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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

On the road with Anna

On request: house-stories signed photographer Anna Kern. It is a privilege to work with Anna and  spend a day or two in a private home, trusted to shoot and write the family’s story.  During the many hours on the road we get to know the landscape of Sweden, from the sunny fields of the south to the archipelago of Stockholm to the deep forests of the north.  Let’s re-visit some homes from 2016:

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On the outskirts of Stockholm we met with ceramic artist Calle Forsberg and garden designer Marika Delin. Marikas brother, architect Buster Delin designed the building in a 100% ecofriendly style, with simple solutions to maximize the function of the combinated home/studio.

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The kitchen is placed on top of the ceramic studio and warmed up by the ovens Calle use to burn his objects. The ”wallpaper” in the bedroom is made by raw, plant dyed, aquarelle paper. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for ELLE Decoration SE.

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We didn’t want to leave: Photograper Pelle Bergström’s villa in Skåne is a sanctuary for the soul. You rest, you work, you cook good food. And you do some gardening.

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The simplistic beauty of this house is made into a welcoming home by the cool arrangement of classic furniture + inherited aaltopieces + flee-market finds. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for ELLE Decoration SE.

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In this small sweetie in the south of Sweden interior designer Marianne Eriksson has created one of the loveliest homes we’ve seen. By using simple, natural materials and some old and some new pieces of furniture Marianne did wonders with a very old, worn-down house. Beautiful!

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The kitchen doubles as bed-and-breakfast dining room. In the entrance and adjoining rooms we admired Mariannes ability to mix colours, textiles, form and flowers. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for Lantliv SE.

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Tola. The home of textile designer Maria Åström and artist Sam Stigsson. We’ve visited this house several time over the years,  shooting pics for our book ”Mönsterträdgård” (”Garden of Patterns”,  Scandi Edition 2016).  It is a home filled with inspiration and beauty.

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Sam’s wood butterflies and candleholders in concrete are for sale at Konsthantverkarna in Stockholm. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for Lantliv SE.

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In the northeast part of Gotland (an island located in the Baltic Sea) you may visit sculptor Stina Lindholm at Skulpturfabriken. The factory, studio, café and garden are open to the public.

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And we had the pleasure to be invited to Stina’s personal space where old & traditional blend with new design into a contemporary home.  By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for Lantliv SE.

 

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In the south part of Gotland this architect home surprised us. You may work and design contemporary yet decorate your home in a traditional, simplistic country style. Look how nice the design pieces add to the style of the house!

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And yes…we got to sleep in the blue bedroom! And the entrance is nothing but lovely! By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern for ELLE Decoration SE:

 

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Hanna and Jacob Bruce of Växbo Lin knows how to mix new/hi-tech with old/traditional, thus creating a contemporary home for their three young children and cat. In the extension part they’ve placed ”modern facilities” like bathroom, sauna and a washing machine.

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In the old part of the house they’ve restored the traditional ”salen” with great care and love. This room, with its wooden floorboards, linseed paint and handprinted wallpaper demand some carefulness when used, but is nevertheless part of a modern family life.

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During the summer of 2016 we visited several houses to be published in 2017. Here’s a sneak-peak from an architects villa built in a 100% environmental friendly way.  The natural light play an important part in this house-story.  And the cows from ”next doors”…

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Integrated in the landscape, with interior solutions combining aesthetics and comfort this home is a fine example of  a so called circular economy architecture. To be published in ELLE Decoration SE in 2017. By Cia Wedin and Anna Kern.

Anna Kern, Architectual moves, Calle Forsberg, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Maria Åström, Scandimood 2016-12-21

Christmas prep

We’re awaiting Christmas and Old Town is starting to look like a fairy-tale! Inside our beautiful 18th century house we enjoy breakfast in the kitchen, while reading the morningpaper and making plans for food and gifts. It is a time of preparation and contemplation.

