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The perfect birdhouse

Some small party of individuals, actually the cute Blue Tits of Old Town, are regular visitors to the feeding table outside our studio window. They’re especially active when a change of weather is under way. In the Nordic countries we’re now approaching winter and it is time to put up some new birdhouses!
Swedish farm Bankeberg make very functional and nice birdhouses. Order one! If not for your own garden it’ll make a perfect gift. Place the birdhouse on a secure spot during late Fall, and the wood will have enough time to get perfectly…dirty! That’s what the birds prefer when they nest in early spring. Put some straw or dry grass in the house and it’ll double as a shelter during cold winter nights.
The Bankeberg birdhouses comes for tits, starlings, fly catchers, owls, tree-creepers and bats.

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Talking to me? Blue Tit, photo copyright Damian Waters.

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Standard is a bird house for tits and flycatchers. It is easy to clean due to a front which can be opened. Photo copyright Bankebergs.

Animal Rights, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2018-10-09

Cosy October

Winter has arrived in the north of Sweden and mountains and woods are covered in snow. In Stockholm Old Town we’re yet in a kind of Indian summer euphoria but wise urbanistas do prepare and update their stock of candles, tea, blankets and Swedish fika. The famous Swedish cinnamon bun was actually celebrated nationwide a few days ago, and we Swedes ate more than 7 million buns! In a few hours…Designers eat buns too, but they also are busy making our everyday beautiful. Here’s some top notch news on the subject of cosiness!

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Tunes candle holder by Monica Förster for Georg Jensen (2018). Mirror polished stainless steel. As usual Monica Förster add a small, almost invisible twist to her design; I love the dubble function of the candle stick foot/tray. Photo copyright Georg Jensen.

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The Mega Cross Blanket by Pia Wallén (2018). Organic cotton (from certified farms in Peru), woven in Sweden, size 150 x 250 cm. Here the designer has made a playful exaggeration in scale and abstraction of the cross pattern from the original Crux Blanket which Pia Wallén designed in 1991. Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

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The Tea Advent Calendar 2018 by NABO design. Contains 24 organic teas including rooibos, black, green, white, red and herbal, for a new tea experience every day from 1st of December until Christmas Eve! Comes with Swedish or English text. Photo coyright NABO.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Georg Jensen, Monica Förster, Pia Wallén, Scandimood 2018-10-07

Erskines Box of Wonders

Ralph Erskines ”Lådan” (The Box) from 1941–1942 is one famous Swedish building! It is also a famous home. With only 20 squaremetres for himself, his wife Ruth and their two small children, Erskine had to invent space-saving furniture; the bed hung in ropes from the cealing, and doubled as a sofa, the working table folded into the bookshelf and so on. Lådan become known for its aesthetics and clever solutions and since long this small house stand as an architectual role model in the collective mind of Swedes longing for a simple (summer) dwelling.

Saturday 6th of October 2018 Lådan is open to the public. If in Stockholm, take the chance to experience an iconic house! An arrangement by ArkDes, The Swedish Center for Architecture and Design. Free entrance. For information on how to get to Lovön, see ArkDes.

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Lådan was originally built in Lissma, south of Stockholm, as a permanent home. It had no electricity, no running water and no wc. The Erskine family lived 4 years in Lådan, before moving closer to town. Lådan was well-built, but the materials did not survive over time and gradually it subsided into nature. In 1989, under supervision by Erskine, Lådan was rebuilt in Lovön, Stockholm. Photos (above and below) of Lådan exterior copyright ArkDes.

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Lådan livingroom

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Lådan interiors. Photo copyright Åke E:son Lindman.

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Ralph Erskine at his worktable in Lådan

Black and white images of Ralph Erskine and Lådan. Photo copyright ArkDes Collections.

 

 

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2018-10-05

Simplistic seating

The classic Scandi wood chair with its sleek and minimalistic look seem to reinvent itself every other year. In 2018 one interesting chair is the Linea Akademia chair by Wesley Walters & Salla Luhtasela for Nikari. It was part of Wesley Walters’ Master’s Thesis at Aalto University, a research of ”The American Shaker style and its characteristics, brought to life anew in a Nordic context”. Handsome!

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Linea Akademia chair by Wesley Walters & Salla Luhtasela (aka Kaksikko) for Nikari (2018). Massive oak treated with wood oil mixture. Photo copyright Chikako Harada.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2018-09-19

Kvadrat goes flooring

Danish Kvadrat is a fab Scandi brand, known and respected for their environmental friendly production and handsome collection of contemporary fabrics. Kvadrat collaborates with designers and artists like Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Olafur Eliasson, Akira Minagawa, Doshi Levien and Patricia Urquiola. New 2018 is a collection of rugs by Hella Jongerius in felted interpretations of art and nature.

