Soon the Stockholm Furniture fair is happening and am very much looking forward to go to listen to Piet Hein Eek who is bringing his creative skills to use by designing for the giant Ikea. He is invited to hold a lecture at the fair and I certainly do not want to miss that: check him out!
This board was created for Eco Wellness, a new ecological spa treatment place that will open up very soon. We have focused on natural materials like wood and leather combined with small details of brass.
Spring is around the corner and so is this project: a collaboration with local designers and crafts makers and a new found photographer who is interested in shooting interior design. So we have teamed up and I will style the pictures with inspiration from the north, so the colors are based on some natural but typical traits of northern nature.
This first mood board, the green one, is representing all the greens: the trees, northern light, minerals and foggy morning mist.
The pink mood board stands for the midnight sun and misty summer nights..
The blue mood board represents the darkness and water which we have a lot of here in the north.
I would like to show you the products but that will have to wait, am still awaiting confirmation from one or two, plus got a keep something for later…
too long and no see, well that is because there has been a lot going on. Here I present one project I have been working on and until now I have not been able to share it. This is a restaurant who appointed me for the a remake of their interior, which had to follow the environmental line, not everything is though but as far as possible we have installed conscious products, and here is the result:
This certainly was an interesting and challenging project, where the remake had to take place without painting the walls or changing the floor, and the place was very dark and with many mirrored sections on the walls. So to give it a more warm feeling I designed a solution by systematically covering all the mirrors with wooden profile list so it looks like windows instead.
A play corner with ecological toys and a cosy tent was dedicated to all children who goes there.
However the biggest challenge was that only a small part of the restaurant were given attention and a new style and to make that sit well with the old style was a bit tricky. But so much fun to have a creative challenge and met fantastic people along the way!
So why should we care about the environment and take any responsibility in trying to change consumer habits and production processes? well the reasons are many and at this point we are all aware that this planet has environmental problems due to human behavior but last week this video came past my eyes and made my heart stop! I literally could not breathe for a long while…HOW COULD YOU NOT CARE?!?
As we are here to explore environmentally friendly art and design, having a studio space (yes!!!) makes it a lot easier to realize ideas. What is currently on the drawing table?!? I started by making a color mood-board, because it is very helpful to gather your inspirations visually and it will also act as a reference when you come to mix up colors. There is no right or wrong, and I suppose that this is just an old way of working for me since I became a designer.So I simply gather primary and secondary sources of color and quickly present them on one sheet of paper and keep that to refer back too. The mood-board will also help you to see what works well together and what doesn’t, and there its your own criteria that counts.
After creating the mood-board I started sketching on some ideas and shapes, and at the moment I am thinking of old places where I have lived and how they made me feel, which I want to transform in to patterns and textile designs. Bare in mind that all of this is work-in-progress.
Now I need to transfer these ideas in to screens and for that you need quite a lot of materials; and because textile printing can be a very toxic business it has taken me a long time to source eco printing products, but in the end I found a great company who funny enough originate from the north of Sweden, where I am now living. They are called Screentec AB, and you can find them in Stockholm and Haparanda or on-line at http://www.screentec.se (for english press this link:) http://www.screentec.se/subdet518.htm
So last Friday I got my first delivery and I quickly rushed to the studio, eager to try them out. Knowing that ink from Screentec are free from phthalate and PVC felt great but I also wanted to see how they printed. The product I bought is called ‘ecoline’ and is supposed to be the best on the market from an environmental point of view. So I mixed up some green and white (am a bit obsessed with green at the moment) and instead of making my screens with patterns I thought I just experiment a bit by printing over a piece of string.
Yes very nice printing ink, but the print did not turn out so well; in fact it’s what I would classify as an unsuccessful print (because the string was too thin), but you know I love mistakes because that is when we learn the most; and what did I learn this time? Don’t rush your work and waste material just because you get eager, prepare yourself and do it properly, especially if you want to save resources.Argh!! shame on me but experimenting is also fun and part of developing ideas and the whole creative process but maybe that is why we humans are such a danger for the environment…hmmm, will aim to be more thoughtful (despite being a human). Back soon with some more prints, but then I will not rush it!