Jimmy Schönning Hem

Många år som inredare för olika tv-program gav Jimmy Schönning en uppsjö av egna designidéer. När möjligheten dök upp att förverkliga dem under det egna varumärket JIMSCH kunde han inte motstå utmaningen... Jimmy är född i Varberg och har studerat både i Göteborg och New York. I över 20 år levde och arbetade han i Stockholm. Senast har han drivit ett hantverksprojekt i Thailand under fem år. Numera är han bosatt i Skåne.

Hotel Quadrifolio, Cartagena, Colombia

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Ringing the doorbell of hotel Quadrifolio in Cartagena, Colombia. This is the only way in so no way of just peeking in without having a reservation. Secluded but yet in the middle of the old walled city of Cartagena.Off course I have read about the hotel, but never been here.

A welcoming and polite door man opens the large wooden gate and lets me into the courtyard and invites me to sit down in the lounge and wait. He gets me a fresh mangojuice and says he will take my luggage up to my room.

 

The courtyard is open air and the sun comes down through the palm trees and hits the beautiful shallow water of the pond. I take the stairs up to my room. The whole house surrounding the court yard is part of the hotel I am told.

I take the stairs up to my room on the second floor and find this warm and welcoming room with high ceiling and high windows overlooking the pool. I lay my hat on the bed and take a sip from the mangojuice and notice the color of the wall being a close hue. The reds on the bed along with the warm yellow fits perfectly with the temperature outside.

Four wooden sculptures  of different heights telling stories of Colombian culture.The smallest look like he is wearing a white skirt in this photo, but off course it´s just the top of the lamp. The Tropical flower perfectly matched with the sculptures in front of the white bedside lamp.

High double doors into the bathroom adds to the luxurious feeling.

I do enjoy a set up with washcloth and good lotions and shampoo ready for my relaxing semi cold shower when I come in during the warm days.

The four-leaf-clover symbol of Quadrifolio is visible from front door to the robes and shower floor terry cloth mat. Quadrifolio means four-leaf-clover.

The window in the shower overlooks a closed mini garden visible only from this view.

The built in sofa in the room offers a comfy place to sit other than the bed.

I like that the facade color of the front of the building and the interior wall hues chosen match so well. Below you see the third floor wrap around patio.

The moving image show the small top roof pool and the view from the top floor over the court yard of the hotel.

There are  large lounges on two floors open for everyone. Perfect if you have a party or wedding or such in the hotel

 

This stair leads down from my room to the pool in the courtyard and the sofa where I like to sit and have a fresh juice or a chilled sauvignon blanc.

 

The fans are silent but constantly running providing nice breeze.

I was by myself every time  I was in the pool.  So nice.  This is not a crowded hotel. There are only 8 rooms.

Hotel Quadrifolio is situated in a  beautifully restored building from the 1700´s with the conservation standard of reviving the achitechctural charm of the colonial era. See more on the website of what the building looked like when renovations started.

Above where you see all the lanterns is the dining room open to the courtyard. Below you see the dining room where breakfast is served and where you also can eat at anytime. There is also room service and you can naturally choose to sit anywhere in this lovely casa.

If you want to see what Cartagena looks like outside this lovey hotel click HERE and see my previous blogpost.

What can I say,  I would like to come back. Can you tell? I really felt at home here. Never imagined this color scheme would fit me so well. The fact is it´s perfect here. Add to that the staff that here is the best I experienced in Colombia.

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Jimmy

Telling trending tendencies

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Stockholm Design Week and Frankfurt Ambiente Fair run into each other. First out for me is breakfast at Gulled on Södermalm in Stockholm a ten minute walk from my own studio where Danish Hay present their news. Cofounder Rolf Hay himself tells us that they choose not exhibit at the Sthlm Furniture Fair grounds during Sthlm Design week. Just like in Milan where it all started at the fairgrounds and then moved on to new areas around the city we now see the same pattern happening in Stockholm. That large cooperations stand out by exhibiting away from the crowd at the fairgrounds.

