DREAMING OF THE SCANDINAVIAN LIGHT

One of the highlights during Designers Saturday in Oslo last week was the Fogia showcase at Arkitektenes Hus. But instead of showing you photos from a crowded showroom I´ll rather share their new lifestyle photos. The photos is styled by Kråkvik & D´Orazio and shot by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen in a beautiful building in Copenhagen – with flowing light, exactly like the way Fogia interpret Scandinavian Design – with a dream of the Scandinavian light.

Above Figurine chair,  design Note DesignStudio, Ropemaker rug, design TAF Arkitekter, sofa Retreat – design Monica Förster, shelf Arch – design Note DesignStudio, light Gatto from Flos.

In spring 2017, Fogia were looking for a new way of visualizing the dream that the their brand stands for rigth now and years to come. A difficult task because of more than 35 year old Swedish brand has its luggage, both positive and negative. After a hard job finding the right environment and the right team, they finally found what they were looking for – the light that is in line with their own interpretation of Scandinavian Design. A collaboration between architect and photographer Jonas Bjerre Poulsen, stylists Kråkvig & D´Orazio and Fogia themselves resulted in these photos.

Above Dini sofa – design Andreas Engesvik, Bowl table – design Andreas Engesvik, rug – vintage.


In Scandinavia, the light is an important factor because a large part of the year it is dark and grey as the sun rarely shows itself. We dream of places and environments where the light flows and makes life feel easier. Most people do not get the opportunity to create an environment or home where the light is allowed to flow through large windows, but we have a dream and a wish for it.

Above Poppy Pouf – design Nina Jobs


Hidden among the residential buildings and with a park as the nearest neighbor the team found a fantastic house, a creation made of concrete, wood and glass. The house was created to give home to the local scout community. The house was designed by architect Sophus Søbye and was completed in 2015. The big windows in combination with wood and concrete were what made them react. «Here I want to live, I want it at home, here we have to photograph the dream that personalizes Fogia», thought the whole team. The meeting between the furniture, architecture, materials and the natural light was what they had been looking for.

Above Tiki Sofa – design Andreas Engesvik, Area bord – design Note DesignStudio, Archetto shelf – design Note DesignStudio, Poppy pouf – design Nina Jobs, Pluto vase – design Andreas Engesvik, Pastille side table – design TAF Arkitekter

Photography by Jonas Bjerre Poulsen © Fogia

Elisabeth

 

GEORG JENSEN AND VIVIANNA TORUN BÜLOW-HÜBE

Travel and stay during the blog event covered by Frederica Furniture and Georg Jensen
During the ScandiDesignTour2017 we also visited the Georg Jensen HQ and got a guided tour in their silver smithy. I was overwhelmed and so very much impressed by the skilled smiths, the history and the most beautiful products, from impressive silver flatware to watches, jewellery and home products.

Georg Jensen is the essence of Danish design and craftsmanship. Founded in 1904, Georg Jensen has a deep heritage in high-end silversmithing that represents enduring style. The philosophy of Georg Jensen himself was to create democratic designs possessing both functionality and beauty. His artisanal skill and artistic talent combined with his continuous ability to identify and support design talent was the foundation of the company. From the very beginning the company has collaborated with independent designers, one of them was the artist and master silversmith Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe which Georg Jensen are celebrating 50 years of timeless and iconic design with this fall.

Above, the Design lab at the Georg Jensen HQ. A room filled with sketches, molds, prototypes – even some brand new products I can’t share with you yet. So pretty and inspiring.

For me, the highlight of the tour was the visit in Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe´s reconstructed silver smithy and the crafting of her famous Torun bangle. Torun was a voice of liberation and equality and multiculturism of all sorts. Woman’s liberation, social liberation, sexual liberation, racial equality, cultural diversity and much more. Friend of Picasso, Matisse and Braque she was a passionate rule breaker. She designed hollowware and «anti-status» jewelry of silver, semiprecious stones and pebbles. When she started designing for Georg Jensen in 1967 she was like a breath of fresh air for the traditional silversmith company. Georg Jensen became hip with
Torun´s design.

Torun grew up in Sweden and her entire family was creative, it included a sculptor mother, a town planner father, a poet sister and a brother and other sister who became architects. Torun began making jewelry as a teenager and staged her first exhibition when she was twenty one years old. She then traveled to Paris where she entered the salons of Picasso, Matisse and Braque. Shortly after she became the first female silversmith in Sweden to open her own workshop.