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This setting was created in my dear next-door neighbor Tinas’ lovely kitchen. Table Österlen by Inga Sempé for Gärsnäs, ”Y-chair” by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son, stool from Norrgavel, teapot and cup Oiva by Sami Ruotsalainen for Marimekko, blackbirds in papier-mâché by Sam Stigsson for Konsthantverkarna. Styling by Cia Wedin, photo copyright Anna Kern.

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…and the scent of hyacinths are all over! With a planting bag made of environmental friendly, breathable polypropylene you can use your basket from Korbo Handwoven Wire Baskets for indoor planting. Here with white hyacinths and soft green moss, to protect the bulbs. Styling by Cia Wedin, photo copyright Anna Kern.

Anna Kern, Carl Hansen & Son, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Korbo, Marimekko, Scandimood 2016-12-16

Marimekko summerdream

What’s up 2017? High quality materials. Well designed basic products. Some simplistic patterns and some cascades of colour… It’s Scandi business as usual! But the Spring/Summer 17 collections also stress  ”sustainability”, in one way or the other. Marimekko is no exception. With production brought back to Finland and gifted creative director Anna Teurell the Finnish brand is taking another step towards an updated life-style attitude.

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New graphic patterns by Carina Seth Andersson for Marimekko (2017). Here as table cloth and applied to Oiva porcelain (designed by Sami Ruotsalainen). Photo copyright Marimekko.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Marimekko 2016-12-02

Eco laptop? Someone?

Stylish, environmental friendly and very functional. Just as I like it! The Pia Wallén laptop case in felted eco wool and a metal button closure is nothing but…perfect. And the colours…from classy off-white to chocking pink. Nice! But when will we see the first 100 % environmental friendly MacBook Pro?!

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Computer Case by Pia Wallén. 100% felted wool, metal button closure. Size 37 x 26 cm. Photo copyright Pia Wallén.

Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Pia Wallén, Scandimood 2016-11-28

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). Aluminium wrappings and bottle-caps. Photo copyright Palazzo Fortuny.

Compassionates, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2016-11-22

Mönsterträdgård

My new book Mönsterträdgård (Garden of Patterns), on Swedish textile designer Maria Åström (Scandi Edition 2016), is now available at bookstores, designshops and museumshops in Sweden. Online at Konstig art book store.

Maria Åström, born in 1948, is one of Sweden’s most distinguished textile designers. For several years I’v been following Maria Åström in her creative work and it’s been a journey of curiosity, kind and cool. Hope you like it!

Mönsterträdgård is photographed by Anna Kern and the graphic design is by Anna Larsson.

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About a month ago MT went to our printer, Göteborgstryckeriet, in Gothenburg and sheets of beauty started to pile up before our astonished eyes.  Roses and tulips, chestnut and oak…Photo copyright @annalarssondesign.

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Still some hours to go until all 160 pages of Mönsterträdgård are printed…Photo copyright @annalarssondesign.

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Graphic designer Anna Larsson checks out the MT dummy. Good…or fab!? Photo copyright @annalarssondesign.

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Lara waited for the real thing: Mönsterträdgård fresh from the bookbinder. Photo copyright @annalarssondesign.

 

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Then MT travelled to Stockholm where our studio boss Baby tried its tactile qualities. Feels good to the paw, Baby says. Photo copyright @scandi_edition.

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”Pink chamber”, interior pic from Mönsterträdgård, book by Cia Wedin for Scandi Edition (2016). Photo copyright Scandi Edition/Anna Kern.

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Maria Åström in her studio in Skåne. From book Mönsterträdgård by Cia Wedin (Scandi Edition 2016).  Photo copyright Scandi Edition/Anna Kern.

