Wow, what a night. I’m still exhausted.
Sunday’s not a good day for partying. But when it comes to important galas like this, it’s just to pack your toothbrush and take off!
It was a amazing gala, signed by the multi-creative Peter Englund. The acts on stage were really top notch all night. A wonderful mix of humor, quality artists and even some magic.
But what made my night was the Honor Prize awards cermony. This years grand winner was the Princess Christina. Who’s been working for a long time with HIV/AIDS. A well deserved winner.
And most fun of all was that it was my graphic artwork ‘Fall in Love’ that was this years prize! I’m proud of it. And now I hope it will be a nice tradition.
‘NOVEMBER RAIN’ - 2013
Size: 30×42 cm
Edition: Limited edition 1-100 pcs. Signed and authenticity stamped
Material: Printed on hand picked structured paper
Delivery: Within 14 days.
Price: 390 sek incl. VAT and shipping.
“How fun is november, really!? It’s all rain and grey … but, ain’t it kinda beautiful in its sadness. I think so. It’s even romantic, in my world. Light that fire. Put on the tune November Rain. Sing loud by yourself or whisper it quietly, to the one next to you …”
‘FALL IN LOVE’ - 2013
Size: 30×42 cm
Edition: Limited edition 1-100 pcs. Signed and authenticity stamped
Material: Printed on hand picked structured paper
Delivery: A couple of days. Will be delivered in a hard paper role.
Price: 390 sek incl. VAT and shipping.
“Once in awhile you fall in love. So fall out of love. It’s something you must cherish. After a long summer of fun, and fall arrives what more perfect time than find moments to fall in love again!?”
On the 5 of october we and the members of Svensk Form (Swedish Design Society)
took off for Stockholm. Mission; Check out architecture, art and design … and whatever comes in our way!
At 8.30 sharp we began our journey. Since we like fika here in Sweden we just had to take a coffee break, somewhere.
Where better then mysterious Antroposoferna. Their architure is quite fascinating and well worth a visit. But their philosophia, I don’t know. Read about it and them here.
Back on the road again, in a better mood we headed for the capitol.
Second stop; Sven-Harrys Museum of Art
The building is interesting mix between simple design which reminds of “million project” flats. But the facade it self is quite impressive. Golden/copperlike. Which gives it a exclusive feel. When you’re inside it’s a very open airy feel. Just like a modern museum should be. Grand windows and a view over the park, Vasaparken (?). But the most unexpected is the roof. When you think you’re about to enter it, you end upp in a long glass hall way. Which on one side has a glass wall (and ceiling) and on the other side a timber cabbin! It’s like entering a passage between the old world entering the new. When you look both ways. You see artworks, with the sky as a backdrop. Nicely placed. When you’re outside there is gravel and treepromenads and rusty art. A beautiful combo of earthlike colors. Quite relaxing. When you look at the facade you see it’s perforated with tiny holes. Which I learned is inspired by a urinal! Don’t know if I wanted to hear that info, since everything is kind of yellowish up there …
anyhow a interesting architural artwork signed Wingårdh Arkitekter. Oh, the had some art too! A bit charming exhibition about Björn Berg who drew the Emil illustrations for Astrid Lindgren. I admit, I wasn’t very interested in the exhibitions. I just wanted to look at the interior and exteriors. A charming museum that’s what it is.
Then lunch break at Grappa. My first glance hits the logo and the typeface. They had used a font called Copperplate. Not good. So I set my mind to that the place is quite simple. Gladly I was wrong. I ordered a risotto with sirloin. It’s was great and the recomended wine to it as well. Perfect artbreak! You need to stimulate all your sences on a trip like this!
Third stop; Bonniers Museum of Art
My expectations are quite big for this place. And the building itself looks really impressive, with interesting soft angles and modern clean architecture. The insides were okay. Bit disipointed that it was only on one floor. But most important were the art exhibitions. One was too dated and a couple of others too way out there. Nothing in my taste. The most impressive was the restaurant, where I found som Offecct and Komplot designs.
