• Kvadrat x Karl Holmqvist

    Written by Fashion Tales

    This Autumn Kvadrat will present the art installation Untitled ( WHAT? WHEN, WHY, WHO? ) by Swedish artist Karl Holmqvist, who has been invited to engage with the world of textiles and the spaces of our Ebeltoft headquarters.

    As part of the commission Karl Holmqvist designed the customized textile ‘Verpan’ featuring six variations of word-based patterns. These create a sculpture composed of twenty-seven cubes, which can be randomly placed creating varying combinations of words.

    On the occasion of the launch the 13th of September, Karl Holmqvist will present a spoken word performance based on readings of his own poetry, video and sound – in collaboration with the artists FOS and Ida Ekblad.

    About Karl Holmqvist

    Karl Holmqvist is known for using a wide range of formats–poetry readings, installation, and sculpture–to bring out the primal qualitiesof language. He is one of a current generation of artists working with language and text as a sculptural or performative material. His aim is to spark the creative process in the viewer, seeing his art and poetry as a translation of the complexities of contemporary life. He blends poetry with pop music and his texts, composed of anecdotes as famous as they are diverse, explore the theme of communication and language.

    Holmqvist’s recent one-person exhibitions include Centre d’Art Contemporaine, Geneva, Indipendenza, Rome (with Klara Liden), Kunstverein Braunschweig (with Klara Liden), Power Station, Dallas and Camden Arts Centre, London. He has participated in the Venice Biennial in 2003 and 2011, and Performa, New York in 2005, 2007 and 2013. In 2013 he received the Arthur Köpke Memory Fund Award.

    About Kvadrat

    Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968 and has deep roots in Scandinavia’s design tradition. Kvadrat continuously works to expand the aesthetic, technological, and artistic boundaries of the use of textiles through a long series of collaborations with some of the world’s best designers, architects, and artists, including Tord Boontje, Miriam Bäckström, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson, Alfredo Häberli, Akira Minagawa, and Peter Saville. Art projects include Pipilotti Rist at New Museum, New York (2016); Philippe Parreno at Tate Modern, London (2016); Joana Vasconscelos, AroS, Aarhus (2016); Goshka Macuga at Fondazione Prada, Milan (2016); Jesper Just at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Shilpa Gupta at
    la Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015); Günther Vogt and Olafur Eliasson at Your Glacial Expectations, Kvadrat Headquarters, Ebeltoft (2012); and Thomas Demand at Städel Museum’s Metzler Hall, Frankfurt (2011). From 2015, Kvadrat has been collaborating with South into North for the curatorial development of the company’s art strategy.



    Written by Fashion Tales





    “We are all about style, but pay little attention to trends. Timeless and contemporary at the same time. Our style is eternal. 

    When we design we use the finest fabrics, in the best qualities. Our look is flattering, comfortable to wear and makes you look both flawless and effortlessly cool.

    Our collections are slow fashion. Long-lasting garments, made to be worn seasonless, in a countless number of ways.

    We have no seasons. We use different fabrics to meet cold and warm weather.

    We aim to be the life wear brand for influential and conscious women on the international market.”





    Time is 5:05. It’s Tuesday. A woman walks up a stairwell. She is on her way home from work, she carries a paper bag with groceries and freshly baked bread.

    She opens the tall white front door and walks into her apartment. It is sparingly furnished. Old Danish designs. Brown leather, wood and steel. Walls are in muted colours. Beige, grey and off-white. On the marble kitchen table, white lilies stand in a tall glass vase. The air is filled with a sweet scent of bread and flowers.

    She walks slowly. The floor is made of pale wood and is smooth against her bare feet. She leaves the grocery bag on the kitchen table and walks into the living room. Lays down on the white couch with a glass of cold Sancerre in her hand. She let’s her hair out. It’s dark, long and has a natural texture. Her make up is minimal and flawless. She stretches out for the remote control. Arranges the pillow under her head. Pulls the blanket up and puts the music on. ”Two nights” with Lykke Li. She turns the volume up and closes her eyes. She is home.





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  • Margiela, The Hermès Years

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Artipelag is devoting its autumn and winter season to a retrospective of one of the most remarkable collaborations in fashion: when cutting-edge Belgian designer Martin Margiela teamed up with Parisian house Hermès.

    Between 1997 and 2003, Martin Margiela was appointed by Jean-Louis Dumas, then CEO of Hermès, as artistic director of the Parisian house women’s ready-to-wear collections. This collaboration turned out to be one of the most exciting in fashion history, and it is now presented in the exhibition Margiela, The Hermès Years.

    Martin Margiela launched his own fashion house, Maison Martin Margiela, in 1988, and the enigmatic and reclusive designer soon revealed himself to be the antithesis of superstar designers. Margiela’s deconstruction of traditional fashion concepts in favour of a more artistic approach has established a reputation as one of the most avant-garde faces of the fashion industry.

