Discovering Finland as a Design Destination

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                                Before traveling to Finland, I would have first thought of Denmark or Sweden first as a destination for design in the Nordic countries but a trip earlier this season changed my thinking. Finland is an incredible place to discover design of new and old (though you might have already known this from checking out our <a href="https://design-milk.com/design-milk-travels-helsinki/" data-wpel-link="internal">Helsinki travel guide</a>). This year is an extra special year for Finland as it marks the country&#8217;s 100 years of independence. The country secured its independence on December 7, 1917 and, since then, has flourished as a country of architectural, cultural and design significance.
With our friends at Artek and Vitra, I explored some of the best sights to see and visit to learn more about Finnish design and discover what makes it unique from other places in the world.

Desk of Alvar Aalto

1. The Aalto House: It was surreal, to say
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10 Modern Rocking Chairs That Could Work in Any Room

                                Sitting down is great and all but the rhythmic flow of a rocking chair gently moving your body back and forth is the ultimate in relaxation. But when you think of rocking chairs, your mind might go back to your grandmother&#8217;s chair made of hard wood with a back that sits up straight. Luckily modern times have brought forth contemporary designs that are not only relaxing, they look great in just about any room. Take a look at 10 of our favorites.
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                                1. <a href="https://joybird.com/rocking-chairs/soto-rocking-chair/"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Soto Rocking Chair from Joybird</a> 2. <a href="https://www.normann-copenhagen.com/products/form-rocking-armchair-oak?v=602740"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Form Rocking Armchair by Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen</a> 3. <a href="http://mattermatters.com/product.asp?id=2320"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">First Rocking Chair by Muller Van Severen</a> 4. <a href="https://www.2modern.com/products/mademoiselle-rocking-chair"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Mademoiselle Rocking Chair by Ilmari Tapiovara for Artek</a> 5. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/bernhardt-design-harper-rocking-chair.html"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Harper Rocking Chair by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance for Bernhardt Design</a> 6. <a href="https://www.2modern.com/products/gt-rocker?variant=441377337"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">GT Rocker from Gus* Modern</a> 7. <a href="http://www.dwr.com/living-lounge-chairs/eames-molded-plastic-rocker-rar/850.html?lang=en_US#sz=45&amp;start=76&amp;lang=en_US"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Eames Molded Plastic Rocker (RAR) by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller</a> 8. <a href="https://hivemodern.com/pages/product7048/klara-rocking-chair-cane-back-patricia-urquiola-moroso"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Klara Rocking Chair with <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/u27dMMWUz-I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--> Back by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso</a> 9. <a href="https://www.allmodern.com/Kartell-Comeback-Rocking-Chair-KTL1780.html"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Comeback Rocking Chair by Kartell</a> 10. <a href="http://www.bludot.com/buttercup-rocker.html"  data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Buttercup Rocker by Blu Dot</a>

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10 Modern Fireplace Tools & Accessories