Our forth and last stop went to Röhnisch Sport Wear
It was a good way to finish our hard exterior and complex art day. We got to visit their new creative studio in beautiful and modern Hammarbysjöstad. Which it self is worth a architectural visit. I’ll save that report. The studio was very clean from colors. It was all pretty much in white. I’m pretty sure it’s because they want their sports wear to pop out, especially for showings. And it work very well as a clean sheet of paper when you start working on a new collection. *speaking from experience* I like that I saw a mix of design furniture like Swedese and HAY, mixed with mainstream armchairs from Ikea. Worked perfectly in that old almost factory like building.
But the highligt of the Röhnisch visit was we got a sneak peeks of upcoming collections. But most interesting were, for most of us were the creative process. I especially enjoyd the modern take on the golf wear and the happy colorsettings. And really dig their new logo. Very daring cuting it so tight. Love it. Feels new. Anyhow, we ended up this almost perfect day with another fika, yep you know Swedes we need our coffee and cinnamon rolls!
Filled up with rolls and coffee we, twenty something culture nerds, headed on home to Norrköping and Linköping area.
Thank you everyone who tagged along. Hope we see you on our next inspiring Culture trip. Got any ideas – feel free to mail us.
Self claimed SFÖ reporter/photographer
Swedish Design Society East/Svensk Form Öst
Oh, by the way. Almost forgot; It was really nice meeting all of you who came along. I had a good time with you. See you next time or hopefully before that. Take care. Be Aware!
My contribution’s to this years P-Art @ Nkpgs Guggenheim (Kulturnatten)
Quite a few of you have asked to see my pieces I exhibited on P-Art.
Here they are! Five artworks on the theme of “death and hope”.
Hope you like them. Do comment. Love to here your thoughts.
Welcome to P-Art @ Norrköpings Guggenheim!
Parking house, Pop art, pop-up bar, puls … P-Art’s all of that and some! It’s mainly about the creative expressions of today!
Feel the urban puls with us for a night, during Culture Night/Kulturnatten Norrköping, in the city’s own urban Guggenheim. Can it be anymore perfect!
Check out the event om Facebook; And click YES – See you there!
A R T I S T S : *frequent updates*
– ANDERS ENGMAN, Norrköping (myway-anders.se)
– STREETEXPRESSIONS, Linköping (streetexpressions.se)
– EVA CEDERWALL, Norrköping (www.evacederwall.dinstudio.se)
– PETER MÄKELÄ, Norrköping (www.petermakela.com/art)
… and some more to come!
H A P P E N I N G S :
- Art exhibition in the “roundabout”
- DJ Ashkan HZ and DJ Pär Carlsson in the house (pops ’til you drop)
- Beer & wine bar
- Special apperance by Nkpgs Roller Derby – Sluts United
- Grafitti artists are going at it live
- And most important of all; YOU!
… and some creative surprises.
››› LADDA NER UTSTÄLLARPROGRAMMET HÄR (pdf)
#PArtNkpg #CultureNight #Kulturnatten #art #popart #streetart #modernart #music #rollerderby #beer #wine #fun #urban
SVERIGES RADIO HÄLSAR PÅ
NOTICE IN NOLLELVA
EAST FM INTERVIEW
– About sweatpants and P-Art!
[2013-09-03] – ONLY IN SWEDISH
(Från 5:40 – Pratar vi om P-Art)
Special thanks to Lundbergs and Apcoa for making this happen!
Got a fun e-mail the other day. It stated I’ve won Festival Picture of the Year at their NT Bråvalla Festival photo challenge.
HERE’S THE WINNER …
Read about it; www.nt.se/nyheter/?articleid=8664307
I’m a iPhoto nerd. I take pictures all the time, which you can see if you check out my instagram and picture blog.
