• Arrivals

    Written by Annica Zion

    Digital art platform to open up the art world and highlight young creators

    Today Arrivals is relaunching – a digital platform with the ambition to make art more accessible. Their web shop offers signed original artworks and art in limited edition by young unestablished artists. The selection and the appearance will from the relaunch be adapted to the
    present and be sensitive to trends and current events. As a visitor to the page you will constantly find new artwork and artists to be inspired by. On the site, today there are around 70 Swedish and international artists represented with artworks in different genres such as print, original painting, photography and sculpture.

    – We are a digital and democratic art platform that sells works by a new generation of artists. We want to open up the art by in an accessible way offer a curated selection of what we consider qualitative artistry. We believe that one needs to clarify and simplify buying of art, many are today interested in and aware of style and design, but don’t know exactly where to turn when interested in buying art, says one of the initiators behind Arrivals.

    Arrivals is built partly from each artistry, where visitors can take part of the artist’s idea behind each work or edition. Potential buyers are invited to discover the background of an artwork, something that increases the understanding of art, which to many may seem like a closed and difficult world. Browse through artworks from young contemporary artists and discover a new art scene online in a more accessible price range. Check it out here - arrivals.se

  • Arts Fair

    Written by Chelsea Porter

    The 12th edition of Market will take place at Färgfabriken, Stockholm, March 24-26. With the leading galleries from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland participating. Market will showcase an exclusive selection of the most interesting art on the Nordic art scene, once again focusing on carefully curated solo or duo projects.
    Market Art Fair is the leading Nordic fair for contemporary art and has become an important meeting place for collectors and art professionals. It was founded by a group of gallerists in 2006 and represents the leading galleries from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland.

    The board of Market Art Fair each year selects 30 galleries from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland, which then choose 1-2 artists they represent that will exhibit as part of Market Art Fair. Sweden’s most prominent female gallerist Marina Schiptjenko is part of the board.

    For the 2017 edition Market will launch a new section which is exclusively dedicated to Nordic artists. This highlighted section Market Feature will present a selection of artists and their galleries, curated by Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation.
    John Skoog
    Marie Karlberg
    Nina Beier
    Runo Lagomarsino

    Market Art Fair features an ambitious programme of talks and projects and arranges a VIP programme for international collectors and art professionals.

    Most known artists this year include Frank Stella, Georg Baselitz and Ragnar Kjartansson.

    Up and coming artists to keep an eye on include Idun Baltzersen, Henry Gunderson, Karin Westman and Marie Karlberg to name a few.

  • photography by LISA EKELUND


    Written by Chelsea Porter

    Less is a Bore

    Bedazzled a Swedish jewelry brand designed by Jennie Rhönnstad. With a recent collection featured in Stockholm Design Week, Rhönnstads pieces have us drooling. This Swedish born creative sells in a number of boutiques in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Umeå and New York City.

    What inspired you to start making jewelry? 

    I've always loved creating thing with my hands. I first started by making necklaces out of buttons, that is when a friend of mine recommened me to attend Nyckelviksskolan, an Art School based in Stockholm. That's where I was educated in metalcraft, and after that I did an Economy Degree at Södertörns University in Stockholm. My collections really pushed forward when I was a part of the Swedish Fashion Talents in 2012, that's when I joined my first PR Agency and really perfected my craft.  

    How would you describe your jewelry?

    'Less is a bore', more is usually big. My pieces appear big, rough, and even have a glimpse of humour. The names always plays a large role, I use word play often, like taking something real and giving it a spin. I find it interesting to see how far I can go with my word play. My own style is basic and I tend to wear one colour head-to-toe, usually white or black, so one sigture piece can really make an outfit. 

    What is your inspiration and what do you focus on?

    I make things I want to see in real life. I love the thought of a final process, holding and seeing my vision, being able to take an idea or something tangeble from one element and transform it to another. I do love Elsa Schiaparellis designs however, I'm more influenced by words. I always read the titles of paintings in galleries, sometimes I think people buy art because of the name or title. My collection isn't audience focused, my buyers can be 20-70 years old. My collection is based more on a making a statement in an outfit. I want my pieces to remain timeless. 

    Do you have a signature piece?

    Meltdown and mini meltdown, crafted using white rocks with grey inside. Also, the collaboration with straight design 'pile of shit' which was featured at Design Week

    Where inspired the brand name, bedazzled? 

