Here we go again, I’ve decided to split this HUGE event up in three parts because there is so much to show. Unfortunately I missed this year’s Greenhouse where all the youngsters show their design. It’s usually the most fun part of the fair but Hey! I have a serious job that’s got to be done. Being an Editor in Chief is big business 🙂 And I sure enjoy it my friends!
Moooi always have fun furniture. Fun and playful. The Monster Bar Stool to the right is new: ”A soft, puffy and stylish chair as symbol of the eternal battle between opposite forces that take place in life and can be easily recognized inside ourselves, if we have the courage to open our eyes.” Designed by Wanders himself. The chair to the left is called Carbon Chair and is a collaboration between Wanders and Bertjan Pot (another Dutch designer).
Can you tell that I enjoy Moooi’s products 🙂 I think the furniture to the left is bit over the top for me, but still – it’s fun! Altdeutche Cabinet by Studio Job. The vase on the right hand side Deft Blue No. 06: ”Marcel Wanders designed a collection of ceramic vases for Moooi, all vases are produced and decorated at ‘Royal Delft’, a Dutch company dating back to 1653 and the original producer of the beautiful Delft Blue ceramics. The vases are reinterpreting and revitalizing Delft Blue and old Dutch craft using new ideas for shapes and decoration.”
Even if you’ve never heard of Moooi or Marcel Wanders you probably recognize these products. It’s Wanders alright.
And the funny thing is: Whenever he makes something that has a pattern (usually a sort of florally print) he more often than not likes to hide an outline of his head with a clown nose stuck on it. It’s become a trademark of sorts. I get excited every time I find the tiny image whenever inspecting a new product of his.
Ok, I got a little sidetracked there….could go on and on about Moooi, but there are a lot of other designers and exciting products out there, so back on track Evita! This couple – Fredrik Färg (which means colour in Swedish btw) and his partner Emma Blanche do almost EVERYTHING together. That’s love! They are extremely productive and designed this beautiful easy chair Emma Armchair for Gärsnäs. In Sweden armchairs are considered to be masculine except for the dainty little ”Emma” which first came to light during the 1900th century. She is slightly smaller and much more feminine than her counterpart.
Gärsnäs is a company that manufactures contemporary Swedish furniture:
”Gärsnäs is a young company. It’s impossible to get stuck in your ways if you are constantly searching for the best possible form and function. That approach has kept us young since 1893.” Åke Axelsson has been a big part of the the firm since 1963. He is an interior decorator and furniture designer who specializes in chairs. The chair Ferdinand (namned after Walt Disneys Ferdinand the Bull) is so comfortable that it’s hard to get up once you’ve sat down. Åke says on his website:
”The cupboard: This is probably where the adventure began – the day I brought home this cupboard, my first piece of furniture, made during woodwork lessons in Höga Gärde elementary school in the parish of Urshult in the county of Småland. Praise was heaped on me! I was twelve years old and on my way out in the world on my white charger.”
Johan Lindstén is a successful designer who hit it big a few years ago. He made this lamp Orbit for Gärsnäs last year. New for 2013 is Orbit Pendant.
My dear friends and colleagues Lisa Kruse and Camilla Julner having a chat.
A beautiful little coffee table Elna by Thomas Sandell for Gärsnäs.
Lammhults is another famous Swedish furniture company. Most of their pieces are made for public spaces. Designer Anya Sebton is posing in her magnificent soundproof sofa Area that can be assembled any which way.
Fashion oracle Lotta Lewenhaupt (left) in deep conversation with designer Gunilla Allard (middle). They are sitting in her new chairs Rio for Lammhults.
I adore Gunillas tea trolly Cargo.
Also by Gunilla Allard – Comet chairs.
Swedish Kasthall produces carpets, but not any ol’ floor coverings. They have a long history of making fabulicious rugs and I will tell you more about them another time. Right now I have to go and cook myself some dinner. It’s 9 pm and time flies when you’re having fun 🙂