I have a new wristwatch. Do you still use them? There was a couple of years (in the beginning of my iPhone period) that I thought I did not need a one anymore. I always brought the phone so If I wanted to know what time was I simply checked the phone. Then one day I realized something was missing. I’m not much in to jewelry, well I can like them (even have a Pinterest board with the theme) but I rarely feel comfortable in earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Wristwatches on the other hand is like some kind of a middle thing between a jewelry and something practical. Don’t need to dig deep down in a purse to check the time either.
I have realized that I’m a wristwatch woman and I have a couple that I switch in between. Most of them are plain, rather classical in style like this Daniel Wellington watch. Daniel Wellington is a quite new Swedish watch brand. Another (successful) Swedish watch brand is Void Watches. Take a look at the AARK Collective watches as well. Urban Trait seem to have a lot of them “design watches”
While we are on the subject I have to mention that the husband is kind of wrist watch geek. So here, a couple of links from him:
Interesting article at a good nerd watch site.
Great site and article about the ultimate watch.
Exciting clock model, the archetype of the pilot watch.
Ultimate Sports Watches.
Nice site if you like cool divers.
UPDATE: A good thing Urban Trait has free worldwide shipping until the end of 2013.
Simon Key Bertman is a textile artist and designer, based in Stockholm, Sweden with clients like Grythyttan and Svenkt Tenn.
Below the rug “Tennis” (Nadal vs Djokovic Wimbeldon 2011 final game). More racquet-sport-inspired rugs here.
Laura Spring has a new, nice website. I am still in love with the duffel bag, but the range has increased with a lot of other goodies as well, like laptop covers and iPad sleeves. Take a look here.
Back in the city. Today I had the opportunity to hang out with an old classmate of mine, Staffan Holm. Staffan work with interior architecture, industrial design and furniture design. So much knowledge in that man. Wish I had the tiniest bit of his knowledge of materials and craft skills.
I literally hung around him like a fly (hope I was not too annoying) today when we cruised around Gothenburg city to check out an ongoing restaurant project of his and a completed one (scrool down). We also took a trip to his magnificent studio, which he share with another star designer Daniel Rybakken.
Staffan keep on winning prizes for his work, the latest one was the prestigious award Bruno Mathson prize for 2013. The Spin stool (above) for Swedese was awarded with “Furniture of the Year” in 2011 by Swedish design magazine Sköna Hem. Personally would like to award Staffan for the Gym hooks for Danish Hay, which are not only good looking but brilliant, in several ways.
Fratelli Gridelli (below) is a cozy new restaurant in Gothenburg with tasty food, quality goods directly imported from Italy, an owner who write down orders on an, according to him, extra culinary olive oil AND interior architecture by Staffan Holm.
The interior was a challenge for Staffan really since the square meters are few. Smart storage shelves in oak, mirror steel, marble, glass and well thought-out details made it all complete. Impressing. The restaurant’s Tiramisu as well.
Unfortunately I did not manage to take any good overview photos of the interior. You’ll have to go there your self, it’s worth it – Fratelli Gridelli, Tegnérsgatan 26 Göteborg.
The new range of Saana ja Olli’s is inspired by visits to a summer house in the Finnish archipelago. The line includes kitchen textiles, interior cushions, and more. I think it’s lovely. The photos as well by Unto Rautio. Coming in October.
Tonight I’m checking out radioators, that not blend into the background. Bisque (above pic) have them in so many colors.
Paper clip radioator by Scorocco.
Chelsea cast iron radiators.
The radiator chair.
And a cover Victorian Oak Looking Radiator Cover, Cottage Style
The Swedish wallpaper company Sandberg released their latest collection “Götheborg” yesterday. The vernissage was held at a da Matteo here in town. Ten wallpaper designs with the common thread ocean and travel. My favorite pattern (above) is called Eden, design Sissa Sundling. Love the folk art feeling.
The collection will be launched in August 2013.
From one thing to another. This post is about an event that takes part here in Västra Götaland goes Milano goes Röhsska, 14–19 of 2013. Participating among others is Staffan Holm (my former class mate) awarded one of Scandinavia’s most prestigious prize for designers – the 2013 Bruno Mathsson prize. Very well-deserved.
Above Staffan Holm‘s Gym Hook, produced by Hay. Below, information in Swedish.
TIPS: Under fyra dagar, 14–19 maj 2013 har du chans att kika på den senaste designen från Västra Götaland som nyligen presenterats på möbelmässan i Milano, här i Göteborg på Röhsska museet.
Tretton formgivare samt studenter från HDK Stenebys möbeldesignprogram visar produkter och prototyper direkt från Milano. Det blir även en pop-up utställning och andra kringarrangemang. Anders Englund från Offecct kommer t.ex. att dela med sig av erfarenheter kring design på export. Sigrid Strömgren, Sami Kallio och Markus Johansson berättar om varför de valde att ställa ut i Milano, man kan delta i en workshop med formgivartrion Design stories, lyssna på trendspanaren Stefan Nilsson och en hel del annat.
Below, chair by Sami Kallio.
En annan bra grej som du ska passa på att göra om du är formgivare – Moderföreningen Svensk Form ger dig möjlighet att lägga upp din profil på den internationella siten SwedishDesign.org gratis under dessa dagar. Maila mig (se “contact” ovan till vänster) eller SwedishDesign.org om ni vill info om hur ni nyttjar detta erbjudande.