IKEA + 10-gruppen

Wohoo I’m booking a trip to Ikea 5 may, 2017 when the collaboration between Ikea and Swedish classic design team 10-gruppen are releasing their collection AVSIKTLIG.

- I’ve wanted to create a “classic” 10-group collection, where you can find patterns to recognize and get new favorites, says Tom Hedqvist, Creative Director for the collection, and a founder of 10-gruppen AVSIKTLIG collection includes four classic 10-gruppen and new designs by five of 10-gruppen‘s original members. Tom Hedqvist has also invited the three young designers IKEA Iina Vuorivirta, Ida Pettersson and Hanna Dalrot and two external designers Kristina Abelli Elanders and Anders Wenngren to join in. The result is a playful collection that reflects the design collective’s long and checkered history – but which is also very contemporary.

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Fish scale slate facade / Djurgårdsskolan

Among the oldest schools in Gothenburg in use, is Djurgårdsskolan with the oldest part built in 1864.

The school comprises three buildings arranged around a schoolyard. One of them is this stone brick house with a wooden veranda and a splendid fish scale-slate facade. Large, smooth, flat slate pieces with amazing color variations in gray, blue, green, black and even reddish-gray.

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Väva Spis (Weave a stove)

The last couple of months we’ve (Fine Little Day) been working together with Stiftelsen Skånsk Hemslöjd and and Östra Skånes Hemslöjdsförening in a project called #handicraftarchives where we’ve been digging into their amazing archives / collections of handicraft objects. Also to be found digitized online at Digitalmuseum.

A lot of folkart handicraft materials are locked away in drawers, libraries, and journals which not always are easy to access. During the 1900s, Swedish handicraft associations built up unique collections of objects. These items are cataloged and digitized of make the materia available for a wider audience (everyone!) at Digitalmuseum I love the possibility to looking back in history using social networks to reconnect with long forgotten treasures and traditions, some at risk of disappearing altogether.

In this phase of the project we are connecting with local craftsman who will handicraft the designs which is made with inspiration from the #handicraftarchives

Yesterday I went to Simrishamn to meet this talented lady, Kristina Bourghardt Hattenbach, who is in the process of weaving one of the pieces, which will be displayed at the exhibition “Väva Spis” (Weave a stove). Vernissage at Hemslöjden i Skåne in Landskrona 20 May, 2017.

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Three eco-friendly, hand made cat nests

Kids grow up and leave you know while cats stay around, wake you up at night, scratch the furnitures and sleep on your keyboard, for evermore. So we have three of them, Hiro, Rut and Siri. The last one adopted two years ago. Hiro is a Devon Rex, Rut a Brittish Shorthair and Siri a mix between mentioned breeds.

Anyway here’s three eco-friendly feline play houses/pet beds to consider if you’re looking for neat ones, all hand made.

The first one (above) is stylish looking pine wood and cotton cord cave from Tigerstripes in Copenhagen. This one our felines actually tried out, love and live in, daily.

The second one is a felted wool Cat head-shaped pet bed from Lithuania, to be found at Etsy. Self-explanatory, funny looking.

The third one La Ball from Meyou Paris is a pretty wood, metal and coated handwoven cocoon for rest, play and scratching at once. Makes me think of the house of Barbapapa. That’s a good thing.

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Stylish blinds / Emma von Brömssen

Finally some really nice blinds. Talented pattern designer (and friend) Emma von Brömssen‘s collaboration with Sandatex was shown today at Remfabriken here in Gothenburg, what a hit!

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New book by Klara Person & Karin Cyrén

Now this is a great children’s book collaboration, two of my favorite Swedish illustrators/authors Klara Persson (this time author) and Karin Cyrén (illustrator) has made Sören, Sören, Sören. A book about three brothers all called Sören. Confusing when everyone comes when you call their name.. Published at Urax.

“Det fanns tre brorsor. Den första hette Sören. Den andra hette Sören. Och den tredje hette Sören. Men vad snurrigt det blir när alla tre kommer samtidigt när man ropar. Eller när de svarar i varandras telefoner! Hur ska man hålla reda på vem som är vem? En sprallig ordlekshistoria om namnet Sören, och om hur fel det kan bli när Sören Kassören bara kan räkna till tolv och Sören Dansören helt saknar balans.”

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Bohemian children’s wear

“Bohemian children’s wear inspired by far-off places, designed whilst daydreaming, made to treasure…”

Having worked in the fashion industry for the past decade Apolina founder and proud mama Caroline, had always loved bohemian embroidered dresses and set about trying to find some teeny versions for her daughters Veda and Bon.

We had the honor to host Caroline and her family in our country house this summer, I just love these peeps from their stay AND all other cuteness!

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Water lilies

New pattern, hope you like.

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WoW 2016

2016′s Way out West was muddy, rainy and good! Best of the concert I visited was Kamasi Washington & Miles Mosley + Big Sean.

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Henning Trollbäck + Minä Perhonen

Getting updates from my friend and colleague Henning Trollbäck who is in Tokyo, Japan painting this amazing wall for Minä Perhonen (!) right now. How I wish I could be there!

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