Hockney + Hellberg = Trend

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As a designer and creative human being I´m always in search of new inspiration and trends originating from our cultural history to become part of our future.

Since Stockholm due to the Formex Fair and all activities created around it is full of inspo, I attended an information filled lecture by my colleague Trend Stefan Nilssons Stora Trenddagen 2018, on tuesday and then went to see Beckmans College of Design exhibit  at Svenskt Tenn handling the state of the seas of the world that sadly, we know is not in the condition we want it to be in.

 Yesterday I listened to and saw the artistic images of Dutch trend oracle Li Edelkoort at the Formex Fair in Älvsjö. I will definitely tell you more about all of my impressions from all I have had the opportunity to listen to.

First and foremost though I have to share the inspirational exhibit created by Tina Hellberg at Formex. Her installation that you will se more of below and hear from herself from where she got her start is to me in itself a trend.

Trends to me are never portrayed via new or old objects but in the way objects and material are arranged and put together. You can have a home filled with ”trendy” things still not be a updated home.

The way Tina Hellberg created the atmosphere, color and light in this installation shows a new way of decorating originating from a cultural expression and elevating it to a new statement.

If you thought I am just full of words (i.e shit) then looking at the photos I took of Tina´s exhibit hopefully will explain it better. Remember that I have not photographed every inch and angle of the exhibit. Just parts of it. Hope you like it as much as I do. To me this is true inspiration :

   

This is how Tina is introduced by the exhibit called Layout at Formex where her interpretation was one of 3. I changed the last sentence since my opinion is that this better translates to English what was said in Swedish by Tina about material :

Tina Hellberg is a stylist whose focus is interior design, set design and conceptual installations. Tina is inspired by every step in the design process, from the finished product to the initial sketches. She is also influenced by art of all kinds, finding color inspiration in fashion and attitude from architecture – especially architecture with a strong and honest feeling for the material.

 

This is how Tina explains why and how she choose to work with David Hockney´s painting in my translation of the text found at the Formex exhibit that opened 17th of January 2018 :

”Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is the painting that David Hockney worked with 1969-71 and was my starting point for the exhibit. First and foremost due to it having an interesting play of colors and illumination, partly due to the fact that it is painted in a backlit room. Later I found it to have such a rich content, with many exciting references to art through our times, which I would like to explain more about another time to those who are interested. My goal has been to try and portray the painting through my choice of color and products. This is often the way I work, with a story as the basis for my interpretation. I like the title of this painting very much but after a while I understood that the name Percy was not one of the couples surname, but the name of the cat in the man´s lap. The real name of the cat was not Percy it was Blanche, but Hockney thought Percy suited it better. ”

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy 1970-1 David Hockney born 1937 Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971
If you are interested in the artist David Hockney read more about him here.   Stay in touch   /Jimmy    

Lhong 1919 in Bangkok

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Photo by PM Persson

Tracey Nguyen is a Vietnamese actor, blogger, stylist and fashionista living in Bangkok. She told me and my friend  PM Persson that we should go and see Lhong 1919 that is a Thai-Chinese heritage Mazu shrine, Art&Craft shop located on 248 Chiang Mai Rd, Khet Klong San on the side of the Chao Phraya River that does not have a skytrain. You can take a boat though and get off right here. So here we are!

There are both restaurants & cafés indoors and outdoor. Really go for these outdoor candles set in wooden boxes with the metal holder in black. Just adore this mural. The window is authentic. The children are painted and the stools are the real thing.

The interiors of the old storage spaces have been made into one floor instead of two which creates such spacious beauty. A type of eclectic old style mall is what it became of each antique building i.e they are a 100 years old 2019 since the were built 1919.

Lotuses are planted all over and this flower is one of those I just can not see enough of.

Tracey posing in front of the entrance mural. She’s got the look! PM took the photo. Layers of paint on top of each other was removed and the murals were found. The red sign is newly painted for the opening of Lhong 1919 in September 2017.

  The old buildings create this great backdrop that has been taken care of the best way and made into a restaurant in the photo above.    Tracy and the painted children.  The decoration both with what is sold and what is ornamental is so well done and great looking.  Like these thai/chinese lanterns. Budding lotuses. Clothes, flowers, art&craft and paintings. The list of what you find unique versions of here is long.

