Tag Archives | Scandimood no 3/2013

Transition

When the famous nordic light slowly fades into shorter days & pitch dark nights we turn inwards, seeking the deeper values of life. We turn to art, we indulge in books and music…but above all we take every opportunity to connect with Nature.
Welcome to Scandimood no 3/2013: The Nordic Nature issue! CW and MA

Scandimood 2013-08-27

Where Nature is Not?

Folding Chair by Mogens Koch

Nature is an ever present aspect of the Scandi style. It might reveal itself as an awareness of majestic mountains, lakes, forests and seas lingering in the background of our daily lives. Or just show its face with the urbanized black-birds hanging around in the midst of Stockholm Old Town… Nature is all around and materializes in the culturally made. One fine example is the Folding Chair by Mogens Koch (1932) now produced by Carl Hansen & Son.

 

Eco Aesthetics 2013-08-27

Stutterheim Raincoats

”Melancholy shouldn’t be confused with depression. Melancholy is an active state. When we’re melancholic, we feel uneasy with the way things are, the status que, the conventions of our society. We yearn for a deeper, richer relationship with the world. And in that yearning, we’re forced to explore the potential within ourselves – a potential we might not have explored if we were simply content.”
Swedish company Stutterheim is spot on when it comes to embracing the Scandi melancholy. And their raincoats are a stylish alternative to gore-tex and velcro. Stockholm comes in six colours and sizes XXS – XL.

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Marc Brady wears the Stockholm Raincoat from Stutterheim. Photo by Thomas Lohr.

Contemporary Scandi, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes, Scandimood, Stutterheim 2013-08-27

The Master of Melancholia

Swedish author August Strindberg (1849–1912) is the master of melancholia. Among his impressive ouvre you find novels, plays, poetry and essays. Strindberg was also a gifted painter and photographer.

August Strindberg med sina döttrar Greta och Karin på ett självporträtt i schweiziska Gersau hösten 1886

Strindberg with daughters, self-portrait, Gersau 1886.
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Fab Swedes 2013-08-27

Directors Cut – Tarkovskij

If you want a poetic approach to an ever present but creative moodiness…then Tarkovskij is your choice. Andrej Tarkovskij (1932–1986) was a russian film director exploring metaphysical themes and working with extremely beautiful and very long takes. With Tarkovskij you get running water, burning fires, graceful horses, strong women, windy landscapes and people captured inside the memories of their own childhood. Try Mirror (1974) as a starter! DP was the great Georgi Rerberg (1937–1999).

Mirror by Tarkovkij (dvd cover)

 

Scandimood 2013-08-27

Naturum

A Naturum is a centre for visitors located in a national park or a much-visited nature reserve. Sweden’s Naturum are the Environmental Protection Agency’s principal means of informing about natural history and helping to enchance public knowledge and understanding of nature and the environment.

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Fulufjället Naturum by Gunilla Hagberg/White Architects. Photographs by Åke E:son Lindman from the book Sveriges Naturum/Naturum Visitor Centres in Sweden.
Architectual moves, Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2013-08-27

In a pocket close to you

Baggu is a foldable light-weight bag made out of 100% Rip-Stop nylon, an infinitable recyclable material, same kind as in parachutes. With Baggu at hand, you’ll never again need to buy or accept a plastic bag when you go shopping. As the material is super-strong (each bag can hold up to 50 lbs) this means the bag can carry your stuff for years. Washable in machine or by hand.

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Eco Aesthetics 2013-08-27

The New Scandi

 
The Scandinavian use of natural materials like wood, wool and iron has been refined to perfection by generations of skilled craftsmen and artists. Naturals lends a softness to our interiors and to our daily lives. But there´s something new and thrilling going on in the hands of the New Scandi. Young designers pick up old methods and combine pure traditional materials with hightech ways and ideas.

One designer we do find very exiting is Sandra Backlund.

Sandra Backlund by Johan Renck

Photo by Johan Renck
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Eco Aesthetics, Fab Swedes 2013-08-27