circular consumerism

As you may know we need to work harder at consuming less and choosing materials that can be reused or broken down without to much damage to the environment.

On the 14th of April there is the national clothes-swaping day in Sweden, Denmark and Norway which means that numerous events are being staged around the country that day where people can swap their garments with other people.

Last year, in Sweden alone, nearly 41 000 garments changed owner in one single day.

If we consider that these garment swaps replaced buying we saved the planet from 30 tons of chemicals, 280 tons of carbon dioxide and 40 000 cubic meters of water -in one single day! 

The power is in our hands..

source: https://www.naturskyddsforeningen.se/nyheter/sveriges-storsta-kladbytardag

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Recycling design on a global and commercial level

 

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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!

http://www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se/program/6-februari/a-lecture-about-my-career?sc_lang=sv-se

 

Mood boards

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.

 

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The pink mood board stands for the midnight sun and misty summer nights..

 

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The blue mood board represents the darkness and water which we have a lot of here in the north.

 

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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…

 

Eco design have been busy..

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:

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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.

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The centre piece was this 4-seater wooden sofa with matching wooden armchairs. Beautiful and ecological all the way through, produced by the great Norrgavel.
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Then we kept a coherence with all materials that were added and aimed to use natural material like wood, stone, brass and glas, which can be recycled.
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The key to transform this dark place without painting the walls or changing the floor was to add a lot of lighting, so once finished 39 new light sources were installed!
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After that was completed artwork, plants and decoration were the last touches.

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A play corner with ecological toys and a cosy tent was dedicated to all children who goes there.

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This corner could then be transformed into a seating area for customers when needed.

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!

10,000 Bottle Caps from North Cape Beaches

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?!?