I wanted to play as well so added myself to the mural along with Tracy. PM took the photo off course. Lhong 1919 is such a needed addition to the Bangkok shopping flora. The eclectic style and cool conversion of the spaces where the old style is kept and honored is so refreshing to see in a city where buildings seem old when they turn 10 years. When in Bangkok I really recommend you visit Lhong 1919.

  Stay in touch   Jimmy  
We had a tapas type of thai/chinese lunch and a great cup of coffey. PM took the photo.

Back in Bangkok

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Photo Jimmy Schönning
 

Arrived in Bangkok, Thailand on New Years Eve. Took a taxi from the airport to my long time friend and photographer PM Persson at Sukhumvit Soi 6. Great to meet after not seeing each other for a long time, we had a glass of wine in his apartment of the 9th floor overlooking the warm velvet darkness of the big city of Bkk.

After the merry celebrations of 2018 I met up with Malin&Jens Karstensson of Mimou and had a drink at Shangri-La before going for dinner a block down at cool&cosy Jack´s.  Always good to meet and it was over two years ago we had dinner at magical Mandarin Oriental here in Bkk.

 
Check out the beauty of this building. The proportions and the incorporated gardens &greens. Lovely. Photo Jimmy Schönning
 

I´ve been coming to Bkk for many years now since PM and his wife Ann and I together had the production of the handmade Soomkai lamp in Thailand that I designed and we sold through Watt&Veke and since they live here we always met up here.  This time I will also meet up with a new production contact for my brand Jimsch for a bamboo and brass idea that has been in the pipeline for some time.

 
Photo Jimmy Schönning
 

For the weekend we took time off and took the three hour busride to Ban Phe and took the slow boat out to Koh Samet where we have been before to get away for some days from the craziness of Bkk for a while. The style and hotel interiors and outdoor places always inspire me. This is the pool area at Mooban Talay Resort.

 
Photo PM Persson
  We found this lovely spot on the beach under some trees right next to the water. Having a photographer as a friend often result in amazing photos that I treasure  
Photo Jimmy Schönning

Loved this serving of a cupcake. Some whip cream and strawberries on top and inside actually. Like the wood plate, fork&spoon that was a good choice instead of all of this waste plastic you see so much of in Thailand.

 
I love trees. I don’t hug them but want to stay close. This one talked to me in a exceptional way. It´s such a beautiful tree trunk! PM took the photo. Thank you so much!

The Queen of the Caribbean

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Maybe you´re thinking of the song Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean when you read the headline The Queen of the Caribbean? (Or did you think of me dressed up as Ru Paul goes Caribbean?) I have learned that Cartagena De Indias is called the Queen of the Caribbean due to it´s beauty, long history and high status as a port for centuries.

Must admit I knew nearly nothing about this historic and supremely stunning city before I flew here from Bogotá, Colombia. I came with my taxi from the airport and turned into Getsemani quarters, Cartagena. You see Getsemani as a backdrop behind the fountain.

Getseamani is right next to the Old Walled city of Cartagena De Indias that it will be a pleasure to show you. I really love this place and felt that imidiately. Right now the sun is going down and the temperature is 26 degrees celcius and there is a slight humid breeze from the ocean surrounding us.

 
Cartagena De Indias : Getsemani just like The Old town/The walled city is very colorful. Just look at the pink paint chosen for this ceiling!
Getsemani is charming and inviting. So colorful it makes you happy. Full of restaurants and cafés that makes you feel like just enjoying.
Relaxed italian café&restaurant Basilica in Getsemani Getsemani is still not perfected like The walled city center mostly is. This neighborhood of Cartagena still has these colonial buildings that are a bit left behind and dilapitated in that perfectly ”unperfect” state. Fresh fruit and fruitsallads and fruit juice is found everywhere.
I fall in love with the old colonial buildings and want to move in…
      This is where you enter to the walled city of Cartagena.  

The Torre del Reloj Público (Public Clock Tower) was the main entrance to the old city. Originally, the clock tower had only the central archway. The other two arches were added in the 18th century, and a new clock in the 19th century.

The yellow tower is still where you enter through the wall to the Old City in Cartagena or Cartagena De Indias which it was called as a Spanish colony. The major port of Cartagena was founded in 1533 but archeologist have found proof that the site where the city is built dates back as a village as far as 4000 BC with notable settlements by indigenous people.