                                After what feels like a never-ending summer of brutal temperatures and extreme weather, it finally feels like fall is sliding into our daily lives. That means warm sweaters and cozy fires that we can curl up in front of as we get ready for the next season. Fires don&#8217;t build themselves and they definitely don&#8217;t stay stoked on their own, so we&#8217;ve gathered 10 modern tools and accessories to make fall fires that much easier.
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/10-modern-fireplace-tools-accessories/roundup-fireplace-tools/"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/10/Roundup-Fireplace-Tools-600x375.jpg" alt="10 Modern Fireplace Tools &amp; Accessories" /></a>
                                1. <a href="https://www.allmodern.com/ZACK-Prano-5-Piece-Fire-Tool-Set-50032-ZAC2087.html" >Prano 5 Piece Fire Tool Set by ZACK</a> 2. <a href="https://www.wayfair.com/Caleb-Fire-Screen-4405-ARN4992.html" >Caleb 1 Panel Fireplace Screen by ARTERIORS Home</a> 3. <a href="https://www.allmodern.com/Pilgrim-Hearth-5-Piece-Iron-Fireplace-Tool-Set-18038-18039-L181-K~PLGR1039.html" >Pilgrim Hearth 5 Piece Iron Fireplace Tool Set</a> 4. <a href="http://blomus.us/collections/fireplace-tools/products/stainless-steel-wood-rack-square?variant=4453376325" >CHIMO Stainless Steel Wood Rack &#8211; Square from Blomus</a> 5. <a href="http://ameico.com/collections/carl-mertens/products/carl-martens-long-lighter-14" >Carl Martens Long Lighter 14&#8243;</a> 6. <a href="http://www.cb2.com/chuck-log-holder/s188743" >Chuck Log Holder from CB2</a> 7. <a href="http://www.lumens.com/kanto-magazine/firewood-rack-by-artek-ATKP90565.html" >Kanto Firewood Rack by Pancho Nikander for Artek</a> 8. <a href="http://www.puremodern.com/collections/modern-contemporary-fireplaces-accessories/products/peter-maly-fireplace-screen" >Peter Maly Fireplace Screen</a> 9. <a href="http://store.luminaire.com/fire-tools" >Fire Tools by Arik Levy</a>  10. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/ameico-teras-4-tools-with-stand.html" >Teras 4 Tools with Stand <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/design-milk/~4/A7tml1ZaHrc" height="1" width="1" alt=""/></div><!--more--> Sebastian David Buescher for Conmoto</a>

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Design Icons Under $500 From Lumens

                                <em>The following post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.lumens.com/" >Lumens</a>. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. </em>
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If you’re a lover of modern design, most likely you’re aware of just how expensive it can be, oftentimes leading us to save our money in hopes of one day owning a piece. Just because it comes from a renowned brand and designer doesn’t mean it’s always going to be unattainable. Luckily, there are still affordable iconic pieces out there that we can get our hands on while saving up for the bigger items. We scoped out Lumens to find 10 design icons under $500 and here are some of our favorites, which happen to be on sale right now! Lumens-Roundup-Classics-Under500-1-ball-clock Ball Clock by George Nelson for Vitra \\ $395
The Ball Clock has been around since 1947 and Vitra has been offering the authentic re-edition
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10 Modern Stools

                                Whether you need extra seating for guests or you just need a place to rest your feet, it seems we all have a need for stools. We took a look around to gather some of our favorite modern stools we&#8217;d love to sit on.
                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/roundup-10-modern-stools/roundup-10-modern-stools/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/04/Roundup-10-Modern-Stools-600x600.jpg" alt="10 Modern Stools" /></a>
                                1. <a href="http://hivemodern.com/pages/product3330/artek-alvar-aalto-stool-60" >Alvar Aalto Stool 60 by Artek</a>  2. <a href="https://www.scandinaviandesigncenter.com/ProductDetails.aspx?Currency=usd0&amp;InnerCatalog=Trademark&amp;InnerCategory=unique+interieur&amp;InnerProduct=16385&amp;InnerName=Raft+stool&amp;variantId=01?nosto=productpage-nosto-DOLRelated" >Raft Stool by NORM Architects for &amp;Tradition</a>  3. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/moooi-corks.html" >Corks by Jasper Morrison for Moooi</a>  4. <a href="https://www.aplusrstore.com/product/1668/coiled-stool" >Coiled Stool by Harry Allen for Umbra Shift</a>  5. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/gus-pawn-stool.html" >Pawn Stool by Gus* Modern</a>  6. <a href="http://www.dwr.com/product/tractor-stool.do?sortby=ourPicks" >Tractor Stool by Craig Bassam for BassamFellows</a>  7. <a href="http://www.yliving.com/kartell-prince-aha-stools.html" >Prince Aha Stool by Philippe Starck for Kartell</a>  8. <a href="http://www.bludot.com/turn-stools.html" >Turn Stool by Blu Dot</a>  9. <a href="https://www.allmodern.com/Tom-Dixon-Offcut-Stool-OCS01-TDIX1111.html" >Offcut Stool by Tom Dixon</a>  10. <a href="http://www.lumens.com/vignelli-cube-by-heller-uu444171.html" >Vignelli Cube by Heller</a>

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Hella Jongerius launches light and dark editions of Alvar Aalto tea trolley

