Bukvy Multi-Purpose Bags
"It started with an idea of the ultimate bag. One bag in many forms evolving as life does,” say Joanna Bark and Elena Ekström, founders of the Bukvy, whose multi-purpose bag doesn't sacrifice aesthetics. The two designers knew each other as children...
Simple, Advanced Happy Ears Earplugs
Stand at a concert in Sweden and you’ll notice that the vast majority of the crowd will pause moments before the band comes onstage to reach into their pockets and retrieve earplugs. Likewise, on the streets, fingers go in ears the moment an emergency...
Sweden's Latest Bravur Watch Line
Swedish watchmaker Bravur follows its first entry into the market with a new model this summer. Called the BW002, the piece carries on from where its predecessor left off—remaining true to the company’s distinctive aesthetic and desire to create...
Back in 2012 CH spoke with Alexander Stutterheim in his small boutique in Södermalm’s SoFo district in Stockholm and discussed his small, yet already well-formed, brand bearing his own name: Stutterheim. At the time, his range of raincoats numbered...
TID Watches: No.2
This summer, Swedish watch brand TID releases its new timepiece, evolving its already successful design with some sweet new twists. Formed by Ola E. Bernestål, Petrus Palmér and design studio Form Us With Love, TID’s entry to the world of watches...
Music Gets More Social With OneSong
From the land that gave us Spotify, comes OneSong: another simple app that may further alter the way we experience music digitally. Much like a combination of Instagram and Spotify, the app lets users share one song at a time, including a short description...
K0 Northern Lights by Sarpaneva Watches
Finnish folklore holds that the Northern Lights are caused by a fox sweeping its tail on the snowy slopes of the mountains. While of course now we know it not to be true, the allure of that mystical glow remains ethereal. Premiering at Baselworld...
Hands On with the Teenage Engineering + Cheap Monday's Pocket Operators
What happens when audio engineers and a clothing brand get together? Swedish brands Teenage Engineering and Cheap Monday broke news of a collaboration at the start of the year, generating more than a little hype about the resulting products named...
STOCKHOLM FURNITURE FAIR
Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2015
This year's Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair welcomed a healthy number of strong collections from young international designers in its Greenhouse area but also many in its Design Mart. From thoughtful ladder-style lighting and single-flower vases...
STOCKHOLM FURNITURE FAIR
Colorful Standouts at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015
Kicking off today, the 2015 Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair is the first of the year's big international fairs and certainly the biggest in the Scandinavian region. While there is certainly much in the way of the archetypal Scandinavian pared-down...
Cafe Racer-Inspired Seals Watches
With its inspiration from battles tanks of the 1940s and cafe racer motorcycles, Seals Watch Company's Model A is a great example of what a micro watch brand can do when blended with a genuine passion for detail. Based in the foothills of the Sierra...
The Game Design Store
The Game is a great new design concept store—at two locations in Brussels and Antwerp—with products specially selected by curator Alexis Ryngaert's keen eye. And they don't come much keener than Ryngaert's: he's the founder of Victor Hunt Designart...
Flic: Cute as a Button
It seems that nothing can stop the Swedish startup juggernaut at the moment, as another piece of tech by Shortcut Labs gets its crowdfunding launch. Unlike many hardware offerings though, Flic is a simple premise at a winning price point. Essentially...
Fuffr's Smartphone Case
Two days after the intimate gathering to show its forthcoming Kickstarter film, the Fuffr studio in Stockholm is still full of empty beer cases and helium balloons slowly slinking down the windows. Yet, while many might be fretting at the thought...
The Hoxton Hotel, Holborn
When its doors opened in 2006, The Hoxton Hotel garnered the tag of being the "no bullshit" hotel. This autumn, the successful anti-hotel flung open the doors to a new space in the center of London, The Hoxton Holborn, bringing its guests more of...
FORM US WITH LOVE
Form Us With Love for IKEA
Stockholm's Form Us With Love—while being one of the most established of design companies in the Scandinavian design landscape—is still very young compared to its peers, being founded in 2005. Yet its reputation as one of the most reliably creative...
MADE IN ITALY
Oppermann's Newest Surfaces Collection
Oppermann was founded in 2012 by brothers Mattis and Niklas Opperman, both young upstarts at just 25 and 26 respectively. Opting to completely cut out the conventional distribution and physical outlet model of the fashion world, the leather goods...
Studio Visit: Jólan van der Wiel
With its large weighted wooden frame, pulleys and ropes aplenty, Jólan van der Wiel's experiments into gravity as a natural design force is a perfect example of The Netherlands' process-driven design ethos. An extension of the work by those rogues...
Nockstone Modular Building Blocks
Nockstone is a concept stemming from a collaboration between two Dutch designers, Melle Koot and Volken de Vlas. It's a modular building block that can be interlocked together with other Nockstones without the need for auxiliary joiners like glue...
Gram Shoes, Stockholm
Swedish footwear label, Gram has been quietly yet persistently gathering a cult following since its arrival in 2005. It's the creative outlet of designer Hong Kong-based Alexis Holm, Johan Larsson and their cohort, Anna Stenvi. The shoes themselves...
Today, Kickstarter sees the launch of yet another clever product: Tinitell is the world's smallest mobile phone designed specifically for kids. Yet this piece of Swedish innovation could easily find its way onto the wrists of adults too, given its...
MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2014
During Milan Design Week, visitors are faced with an overwhelming array of options of events and showcases, but many won't bother with the Interni guide (which lists all the official events) and they'll go rogue, taking home some of the best tales...
Bravur is a watch company formed by two friends—Magnus Svensson and Johan Sahlin—in 2011. The brand exists today purely because the duo couldn't find what they were looking for in the market as it existed; so they invented it. Thankfully, the pair...
Volvo's Inflatable Car-Seat Concept
There's no denying that the past 12 months have seen Volvo shake its former stereotype as a reflection of Sweden itself (safe, reliable, unremarkable perhaps) and replace it with a whole new appearance; one that now reflects Sweden's intangible coolness...
Seven years ago Swedish industrial designer David Ericsson left his industry behind to find himself in Hong Kong, steering one of the most stylistically interesting modern watch brands: Void. It's a brand that was initially developed using one of...