Written by RL Pearsall by pari

    On the eve of its opening, “EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE IS REAL,” I was humbly afforded the opportunity to speak with a few of the creative minds behind DANSMUSEET’s newest exhibition.

    Upon descending into the lower level of Dansmuseet, it was immediately clear that I was in for an eye-opening experience. I expected to once-again be amazed by the multi-dimensional work in BEA SZENFELD’s “Haute Papier” collection. But I had no insight into the measured and impactful multi-media art built around it.

    Walking farther into the museum halls, which could double as the shrouded offstage for a great opera - replete with enchanting characters, costumes and images that seemed to dance off the wall, my backstage pass soon proved worth its weight in gold.

    I was guided through the exhibition by its Creative Director, POMPE HEDENGREN. Like a great maestro, Pompe masterfully conducted a seamless and engaging experience for the eyes and ears in his storytelling and in the works selected to display at Dansmuseet.

    Pompe also works as Creative Director at STOCKHOLM GRAPHICS. Pompe was engaged by THE ROYAL SWEDISH OPERA four years ago to change their visual style and graphic profile. With his own artful hand and collaborations playing on the strengths of fashion designer and stylist BEA SZENFELD, illustrator STINA WIRSÉN, as well as photographers KAROLINA HENKE and CARL THORBORG, Pompe has gone beyond simply changing The Opera’s picture policy to “showcasing the international nature of The Opera and its diversity.”

    Pompe has been very hands-on, in the truest sense, in rebranding The Opera.

    He admits spending weeks arranging instruments and props for pictures that a casual onlooker would assume were Photoshopped - due to their precision and larger-than-life scale. (He allowed the musicians and dancers to place themselves.)

    Yet, like recounting his tearful first encounter with Bea’s work, Pompe always acknowledges the genius of The Opera’s dancers, singers, musicians and staff, as well as his collaborators. Two collaborators were on-hand to add more context to our exhibition tour:

    KAROLINA HENKE, celebrated photographer and collaborator responsible for the first room of wall-to-wall, life-size images on display, has been working with Pompe at The Opera since 2013. In one of her first pieces for The Opera, Karolina explains the symbolism of her work. (The displayed photograph depicts a heavily-ornamented gold masquerade mask.) It’s a mask covered in charms “representing the shows from that season.” It represented “a new start.”

    Notable illustrator STINA WIRSÉN admitted to being a fan of Bea long before many abroad saw her creations on the recent Eurovision Song Contest catwalk. (Stina’s illustrations are found in a second room of the exhibition.) Stina’s intensely red-painted illustrations of Bea’s work are meant to capture “the sensuality” of artists’ intensely controlled and trained bodies at The Opera. The illustrations are also meant to show the craft of the hand, the same as that found in the craftsmanship of Bea's work.

    Note: This is the first time that so many pieces of Bea's work have been shown in one place in Stockholm, and the first time The Opera has extended this backstage invitation to the public.

    Through invitation and invocation, Pompe and his creative team have succeeded in their mission to make The Opera feel “modern, imaginative and welcoming.” And, while Karolina admitted her surprise, it was no shock to me that the collaborations on display have been critically-acclaimed and garnered international attention for The Royal Swedish Opera. The Opera has won the Swedish Design Awards, Publishing Awards and the Creativity International Awards.

    The exhibition title correctly eludes, “EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE IS REAL.” From enchanting ballerinas to a very special monkey, this is a must-see summer exhibition for fashionistas, art and opera lovers alike.

    This exhibition will move you. So move fast to see it!

    Curtains fall on August 21st.

    All photos by Karolina Henke.

    ©Dansmuseet Stockholm

    Images are slightly cropped.

  • A golden collaboration: NikeLab x Olivier Rousteing

    Written by Claudia Fried

    French fashiondesigner Olivier Rousteing is known for his tailored and fitted silhouettes. Thus it’s the love for soccer that is the core of NikeLab x Olivier Rousteing; Football Nouveau collection. It’s the second collaboration in the NikeLabs Summer of Sports series that mixes Nike innovation and sportmanship with Oliviers creative visions.

  • House of Dagmar Exhibits Sustainable Fashion at Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2016

    Written by Anna Gorki

    House of Dagmar’s understanding of sustainability refers to design, ethics and longevity, meaning a clear focus on quality and style for the company that’s known for their graphic details and timeless pieces. Which is why it comes to no surprise that House of Dagmar will participate in Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2016 on may 12th. The prestigious design challenge aims to promote sustainable wardrobes using two outfits from the participating brands own back catalogues.

    Items chosen from House of Dagmar include a parka from their SS16 collection made from recycled polyester fiber manufactured from used PET bottles that are free of petrochemicals. The material is 100% recyclable, and contains no toxic chemicals while being long lasting, mothproof and waterproof.

    In addition to this House of Dagmar are also presenting The Lou Tote Bag produced by Swedish based Tärnsjö Tannery through a vegetable tanning process, using local hide materials to make the hand-made ecological leather.

    Also presenting their Sara fur jacket, displaying how House of Dagmar use fur garments without killing animals. The fur is produced using a special shaving technique, which allows the mohair to be weaved into the fabric base. The garment is made from ecological wool that has been produced, without chemicals or other artificial treatments. Showcasing a variety of fashion essentials that are ethically conscious and luxurious.

  • Anders Krisár
    Foto: Dan Kullberg

    Swedish Art: Now!