I can’t help myself. I just love telling stories with pictures. Sometimes my photos are just a diary post, sometimes the act as inspiration but they always say something. At least to me.
Now, I’m a iPad richer, I’ve seen people take pictures with ‘em. I don’t know if I’m conviced yet, It just looks stupied and it’s kind of hard to take spontaneous snap shots with it. Which I think my photo strength is.
Wish you a beautiful pictured summer!
Yesterday I was on my 3rd course at Bukowskis. This time we looked at Vintage & Jewelry. Which was very exciting and very upcoming.
What better day then today on Women’s Day to show off some beautiful female classics. There were even some mens wear, which is growing. But who cares. Today we celebrate women!
Here’s some snap shots from our course and showing, enjoy!
Today is a important reminder for all men, that we need to work on our equality in the world.
Thank you ladies for Everything you bring to the world. Without you we men would be nothing!
This day is a homage to You.
#YoungCollectors #vintage #course #Bukowskis #womensday #homage
During my week at Stockholm Design Week I got contacted by Alex Ion, from Decoist Magazine who wanted to do an interview about Swedish design, my curatorship as Sweden and my design philosophy.
We hung out pretty much all night exchanging interesting thoughts over drinks and finished off the night with a visit to a producer cocktail party. A good night.
Now afterwards I guess you could say the interview’s more about, like a wise follower summed up so well, “Creativity, design & the meaning of life as seen through the eyes of Peter Mäkelä”
Thank you Alex and Decoist for the nice piece and taking the time to tag along with me, and getting a taste of that Swedish vibe. I’m flattered.
Want to see some pictures from Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture Fair? > Look here!
All right this years Stockholm Design Week and Furniture Fair has come to an end. So has my Curatorship for Sweden.
It’s been a fun and interesting experiment being the design voice of Sweden for a week. My thumbs are soar from all the twittering. I counted roughly to a 1000 something tweets!!! *must be some kind of record!?* Thank you everyone who has put up with my design nerding through out the week.
Stockholm Furniture Fair is interesting to visit. As always I have alot of meetings and between those I try to check out what’s going on at the fair and do some trendscouting. In short I could say. It seems like there are more news this year then last year. Maybe the market is finally changing. Something else I noticed was that alot of designs were focus around meetings. Specially in forms of cubical solutions. In quite futuristic designs. Cubistic design seems hot. I also saw alot of wood, recycled thinking, new exciting materials, eco thinking is growing. Colors I saw a lot of was yellow, orange, grey tones, copper and earth tones. The nordic design is still clean and sober, probably always will. I’m glad their is more playfull color setting that contrast the design aesthetics. In Greenhouse there is always more experimenting going on. Unfortunately I didn’t have that much time to check it out. But I saw some wild and very unswedish designs there. Maybe the future designers of Sweden are more open minded to think outside the box. Which I almost could sum up this years furniture fair as; A colorful strict box for creative meetings.
As always I take pictures like crazy, here are some of my snapshots of designs and different happenings from the design week. Hope they inspire.
– You’re welcome to comment. Always interesting hearing your thougts!
Stockholm Furniture Fair
Follow me > www.twitter.com/sweden
My name is Peter Mäkelä. I’m a very unswedish yet very swedish swede. My blood is 100% finnish, but I’m born in Stockholm. I grew up with my finish mother and an italian stepfather. I was brought up in the hotel and restaurant business. So I’ve lived all around Sweden and some in Spain and USA. I guess you could say my upbringing was quite… diverse.
I’m a passionate designer. I specialize in graphic, product, furniture and interior design. I also enjoy creating art, when time lets me. Read more about me and my week on @sweden: www.curatorsofsweden.com
Some of my hashtags for the week:
#plog (picture blog)
Just got a phone call from the TV station …
I didn’t get the hosting gig on the national interior design tv-show. Even though they thought my test filmings were VERY good. They decided they needed a woman.