I would like to call the walled city the city of balconies. Not only are there balconies everywhere but they are filled with lucious plants and more bougainville than I have ever seen. Love it! The colors of the walled city of Cartagena stand out and adds a unique energy to all buildings. In 1984, Cartagena’s colonial walled city and fortress, which you will see below,  were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk on top of the wall and through it at some places. I ordered a double espresso with warm milk on the side and this is how it was served. The most luxurious and estheticly pleasing coffey ever, right? Love how a glass of cold water and a piece of chocolate was included.  The service level here is very high and there are more boutique hotels than I could explore in a week! I will take you to a couple of hotels that I stayed at in coming posts. Stay in touch for more Cartagena stories. The flora of this warm and humid seaside burg is truly outstanding if taken care of. Everywhere there are amazing flowers and plants.

Love that you can walk everywhere and easily reach everything within the cute walled city. You can compare it to Stockholm Old city Gamla Stan, or Bairo Alto in Lisbon, but they are all so different that you will need to experience them all. Almost everywhere you go you see the Cathedral and can by it navigate and find your way.  The Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in the historic center of Cartagena, which was begun in 1577 and completed 84 years later is as colorful as the rest of this small gem of a city.

 
Beyond the walls of the walled city you see the new high risers of Boca Grande that I will tell you about in a post later on. Stay in touch.
The are still a few worn&wonderful houses in the walled city that are not renovated.
 
A walk on the wall gives you a great view of the Walled City
Next time I come I want a room with a balcony filled with flowers facing the street so I can sit there and look at people walking by.
Visible from the walled city is the fortress of Cartagena. Castillo San Felipe de Barajas that was originally built in 1536 is worth a visit done on an afternoon. You find art museums and galleries of all sorts within the walled city. This is how amazingly inviting the courtyards of the Walled City of Cartagena can be at night. Click on the video :  

Night time at the oasis. The perfect evening temperature is made for eating out on the rooftops or at the outside courtyards of Cartagena.

I walk into every hotel and restaurant to just look and be inspired.  Music is played in the streets as well as in the restaurants and bars. So much live music. L O V E L Y ! From the Getsemani neighborhood you see the modern Cartagena and the Boca Grande beaches that I will tell you more about in a later post.

Cartagena, Colombia is a place that I will be sure to come back to. Next time I will visit the small Caribbean islands that you find boats in the harbor to take you to under an hour from the walled city.

Stay in touch Jimmy

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

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Photo by Per Magnus Persson

God Jul och välkommen in // Merry Christmas and Welcome inside

Photo by Per Magnus Persson

The great flower of the season in full bloom // Amaryllis i full blom är oemotståndlig.

Photo by Per Magnus Persson

Love having fun with Christmas decorations // Älskar ha kul med jul dekorationer. Det är ju inte något blodigt allvar. This is me going nuts on a design favorite by Freshwest for Moooi.The floor lamp is called A brave New World.

Photo by Per Magnus Persson

Lots of candles and a open fire makes up for the cold weather outside and the darkness of the season.

Photo by Per Magnus Persson
Photo by Per Magnus Persson
Photo by Per Magnus Persson
Photo by Per Magnus Persson
Photo by Per Magnus Persson
Photo by Per Magnus Persson
 

Have yourself a merry little Christmas Let your heart be light From now on your troubles will be out of sight, yeah

Have yourself a merry little Christmas Make the Yuletide gay From now on your troubles will be miles away, oh

Here we are as in olden days Happy golden days of yore, ah Faithful friends who are dear to us They gather near to us once more, ooh

Through the years we all will be together and If the fates allow Hang a shining star upon the highest bough, oh yeah, oh And have yourself a merry little Christmas now, oh, oh

Faithful friends who are dear to us They gather near to us once more, oh, oh

Through the years we all will be together and If the fates allow, oh yeah But ‘til then we’ll have to muddle through somehow, oh yeah, oh, oh And have yourself a merry little Christmas now, ooh yeah, oh, ooh

My favorite song Have yourself a merry little Christmas was first performed by Judy Garland in the 1944 (!) musical Meet me in St. Louis composed by Hugh Martin with lyrics by Ralph Blane.

Photo by Per Magnus Persson
Merry Christmas // God Jul // Frohe Weihnachten //

God Jul // Happy Holidays // Seasons Greetings. Snow on my favorite walk way Monteliusvägen on Södermalm, Stockholm

Photo by Per Magnus Persson

Winter Stockholm seen from Södermalm. The church tower is Riddarholmskyrkan that was here already year 1300 on Riddarholmen.