L.B. Greta Garbo.
Hallway at Lars and Nadine's Might-As-Well.
The livingroom at Might-As-Well.
A private view from Lars and Nadine's kitchen window of the gardens and
workshops of Capellagarden. We hope to soon do another post on this amazing school
founded by Carl Malmsten...Lars has inspired us!
Here are some sumptuous photos and captions as they appear in the new book,
Lars Bolander's Scandinavian Design:
"Architects Gert and Karin Wingårdh provide the residents with a more direct connection
to their waterfront land. A new glass-fronted bay framed in red."
"Though many of the elements in this eighteenth-century Swedish living
room display age and wear, the overall effect is fresh
and inviting. A delicate floral fabric for the sofa’s squabs,
along with pieces of blue and white porcelain,
brightens the otherwise muted tone."
"Sailors and a ship caught amid floral flourishes reference
the coastal location of a barn in Norway. "
"A dogtrot-style breezeway in Gert and Karin Wingardh's contemporary addition to a traditional Swedish farmhouse brings dining closer to nature, with no need to run for cover. The painted walls and ceiling pick up the color of grass outside, framing the view in bright green."
"A bed placed in the middle of the space establishes an equanimity that enhances rest."
Grass roofs are ubiquitous throughout Scandinavia
"Tailored white slipcovers bring an exquisite
1770s Swedish dining room down to earth."
H.M. I've always been an appreciator of Scandinavian design for its simplicity, directness, and pragmatic quality. My contact with it has come through reporting on design and traveling to Scandinavia (primarily Sweden.)
I learned a tremendous amount about the differences, some subtle, some dramatic, between the countries in terms of design, palette, and craft. It's always interesting to see how things like natural resources, geography, even the interests of one influential figure, affect design. I had to do a fair amount of research for the book which was more than fine because I love history. Finally, I think one can't come away from an in-depth study of Scandinavian design without a renewed appreciation of nature and a desire to integrate it more in one's life.
Swedish Summer at the idyllic Might-As-Well.
Lars is back from Sweden and will be appearing this weekend for a book signing in Southampton at the Nancy Corzine store. The event is Saturday, August 28th from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Nancy Corzine, 5 Main Street, Southampton. Tel. 631-287-8606.
Our great friend Monikka at Splendid Willow did a must read interview with Lars Here.