Sunday, September 30, 2007

David & Martin

David Andersson and Martin Lasson recently launched a new website that will soon have a shopping functionality. The two Swedish award-winning jewellery designers started their business in 2003 and have worked with Swedish fashion brands Whyred and Acne. They have also designed jewellery for Karl Lagerfeld’s catwalk shows, a cooperation that started after Martin Lasson’s wife, who is a designer at H&M, carried David & Martin’s jewellery when she worked with Karl Lagerfeld for his collection for H&M.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Cilla Ramnek

Besides the largest cinnamon buns and the best latte, my favourite café, Saturnus, also has Stockholm's most colourful floor. It's a glass mosaic by Cilla Ramnek. Cilla Ramnek studied textile at University college of arts, crafts and design in Stockholm and has designed children's clothing and textiles for IKEA and written a couple of books about handicraft. She also works as a free artist and has presented her works at several exhibitions in Stockholm and Tokyo.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lars Tunbjörk at The Modern Museum

I went to Moderna Museet (The Modern Museum) to look at their exhibition with the Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjörk. Before this exhibition he wasn’t one of my favorites, maybe because his pictures aren’t beautiful in a classic way and maybe because I didn’t see the understated humor in his documentary pictures. But now I changed my mind and he's one of my new favorites! At Moderna Museet he shows two different series called Home and Winter. In Winter he traveled around Sweden, trying to capture the mood that the winter months put us in here in northern Europe. He captures a depressing but humorous side of Sweden. Pubs, desolate housing estates and pizzerias, places that look the same all over Sweden, whether in Borås or Stockholm.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Casa Cor Stockholm

Casa Cor, "house of colour" in Portuguese, is a 21-year-old success story from Brazil where events are carried out annually in some 15 cities. Now Casa Cor is expanding into Europe, starting with Stockholm. The exhibition uses 1500 sq m of the T-house building at Engelbrektsplan. 40 renowned architects and interior designers have created a home for an imaginary family with many hobbies, passions and interests. After October 14th everything will be dismantled. The interior designs will be sold by auction and some of the proceeds will be donated to the Childhood Foundation.

Hayon Studio

This chair from Hayon Studio is from the Showtime Collection for BD Ediciones de Diseño. It was launched in April 2007 and comes is a series of different finishes and accesories. Spanish designer Jaime Hayon was born in 1974 and his career is full with eclectic projects, from toys to furniture and interior design to artistic installations. This fascinating man is also a curator and participates in lectures worldwide. He has been awarded by Wallpaper as one of the 10 breakthrough creators worldwide and he has also received the 2006 Elle Deco International Award and the Icon Magazine Best Show award for the 2006 London design week.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Architecture debut prize

Tonight the Swedish magazine Arkitektur gave their debut prize 2007 to Petra Gipp and Katarina Lundeberg (Strata Arkitektur) for their forester lodge in the nature reserve Grimeton outside of Varberg. I think it’s so beautiful, simple and elegant. The house really takes charge of the beautiful surroundings both from the outside and inside.

Fairy tale in a glass

I saw these fairy tale glasses at the Modern Museum shop. They are designed by the japanese designer Yoshie Watanabe. She is one of the main designers at D-BROS which is a japanese company formed by graphic designers. The glasses can also be seen at De De Ce +, a shop with a lot of beautiful design.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Vivienne Westwood dog

I'm not sure how I feel about designer accessories for dogs but this Vivienne Westwood tartan dog collar is adorable. Mimmi wears the most basic dog collar available at every pet shop and she will probably continue to do so. But she would look really cool in this... and it's not like I buy a lot of stuff for her... and she would wear it every day... Hrm.

Design company Muuto

Muuto is a Danish design company that strives to add fresh perspectives to Scandinavian design. They handpick talented Scaninavian designers and give them freedom to express their personal design in everyday products. They work with designers like Norway Says, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Harri Koskinen and Louise Campbell. I like almost all of their products, some of my favourites are Closely separeted vase, Cosy in grey lamp, Fold along dotted lines towel, Four vase and I’m Boo carafe.

Matsalen and Matbaren by Ilse Crawford

Designer Ilse Crawford has completed the interiors for two new restaurants at Grand Hotel Stockholm. The restaurants are Matsalen - a dining room - and Matbaren - a food bar and are run by Mathias Dahlgren, a leading chef who is reinventing Swedish regional cuisine. Matbaren is made in robust materials, such as wood panelling, tile and zinc. There are tables in natural wood, and Swedish pieces from the 1700s. There is a mix of Swedish, Scandinavian and global pieces, such as Pyra chairs by Mårten Cyren, lights by Jorn Utzon, and chairs by Vico Magistretti. The food bar and kitchen are a part of the room.

In Matsalen the atmosphere is more elegant and intimate. The door is a discreet entrance off the bar. There are Chesterfield sofas in velvet and details in golden metals.
The lighting is a mix of Swedish classics and chandeliers by Carlo Scarpa. In a nod to the history of the Grand Hotel, Josef Frank chairs have been rescued from around the hotel and revitalised in yellow leather. The tables were designed by Studioilse.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Mosaic facade at Street Market

I live close to the Street market in Hornstull. Street is built in an old garage right by the water and houses a restaurant, a café, a big space used for indoor markets, clubs and conferences. The façade features a beautiful floral-patterned mosaic that is more than 100 meters long and six meters high (the biggest in Sweden). It’s made almost entirely of recycled mirrors and designed by the artists Backa Carin Ivarsdotter and Monica Larsson.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Retro design

I went to the Street Market in Hornstull this weekend and found really nice retro stuff by Sylvi K (wooden cutting boards and mats, aprons, bibs and oilcloths). One of the girls behind Sylvi K, Karin, also has her own brand Kadesign with cute retro design and clothes for kids.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Bendable Interior Objects

B.I.O, Bendable Interior Objects, is a new Swedish brand for interior products and furniture. The intention is to create products with focus on sustainability and the environment. The initial collection has been designed by the design studio Form Us With Love and consists of six different products for the office; coat hanger, hanger, stool, waste bin, desktop accessories and a clock. The products are made of lacquered aluminium, the smaller products are bent by the user (delivered in a flat A5 size sheet) but the larger ones are delivered bent.