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Greening Your Kitchen: Cocoon

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Bringing fresh herbs into your kitchen not only means you’ll have a delectable choice of seasonings, but it also allows you to bring some greenery inside. In fact, I’ve got overflowing pots of thyme, basil and rosemary surrounding my cooking space. But they could probably use a sleek organization system like this one.

Swedish designer Måns Salomonsen has created this ingenious design, called Cocoon, that puts a focus on healthy eating, placing your fruits and herbs all in the same place. Check out more pictures of the design here.

Of course until this beautiful design becomes available, you can still make your own herb garden, and all it entails is a nice looking pot, a few herb plants and some planting soil. Here are some easy to follow directions on re-nest.

Written by Anna Brones

February 13, 2010 at 10:38

Scandinavia Meets Japan: New IKEA Designs

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I wouldn’t necessarily put Japanese and Scandinavian design together, but for its spring collection IKEA is launching Charlotta, a collection of fabrics designed by Åsa Ekströ. The result is a manga-inspired textile series. And although I’m not usually a huge fan of all things manga, I am loving the origami moose tea cozy.

[Via: Room and Serve]

Written by Anna Brones

February 9, 2010 at 06:00

Tio Gruppen Stockholm

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Tio Gruppen is a name synonymous with Swedish design. The design collective, founded in 1970 by ten young textile artists and designers, has produced more than 600 printed fabrics and wallpapers. With a classic Scnadinavian aesthetic, Tio Gruppen designs incorporate simple and natural designs in a style that manages to be both contemporary and classic.

The Tio Gruppen store, located in Södermalm in Stockholm, is a design lover’s paradise, the walls covered with colorful prints in the form of bags, napkins, aprons and textiles by the yard. Always a favorite stop of mine when in the Swedish captial… very much worth a visit! And if you can’t make a quick Scandinavian jaunt, take a peek at the website.

Full gallery after the jump.

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Written by Anna Brones

November 16, 2009 at 14:29

Winter Palace

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murman arkitekterAs we head towards colder months, here is some gorgeous winter inspiration. Restaurant Tusen is a creatively and naturally inspired building in Ramundberget, Sweden and was designed by Swedish firm Murman Arkitekter. They recently won first prize in the “holiday” category at the World Architecture Festival.

More at my article in Been Seen here.

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November 14, 2009 at 06:00

New Josef Frank Textile Designs from Svenskt Tenn

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josef frank new designs

Svenskt Tenn might be one of the most influential design stores in Sweden, a well-known lifestyle company and boutique that’s been around since 1924. Founded by designer Josef Frank, his prints have been synonymous with the shop, and even though he died in 1967, his design legacy lives on. The store just recently released two new Frank prints, called Aramal and Ceylong, produced in the 40s but that have up until now never been in production; Svensk Tenn actually owns about 160 different Frank textile prints that are archived and released at random. The new prints are available on 100% linen textiles sold by the yard.

Makes me wish I was able to take a stroll down Strandvägen and take a look.

Full print images after the jump.

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Written by Anna Brones

November 12, 2009 at 06:00

Swedish Design + Destination: Urnatur

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Urnatur, which basically translates to “out of nature,” is a Swedish forest getaway, where visitors can stay in cabins and spend time re-connecting with nature. But it’s also a design firm that believes in the beauty and simplicity of nature and crafts incredible pieces that capture the pure essence of the natural world.

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Written by Anna Brones

March 14, 2009 at 18:45

Nature is Back

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Design aficionados will know that the Stockholm Furniture Fair took place last weekend. And although I would have loved to be there for it, reality decided otherwise; trips across the continent and Atlantic for a weekend aren’t what one would call realistic.

Fortunately there are enough Swedish design blogs that covered the fair to keep my eyes in awe for awhile. Husmusen happens to be one of my favorites, and the blog’s very own Frida Berglund snapped the photo above. Nature is clearly making it’s way back into design.

The designers of the items above aren’t mentioned, but take them for a little inspiration for your own project to bring nature back into your personal space.

[Photo: Frida Berglund, Husmusen]

Written by Anna Brones

February 12, 2009 at 09:39

Tuesday eye-candy: Up and coming Swedish designers

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My two current favorite Swedish designers are young women, fresh out of school and full of inspiring ideas.

Hanna Nyman with her three-dimensional wallpapers.

Lisa Bengtsson. Born in 1981 Lisa obviously hasn’t wasted any time on being creative.

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September 9, 2008 at 08:00

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