    On the surface, one could imagine that a collaboration between Margiela and Hermès would be surprising, but Margiela proved to be a masterful interpreter of the Hermès DNA. In stark contrast to the fashion world’s fixation on eternal youth, his point of departure was the natural, mature woman. Margiela dressed women in genuine materials and employed the classic art of tailoring to articulate the architecture of the individual styles. The result was a remarkable fusion of the Margiela’s iconoclasm and Hermès’ timeless quality.

    Margiela, The Hermès Years was originally curated by Kaat Debo and Martin Margiela, for the MoMu (Fashion Museum Antwerp) in 2017. For Artipelag, creations from Martin Margiela’s own label and his designs for Hermès are juxtaposed as two different translations of the same vision. The display features a succession of themed sequences with over 100 outfits, photographs and short films in a circuit in which Hermès orange interacts with the white of the Maison Martin Margiela. This helps visitors to understand the creative process that navigates seamlessly between the two houses and their identities.

    The exhibition will be on display at Artipelag from October 26th 2018 to March 10th 2019.


  • Old Fashioned Week

    Written by Fashion Tales

    The concept Old Fashioned Week was created in 2015 by Michael Landart from Bar Maria Loca in Paris, Cyrille Hugon, from Paris Rhum Party & magazine Rumporter. They wanted to organize an event that celebrated one of the most famous cocktails in the world, namely the Old Fashioned. Today the concept has grown to become a global festival where more than 1,000 bars around the world participating. As barbesökare can enjoy the traditional drink in new, innovative versions while enjoying exciting events and interesting promotions. The festival takes place between 1-10 November and in Stockholm officially three bars, Reisen Bar, Diplomat Bar and Bar Hommage, in the celebration.

    Maker's Old Fashioned Weekend at Bar Hommage During the first weekend (2-4 November), Maker's Old Fashioned Weekend is held at Bar Hommage. Old Fashioned enthusiasts and the curious can then come and try different variants of the cocktail, learn more about its history and listen to music on vinyl played by Anders Anderson and Miss E. In Sunday also organized an international bartending competition.

    The weekend schedule

    Saturday 3 November: Miss E plays discs between 22-01. Come by and try out different variations of the world-famous cocktail and hear more about its history.

    Sunday 4 November: During the Sunday, from 18-22 pm, an international bartender competition is held on Bar Hommage (The Bar Hommage Old Fashioned Invitational). Bartenders from London, Paris, Trondheim and Stockholm have been invited to compete to see who makes the best version of the Old Fashioned. The participants will compete in 15 minute intervals and have during the competition. Choosing their own music to create mood, they are judged not only on taste and composition without the whole.

    Ola Carlson, bar manager at Bar Hommage, talks about the event: 

    “As part of the entire activation around the Old Fashioned Week, we wanted to highlight Stockholm's guests bar world and Stockholm as a cocktail destination - and that with an international bartender competition. We has invited some of our absolute favorite banners to compete on who can blending the best version of an Old Fashioned. We also see it as an opportunity to gather people and extend the weekend with a few hours of party.” 

    The contestants 

    Chris Tanner, The Vault (behind the bookshelf), London
    Emily Reynolds, Little Red Door, Paris
    Hanna Oscarsson, Grand Hotel Cardierbaren, Stockholm
    Jörgen Dons, RAUS Bar, Trondheim
    Linus Morgan, TAP Room, Stockholm
    Pierre-Marie Bisson, Milk n Honey, London
    Yvonne Tran, Svartengrens, Stockholm

    The history of the drink

    According to Robert Simonson, author of Old Fashioned: The Story of the World's First Classic Cocktail consisted of a cocktail from the very beginning of only spirits, sugar, water and bitters. One Old Fashioned basically consists of the same ingredients, but the whiskey mixed down was Whiskey. In the beginning was because the drink called Whiskey Cocktail and drank mostly as a pick-me on morning. The drink was later changed with some new ingredients and then became a beverage man took small sips of. Many people and bars have over the years claimed responsibility for what we today call the Old Fashioned. One of the most famous is the Pendennis Club in Louisville where a bartender, sometime between 1889 and 1895, said to have made it somewhat more fruity recipe in memory of a well-known Bourbon distillator named Colonel James E. Pepper.

    “It has and will always be a bartender's drink, as easy as it seems to be doing, equally difficult it may be to balance properly. The balance between spirits, sweetness, bitter and watering is what determines the quality of the drink.” says Ola Carlson, Bar Manager at Bar Hommage.





    Enjoy a classic Old Fashioned at La Bar Hommage

    An Old Fashioned is many bartenders personal favorite. Here's how to create Bar Hommage's classic variant to celebrate the Old Fashioned Week.

    You need:
    60 ml Maker's Mark
    7.5 ml of raw sugar
    3-4 splashes of Angostura

    Do this:
    1. Measure equal amounts of sugar and water, stirring under heating until the sugar has dissolved. Then allow the raw sugar layer to cool
    2. Pipe Maker's Mark with Raw Sugar, Angostura and Ice to cool down and water out
    3. Serve all in a cold glass of ice, spice up with a small orange zest

  • Swedish Clit Co. wants to break the taboo about the woman's anatomy through jewelry

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Clit Co. is launching their new brand, which is a socially sustainable initiative and a jewelry collection in one. The collection aims to educate the people and break the taboo associated with the woman's anatomy, something that the founder Amanda Netscher has been devoted to the last decade.