Well, well. TV’s never been my ambition, but it sure would have been a fun challenge! And I wouldn’t mind developing the interior design scene and take it to a more masculine level …
I guess I should be flattered, since they casted/called me and thought I had the appearence and potential to represent a younger and a more aware audience. Too bad I’m not a woman, or at least have long hair.
Maybe some other network’s looking for a cool guy with no hair.
Not every day I get to design something for the metal genre!
But when Fall of Mankind asked me it was kind of hard to say no, especially when they told me about their idea; They weren’t looking for the classical cliché type of profiling with skulls, blood and death. Their take on the metal image was Survival! And that’s a highly current subject, in my mind.
We need step up the game when it comes to taking care of our world or it will be the fall of mankind. A very modern take on the genre. And cool!
So let’s rock this world, to the better!
I’M GONNA BE A BLACK RABBIT!
That’s my new year resolution.
– Keep a curious mind and develope.
KEEP MY EYES OPEN
– Be open to new things and interesting opportunities.
LOOK FOR THOSE MOMENTS THAT MAKES MY NECK HAIR STAND UP
– Find that extra in life. Enjoy life.
– Take e step back once in awhile and enjoy what I have.
– Personally and creatively.
DON’T GIVE A RATS ASS. BUT CARE
– Do my thing. Well. For my self and others.
LISTEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY
– Get input from right people.
DO IT MORE
– We all have those things we should do more of. Find it. Do it.
– Follow the heart. Use my heart, in whatever I do.
– Believe in myself and others.
What are your resolutions?
Do you have any professionally? Privately?
My silver smithing class is over for this year. And I’ve made quite different designs – Mostly to try different styles, ideas and skill. It came along pretty nice. I now know for sure I will be designing more jewelry in the future!
Can’t wait to get started again, next year. Got some ideas that needs to be realized!
And they made great christmas presents!
Puzzle ring for brother
Birds nest ring for mother
Princess/Queen ring for my wife
And code/name tag for my son
And retro pattern ring for my self
Every one’s happy. Mostly me.
Merry Christmas. *God jul*
This year is coming to an end. It’s been a year of many ups and downs. Both personally and globaly.
Personally, quite challenging economically and family wise. It’s not easy to be a creator and not a business man. *I know it’s been quite a roller coaster for the whole design business*. But I wouldn’t chose any other. This is what I’m meant to do. To create. I’m so lucky to have a wife that understands, supports and respects my calling. *looking forward to the day I can pay it back as generously*
I feel hopeful.
Globaly. What’s going on the world!? Same same I guess. People are messed up. The weather’s all coco. Everythings politics and business. The once who has money wants more. The once who don’t – don’t get a chance to get any. You know the stories.
I feel hopeless.
One of the best things in the beginning of december is the radio/tv-show Musikhjälpen. It brings out the best in people. Brings people together. Makes people open their closed up minds and hearts. A wake up call we need more of! Next year I will do my best to contribute!
There’s hope in humanity.
Personally, the year ended with some interesting and unexpected challenges that inspired me. Which also made me feel appreciated. And I landed some new clients and have some products in the making with exciting brands.
There’s hope in me. Read more…
I didn’t get to keep my artwork. I’m glad. I’ve been busting my a** off to finish it. I started working on it a couple of months ago. Then a bunch work, and life, came in the way and I got fed up with it. Which sucked since I really dig it! But sometimes you get to the point you just get sick and tired of your own … stuff. That you need a break from it.
SO, the other day it came back! The inspiration. I worked day and night to finish it up before christmas. Yesterday I finally got to deliver it! *well, my wife did. She was in the area. Tnx Luv* I got to present it shortly through Facetime. To my relief he loved it! What I heard afterward, he took off straight away to the photographer Kristofer Lönnå and took the picture above. And what I can tell they look like two happy mischievous buddies. Kind of remind of each other too. Hmm. Funny.
Anyhow. Now I’m happy that it’s delivered and the client wasn’t fed up, with me.
And they lived happily ever after.
