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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

Kolonn

One of the most interesting products at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 was Kolonn – a contemporary stylish room divider by Beckmans students Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh. The idea was to investigate what defines a piece of furniture. And how to create an extra space, ”a room in the room” by using light weight, environmental friendly, basic material. In this case so called wallboard, which is a non toxic cellulose fibre pressed like a corrugated sheet, which makes it very flexible. Kolonn has strong sculptural and aesthetic qualities. But it is also a fine example of how a well designed object may be both beautiful and useful in the everyday. It’s sound absorbent qualities is a plus. And the light weight: less than 4 kg!

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Kolonn room divider by Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh for Beckmans in collaboration with Massproduction (2018). Photo copyright Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh.

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A beautiful sculptural object and a useful everyday piece of furniture. Kolonn room divider by Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh (Beckmans 2018).  Photo copyright Klara W Hedengren and Lisa Lindh.

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The iconic Screen 100 by Alvar Aalto for Artek (1936). Massive pinewood stripes. In production by Artek. Photo copyright Artek.

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2018-03-02

Flower power

A distinctive trend at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 was the replacement of grey grey grey by pale natural colours. But even though I am ”Mrs Beige” by heart I could easily have done with some patterns or at least accent colouring to highlight all the sand, cream, pale pink, icy blue and greige…Several brands worked with flowers, moss and branches in their presentations. One display really moved me; the lovely, natural, simplistic beauty of Gunnar Kaj for Iittala. Kaj, ”flower artist” as he likes to call himself, is known for his ability to create a poetic feel by using flowers and branches in unexpected combinations. Often au naturel…and always with respect of the plant. I loved the huge bunch of blueberry twigs in a Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto in the new moss green colour.

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Small spring tulips in red, pink and white standing in their bulbs courting the Savoy vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala. If you look closer you also see a few Frittillaria meleagris (Sv. Kungsängslilja) among the tulips! Arrangement by Gunnar Kaj for Iittala (2018). Photo copyright Peter Bruselid.

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Preview of Putki, a lamp by Matti Klenell for the restored National Museum of Sweden which is opening in October 2018. The lamp is mouth blown at the Iittala factory. Flower arrangement by Gunnar Kaj for Iittala (2018). Photo copyright Iittala.

Alvar Aalto, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iittala, Scandimood 2018-02-10

Sustainable urban gardening

There’s design and there’s sustainability. And there’s gardening. Gardening, the dream and expectations of the garden season, is part of the discussion on design and its implications on the climate. We know how to make gardening sustainable by using an organic method and eco certified seed and soil. But don’t forget the tools! Fiskars took on the challenge to develop a new range of light weight gardening tools for the small urban garden. The Fiskars Garden Light tools are made of certified, sustainable materials of high quality. The visuality is in line with the trend of a more sophisticated urbanity. What more, the tool is tactile to the hand and designed down to the detail. This is unusual; perhaps it takes a multinational Scandi brand to lead the way. Too often gardening tools are too heavy and lack visual qualities. With Fiskars we go contemporary and straight into the discussion of how to make sustainability happen. Read more at Fiskar’s sustainability report.

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The Fiskars Garden Light series (2018) combine light-weight with function and a fab visuality. Steel, aluminium, certified plastic cover. Photo copyright Fiskars.

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Snowdrop, a favourite! Soon, very soon, we’ll be able to admire its graceful beauty in our small urban garden here in Old Town Stockholm.

Architectual moves, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fiskars, In the Season 2018-02-03