    Clit Co. wants to pay particular attention to women's pleasure by visualizing the clitoris and its important function. To inform about the clitoris is in the long run a way to achieve sexual equality between women and men, girls and boys.

    - The unusual fact that the brand is the bridge between lifestyle and being an influential player in social innovation is a challenge. We have the ambition to show that running a successful business socially and at the same time increase growth can be achieved. And Sweden should be at the forefront of these controversial issues such as sexual equality, said Amanda Netscher, founder and CEO of Clit Co.

    The jewelry collection today consists of earrings, necklaces and a pin and the brand has a special penchant and respect for precious and raw materials. They have chosen to work with 925 silver and 18K gold. 925 sterling silver is a soft metal where there can be small irregularities in the surface. The jewellery will developed patina over time making each piece as unique as it’s wearer.

    Clit Co.'s jewelry can be worn by people of any gender. The hope is that the jewelry will be the beginning of a revolution and act as a conversation starter, not only about the clitoris but also the the empowerment of women and girls.

    - One way to make a contribution is to raise awareness about the body, anatomy and sexual health of women and girls. This is why I wanted to make a piece of jewelry in the shape of a clitoris. I wanted to make something beautiful you can wear and be proud of while contributing and taking a stand, says Amanda Netscher, Clit Co.

    Finding the balance between humans and nature is an important part of Clit Co.'s sustainable work. They therefore guarantee ethical production by producing the jewelry in line with the UN's global goal - Agenda 2030 with a certified producer in Sweden. The gold used is 100 percent recycled. For each piece sold, 50 SEK is donated to the UN Women's Organization.

    About Amanda Netscher:
    Amanda Netscher is the founder and CEO of the newly launched jewelry brand Cit Co. In her work with gender equality, social equality and social sustainability over the last 10 years, she has been part of Sweden's development in preventing violence and abuse. In addition working professionally with social innovations, she has like many other women her own private experiences of sexual violence.


    #clitco #clitrevolution


    Photo: Ylva Wikström

  • For the Biennale Interieur 2018 - Julien Renault and Atelier Paul Vaugoyeau present Café Gyproc, an ode to the Latin café.

    Written by Fashion Tales

    Café Gyproc
    Inspired by the traditional “café terrasse”, Café Gyproc is an ode to the simple Latin joy of life and the importance of bringing people together. “A café is a central place in a neighborhood, a place where you meet familiar faces or engage with new ones around simple food and good drinks.” Julien and Paul wanted to bring this atmosphere and sense of community into the busy alleys of the Biennale Interieur 2018.

    The architecture of Café Gyproc is envisioned as an archetype of the communal place. The large regular window openings, the colorful sun-blinds, the center bar, and bistro chairs facing the streets will immediately tell the wanderer what this place is about.

    Rationalized and reduced to the essential elements, the 130sqm café shows raw Gyproc plaster boards and rough spackle marks. Like a snapshot, the designers stopped the construction, revealing the impermanent beauty of a space in the making.

    Multicolor sun-blinds made from Kvadrat textiles dress the sober façade. The visitors will be served “pistolets”, a savory traditional Belgian round bread stuffed with various fillings. Seated at the terrace on bistro furniture from Swedish brand Massproductions and under a smooth glow of iconic lights manufactured by Flos.

    About the designers:

    Julien Renault
    With a fascination for Industrial standards, Julien Renault is inspired by the beauty found in everyday objects and the traces of manufacturing processes. Based in Brussels, Julien Renault develops furniture and objects for brands such as Hem, Van Den Weghe, ABV and Kewlox… Additionally, the studio engages in works of art direction and photography for various design brands. Recently Julien has helped to bring back into the design scene the Ionic Belgian storage brand Kewlox. Julien was trained as an industrial designer in ESAD Design & Art School. He worked at studio Bouroullec in Paris and graduated in Product Design at ECAL in Lausanne. He soon after moved to Brussels to set up his studio.

    [email protected]
    Instagram: @julienrenaultobjects

    Atelier Paul Vaugoyeau

    Atelier Paul Vaugoyeau is a Stockholm based design practice led by French designer Paul Vaugoyeau. The studio covers a broad range of design services including creative direction, commercial and residential interiors, furniture and product design. With a focus on materiality, and experimentation, Paul´s designs are defined as human and essential. Prior to starting his practice in October 2018, Paul was part of the initial team who created the online furniture brand hem.com in 2014 and has directed the collection up until May 2017.

    [email protected]
    Instagram: @pvaugoyeau

    Collaborators to café Gyproc:
    Café-Gypoc is made in collaboration with iconic brands from the design sector, whom, with their expertise and products, contributed to the realization of the café.