EMMAS DESIGNBLOGG

Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Poppilopp

Jag hittade en massa jättefina barnprylar på Poppilopp, en svensk webshop för med moderna barnsaker. De säljer även barnkläder från några av mina favoritmärken, som Molo, Ej Sikke Lej och Småfolk.

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I found all these great toys and kid's stuff at Poppilopp, a Swedish online store with things for modern kids. They have childrens clothing too, by some of my favourite brands, like Molo, Ej Sikke Lej and Småfolk.


FindersKeepers, Konstfack part 3

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När jag var på Konstfackutställningen såg jag ett mycket intressant projekt; FindersKeepers. Det verkar helt omöjligt att få reda på vem som ligger bakom det hela, men hur som helst är det ett jättebra initiativ! Personen hittar tyger och prylar i soprum, tvättar dem och syr väskor av tygerna, som sedan fylls med något plagg och läggs ut på stan. Sedan postas det en bild på hemsidan, så att folk kan hitta väskorna. Återanvändning på ett sätt som gör folk glada!

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I saw this interesting project, FindersKeepers, when I was at the Konstfack exhibition. It seems impossible to find out who is behind it, but anyway, it's a great initiative! This person finds fabrics and clothes in garbage rooms, washes them and makes bags from the fabrics. The bags are then filled with a garment of some kind, and placed somewhere in Stockholm. After that, a photo is published on the homepage, so that people can find the bags. Recycling in a way that makes people happy!

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Designista öppnar butik

Den svenska webshoppen Designista öppnar en butik på Hagagatan 20 i Stockholm! Den 4 juni slår de upp dörrarna, så se till att kolla in där nästa vecka. Jag misstänker att jag kommer kika förbi där rätt ofta, då jag verkligen gillar deras utbud.

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The Swedish online store Designista is opening a shop at Hagagatan 20 in Stockholm! The doors will open on June 4, so be sure to check by the store next week. I suspect that I am going to be hanging out there quite alot, since I really like their goods.

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Konstfack graduation show, part 2

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Wall hanger with leather storage by Helena Lindberg, inspired by the wilderness in northern Sweden

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Park lighting by Agnes Fischer, designed to help women feel safer when walking outside at night

Efterlysning: Vill du vara med i nästa Paumes-bok?

Jeu de Paumes, det franska förlaget med de fantastiska japanska inredningsböckerna om europeiska hem, är på väg till Stockholm igen. Nu söker de par utan barn, med fina och charmiga lägenheter i innerstan eller närförort. Känner du igen dig i den beskrivningen, maila stylisten Yong Andersson på yong.a@free.fr med bilder på lägenheten, senast torsdag den 31:a maj, alltså denna vecka!

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This is a call for all couples without children in Stockholm with nice, funny, charming or cool apartments to participate in the next book from Jeu de Paumes. If you feel that the description fits you, please email stylist Yong Andersson at yong.a@free.fr with some photos of your home, before Thursday this week!

Darlingson

Jag fick ett mail igår från Petri Nojonen, där han berättade om sitt alldeles nystartade designföretag Darlingson. Petri är helt självlärd, utan någon designutbildning i ryggen, och letar nu efter både producenter, återförsäljare och kunder. Han gör än så länge sina produkter själv så långt det går, resten lämnar han in till expertkunniga hantverkare. Materialen varierar, det kan vara alltifrån textilklädda elsladdar och stålstänger till plexiglas. Än så länge består kollektionen mestadels av lampor, men hittar han bara en producent så har han tusentals andra idéer att realisera!

Yesterday I recieved an email from Petri Nojonen where he told me about his brand new design firm, Darlingson. Petri is totally self-taught, with no design school to back him up, and is now looking for both producers, retailers and customers. So far, he makes all his products himself as far as possible, and leaves the rest of the process to expert craftsmen. The materials vary widely, from textile clad cables and steel rods to perspex. For now, the collection consists mostly of lights, but as soon as he finds a producer, he has got thousands of other ideas to realize!

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Konstfack graduation show, part 1

I went to see the MA graduation show at Konstfack this weekend, and found so many great designs and art pieces! Unfortunately, Art and Interior Design was shown in a pitch black warehouse, so the photos aren't what I'd hoped for...
I'll be showing some of them to you in the coming week, starting today with these three:

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Paintings and drawings by Ragnar Persson

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Table with built-in grill and beer storage, I believe it is made by Patric Sahlén

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Pendant light by Emma Wineus och Lisette Bramsell, I can't seem to find the designer of the chair. But you should check Konstfack's graduation site to get a close up of the lamp, there is a really cute little bird sitting in the hole!

This week

I went to Konstfack's graduation show yesterday and found a great amount of interesting design, so I'll be posting lots of pictures from there.

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Friday's flickr favorites will be on work spaces/studios as I'm trying to make my home office/craft space a little more inspiring, and therefore I'm totally into desks and offices.

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And I believe I'll fill the candy bag for this Saturday with all mixed sweets, as I'm seeing such a lot of great looking homes these days that my computer is overflowing with pictures!

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Fine little thing

En av mina favoritbloggare, Elisabeth Dunker, har startat en ny blogg; fine little thing, där hon tipsar om produkter, konstnärer och designers hon gillar. Kolla in!

One of my favourite bloggers, Elisabeth Dunker, has started a new blog; fine little thing, where she posts about products, artists and designers that she likes. Check it out!

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Lördagsgodis

I dagens godispåse hittar ni lite fina barnrum!

In today's candy bag you will find some nice children's rooms!

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Chris Haughton

Londonbaserade illustratören Chris Haughton har en skön stil som jag föll för direkt! Det är grafiskt och färgglatt, med små roliga figurer och apor, som jag älskar. Han är med på Times lista över de 100 mest inflytelserika inom designbranschen just nu, tillsammans med till exempel Ron Arad och Paul Smith.

London based illustrator Chris Haughton has a fab style that caught my eye immediately! it is graphic and colourful, with little quirky characters and monkeys, which I love. He is in the Times list over the 100 most influential people in the design business at the moment, accompanied by Ron Arad and Paul Smith amongst others.

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Förutom sina illustrationer är han även grafisk formgivare för Fair Trade-projektet People Tree, som anställer människor i 20 olika utvecklingsländer för att producera handtryckta t-shirts och anteckningsböcker. Kolla in den här barntröjan med supercoola apor!

Besides illustrating, he is also a graphic designer for the Fair Trade project People Tree, which employs persons in 20 different developing countries around the world to produce hand printed t-shirts and notebooks. Check out this kids t-shirt, with uber cool monkeys!

