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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

In between Winter and Spring

Perhaps this is the last weekend ”between winter and spring”? It is biting cold in the shade but with a cup of coffee in their hands the brave ones insist in sitting outdoors, trying out the garden furniture for the first time this year. As you know, the sunloving stockholmers never miss a chance of taking a fika in a spot of clear daylight. In the garden the trees are budding yet small birds fly like mini space shuttles to the feeding tray, hence and forth, collecting sunflower seeds to see them through the night!

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Yes yes yes! Garden furniture series Palissade by brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay (2016) is now available in cremewhite (2017). White? For outdoor use? Yes! Nothing stands better against green grass, lilac trees and soft grey gravel paths. Photo copyright Gulled.

Pallisade sketchThe first sketch for Palissade, by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. Photo copyright Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
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…and the colour scheme for Palissade by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Hay (2017).

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For stylish birds in an urban setting: Birdsnest, vintage bird feeder in stoneware by Swedish design nestor Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg (1960). Available at Nordlings. Photo copyright Nordlings.

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Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Hay, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Scandimood 2017-04-01

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

Indicating Spring

Spring is around the corner and it’s high time to take geranium cuttings. The geranium or ”pelargon” as we call it in Sweden is easy to grow and lovely with its fresh green foliage and rich blossoming. Nowadays the geranium comes in many colours and shapes, but the Swede’s favourite is the classic Mårbacka. Pale pink has never been prettier!

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Among the Scandi interior and fashion accessories 2017 there´s a lot of sophisticated pink. Right now, in the early days of sunlight and soft rain…I definitely go for pink.

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Mosebacke raincoat by Stutterheim (2017). Photo copyright Stutterheim.

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Navet Clamp Tray Small, by Navet Sthlm (2017). Pink metal, size diameter 15, H 1,7 cm. Photo copyright Navet Sthlm.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, In the Season, Scandimood, Stutterheim 2017-03-20

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

A clear vision?

The Scandinavian design, furniture and light fairs for Spring 2017 are lining up and here in Stockholm we’re heading towards Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. Producers, designers and media from all over the world will gather together at the Fair and in town. As we meet and mingle, do a lot of talking and listen to many a good discussion I’ll keep in mind that our perspectives may differ, even though it is not always obvious. That’s why I’ll bring a whole bag of different ”glasses” with me. Used together they may blur your vision for a while. But it is interesting what you can find when wearing:
The environmental friendly glasses – how, where and why is design produced? What impact does it have on the climate etc? What kind of responsibilites do we have, as producer, designer, media and user?
The gender glasses – who is included in the discourse of design, and who is not, and how come? The power structures in the design business is very rigid which is remarkable as the ”design world” as I know it is filled with gifted, friendly, caring people. How can we make change, and why is it important?
The animal rights glasses– no one can ignore that a large part of the industry profits from the abuse and suffering of animals.
The eco-aesthetical glasses – where do I find a satisfying combination of sustainable form and sustainable production? What critera has to be fulfilled for a product to be considered eco-aesthetically sustainable?

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Cosy Norwegian with an environmental friendly approach: styling by Kirsten Visdal for Oslo Design Fair (25–28 January 2017). Photo copyright Margaret M De Lange/ Oslo Design Fair.

 

 

Contemporary Scandi, In the Season, Scandimood 2017-01-22

When elephants stir… part two

One of the first posts on Scandimood about animal rights told about the abuse of elephants. Last year Ringling Bros. declared their ”elephant act” closed and today news came this institution of abuse is shutting down. Let’s stir up the world! For the benefit of all animals still captured in the entertainment business. Society has changed, eyes have opened; say no to the abuse and exploit of animals for entertainment, in factory farming and production of food, clothes, design items and meds…

 

 

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Transfer or transition? Your choice makes the difference. Eames Elephant by Charles and Ray Eames (1945) for Vitra. Photo copyright Vitra.

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BLES – Boon Lott’s Elephant Sancturary creates a safe and natural home for rescued Thai elephants.

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Wildlife SOS India saves captured and abused elephants in India.

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PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals works to end the use and abuse of elephants for entertainment, like in circuses (picture shows ”training” of a young calf).
CAPS – Captive Animals’ Protection Society also works to free elephants from exploitation in captivity.
Several other non-profit organizations struggle to stop pouching of elephants and the horrific ivory trade. Among them WWF and Save The Elephants.

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Animal Rights, Compassionates, Contemporary Scandi 2017-01-15

Christer Strömholm

Dearest friend and mentor; Christer Strömholm, born 22nd of July 1918, and gone to join the heavenly stars on 11th of January 2002. CHR changed the way we look upon photography as he, during a long and curious life, travelled the world with his camera! And brought us the images never to be forgotten.

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Paris late 60s. Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

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Paris 0212. Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

 

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Anita – Barcelona 1959. Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

 

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La Methode, Paris 1960. Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

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Paris 1959. The pic that brought us together; actually MY view in the 80s, captured by CHR in 1959 – my year of birth! How sweet and crazy! What did he do in ”my parisian dwelling”?! And much much later we discovered that Christer had also spent a lot of time with his girlfriend in MY apartment  in Stockholm. Ha ha! Photo copyright Christer Strömholm estate.

 

 

Christer Strömholm, Compassionates, Fab Swedes, Friends, Scandimood 2017-01-11