WOOD AND LEATHER, THE PERFECT COMBINATION

Up for some beautiful furniture news in the middle of summer? Danish design in combination with materials as wood and leather will never fail, right. During 3 Days of Design the Danish design duo Design Studies, launched a collection called «The Dinesen Collection» at the Dinesen showroom. A collection of furniture made as a celebration to the beauty of Dinesen wood. Dinesen is a world-renowned purveyor of exquisite wood, seen in floorings and furniture for commercial and private venues around the globe. Design Studies has worked with the natural beauty of wood and leather. Wood from Dinesen was used to create simple, functional furniture with seating crafted in Sorensen Leather. Sørensen Leather provide the leather for many of the most celebrated designs featured in museums, galleries, showrooms and collections around the world, and I am a huge fan of their beautiful products. See more here, from the collaboration they recently did with Norm Architects.

photography © Anders Hviid and Stine Christiansen

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50th ANNIVERSARY, ORANGE CLASSICS

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For 50 år siden så den ikoniske Fiskars saksen dagens lys i Finland og med det revolusjonerte de hvordan verden så på noe så enkelt som en saks. Den orange saksen fra Fiskars var lettere, mer komfortabel å holde i, enklere å bruke og også skarpere enn hva som var vanlig. Siden den gang er det blitt solgt over 1 milliard sakser og den finnes i mang en kjøkkenskuff, redskapsbod, på skoler – den er til og med blitt en del av den permanente utstillingen på Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, i New York. Med så mange solgte sakser følger det historier og minner, og jeg er helt sikker på at det er mange flere enn meg som husker denne godt fra barndommen.

50 years ago Fiskars revolutionized the way the world saw scissors. Not only were the orange-handled scissors lighter, more comfortable and easier to handle than heavy forged scissors, they also delivered an amazing leap in cutting performance. Since then, over a billion Fiskars scissors have been sold worldwide. Today, their scissors are loved worldwide for their superior cutting performance and legendary durability. They have even become a part of the permanent collection at MoMA in New York. And with over 1 billion scissors sold there comes a lot of stories and memories, I´m sure a lot of you can remember the scissors from your childhood too.  

Jeg husker Fiskarssaksen fra min egen barndom, den var alltid med på ulike hobbyaktiviter og jeg hadde min egen lille saks i barnestørrelse. Nå har jeg selvfølgelig en liggende i kjøkkenskuffen, og det er ingen som slår egenskapene til den orange saksen når det gjelder å klippe gjennom både tykt papir, ulikt gavebånd og plantestilker. Jeg innrømmer gjerne at hobbyaktivitetene nå begrenser seg til gaveinnpakking, men til gjengjeld er det noe av det mest hyggelige jeg vet. Lete frem fint papir, klippe det til, og dekorere med litt grønt. Tradisjoner skal bringes videre ikke sant? Jeg tar i hvertfall med mine barn på gaveinnpakkingen enten det er fødselsdagspresanger eller til jul.

I clearly remember the orange Fiskars scissor from my own childhood, always in use for different hobby activities and of course I had my own small one for kids. Now the Fiskars Classic Universal scissor is part of my everyday life. There are no scissors who matches the cutting performance this one has. And as I remember it from my childhood I bring the tradition over to my children, having a good time wrapping gifts, cutting paper and deciding on what to put on for decoration together. 

Den oransje fargen er blitt Fiskars kjennetegn og både i USA og i Finland er fargen Fiskars Orange™ offisielt varemerkeregistrert, noe som sørger for at de eneste saksene du finner med oransje håndtak er saksene fra Fiskars. Grunnen til at det ble den orange fargen er mer tilfeldig for i 1967 da de første basismodeller skulle produseres, ville designeren at saksene skulle være svarte, røde eller grønne. Da prototypen gikk i produksjon, bestemte maskinarbeideren å bruke opp den oransje fargen han hadde i maskinen. Det innebar at prototypene ble produsert i fire forskjellige farger, hvorav den oransje og den svarte var mest populære. En beslutning måtte fattes, og etter en intern avstemming hos Fiskars, fikk verdens første plastsaks oransje håndtak. I år lages alle Fiskars Classic Universalsakser i en spesialutgave der de har inngravert et symbol for å markere 50-års jubileet. Fortsatt blir alle universalsaksene produsert og testet for hånd ved fabrikken i Finland, en fabrikk med lange tradisjoner tilbake til 1649, der kvalitet står i første rekke.

