Notorious Nendo in Milano

The long lines that formed by the excited design crowd waiting for Japanese studio Nendo which exhibition set in several tents, hung with all black textile interior, explore the relationship between people and objects with its Milan Design Week exhibition, which featured unconventionally designed everyday objects and my personal favorite :  alternatives to the traditional zipper.

The Forms of Movement exhibition posed the question whether everyday objects can conduct motion.Presented in Milan's Tortona district as part of the Superstudio venue, it showcased 10 designs that deal with the concept of movement.The furniture set below in white against the black backdrop are model furniture from 3-5 cm height. On the bottom of this post you see the same type of chair as the model but now in "normal" size.

A model set of Nendo furniture also seen as full size versions. 

Exploring techniques that traditionally are thought of being used for certain materials and see how they work in another setting.  Here using traditional basket weaving technique but with light metal. 

In Nendo´s  work with YKK zippers this astonishingly beautiful design emerged. 

The exhibit consists of 10 rooms divided by walls and black textile backdrop covering everything. We are led through the Nendo maze by graphic signs (se the bottom of the post) and each room contains a new aspect of working with  product design from the motion perspective. 

 Here is the full size version of the model from above where the design was first presented.

The graphic presentation of the exhbit is my favorite. The Nendo aesthetics at it´s best.  The bare minimal left to do the job of communicating their design philosophy.

If you are interested in seeing more of Nendo from the post when I see their exhibit at Holon Design museum in Tel Aviv

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PS All photos by me. Please ask if you want to borrow DS


West coast love

Last year I was here at Getterön, Varberg at my family home from early spring. This year  I get to introduce Marcello to my father and  just made it down for the current heatwave. Marcello met mom in Stockholm when she came to show her suede clothes collection earlier in spring. 

I love this spot. If you are following me on Instagram you have seen this fav spot before. My Embrace original design for Jimsch by the  pond with a seatcushion of suede made for my own company Jimmy Schönning HEM

Mom offered home made Elderflower lemonad as we arrived. LOVE!  The scent from the sweet pea floating (in my Chemistry vase for Jimsch) reaches my nose before the elderflower taste reaches my tastebuds. My mother really knows what I like taste wise and spoils me. 

The little cottage where we spend our nights and maybe a siesta a warm day like this. 

The water lilies in the small pond never disappoints. 

 Post swim gathering at the natural stone sofa. Mom to the left. My brothers middle child, my nephew by her. The youngest of the three standing. My gorgeous sister in law next to my brother. Miss Morris on the ground cared for by Marcello. We are missing my bother´s teenage son and my father who probably is watching some incredibly important golf or soccer game on tv.

Not really warm for a brazilian but it feels good to cool off (at least after...)

Getting some sea solitude as i call it is the name of the game. Västra Getteröns Naturereserve next to the sea is unchanged from my childhood and is amazing to return to. 

A visit to Varberg Fortress is a must. 

Love this life. 

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Millesgården the Little Italy of Stockholm

Stockholm city center has many good italian restaurants but no concentration of italian culture in one spot like Little Italy in Nyc for example . 

The biggest concentration of Italian culture in one spot in Stockholm is without doubt Millesgården
The home, studio & gardens of Olga and Carl Milles was made to feel like their own Italy. 

Nowadays they even have a museum with their name joined at the opposite side of the former entrance of this remarkable Italian cultural heritage overlooking the Stockholm water inlet from the heights of Lidingö

The lower terass was built during the 1950´s when Olga and Carl Milles had returned to Europe after 20 yeas living in the USA. They spent the winters in Rome and most summers at Millesgården

The lower terass was created with the Italian piazza as model. Carl Milles wanted an open square set in stone, purling fountains and room for lots of people. 

The red stone is a true Swedish find called Älvdalskvartsit. Olga and Carl Milles created a Little Italy their own personal way right here in Stockholm. 

The original entrance to the Millesgården estate. Nowadays the entrance is via the museum building. 

The Milles Poseidon staty (to the right) is nowadays the symbol of Gothenburg but here you find a smaller version. 

The studio of Olga and Carl Milles is a place I love to visit. Artist studio space at its best. You can rent the space for privat functions. Once i sang at a wedding  of close friends right here. Acompanied by a pianist on the grand piano. Will never forget their beautiful ceremony. 


Find this funny hidden detail at one of the antique sculptures collected by Olga Milles. 

Find Olga Milles paintings as well as her collections of Italian antique sculptures. 

Fountains, sculptures  and creative waterways at magic Millesgården. 

Pillars collected from other buildings and reused in a new form is what makes Millesgården unique.

So by sightseeing at Lidingö you will not only get  a taste of the exquisite are art of both Milles Artists but a visit to Little Italy or even Villa Borghese of Stockholm as well.

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Moooi in Milano 2018

Moooi sofa fabric and wallpaper in the same more-is-more pattern. So not  a Scandi-design expression. Think that is what I love the most about Moooi. 

Milano offers more design during the week in April than what is humanly possible to see in 7 full-time viewing days. 

Moooi at Fuorisalone with the adress Via Savona 54 is a 100% must for me to experience and something I make sure I prioritize. 

The old factory building where Moooi has built up their world of interiors for years serves equal parts theatrical drama as it gives inspiration and information.

Naturally the venue used in Milan is for showing us the latest news that Moooi is previewing 2018. This year presented through the eyes of Megan Grehl. 

The wallcover collection is the result of the partnership with Belgic brand ARTE inspired by 10 newly discovered drawings of extinct animals made by talented artists from the past. Each pattern is inspired by the characteristics of one animal. 

The entire presentation of all furniture and deco at Moooi at via Savona in Milan is made against a black theatrical backdrop. 

There is a gallery with the extinct animals in frames with a golden edge. 

Moooi furniture still life.

Moooi type of four poster bed beauty showing off the pendant lamp. 

All white  floor lamp against the dramatic darkness that Moooi prefers. 

If my photos of the Moooi exhibit of 2018 in Milan has made you want to see the entire exhibit you can. Just click HERE and you will get a 360° tour made possible by Moooi. 

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My kitchen goals

Photo Jeroen van der Spek. Styling Liza Wassenaar for VT wonen. 

When it´s time to update my kitchen (which is soon I hope) this is what I want. This kitchen solution is so me! 

I just see myself cooking here and loving every second.
From the stylish grey, white&black cement flooring, to the wood cabinets combined with the granit top. The worn and wonderful beautiful brick wall with the Jieldé wall lamps 

Found this gorgeously styled and photographed kitchen in my favorite Dutch interior magazine VT wonen. 
The only thing here I would do differently would be to change the wall mounted fan I would have chosen something not so classic, but gone more strictly restaurant type. When it come to the stove,

A black steel 4 eye gas burner and a wok adapter in the Kitchen Aid new series would be perfect. 

To finish off with perfection would be to have a built in espresso maker that not only looks good but makes that coffey just the way I like it. I know... I tried it at the Milan Design week. 

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