Torun was married- and divorced thrice. She traveled – and lived all over the world. Torun was a fearless, willful, playful and above all free of most baggage. She was not impressed by money or the trappings it affords, including real gemstones. She was impressed by great art, great artistry, great artists and freedom. Her jewelry was unique and simple, inspired by natures own shapes. One of her most known pieces is the Vivianna watch, a bangle style watch she created for Jensen that became a smash hit. With her jewelry, in a sense Georg Jensen got younger.

We also got to take part of the process of making a Vivanna Torun bangle in the smithy. A small part it was, the bangle takes ten hours to craft. Let´s just say I have great admiration and respect for the craft and the skilled smiths who works at Georg Jensen.

As a bonus we all got our own Vivianna Torun bangle, engraved with our initials. It´s been on my arm since I got it, I find it both playful, feminine, elegant and eye-catching. Torun´s bangles are crafted not for the sake of beauty alone, but with careful considerations to both form and function. And as the rest of her design, this bangle also is the symbol of love. It holds the promise of coming together to be stronger than apart.

photography © elisabeth heier / photo of me in the silversmithy © katerina dima

 

Elisabeth

UNIKA AUCTION 2017

I came home from Paris just in time for the opening of Designers Saturday in Oslo yesterday. A whole weekend dedicated to design with open showrooms, exiting lectures and events all around town. New this year is the Unika Auction hosted by Blomquist Nettauksjon, Designer´s Saturday Oslo and Klubben. Unika Auction is an online auction where the designers own prototypes, prototypes by manufacturers, color- and material tests, o-series and hand drawn sketches is auctioned and on display during Designer´s Saturday event. An online aution of Norwegian contemporary design. The objects can be found here and is exhibited at Kunsthøyskolen in Oslo if you want to stop by and have a look. The aution is ending tomorrow afternoon and if you want a unique design piece there is still time.

Some of the objects auctioned is from left above, Turntable by Nils Stensrud, Rocks whiskey stones by Runa Klock, Steel pipe frame from Pony, chair by Tormod Alnæs, and A2 test keramikk sculpture by Sigve Knutson.

Tumble vase above by Falke Svatun. The vase is an early test cast with naturally structured pattern on the surface. The stoneware vessel´s cut-out allows for the object to sit on an edge.

Vigeland vase by Andreas Engesvik, prototype in casted bronze.

Turntable by Nils Stensrud and Moment candle holder by Lars Beller Fjetland.

Photography © Bjørn van den Berg & Falke Svatun

Fauna bookends by Hallgeir Homstvedt and Hege Homstvedt.

 

Elisabeth

 

FREDERICIA, THE MODERN ORIGINAL

Travel and stay during the blog event covered by Frederica Furniture and Georg Jensen
Days fly by and although it seems like yesterday Frederica and Georg Jensen gathered a very nice group of bloggers in Copenhagen its been two weeks already. Two days with exquisite Scandinavian design and craftsmanship, interesting talks and new friendships when 14 European bloggers met up for the #ScandiDesignTour2017.

The first day of the tour started in the new Frederica showroom. The last time I was there it was way to crowded to even try capture the beauty of the space, which is situated on the top floor of the historic former Royal Mail House. The 1100 square metres spread across two floors and is the perfect setting to presents Fredericias history from its beginning in 1911 until the present day. I experienced everything from classic design icons to creative product news and an inspiring gallery with special highlights, such as Børge Mogensen’s original 2213 sofa, which for many years stood in the designer’s own home. (photo below) Frederica has always been a family owned and managed company and our tour in the showroom was held by Thomas Graversen, second generation owner of the family business and his son Rasmus Graversen. With more than 100 years of craftmanship Fredericia gives a great insight into the absolute best of Danish and international furniture design.

In 1962 Børge Mogensen designed the 2213 sofa, as a result of a space planning challenge in his own home. Not only did he make himself a unique sofa, he designed a icon that became a favorite in the most prestigious embassies and homes around the world. The sofa exhibited in Fredricias showroom is the original from Mogensens private residence, standing there from 1962-2011 when his family handed it over to Frederica. With a modern aesthetic, generous proportions, a select choice of materials and execution second to none, the sofa realises Mogensens ambitions to create the ultimate sofa. Every 2213 sofa is handcrafted and upholstered in the Frederica workshop. Quite impressive, and the original model look even more beautiful than a new one if you ask me. Lucky those who own one of these vintage icons.