The kitchen news at Hay steals my attention. The cutting boards by Mette Hay in a thick colorful plastic that was first presented at the Hay Minimarket at the Soho MoMa store in NYC. After all of the versions of wooden cutting boards we have seen the past years, this is by far the most attractive, clever and hygienic (can be cleaned in dishwasher)  plastic kitchen help with inspiration from the restaurant kitchens where the different colors are representing the use that the board is for. Blue for fish or green for veggies and so on for example.

Rolf also talks to Stefan Diez, designer at Hay and father of the so called New Order office series. Confessions are made about the state of the thin metal line as it was first presented as not really being ready at that time.The specially invented hinges now being fully perfected and allowing the New Order concept to fully bloom with the updates made. Quite honest. Must say I really go for this dark office series and the way it is displayed here.

 

New order office line by Hay in this dark expression is so to my own liking. First time I could consider a office line in my own studio.

The colorful Hay office accessories even makes the regular white spaces look updated and improved.

Clever mobile storage units taking inspiration from the professional garage tool storage. It makes me think of the metal tool sets my grandfather always had. This is made in plastic though.

Smart and colorful mobile storage by Hay.

Hay presents a lot of 2018 news among them a sofa by Gamfratesi so uninteresting, in my opinon, I did not get why it was there.  Been there done that so to speak.

www.magisdesign.com

 

Italian Magis is represented at the Stockholm furniture fair but are here at Gulleds as well. The styling of their updated living room to me representing the way we aspire to furnish our homes 2018. Strong colorful pieces of furniture against a non white backdrop.

As a newcomer it can be hard to be seen. I fell for this new Norwegian design from Buene exhibiting for the first time at Stockholm Furniture&light Fair. This contemporary and functional turnable led lighting  combined shelf called Yoke caught my eye and is something I would like to have myself. Do you like it ? As you see it comes in different woods. Check the website for more unseen news from Buene.

 

The powerful color schemes of Dutch office furniture DUM wakes you up in the best way. The textile lamp series stand out. The main objective of the DUM label is to provide spaces with distinctive items – to embellish hotel lobbies,airports, business lounges and waiting rooms with outspoken design.

Dutch Dum

 

We always say that we do not have to reinvent the wheel. But that is just what Jessika Källeskog has done for Design House Stockholm. A marble wheel that with the help of a type of plate or bowl with a perfect fit it becomes a mortar & pestle that grinds your peppercorn in a way I have never seen in the kitchen before. It not only works well but must be the most beautiful new kitchen ware I have ever seen.

 

Jessika Källeskog

I met Jessika in the hallways of the Furniture Fair and she reminded me to go and see her new design. I´m so glad I did. This is what I call clever design.  It not only helps you out in the kitchen it is so good looking it is something you want to show off on the table. Gorgeous I must say (Just like Jessika, don´t you think?) The mortar&pestle in Jessika´s design is called Tondo

There will be more. Stay in touch

/Jimmy

Northern is more than lighting

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Northern is more than lighting from today. Northern is the new name and the abbreviated form of the lighting company formerly known as Northern Lighting. Norwegian company Northern now incorporates furniture design with lighting as a lifestyle brand. The rebirth took officially place today at Sibyllegatan in a event during Stockholm Design Week.

Sami Kalio´s three legged stool Pal stands out with it´s pure shape. . The name could come from the fact that stool is pall in Swedish.
Gear floor and table lamp by Johan Lindsten
Loud cabinet by Färg&Blanche meant as a minibar but could naturally be used as so much more than just a liquor locker.
Daybe sofa by Morten&Jonas
The pendant lamp Heat by Johanna Forsberg is a personal favorite for me among this overwhelming amount of news from one company alone.
Stilk table by Morten&Jonas shot from above. Check out all of the furniture launched by Northern today at Northern.no
Yam lounge furniture by Mattias Stenberg

What an amazing leap into the future CEO Ove Rogne has taken together with designer duo Morten&Jonas. We will see a lot of this huge collection in the coming year. Check out all of the 24 new design products from 16 designers out of 7 different countries at Northern.no Diversity is the name of the game.

Congrats Northern on your design rebirth!