››› Curious about my thoughts behind the ‘Fed Up’ piece? Read about them here.
Funny story …
I posted the piece on Twitter, and straight away Rolling Stones favourited it!
No, comments from the rockers though, but I guess they liked the tongue! :P
Photo: Kristofer Lönnå
Just got an mail that I’ve been excepted to a weeks course at Bukowskis! FUN.
It’s going to be really exciting getting to know more about modern/contemporary art, vintage, jewelry, photography and of course design!
I’m a man that enjoys the good things in life. A great dinner, a aged rum, an imported cigar … So I don’t mind packaging some of those tasty moments. Here’s a new and interesting product, a Islay Whisky Snus™. I can’t say that I’m in to snus, but I get the picture – and I can imagine that a whisky connoisseur could enjoy this once in awhile … Like in the great outdoors fishing, in the skisloap sunbathing or by the open fire with a good book. I get the picture.
Hope you’ll enjoy my design along with it.
Today I got invited to talk about the life as a designer on the P4 show “Tapet i taket”, with Cia Sivertsdotter and Marie Brauner. We had a nice chat about the “glamourous” life of a designer, some of my designs and collections and where I find my inspiration …
Listen to the show › right here, right now!
(in Swedish, of course;)
Me and my wife been dreaming of a house for a looong time. And now finally it is becoming a reality. We thought we would buy a house. But no. WE’RE BUILDING! And that’s amazing. We never thought …
Anyhow, we will be documenting our journey from start. We want our house to have a complete story. So are you in to architecture, interior design, design you should follow our blog; WWW.THEBLACKBOX.SE
– Welcome inside the box!
In this months issue Family Living you can catch a glance of my piece of furniture Love Connection.
Thank you Charlotte Frey Svidén and Family Living.
#LoveConnection #GreenFurnitureSweden #eko
I never thought my old Tintin hairdo would be trendy again. But TODAY it is!
Picture and animation from back in the days when I used to have hair.
Like the wise Katerina Janouch mentioned;
“Waiting for the big clean out of August Stringdberg, from all of Swedens libraries due to sexism!”
Who else can we toss/clean out!?
#wtf #kulturhuset #tintingate #omg #lol
I just remembered I bought som Tintin-stuff this summer to my son! *better get rid of the evidence asap … People might think I’m a racist!*
I’m glad for all the positive reactions about my latest wallpaper Tiger Lily has caused. I hope we (me together with Your Wallpaper) can contribute or atleast inspire to action.
Check it out. Might be something you like to style your autumn home with.
YES, now you can find my wallpaper design Tiger Lily at Your Wallpaper!
Fun as … yeah, you know!
It’s a great team with many talanted designers, can’t wait for my next pattern to come out …
My thoughts about Tiger Lily;
“This wallpaper is a homage to the tigers, one of our most exotic and beautiful animals, in the world that are getting extinct. We need to help them so they can flourish again!”
Our ambition is to contribute with money to save the extinct tigers, for every sqm wallpaper sold.
Be a angel and do something, right away ››› wwf.se
Close but no cigar! It seems like I ended up on third place with my interior design idea. Congrats to Jukka Juhola! Guess my dream of a finnish/back to my roots co-op will have to wait …
Just got the exciting news that my wild-life-out-of-this-earth-field idea/vision has made it to the TOP THREE, in the ‘Klaus K ”Living Room” – Change the face of the hotel scene in Helsinki-competition’, at the world renowned design hotel Klaus K!
The winner will be announced tomorrow. WISH ME LUCK!
Here’s one of my latest artworks. What do you think? Recognize the feeling?
For me it started with that I was sick and tired of all the superficiality, without content. All the people that needs to be somebody no matter what! Like the media wannabes, docu celebs, blog kids and all the bull shit that is all about attention.