F_20095_C0285_FULL_SIZE_LOWSienna rug by Hella Jongerius for Kvadrat (2018) is inspired by abstract expressionist paintings, such as those of Mark Rothko. 100 % wool, available in standard rug sizes. Photo copyright Kvadrat.

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With its soft, saturated hues and delicate composition Sienna brings to life Hella Jongerius’s exceptional sense for colour through an array of delicate tonal gradations. Photo copyright Kvadrat.
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Sienna in production in the handicraft studio in Nepal. To achieve the rug’s captivating watercolour-like expression, dyed flocks of wool are pulled by hand until they are almost transparent. Like paint, they overlap when placed on a dark or light base, gently flowing and diffusing into each other. Photo copyright Studio Hella Jongerius.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Kvadrat 2018-08-29

A little scruffy around the edges…

Sooner or later all Scandi design items gets a little bit scruffy around the edges. But design of high quality will grew old with charm and dignity. That’s why vintage Scandinavian is still in the loop! Your design pieces definitely’s got a second life and it’ll take a lifetime or more before such a piece is worn out.

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The classic garden chair in powder coated steel make a perfect companion over years. In this Swedish house a few simple chairs with worn paint adds a laidback feel to the designer table, strict greenery and minimalistic architecture. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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In the beginning we’re all pristine! Palissad outdoor series by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay. Powder coated steel. Palissad quilted cushion (2018) in water resistant fabric. Photo copyright Hay.

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The classic Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek was designed in 1933. Some years ago Artek started ”2nd cycle” – a business which take back old furniture, restore them and sell them again. Some of the original stools are left with the original paint, now worn but lovely. Photo copyright Artek.

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Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek. Solid birch made in Finland. Photo copyright Artek.

Alvar Aalto, Anna Kern, Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Hay, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec 2018-08-26

What will next Season bring?

It’s late August and time to take care of and bring the garden furniture and planters into storage. It’s also time for thinking about next ”season”: What to grow and in what…and perhaps look for additional furniture and garden tools. The Scandi brands knows how to produce environmental friendly garden beauties. Look out for brands like Byarums bruk and Blå Station!

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Early morning at Rosendals trädgård in Stockholm. Garden furniture Kaffe Chair 011 and Kaffe Sofa 012, both by Thomas Bernstrand for Blå Station (2014). Steel. The Kaffe family comprises chair, easy chair, sofa and table. And is as useful indoors as in the garden. Palissad planter by Signe Persson-Melin for Byarums bruk. Recycled raw aluminium. Snäcka bird bath by Byarums bruk. Recycled raw aluminium. Wool blanket Crux by Pia Wallén (1991). 90% organic lambswool, 10% organic cashemere. From a piece by Cia Wedin for Lantliv, photo copyright Anna Kern.

Anna Kern, Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Signe Persson Melin 2018-08-25

Forever contemporary: Bodil Kjaer

Danish designer Bodil Kjaer (born in 1932) has always been a brilliant interpreter of her time. This last Spring Kjaer and her fab design was celebrated at the Milano furniture fair with a re-launch of no less than 25 interesting and handsome objects, from the smart Inside/Outside furniture for Carl Hansen & Son to the beautiful Crosses glass work for Holmegaard.

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The Indoor/Outdoor series by Bodil Kjaer (1959), in production by Carl Hansen & Son (2018). This handsome series of furniture in massive teak can be used indoors as well as outdoors. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Son.

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Simplicity at its best; chair from the Indoor/Outdoor series by Bodil Kjaer (1959) for Carl Hansen & Son (2018). Massive teak. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Son.

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Take a look at the handsome details! Indoor/Outdoor series by Bodil Kjaer (1959), for Carl Hansen & Son (2018). Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Son.

 

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Forever contemporary, forever stylish; Danish designer Bodil Kjaer in her elegant Indoor/Outdoor chair, originally designed in 1959, re-launched by Carl Hansen & Son in 2018. Solid teak. Photo copyright Felix Odell.

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Vases Crosses – a series of hand-blown glass vases by Bodil Kjaer for Holmegaard 2017. Originally designed as Cross Vases for Torben Oerskov & Co in 1961–1962. Comes in colours clear, smoke and green, sizes H 12–25 cm. Photo copyright Holmegaard.

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Vases Crosses by Bodil Kjaer for Holmegaard (2017). Photo copyright Holmegaard.

Architectual moves, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly 2018-08-20

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