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‘Kolonn’ Vase by Carina Seth Andersson for Skrufs Glasbruk

Monumental Design

Designer Carina Seth Andersson is a one-woman powerhouse in Swedish design and is possibly most known for her glassworks for Svenskt Tenn, Marimekko and Iittala. She is known for creating design icons such as ‘Dagg’ for Svenskt Tenn and ‘Pallo’ for Skrufs Glasbruk. She was also part of the team of creatives asked to be part of ‘NM&, En Ny Samling’, a contemporary collection of furniture, light fittings, tableware and other decorative objects that celebrate the reopening of Nationalmuseum, Stockholm’s National Museum of Fine Arts, for its re-inauguration in 2018.

As its name ‘Kolonn’ implies (‘kolonn’ is Swedish for column), the glass vase that is her contribution to the NM&-collection takes its design cues from the 1866 neo-renaissance museum building designed by German architect Friedrich August Stüler. Hand-turned and carved in wood in a collaboration with Gunnar Englund of Fantasilaboratoriet, the shape was then 3D-scanned and manufactured in graphite before being made into a matrix in which the glass is handblown (as seen in the film below).

Photography: Pia Ulin and Bruno Ehrs for Nationalmuseum

Hasami Porcelain by Taku Shinamoto of Tortoise

For the Love of Hasami

When we first got started a few years ago, one of TypeO’s first loves was Hasami Porcelain, designed by Taku Shinomoto in Venice, California. He and his wife Keiko run Tortoise, a general store we hope to visit someday.

We first came across the stackable ceramic-porcelain blend tableware on one of those crisp and clear fall days. The location was San Francisco, and the time of day was early afternoon.

We had just had a long lunch at Nopalito on Broderick with some of our best friends and slowly made it back on foot to our temporary San Francisco abode. It was then and there we first saw Hasami Porcelain, in the window of men’s fashion store Welcome Stranger on Gough Street.

Since we introduced the Venice-born, Japan-made ceramics, Scandinavia seems to have been struck by a Hasami-love wave, as many of the above Instagram posts below show. So why can’t we, and many others, seem to get enough? We believe it has to do with the clean lines, tactile material, multi-functionality and the fact that it is timeless and cool, without being overly trendy.


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