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Via Homebug

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It's flickr friday again! Here is some inspiration for your garden or balcony, now that the weather is nice and warm and makes you want to spend some time outside.

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Studio Uli Budde

Jag hittade ett till snyggt och genomtänkt te-set, också ett examensarbete, men den här gången av holländska Uli Budde. Han skapade detta som sitt examensprojekt från Design Academy Eindhoven, 2004. Settet består av en porslinsbricka med en värmeljushållare för att hålla teet varmt, och mugg och tesil, båda i glas, för att man ska kunna se sitt te ordentligt, och avgöra på färgen när det är klart.

I found another well designed and thought out tea-set, also a graduation project, but this time by Dutch designer Uli Budde. He made this when he graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2004. The set consists of a ceramic tray with a tealight holder to keep your tea warm, and a cup and filter, both in glass, to make it easy to decide when the tea is ready.

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Ah-yi's prints

Jag är kär i de här goco-trycken från Ah-yis etsy shop. Fantastiska färger och bilder. Dessutom är själva fotona av trycken underbara! Om du vill se mer av hennes foton är det bara att kika in på hennes blog.

I'm in love with these gocco prints from ah-yi's etsy shop. Great colours and graphics. And the photos of the prints are lovely as well! If you want to se more of her photos, just check out her blog.

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Susan Bijl

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Jag blev väldigt inspirerad när jag såg Susan Bijls shoppingkassar! De är i samma modell som vanliga matkassar man får på Ica eller Konsum, men gjorda i hållbar, lätt och vattenresistent nylon i massor av snygga färgkombinationer. Med en sådan i väskan sparar man både miljön och pengar när man handlar. Själv funderar jag såklart på att sy en egen...

I was very inspired when I saw Susan Bijl's shopping bags! They are in the same model as the ordinary plastic bags you get in the grocery store, but made of durable, lightweight and water resistant nylon, available in lots of cool colour combinations. With one of those in your hand bag, you'll save both the environment and your money when you shop. Of course, I'm planning to make one myself...

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Charming Unit

Det svenska designföretaget Charming Unit producerar både möbler och grafisk form med samma moderna och lite lekfulla attityd. Många stora producenter har anlitat dem, tex Ikea, Tetra Pak, Nola, Eurobib och Maze Int. Det är också Charming Unit som ligger bakom de välkända spetsmönstrade lamporna Grace och Gladys.

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Swedish design firm Charming Unit develops both furniture and graphics with the same modern and playful attitude. They have worked for many great producers such as Ikea, Tetra Pak, Nola, Eurobib and Maze Int. Charming Unit are also the designers behind the well known lace patterned lights Grace and Gladys.

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10 quick with Holly Becker

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Holly Becker, 34, freelance writer/interior design consultant/runs the decor8 design blog, living in Hollis, New Hampshire USA

1. What is your background/education?
Studied business and marketing in college and proceeded to study graphic design, and now interior design. I take art classes at least twice a year just to expand my knowledge and appreciate the arts even more.

2. Why did you start your blog?
To catalog my finds for design clients, myself, and my friends, as a "social bookmarking" tool where I could hear instant feedback from people I knew. It grew almost instantly into a community of now nearly 10,000 daily readers worldwide.

3. What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on my flower garden and preparing for a flea market I'm having at my home in June. I'm also working on a trend piece about cane as a motif for HGTV.com and an article for Adorn magazine where I was asked to design a room for them.

4. Some things that you like:
How my husband supports and loves me, people that respect themselves enough to show the same respect and support to others, the smell of apple blossoms in the orchard behind my house, the sound of frogs at night in our pond, long talks with good friends, early morning walks before the world wakes up, outdoor concerts, cooking with others, singing show tunes, Morrissey.

5. Some things that you dislike:
Dishonesty, war, littering, drivers using their cell phones, negative people.

6. What inspires you?
My husband Thorsten, sincere goal-oriented people, travel, textiles, art, the ocean, my friends and family in Hannover, Germany, exploring cities like Berlin and Istanbul, contemporary art galleries, flea markets, book stores, architecture, fashion + design magazines, cafes, thinking about all the things my mother taught me - from landscaping to floral design - and her kindness, beautiful imagery, color, and music.

7. Favourite designers?
I admire anyone that is a trend setter vs a designer that simply follows them. Anyone can follow, it takes talent and innovative thinking to lead.

8. Your latest purchase for your home?
Two gorgeous vintage Suzanis from a flea market I attended a few days ago in Brimfield, MA.

9. What is your best decorating advice?
If you love it, it will work. Less is more. Don't decorate to impress others, decorate to impress yourself.

10. Do you have any tips for people who want to become successful design bloggers?
Be supportive of others in the design blogging community and do not isolate yourself, comment on the blogs of others and show genuine support.

Thank you so much Holly!

Jenny Nordberg

Jenny Nordberg är en svensk designer som gillar att arbeta med sådant hon egentligen tycker är fult, som gardiner eller allmogemöbler. Men i Jennys händer förvandlas allt till moderna, originella saker som inte alls för tankarna till ursprunget. Här är hennes senaste projekt Curtis (bord och lampa) och Mogg (pallar), som visades på möbelmässan i Milano i år. Allt är ihopfällbart, och tillverkat i Sverige av ekologiska material.

Jenny Nordberg is a Swedish designer who likes to work with things that she actually thinks are ugly, like curtains or typical Swedish peasant furniture. But in Jenny's hands, the items transform into modern, original things that don't remind me of their origins at all. Here are her latest projects Curtis (table and lamp) and Mogg (stools), that were shown on the furniture fair in milan this year. Everything is collapsible, and made in Sweden from ecological materials.

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This week

A little preview on the upcoming week:
I'm very excited about the interview that I'm posting tomorrow, it's with Holly Becker from decor8! She shares some tips on how to become a great design blogger, and tells us a little about her inspirations and what she is working on at the moment.

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Friday is Flickr-friday here as you probably know, and this weeks theme is outdoor spaces.

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And for Saturday's candy bag, I've picked some stylish kid's rooms!

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Of course, that is not all i have in store for this week, I'll post my design and decorating finds here every day, just as usual...

Johanna Westlin

Johanna Westlin, som går sista terminen på HDK nu, är en formgivare jag rekommenderar er att hålla ögonen på i framtiden. Hon kommer bli stor. Hennes examensarbete är en kollektion bestående av tekoppar med lock/fat, en tesked i rostfritt stål och linnedukar i tre olika färgställningar, inspirerade av varsin tesmak. Allting känns väldigt genomtänkt, locket/fatet har en upphöjning där man kan lägga tebladen, och när man lägger det på koppen hålls teet varmt längre. Koppen har en form som gör att man måste hålla den med båda händerna, för att skapa lugn hos användaren (hur kan man stressa när båda händerna är upptagna?) och en isolerande strumpa runt så att man inte bränner sig. Mönstren känns både trendiga och tidlösa på samma gång. Jag är imponerad!

