- Posted on 28th September 2011 by Nicola Holden
With the London Design Festival over for this year, it is time to turn my attention back to my blog, and share with you all highlights from my bags full of flyers, brochures and business cards that are waiting to be unpacked.
I thought I would start my blogging with Hemma (the Swedish word for ‘home’), a new exhibition showcasing Swedish lifestyle through design, and highlighting the diversity that is the hallmark of Swedish design today. This exhibition was held in the beautiful Residence of the Swedish Ambassador, which I had the good fortune to visit last year as part of the London Festival of Architecture. This 18th century house was the perfect setting for the modern Swedish design on show.
Image – Ewa Kumlin.
Here are some of my highlights:
|A2 designers is a small design studio producing a range of distinctive, contemporary pieces combining the simple lines of modern Scandinavian design with bold colourways and a heavy focus on detail.|
|I fell in love with Mateus’ ceramics – the colours, shapes and patterns in these beautiful pieces are the meeting place between modern Swedish design and traditional Portuguese craftsmanship, and will undoubtedly create the perfect setting for the occasion.|
|From the island of Gotland comes Silvercurls with its unique silvery-grey, curly sheepskin fleeces. The Gotland Peltsheep start their lives black and get their final coats’ colouring from the limestone rich herbaceous plants that they graze on.|
|Tove Thambert produces an interesting range of male jewellery and home accessories, from candlesticks that double as a set of dumbbells, to a gemstone and silver bracelet re-imagined as a masculine watch.|
|Thomas Malmberg brings a new concept to lighting with this Regatta pendant. Malmberg draws his inspiration from his interest in architecture, nature, materials and technology.|
|I am always drawn to the bold colours and patterns of the textiles, and the unique and timeless designs of the furniture that together form the concept that is Svenskt Tenn. I loved these little Acorn vases that were scattered around the Residence.|
|This chair by Markus Johansson, just inside the entrance to the Residence, provided a fitting start to the exhibition. ‘Nest is a piece of nature that moves into a cosy home and breaks up those straight, rigid and traditional forms’, and would be a wonderful statement piece in any setting.|
|In this sideboard from Olby Design, I love the mix of the sleek Scandinavian design with the slimness and elegance of a pin up girl in stiletto heels, stressing a belief in a continuing relationship with craft, past, present and future.|
|And, last but by no means least, I found this Spectra chair by Matti Klenell for Källemo. The chair is created using 10 pillows in two layers which can be arranged to create different seating positions. This looks like the sort of chair to curl up in with a good book!|
All in all, a great show from Swedish Design Goes London, and one which I look forward to next year.