The orange color has become the symbol of Fiskars and of the worls´s first plastic-handled scissors. Both in the US and in Finland the color, Fiskars Orange™, is an officially registered trademark. In 1967 when the first basic models were about to be manufactured the designer wanted the scissors to be black, red or green. As the prototype went into production, the machinist decided to finish off the orange color he had in his machine. This meant prototypes were made in four different colors, of which the orange and black were most popular. A choice had to be made. An internal vote was taken at Fiskars, and the result gave birth to Fiskars orange-handled scissors. Still all Fiskars Classic Universal scissors is produced and tested by hand at the factory in Finland, a factory and a brand known for its high demand on quality and with a heritage back to 1649. 

photo © elisabeth heier

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INNOVATORS AT HEART, THE STORY OF BOLON

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A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Stockholm and the opening of Bolon Lab Store. I knew Bolon as a higly renown Swedish flooring company, but there is so much more. Let me tell you the story of Bolon.

Over 60 years ago in Stockholm an idea sparked into life. Bolons founder Nils-Erik Eklund started making rag rugs out of textile waste, and in many ways he was ahead of his time. His ability to see oppurtunity where others couldn’t still inspire his two granddaughters who runs Bolon today, Annica and Marie Eklund. Annica and Marie took over from their parents in 2003 and since then, they’ve been on a mission “to make Bolon a design-led innovator, fusing the conservative flooring concept their grandfather started with the creativity of the world of fashion.” And although none of the sisters originally wanted to work in the «boring rug company» I have rarely seen anyone tell so passionate about their work as Annica did at the opening of the Lab Store.

In 1967 Annica and Maries parents takes over the business and product development continues. From rag rugs to awning mats for caravans, to wall-to-wall woven vinyl flooring in the 1990´s. In 2003 when the sisters takes over the family business they bring their experience from the fashion industry as well as a wish to make the production sustainable into the company. The journey from a traditional flooring company to a top design house begins. The warehouse is moved from Belgium to Sweden, meaning production, design and all other functions are now based in Ulricehamn, their home town. Today Bolon has 117 employees and are recognised worldwide for their award winning flooring and collaborations with some of the the world´s most acclaimed innovators and creatives.

On discovering that Armani is using Bolon products, the journey from traditional flooring company to top design house begins in 2003. The Eklund sisters wish to merge the creativity of the world of fashion with their conservative flooring concept resulted in a design collaborations with the legendary fashion house Missoni. The “Bolon by Missoni” collection was revealed during the spring of 2012, and the richly coloured, versatile, and powerful collection of exclusive woven floors gives new and exciting expression to Missoni’s beloved and characteristic attributes. In 2015, the collaboration between Bolon and Missoni continues – and for the first time, it includes an interpretation of Missoni’s classic Zigzag pattern.

In the world of architecture, the name Jean Nouvel commands instant respect. The first collaborative project between Bolon and Jean Nouvel was presented during the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February 2012, and in 2016, Bolon and Jean Nouvel collaborated to launch the flooring collection Bolon by Jean Nouvel Design. A collection of handmade, industrial flooring products, defined by a bold colour palette, subtle striping and strong architectural expression. «The freedom is yours to use the flooring to play with colour and light, and engage the windows of the space. It is not a decorative carpet, but an architectural floor.” Jean Nouvel (Photos from the Bolon by Jean Nouvel Design collection below.)

Further on we find Jaime Hayon, Tom Dixon, Ilse Crawford, Giulio Cappelini, Philipp Thonet and many more on the impressive list of designers who has been using Bolon in their projects.

The Bolon Lab Store looks amazing, and already before you enter you get a feeling of something very different than what at least I expected from a flooring company. But this is not just a flooring company, its a design house. Bolon has created a living laboratory for flooring innovation, where the concept of the traditional showroom has been expanded to include food, hospitality and community, and where visitors are treated to a fully immersive experience of the Bolon world. Exactly like we did with the very delicious breakfast and the introduction to the story of Bolon. A story which both impressed and inspired me so much.


At the opening they presented several news, both an experiment where top international brands has interpreted Bolon textiles on voluminous design objects and their very first rug colllection. The rug collection marks the debut of Bolon’s new direction toward interior design and were originally designed for Annicas og Maries small boutique hotel in Italy. (Villa La Madonna, it looks amazing!) In alternating stripes in muted tones with a subtle shimmer, the rugs are the result of an experiment to combine glitter thread and wool to achieve a tactile effect characteristic of Bolon’s refined look and durable quality. Its colour and material palette, the result of an extensive research and development process, take inspiration from the deep jewel tones and moody neutrals of fashion textiles. Bolons original vinyl based product remains, now enhanced both with wool and glitter yarn. Creating a softer look and feel, and an expression which is both physically and aesthetically new for Bolon.

