Back to work!

31 August, 2014

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It’s the end of August, the end of summer and we are back at work again. Maybe you have started studying, have got a new job or are back in old routines in your everyday life. For what ever reason you always need some new cool thing: notebooks, accessory, posters with wisdoms, iPhone cases... Here are some inspiration for you!

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New leather bag Kano by Moyi Moyi.

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Amazing silk pocket square Burgundy Louis XVI by Emma Kisstina Illustration and iPhone case Blowfish by Lisa Edoff Design.

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Poster Do your heart’s work by Happy Arty and Mini Notebooks by jollygoodfellow.

BackToWork3 Nållåtta notebook by Frau Furtenbach, poster Quote by Nelson Mandela by I Love Design.

You’ll find more products in our Back to work category.

 

 

Formex: Camilla Edfors launches a new collection

30 August, 2014

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Camilla Edfors is one of our most popular and loved designers here at Nordic Design Collective. This year she showed at Formex for the first time, and from what I hear it was a great success. Her prints are constantly on our bestseller list and I would’n be surprised if we’ll find her new collection of cushion covers there as well.

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Friday favourite: nearly impossible

29 August, 2014

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Friday again – what happened to this week? For me, it just flew by. And I know the reason why. It is the same reason that this new poster from I Love Design is so totally to the point right now. We are of course superbusy preparing for our new store! We’re getting the keys on Monday morning, and by then we’ll also release the opening date!

The poster, though, is a classical quote from Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. It’s a great quote. And now you know how I feel at the moment. It’s not done yet and it feels a little bit impossible. But it is going to be great, I just know it! Make sure to follow us during the coming weeks for more updates on the store!

Anna Siivonen and Langaeble Stockholm visiting Copenhagen

28 August, 2014

Last weekend, the Copenhagen Jewellery and Watch Show took place, and both Anna Siivonen and Langaeble Stockholm were represented at the “Brand New” section of the show. Unfortunately we were not able to go there ourselves, but Anna and Maria sent us a few pictures. Thank you for sharing!

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Presenting: Elin Wesslund

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Elin Wesslund is a pattern lover and graphic designer. She creates modern home decor inspired by nature. You can find her beautiful patterns on trays, coasters and cutting boards.

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THREE QUESTIONS – ELIN WESSLUND

Tell us about your background!
I have always had a big interest in design and interior. When I was younger I wanted to be an architect but things changed. Somewhere on my way to being an “adult” I found out that combining a great typography with a nice photo is so satisfying, and when I understood that this combining thing is something that you really can do for living I decided to study Graphic Design.

Under my three years of studying Graphic Design I developed an interesting of creating patterns. It was the first time in my life that I lived by myself and I needed something to do as a time killer. Eventually I understood that I could elaborate this pattern and do something better and useful with it.

During my last semester at the university I did my thesis called “Pattern design – A study about popular patterns attached on wallpaper, fabric and household utensils”. The project meant doing a lot of interviews with skilled people in the pattern industry. I, among others, talked with Marika Bogren (Nationalmuseum), Lisa Bengtsson, Hanna Werning and Tiina Wilén (Elce Sthlm) and all these women encouraged me to believe in myself and try. They are a big inspiration for me as I now am in the beginning of my journey.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Flowers, leaves and other element from the natures inspires me when I create patterns.

Do you have any dream projects?
A dream project is absolutely making patterns for IKEA, that would be so amazing! Imagine finding your patterns in households in Särna as well as in Singapore. I met Lisa Ullenius who are collaborating with IKEA and she was so down to earth and told me that everything is possible; you just need to be patient.

I will continue to work hard and keep my fingers crossed!

Welcome Elin Wesslund! Find all of her products at Nordic Design Collective

Formex: SB Studio and Edit & björnen

27 August, 2014

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Sabina Botin is the designer behind the brand SB Studio, and her work often has a bit of a funny twist to it. One of my favourites from her new line of products (soon to come) as the print “But first let me take a selfie” – so spot on! And since a number of her prints were featured in the main trend exhibition, I guess I’m not alone to think so. formex-sbstudio-1+2

Next, we’re off to visit Edit & Björnen. This is their second year showing at Formex, and just as last time, their exhibition was beautiful and very Instagram-friendly with small installations all over.

