If in Stockholm during the Stockholm Design Week 2019 you’re much welcome to visit a production of mine called ”Mellan handen och ögat” (Between the hand and the eye). It’s an exhibition + seminars + open studio programme on sustainability as it present itself when handicraft, craft and design meet and mingle! The ”Mellan handen och ögat” exhibition is a house-story…live…and it takes place at fab Svensk Hemslöjd. App. 60 of Sweden’s best craftspeople and designers participate, with everyday objects and furniture. The organisation Svensk Hemslöjd was founded in 1899 by textile artist Lilli Zickerman and the Swedish Prince Eugen. More information will soon be available at www.svenskhemslojd.com
Chanel has declared they’re going 100% fur-free as well as stop using exotic skins for their products. The iconic fashion house hereby join other famous brands, like Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, DKNY and Donna Karan. Let’s urge design brands to follow suit pronto and say no to animal fur and skins in design items.
How nice Chanel! Now I can use my favourite perfume again, without getting bad vibes by a brand associated with abuse of animals, wildlife and nature. Photo copyright Djurens Rätt.
Raami (frame in Finnish) is a new dining collection designed by Jasper Morrison for Iittala (2019). In the design process Morrison focused on the concept of atmosphere. He investigated how the way objects are used or handled (part from functionality and their visual qualities) have an impact on the atmosphere surrounding a meal. ”Objects that contribute the best atmosphere tend to be less immediately noticeable; it may take some time before you appreciate them for their practicality and more subtle, discreet presence”, says Morrison. ”That’s because the balance of how they look and how they perform is correct, they have been designed to perform well and contribute the right atmosphere, not just to catch the eye.” I agree on that. And who is better suited than Jasper Morrison to design a minimalistic, basic yet interesting collection where a few but well designed items in as disparate materials as ceramic, glass and wood perform very nicely together. Or with other pieces you may already have in your home. Or will find in the future… Raami is a contemporary collection with potential to become a classic.
Raami dining collection by Jasper Morrison for Iittala (2019). Painting by Nathalie Du Pasquier. Photo copyright Iittala.
Raami tumbler by Jasper Morrison for Iittala (2009) comes in colours Clear, Moss Green and Sea Blue. The plate comes in a soft white colour. Photo copyright Iittala.
Raami glass by Jasper Morrison for Iittala (2009) is a small, rather sturdy and heavy glass on foot. For sparkling, white, red wine or apretif. Photo copyright Iittala.
A retired lounge chair is sitting like a fine piece of art by the large window in my living room… Her name is Pernilla but she´s always been nicknamed ”Bruno” after Bruno Mathsson who designed this masterpiece in 1944. Bruno’s got a sleek, curved frame in laminated beech and original green paper webbing, now faded into a pale lime green. She’s no longer steady on her feet, and is wobbling slightly at touch. After close to 75 years of use this chair is now turned into a nest for cats. And as such she´ll remain.
Pernilla with the now very rare green paper webbing. Photo by Jacksons.
Pernilla with the now very rare red paper webbing. Photo by Jacksons.
Baby knew all along that Bruno actually would make a great cat nest (comfy…but also the perfect match to her emerald eyes…). Hera though is indifferent to the value of design. Food, sleep and some hunting makes her day. Everyday. Photo copyright Cia Wedin.
Several Scandi brands attended Orgatec 2018 – the international fair in Cologne where furniture for the contemporary and future office space were on display. Swedish Wästberg exhibited as partner to Vitra within their ”Work Concept” space. And launched lighting with a high-tech, minimalistic and environmental friendly design. When the traditional office space and interior is under change, the Scandi brands establish a conceptual take on the office: Wästberg use form and function to bring lighting to a level where the lamp is not a fixed structure but a multifunctional nice obejct you may bring with you into different spaces over time.
w182pastille by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin/ Industrial Facility for Wästberg (2018). Bio-polyamide based on 60% biologically and recycable material from the castor plant. Dimmable from a single LED rather than an array, which reduces heat as well as energy use. This is achieved by reaching a state of equilibrium between its single light source, a large reflector and large diffuser. Photo copyright Wästberg.
w182pastille has a construction that allows a variety of ‘surfaces’ to be illuminated. Different to task lamps that illuminate in a focused way; or table and pendant lamps that provide ambient light, the lamp sees environments as surfaces to softly illuminate. The w182 pastille is able to freely articulate between surfaces by rotating up, down and around. Photo copyright Wästberg.
w182pastille by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin for Wästberg (2018). Comes in colours Oxide Red, Olive Green, Soft White and Graphite Black. Photo copyright Wästberg.
It’s time for the amaryllis bulbs to be planted and the hyacinths to go into vases. In app. 6 weeks from now the graceful flowers will blossom, filling the room with their lovely scent!