I don´t think the Eklund sisters will stop with this when it comes to moving towards the world of interior design. The poufs in the photo above is one of a kind and only sold at the lab store in Stockholm, but these are really perfect for both hospitality and recidential projects. And with the rug collection they have endless possibilities when it comes to design. I can´t wait to see what comes next from Bolon. I am sure it´s something quite amazing.

Photos 1/2/3/4/5/6/12/13 via Bolon, photos 7/8/9/10/11 © elisabeth heier

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&TRADITION NEWS


The latest news from &tradition is as always followed with beautiful press images, so no worries I was unable to shoot the news myself during my visit at their showroom on Papirøen in the beginning of June. One of their news is not yet oficially launched, but you can see it on my Instagram here, nice isn´t it?

First, Luca Nichetto´s Cloud sofa is launced in a new version, Cloud High Back (above). The aim with the Cloud sofa was to produce the essence of comfort, accentuating the feeling of floating in your own cloud. «With the high back versions of the sofa, you feel comfy, free and able to focus. Even the acoustics are more intimate. It is like having your own cloud up in the sky. It is a concept – but it is real. A private space you can share with others» explains Nichetto. The perfect hide away in the office.

The Catch collection is extended with a bar stool, and designer Jaime Hayon brings the same welcoming spirit of his Catch Chairs to the Catch Bar Stool. Like a friend ready to give you a hug, the arms extend outwards from the curved seat. The result is a bar stool that is a conversation piece, setting the scene for a cosy exchange from the start. It is the utmost in humanity and simplicity with a touch of humour. I know very well how comfortable the Catch chair is (using it every day at work!) so I can imagine this bar stool is really comfortable too. As Hayon sees it, “Everyone takes design so seriously. My idea behind the Catch collection is to instantly make people feel welcome. That is why the seat is curvy and comfy with outstretched arms. Like a friend waiting for you.”

The Fornell lamp by Andreas Bozarth Fornell was launched earlier this year (above). Drawing his inspiration from the world of art and fashion, Andreas Bozarth Fornell creates simple, streamlined designs you would enjoy sharing a space with.
With Fornell Andreas Bozarth Fornell wanted to design a lamp that didn’t take energy away from a room. Inspired by American artist Donald Judd, a forerunner of the minimalist movement known for his work with industrial material to help foster the democratization of art. I love the setting with favorite chair Catch and the Palette desk, beautifully framed by the curtains.

with thanks, &tradition

Last up, the modular sofa Isole by Nendo and Luca Nichetto. Oki Sato, the founder of the Tokyo-based design studio Nendo explains “I was thinking of soft, organic forms like pebbles, stones, drops of water, islands. But I had no idea how they could connect and become furniture. I did a sketch, took a photo with my iPhone and sent it to Luca.” “I am from Venice so I know about islands,” says Nichetto.“When I saw the first sketch I realized that these islands needed bridges. So I designed the armature as a bridge to connect the islands into individual seats, and each seat into a modular sofa. The outcome is Isole, Italian for islands. A truly unique sofa concept enabling a variety of combinations and configurations, including versions with and without an “island” arm cushion. Variations include a discrete round, square or rectangular side table that integrates beautifully with the overall aesthetics. The impression? Soft, inviting and endearing.

Elisabeth

 

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3 DAYS OF DESIGN // HIGHLIGHTS II

I promised to show you some more from 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen and finally the last photos is sorted, edited and up on the blog. First up is Erik Jørgensen who has teamed up with Montana in a new showroom at Bredgade 76. With this Erik Jørgensen now has two showrooms in Copenhagen, in Bredgade 76 they mainly focus on their home collection while in the one in Pakhus 48 they focus on their contract collection. They have done a great job making the showroom an inspiring and exciting place to visit, each room has its own expression and colour scheme: The Botanical Garden (above), Tranquillity, and the Blue Room (both below). The green room is inspired by botanical gardens and international trends, with plants as a big part of the décor. Here
you´ll see the Hector sofa designed by Norwegian Anderssen & Voll toghether with the classic AV chaise longue by Arne Vodder.

