Material heritage

I found these beautiful images on Yellowtrace of an amazing architecture project by Petra Gipp Arkitektur . Bruksgården is located in Höganäs, a town in the southern part of Sweden with a long history of manufacturing bricks and ceramics. I think it is amazing to see how the architects have honoured the history of the place and the beauty of the materials once created there, when renovating and adding new structures to the area.

Alcro ad.18

Alcro are showing a sneak peak of the new colours in their colour collection Alcro ad.18 coming this fall. Here you can see the colours Lemon crisp, Dark wood och Desert sunset illustrated by Julia Borg. I’m looking forward to see more!

a book about the basics of CMF design

It’s not easy to find books about CMF design. Many companies still don’t know much about it and there are no design schools (that I know of) that offer an education in CMF. That’s really crazy, I think.

If you want to know the fundamental principles of CMF design, you can read this book by Liliana Becerra that you can find here

Here we go again, a new era to start!


This is another new start for us. Sara is changing jobs and we can’t have our catch up lunch dates any longer! So it’s time to bring this blog back to life again and share the things we love with each other.

We will use this space as a dialogue between us and continue to share, discuss and collaborate. Just in a different way. This space will be liberated from all the “musts” we face in our everyday work as designers and will be a free space for us to share small parts of our lives, private projects that we are working on and other things that make us happy. Our families, gardening, food, fashion or anything that sparks the creative spirit within us.

We hope that you will follow us on this journey to come, here we go – chapter 2!
Big love Sara & Tina


Pantone app to create your own color palettes


Pantone has released a new digital color app where you can create your own color palettes. You get access to their library of over 10 000 hues. You can upload photos and create custom palettes of up to five colors. The color picker delivers data in RGB, CMYK and Hex values, and suggests harmonies to go with selected hues. When you’re happy with the result you can share it on Instagram or Facebook, and it gets saved directly into your Adobe Creative cloud.

House vision exhibition in Tokyo

I was in Tokyo last week on a business trip, again. This time I had a day to get out of the office and see some inspiring exhibitions, and Tokyo is an amazing city when it comes to art and culture! I will show you some images from a really inspiring architecture exhibition called House Vision 2.

“The theme for HOUSE VISION 2 2016 Tokyo is “CO-DIVIDUAL—Split and Connect/Separate and Come Together.” It addresses the question of how we can bring together and re-connect individuals, urban and rural areas, and fragmented technologies.”


The exhibition was built in wood in simple, but very beautiful constructions. There were 12 houses made by different architects to envision their solution to future home needs, all the houses were connected by wooden “streets” that was elevated from the ground. This was a very nice way of connecting the houses and separating the exhibition from the surrounding.

I will show you some of my favorite houses.


The nomad house by Isetan Mitsukoshi in collaboration with architects Makoto TANIJIRI/Ai YOSHIDA.

“This house targets the new nomad: people who, instead of settling in one place, consider migrating for work as the norm. Working in overcrowded environments, they are a high-income group with a wide range of social contacts. Rather than immersing in the minutiae of everyday life, they imagine a space to pleasantly spend half of each month or to casually enjoy parties with close friends. The world may be moving from the age of permanent residency back to the nomadic age.”

It was interesting to see how the architects were working with an open, flexible space and how they were working with different heights on the floor, textile curtains and glass doors to create rooms inside the open space. The color scale was very calm and minimalistic, but the use of different kinds of wood and hand-made ceramics were adding warmth and comfort. The wall was painted in a grey chalk paint, with brush strokes to give a more vivid surface.


The Rental Space Tower by architect Sou FUJIMOTO for residential leasing and management company Daito Trust Construction.

“Rental housing had always been configured so that space for exclusive occupancy is maximized while common areas are confined to passageways. But what if private spaces are minimized to provide spacious shared spaces, such as kitchens, baths, theater rooms and gardens?”

The entire house, both exterior and interiors was made of wood, and this was creating a warm atmosphere with no clear separation of inside and outside.


Woodgrain house by Toppan Printing and HARA Design Institute.

“Produced by a high-tech approach based on printing technology, the house brings fascinating depth to environmental materials. Printed laminates have recently undergone significant progress, and the combination of visual accuracy and texturing has resulted in producing decorative laminates that go further than being indistinguishable from the originals, being produced with an accuracy and consistency that surpasses natural lumber.”

The architect’s vision of a house made out of a solid wooden piece was nicely executed by a printed laminate material both on the outside and the inside of the house. The material used on the inside also had a texture to simulate the tool marks from shaping the wood. But the nicest thing in this house was how they had integrated all the functions in the house into the material, for example a speaker that was built into the wall and the storage space inside the steps of the stairs.

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