I’ll keep this beauty in mind while following the amaryllis of 2018 while they grow, slowly… into tall and slender…into white and lime…into perfection.
Hyacinth bulbs in Olympia vases by Ingegerd Råman for Skruf. Hats made of Carta Varese paper from Carta Pura. Wooden dear by Gunnar Johnsson for E Torndahl. Styling by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Anna Kern.
Art + Sustainability is a strong trend and some projects manage to balance an artistic integrity with hard core pragmatism. In 2012 Olafur Eliasson teamed up with engineer Frederik Ottesen and founded Little Sun – a foundation and business, with the aim to bring sun energy to people who have no access to the electrical grid. Since the start more than 650 000 lamps have been sold of the original Little Sun lamp. Last year the team launched Little Sun Diamond, a pocket sized, feather light, solar powered lamp made of biodegenrable plastic. 5 hours charging in the sun gives 5 hours of bright light, fading to a longlasting soft light. Now Little Sun steps up with the release of Little Sun Black Diamond, a special edition in stylish carbon black. For each lamp sold two solar lamps will go to people in an area without reliably access to energy. The campaign runs November 1st until Christmas.
Little Sun Black Diamond by Olafur Eliasson for Little Sun (2018). Photo copyright Little Sun.
Five hours charge in the sun gives five hours bright light and then a slowly fade into a soft light over a time period of several hours. Little Sun Black Diamond by Olafur Eliasson for Little Sun (2018). Photo copyright Little Sun.
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.
Fresh and Fading Memories, hanging sculpture installation by one of my favourite artists Ghanaian born El Anatsui at Palazzo Fortuny in Venice (2007). An artistic recycling of aluminium wrappings and bottle-caps. Photo copyright Palazzo Fortuny.
Larsson korgmakare in Old Town Stockholm is the last rattan furniture maker in Sweden! Erica Larsson is 4th generation at the company. Larssons make their own fab furniture but also Josef Frank’s beautiful chairs for Svenskt Tenn. Recently Larsson korgmakare made some fab pieces for Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, designed by Matti Klenell and Carina Seth Andersson. If in Stockholm, visit the newly restored Nationalmuseum and admire the handmade furniture from Larsson korgmakare!
Chair by Matti Klenell for Nationalmuseum (2018). Handmade by Larsson korgmakare. Photo copyright Nationalmuseum.
In the making: craftsman Lasse from Larsson korgmakare work on the new chair by Matti Klenell for Nationalmuseum (2018). Photo copyright Anna Kern.
Erica Larsson at Larsson korgmakare working on a Josef Frank chair for Svenskt Tenn. From a piece for Svenska Dagbladet by Cia Wedin. Photo copyright Filippa Tredal.
The young design- and sustaiability minded handicraft spehere in Sweden make perfect blend of traditional and contemporary. One of the rising stars is Jennie Adén, who recieved her Barchelor of Fine Art degree at Beckmans College of Design (Stockholm 2018). Her graduation project ”Down to Earth” recieved a lot of positive attention due to the designers exquisite use of natural materials in a contemporary design. Trendy yet useful in the everyday Jennie Adéns objects question traditional production schemes. With her work she bring modes and values of contemporary design and traditional handicraft together. Earlier this year Jennie Adén won the Svenskt Tenn Design Award 2018, and exhibited at the Svenskt Tenn Gallery in september. She’s also the winner of a newly installed prize from Föreningen Svensk Hemslöjd and exhibit this week att Svensk Hemslöjd in Stockholm. Don´t miss out!
Ticka bowls by Jennie Adén (2018). Granulated polypore and water. Photo copyright Jennie Adén.
A long time favourite of mine is the teacup Black Hyacinth by Arthur Percy for Gefle. Percy (1886–1976) presented this pattern in 1956, and it is one of the finest early screen prints on porcelain in Sweden. The cup feels good to handle and is perfect for tea. And… it is a lovley sight with the beautiful grown flowers on the cup, and the sweet bud pattern on the saucer.
Best tea cup ever? If only there´d been a pot too…!
Svart Hyacint (Black Hyacinth) by Arthur Percy (1886–1976) for Gefle (later incorporated with Upsala Ekeby). Model: AU-2. In production: 1956–1976. To the right handcrafted ceramic bowls by Jonas Lindholm and glasses by Ingegerd Råman. From a piece by Cia Wedin for Lantliv. Photo copyright Anna Kern.
The Book Cradle by Bruno Mathsson from 1941 is one of the best small, mobile bookshelves ever. Made in solid beech it is still in production by Bruno Mathsson International. As a vintage piece the Book Cradle is rare, and often very expensive. Try Jacksons or Modernity, two of Stockholms best shops for Scandinavian vintage classics. Photo copyright Henrik Sandin.