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?!?

Inside a green mind and lovely mistakes

 

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COLOR MOOD-BOARD

 

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.

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GREENS, DUSTY PINK AND MONOCROMES
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BLACK LINES WITH YELLOWS AND MORE GREEN
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GREENS, BLACK & WHITE AND HINTS OF AQUA

 

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.

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SOUTH EAST LONDON, STRANGE VICTORIAN HOUSES AND WEIRD NEIGHBORS
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MAN-MADE PARKS IN URBAN CITIES
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ABANDONED FACTORIES IN THE SOUTH EAST, GREENWICH
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FRESH MILK IN THE MORNING

 

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

 

 

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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. 

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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!

Old window becomes menu board

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Two days to go and we are almost ready for the big day! These old windows will serve as menu board and seating plan.

After searching through my fathers farm house we found three nice old windows which we cleaned up and then used a white pen to write with. The windows will be placed next to each other and around the edges we have written the guests names and in the two central panels we have presented the menu.

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I started off by choosing a font I liked and adapted the size to fit the given space of the window, it took a bit of calculation but once that was done I just had to print it out and tape it to the back of the window with magic tape (which is easier to peal off and does not leave any glue marks on the glass.) Then with a steady hand work your way down, starting at the top so not to smudge the text as you go on. Then simply remove the printed sheet of paper and you are left with neatly presented text.

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