair No 7 by Arne Jacobsen recycled with new textile from Kvadrat (2018). The upholstered Series No 7 Chair is one of the most comfortable chairs you can imagine. Originally designed for the SAS hotel in Copenhagen. Photo copyright DB.

 

 

Architectual moves, Arne Jacobsen, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fritz Hansen, In the Season 2018-08-11

The possibility of error: Castiglioni

When Achille Castiglioni was asked to describe the design process he said: ”Experience does not bring certainity or security, but rather increases the possibility of error. I would say it is better to start from scratch each time, with humility, because experience is not likely to turn into sillyness”. Sounds good to me: let’s embrace the possility of error! And celebrate a free minded, curious take on design.

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Achille Castiglioni (1918–2002) was an Italian architect and designer, especially interested in every-day objects. His oeuvre of work is impressing. Castiglioni designed the now iconic lamps Gatto, Arco, Parentesi and several others for Flos. Photo copyright Fondazione Achille Castiglioni.

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Gatto by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos (1960). Steel, cocoon. Height 310 mm and 580 mm. Photo copyright Flos.

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Splugen Brau pendant by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos (1961). Aluminium. Photo copyright Flos.

 

 

Architectual moves, Castiglioni, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2018-08-10

Sustainability: kitchen

Take a look at our pic from a fetaure for an interior mag; do you find it stylish? Do you acknowledge some contemporary design? Or perhaps something classic? Do you consider the setting sustainable?

It is not always obvious why one interior is environmental friendly, and another not. Here the kitchen is a standard Ikea, environmental friendly produced in certified wood. The top though is exclusive, bespoke environmental friendly carrera marble. The glass wall is chosen for its ability to cope with longtime wear and an easy recycling. The classic handles are simple, massive brass, also very easy to dismantle and recycle. Dishbrush, washing-up liquid and handsoap are of organic, recycled origin. The dishcloth is from Växbo Lin, woven in linen and possible to use, wash and reuse during many years! The small storage is by Iittala, an international Scandi brand with sustainable production scheme. The pair of scissors, in steel with wooden handles are made by Granit, a small Swedish producer keen on sustainability. So is the plastic hanger for the dishbrush. And finally, the paint used for wall, window and cabinets is eco-certified and the herbs are of organic origin.
What does this tell you? Perhaps that with the slightest effort you can find environmental friendly ”alterantives” while decorating your home. And it will look great! With a bit of planning and reserarch even the smallest budget will make fab!

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Sustainability in the kitchen. From a feature by Cia Wedin for Lantliv. Photo copyright Stellan Herner.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iittala, Ikea 2018-08-07

The contemporary Scandi cabinet

The Scandi cabinet is perhaps the best kind of storage ever invented. It may look simple with its sleek body, high legs and preference of natural materials. But a closer look often reweal well drawn, unexpected details. New this Fall is Jut Cabinet by British designer Thomas Jenkins for Danish brand Skagerak. Notice the way Jenkins has placed the legs on this piece of furniture: on the outer corners, which brings about a small negative space where light and shadow may interplay. It also conceal the brass-handles which are aligned right under the table top. Well done!

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Jut Cabinet (detail) by Thomas Jenkins for Skagerak (2018). Oiled oak with top in oak or marble. Photo copyright Skagerak.

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The small size, 126x39x74 cm, make Jut Cabinet useful for spaces where you need storage but don’t want or have room for a dominant piece of furniture. Perhaps in your bedroom, home office or  kitchen? Photo copyright Skagerak.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2018-08-06

Rain is in the air…

…and we LOVE it! Stockholmers never miss out the possibility to dress up in their rain gear and when rain is in the air we see Stutterheim all over town. Stutterheim has made an incredible journey as a brand; from the first Arholma green, designed more or less a copy of founder Alexander Stutterheim’s grandfathers raincoat, they’ve surprised us with new takes on rain wear. The Fall of 2018 is no exception. Stutterheim has teamed up with Italian Marni for a stylish black raincoat!

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140 Opal by Marni for Stutterheim (2018). Rubberized cotton with a shiny opal black finish, contrasting yellow stitches and a matte black panel at back. Available in two lengths. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Arholma is still a fine day-do-day choice for the pragmatic (?) Swedish man! Arholma green raincoat by Stutterheim. Photo copyright Stutterheim.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Stutterheim 2018-08-04

Cradle-to-cradle flooring with Bolon

It is interesting that one of Sweden’s leading companies when it comes to sustainability produce plastic flooring. Bolon show us that with hard work and new ideas it is actually possible for a brand to work with an environmentally ”difficult” product in a highly environmental friendly way.

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This summer the Ulricehamn based company launched a new non glue product, a tape that allows their flooring to be easily installed and removed without contamination. Previously, the glue used to affix Bolon’s flooring contaminated the material and made recycling difficult. They have also developed a new technique for installing tiles and studio products that does not affect the product’s recyclability. ”We see a possible future in which our product have no negative impact on the environment and can be recycled and reused over and over again,”, says Marie Eklund, Bolon’s CEO.

