This weekend an exhibition with one of my favorite artists Emma Bernhard opened at gallery Erik Nordenhake in Stockholm. Emma was born in Stockholm 1981, and has received a BA in philosophy at the St. Louis University in Madrid, a BA in painting at St. Martins, London, and a BA in sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts, and she is in my mind one of our greatest upcoming Swedish artists. I especially love her pieces “Failed Geometry” and her thoughts about it, “We fail and should meet our own shortcomings with the same intensity as we meet others’. If not, how can we take each other seriously”? Read more from her last exhibition here.
One of our times greatest fashion photographers. Patrick Demarchelier is showing at Fotografiska in Stockholm. Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the opening last week but I am planning to go there by my self instead, at an hour when there is not so crowded so that I really can enjoy it. The exhibition “Lumière” is on until May 17, don’t miss out if in Stockholm.
Meet talented Gemma Holt, (collegue with Martino Gamper and wife to Max Lamb) in this inspiring article.
My dad who is an architect always says “the best is already designed, most of the news today are just bad copies” I used to disagree and get quite upset by this depressing theory but today I tend to (partly) agree. We see a lot of copies today or should I say a lot of new products with a very strong resemblance to something that already exists. I think that producing news just for the sake of it or even worse launch something similar to your competitors success just doesn’t make sense and it makes design go backwards. Sometimes the best thing is just to work with what you have unless you come up with something great and new. There is so many great classics out there that could be put back into production and so much great design that just needs a new shape up. Like these amazing classic chairs from Gemla now being produced in a matte black wax. Love.
I loved the last issue and the remake of Kinfolk magazine and now the spring issue is here featuring two of my favourites, Dimore & Dieter Rams. Yay.
Wästbergs W171 Alma by Tham & Videgård.
I just came back to my office after a meeting with Danish brand Skagerak and their amazing graphic designers All The Way To Paris. I love both these brands and to me they both represent quality, sustainability and long lasting relationships wich are rare today. The latest Skagerak catalogue made by ATWTP is filled with stories from real homes with focus on how to live with their products, this is one of the stories from another favourite of mine, Skälsö architects.
Yesterday my dear friends Louise Liljencrantz and Hanna Wessman opened their new amazing office. Unfortunately I couldn’t go to the party but today Louise launched her new website and here are some perfection-goodies from there.
I have created the trend exhibition at this weeks furniture fair in Stockholm. To me that was a bit complex since I don’t really like the way we tend to use the word trend today. As I am writing in my text at the exhibition to me trends are more about moods and tendences in the society rather than a style or the colour of the year. I believe that the world climate, politics and economy reflects and sets our needs also in interiors. After years with good economy and safety we have had bright white spaces open for exposure, but when the world climate is falling apart and economy gets more uncertain we immediately start to nest. In uncertain times we want our environment to be comforting and safe, and so our rooms gets darker, warmer and more embracing.
The exhibition space is my reflection of our times. I wanted to create a space with no set rules and to inspire people to play more with what they already have and use new materials, colours and textures. I wanted to create a space where contrasting materials and colours met in unexpected ways and show that a room and its furnitures could behave in a new way just by changing the wall colour. I have chosen furnitures and products that all have a clean lines and timeless design. When lined up together all the furnitures would fit together but by placing them in rooms with different wall colors and change the fabric, every room and piece of furniture got a totally different mood.
For example one of the rooms is an all pink office with the Bouroullec brothers strict Artek furnitures and the classic brown leather sofa by Børge Mogensen/Fredericia got a new bright pink wool fabric. I believe that by just changing the colour this room and the furnitures got a totally different expression then what we are used to.
I upholstered the classic Swan sofa by Fritz Hansen in a white fur from RAF Simons/Kvadrat and last years Fogia sofa by Monica Förster got a new cover in brown velvet, I took the legs off and placed the sofa on a wall to wall sisal carpet from Dahl in the pale sand coloured livingroom.
