Archive | Environmental friendly

That special feeling

Once in a while we visit a house where architecture and interior, seemingly without effort, blends into that special feeling we call a home.  Skilled architect Torbjörn Gudmundsson and organic house producer LEVA Husfabrik created the building, in collaboration with a young Stockholm family. The interior is sparsely decorated with a few selected new pieces of furniture and some vintage/second hand objects. And the result is fab!

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In the May issue of Swedish ELLE Decoration you can read about this small contemporary summer dwelling situated in the Stockholm Archepelago. Text and styling by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

Architectual moves, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-05-18

Your responsibility

…as for me it is as simple as this: stop the abuse and misery of livestock factory farming. Sign this urgent petition from Animals Australia. Every year millions and millions of cows and sheep spends long hours packed on ships as live export. It is usual all over the world. It has to end. Go veggie! Say no to leather products.

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One ship. Meat and leather? All photographs photo copyright veterinarian Lynn Simpson/Animals Australia (2016).

If you’ve got the stomach…watch this Animals Australia live export investigation (Sledgehammering in Vietnam 2016). Video copyright Animals Australia: https://vimeo.com/170439752. It is very disturbing. 

Animal Rights, Environmental friendly, Scandimood 2017-05-04

The forgiving kind of glass

After years of plain smooth yet often colourful glass we now encounter some press glass news again! Yes! Being a hardcore sucker for classics like Kastehelmi by Oiva Toikka I welcome the Ripple glass series by danish brand Ferm Living. Pressed glass is such a ”forgiving” kind of glass; you can use a simple glass material and it can be mass-produced. If the design is fab…your glass product will be beautiful and nice to use on daily basis.

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Ripple glass carafe by Ferm Living (2017). Photo copyright Ferm Living.

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Ripple glass series with stylish carafe and glasses by Ferm Living (2017). Photo copyright Ferm Living.

 

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Kastehelmi glass table wear was designed in 1964 by Oiva Toikka. It is still in production by Iittala. ”Kastehelmi” is finnish for ”dewdrop”, and especially the clear glass gives the impression of a garden in the morning or looking through a window on a rainy day. The tiny glass bubbles extend outwards from the centre of each piece and is not merely decorative. Oiva Toikka was seeking a way to hide the joint marks left by the production process, and came up with this pattern.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Iittala, Oiva Toikka, Scandimood 2017-04-30

For the little ones!

Scandi producers have a long legacy of making superb and sustainable furniture for children. One of the most famous is Peter’s Chair and Table by Hans J Wegner, designed in 1944 and in production by Carl Hansen & Sons.

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Peter’s Chair and Table by Hans J Wegner (1944) for Carl Hansen & Sons. The chair (CH410) and table (CH411) are made of untreated maple and beech hardwood. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.


Take a look at the making of Peter’s Chair and Table. Video copyright Carl Hansen & Sons.

Another classic is the Childrens Stool NE60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek (1933). Made of beautiful pale birch this stool is a children’s version of the famous three-legged Stool 60. Photo copyright Artek.
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NE60 comes with an option for the seat. You can chose between natural lacquered birch veneer, white laminate or black linoleum. There’s a round table to go with the stool. Photo copyright Artek.

 

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A contemporary interpretation of the classics is Little Architect’s series by Ferm Living (2017). It is made of ash veneer and comes in five colours; bordeaux, dark blue, dark green, grey and rose. Photo copyright Ferm Living.

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..and here’s one of my favourites, the contemporary children’s chair Ru by Shane Schneck for Hay (2010). Not only innovative of structure but Ru features smart possibilities: it can hang off the table, it is stackable, and multiple chairs can be linked together to form a row. Birch plywood and ash veneer. Photo copyright Hay.

Alvar Aalto, Architectual moves, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Hans J Wegner, Hay, Videos 2017-04-29

Contemporary Scandi Colours

The Scandinavian style is often defined as being simplistic and lacking colour. It has become common to exemplify the Scandi look with classic furniture by masters like Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen, Bruno Mathsson and Hans J Wegner. (See categories to the right of this page). And yes, much of the classic Scandi does have a pale look due to the use of natural wood, paper yarn, linen, wool etc. But since some years now we see a new approach to colour with beautiful soft shades forming contemporary colourschemes. The possibility to mix many colours is the important part; an interior with many colours becomes livable and welcoming in a way the monochrome, white or grey-scale interior can never achieve. Muuto is one good example of a Scandi brand working deliberately with colours to create the New Scandi.

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Accent cushion by Margrethe Odgaard for Muuto (2017). The simplicity of the soft canvas weave is highlighted in the scaled canvas print, emphasizing the visuality of traditional weaving technique. 100% cotton, silk screen print. Size 60×30 cm. Photo copyright Muuto.

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Muuto also knows how to give their permanent collection a new look by adding new colours. Here lamps Unfold by Form Us With Love in Olive, E27 by Mattias Ståhlbom in Nude and Ambit by TAF in Beige-Green. All pics copyright Muuto.

Muuto shootFiber chair upholstered by Iskos Berlin, Compile bookends by Cecilie Manz, Leaf lamp by Broberg & Ridderstråle, Restore tray by Mika Tolvanen. Photo copyright Muuto.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Muuto 2017-04-14

Baranquilla by Josef Frank

From the very cool contemporary Scandi to the vivid colour scheme of Josef Frank! When Norway and Denmark got occupied by Germany during the 2nd World War, Josef Frank and his wife Anna left Stockholm to seek safety in New York. They travelled by boat to Colombia and the city Barranquilla and reached their destination in december 1941. During his exile Frank designed several iconic patterns. Gorgeous Baranquilla (1943–1945) is now in production by Svenskt Tenn.