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        Dutch designer <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/hella-jongerius/">Hella Jongerius</a> has created new versions of Modernist <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/alvar-aalto/">Alvar Aalto</a>'s iconic 901 tea trolley for Finnish furniture brand <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/artek/">Artek</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/10/12/hella-jongerius-alvar-aalto-tea-trolley-update-artek/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Kaari Collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Artek

Kaari Collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Artek Artek recently premiered a new collection of furniture by designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Kaari marks the first ever collaboration with the brothers and the collection centers around a simple component used in each of the pieces, which includes rectangular and round tables in two sizes, a desk, a wall console, and a small round shelf. Kaari-Artek-Bouroullec-2 Chairs tend to get all the acclaim in the design world with all of their necessary parts and added flair – legs, arms, a back, as well as many other expressive details. Tables, on the other hand, tend to be just horizontal surfaces and a stand. Not much has changed over the years as far as design goes, so the Bouroullecs decided to develop a new system that’s based on an innovative table leg which allows for various types and sizes of tabletops. Their idea was to use both wood and bent steel banding to create a strong support system in the shape of symmetrical wings. The same idea led to wall shelves by using just half of the “wing” component as a bracket. Kaari-Artek-Bouroullec-3 The classic shapes fit right in line with the Artek brand while still standing out on their own. Kaari-Artek-Bouroullec-4 Kaari-Artek-Bouroullec-5 Kaari-Artek-Bouroullec-6 Kaari-Artek-Bouroullec-7 Kaari-Artek-Bouroullec-8 Kaari-Artek-Bouroullec-9
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Bouroullec brothers design a bent steel triangle to frame Artek furniture collection

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2015/stockholm-2015/"><strong>Stockholm 2015:</strong></a> French design duo <a title="Ronan &amp; Erwan Bouroullec archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/ronan-erwan-bouroullec/">Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec</a> have made a bent steel component the basis of a collection of <a title="Tables archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/tables/">tables</a> and <a title="Shelving archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/shelving/">shelving</a> for Finnish brand <a title="Artek archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/Artek/">Artek</a>, launching at Stockholm Furniture Fair today. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/02/03/ronan-erwan-bouroullec-kaari-tables-shelving-bent-steel-wood-artek/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Artek revives Alvar Aalto products for latest furniture collection

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/maison-objet-2015/"><strong>Maison&amp;Objet 2015:</strong></a> Finnish brand <a title="Artek archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/Artek/">Artek</a> has delved into its archives to reintroduce wooden <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/furniture">furniture</a> and <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/homeware-tag">homeware</a> designs by its co-founder, Modernist architect <a title="Alvar Aalto archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/alvar-aalto/">Alvar Aalto</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/01/23/artek-alvar-aalto-products-furniture-collection-maison-objet-2015/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Artek Gift Bundle Giveaway