If you have a passion for interior and design I think it is inevitable that your taste will change from time to time and even if this weeks furniture fair is all about buying and selling let’s all stop and think for a while. Let’s buy with our hearts and invest in quality and products that are produced in good materials and with design that lasts for decades. In this exhibition there is hardly any new products, just my old favourites in new settings. Let’s embrace change wisely, play with fabrics and wall colour and give new life to our old classics!
I am so in the mood for spring right now…and these outdoor furnitures, Portofino by Vincent van Duysen for Paola Lenti.
Amazing vases by Turi Hiesselberg.
About a year ago I visited an exhibition with Donald Judd and Giorgio Morandi at the amazing Zwirner gallery in New York, they are both two of my all time favourite artists so it was no surprise that this was one of the best exhibitions I have ever seen.
This spring the museum Artipelag outside Stockholm are planning an exhibition with Giorgio Morandi and the British artist and writer Edmund de Waal, I believe this combination could be just as amazing since they are both icons in their own ways when it comes to composition of objects. Don’t miss out, the exhibitions starts at April 7 th and runs until October.
A couple of years ago I could have sworn this would never happen but here it is. I am in the mood for red, and not mixed with mustard and pinks that we have seen for a while now but in a new more grown up way where bright red goes with burgundy, bordeaux and browns… Yum!
At Imm Cologne last week one of my favourites was Arteks the brand new Riithie plant pot based on the original pots made by Aina Aalto in 1937 for their home outside Helsinki and their introduction of several of Alvar Aalto’s L-Leg products in a stone white lacquer and new linoleum surface colours that gives the classic furnitures a whole new expression.
There is an amazing ongoing exhibition in my neighborhood by photographer Gunnar Smoliansky at Gallery Steinsland Berliner. Don’t miss out if in Stockholm!
The word Minimalism is often talked about as a trend today, and yes it is probably the inspiration behind what is coming up next but to me minimalism is something else and so much more then a trend. Minimalism is a post modernist artform and that was founded by artists like Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Agnes Martin and Ellsworth Kelly, from where minimalistic architecture and interior design has found its inspiration for decades. These artists and the minimalistic architects and designers like Tadao Ando, Claudio Silvestrin, Dieter Rams, Álvaro Siza Vieira, John Pawson, Peter Zumthor and Vincent van Dyusen have all been my biggest inspiration for as long as I can remember and my safe place where I always can go back and breathe. To me it is not a new trend and it has nothing to do with smaller still-lifes and new wall colours, it has to do with lines, materials and details. It is an artform and a matter of perfection in details to which there are no shortcuts.
I have had my eyes on Eyes Shut Island for a while now and apart from their limited street art posters they just keep adding more and more unique products from amazing artists and designers that can’t be found elsewhere. Here are some of my favourites like the limited prints ny Inez & Vinoodh and M/M Paris, Byredos limited edition knife, Teenage engineerings speakers and I know there is a lot of more exciting and unique products coming up soon so don’t miss out!
New work out for String furniture, styling by me, photo Marcus Lawett.
I am obsessing with Vincent van Duysen at the moment, here is his latest project, C Penthouse in Antwerp, Belgium.
Fayland House in Buckinghamshire by David Chipperfield Architects, timeless classicism perfection. Photo by Simon Menges.
I love this chunky armchair, Mollo by Philippe Malouin for Established & sons.
Biagio by Tobia Scarpa for Flos.
Since I don’t know anything about the stockmarket I try to invest my savings (when any left) in art and design that I love. One of my new favourite artists is Emma Bernhard and I am lucky enough to have bought a piece by her from Belenius Gallery.
I love these tables with tube legs by Ana Kras for Matter Made.
Art Direction perfection by Thomas Persson, former editor-in-chief and Creative director at Acne Paper and he also makes one of my latest favourite magazines Luncheon and has clients like Hèrmes and Giorgio Armani on his client list.
I have already signed up for so many big changes for next year so I know that as soon as 2017 begins I will have to jump out of my comfort zone and embrace this year and everything new that it brings..I can’t wait!
The perfect lamp, Charlotte Perriands Applique à Volet Pivotant by Nemo.
Neutrals with a touch of yellow..
I love these armchairs that can also serve as extra beds. Tattomi by Ingo Maurer and Jan Armgardt for De Padova.