I try to speak about being aware from the inside out. Especially when I’m in a business that is all about looks. My mission is to fill that “exterior” with a content. Heart. Thought. Depth. Care …
Now, did the Burberry pattern in the background get to take the fall and take a stand for our status fixation. The fed-eral agent with the styled hairdo acts as a reminder that we should be on our guard not to fall in the wrong patterns. To be aware! The Rolling Stones tongue got to be the final touch of the fed up expression. Which was kind of needed, I thought.
That’s some of my thoughts. Do you agree? Or see/feel something else?
‘FED UP!’ 2012
Size: ~80×80 cm
Technique: Acryllic painting on canvas, stretcher frame.
Delivery: SOLD – (with a Certificate of Authenticity)
Some other fed up people …
“I also get fed up with the fact that casting agents and directors have this impression of me as being frail and petite. I find it very patronizing. I’m quite beefy and strong. I was a gymnast in school and I have lots of muscles.”
Helena Bonham Carter
“I think that all good, right thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that all good, right thinking people in this country are fed up with being told that all good, right thinking people in this country are fed up with being sick and tired. I’m certainly not, and I’m sick and tired of being told that I am.”
Monty Python Read more…
I’ve finally put together a decent webshop. Curious …
Check it out at;
Hope you like what you see. Enjoy!
Any Q’s let me know.
Thank you Tictail for making it happen! :P
Today I got interviewed. By a football academy manager! Yeah, talk about a cross over meeting. A very interesting one. We had great and very fascinating chats about the liknesses and differences in our businesses.
It was a lunch and a afternoon of great fun. I think we inspired each other a great deal. Looking forward to your report … *more to come*
#creativity #football #design
Some time ago I participated in a research for a Bachelor Thesis, I’ve finally got around to reading it.
A very interesting paper, I must say.
Are you interested in the mysterious world of creativity, download a pdf-version of the whole paper here;
Guess who I am in it!?
#spirituality #creativity #aesthetics #mystical #development
Now you can find some of my designs at the exciting Fazenda Do Brasil!
I love their crazy mix of eco friendly design!
#FazendaDoBrasil #GreenFurnitureSweden #CropCarpet
After I designed the album for Susanne Fellbrink, a lot of people thought, just like I did, that it would make a great artwork! So here’s one finnished and delivered piece. It turned out just as good as a I wanted.
#artwork #SusanneFellbrink #VilkenKänsla
Here we are; The happy winners from last year!
With me and the mrs in the middle …
This week you can read about me and my family in the national weekly magazine Allas, and how it is to live with hemophilia, in the family.
By the way. Getting a nosebleed is NOT that dramatic as the headline says, okey! ;)
Every month in LAJV Magazine you can see my designspotter-column.
I spot out something Trendy, Something Out of the Ordinary and present a Classic. And rate them!
Do you agree? Share your thoughts …
This artwork is a special request by a client. His vision was to tell the story of how the temple knights travelled the world and faught for their religous beliefs.
Sometimes a very brutal quest. And hurtfull (as the blood tear indicates).
The reverse cross shows how the cross is the stronger weapon than the sword. And the divine light from behind how god is backing up the knights actions.
This is my intrepretation of my clients idea.
Artist: Peter Mäkelä, 2012
Size: 80×120 cm
Technique: Acryllic, aquarelle and varnish on canvas
Special order by Morgan Srömqvist
Tommy Fondelius › Outstanding Performance
Robert Bergström › Lens Hog of the Year
Andreas Killander › Male Act of the Year
Mikael Bergstöm › Producer of the Year
Jonne Eckenberger › Best Photo and Editing
Tired and inspired!
Talk about a couple of intense days. Not until today I’ve been able to summerize all my pictures and thoughts from this great trip.
The only thing I pretty much missed on this trip was time. But since it’s a cruise back and forth, what can you do. It was still an amazing trip with a lot of new and interesting input and fun people. *Can’t wait to get back work again, with all the new inspiration*
Personally this trip was important to me. Since I’m 100% finnish, but braught up in Sweden. It felt important to honor my roots. Looking forward to go back soon again. And hopefully in the future I get to work with some finnish producers …
Anyhow, check out my pictures from the design cruise, below.