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Johanna Westlin, last year student at HDK (School of Design and Crafts), is a designer that I recommend you keep your eyes on in the future. She is going to be big. Her graduation project consists of tecups with lids/plates, a teaspoon and linen table cloths in three different colourways, inspired by different tea flavours. Evereything feels very well considered, the lid/plate has a place for the tea leaves, and when put on top of the cup, it keeps your tea warm. The cup has a shape which forces you to hold it with both hands, to create a calm for the user (how can you stress when both your hands are busy?), and an isolating cuff so your hands won't get burned. The patterns feel trendy and timeless at the same time. I am impressed!

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Lördagsgodis

Idag är en sådan där dag när man helst vill stanna inne, krypa upp i soffan och se en bra film. Därför bjuder jag på lite vardagsrum idag.

Today is one of those days where you'd rather just curl up on the couch and watch a good movie. That is why I'm showing you some nice living rooms today.

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Green blogging round up

This is a list of all the eco-friendly companies, designers and products we have collected during the green week:

Bibi Nelson
Bombus
Bom Design
Branch
Bravespace design
Cardboard design
Cardboard Tube Bed
Ecojot
Etsy
Green:mod midcentury inlay
Judy Hoysak
Molo design
Osian Batyka Williams
Posch
Produkt
Pug-store
Recyclomobile
Rio Form
SIGG
smallworks
The home project
Tide Chandelier
Tim's fish bowl

This is great resource if you're looking for ecologically conscious products, thanks everyone for doing this with me!

Participants:
Inredningsbloggen
Hemmariket
Terramia
Poppy
HOOM
The Style Files

Fredagens flickrfavoriter

Givetvis kör jag på det miljövänliga temat även här!

Of course I'm carrying through with the green theme here too!

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Tack Pethra!

Tack så mycket för dina intressanta inlägg här den här veckan! Det har varit jättekul att ha dig här!

Möbler med miljötänk

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Molo design har inte bara känsla för miljövänlig design, de har också en stark känsla för estetik. Deras rundade sittplatser tillverkade av återanvänd papp tilltalar ögat och ska även vara mjuka att sitta på, därav namnet paper softseating. De går lätt att vika upp och sitter på plats med hjälp av magneter. Därmed kan man även kombinera dem med varandra. Möblerna är hållbara och tänkta för långtidsbruk, med tiden får de en vacker patina som bidrar till dess tilltalande design. Mer att läsa om dem finns här.

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Ett annat företag som gör möbler med miljötänk är Bravespace design. Mest kända är de för sina Tetris hyllor, men de har även matsalsmöbler, bland annat. Läs mer om dem hos Inhabitat.

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Av Pethra på Inredningsbloggen

SIGG

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Jag gillar SIGG:s flaskor, de är både snygga och praktiska, lättare att diska än vanliga pet-flaskor och mindre spillvänliga för barnen. En sak som jag inte tänkt på tidigare är dock att de faktiskt är miljövänliga, för aluminium är ju återvinningsbart! Just nu har SIGG en tävling på sin hemsida, där man får skicka in ett designförslag, och vinnaren får sedan 100 flaskor med sin egen design på hemskickade. Visst vore det kul med en helt egendesignad flaska?

I like SIGG's bottles, they are both nice to look at and practical to use, as they are easier to clean than ordinary PET-bottles, and less spill-friendy for the kids. One thing that hasn't hit me before though is the fact that they are environmentally friendy, as aluminium is totally recyclable! Right now there is a competition going on at SIGG's homepage, where you send in a suggestion for a design, and the winner gets 100 bottles with his/her own design on. Wouldn't it be fun to have a self-designed SIGG?
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Recyclomobile

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Fantasi, tålamod och gamla lampskärmar eller annat passande material är vad som behövs för att göra en recyclomobile. Konstnärerna Ames Munden och Lisa Tyrrell har skapat dessa mobiler av återanvänt material. Snart kommer man även kunna se lampor de gjort på deras hemsida.

Det är fantastiskt vilka saker man kan göra av förbrukade ting om man tar sig tid och tänker till. Det är samma slags tänkande som Tide Chandelier av Stuart Haygarth, vilken gjordes av saker upphittade på stranden vid ebb.

Så, vill Du ha unik design, men saknar en tjock plånbok och vill ha ett skönt miljötänk är det bara att gå på loppis och se sakerna ur ett nytt perspektiv. De saker man inte vill ha kan ändå ha material som är användbart. Hela världen ligger för Dina fötter!

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Av Pethra på Inredningsbloggen

Etsy - a goldmine for organic stuff

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Etsy är verkligen en guldgruva när det gäller miljövänliga prylar. Allt är dessutom handgjort, så du behöver inte oroa dig för barnarbete eller dåliga arbetsförhållanden för tillverkaren. (Jo, en del sitter säkert i garaget och pysslar, eller har ett jättefult skrivbord, men om du handlar av dem kanske de får råd med något trevligare...) Här finns även en stor second handavdelning, och återvinning är ju som alla vet ett himla bra sätt att spara på jordens resurser.

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Etsy is a true goldmine when it comes to environmentally friendly design. And everything is handmade, so you don't have to worry about child labour or bad working conditions for the producers. (Well, some people may be crafting in the garage, or have a hideous desk, but if you shop from them, they might be able to afford something nicer...) Etsy's also got a huge vintage market, and as everybody knows, recycling is a great way to save the earth's resources.

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Green bloggers

The Home Project

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The home project är ett litet experimentellt designföretag som drivs av Kathi Stertzig och Albio Nascimento, och det är baserat i både Portugal och Tyskland, de båda ägarnas hemländer. De gör en hel del udda projekt och happenings, men skapar också egna inredningsprodukter, som de här virkade skålarna och äggkopparna, som gjorts stela med salt, och porslinsmuggarna här nedanför, med isolerande kork runt om. Läs mer om kork som ekologiskt material i den engelska texten.

The home project is a small experimental design company, run by Kathi Stertzig and Albio Nascimento. It is based in both Portugal and Germany, the founders respective homelands. They do quite a lot of weird projects and happenings, but also produce some interior decorating objects like these crocheted bowls and egg cups, and the porcelain mugs below, with insulating cork cuffs and edges.