    Written by Claudia Fried

    At Sven-Harrys konstmuseum

    20 APRIL – 6 JUNI 2016

    On April 20th the exhibition, Swedish Art: Now! opened at Sven-Harrys artmuseum in Stockholm. It is the most complete exhibition that aims to collect, present and lift a new generation of Swedish artists. From established artistst such as Klara Lidén, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg to new names such as Anna Uddenberg, Emanuel Röhss and Dimen Abdulla.

    The exhibition, which opened Stockholm Art Week 2016 and was inaugurated by the Minister of Culture Alice Bah Kuhnke, aims to present the most relevant artists established in the past five years. Several works have never been shown to the public before such as the recent works of Nathalie Djurberg and a site-specific painting by Emanuel Röhss. Others are especially created for Sven-Harrys, such as the  installation of Nanna Nordstrom and an intervention of Cajsa von Zeipel in Sven-Harry “home” on the roof. In the media room, a generous line up of cutting edge video art is shown by Lina Selander and Meriç Algün Ringborg, amongst others.

    Swedish Art: Now! is initiated by Michael Elmenbeck, founder of Bon Magazine and curated by Oscar Carlson, artistic director of the gallery Issue and one half of the artpod Danielsson & Carlson.


    For more information visit sven-harrys.se

    Joakim Ojanen 
    Foto: Dan Kullberg

    Hanna Lidén 
    Foto: Dan Kullberg

  • An interview with Henrik Ørgreen

    Written by Michaela Widergren

    Copenhagen based eyewear brand Ørgreen optics just launched their collaboration with singer Melody Gardot and therefore we got some Q&A time with the designer and founder Henrik Ørgreen to talk about the new sunglasses and the history of the brand.

    MM: Tell us the story of Ørgreen…

    : I founded Ørgreen in 1997 with my two friends Tobias (today Head of Design and Partner at Ørgreen Optics) and Gregers (today Head of Sales and Partner at Ørgreen Optics).
    I had previously worked as an agent in the sunglass business, but I dreamt of creating my own company. One that could shake up the optical industry, which back then was rather conservative.
    All three of us rebellious young hearts with a restless and relentless drive to beat the crowd and be the best, we also shared a passion for extreme sports and lots of fun – from world cup skating to surfing and snowboarding to trade show organization and party production. A common flair for vintage car and aircraft design became the inspirational aesthetic starting point - still today visible in the essence and details of our design.
    We started out in a back yard in Copenhagen with only the three of us behind the brand and with no previous experience in the field of designing and producing eyewear.
    However right from the beginning we set a very high standard for everything we did. Compromise was – and still is – not an option for us! We have always been very ambitious with our goals, both from a design and a business perspective and equally keen on innovation in terms of developing new techniques and using new materials and combinations.
    Today we have grown into an international company represented in more than 50 countries. We’ve become a respected player in our field and we are considered one of the leaders in the optical world because of our creative ideas and unique directions – as well as our ‘no compromises’ policy, determining everything we do.
    Though the company has grown and every process has been professionalized, we still share the dream and listen to the rebel inside. And we hand pick our team members, partners and collaborators, so that they match our vision, personality and energy. As we see it, we have a big family now!

    MM: How did the collaboration with Melody Gardot happen?

    : Melody has been wearing Ørgreen sunglasses for several years – she is very fond of our brand and a true ambassador. Due to a car accident years ago, which damaged her nervous system, she is hypersensitive to light and obliged to wear sunglasses both outdoor and indoor, even while performing. When singing it’s essential that the frames don’t pinch her nose and risk altering her voice, and therefor she has always loved the perfect fit and lightness of our glasses. In addition to being a big fan of our design and aesthetic, of course. Likewise we’re all in for Melody’s music, passion, power and daring creativity.
    Melody’s favourite style is Capote and thus we decided to work together on doing something special with this style to make it represent her unique artistic universe and personal style through three limited edition colourways.

    MM: Has she been involved with the design?

    : Yes, Melody and our color designer, Sahra Lysell, have been in close dialogue. It was essential for us to create a trinity of extraordinary colourways reflecting Melody’s unique persona and talent. Colours that individually and together would sum up the jazzy, sophisticated and feminine aura as well as the adventurous spirit and ambience of Melody’s personality and music. So Melody’s input

    MM: Is there any other artist you’d like to work with in the future?

    : At Ørgreen we’re great admirers of artists – like Melody Gardot – being truly dedicated to their craft and at the top of their game. With our co-labs we want to celebrate that passion and talent. Whether it’s in music, art, design or fashion. I can’t give you any names, as we don’t want to ruin future surprises, but I promise that we have cool stuff cooking!

    MM: How do you keep evolving in terms of design and quality? 

    : Even though we’re at a high level today we’re never satisfied with where we are. We want to keep developing and pushing the limits for ourselves and the business. We gather inspiration on our many travels around the world and through the creative people we’re surrounded with, in Copenhagen and abroad. We have the privilege of being in a position where we hiring new people in several departments and that’s always a good way to be inspired and challenged to do new things and reflect on different directions. In general we believe in taking epic chances. We’re very particular with our demands and wishes in terms of our standards for quality and design – only the very best is good enough.

    MM: Which sunglass style is your own personal favorite?

    : I really love our Kjeld T sunglasses - a tribute to one of the greatest Danish DJs ever!

  •          image courtesy of Marimekko

    Favorite looks Marimekko AW16

    Written by Michaela Widergren

    Finnish Marimekko showed their AW17 collection at Palais de Tokyo in Paris last week and these are our favorite looks. We especially love the green print which feels like a more friendly take on the classic military pattern. More love, less war. Another thing we like is the commitment Marimekko’s showing to print, which is growing stronger and stronger for every collection.