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/Jimmy

 

Dinner for Norma

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You know the feeling when you are going to a meeting that is real close. It will only take you ten minutes to walk there and yet your are late. That´s exactly how I felt walking in a fast pace towards Färg Blanche studio on Södermalm in Stockholm. It only takes me 10 min to walk from my studio to theirs, still I am somewhat late so making an entrance to live music is a joy. See the video of my entrance below.

 

 

I stand outside the large wooden door and ring the bell and hear music faintly coming from inside.  I have been here before but this time it´s for Emma & Fredrik´s new design for Johansson Design. A yet unrevealed collaboration for their new design project that they will announce tonight. Had to take a video of the twirling lamp in the entrance…

 

 

 

We are welcomed and introduced to Norma by Fredrik&Emma personally.  Norma is a new seating system, easy chair and sofa with a extra special padding. Layers of textile like a throw or three that have been perfectly styled permanently on the sofa. Left stylishly to enhance the seat.

 

The layering becomes ever more visual from the back of the seat.

 

The idea being that the seat can be made into the color or texture you want. Offering a choice to architects and interior designers to be a able to create their own version of this chair from the Norma matrix.

  Norma can naturally be had in only one type of textile and color as well.

 

We are ushered to our seats. Our placement is written directly on the table surface with our names.

 

The chair called Frankie that you see in the photo above is the predecessor to Norma. Frankie is named after the creator of lindy hop, Frankie Manning. His wife was called Norma and that is why the leading lady/easy chair/sofa is called Norma and why we are here tonight.

 

 

The plate and cup/bowl we will be eating from is Färg Blanche for French Petite Friture. Here with a serving of delicious pumpkin  soup and homemade ginger hard bread with a ecological soft cheese. It´s a piece of brown waxed sandwich paper underneath it all. The food is  catered and served by Curlyfood.

 

I take a walk after the lovely desert looking at the studio showing off the different design and methods of making and  various collected machines and objects.

On the table are the molds used for making the Petite Friture table ware we have been eating from.

If you went to Milan furniture fair last year you saw this extravaganza of a chair at Färg Blanche exhibit Armor mon amour. 

 

Haute couture furniture meaning all specially made prototypes not meant for production but for unique  occasions all created by our host of this generous evening, Fredrik&Emma, Färg Blanche.

 

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/Jimmy

 

Voice to be reckoned with

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Levier shelf system by Cate&Nelson for Voice

Not only one Voice, but several. Yes, I am hearing voices and not really feeling more weird than normally. Ok, I will get to the point :

Voice being a Swedish furniture brand that during Stockholm Design Week 2018 coming up in February, is launching a whole new range of furniture of which I have taken 2 to heart imidiately. Actually it´s more like 3. I will explain :

Voice nr1: The wall mounted shelf Levier made in American ash created by the designduo and life partners Cate&Nelson, Swedish Cate Högdahl and Spanish Nelson Ruiz-Acal, you see above in black, well not the people but the shelf. Are you with me ?

This sophisticated wall mounted shelf system can be altered and become just what you need more or less in size. Very attractive shelf system in my opinon. My only comment being, if you are designing for a Swedish company creating furniture in Sweden, why then not use Swedish Ash or another Swedish wood when here ? Since wood is something Sweden is really good at.

Voice Nr2 Norm is a daybed or sofa (Voice Nr3) as you can se above&below. Truly a timeless furniture piece and a type of daybed I find myself wanting. Fact is that it is so related to the daybeds we have seen from the 30´s – the 70´s and the simple beauty that makes it attractive and a piece I covet.

Norm is designed by Swedish Mattias Stenberg who appropriately describes furniture as mini architecture which for sure can summarize the two versions of Norm. Even Norm is done in American ash, not Swedish ash (which does exist)  The legs are done in a powder coated metal.

Norm sofa 210x70x39.5 by Mattias Stenberg for Voice. Price from 24 450 SEK. Luckily it comes in more textile colors and in leather.

Voice production is in Sweden outside Jönköping in Småland, an area known for extremely successful companies in the interior industry such as Ikea. Can not say that without remarking that Ingvar Kamprad may rest in peace. What an amazing journey he did from Småland to conquering the world. Voice originating from the same area in Småland as Ikea and are now starting to make other type of furniture then in the storage segment, where they have started and to me that seems like a very good idea.