The room called Tranquility is set out entirely in white. It creates a sense of surplus, purity and tranquillity, as a perfect contrast to the heavy furniture classics. The Delphi sofa in white leather is combined with the Corona Spectrum chair and the EJ 63-66 coffee tables designed in 1999 by Foersom Hiort-Lorenzen. The table clearly reflects its time with its shiny square chromium legs and matt marble tabletop, and once again the table is a popular contemporary choice by virtue of its classic materials of cool marble and metal. (Will definitely be considered when I´m deciding an a new lounge table.) From the pure white haven you enter the cosiness of a room in dark blue that invites you to sit back in the big Spring sofa and smell the roses hanging from the ceiling. The Blue Room is a small cave with a dramatic expression.

From the home feeling at Erik Jørgensen to what felt like an art exhibition at Frederica with it´s igloos showcasing iconic and new furniture dressed in innovative fabrics by Kvadrat/Raf Simons. The new Fredericia showroom is situated on the top floor of the historic former Royal Mail House in the heart of Copenhagen. The 1100 square metres spread across two floors and presents Fredericias history from its beginning in 1911 until the present day. With more than 100 years of craftmanship Fredericia gives a great insight into the absolute best of Danish and international furniture design.

Børge Mogensen designed the sofa 2213 (above) for his own home in 1962. With generous proportions, modest aesthetic, a choice of materials and execution second to none, the sofa achieves Mogensen’s ambition to create the ultimate sofa. Showcased at the upper floor at Fredericias showroom you clearly see how well it fits in a modern environment in 2017 as well.

From one amazing roof top terrace (view over Copenhagen from Fredericia above) to another amazing roof top terrace at Muuto, below. Yes please, I would love having lunch at such a lovely place more often.

Muuto is known for their ability to create original products with new perspectives and the result is an innovative, aesthetic and functional collection of New Nordic furniture, lighting and accessories. Above you can see the sofa called Outline designed by Anderssen & Voll, Around table by Thomas Bentzen and rug and throw designed by Margrethe Odegaard. Odegaard is a strong figure by textile designers in Denmark. She has received both national and international awards and recognition for her work with textiles, colors and patterns. I had the pleasure of visiting her workshop some months ago and it was such an inspiring experience.

Last up, HAY at the historical Lindencrones Palæ. Like entering an castle. HAY was not included in my original plan for showroom visits, but I´m so very happy I went by after a hot tip that this place was a must see. The exhibition included the Result Chair and Pyramid collection, relaunched by HAY and Ahrend originally designed by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld. HAY´s new kitchen collection, called HAY Kitchen Market was also shown for the first time at this location during 3 Days and will be in stores this fall. You can see more photos from this beautiful place at Desiree/Vosgesparis and Katerina/Only Deco Love´s blogs.

photo 1, 2, 3 © Erik Jørgensen, photo 4-13 © Elisabeth Heier

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3 DAYS OF DESIGN // SKAGERAK

There are simply so many beautiful places to show from the design event in Copenhagen last week, and the visit to the Skagerak showroom and flagship store was so inspiring I have to show you more than the regular two photos in a highlight blogpost. Skagerak has the most beautiful showroom situated in the old Post & Tele office at the Freeport of Copenhagen. When I arrived directly from Nordhavn with its huge modern buildings, entering the garden at Skagerak was like entering a fairy tale with the old brick house as a center piece. The best part? As the Skagerak showroom is also their flagship store, it´s open for everyone to visit at Indiakaj 2.

Skagerak is a family-owned Danish company established in 1976. Lately Skagerak has transformed into a global modern design brand, and their passion for good craftmanship and quality has only grown stronger. Well known for their outdoor furniture but now also so much more. Amongst my favorites is a new design collaboration they have done with Stilleben, the Edge series. Including pots, plates and vases and a very beautiful tea pot in terracotta. (Vase on the table above.) Rumor has it there will be even more products added to the series soon.

Skagerak develops long-lasting and functional design with respect for humans and the environment. A great example is their new project where they buy vintage Skagerak outdoor furniture for resale in their store. With the used furniture also comes the history of the previous owners, and beautifully aged materials that looks the way at least I like my garden furniture, like they´ve been there forever.

Another favorite of mine from the Skagerak collection is the Georg bar stool, below. Also beautiful without the pillow as you can see my friend Katerina is using it as a bedside table on her blog. The Georg series also includes a really nice mirror, both small and large, a bench, dining table, console table and several other functional accessories for the hallway. Designed by the Swedish designer Chris Liljenberg Halstrøm, which shows her Nordic roots in her designs through a minimalistic approach and strong combinations of materials like wood, leather and wool. I know there are a lot of things going on at Skagerak these days, and I
can´t wait to see whats up next.

photo © elisabeth heier

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