The following post is brought to you by Artek. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. Artek Gift Bundle Giveaway The gift-giving season is upon us and Artek would like to make sure your holiday is full of modern cheer! We’ve teamed up with them to give FIVE lucky Design Milk readers an Artek gift bundle of their choice! Woah – these bundles are seriously awesome, too. There are five gift bundles to choose from: Artek Gift Bundle Giveaway in sponsor main home furnishings Category #1 Stool + Toy Car + Book
Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto Hella Jongerius Edition with seat painted black seat dark blue, legs birch
Doc Ryder Toy Car designed by Candylab Toys
Alvar Aalto: A Life’s Work book by Göran Schildt
Total retail value: $431 Artek Gift Bundle Giveaway in sponsor main home furnishings Category #2 Tray + Napkins + Vase
H55 Tray (large) in red/white $55
TWO H55 Cloth Napkins in red/white
iittala Alvar Aalto Collection Vase in white
Total retail value: $208 Artek Gift Bundle Giveaway in sponsor main home furnishings Category #3 Apron + Oven Mitts
H55 Apron in red/white
TWO H55 Oven Mitts in red/white
Total retail value: $103 Artek Gift Bundle Giveaway in sponsor main home furnishings Category #4 Stool + Candle + Tea Towel
Stool 60 designed by Alvar Aalto Hella Jongerius Edition: Seat cream, legs black
Price: $300 Iittala Alvar Aalto Collection votive in clear – Sending link ASAP
Designed by Alvar Aalto
Price: TBD H55 tea towel in natural/white – http://artekstore.com/products/tea-towel-h55 – this link will be updated shortly.
Price: $35 Total retail value: $ Artek Gift Bundle Giveaway in sponsor main home furnishings Category #5 Poster + Book + Toy
Poster: Stool 60 – 80th Anniversary designed by Kustaa Saksi
Alvar Aalto Designer book by Pirkko Tuukkanen
Wooden Doll #12 designed by Alexander Girard
Total retail value: $439 Rules: To enter, fill out the entry form below. Upon entering, you agree that your email address can be added to the Artek mailing list and the Design Milk Daily Digest newsletter. You may opt out at any time. Open to those over 18 years old and residents of the United States. One entry per person. Contest runs from November 4, 2014 through November 10, 2014 at midnight Pacific Time. We will choose the winners at random and contact the winners directly via email. The winners have 5 business days to accept their prize otherwise we will contact a new winner. Photos by Federica Carlet.






Win an Artek 611 Chair!

We’re partners with BeOriginal, an organization that promotes original and authentic design. Founded by such distinguished brands as Herman Miller, Cassina, Ligne Roset and Artek, we’re partnering up with a few of the founding brands to offer some pretty sweet giveaways. Let’s all support this important cause! Win an Artek 611 Chair! Artek is offering up FIVE of their 611 chairs designed by Alvar Aalto in birch with black webbing to FIVE lucky Design Milk readers. Rules: To enter, fill out the entry form below. Upon entering, you agree that your email address can be added to the Artek mailing list and the Design Milk Daily Digest newsletter. You may opt out at any time. Open to residents of the contiguous US and those over 18 years old. One entry per person. Contest runs from October 8, 2014 through October 15, 2014 at midnight Pacific Time. We will choose the winners at random and contact the winner directly via email. Winners have 5 business days to accept their prize otherwise we will contact a new winner.






Vitra Design Museum hosts Alvar Aalto retrospective

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        The Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein is hosting a major retrospective exhibition of work by late Finnish Modernist architect and designer Alvar Aalto, a year after <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2013/09/06/vitra-acquires-artek/">Vitra's acquisition of Aalto's furniture company Artek</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/09/30/alvar-aalto-retrospective-exhibition-vitra-design-museum/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Product> Furnishings: Milan Revisited in 11 Beautiful Designs

Once again, top-drawer design talents—Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Ingo Maurer, Nendo, and Daniel Libeskind among them—claimed the limelight at the last Salone del Mobile. More than 300,ooo attendees navigated the halls of the Rho exhibition center, while closer to the center of Milan, satellite shows and exhibitions drew crowds to more avant-garde events. […]

Studioilse designs home for fictitious couple using Vitra and Artek furniture

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        The <a title="Lofts archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/lofts/">loft</a> space at the VitraHaus showroom in Weil am Rhein, <a title="Germany archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/germany/">Germany</a>, has been transformed into a fictitious home by London-based <a title="Ilse Crawford archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/ilse-crawford">Studioilse</a> using <a title="Furniture archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/furniture/">furniture</a> by <a title="Vitra archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/vitra/">Vitra</a> and <a title="Artek archive on Dezeen" href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/artek/">Artek</a>  (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/05/13/studioilse-arranges-vitra-and-artek-furniture-into-home-for-fictitious-couple/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Artek Paimio Chair 69 Giveaway

The following post is brought to you by Artek. Our partners are hand-picked by the Design Milk team because they represent the best in design. Artek Paimio Chair 69 Giveaway We are so excited about the release of Chair 69 from Artek, designed by Alvar Aalto in 1935 in new Paimio colors—black, white, green, orange, turquoise, and yellow. The new colors on the seat and back rest are the original colors that Alvar Aalto choose for the interiors of the famous Paimio Sanatorium in Turku, Finland.
Artek Paimio Chair 69 Giveaway in sponsor home furnishings Category

