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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

Climate challenge: Home Holiday

Yes thank you, the holiday was fine. We stayed at home, unplugged the internet, read lots of books and used up the stock of candles, wine, green tea and chocolate biscuits. To slow down is to find joyful moments in the everyday, in the ordinary. When you’re free to linger in life, a walk in the neighbourhood becomes as exciting as any visit to a foreign destiny. After the 2019 Sportlov – this fab annual holiday in Sweden when children and adults are supposed to go skiing, skate and spend time together, we’re ready for the next climate challenge:  ”H and W” as in Home Weekend! Stay tuned!

NB ”Sportlov” was introduced in Sweden in 1940 as a means to reduce the amount of coal used to heating up the school buildings. All children got a week off school and the government arranged ”activites to improve the health of young adults”. Among the promoted activites was skiing in the mountains. With climate change the Sportlov is as important as ever.

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If your’re lucky to visit the Swedish mountains during wintertime you might spot the small Arctic Fox. The project Felles Fjellrev is a collaboration between Sweden, Norway and Finland with the goal to save the Arctic Fox. Photo copyright Thomas Meijer.

Animal Rights, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2019-03-06

Falling

…through days and nights as the Stockholm Design Week has been up and running. Good thing is the Scandi design world definitely aim on sustainability. Not as a trend, but as a real concern about climate change. Several brands did slow down and did not exhibit, others did but added ideas and discussions on sustainability to the concept. Some chose to work with developments in existing collections instead of presenting news.

The work to create sustainability in the design world has barely started and it’s gonna take some time before we touch firm ground. Where we’ll end up is hard to tell but one thing is clear: the industry must reconsider its position as ”designer of the future”, and speed up the way to produce, sell, use and recycle design in a sustainable way. Talking is good but action is needed.

Here’s some highlights from the Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2019:

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w102 chipperfield (the extended family) by David Chipperfield for Wästberg (2019). Solid brass, dimmable, energy class A+. Photo copyright Wästberg.

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w102 chipperfield (the extended family) for Wästberg (2019), sketch by designer/architect David Chipperfield. Photo copyright David Chipperfield.

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Bespoke and locally produced by gifted craftsmen: here a modern kitchen (2019) in a historical building. Cabinets in dark stained oak, top in Kinnekulle limestone and an asymmetric shelf. Photo copyright Nordiska kök.

 

fileSuspence pendant by GamFratesi for Fritz Hansen .The new colour Pale Pearl lends a soft egg-shell quality to the minimalistic classic. Photo copyright Fritz Hansen.

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Iittala. Jasper Morrison. Raami. A fine exhibition about finding joy in the simplistic but qualitative every day. Photo copyright Iittala.

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Baux Pulp Acoustic Panel by Form Us With Love for Baux (2019). The patterns are inspired by origami and the 100% bio based product comes in colouring created by using different amounts of natural wheat in the material. The panel is the first in the world to uncompromisingly combine high-performance properties of sound absorption, safety, and durability with modern aesthetics and sustainability. Cradle-to-cradle at its best! Photo copyright Baux.

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Asplund curated a small, intimate exhibition in their shop at Sibyllegatan in Stockholm and told the story of their cabinet Snow, designed by Jonas Bohlin and Thomas Sandell in 1994. The cabinet celebrates 25 years and the producer has made several important developments to turn it into a Scandi sustainability icon. For the anniversary Snow comes in the colour pale pink. Photo copyright Asplund.

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Avavick stool by Katja Pettersson for the recently restored Nationalmuseum in  Stockholm. Produced by Swedese. Avavick has its name from a dialect from Storuman in the north of Sweden, and it means ”top heavy”. The expression with a weighty seat and delicate legs is fab! Photo copyright Nationalmuseum.

