Stockholm

More Than Just Vodka.

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Swedish Vodka maker Absolut has tapped into the “Maker” movement with a new mobile innovation lab built from shipping containers and other recycled materials. The Absolut Creative Space  was designed by architects Astrid Skog and Charlotte Stuveback for Abslout earlier this year as a venue for creatives and innovators to produce unique with tools they might not have access to, in a collaborative environment. Inspiration was taken from Absolut’s production process and applied to each of the four individual spaces. The goal was to inspire and enable different types of work with limitless variations on the creative process.

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Creative Space was first placed outside Färgfabriken in Stockholm Sweden. The containers occupy enough space to hold all four containers and create a common area in between. That space is a “Semi-Official Zone” according to the architects that designed the Creative Space, which is designed to welcome visitors and encourage them to come closer and get involved. In addition the area was softened with landscaping creating an even more relaxed and inviting space for the creatives using the space as well as guests.

creative_space_bar-610x408 I really hope Absolut brings this to the USA for a tour. I think it would be a blast to participate. The first link above takes you to the Absolut site with case studies of projects already completed.

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An area of pallets with plants with meeting places surrounds the four containers.

When One Door Closes…

They say that when life closes one door it opens another. This has truly been the case for me this summer, what with having my job eliminated at Hallmark, and landing a steady design job before my last day at the big H. With that said, here is a video about doors. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6 with Hyperlapse and Cameo by  in Stockholm. It’s Friday. Enjoy.

Cut It Out. Paper Illustration by Fideli Sundqvist.

Recent graduate of Konstfack in Stockholm, artist, illustartor, and designer Fideli Sundqvist creates some beautiful sculptural paper illustrations. While these could be easily modeled on a computer and rendered out, there is something quite refreshing about the tactile objects she creates.

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Sundqvist grew up in a creative environment in Uppsala. Her mother is a ceramicist and her father a historian. In the family home there was a small area in the kitchen that had been set up as a printing space where Sundqvist could be creative, and let her imagination grow.

“During one period in my life, I was completely engrossed by album-cover art,” she says. “I particularly remember one cover that was made from a linoleum cut, it was a real eye-opener to discover that art form.”

After high school Fideli moved to Stockholm to study at Nyckelviksskolan, and then at Konstfack graduating in the spring of 2011.

By her second year at Nyckelviksskolan she had already started cutting paper silhouettes using a scalpel, fascinated by all the possibilities paper art gave her. At first she worked mostly two-dimensionally but has increasingly switched to constructing and building three-dimensional paper objects that are then photographed. In 2011 Sundqvist published her first book “Birre, where are you?” which won first prize in publishing house Opal’s contest for picturebooks.

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Superfront Dressing up Ikea Cabinets.

I am actually surprised that no one else has done this yet. Swedish firm, Superfront  has hitched their wagon to a solid, simple idea – Lets enhance Ikea storage modules. Superfront designs and manufactures new faces, tops, legs and handles for Ikea Kitchen, bath and bedroom storage modules. They offer you an opportunity to enhance, improve and dress up your current Ikea stuff. This is a great idea, and something that can extend the life of, or breath new life into your investment extending its life.

Everything is made to order by Superfront in Sweden. Then items are shipped directly to the customer. They currently have a showroom for design inspiration in Stockholm, but all sales take place through Superfront’s online store. In addition to the physical showroom, there is additional inspiration via Facebook and Instagram where Superfront has uploaded  beautiful lifestyle images and visual feedback from the customers.

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In the “Moment”.

Remember those desks in the lecture hall, the chair with the fold up desktop that allowed you to take notes? I do. I don’t miss sitting though excruciatingly slow lectures by boring professors, but at times I really miss that desk/chair concept. Like when I’m lounging at home with a frosty cold libation and my iPad. Sometimes it would be nice to have a place to rest both as I lounge about.

The “Moment” lounge chair by Khodi Feiz might just solve my problem.”Moment” is based on the organic flowing lines of a cup shape, with an articulating table top that folds up in front of you as needed , or lays to the side acting like an auxiliary end table  always at the ready. While I can see this chair being used in any office environment, or public space, I’d love to have this at my house.

The chair has great lines and a modern feel with design nods to mid-century modern, but with an updated flair. Introduced at the Stockholm Furniture fair this year, I’m sure this chair will be a big hit when it actually makes it to market later this year.

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Observing those “moments” which we engage in while seated was the key inspiration for this project. Noticing that we rarely “just sit”, we started to reflect on all the activities we do while sitting: all the moments that we read, drink a cup of coffee, work, engage in conversation… ‘Moment’ was born out of these situations.

We believe that this multi-dimensionality requires new solutions that are more reflective of our activities, just as the old wooden school chair with an integrated tablet did in the context of the classroom. We wanted to create a chair, which is a hybrid, an integral piece composed of two intertwined functionalities that are seamlessly merged into one. And in turn, reflects our daily activities in larger settings such as lounges, receptions, collaborative spaces and offices, and even in your home when you’re reading the morning paper while enjoying your coffee or working on your laptop.