At Iris Hantverk, people with visual impairments have been making brushes using the time-honoured techniques of traditional Swedish craftsmanship for more than a hundred years. They still draw every brush by hand and use natural materials almost exclusively. Brush backs and handles are made of birch, oak or beech, the bristles are made of various materials such as horsehair, goat hair, Tampico fibre (from plants native to the semi-desert areas of northern Mexico) and Plassava fibre (from the leaf stalks of the Monkey Bass tree), depending on their use.
Their designs have emerged gradually over the years and, as well as being highly functional, all the products are extremely pleasing to the eye, after all, utensils used every day should add a bit of simple pleasure!
REYKAJVIK TRADING CO.
By producing small batches, R.T.Co. focuses on making quality home goods that are lasting & sustainable. Their line of homeware ranges from materials crafted from Icelandic wool & leather to Kentucky-grown oak & California ceramics.
Sculptor and designer Julian Sainsbury is recognised for his collection of exquisite Kitchenware, Serveware and Tableware. His designs are known for their pared-back aesthetic, neutral palette and finely judged simplicity. His pestle and mortars, mixing and serving bowls and tableware range are all now considered kitchen staples for the discerning shopper.
His distinctive design style is utilitarian with a classical influence - resulting in a purity derived from functionality. He is often featured in the press and his products such as the Ball Handled Pestle & Mortar are regularly used by chefs including Nigel Slater.
ONE MUST DASH
One must dash is Anki and Anneli, two Swedish girls in a hurry, sharing the same kind of (odd?) humour and love for interior design.
So, what comes out of one graphic designer and one copywriter wishing to celebrate the quirky moments of everyday life? Well, in 2010 the girls started creating interior accessories with a twist, that most certainly will make you smile.
The attention paid to detail resonates all the way through our production process. One must dash only uses the finest, FSC certified papers and high quality materials.
All the products are made in Britain.
Dorte Soland Wang believes that we can still learn something from the past. 40 – 50 years ago, very little didn’t get recycled in households and this was the philosophy behind Solwang Design’s original knitted dish cloth. Dorte’s grandmother converted cotton yarn residues into functional dishcloths and when she was no longer there, Dorte found it impossible to find a cloth that was in any way as functional and effective so she decided to set up her own production.
Today the dishcloths are produced on a knitting machine, but the final finish is still handicraft. As completely lovely as the hand-knitted originals, they have also retained all their qualities; durability, absorbency and high functionality – just as if they were handmade all the way.
L:A Bruket specialises in organic spa products, botanical skin care and botanical treats. Aiming to meet the needs created by coastal living on the west coast of Sweden with it’s harsh weather, strong sunshine, salt water, LAB’s products have all been produced with old traditions and natural ingredients at the forefront.
The ‘low-tech’ spa products all contain natural and high quality ingredients, most of which are organic and make the most of their natural qualities in order to achieve the best possible effect. Whether you choose soap, salt scrubs, body oils or salt bath, all products are guaranteed to make your time spent in the bathroom a little bit more relaxing and enjoyable.
A range of beautifully scented products that make life more pleasurable.
TELL ME MORE
Tell Me More is a swedish interior concept company.
The name reflects an attitude to life – to seek and find products that are genuine, have a soul and a story to tell.
The base of the collection is a mix of natural colours and patterns combined with simple Scandinavian style
Tell Me More is founded by Anna Lena and Marcus with backgrounds in fashion and interior design.
Vaxbo Lin work to preserve and develop a Swedish cultural heritage, they weave and sew linen products in Hälsingland, at the only operating flax spinning and weaving mill left in Sweden today. They are literally weaving together established handicraft traditions with modern design and the latest technology. Past and present meet, forming both a timelessness and a future with a human touch.
A unique handicraft tradition and a living Swedish textile.
All products consist of 100% linen
A sense of Scandinavia, of vast silent landscapes and raw seasons, of cosy shared moments.
In love with the Scandinavian way of life – the focus on life’s small moments, the raw nature, the endless summers, it is an enviable lifestyle that even the bitterest winter can’t dilute!
Skandinavisk believe the absolute essence of Scandinavian lifestyle is right here – in the colour, scent, light and warmth of a flickering candle flame and a glow that not only burrows deep through the wax, but one which nourishes the soul too. After all, Scandinavians use more candles than any other nation in the world. They use them morning, noon and night. 12 months a year. Because they know that a candle makes any moment softer, more informal, more cosy. And they are the world’s happiest peoples, so we think that’s something worth sharing.