Get Ready For a Scandinavian Upcycled Al Fresco

Written by Susan Stjernberger by Qim Claesson

Svenskt Tenn has collaborated with Belgian artist and designer Jean-Philippe Demeyer to create an upcycled collection called Al Fresco using leftover textile scraps. How fabulously sustainable!

It is so important that we preserve our environment, that we always think long-term and strive to have everything that we create and buy last for a long time. Timelessness and classics are part of the future and I think we should always decorate for a lifetime, not just for a couple of years to come,” says Jean-Philippe. And this falls perfectly in line with Svenskt Tenn’s sustainability philosophy as well. 
The inspiration came from the founder of Svenskt Tenn, Estrid Ericson’s summer house called Tolvekarna (The Twelve Oaks), which by the way, is now added to my list of places I must visit. “I loved everything! The house, the name, the terrace, and living close to nature. I prefer to be outdoors all the time and am so incredibly attracted to everything that has to do with summer and country houses. It gives me a feeling of freedom,” says the designer. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect. With most Europeans still waiting for their COVID vaccine, dining al fresco outdoors seems to be our only remedy in the coming Spring and Summer months.

Using Josef Frank’s leftover patterned pieces Jean-Philippe has created fun quirky unique patchwork pillows and pieces that will spruce up any outdoor and frankly indoor experience. In this exclusive collection, we also get a taste of Jean-Philippe’s humorous take on eyes he calls Milky Eye, which is patched into cushions and made into design trays. It reminded me of the eye-protecting us from evil eyes, not that I’m superstitious or anything but I’ll take both in Powder and Green, please! Add to all this his signature tassels, fringes, and lots of upcycling, what a refreshing recipe for Al Fresco dining.

The exhibit is shown at Strandvägen 5 between 26.03.2021 – 30.05.2021