EMMAS DESIGNBLOGG

Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Alexander Lervik, designer

I would like to introduce you to one of Sweden's greatest designers and interior architects at the moment, Alexander Lervik. Born in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972. Started out in design as a carpenter apprentice for two years. (1993-1994). Studied three years of product and interior design at Beckmans School of Design (1995-1998). Alexander Lervik is represented at the renowned National Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, Nasjonal museum in Oslo, Norway and at the Röhsska Museum of Design and Decorative Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden where he has an exhibition called Enlightenment until January 27.

Here are some of my favourite pieces by Alexander:

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Happy Christmas!

I am taking a little blog break now to catch up with all the Christmas preparations I have been procrastinating, but I will be back next week!

So while I wrap my gifts, clean the house, prepare some Swedish Christmas food and put up the last of the decorations, please enjoy these Christmas photos!

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White Christmas

I collected photos from all over the internet to give you a white Christmas. Enjoy!

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Old mission house from Sköna Hem

I found this article in Sköna Hem about a couple who moved into an old mission house and switched the old church organ for an oriental water pipe, and the preachers stand for a bar. Cool!

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Gustaf Nordenskiöld, ceramist

I just wanted to show you the beautiful Drop collection from Swedish ceramist Gustaf Nordenskiöld.
He was born in 1966 in Gothenburg, and studied both at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, and at Konstfack in Stockholm where he now lives and works. His work has been exhibited all over the world, from Tokyo to Baltimore. Check out his site to see more of his collections!

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Flickr Favourites

I wrote this post on Friday, but didn't get it up until today, sorry.

It is Flickr Friday again! This is the day of the week that I show you some of my latest flickr favourites, and it is probably a pretty good indicator of my mood and what I am in to at the moment. This week I have been longing for snow! The cold has come, it is below zero now, but the clouds in the sky just won't give us anything but a grey muffled daylight... Time for big knitted scarves, mittens, rosy cheeks and a warming soup I think.

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I'm at the BoBo!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the opening of The BoBo Gallery here in Stockholm. I went to the opening party and met the delightful gallery manager Géraldine Le Buhan, and we became such good friends that she has trusted me to take care of the shop for two days this week, as Géraldine is on a trip to Paris. The shop is so lovely, stocked full of gorgeous jewellery, interior details, artwork and childrens clothes, so I am very happy to have the opportunity to be in such an inspiring environment! If you feel like coming by tomorrow Friday for a look at all the great products, it would be so nice to have a chat over a cup of steaming mint tea, or a tasty espresso. Welcome to The BoBo Gallery, at Svartmangatan 10 in Gamla Stan! (Open between 10.30 and 18.00)

Unfortunately, the gallery does not have a web site yet, so if you are a web savvy design or art student and have some spare time to take on a little project, please contact Géraldine at geraldine@thebobogallery.com.

I will update this post later tonight with some pictures I shot today!

Updated!

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A little Christmas

I stole a little Christmas spirit from some of my favourite blogs. Unfortunately I have forgotten the sources for some of the pictures. I hope they can forgive me, it is almost Christmas after all...

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Designista's own collection

Designista is a Swedish design shop that started as an online shop but since this spring they also have a physical showroom in Stockholm. They are now releasing their first own collection of products, consisting of two different fabric patterns by Elsa Wikander and a shelf in MDF designed by Nanni Holén.

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Pillows in "The clouds" and "The whale" fabrics

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"Nero" shelf

Kurbits, the trend

One of the more surprising trends in Sweden this year has been the reappearance of the kurbits style and patterns. As I wrote in an earlier post about the Kurbits dinner service from Rörstrand, it is an old folk painting style stemming from the Darlecarlia region in Sweden. Now it has been reinvented and interpreted by many of the biggest Swedish designers, and is a big hit making the Swedish fashion and interiors scene more colourful and lively. Here are some great examples:

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A collaboration between fashion brand Whyred and one of Swedens biggest food store chains Ica, a reusable grocery bag with a percentage of the price going to charity.

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Beckmans student Christoffer Thuresson Björn made wall posters with a modern take on kurbits flowers.

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Crocodile walldrawing, a wallsticker for Vynil by Hanna Werning

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Embroidered chairs by Jantze Brogård Asshoff

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Wallpaper, tiles, tile stickers, jewellery and coasters by Malin Ehlin, Mrs. Murphy

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Traditional Swedish clogs by Grannas

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Tile sticker Kurbits, by Lotta Kühlhorn

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A modern take on the traditional clogs, by Åsa Westlund

Christmas inspiration from Spira

Spira is a Swedish company producing fabrics and textile products with striking modern patterns that I love. You can buy them in stores throughout Europe, and even in Japan. I would like to share some Scandi style Christmas inspiration from Spira with you:

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Friday Flickr Favorites

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Eye Candy

A black and white theme today, longing for contrasts in this grey blur called daylight that we are having here.

In other news, I got a new computer today! A lovely white and shiny MacBook, which makes me very happy every time I look at it. So now I'm going to start moving over all my photos and stuff, and then it's going to feel just like home!

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Photographer Mark Scott

Mark Scott is a London based lifestyle photographer specialising in interiors, gardens and travel. His relaxed style and fresh lighting have earned him commissions from numerous magazines, book publishers, design groups and advertising agencies.

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Designer Christmas trees

At Stockholm Hotel Birger Jarl this month you can see an exhibition of Christmas trees dressed by ten Swedish designers, decorators and others in the design and fashion industry. Among them are Anne Ringstrand, founder of Hope, Isabelle Halling, decorator and tv show host, Tom Hedqvist, headmaster of Beckmans Design School and Pia Wallén, designer.

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Birds from Hommin

Another amazing find from Konstfack's Christmas Market was these birds that clip on to lightbulbs. They are available in silver or gold, and you can buy them at Designtorget or directly from the designer Hung Ming Chen through his website Hommin. There you can also see some other designs of Hung's, like the ingenious trash can and the bird book marks.

These birds are so much better in person, but at least you get the idea from the photos!

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Photographer Paul Massey

Paul Massey has been taking pictures, and developing and printing them, since he was five years old, so his career choice was pretty obvious. Probably best known for his celebrity portraits, featuring stars such as Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles, Mick Jagger, Ronald Reagan and Michael Caine, Paul is also an excellent interiors photographer. His work is regularly shown in the biggest magazines like Living Etc, Elle Decoration, GQ and Vogue.

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Graf living

Graf living is a small Japanese web shop with very nice styling of their product shots.

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Christmas inspiration from Sköna Hem

These beautiful photos are from the latest issue of Sköna Hem.

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Glass sculptures by Maria Westerberg

Yesterday at Konstfacks Christmas market I found these awesome glass sculptures made from second hand lamp shades. The artists name is Maria Westerberg, a student at Konstfacks Interior Achitecture and Furniture Design program. Some of the sculptures were fitted with light bulbs inside, and cast a very cozy and subtle glow around them. I want a white one for my living room. Please Santa, can I have it?

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