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/Jimmy

 

 

 

Blown up in Bogotá

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My first visit to Bogotá, Colombia. Came in last night with my friends living in Villa De Leyva. Drove from the mountains and checked into a nice Airbnb apartment. Now on our way to have breakfast and then take a walk to the colonial center of the city called La Candelaria passing Plaza De Bolivar to go to a a exhibition by a Cuban collective called Los Carpinteros/The Carpenters. Check at the bottom if you want to know what I mean with blown up in Bogotá.

 

Plaza de Bolivar

The feeling in the streets is kind and welcoming. Finding lot´s of fine handicraft and different handmade products. Look at these leather sandals. People here are convinced it´s winter, but to me it´s more like Swedish summer.

The old town and colorful colonial original part of Bogotá is called La Candelaria.

Entering into the museum is via this beautiful garden. We also pass the Botero Museum that I do want to check next time I´m here.

We made it to MAMU.

 

We are looking at the Cuban Collective´s exhibit La cosa está candela/The thing is burning at Miguel Urrutia Art Museum called MAMU

In Spanish this is what is said about La cosa está candela :

Los mediadores realizan un recorrido para todos los públicos, a través de los singulares objetos que construyen Los Carpinteros, reconociendo algunos elementos determinantes en su producción como la transformación del sentido de los objetos cotidianos mediante el cambio de sus características originales.

In Eng :

The mediators make a journey for all audiences, through the unique objects that The Carpenters build, recognizing some determining elements in their production as the transformation of the meaning of everyday objects by changing their original characteristics.

First I just saw a plane. When you look closer you see the arrows everywhere.

This piece is made in concrete in a flowerlike shape. It is more than 2 meters x 2 meters and aprox. 50 cm high.

There is a large hole in the wall. Through the hole in the broken wall I see something my eyes first can not make sense of. This piece first looks like a photo only from this end, but….

 

….but as you see it´s a big installation on the other side of the wall. It looks like a frozen moment just as the explosion has gone of and the whole meeting room is going to pieces. Totally blown up in Bogotá I would say. Actually that is what Los Carpinteros did. The asked to blow up one of the office meeting rooms at the museum and from the pieces of the the broken material composed this installation.

 

I just could not stop looking at it. Even if you see the string holding all the objects you so strongly get the feeling of a millisecond of an explosion.

 

What a great cultural Bogotá day filled with inspiring creativeness.Thank you!

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/Jimmy

 

 

 

Ski lodge dream

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Fjällstuga in Swedish,  hytte in Norwegian or ski lodge if you say it in English. In French a chalet and in German hütte. It´s all the same thing. They way of building is very much the same type of structure in all of our countries. Sturdy wooden houses with a stone foundation that can take heaps of snow packed on the roof and stormy, rainy weather for years and still stay just the same.

The style indoors is very much the same from the beginning. Wood. Wooden floors. Wooden walls. Wooden ceilings. All that wood could end up real boring. It really does not if you are the master of wooden interiors like Axel Vervoordt This ski lodge dream is Axel Vervoordt´s chalet in Verbier in Die Schweiz or as you say in English : Switzerland in the Alps in Valais situated 3 330 meters height above sea level.

 

For me Axel Vervoordt is somewhat a house god. The pure & plain style just does if for me. Apart from a good bed and food on the table a open fireplace is to me a must in a ski lodge. No tv needed.

Growing up my parents would take us skiing every year and we spent several snow filled vacations in Flims in Schweiz where we rented a chalet that was on the ski slope so you just walked out of the door and put on your skies in the morning. In the evenings my brother and I built tunnels in the snow outside the house. We loved it. To sit outside with the view of the snow covered mountains like in this photo of Axel Vervoordt´s chalet in Verbier is a majestic experience no matter the weather.

Classic shapes and comfort is and will always be just right.

Having a open fire means handling a lot of fire wood. Storing it under a roof and showing it off is a good idea since it is so sculptural and needs to be seen instead of hidden.

I mean. Need I say anything…? A Dream Ski lodge it is surrounded by snowy mountains.

 

Enjoy your skiing adventures wherever you go.

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Jimmy

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.

 

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/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.

 

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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!
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