    From back when I use to make necklaces out of buttons, exchanging and adding materials to craft something new, I use to say I “bedazzled” it. Now, I see it as, “My collection can bedazzle an outfit”. I wanted to make a corny term into a classier catch phrase. 

    Where do you resource your materials?

    From different places, I try to work with recycled brass from from a junkyard in Nacka. My stones are usually from stone shops and are all energy stones. My favourite colour schemes right now seem to be white, black, clear, yellow, and maybe pink. 

    What are your future goals?

    I have my next collection in mind and aim to create two collections a year. One in Febuary and the other in August. 

  • The COS x Studio Swine installation

    Video by Fashion Tales


    Milan, 3rd February, 2017

    For this year’s edition of Milan Design Week, COS will partner with London-based Studio Swine, an artistic collaboration between Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and British Artist Alexander Groves.

    Studio Swine will create an ephemeral installation centred around a focal sculpture emitting mist-filled blossoms at Cinema Arti, a decommissioned cinema built in the 1930s by Italian architect Mario Cereghini. The installation will draw upon the natural and the industrial, while making minimal use of resources to create an immersive multi-sensory experience.

    2016 was a year full of changes and crisis and so we wanted to create an installation that could offer a moment of contemplation. The inspiration for the installation was nature and the changing of the seasons. For us, this idea has such universal beauty. We aim to create a democratic experience which brings people together” said Studio Swine.

    Karin Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Alex and Azusa of Studio Swine. Our many common values - a focus on timelessness over trend, functionality with beauty and the exploration of materials - means that working together is a very natural fit. I’m really looking forward to seeing the concept come to life in Milan”.

    The COS x Studio Swine installation will be open from the 4th – 9th April 2017 at Cinema Arti, Via Pietro Mascagni, 8, 20122 Milan

  • COS

    Written by Fashion Tales


    Throughout the last decade COS has remained true to its philosophy; to offer a high quality collection comprised of wardrobe staples as well as re-invented classics, in keeping with the brand ethos of modern, timeless, functional and tactile design. COS Managing Director Marie Honda commented, “We are proud of how the brand has grown over the last ten years. We are pleased and humbled that our customers have continued to appreciate our approach and engage with our collections, stores and collaborative projects with the art and design world.” 

    To celebrate the brand’s anniversary COS will create a 10 piece capsule collection with garments for women, men and children. Each garment’s pattern is created like a jigsaw with the full width of the fabric used, one shape deciding another, limiting any excess. Japanese influences are apparent in the square-cut proportions of a men’s top and a women’s coat featuring kimono-style sleeves. Childrenswear features playful appliqué on a dress and shirt. The collection will be made with light fabrications of crisp cotton and technical polyester in a pared-back palette of sand and white. 

    COS Creative Director Karin Gustafsson said of the collection, “The design team took the opportunity to play and experiment in the pattern-cutting process, re-imagining the methods behind the design. The patterncutters and designers worked in parallel, referencing historical techniques that maximised the use of materials. As we look to the future we will continue to focus on the efficient use of fabrics and forward-thinking techniques.”

    On sale from the 24th March 2017, the collection will be available to buy worldwide in store and on cosstores.com

  • Alexander Wessely - Corpus

    Written by Fashion Tales

    A new generation of postdigital artists and creatives are becoming prominent in the cultural world. The influential curator Hans Ulrich Obrist created the initiative concept “89Plus” that focus on the generation that are born in 1989 or thereafter and therefore have never known a world without the internet or digital tools. They move freely between disciplines and techniques and often present very tactile and physical works.

    Stockholm based photographer, director and artist Alexander Wessely (b. 1989) fits into this category. His career has quickly established him in the international music and fashion industry, portraying names like Rihanna and Drake or shooting for Vogue Italia. His style is an digitally enhanced, raw black and white aesthetic that fits the contemporary world. His first show took place at a secret location and sold out within the first hour.

    For his second show “Corpus” he has taken the photograph one step further. With Greek roots, Wessely has looked back at the classical Greek sculpture for inspiration. Bodies of humans and animals are photographed in a studio, then sculptured backwards in decay in digital postproduction making them appear as antique remains. The work is then printed in 1:1 scale on metal and mounted on classical marble and steel in order to create a new type of sculpture. Most apparent is this in Hippos (Horse) which weighs a solid 650 kg and measures 2.8 x 2m. Through this metamorphosis Wessely sets the tone of our postdigital world and makes us look at the process of a sculpture in new angles.

    The exhibition takes place in an old palace under renovation in central Stockholm, 3/2-4/2.