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Edit & björnen is run by Karin and Johanna (above) and they are so very talented – and with such a great energy. And they are not only doing their own product line, they are also running an advertising agency. Ambitious, nice and talented – that’s what we like!

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Their very popular collection Peculiar Nature has been extended so include cuttingboards and more. Love it!

Presenting: The Ultimate Shopping Map

26 August, 2014

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The Ultimate Shopping Map is a book and map for every tourist or shopaholic in Stockholm. The book is designed and produced by Maria Öijer. She has scanned all of Stockholm’s stores with Swedish designers and added all the goodies in this book. You find it in both English and Swedish.

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THREE QUESTIONS – THE ULTIMATE SHOPPING MAP

Tell us about your background!
I have worked with Business Development in various large and international corporations all my life, and I felt it was time to do some Business Development of my own. I am thoroughly interested and amazed by all the fantastic designers Sweden has today and they are present in all areas; fashion, home decoration and accessories. So I wanted to use my extensive commercial background in Sales, Marketing and Consumer Insights to actually help them reach out to more consumers both internationally and in Sweden. That might sound pretentious but if I can make just a small difference – that is good enough for me. I have now released The Ultimate Shopping Map and there is more to come!

Where do you find your inspiration?
In my case, it is not only about the products or designs, but more about the person or the people behind the product or design. Entrepreneurship fascinates me and the fact that there are brave, passionate individuals who make the choice to not go into the corporate world, and choose the uncertainties and anxieties of starting your own business. So basically I want to help the “little guys”! And I know that even in large corporations, the best and most successful Business Development examples very often originates from an visionary individual in a small company somewhere that is later acquired by a larger company.

But then of course beautiful design in objects and clothing is “quality of life”. I don’t believe in or want to favor mass-consumption but “less-is-more”. Buy the objects that you will love or the clothes you will actually wear – preferably from smaller, individual designers – and that will ultimately contribute to sustainability too.

Do you have any dream projects?
Oh yes, several. First of all I believe there are more cities that could benefit from a The Ultimate Shopping Map. But then I also would like to go into actual retailing and I have another business idea which is a new store concept that would collect Scandinavian fashion designers. But that is for later. First I need to develop and establish The Ultimate Shopping Map into the best tourist guide ever.

Welcome The Ultimate Shopping Map! Find all of her products at Nordic Design Collective

Tuesday pick: Balancing act by Yrva

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Formex: Ejvor helps create the perfect party

25 August, 2014

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Ejvor is run by Sofie and Madeleine, and they have a lovely collection of products for the little ones. One of their bestsellers are the animal masks seen below, and for this season they’ve added new variants, like butterflies and animals from the savannahformex-ejvor-3 formex-ejvor-4

Another new product for this season are the paper glasses, and I think this will be a smash hit and a bestseller – judging by how many of the visitors tried them on (and yes, even me and Karin couldn’t stay away from trying our favourite models ;). In each pack, you get 6 different glasses, all delivered in plat pack and just for you to punch out and put together. Originally designed for children, but as you can see they work really well for grown ups as well! ejvor-insta

In the press: tv-shows, danish magazines and more

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Let’s take a look at a few of our recent clippings from the press. Above, to the left, is a page from danish magazine Mat&Bolig that gives you the best tips on how to update your home office for the fall, and featured the paper baskets from Fyran. Above, to the right, is from Femina Denmark featuring the “Make my day punk” print from Puldefranck.
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In Sweden, the gardening show Trädgårdsmåndag featured the beautiful big tray (used as a table) and matching cushion covers from Kajsa Rolfsson.

And finally, we were mentioned in a number of blogs when we released the news about our upcoming popup store. Thank you Trendenser, Husligheter, Young Swedish Design and Ehandel.se!