 

 

 

Anna Kern, Book Cradle, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Friends, Maria Åström, Scandimood 2016-11-02

Walk on the wild side

Winter is around the corner and the bright, bursting colours of Fall slowly fades into soft shades of brown, green, grey, purple and blue…NOW is the time for earth colours! For a week or two it is still possible to walk in the beautiful Swedish mountains and experience this fascinating process.  If you’re very lucky you might see an Arctic Fox! This fine little animal is on the red-list of endangered species in Sweden. But efforts are made to protect and save the Arctic Fox.

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Arctic Fox at Klimpfjäll in the north of Sweden. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.

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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. In the project Felles Fjellrev Sweden and Norway collaborates, with the aim to help the Arctic Fox survive. Photo copyright Michael Eldborn.


Stalo Adventures is the main protector and guide of Arctic Fox in South Lapland. Video copyright Stalo Adventures.

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Kånken Mini from Fjällräven is a classic for children. It was created in 1978 to help prevent back problems that were emerging among Swedish school children. For almost 40 years it’s been the no 1 choice for generations of Swedish kids. In 2008 Kånken was the first backpack in the world to become climate compensated. Photo copyright Fjällräven. Kånken Mini comes in 40 colours!

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Right now there’s a campaign to save the Arctic Fox and Fjällräven participates with three special models of Kånken Mini. For each sold backpack Fjällräven give €10 to the campaign. ”Fjällräven” is the Swedish word for ”Arctic Fox”.

Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood 2016-10-25

Solid Scandi

Solid materials like wood and steel has a long history with the Scandinavian style. Swedish TAF architects have interpreted the history and function of steel vs furniture and the result is Brut, a side table where ideas comes forth in subtle and well defined detail. Despite its flimsy appearance and proportions Brut is rock solid.

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Brut Table by TAF for Skagerak (2016). Steel, brass. Size 60x48x47 cm. Photo copyright Skagerak.

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The components of table Brut by TAF for Skagerak (2016). Photo copyright TAF.

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Swedish Designduo TAF; Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. Photo copyright TAF.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, TAF 2016-10-16

The adorable vessel

A vessel of dignity is both beautiful to beheld and functional. Swedish designer Carina Seth Andersson has created Pallo Junior, a new member of her ”Pallo family”  for Skruf. In her ceramic and glass studio in Gustafsberg, close to Stockholm, Carina Seth Andersson creates minimalistic yet perfectly functional everyday objects.

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Great Burnet (Sw: Pimpinell!) and Hop looks fab in Pallo Junior, vase by Carina Seth Andersson for Skruf (2016). Photo copyright @carinasethandersson

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If in Stockholm, don’t miss out Plock, glass objects by Carina Seth Andersson, October 8  – October 26 at Konsthantverkarna. Photo copyright @carinasethandersson

Carina Seth Andersson, Contemporary Scandi, Environmental friendly, Fab Swedes, Scandimood 2016-10-02

Translating movement with GamFratesi

How do you translate a movement into a physical shape? With the Suspence™ lamp series Danish/Italian design duo GamFratesi created the form by pulling. The tensile force is visible at the top of the lamp, at the little tip! The natural soft curve of the lamps body is ”very GamFratesi” and the designers manage to make classic elegance blend into contemporary minimalism by working with small, subtle gestures. Notice the infinity diffuser in the pendant! And how the Nomad version is designed to be moved around, indoors but also ”on the terrace on a cosy summer evening”. While awaiting summer the Suspence™ lamp has, with its conceptual as well as functional approach to lighting, potential to be a favorite in many a Scandi homes.

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Suspence Pendant, by GamFratesi for Lightyears (2016). White matte, light grey matte or black matte lacquer with white, grey and black cord.  Aluminum, polycarbonate. Two sizes: 240 x 225 mm and 385 x 361 mm. Photo copyright Lightyears.

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Suspence Pendant, by GamFratesi for Lightyears (2016). Photo copyright Lightyears.

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Suspence Nomad, by GamFratesi for Lightyears (2016). White opal polyethylene body with 4 m grey or red cord. Photo copyright Lightyears.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Environmental friendly, In the Season, Okategoriserade 2016-09-26