A’ la London 2017

It’s time for the design market à la London which is happening this weekend in Gothenburg, Friday 17 – 20, Sat & Sun 10 – 18. Here, some peeps from some of today’s personal favorites. For more info about the exhibitors check out à la London.

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Spring visited Gothenburg for a while (earlier today), it’s snowing now however. Anyway, just wanted to say that I love this House of Rym tablecloth “Wild things” designed by Tove Berggren. And also, look mum I have a friend.

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Hotel Eggers

Things are fun, I’m back to semi-regular blogging. Under the tag #bestofgothenburg on Insta and here, I’m aiming to continue show some of my favorite Gothenburg things, people and places.

Thanks to my friend and colleague Drömma-Lotta I got my eyes on one of our town’s most interesting and good looking hotels, Hotel Eggers, which I visited today. Now this is the place where you want to stay when visiting Gothenburg, located just beside the train station. Every room is divine and has different styles. I had the opportunity to shoot in this one today. I love this wallpaper from Duro “Hudiksvalls Teater“. A wallpaper from in the early 1880s (discovered 1972 during a restoration of Hudiksvalls teater).

Hotel Eggers is one of Sweden’s oldest hotels, with parts of the property, amazingly enough, resting on the remains of Gothenburg’s old city walls from the 1600s and 1700s. The hotel opened 1894 and have had a list of prominent people and royals staying here during the years. There’s also an unique history including the artists Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors and Karl Nordström, who together with a bunch of other artists founded Swedish Konstnärsförbundet here at the hotel.

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Paula Hagerskans / jewelry designer

A couple of pics from when daughter Tovalisa and I visited jewelry designer Paula Hagerskans today. Paula is a neighbor of mine in Spinneriet, Lindome. Completely self-taught she makes incredible nature inspired pieces – necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and more. Not only jewels though, but watches also now (well, kind of a jewelry that too). Neat, good looking, want-to-have-everyone-of-them watches.

Paula also organizes courses in how to make jewelry. Tovalisa had the opportunity to make a silver ring for her self today. Not only she was thrilled, but I might have to become a jewelry designer in next life.

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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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