The Frederica furniture collection also features newer design. They collaborate with a carefully chosen circle of international designers, all renown for their exceptional level of design integrity. The ambition of creating contemporary design that is always beautifully crafted, relevant and aesthetically intriguing are the leading guide. To create and deliver a collection they believe will be the modern originals of tomorrow. With great proudness and passion for outstanding quality. Above the Kile sofa, designed by Jasper Morrison. The Kile series is designed to seamlessly blend into the home or public spaces. The Piloti coffee tables, designed by Hugo Passos and launched in 2016 might seem simple at the first glance. However, if you look more closely you will discover subtle details that make the surface appear extra sleek with its integrated transition to the round table legs. The Piloti series includes models with different table top dimensions, and each table is supplied in two different leg heights. The versatility of the tables opens up for a wide range of possibilities and uses. Last up on the photo above is the Spine Lounge Petit, designed by Space Copenhagen. The Spine collection is one of my personal favorites from Frederica, originally designed for a Michelin Star restaurant in Copenhagen in 2011. Since then, the Spine series has proven extremely successful as a symbol of quality and craftmanship in high-end restaurants, bars and luxury retail shops throughout the world. Spine is anchored in the Nordic tradition but with a unexpected, personal twist.

The day with Frederica also included seeing the iconic Spanish Chair in the making by a craftsman from Tärnsjö Garveri. The Spanish Chair was designed by Børge Mogensen in 1958, the second chair he designed using a combination of solid wood and saddle leather. (The first chair of this kind, the Hunting Chair is shown in the first photo from above.) Mogensen designed furniture using a solid wood framework with saddle leather forming the seat and back. This methodology was inspired from medieval Spanish furniture construction, something that Mogensen would return to time and time again. The broad armrests of the chair serve as a practical place to place a glass or a cup, allowing the user to dispense with occasional tables or other furniture from the surrounding area. In doing so he achieved a more open and informal space for relaxing and conversing.The materials used for The Spanish Chair and Hunting Chair are of the finest selection and execution, from the quarter-sawn solid oak, to the vegetable tanned leathers and brass buckles. The rustic combination of materials develops a special patina that only becomes more stunning with time. The chair is by tradition made in Denmark.

Last up with the Frederica team was a visit to the design studio of Space Copenhagen.The design duo consisting of Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou make headlines with their signature style of elegant, yet classical design lines infused with a contemporary edge that emerge from intuition and emotion. For Fredericia they have designed the Spine series, mentioned above, and also the Swoon Chair (below). As one of the most elegant armchairs I know, Swoon was designed to fill the gap between a conventional lounge chair and a typical armchair – for use in lounge areas as well as private homes. The organic, yet structured design holds the seated body and provides an instant feeling of relaxation while offering excellent back support.

photography © Elisabeth Heier 

Elisabeth

 

ON MY WISHLIST AUGUST

collage by Elisabeth Heier

I am still looking for an apartment to buy and although I haven´t found the place yet I have a long list of furniture, lamps and accesories I wish to fill it with. And I can´t wait to start renovating my own place! ..cause obviously I need to. From top left,
1. Paulistiano lounge chair, designed by Paulo Mendes da Rocha in 1957. Available both in canvas and leather and so very comfortable. 2. The Kinfolk Entrepreneur book, launched this fall. Nathan Williams and the Kinfolk team has visited more than 40 creative entrepreneurs from around the world who are making business personal. I am looking forward to this, I´m sure it is super inspiring! 3. Florence Shelf from New Works, design by Knut Bendik Humlevik and Josefine Hedemann. I would love to have this to display my favorite objects. Also available in golden/clear glass finish. 4. Eclipse Lamp by Maurício Klabin, a fushion between an object of art and a lamp. A design icon that become part of the permanent collection at MoMa in 2006. 5. Eave modular sofa from Menu. Launched this fall, designed by Norm Architects. The perfect place to relax.. 6. Eames Wire Chair DKR 2, Vitra. I love my Eames chairs for their comfort, but this one has so much more edge and personality. And the sand colored leather is absolutely beautiful. 7. The Moor Rug, &tradition. Designed by All the Way to Paris in 2016. The rug have a subtle shimmer to the surface to echo the qualities of a gemstone, and would be the perfect way to add some sophisticated glamour to my living room to be.

Fingers crossed for the dream apartment to come along soon!

Elisabeth

 

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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

Elisabeth

 

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