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Baranquilla, textile pattern by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn (1943–1945) now in production by Svenskt Tenn (2017).

Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Josef Frank 2017-04-04

When Classic goes Contemporary

Classic handtufted rug Moss by Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg for Kasthall goes contemporary with a stripe look! So 2017! Lovely! Ines is the sassy result of a fine interpretation process by designer Maja Johansson (2017).

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Ines rug by Maja Johansson for Kasthall (2017). Handtufted wool and linen. Here in the colour Moon 500. Photo copyright Kasthall.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Kasthall, Scandimood 2017-04-03

The holistic point of view

While looking for Cruelty Free Design during the Stockholm Design & Architecture Week I found there’s a strong trend right now to define your brand, your design, your production as ”sustainable”. But very few indications of a holistic interpretation of sustainability. Where’s that top notch Scandi brand who can confirm their products does no harm to man, animal and nature? Not during the production, not during the use and not while recycled into new materials?

Birds plucked alive on farms linked to ”responsible” down suppliers. Investigation by PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (2016). Video copyright PETA.

Animal Rights, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Gender perspective, No Plastic 2017-03-29

Re-grow your vegs

Food waste has become a huge problem in Sweden; we throw away app. 26 kg food/person/year. The production of this food has a negative impact on climate change. It is important to reduce food waste in public as well as private consumption. As for myself I do no longer throw anything away. It may seem difficult at first but after some practise you’ll figure out how to re-use left overs etc in new delicious ways. Did you know that a lot of vegetables and fruits can re-grow themselves if put in water? Madeleine Nelson, student at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, and producer Designtorget has presented a tool for re-growing vegs like leek, salad and lemongrass. I’ll try this one out at once! Nice!

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Regrow, tool for regrowing vegetables and fruit, by Madeleine Nelson for Designtorget (2017). Stainless steel. Photo copyright Designtorget.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2017-02-27

Offecct Lifecircle

”In the near future, only the design and function will be possible to own. So we all have to rethink and reuse”, says Anders Englund, design manager at Offecct. Last week the company launched a new addition to their Lifecircle production line: the Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto.

Offecct aim to produce furniture with a ”perpetual lifecycle”, hence the company apply sustainability in all aspects of the production. They also offer a second-life strategy for their products: A used but functional Offecct piece of furniture can be traded in when you buy a new. After inspection, service and refurbishing the old product is sold again as Offecct ReUsed. You may also choose reupholstery for your furniture and Offecct then recycle the old textile as filling material. It is inovative and ambitious. And made in Sweden.

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Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2017). Frame in recycled aluminium, seat and back in molded wooden shell, handsewn textile cover with filling of cut cold foam. Photo copyright Offecct.

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The upholstered wooden sections of the Phoenix chair by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2017) are available in a range of colours and finishes. They can easily be removed and replaced if you want a new colour or material for novel functions and/or styles. The old upholstering is used as filling material in other products.

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Notes hanging acoustic panels by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2015), in 100% recycled materials including filling of recycled waste textile. The designer was inspired by his childhood in Venice, Italy, where it is common to dry laundry by throwing them over any available cable you find hanging between houses. ”When kids play football on the street, the clothes hanging over the lines muffles the sound of the bouncing football and screaming kids. So I used that as inspiration and tried to transfer it into an industrial product”, explains Luca Nichetto. Photo copyright Offecct.

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Notes hanging acoustic panels by Luca Nichetto for Offecct (2015), has a filling of recycled waste textile. Photo copyright Offecct.

Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Offecct 2017-02-22

Holocene by Wästberg

Fab masters of illumination, Wästberg, created the loveliest exhibition during Stockholm Design and Architecture Week. In the magical setting of Skridskopaviljongen Wästberg cherished fire as a light source. The Holocene collection consists of two oil lamps and one candlestick by designers Ilse Crawford, David Chipperfield and Jasper Morrison.

 

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The essence of a stylish Stockholm winter afternoon: Bamboo Chair by Viggo Boesen (1936),  table Utö by Axel Einar Hjorth (1930s) and contemporary candle light! I can imagine myself in that chair, wrapped in a cosy blanket, with a wool rug on the floor, teacup in my hand and… a pile of books to read. Candle stick Holocene no 3, by Jasper Morrison for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Holocene no 2 oil lamp by David Chipperfield for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Wästberg 2017-02-15

Scandi eco flowers

It’s the beginning of January and Stockholm Old Town rests peacefully under a thick layer of snow.  It is not very cold, only minus 12, but enough to make your walk during the few hours of sunlight rather…brisk.  While indoors again I hide away with book, cat and tea! Today I picked up some pretty anemones, thinking how good that it’ll soon be possible to buy 100% eco-certified flowers from Swedish Interflora. The big producers of flowers are taking important steps towards an environmental friendly production. It might seem a small gesture but considering Interflora’s got 700 shops in Sweden…

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Anemone Coronaria, styled by Cia Wedin for Lantliv SE. Photo copyright Anna Kern.

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Fång by Interflora – flowers certified by MPS for Interflora. Available from April 2017. Photo copyright Interflora.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season 2017-01-05