This is what Albio and Kathi has to say about cork as an eco-friendly material:
Our interest in cork lies in the contradiction between being a totally natural material with many unique features on one side and its lack of applications in industrial-product design. The cork life cycle, from production to recycling, is a clean one, without any by-products: all waste from production; lower quality material or obsolete product is grind to obtain the granules from which are made recycled cork blocks. This new material has almost the same qualities as natural cork and is used to manufacture a wide range of products: from footwear to automobile applications. In some applications of the aerospace and chemical industry it has no synthetic substitutes, due to its high resistance to extreme conditions.
More, cork bark is still harvested from the tree in a centuries old tradition with hand tools; the water in which the material has to be boiled after collected is not polluted by the process; all means to work and prepare cork are mechanical based and even the dust resulting from this is used to generate electric energy.


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Bibi Nelson

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Bibi Nelson har designat ovanstående Hug Lights, som utnyttjar den värmeenergi som strålar ut från glödlampan. När den värmts upp kan man använda den som man skulle använt en varmvattenflaska. Två funktioner för samma elförbrukning. Smart design!

Av Pethra på Inredningsbloggen

Green bloggers

So far, these are the other bloggers that has joined in on my green blog week:

Hemmariket
Terramia
Poppy

That is great, but please join us, the more the merrier!

10 quick with Lena Corwin

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Lena Corwin, 29, designer, lives in Brooklyn, NY

1. What is your background/education?

I grew up in San Francisco, California, and then went to college at University of Oregon. I didn't study art in college, but had a strong arts education in elementary and high school. I returned to doing art and design after college, and learned as I worked for various companies, and took classes in the evenings too.

2. Why did you become a designer?
I look at everything around me in terms of design, and I have since I was a kid! There are lots of other careers I would like to have, but working in art and design is natural for me.

3. What are you working on at the moment?
I'm writing a craft book on hand printing techniques. The book will have projects on printing your own stationery, lampshades, bed sheets, etc. I'm so excited about it!

4. Some things that you like:
wood, ceramic, plants, and natural fabrics

5. Some things that you dislike:
plastic, synthetic fabrics, and fast food

6. What inspires you?
my friends, photography, things i see in shops.

7. Favourite designers?

Eley Kishimoto, Karen Walker, Tsumori Chisato, Vera Neumann, and Alexander Girard.

8. Latest purchase for your home?
A bed frame - finally! It's a wood slat platform bed.

9. What is your best decorating advice?

I like to paint walls in neutral colors, and then use a lot of color in the furnishings and artwork.

10. Do you have any tips for people who want to become designers?

I learned a lot working for large companies like Calvin Klein and Jill Stuart. That's not the path for every designer, but it was really helpful to me!

Thank you so much for participating Lena!

The Cutlery Chair

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The Cutlery Chair är helt och hållet tillverkad av begagnade bestick från välgörenhetsbutiker, restauranger, hotell och organisationer för återanvändning. Besticken har svetsats fast i varandra och självklart blir varje stol unik. Underbart och innovativt tänkande av designern Osian Batyka Williams. Har Du inget av göra till helgen och har en mängd gamla bestick i källaren är det bara att sätta igång. Kanske inte en stol, men nog kan man bi inspirerad att göra något eget av gamla avlagda ting?

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Av Pethra från Inredningsbloggen

Branch: Sustainable Design for Living

Jag går på Pethras linje, och ska försöka ta en grön vecka här på bloggen. Häng på den som vill, det vore ju kul om vi var fler som bloggade ekologiskt den här veckan! Det finns massor av cool, miljövänlig design därute, så vi lär få ihop en himla massa bra tips och länkar... Om du hakar på får du gärna skriva en kommentar här på min blogg, så lägger jag ut en länk till dig här!

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Det första företaget i min gröna serie är Branch, en amerikansk webshop som enbart säljer produkter som är hållbara ur miljöperspektiv. De har koll inte bara på materialen, utan även på tillverkningsprocesser, koldioxidutsläppen från frakten och att arbetarnas löner och arbetsförhållanden är acceptabla. Jättebra, som kund slipper man oroa sig över huvud taget, och kan shoppa på med gott samvete!

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I'm catching on with Pethra, and doing a green week here on my blog. It would be great if anyone wanted to join us! There is so much cool, sustainable design out there, so we would have a great bank of links and tips at the end of the week... If you decide to join us in going green, please drop me a comment here and I'll put a link up for your blog!

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The first company in my series of "green posts" is Branch, an american online store that only sells sustainable products. They do not only check out the material of the goods they sell, but also the manufacturing process, the amount of carbon dioxide that was discharged when getting the the items to the store, and that the workers wages and working environment are acceptable. That feels great, as a customer you don't have to worry at all, you can just keep shopping with a clear conscience.

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Cardboard design

Hej och tack Emma för att jag får gästblogga på Din finfina blogg, det känns jättekul. Jag heter Pethra och skriver på min blogg om design och inredning. Emmas blogg är en av de jag besöker så gott som dagligen, så det är kul att få vara här och hälsa på. En av de saker vi har gemensamt är intresset för design med miljötänkande, så det är detta mina inlägg kommer handla om. Och återigen, tack Emma, för Din gästfrihet.

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Cardboard design är ett företag som specialiserat sig på möbler och andra ting till hemmet, tillverkade av återanvänd papp. Pappens vaxkakemönster gör att materialet blir mycket hållbart, samtidigt som det väger lite och klarar av att hålla uppe en ansenlig vikt såväl som det står emot ett starkt tryck.

Då pappen är tillverkad av återanvänt material håller det en hög miljöprofil. I och med dess hållbarbarhet öppnar det vägar för innovativt tänkande och skapandet av en mängd produkter som vi använder oss av i vardagen.
Mer om deras miljötänkande samt själva processen bakom framställningen finns att läsa här.

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Av Pethra från Inredningsbloggen

Grounded

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Grounded är en webshop som egentligen är mest inriktad på utomhusprodukter, här finns mycket trädgårdsmöbler, och de har egna landskaps- och trädgårdsarkitekter för den som vill ha lite hjälp på vägen (och bor i USA). Men här finns också massor av andra saker, som man kan ha inomhus, exempelvis den här porslinsskålen med fågeln, de fina tavlorna med fotografier tryckta direkt på en björkskiva, och Amy Adams handgjorda vaser.

Grounded is a webshop with mainly outdoors products, you will find a lot of garden furniture here, and they have their own landscape and garden architects. But they also feature lots of other stuff, that you can use indoors, such as this porcelain bowl with a bird, cool photoprints on birch-ply, and Amy Adams handmade vases.