Architectual moves, Asplund, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Form Us With Love, Iittala, Louise Campbell, Wästberg 2019-02-14

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

Mellan handen och ögat

If in Stockholm during the Stockholm Design Week 2019 you’re much welcome to visit a production of mine called ”Mellan handen och ögat” (Between the hand and the eye). It’s an exhibition + seminars + open studio programme on sustainability as it present itself when handicraft, craft and design meet and mingle! The ”Mellan handen och ögat” exhibition is a house-story…live…and it takes place at fab Svensk Hemslöjd. App. 60 of Sweden’s best craftspeople and designers participate, with everyday objects and furniture. The organisation Svensk Hemslöjd was founded in 1899 by textile artist Lilli Zickerman and the Swedish Prince Eugen. More information will soon be available at www.svenskhemslojd.com

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Architectual moves, Book Cradle, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, In the Season, Scandimood 2019-01-26

By association…

Chanel has declared they’re going 100% fur-free as well as stop using exotic skins for their products. The iconic fashion house hereby join other famous brands, like Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, DKNY and Donna Karan. Let’s urge design brands to follow suit pronto and say no to animal fur and skins in design items.

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How nice Chanel! Now I can use my favourite perfume again, without getting bad vibes by a brand associated with abuse of animals, wildlife and nature. Photo copyright Djurens Rätt.

Animal Rights, Environmental friendly, Scandimood 2018-12-06

Dear retired Bruno!

A retired lounge chair is sitting like a fine piece of art by the large window in my living room… Her name is Pernilla but she´s always been nicknamed ”Bruno” after Bruno Mathsson who designed this masterpiece in 1944. Bruno’s got a sleek, curved frame in laminated beech and original green paper webbing, now faded into a pale lime green. She’s no longer steady on her feet, and is wobbling slightly at touch. After close to 75 years of use this chair is now turned into a nest for cats. And as such she´ll remain.

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Pernilla with the now very rare green paper webbing. Photo by Jacksons.

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Pernilla with the now very rare red paper webbing. Photo by Jacksons.

Retired Bruno Mathsson chair turned into cats nest

Baby knew all along that Bruno actually would make a great cat nest (comfy…but also the perfect match to her emerald eyes…). Hera though is indifferent to the value of design. Food, sleep and some hunting makes her day. Everyday. Photo copyright Cia Wedin.

Architectual moves, Bruno Mathsson, Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Jacksons 2018-11-19

The unfolding of beauty…

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. Styling by Cia Wedin- Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Amaryllis white lime

I’ll keep this beauty in mind while following the amaryllis of 2018 while they grow, slowly… into tall and slender…into white and lime…into perfection.

 

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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. Styling by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

 

Anna Kern, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2018-11-06

Little Sun Black Diamond

Art + Sustainability is a strong trend and some projects manage to balance an artistic integrity with hard core pragmatism. In 2012 Olafur Eliasson teamed up with engineer Frederik Ottesen and founded Little Sun – a foundation and business, with the aim to bring sun energy to people who have no access to the electrical grid. Since the start more than 650 000 lamps have been sold of the original Little Sun lamp. Last year the team launched Little Sun Diamond, a pocket sized, feather light, solar powered lamp made of biodegenrable plastic. 5 hours charging in the sun gives 5 hours of bright light, fading to a longlasting soft light. Now Little Sun steps up with the release of Little Sun Black Diamond, a special edition in stylish carbon black. For each lamp sold two solar lamps will go to people in an area without reliably access to energy. The campaign runs November 1st until Christmas.

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Little Sun Black Diamond by Olafur Eliasson for Little Sun (2018). Photo copyright Little Sun.

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Five hours charge in the sun gives five hours bright light and then a slowly fade into a soft light over a time period of several hours. Little Sun Black Diamond by Olafur Eliasson for Little Sun (2018). Photo copyright Little Sun.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly 2018-11-05

Index yourself!

A nice surprise or your worst nightmare…Check out your actual carbon footprint with The Climate Account online calculator. The Climate Account has been developed by IVL Swedish Environmental Institute and is free for anyone to use as a help to detect how your lifestyle affects climate change.

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Fresh and Fading Memories, hanging sculpture installation by one of my favourite artists Ghanaian born El Anatsui at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice (2007). An artistic recycling of aluminium wrappings and bottle-caps. Photo copyright Palazzo Fortuny.

Compassionates, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2018-11-02