Friday, March 25, 2011

Illum Wikkelsø Model V11

The chairs that go with this sofa.

By Holger Christiansen, Jylland.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hotelier André Balasz' apartment, with red Poul Kjaerholm PK-31's, on a red rug. Nice. 

Good design never dies, but colours, patterns and sometimes materials do come and go with fashions. Red leather is a material that judged by auction results evidently just isn't that hot right now. It's too bold, too shiny, too vintage car-seat-y. But Mr. Balasz has managed to offset all of this by placing his red - albeit muted red - Kjaerholm reading lounge on a matching red shag carpet, creating a cozy-corner that is both rero and very fresh. The backdrop of the very simple, geometric white bookshelves do their part, of course.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Room with a View for Improvement

A typical Stockholm apartment from the 1880's, with a fantastic Nanna Ditzel desk and a Hans J. Wegner CH-35 chair, an Poul Henningsen Artichoke lamp and a small sculpture by the great artist Lars Englund, left on the 30's mantelpiece. Nice, but sure as shit not as nice as this apartment. You got a nice collection started, and your muted palette's not bad either, but you need to throw out all the ikea shit and buy some decent furniture, like here, or here.  You know you can afford to.

pictures by Bobo Olsson

Give me big windows and a view, and some mid--century furniture...

...And I'm happy.

pictures by Richard Foulser

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wright Modern Design, 31st March, 2011

Stilnovo, Milo Baughman, Warren Platner, George Nelson. All and more at the upcoming Wright Modern Design Auction of March 31st, 2011.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Carl-Harry Stålhane (1920-1990) is my favourite ceramicist. He is mostly known for his sophisticated and delicate vessels in various shapes and forms, as well as the many sets of tableware he created for Rörstrand. But he was also a master of the now forgotten and unappreciated reliefed ceramic wall.

For Sparbanken

"Dynamik" for the SAAB headquarters.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Beauty Salon Furniture

Chair for Nordiska Kompaniets Skönhetssalong (the department store NK's beauty salon), designed by Hans Asplund in 1955. About six were made.

That rug ain't so bad neither.

The interior was most likely designed by him as well, it carries his trademark decorative, organic and costly shapes and materials, obviously inspired by his father - Erik Gunnar Asplund. According to Wikipedia he was employed here between '51-53, though the addition he created to the department store was built between 1961 and '64.

The boxy shape to the left is another addition, an entrance by Bengt Lindroos, built in 1973. This picture don't give these buildings any justice, they're both quite tasteful and sophisticated austere sructures. Maybe, if I'm lucky, Rävjägarn will capture it soon. But the cars are nice tough.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


"The Suburbs" by Aracde Fire, from the album "The Suburbs".

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Beautiful Glass Doors

"Harpan 49" on Narvavägen 25, Stockholm. Built in 1930-31, this is one of the earliest examples of Swedish functionalist architecture. A residential building built in the affluent Östermalm area, for an affluent clienteleas seen in the fine attention to detail, such as these marvellous glass doors leading in to the great room. The yellow-sained glass is the original, he clear ones are modern replacements. They don't make 'em like they used to.

Architect: B Borgström
Comissioner: Nilsson & Bredberger
Contractor: Looström & Gelin

The original radiator-covers contain storage compartments.

interior shots from Vårt Nya Hem