Archive | Environmental friendly

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!

Foto 2017-12-04 13 23 36 (2)

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.

Foto 2018-01-31 18 39 44

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.

Screen-100_WEB-1846102

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.

image4840

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.

iittalasff18016

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.

bad801a3-8961-4e6a-84eb-a297b0eced3d

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

snodroppar_1954-copy

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

Closing in on the Design Week!

In a few days the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 will be up and running. My mailbox is filling up with interesting previews of ideas and possibilities to experience and learn more about design! Here’s some brand and designer news to keep an eye on during the Design Week:

Designtorget in collaboration with students from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm. Morfar wheat warmer by Isabel Wagner and Olivia Tognelli Brontén is a real teaser with its ”grandpa + cat + relaxing + eco feel good” interpretation!

fa6422a4790cd0e9a7c1fd9d5a1d4bce

 

Wästberg + Dawid”Farewell to the Cave” jubilee celebration (Wästberg ten years), art exhibition by fab photographer Dawid and launch of a new book by Magnus Wästberg. Product launch? None!

Articles = Cube by Carina Seth Andersson and Socialclub by Anna von Schewen. Two exceptionally gifted designers. Two products. A launch and an exhibition.

Articles

 

Iittala Design Talk – Colours for Living where Jeremiah Tesolin (Creative Director, Iittala), Matti Klenell (Interior designer), Lotta Agaton (Interior designer) and Katri Saarikivi (Researcher of cognitive near science, topic colour and emotion, Helsinki University) take on a discussion on the ”power of colours and how they inspire better living within our home”.

Jessica Signell Knutsson; elegant but bold minimalism by the Swedish furniture designer from her designstudio in Barcelona. Exhibited by Astrid.

Bolon. In situ at several exhibition spaces at the Fair we’ll experience the magic of Bolon flooring; in ”Thammada” – an installation by Paola Navone, Guest of Honor at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018; in the exhibition and café by Nick Ross for the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair Greenhouse area; in ”Panorama” – an exhibition on democratic architecture.

Gärsnäs. New work by David Ericsson, Färg & Blanche and others, displayed in a space designed by TAF architects.

18_inbjudan5

 

Architectual moves, Bolon, Book Cradle, Carina Seth Andersson, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Iittala, TAF, Wästberg 2018-01-29

A small urbanista!

Some small party of very cute individuals, actually the 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 are now facing deep winter. It is cold, dark and every other day it snows. Feeding the small birds during this harsh period is a popular activity among Swedes. This weekend we’ll participate in the event ”Vinterfåglar in på knuten”, a yearly counting of small birds initiated in 2006 by Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening and now called BirdLife Sweden.

37671_016da5a7

During the counting of small birds 2017 app. 500 Blue Tit individuals were spotted in Stockholm City. Making the Blue Tit the most common small bird in Stockholm City. In second place came The Great Tit with 209 individuals. Photo copyright BirdLife Sweden.

37946_d64e3b3d

 

 

 

Animal Rights, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2018-01-26

What does the fox say?

In the end of 2017 good news came from the north of Sweden. The Arctic Fox project reported 31 litters of Arctic Fox were born during the summer. Compare that to the 6 litters of 2016! The small Fjällräv (Arctic Fox), is ”endangered” which means it is in acute threat of extinction. The total population is only app. 200 individuals. The Arctic Fox was given protected status in Sweden 1928, and Norway 1930, but until then it was hunted large-scale. Since the 1990s efforts have been made to protect the fox and its habitat.

If you’re curious to listen to the fox, you’ll find a charming audioinsta @fjallravsprojektet

Fjällräv3-klimpfjäll

The white colour morph changes from a brown/grey/white summer coat to a completely white winter coat – an adaptation for staying camouflaged both in summer and winter habitats. One research area of The Arctic Fox project examine how camouflage is affected by shorter snow seasons under climate change. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.

Arctic_Sweden-09-Tomas_Meijer-001-1

A 11-month old Swedish female arctic fox in winter coat. Photo copyright Tomas Meijer/The Arctic Fox Project.

Fjällräv2-1030x686

In the Arctic Fox project Sweden and Norway collaborates, with the aim to help this fine little animal survive.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-12-31

Compassion

…is something to aim for. At least in my book! For the receiving part it may mean hope, freedom, love and a better life. Or life itself! Take some minutes and browse through the list to the right; find out how non-profit organizations world wide make a difference. For children, animals and nature; those who cannot defend themselves against cruelty. 2017 was a year of investigations into crime so awful and unthinkable it is almost impossible to watch the pics and stories. Here’s some disturbing pics from the abusing of animals. Of MEN abusing defenseless animals trapped in the industry of food, entertainment, design, fashion etc.

br-hog-farm-investigation-header

H17GEA-Live-Plucking-header

ENT-Great-Bear-Show-NC-PO-DB-580-VS

SKN-skinned-crocs-on-table-580-NC-PO-VS

 

b9f12dc48cef4c3f6d9339b24b4832804e42eccd

alg-baby-elephant-jpg

06circus-web-master675

Ele-kick-seq-BB-10-3000px-500x350

baby-angora-goat-handled-carelessly

dun_tvangsmatning_500px

Animal Rights, Environmental friendly 2017-12-24

The small size Scandi gift 2017

Looking for a Contemporary Scandi design gift size small? Here’s some of my favourites:

 

 

Reflector by Svenskt Tenn

Reflector by Erika Pekkari for Svenskt Tenn, brass, 24,5 cm. A fine little object to bring as a gift to someone who love flowers and perhaps has grown an amaryllis for Christmas. Put the reflector in the flowerpot and it’ll reflect light into the room. Or, use it as a bookmark! Photo copyright Svenskt Tenn.