Paimio Sanatorium, photos courtesy of Beth Dickstein and Artek

Artek Paimio Chair 69 Giveaway in sponsor home furnishings Category

Paimio Sanatorium interior, photo courtesy of Beth Dickstein

In honor of these new releases, Artek is giving away one Chair 69 to one lucky Design Milk reader—in the color of your choice! Artek Paimio Chair 69 Giveaway in sponsor home furnishings Category Rules: To enter, visit artekstore.com to check out the colors and come back to Design Milk and tell us which color is you favorite by filling out the form in this post, located below. Upon entering, you agree that your email address can be added to the Artek newsletter mailing list and the Design Milk Daily Digest. You may opt out at any time. Open to residents of the contiguous US and those over 18 years old. One entry per person. Contest runs from April 28, 2014 through May 4, 2014 at midnight Pacific Time. We will choose the winner at random and contact the winner directly.






Konstantin Grcic’s first design for Artek is a circular birch swivel chair

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        <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/milan-2014/" ><strong>Milan 2014</strong></a>: industrial designer <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/konstantin-grcic/">Konstantin Grcic</a> has created a birch <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/chairs/">chair</a> with a circular seat and splayed legs, his first design for Finnish furniture company <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/artek/">Artek</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2014/04/15/konstantin-grcic-presented-his-first-chair-for-artek-in-milan/" class="more-link">(more...)</a>

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014

It’s my third year in Stockholm for Design Week and the Furniture Fair and I couldn’t be happier to be back—it’s one of my favorite shows, always full of fresh new talent that you don’t see anywhere else. This year’s Guests of Honor are Italian / Danish design duo GamFratesi, who have created a lounge area entitled Get The Balance Right – watch this space for an interview with founders Stine Gam and Enrico Frastesi.

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A new feature for this year’s show was Twelve—a curation by Disegno editor Johanna Agermann-Ross of twelve established Nordic designers—a step-on from Greenhouse, the SFF show for graduates and new designers. More on that to follow too.

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Once into the main show, I loved the rich, yet typically understated Scandinavian color palette on Gubi’s stand. The Ronde Pendant is German designer Oliver Schick’s first product for Gubi— love its neat rotund form.

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 in news events home furnishings Category

I am very happy to see that yellow is still very much on-trend. Aimed at cafes, restaurants and learning institutions, the upholstered birch Nami chair by Lepo Product head designer Kaarle Holmberg would fit just as well into a contemporary home.

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 in news events home furnishings Category

I love the simple and timeless Side Table 606 reissued from the Artek archives and new in this finish for the fair. It was designed in 1932 by Aino Aalto, Alvar Aalto’s first wife and Managing Director of Artek from 1941-1949.

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 in news events home furnishings Category

A thoroughly Norwegian product, the Konfetti blanket was designed by Norwegian designer duo Anderssen & Voll for Røros Tweed which has been weaving in Norway since 1940, using wool from Norwegian sheep.

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 in news events home furnishings Category

Innovative wall-storage solutions were a definite trend at the fair, and my favorite was the Pocket Organizer from Normann Copenhagen, available in a range of colors and handy for everything from stationery to washing up brushes.

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 in news events home furnishings Category

House plants are back and Swedish design brand A2 has them exploding out of bookcases and bursting out of side tables – bringing the outside in with a bang.

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 in news events home furnishings Category

Another brand showcasing a richer Scandinavian palette was Menu, a Danish company founded in 1976. Their range of beautifully understated products had me utterly captivated.

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 in news events home furnishings Category

More clever wall storage from Maze, a company born out of a fruitless search for a smart bed shelf in 2003. Designed by Olof Kolte, it’s equally at home in the bathroom, office, or hallway.

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 in news events home furnishings Category

New Danish brand Made by Hand was showing elegant and simple copper lamps handmade in Denmark from an original 1951 design.

Favorites from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 in news events home furnishings Category

And last but not least, I love these concrete coasters with fragments of a map of Stockholm by A Future Perfect, spotted in the designboom mart.