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Bolon are also testing new ways to recycle postconsumer waste. Hence they have developed a take-back service for worn-out flooring, to be up and running in 2020. They are currently looking at the possibility of a leasing service for flooring fixed with the new No Glue technique. N B Bolon flooring are installed world wide!

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Bolon also stated that their goal is to use 100% of the waste in new products; so far 33 % of the waste from the production in Ulricehamn is used as backing.

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Bolon’s updated sustainability strategy is due for release on October 1st, 2018. Don’t miss out!  Photo copyright Bolon.

Architectual moves, Bolon, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2018-08-03

Dreamy garden

Ulf Nordfjell is a Swedish landscape architect and gardener perhaps best known for winning the gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show three times! That’s an achivement, but Nordfjell is not only a wizzard with flowers, he also make beautiful, stylish, sensible (did I just write sensible!?) objects for the garden. But yes, a pergola or planting pot by Nordfjell is like a rock. There to stay and to integrate with the plants. They make sense. Nordfjell Collection is produced by Nola, Sweden’s leading developer of sustainable design for outdoor environments/public spaces.

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Viola Planter by Ulf Nordfjell for Nordfjell Collection/Nola. Photo copyright Per Ranung.

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Pergola Arch Steel by Ulf Nordfjell for Nordfjell Collection/Nola. Photo copyright Per Ranung.

 

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2018-07-31

Summer Wibes

The summer of 2018 has been warm and dry. In the north of Sweden wild fires are devastating several huge forests as well as smaller areas. No one goes unaffected by the loss of trees, wildlife and beauty. In the south unhappy farmers see their crop turn into dust and there’s no grass to eat for the cattle. Suddenly we realize that +32 degrees C for three months might be the new normal; climate change is here to take its toll. A positive sign though is that the production and consumtion of design and furniture is rapidly changing in a sustainable and conscious way. The Scandi brands send their holiday greetings but speak about the importance to take care of nature and only make design that can last a lifetime. At the very least.

In Finland and the village of Fiskars, wood design studio and furniture maker Nikari reminds us of their great ”12 designs for Nature” series by world leading designers like Jasper Morrison, Wataru Kumano, Alfredo Häberli, Louise Cambell and Thomas Sandell. Part of the profit from the sale goes to the protection of the global forest biodiversity. There’s, alongside the environmental friendly production, a visual sustainability in this series that appeal to me.

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April tables by Alfredo Häberli and December chair by Jasper Morrison & Wataru Kumano, for Nikari. Photo copyright Nikari.

Nikari also have a line of small products made from their excess wood. Like the fab cutting boards by Mattila & Merz and the simple but functional wooden spatulas by Minja Kolehmainen.

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Cutting boards made of workshop left overs in different wood…. The size of each board is determined by the piece of wood that was used. Nice! Photo copyright Kapo Kaamu.

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Wood spatula by Minja Kolehmainen for Nikari. Photo copyright Nikari.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, No Plastic 2018-07-30

Swing time!

It’s always swing time but the best swing experience comes outdoors, trying to reach the sky! Lillagunga is a Helsinki based design company known for its reinvention of the classic wooden swing, giving this classic toy a contemporary feel. ”Lilla gunga” is Swedish for ”little swing”.

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Flying through the air! Lillagunga Classic swing, oil treated oak/natural rope. Photo copyright Lillagunga.

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In the Nordic countries it is not unusual to come upon a swing in the children’s room. Lillagunga Classic swing can be used indoors or outdoors. Photo copyright Lillagunga.

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Lillagunga Classic swing, oil treated natural oak/pink rope. Photo copyright insta@designtorget

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season 2018-05-08

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.

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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

Växbo Lin ditches the bleach

Växbo Lin take their already environmental friendly production a step further by ditching bleached warps. In all their linen items! The use of linen yarn for everyday products like towels has a long tradition in Sweden. Flax grow well in the northern part of Europe and linen has the unique property of absorbing moisture better and drying more quickly than any other natural fibre. Natural unbleached linen is beautiful and looks great in a contemporary design context. In 2018 Växbo Lin produce their classic towel Bubbel in five colours on unbleached warp. Lovely!

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Beautiful as it is: The heckled flax is used producing linen items at Växbo Lin, a small manufacturer located in Hälsingland county in the north part of Sweden. Photo copyright Växbo Lin.

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Bubbel towel by Ingela Bengtsson for Växbo Lin (2005 / 2018). 100 % linen woven in a honeycomb pattern, with unbleached warp. Photo copyright Växbo Lin.

 

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…must check that mum and dad delivers! Bruno, Växbo Lin’s dog, is pleased with Bubbel towel by fab Ingela Håkansson for Växbo Lin (2005 and 2018). Photo copyright Växbo Lin.

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A contemporary classic: Dishcloth Olive by Växbo Lin in 100% linen with unbleached warp. Photo copyright Växbo Lin.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2018-03-15