Design Joy : Örnsbergsauktionen

It's a fresh year and Stockholm Design Week is the first in a flow of design weeks. It's completely unnecessary to talk about the combination of Sweden / Scandinavia and Design, so let me introduce you with Örnsbergsauktionen. It's an auction concept started in 2012 by designers Kristoffer Sundin, Fredrik Paulsen and Simon Klenell who want to give (often young) designers a platform to show prototypes, unique designs or limited editions and sell them to the highest bidder.

What you can see below is a selection of my favorites out of the 53 objects, for full information and starting prices, check the website.

  • LÄDER (2014), NÄVER (2010) - Sophia Lithell - Leather, painted steel & Birch bark, painted steel
  • CRYSTALLIZATION NO. 21 VASE (2014) - Lukas Wegwerth - Crystallization
  • MILAGROS FOR THE INJURED (2014) - Anna Tascha Larsson - Silver, silver-plated brass & copper 
  • TRUE COLORS (2013) - LexPott - Brass and black patina, Aluminium and white oxide, Copper and blue oxide
  • EURYDIKE (2014) - Katja Pettersson - Wood, marble, mirror
  • FOOD COLOURING CUSHION (2014) - Sundin / Persson - Wool yarn, Kool-Aid
  • NAZCA/COCOS (2014) - Hilda Hellström - Pigmented jesmonite, copper plated steel 
  • TEXTILE MOULDED GLASS (2014) - Silo studio - Borosilicate glass
  • No information available - check website
  • STORA SPELET (2014) - Sara Lundkvist - Hot worked and kiln cast glass, suede
  • ORDINARY PIXEL (2014) - Anna Nordström - Cotton, polyester
  • FOAM CHINA LIGHT (2013) - Marjan van Aubel - Foam porcelain
  • GRAIN (2012) - Johanna Friedman - Mercericed Cotton
Nice fact: the last bidding starts at 1 SEK and goes to the gavel, which closes the auction in a symbolic way.
  • ÖA HAMMER 2014 - Simon Klenell, Fredrik Paulsen, Kristoffer Sundin - Glass, burled birch


Home : Cacti

Some new (old) friends of the family on my window sill.

© all photos by me


Eye See : The Secret Collection

This is an exhibition I would love to have seen if it wasn't this far away.

The Secret Collection is an exhibition of limited edition objects designed by Fabrica. The collection makes an interpretation of the Lebanese daily life and it is produced in collaboration with Libanese artisans. According to me they did a very good job in using the craft and natural materials with a modern well designed outcome. The exhibition was shown at the National Museum of Beirut, which also sells a range of similar unlimited objects and right now the exhibition is presented at Carwan Gallery also in Beirut.

Fabrica is an Italian research workshop which works together with designers and students. It also provides scholarships for the lucky ones who are younger than 25.


Top of the Pile : Magazines

I really can enjoy a well curated magazine. Quite often I discover new publications and some of them are good enough and could exist longer than 3 issues (which depends on financing more or less) and others don't make a large enough difference and disappear again. I believe the 3 discussed below are stayers and keepers!

Apartamento #12, I'm hooked since I read my first one (it was n°6). It's the perfect literature for a train travel (the Belgian railway catchphrase 'the train is always a bit of traveling') and I actually read the texts. I like the interviews with those one-of-a-kind people and their often extravagant interiors and the comic with that mouse :).
Nowadays you can find your copy in most newsstands as in a lot of concept stores as well.

Frankie issue 55
Also a familiar one and their distribution has been fine-tuned as well. A couple of years ago you couldn't find any copy in Europe except for London and now it's for sale everywhere and that's just great! They have a good selection of illustration, enterprising/surprising people and DIY's.
This is already an older copy, I bought it a couple of months ago and I really like the illustration on the cover by Emily Winfield Martin, who also illustrated the cover of Frankie's calendar.

Thisispaper Inaugural issue : YAY! the best of the best curated website, I'm very very happy with this one, a beautiful distilled publication with an interesting and inspiring content (interviews with Studio Formafantasma, Faye Toogood, Studio Glithero, ...)


Eye See : Jalal Sepehr

An insight in Iranian culture and heritage with in the leading role the Persian rug by Jalal Sepehr.