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Voon Wong & Benson

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Har ni sett ett snyggare kök, någonsin? Jag är helt mållös, allt känns så rätt! Den svävande köksön, det superblanka svartmålade parkettgolvet, det enkla bordet med pallar och den sköna bruna färgen på fondväggen. Här vill jag bo! Lägenheten ligger i en gammal ombyggd skola, och all ljussättning sitter inbyggd i golv och väggar. Totalt genomtänkt av den Londonbaserade designfirman voonwong&bensonsaw.

Have you ever seen a more stunning kitchen? I'm totally speachless, everything feels so right! The floating kitchen island, the super glossy black parquet flooring, the simple dining table with stools, and the lovely brown wall. I want to live here! The apartment is situated in an old school, and all the lighting is contained in the floors and walls. Very clever solutions from the London based designfirm voonwong&bensonsaw.

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Via desire to inspire

Lördagsgodis

Idag vill jag ge er en stor påse med inspiration för kök och matrum. Varsågoda, njut av godiset!

Today I want to give you a large bag of inspiration for kitchens and dining rooms. Here you go, enjoy the candy!

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Skinny laMinx

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Jag älskar Orla Kielys mönster, men inte hennes priser... Därför blev jag glad när jag hittade Skinny laMinx fina handdukar, kuddfodral och väskor på Etsy. Bladmönstret är öppet inspirerat av Orla Kiely, medan kuddfodralen är mer originella!

I love Orla Kiely's patterns, but not her prices... That is why I was so happy when I found Skinny laMinx' fabulous teatowels, cushion covers and bags on Etsy. The leaf pattern is openly inspired by Orla, but the cushion covers are more original!

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Fredagsfavoriter från flickr

Den här fredagen går i pysslandets och hemarbetets tecken för mig, jag har vårstädat balkongen, sytt kuddfodral, blandat egen müsli och om ett par timmar är det dags för tvättstugan. Därför är dagens tema "work in progress".

This Friday is a day of crafts and housework for me, I've been spring cleaning the balcony, sewing cushion covers, mixed my own granola and in a couple of hours it's time to take care of this weeks laundry. That is why the theme of today's flickr favourites is "work in progress".

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På väggen

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På väggen är ett företag som riktat in sig på att trycka foton och illustrationer på canvas, och leverera dem färdiguppspända på tjocka kilramar. Jag fick ett mail där de berättade att de utökat sitt sortiment med 15 nya somriga illustrationer av Bo Lundberg (se ovan) och Monica Fritze. Du kan alltså välja mellan att köpa tavlor med motiv från professionella fotografer och illustratörer, eller trycka din egen bild. Jag gillar speciellt de retroinspirerade motiven av Bo Lundberg ur deras barnserie. Vill du se tavlorna i verkligheten kan du kika in på deras lilla galleri på Upplandsgatan i Stockholm.

På väggen (=on the wall) is a company that specializes in printing photos and illustrations on canvas, and delivers them framed and ready to hang. I just recieved an email saying that they have increased their range with 15 new summery illustrations by Bo Lundberg and Monica Fritze (see example above). You can choose to buy motives by professional photographers or illustrators, or you can have your own picture printed and framed. I especially like Bo Lundberg's retro inspired pictures from their childrens range. if you want to see the pictures IRL, you can just pop by their little gallery on Upplandsgatan in Stockholm.

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Nick Melville

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Den brittiske designern Nick Melville har ett fräscht och rent formspråk och gör möbler som är nyskapande samtidigt som de är mycket enkla i sin konstruktion och uttryck. Materialen är främst trä, metall och plast, men även plexi och betong letar sig in i produkterna ibland. Nick har studerat tredimensionell design på Plymouth University, och innan dess gick han en utbildning i konst och design på Exeter College, och letar nu arbetsgivare eller producenter.

British designer Nick Melville uses a fresh and clean design expression, and his furniture is innovative but at the same time very simple in it's construction. His materials of choice are mainly wood, metal and plastic, but also perspex and concrete. He has studied 3D Design at Plymouth University, and prior to that he attended an Art & Design class at Exeter College, and is now looking for graduate employment.

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10 quick with Ranvita la Cour

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Ranvita la Cour, feng shui consultant, 38, living on a houseboat in Copenhagen.

1. What is your background/education?
Director of Documentary, The National Filmschool of Denmark, 1994. Several educations in personal development/spirituality, i.e. NLP Master Practitioner, Feng Shui Practitioner and educated Clairvoyant Coach.

2. Why did you become a feng shui consultant?
I love creating sacred spaces that nourishes soul and spirit.

3. What are you working on at the moment?
Ouups, a lot... making e-courses, video podcast, books, teaching feng shui and taking care of my babygirl, Lotus Elvira, 14 month old.

4. Some things that you like:
Lotus Elvira and her father. Love and freedom, beauty and business!

5. Some things that you dislike:
Thinking small.
And if mothers let their babies cry alone, without holding them. Always hold your baby when he/she cries! How would you yourself like to fall asleep? Crying your tears out, or being held by someone that loves you ...?

6. What inspires you?
Sunlight, flowers, making love, my babydaughter, travelling, eating healthy food.

7. Favourite designers?
Nature itself creates the most amazing things, wood, stones, flowers. Besides that Arne Jakobsen, Panton, Eames, sometimes Starck creates shapes I like to be around.

8. Your latest purchase for your home?
A big white leather sofa.

9. What is your best decorating advice?
Surround yourself with things you LOVE. Throw the rest away.

10. Do you have any tips for people who want to become feng shui consultants?
Trust your own intuition.

Thank you very much Ranvita!

Rigo table by Studio Charlie

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Rigo table av Studio Charlie ser ut som att det är gjort av fjäderlätt spindelväv, så trots sin storlek (210 x 120 cm) tar det inte över ett rum utan låter det fortsätta kännas luftigt, samtidigt som det har ett utseende som drar åt sig en hel del uppmärksamhet. Bordet finns med svartatavlan-yta eller glasskiva i svart, vitt eller genomskinligt. Visst skulle det passa utmärkt ihop med Eames DAR-stolar?

The Rigo table by Studio Charlie looks like it is made of feather weight spider webs, so in spite of it's size (210 x 120 cm) it won't take over the space it is placed in and make it look crowded, but at the same time it attracts a lot of atttention. The table is available with a surface of blackboard-slate or glass in white, black or clear. Wouldn't it look perfect with the DAR chair by Eames?

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Maria Thorén

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Vaka, Hittefågel, Rova, Nästlan och Tusenskinn. Så heter de sagoinspirerade textilmönster som Maria Thorén har skapat som sitt slutprojekt på HDK. Hennes tankar går till barndomen, till klädhögar som blev till häxor i det mörka rummet, moln som blev piratskepp och farmors medaljongtapet som var full av lejon som bara Maria kunde se. Hon har skapat mönster som ska föra oss tillbaka till sagornas värld, till klädhäxorna och tapetlejonen.