 

Coaster by Pia Wallén

Coaster in felted eco wool by Pia Wallén. When you arrive at a friends house with a bottle of glögg (Swedish for mulled wine) why not add some coasters – for designs sake! Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

 

Skärmavbild 2017-12-19 kl. 15.18.02

Nail brush Lovisa is handmade by visually impaired craftsmen at Iris Hantverk brush binding manufacturing in Stockholm. Oil treated oak and tampico fibre, 10 x 4 x 3 cm. Perfect in the bathroom, kitchen or in the garden! Photo copyright Iris Hantverk.

 

Skärmavbild 2017-12-19 kl. 15.12.56

…and the new vegan chocolate truffle, handmade by Åre Chokladfabrik in Jämtland county, in the north of Sweden. Photo copyright Åre Chokladfabrik.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Iris Hantverk, Pia Wallén 2017-12-21

From wood to textile

Do you know what small fashion brand Allvar has in common with gigantic furniture maker IKEA and iconic textile producer Marimekko? They´re all investing in the developing of new kinds of cellulose based textiles. With an aim to find a sustainable alternative to cotton etc.

hope-allvar-hipster-1_2

Allvar Hipster by Stefan Söderberg (founder of fashion brand Hope) for Allvar (2017), made from pine and spruce trees from FSC certified forests in the Ångermanland province in Sweden. Timber from these forests are sent to the biorefinery Domsjö Fabriker by the forest company Holmen. Most of the trees selected are those too weak to be used as construction timber. In the biorefinery, the wood is separated into its different parts: ethanol, resin, lignin and cellulose. Allvar underwear are made from the cellulose. Photo copyright Allvar.

1455468964062

Allvar is the first brand of textile products with a certain origin in the Swedish forests. The minimalistic style of both product and packaging lends Allvar a chance to be recognized at the international fashion scene. Photo copyright Allvar.

allu-birch-tree-dress.jpg.650x0_q70_crop-smart

Allu dress by Marimekko (2014) was the first Marimekko product to be made of Ioncell fabric. Photo copyright Marimekko.

Since some years Marimekko has been part of a research project led by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki developing the Ioncell-F method, by which birch cellulose can be used to manufacture a biodegradable textile fibre. Marimekko now takes the step to make a market entry of wood-based textiles made of pulp-based fibre spun with Spinnova technology. Finnish fibre technology company Spinnova is currently the only company in the world able to convert pulp directly into textile fibre without chemical solvents.

Swedish forest

Ikea in partnership with H&M and the Swedish green-tech company Tree to Textile has embarked on a project to develop techniques for the making of cellulose based textiles. When and how is yet to be presented.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes 2017-12-05

08.22 traditions

December 3rd in Stockholm Old Town and at sunrise 08.22 we lit a candle and have some tea and gingerbread while enjoying the scent of hyacinths. Six hours later the sun sets but by then you´ll see paperstar lighting in every other window, and outdoors garden torches are burning.
Holocene No3. Jasper Morrison_Photo Emil Fagander

The essence of a stylish Stockholm winter afternoon: Bamboo Chair by Viggo Boesen (1936), table Utö by Axel Einar Hjorth (1930s) and candle stick Holocene no 3, by Jasper Morrison for Wästberg (2017). Photo copyright Wästberg.

glas

Hyacinths are everywhere! Glass by Ulla Forsell. From a piece by Cia Wedin for ELLE Decoration. Photo copyright Titti Erksell-Barker.

Stella slim 118 vit

Paper star Stella from Watt & Veke, handmade in environmental friendly produced paper. Size 80 cm. Photo copyright Watt & Veke.

03_Marfa-Light_garden-torch-585x878

…and garden torch Marfa light, by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Smaller Objects. Galvanized, powder coated steel, 12x12x65 cm. Photo copyright Smaller Objects.

Claesson Koivisto Rune, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood, Wästberg 2017-12-03

Fur Free Friday 2017

SKN+PETA+fur+free+friday+fff+fox+banner+564x310+PO+BH

CFD – Cruelty Free Design; never buy design made of or including fur, leather, hides, angora, mohair, feather, non certified wool or any part of an animal. Animals, humans and nature suffer in the industry and animal derived materials have a negative impact on the climate.

 

goat-sheared-for-mohair

injured-goats-used-for-mohair-830x554

mohair-item

”Production” of angora wool and hides. Photo copyright PETA2.

 

”Fur farming” in 2017. Photo copyright ADI (Animal Defenders International).

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Scandimood 2017-11-24

Into the woods

Well, some day’s you’re lucky. Two favourites in one frame: horse and tree. With this glimpse from England and fab Hampson Woods Jonty and his team take their business a step forward introducing ”HW Monthly Drops”. Each month HW will release a unique product made from a unique piece of timber, shaped into a new purpose. If you love wooden utilities in your kitchen…don’t miss out!

Small scale woodland management at Hampson Woods, located in the Lake District of Britain. These clips show horses George and Charly in action together with humans George and Tom from HW. Enjoy!

Kolli working for team HW

Craftsman Kolli at work for team HW (2017). Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

Spatulas by HW

Porridge spoon (also perfect as spatula) by Hampson Woods (2017), handmade from london plane. To be finished with organic HW Wood Balm. Photo copyright Hampson Woods.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, No Plastic 2017-11-05