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Iceland and Design March 2014

 
 
I went to Iceland a couple of weeks ago, to visit their annual design festival (see my post from last year here), and to work on a new project that I will tell you more about another time. Today, let's focus on DesignMarch, and my last day on the island where I went out into the countryside to chase waterfalls together with Halla and Gunnar from the Icelandic blog and e-mag Home & Delicious, and photographer Mikael Axelsson.
 
 
 
 
My first morning was spent walking around the old harbour area of Reykjavík, where many of the old fishing warehouses have been overtaken by local creatives. I passed an open door, and when I peeked in I found the wonderful space that you see above. It's the studio and shop of Steinunn, one of the world's most skilled knitwear designers. I had never heard about her before (I have very little clue about fashion), so I had no idea she was a big name, but she was super sweet and invited me in, even though she was just in the middle of hanging an exhibition about to open the same day. So we chatted for a while, and then I left for Harpa, the fantastic glittering disco ball of a building that is Reykjavík's concert house, to listen to some of the seminars about design that were being held that day. Some of the speakers were Marco Steinberg; founder of Snowcone & Haystack, Robert Wong from Google Creative Lab and Mikael Schiller from Acne. And then last but not least, there was Calvin Klein, who incidentally was being interviewed by Steinunn, since they have worked together for many years, something she completely forgot to mention when I met her in the morning...
 
 
 
 
 
During the next few days, I visited many interesting design events, product launches and shops, but if I was to pick a favorite, it has to be this project by graphic designer Sigríður Rún Kristinsdóttir (that would be Sigga Rune for short, in case you are like me and get all confused by the Icelandic names). Anatomy of Letters was a workshop and exhibition at the beautiful old culture house in downtown Reykjavík, and is also available as posters, but more than that it was her final project at Iceland Academy of the Arts. Sigga transformed letters from the Icelandic alphabet into creatures, and wrote a book about them, complete with names, habits and quirks, just like a real fauna. I heard some people actually believed it.
 
 
But let's move on to the waterfalls! And the horses. I have to go back soon to go horse riding through this amazing landscape, but I think I'll wait until summer arrives. We had a lovely day out, but I believe walking around in the cold rain with wet sneakers on my feet for six hours might have been a contributing factor to the fever I got the next day. It was so worth it though! The swimming pool you see in the pics is Iceland's oldest, built in the 1920's right in the middle of nowhere. Apparently this is where all children used to learn to swim, but I believe they are going somewhere else these days, because the dressing rooms were rather murky...
 
 
 Photography: Mikael Axelsson
 
 
 
 Photography: Emma Fexeus (except for the one with the rocks by the waterfall)
 
 
 
 




Monday Mix #24

 
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Nendo + COS

nendo cos popup shop
 
Fashion brand COS and Japanese design brand Nendo are teaming up during the ongoing Milan fair. Nendo have created an installation with COS iconic shirts, and they have also launched a special section on the COS webshop where you can by selected pieces from both brands. They work so well together, their respective brands' styles seem to be mirroring each other.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Monday Mix #23

 
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Miss Clara - a new design hotel in Stockholm

 
 
The Nobis group, standing behind stylish hotels like Skeppsholmen, Nobis and Furillen, just opened a new hotel here in Stockholm called Miss Clara, and although I haven't been there yet (spent the last week in Iceland, but more about that later) I must say it looks extremely promising from the press photos!
 
The 92-room hotel is housed in the former Ateneum girls’ school building, erected in 1910. The building was designed by architects Hagström & Ekman and is considered one of Stockholm’s most exquisite Art Nouveau edifices. The old girls’ school has been transformed into an elegant and comfortable international business hotel by Wingårdhs, one of Sweden’s leading and most internationally renowned architecture firm, under the leadership of architect Gert Wingårdh.
 