Maria Thorén has created five fairytale inspired patterns as her graduation project at HDK (a Swedish art and design school). Her thoughts has gone to childhood, to piles of clothes that became witches, clouds that turned into pirate ships and grandma's medallion wallpaper that was full of lions only Maria could see. She has created patterns that are to bring us back to the land of fairytales, to the clothes-witches and wallpaper-lions.

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Home in Harmony

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Home in Harmony är en inredningsbutik i Sickla Köpkvarter (precis utanför Stockholm) som öppnade förra året. Det speciella med deras butik är att de säljer precis allt du kan behöva när du ska inreda ett vardagsrum! De har alltså alltifrån soffor och mattor till tapeter och golv. Känner du att du behöver lite hjälp för att få ihop en snygg helhet hjälper de gärna till att kombinera ihop ett förslag direkt i butiken, eller så kan du ta hjälp av deras inredningsarkitekt som gör hembesök. Här under ser du samma hörn inrett på olika sätt, och den översta bilden föreställer den fantastiska utemöbeln Nirvana som ser ut att vara inspirerad av balinesiska strandbungalows.

Home in Harmony is a home decorating store in Sickla Köpkvarter (just outside Stockholm) that opened last year. What makes this store different is the fact that they are seling everything you need when you are to decorate a living room! That means they've got anything from sofas and rugs to wallpapers and floors. If you feel the need for a little help to make everything look good together, they will help you to make a nice combination right there in the shop, or you get a visit in your home from their interior architect. Below you can see the same corner decorated in different ways and above is a picture of the stunning outdoor furniture Nirvana, that looks like it took inspiration from Balinese beach bungalows.

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Berlin wrapping paper

Sandra Siewert och Dirk Berger formgav det här setet med presentpapper för MoMa år 2004, som en del i projektet Destination : Berlin där 20 unga tyska designers deltog för att visa upp det mest spännande inom tysk design just då. Setet består av fyra papper med västtysk arkitektur som motiv, ett från varje decennium mellan 1950 och 1980. Varje papper visar en storslagen byggnad från sitt årtionde och är även formgivet i den stil som gällde just det decenniet.

Sandra Siewert and Dirk Berger designed this set of wrapping papers for MoMa in 2004, as a part of the Destination : Berlin project where 20 young German designers participated to exhibit the most exciting in German design at the time. The set consists of four wrapping papers, one from each decade between 1950 and 1980, with each paper showing an architectural landmark built in West Berlin in that decade. Also, the styles of the prints are directly inspired from the graphic style that dominated the decade they are meant to represent.
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Apartment for sale

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Yesterday I recieved an email from my friend at the blog Lev Livet Leende (=Live Life Smiling), with a link to this fantastic apartment in central Gothenburg. Just look at it, the use of colour, the perfect mix of retro and modern furniture, the pop art on the walls, the white corian kitchen and the little touch of kitsch to put some humour into the decorating! Isn't it gorgeous?

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Ashley G's Etsy shop

Supersöta figurer med intressant minspel och härliga mönster hittar du bland motiven på konsttrycken i Ashley G's Etsyshop. Just ansiktsuttrycken är väldigt viktiga för Ashley, som tycker att en liten min eller gest kan uttrycka även de största känslorna. Hon har ritat och broderat små figurer sedan barnsben, och lever efter devisen att "det du blev lyckligast av att göra när du var fem år är också det du kommer bli lyckligast av resten av livet". Så hon har fortsatt med sina små figurer, även om de nu utvecklats betydligt...
Missa inte Ashleys blogg heller; Kitty Genius!

Super cute little creatures with interesting facial expressions and great patterns is what you will find on the artprints at Ashley G's Etsyshop. The facial expressions are very important to Ashley, as she believes that even great emotions can be expressed through a simple gesture or look. She has been drawing and embroidering little creatures since she was a child, and says that "I strongly believe in what you're happiest doing at five is what you will be happiest doing your entire life". So she has continued making her little characters, although they have developed a bit over the years...
And don't miss her blog, Kitty Genius!

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Vintage for kids

Den här helt fantastiska butiken ligger i Antwerpen och startades 2005 av inredningsarkitekten Olga Perez. Hon hade redan som hobby att leta upp coola leksaker och möbler, gärna retro från 50-70-talen, till sin son Otto, men ville dela med sig av sina fynd till alla andra som tyckte det var svårt att hitta de där speciella, annorlunda prylarna, och öppnade Vintage for kids.

This amazing store in Antwerp opened it's doors in 2005. The woman behind it is Olga Perez, an interior architect who wanted to share all the cool retro finds she made for her son Otto, with others who thought it was hard to find that special, extraordinary stuff, so she opened Vintage for kids.


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Via fine little day

Rare Device

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Jag har skrivit om Rare Device förut, men de har så mycket coola prylar att jag inte kan låta bli att nämna dem igen. Den här gången har jag fallit för en taklampa med graffitimotiv, en stickad keramikskål, det stilleben de plåtade för att visa upp sina kontorsprodukter, en klädhängare som man formar och sätter ihop själv samt den gula nyckelhängaren med trädsiluetter.

I've written about Rare Device before, but they have so many cool products I just can't stop myself from mentioning them again. This time I've fallen for the pendant with a photo of graffiti on the screen, a knitted ceramic bowl, the still life they shot as inspiration for their office and home range, a DIY clothes rack and the yellow key rack with tree silhouettes.

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Examensutställningar

Det börjar bli dags att boka in årets examensutställningar i kalendern. Jag hittar alltid en massa nya spännande formgivare på de här utställningarna, och det hoppas jag göra i år också, och för er som missar dem kommer jag lägga upp lite bilder här.

Här är de största:

Konstfack, 15-27 maj (magistrar), 11 maj - 5 juni (kandidater).

Beckmans, 21-28 maj. Modevisning på Berns den 21, biljetter genom ticnet.

Berghs, 25-27 maj.

HDK, 19 maj till 3 juni. De kommer även ha en utställning i en lägenhet på Viktor Rydbergsgatan de två sista helgerna i maj.

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Weightless av Erika Janunger och mybigfatass av Märit Runsten, båda från Konstfack

Flavor Paper

Jag nämnde Flavor Paper i ett blogginlägg i februari, men de förtjänar ett helt eget inlägg tycker jag. Härligt lyxiga och överdådiga tapeter med blanka ytor är deras kännetecken, och de ses ofta i filmer eller kändishem. Själv skulle jag mycket väl kunna tänka mig en våd av den rosavita till vänster här nere!

