Inspired by Nature

It’s one of those magic winter days, with huge snowflakes drifting slowly (like bumble bees!) from a clear blue sky. This is the time of the year when one feel strongly connected to Nature. To the deep lakes, the vast forests of pine and fir, to the high peaks and the majestic sea.

In Stockholm the annual Design Week is up and running and this year the Scandi brands are taking steps toward collaboration, local production and innovative new technique. The heritage of the North is celebrated with a downsized approach to production and consumption. Several brands launch iconic design in updated versions. With very delicate alternations of the look, such as changing the formula of a paint…even an icon like the Wishbone Chair (a k a Y-chair) by Hans J Wegner comes forth like contemporary. Who’d have thought this chair was designed in 1949!

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Wishbone chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son (1949) in a a fresh deep blue colour (2021) carefully applied with matte ”waterpaint” finish on solid beech wood. Papercord webbing. Photo copyright Carl Hansen & Son. Love it!

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The sweet Snow cabinet by Thomas Sandell and Jonas Bohlin for Asplund (1994) with laquered base. Does it change the look? Well…yes! From traditional (natural birch wood) to subtle minimalistic (white on white). The playful Snow transform into an elegant and grown up feel! How unexpected! Photo copyright Asplund/Länna möbler.

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String pocket shelf by Nisse Strinning for String Furniture (2005) is a cherished little gem in many Swedish homes. In 2021 a new deep green Sage tone (developed by String Furniture in collaboration with Swedish stylist Lotta Agaton) give it a very contemporary Scandi look. Beautiful! Photo copyright String Furniture.

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