Im a huge fan of scandinavian design, I find it minimalistic but still somehow very warm. Design House Stockholm is one of these design companies that you see quite a lot in stores, at least here is Iceland. You can get these products in Kisan and Aurum. Mostly these pretty are things for using around the house, but they also do a bit of furniture. I personally really like their tableware the most…if I would have a dinner party with these things I would feel like the queen.

The Swedes are of course also the inventors of brands such as Ikea, Sony Erikson, H&M, Cheap Monday and Monki.

A swedish exchange student that took a course with us this semester told me about a design group called FRONT and are from Sweden. They did a really interesting and inspiring series of products that are characterized of external factors, animals in this case. Rats nibbled a pattern into a piece of wallpaper, snakes  wrapped their bodies around a piece of clay making a coat hanger out of it and insects made a pattern in a table by eating a part out of it.

This lamp below is also by FRONT design and has been seen here in Iceland in B5 bar and restaurant, but has now been removed.

TAF is an architecture and design studio that Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom started in 2002 in Stockholm, Sweden. Their aim is to make ordinary life less ordinary through subtle but effective changes in how products and architecture appear and function.

Fisherman is a series of pendant lights inspired by glass fishing floats.

A lovely lamp called Wood Lamp designed for Muuto

A coat hanger called Nest by TAF.

Swedese is a Swedish furniture producer founded by two brothers in 1945. The company consist of many diverse designers. Below is a design by Naoto Fukasawa for Swedese called Log Bench.

Icelandic designer Katrín Ólína and british Michael Young desgined this fun coat stand called Tree.

Photo © Design House Stockholm, TAF, FRONT design and Swedese.