I mentioned Flavor Paper in a blog post in February, but I think they deserve a post of their own. Gorgeously luxurious wallpaper with shiny surfaces are their signature style, and they are often seen in movies and celebrity homes. I sure wouldn't mind having a length of the white and pink one (bottom left pic) in my own home!

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Les fleurs : boutique en ligne

Floden av väggstickers verkar aldrig ta slut... Jag hittade några som jag inte sett förut i den franska webshoppen Les fleurs.

The river of wallstickers never seem to run dry... I found some that I've never seen before in the French online store Les fleurs.

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My Stockholm Guide

I read that Imelda of imedaGoze is travelling here this summer, so I started to write her an email with some tips of what she shouldn't miss while in Stockholm. But the email turned out so long I made it into a blog post instead. Maybe someone else out there can enjoy it and make use of it too!

First I'd like to recommend Skansen on Djurgården, the oldest open-air museum in the world, with lots of old houses and Scandinavian animals. It is a really nice place, I take my children there several times every year and we never get tired of it. Our favourite part is the tiny town, where there are a bunch of small shops, a café, bakery, glass blowing hut, pharmacy etc. looking just like they did in the old days. All of them are open and fully functioning!

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Old style food store at Skansen

To get to Skansen, take a ferry from Slussen, it is a nice way to get to see Stockholm from the water. On the way back, get off at Skeppsholmen for a nice walk into town, and a visit at the Modern Museum. The museum has a great shop with lots of contemporary Swedish design, and a fantastic lunch restaurant that you really shouldn't miss! It has a great view of Stockholm, lovely food, in the weekends they are serving brunch, and on Sundays even a special brunch for the kids.
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The restaurant and the museum shop at the Modern Museum

Also on Djurgården is Junibacken, an entertainment park for kids, based on the books by Astrid Lindgren. You can visit the houses of some of her characters (and a few characters from other Swedish childrens books), ride a little train through a fairytale setting, have pancakes in the cute café and of course play, play and play some more.

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Junibacken

Speaking of brunch earlier, I just remembered I had one of my greatest brunches ever at restaurant Grill, but the restaurant is also a popular choice for lunch or dinner. Run by Swedish star chef Melker Andersson, the food is always excellent! The restaurant is decorated like a huge livingroom, with different seating options in several styles all over the place. Very nice! Grill is also a good option if you have kids with you, since it is a quite lively place, and no one will mind if your children run among the tables.

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Hamburger and interior of restaurant Grill

And if you have kids you will probably want to do some shopping in Stockholm's coolest kids clothes and toy shops! These are the best ones I know:
Matador, lots of colourful clothes in soft cotton from mostly Danish brands like Molo, Ej sikke lej, Silke og Sus and Katvig.

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Matador

Under, handpicked retro clothes and toys from the sixties and seventies, along with brand new stuff from young indie designers.

UNI, unisex clothing in strong colours and cool patterns with inspiration from the seventies.

Haven, great clothes and small interior details for both you and your baby.

Birka Baby, your baby will be the most fashionable and streetcool kid on the block dressed in their clothes! They sport brands like Finger in the Nose, Cheap Monday's baby collection and Minirodini.

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Exterior and interior of Birka Baby

Numero, a small toy store on Katarina Bangata 33, full of great stuff in all price ranges. You will find everything from marbles to retro robots here.

Kalikå, plush animals and real tools and kitchen stuff in miniature versions, free from stuffy old thoughts on gender roles.

If you are visiting in the summer, a swim in the middle of the city is a nice break from the shopping, walking and museum visits. My favourite is Långholmen, a small island between Södermalm and Kungsholmen with a sandy beach and some nice cliffs to jump into the water from.

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Take a bath at Långholmen

When you have cooled off, perhaps a coffee and some cake sounds nice? If so, walk a few hundred meters to Lasse i Parken (Lasse is a Swedish men's name, and the rest means "in the park"), a café in a red little house from the 18th century that lies in a small garden, just off the busy streets. Old fashioned, cute and often crowded. You won't find the latest trends in coffee shop culture here, but you can get ordinary coffee, lemonade, little short bread cookies and home made cinnamon rolls.

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Lasse i parken café

A short walk from there you will find Street, Stockholm's only street market, with lots of cool independent designers selling their stuff, and sometimes they have a farmers market where you can buy organic fruit and vegetables, jams, bread and flowers from nearby farmers. Look at the homepage for more info on upcoming events.

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The Street market

Street is right by the water, and has a small café which is totally ok, but don't pause here. Instead you should go for a walk by the water, past the marina, the park and the little red cottages, to Café Tubby! This is a very relaxed outdoors café, with reggae music in the loudspeakers, hammocks suspended amongst the trees and blankets and rugs scattered on the grass where people chill out, gaze at the sea, eat blueberry pie and drink lattes. I love the atmosphere here, it feels like I'm on a backpacker's beach in Thailand!

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Café Tubby

Another café you shouldn't miss is Vurma (very loosely translated: to have a passion for something). This is my absolute favourite café in Stockholm, and I don't mind travelling all over town just to get a cup of tea here! I love everything about it, the staff are so friendly, the sandwiches are amazing, the cinnamon rolls are enormous and sooo delicious, the interior decoration is totally inspiring (retro flowered cushions, fantastic wallpapers, simple wooden furniture, high ceilings and exotic little details) and the whole mood of the place is just so encouraging and happy! Actuallly there are to Vurmas, they are both equally nice, although the one on Gästrikegatan is a little bit bigger.

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Vurma's baker, and a statue outside the café

If you like indie shopping and are curious about the latest Swedish trends in fashion, head to the SoFo area on eastern Södermalm. It is crowded with cool little shops like Grandpa, TjallaMalla, Nudie Jeans, Kunigunda, Lisa Larsson Second Hand, Under, Coctail, Acne Jeans, UNI and Nakkna.

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Coctail and Kunigunda

While you are there, visit Café String, a retro inspired café where everything is for sale. So if you fall for the chair you are sitting in, the coffee cup the girl at the next table is drinking from or the paintings on the wall, just take them with you when you leave! (Well, you have to pay first, of course...)

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Café String (photo taken from http://absurditypublishing.wordpress.com)

If you fancy something more substantial to eat, the area is full of nice restaurants, but one of my favourites is Berlin - Sthlm, where you get to choose from around twenty small dishes to combine your own meal. The waiter will happily help you if you get confused with all the choices, and will also recommend one of their excellent wines to go with the food you have chosen. Other good restaurants in these blocks are Pet Sounds Bar, Matkultur and Mosebacke.

