The Colours of Swedish Counties – Öland

This is the tenth book in a series of Swedish Counties and their colours.  The authors interior designer Lena Anderson and human geographer Marja Lindblom give us a quick tour to  the Royal Villa of Soliden, Halltorps Hage with its giant oak trees, Museum of Öland, Himmelsberga.

Previous books deal with Bohuslän, Gotland, Dalarna, Lappland, Närke, Skåne, Södermanland, Värmland and Västergötland. Theese small books are intended as inspiration for diving into each province´s sights and activities, offering colour suggestions and functioning as tourist guides.

Texts in Swedish and English

More info at www.svenskalandskapsfarger.se

New Ways to Exhibit Art and Design

Parallel with the renovation of the Swedish National Museum, extensive work on creating completely new presentations of museum collections has taken place behind the scenes. Visitors notice that, among other things, the different art forms appear side by side alongside a chronological story.

And the museum is colour-coded!

Art from 1800-1870
Photo Anna Danielsson, Nationalmuseum
Upper stairecase hall Photo Anna Danielsson, Nationalmuseum

Summer Highligt

Isabel Treste won the competition Prisad Färg with her project As if and had the opportunity to attend the NCS Color Academy course Colour Design Workshop 2018.

During five intense days in June a bunch of color enthusiasts gathered from different parts of the world in Mariefred, including architects, teachers, colorists and artists from, for example, the United States, China and Israel.

 – The days were filled with lectures, workshops and conversations about colour, colour and light design. In the evenings we had lovely dinners together and continued the conversation, says Isabell.

At the end of the course, each participant made his own project.
-It was amazing fun to share everyone’s work and to hug ideas with each other and with teachers.

-The course gave me a lot of inspiration on how to use NCS / System as a tool in my design process. I also had a greater desire to work with color and greater understanding of the complexity and possibilities of the color world.

-Together with all the exciting meetings and conversations with participants and teachers, this became clear the summer’s highlight!

Juxtaposing Craft 15 -18 September

Celebrating 150 years of Swedish – Japaneese diplomatic relations

Colour talk about colour and its meanings in different times and cultural contexts, with Undeni, Aoki Maasaki, a specialist in natural dyeing at Tezomeya in Kyoto, Petra Holmberg, Curator  of the East Asian Museum and Gertrud Olsson, Interior Architect, Architectural Historian and Colour Scientist.

Free of charge

Date: 18 September 2018
Location: Library of Svensk Form Svenskuddsvägen 13, Skeppsholmen

On Saturday 15th there is a workshop on traditional dye techniques
Swedish and Japanese craftsmen meet in Färgköket, Ateljé Draken, where we will learn how to use nature as the source for creating durable colours with Aoki Maasaki from tezomeya.com, Kyoto.

During the day we will get to know how traditional techniques have been used and can be
used yet today. Ateljé The dragon is open from 11:00 to 17:00. Occasions to test plant colouration are at 12:00, 13:30 and 15:00. Limited number of places to participate in plant dyeing.

Price: 50 kr / press per session.
Everyone is welcome to watch

Date 15 September 2018
Location: Ateljé Draken, East Asian Museum, Tyghusplan, Skeppsholmen

Verner Panton´s colourful world – new book

Verner Panton”Panton -miljöer, farver, systemer, mönstre
Ida Engholm, Anders Michelsen
Strandberg Publishing, Köpenhamn, 2017

 

Verner Panton  is considered one of Denmark’s most influential 20th-century furniture and interior designers. During his career, he created innovative and futuristic designs in a variety of materials, especially plastics, and in vibrant and exotic colors. His style was very ”1960s” but regained popularity at the end of the 20th century; as of 2004, Panton’s most well-known furniture models are still in production (at Vitra, among others).

Personalrestaurangen i Der Spiegels förlagshus, Hamburg med Verner Pantons lampor och textilier. Färgskalan var extremt viktig. Inredningen hamnade på Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg när verksamheten flyttade.The staff restaurant in Der Spiegel’s publishing house, Hamburg with Verner Panton’s lamps and textiles.  The decor ended at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg when the business moved. Photo:© Panton Design, Basel

Panton was often radical and far ahead of time in the way het worked – it was about trying new. Both materials and production techniques. Everything according to the motto: ”A less successful experiment is preferable to a beautiful flatness.”

 The Panton Chair

För more see the Official Panton Portal www.verner-panton.com/

The joy of colours

Sparkling colours, cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy?  Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find — and create — more of it in the world around us.

Are these dots purple or blue?

Every day, humans make dozens of judgements, from deciding whether our clothes match to determining whether a shady character in the street is a threat. Such decisions aren’t based on hard-and-fast rules, a new study reveals. Instead, our concept of “threat”—and even of the color “blue”—is all relative.

To make the find, researchers showed non–color-blind participants a series of 1000 dots ranging from very blue to very purple, and asked them to judge whether each dot was blue. For the first 200 trials, participants saw an equal number of dots from the blue and purple parts of the spectrum, but then the prevalence of blue dots gradually decreased to just a fraction of what it was before. By the end of the study, participants’ interpretation of the colors had changed: Dots that they had thought were purple in the first set of trials they now classified as blue, the authors report  in Science. That is, their concept of the color blue had expanded to also include shades of purple.

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Frida Kahlo – painter and fashon icon

Victoria & Albert Museum, London
until November 4, 2018

In 1954, following her death, Frida Kahlo’s possessions were locked away in La Casa Azul (The Blue House) in Mexico City, her lifelong home. Half a century later, her collection of clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and other personal items was discovered.

Now exhibited at V&A in London

Exterior of La Casa Azul. Photograph by Bob Schalkwijk. © Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Archives. Bank of Mexico, Fiduciary in the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museum Trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guatemalan cotton coat worn with Mazatec huipil and plain floor-length skirt. Museo Frida Kahlo. © Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums

 

Left: Prosthetic leg with leather boot, 1953 – 4, Mexico. Right: Plaster corset, about 1954, Mexico. Photographs by Javier Hinojosa. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Archives, Banco de México, Fiduciary of the Trust of the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museums. Museo Frida Kahlo.

Picasso, Dali, Léger and more

Millesgården, Lidingö
16 June – 2 September 2018

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Paintings and sculptures by the 20th century’s most famous artists will fill Millesgården Art
Gallery this summer. The heading cites three of the some 50 artists presented in the exhibition, who contributed to making the 20th century the century of the art experiment, when art movements replaced one another and painters and sculptors expanded the boundaries of the very concept of art.

A generous loan from the Didrichsen Museum in Helsinki has enabled Millesgården to present an exhibition of sculptures by Henry Moore, Niki de Saint Phalle, Alberto Giacometti and Alexander Calder in addition to paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Emil Nolde and Sonia Delaunay.