 
 
 
When designing Miss Clara, Wingårdh’s architects drew inspiration from the building’s original Art Nouveau architecture, distinguished by its soft and graceful organic lines and use of solid natural materials. Characteristic traits in the original architecture have been interpreted into new contemporary expressions. The interiors feature many specially designed and crafted furniture pieces and installations in solid, superior quality natural materials of predominantly Swedish origin, such as limestone, oak, bentwood, and natural leather. The color scheme is orchestrated in sophisticated darker notes on the floor level, with white walls and ceilings that emphasize the openness of the rooms.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 




Brdr Krüger goes contemporary

 
 
A couple of years ago I styled the catalogue for Brdr Krüger, an old Danish family company mainly focused on producing classics like Hans Bølling's Tray Table. Now they are launching two brand new designs, one chair and one lamp. Made from oak in different finishes, these new pieces definitely connect to their older products, but has a very fresh and modern feel. You can see the flirt with the 50's design style in the lines, but the distinct backrest of the chair and the simple silhouette of the lamp, take them in to the 21st century.
 
 
 
 
 
 




Efficient white home in Copenhagen

 
 
Just saw this light filled and clever Danish home over at BoligLiv's site, and was impressed with how efficiently the 94 square meters are used to fit the needs of a whole family. High storage shelves seems to be a continuous theme, as well as smart room dividers and little nooks used in untraditional ways.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 




Follow that Instagrammer! Toogood Unisex Outerwear

 
 
When Lotta showed the new unisex workwear inspired coats from Toogood (a new brand launched by designer Faye Toogood and her sister Erica), I fell head over heels and could not stop staring at the amazing images on their site. Luckily, a day or two later, I also found their Instagram, where they post behind the scenes, sneak peeks from upcoming product launches and random pics of what currently inspires the creative duo. Follow them to get inspired!
 
 
 
 
 




Marimekko A/W -14 Collection

I went to see the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection from Marimekko the other day, and found some new favorites. Many of their products have very strong colors and patterns, and even though I think those are very beautiful too, the neutral color range will always be closest to my heart. So that's what I chose to show here today! Some of this will be launched in July, and the rest later in the Autumn, so now you have something to look forward to...
 
 
 
 




One Pic Wednesday: An open house in Kyoto





Photographic Art by The Print Atelier

 
 
As you probably already know, photography is the new graphic print. In the last few years everyone has been adorning their walls with graphic art prints and quotes, but that trend has faded and given room to a more interesting art form; photography. However, finding original photos that speak to you, and aren't already on the walls of all other homes, is quite a challenge. That is why I am happy to be able to present The Print Atelier, an online gallery of contemporary photography, offering hundreds of images in different styles, from nature panoramas to abstract art.
 
I picked out some favorites, and there is also a drool worthy video featuring a male model and a stunning room that you don't want to miss...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Monday Mix #22

 
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Giveaway: Strap hanger by Mathilda Clahr

 
 
Long time no giveaway, right? Let's change that! Today three lucky persons have the chance to win a Strap leather hanger (value €30/$40) designed by Mathilda Clahr. Handmade from high quality Swedish leather, this is a multi purpose item that can be used to store many different things, only your imagination sets the limits...
 
You can choose between black, dark brown or light brown.
 
 
 
 
To enter, just answer these two questions in the comment section below:
1. Which colour would you like?
2. What would you use your Strap for?
 
Winners will be drawn in one week, March 27, and contacted directly so please make sure to leave your email address and/or url.
 
Good luck!
 
 
 
 
Photography: Elin Strömberg
 
 
 
 




One Pic Wednesday: Stylist Joanna Lavén's hallway

 
 
How do you like the entrance of interior stylist Joanna Lavén's apartment? Pretty amazing, isn't it?
 
Find more photos from this home in photographer Idha Lindhag's portfolio, and see some shots from Joanna's old home here.
 
 
 
 




Fresh pics from Lotta Agaton's home

 
 
I have no idea when these pictures were published, but I just found them tonight via Design o Form, and since I know there is no way you can get enough of pictures from Lotta Agaton's super inspiring home I wanted to share them with you. See more here at Åhléns site.
 
Photography: Petra Bindel
 

 
 
 
 
 
 




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