If you would rather buy your own food and cook it yourself, Cajsa Warg is a good choice for organic groceries. They also sell readymade picnicbags that you can take with you to the park Vitabergsparken next to the store.

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Cajsa Warg's interior, styled to look like an old village shop

For modern Swedish furniture and decorating details, go to Asplund, they sell products from the greatest designers of the moment. The store is very fresh and cleanlined, and apart from the minimalistic furniture there are some really cute and surprising little things for sale.

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Asplund

Other good shops with modern design are Granit, Designtorget, Åhléns and Stockhome.


If you are looking for place to stay, these are the hotels I'd recommend for a sleep in modern Scandinavian style.

Rival, a chic boutique hotel in one of Stockholm's trendiest neighbourhoods on western Södermalm, owned by former ABBA member Benny Andersson. In addition to the hotel they also boast a cinema, bars, a bistro, a cafe and a bakery. All rooms are decorated with an old-fashioned movie print over the bed, and are equipped with a plasma screen tv, egyptian cotton sheets, a selection of different pillows, DVD/CD player with a selection of CDs (movies and video games can be rented in the reception), wireless internet access and bathroom products from Crabtree & Evelyn.

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Hotel Rival

Birger Jarl, a hotel in one of Stockholm's most busy areas, took it's name from the City's founder. The hotel is totally decorated by the most talented Swedish designers of today. Exept for one room, the Forgotten Room, looking exactly as it did in 1974. This room, situated at the end of a corridor, was simply forgotten by the builders during the renovation, and is now kept as a reminder of the old days. It is super cool though, with teak furniture all over, black leather chairs and brass wall lights! Some of the sources of inspiration in the renovation process were Sweden's tall, slender birch trees, the traditional copper-red paint of wooden houses and good old-fashioned thoughtfulness and consideration.

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Hotel Birger Jarl

Clarion claims to be "Stockholm's art hotel no 1", which means that contemporary Nordic art can be seen in all rooms and in the public areas of the hotel, the two bars and the restaurant. The hotel also arranges live concerts with popular artists. Clarion is built on top of Söderleden, one of the largest freeways into Stockholm, and distinguishes itself with it's spectacular architecture featuring a large expanse of glass. The unifying feature of the hotel's interior - it's light background, dark base and accent colours - continues into the guest rooms, where white contrasts with dark wenge wood.

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Clarion Hotel

I hope you will find this guide useful, or perhaps just interesting if you are not planning to come here. I've only mentioned my personal favourites, so of course there is so much more worth writing about, but you will find that stuff in any travel guide... If you have any questions about Stockholm or this guide, just leave a comment or feel free to email me at emmas DOT blogg AT hotmail DOT com.

Welcome to Stockholm!

Lördagsgodis

Några fina sovrum med skön sommarkänsla bjuder jag på idag.

Some fab bedrooms with a lovely summer feel is in my goodiebag today.

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Ikeas Älskade hem

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Jag är så nyfiken på Ikeas nya inredningsbok Älskade hem! Måste nog åka dit snart, bara för att köpa boken innan den tar slut. Den handlar om nio olika svenska hem, fotona är tagna av en av mina favoritfotografer; Stellan Herner, och att döma av fotona jag lyckats hitta så är det en riktigt skön stil på bilderna. Det känns avslappnat och personligt, inte alls så Ikea-stelt och Svensson-trist som jag väntade mig. Härligt!

I am so curious about the new decorating book Beloved Homes from Ikea! I think I'll have to go there soon, just to get the book before it sells out. It features nine different Swedish homes, the pictures are taken by one of my favourite photographers; Stellan Herner, and judging by the photos I've seen so far, the style is great! It feels relaxed and personal, not at all as Ikea-stiff as I expected. Lovely!

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Fredagsfavoriter från flickr

Dagens tema är mönster!

The theme of today is patterns!

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World Wide Fred

World Wide Fred är en webshop full med roliga, ofta lite kitschiga prylar. Jag gillar dörrmattorna som ser ut som avloppslock, den digitala väckarklockan i form av en retrodesignad tv (med fjärrkontroll, en testbild som ändrar färg och alarmmelodier bestående av tvprograms-jinglar) samt tandborstmuggen som ser ut som en gigantisk kindtand!

World Wide Fred is an online store full of funny stuff, often with more than a touch of kitsch. I like the door mats that looks like manhole covers, the digital alarm clock in the shape of a retro tv (with remote control, a colour-changing test screen pattern and an alarm that sounds like different game show jingles) and the toothbrush holder in the shape of a gigantic tooth!

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10 quick with Louise Campbell

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Louise Campbell, 36, designer, Copenhagen

1. What is your background/education?
3 years in art college, Bsc (Hons) in Furniture manufacture & Innovation from the London College of Furniture, and a post graduate degree in Industrial design from Denmarks Design School.

2. Why did you become a designer?
Because I wasn't sufficiently self-indulgent to become a really good artist. Working with design is the perfect solution. Utterly creative, yet not entirely about myself.

3. What are you working on at the moment?
Furniture, porcelain, lighting, glass, textiles, jewellery, you name it, we are working on it.

4. Some things that you like:
Spring, brand new ideas, champagne, my employees, all things beautiful, working on bank holidays, when the phones don't ring, sleeping in on Sundays, swimming in the sea, collecting paper.

5. Some things that you dislike:
Winter, having too much to do and too little time to do any of it well, cheap wine, nasty people, ugly products, the telephone, getting up before sunrise, chlorine, lack of space to store my growing paper collection.

6. What inspires you?
Staring in to the wall (preferably in bed), artists works, good litterature, a good brief, walking, and most importantly - time to think!

7. Favourite designers?
There are many! The Eameses, for the obvious pleasure they took in their playful teamwork, that led them in so many directions.

8. Your latest purchase for your home?
A hand held mini vacuum cleaner. What a ripoff! Bought it because I couldn't be bothered to carry a big vacuum cleaner home. Big mistake.

9. What is your best decorating advice?
Be true to yourself. Make sure you live in a personal space, where everything works for YOU, where YOU feel good.

10. Do you have any tips for people who want to become designers?
Only become a designer if you feel it is your only option. Working with design is not nearly as glorified as it seems, it literally requires blood, sweat and tears, more patience than most people possess, more insistence, more optimism, more drive. It pays very poorly for a very long time. BUT: if you can stand let down after let down without losing your spirit, if you are sufficiently passionate about designing, if you don't care about what is or isn't in your bank account, if you don't mind working eighteen hours a day three hundred and sixty five days a year, if you are strong and independent enough in your way of thinking to be unable to hold a regular job, if you live and breathe for beauty, then being a designer may just make you very, very happy.

Thank you so much Louise!

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