A reminder for you who were there and maybe something inspiring for you who weren’t …
Peace, love and great design to you all! Sea you.
Yesterday I got the happy news that my furniture Love Connection for Green Furniture Sweden will appear on the TV-show Sofias Änglar. Cool! Fun!
Especially though the shows about helping people/doing good. That’s just the way we like working!
When it will air. Don’t know yet. But I’ll keep you posted!
Download free high resolution poster! Print it at home and feel the power.
May4thBeWithU-by-PM-HighRes-Poster (right click and save as …)
Hope you like it. Enjoy!
Feel like ordering a signed original print, check out the Designshop.
Info about the illustration/design
The illustration is made with the typeface Futura. My favorite font and a timeless classic!
If you look closely at the illustration you can see the hidden message of “MAY 4″
… and the Y represent a tie. Darth Vader’s dressed up for the occasion. ;)
#May4th #InternationalStarWarsDay #nerdalert
Välkommen till Pecha Kucha Night 15 den 8 maj
Plats: Restaurang La Uva, Norrköping
OBS: Förminglet börjar kl. 17. Första talaren kör igång kl. 19.
Bakom mikrofonen denna afton är;
Louise Uggla, VD Kvantvardag > Om landet Tajikistan i centralasien
Johanna Rebillo, Marknadsansvarig LinköpingsBO2016 > Vilken roll dialogen med medborgare spelar i det projektet
Emil Åkerö > Konst som kommunikation och hur man kan använda konst för att stärka sitt varumärke
Kajsa Abrahamsson > Melodifestivalen
Peter Mäkelä, Passionerad designer > Design med storytelling – Att forma ett mervärde
Jonas Ridderström, VD/Verksamhetskonsult Tango Consulting > Det goda värdskapet – It takes two to tango
Pernilla Olausson, Teknologie doktor > Vem är bror?
Kom i tid och mingla och byt visitkort.
On wednesday the 30th I was elected to be a new board member in Svensk Form Öst. Which is really fun and flattering. Now I can’t wait to get started and do my best to make a change in the region. I will do my best to raise awarness when it comes to design.
Svensk Form (the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) is a not-for-profit membership association mandated by the Swedish government to promote Swedish design at home and abroad.
Svensk Form’s goal is to demonstrate the benefits of good design to social development, to stimulate the development of design in Sweden, to increase respect for the value of design work and to expand and deepen attitudes towards issues of form and design.
Want to know more, visit www.svenskform.se.
If you are interested in design you should support and become a member. As a member you’ll get the inspiring FORM Magazine for free. And of course join us in different design and cultural events. One of my favourite happenings are Pecha Kucha, a very rapid and fun way of presenting … whatever actually. It’s up to the speaker!
We’re always looking for speakers. All kinds of speakers. Are you interested send me a mail, and just tell me what you do or what you’d like to talk about!
I recently started a picture blog. Mainly because I take pictures of everything all the time and I needed to do something fun with all my 9000 pictures (and counting)!
And I’m more of a picture person then a writer, to boost up my updating frequence a couple of notches I will start speaking and inspring through my pictures!
Hope you like it. Noticed that my website/blog is the of the most visited professional site! Fun.
Welcome to follow my picture blog at;
#inspiration #designlife vs #familylife #snapshots #storytelling #mylife #design #whateverstandsinmyway
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Wish to use some of the pictures? Please send a request to; request(at)paizano.se
Here’s the cd-cover I’ve been working on quite hard the past week. I got pretty much free hands on what to do. When I listened to Susanne Fellbrinks album Vilken Känsla (What a feeling) I feelt it was a very personal – So my expression had to go the same way and become more arty. Here below are the artworks for the album. What do you say …
Here’s the album design;
Are you feelin’ it?
Finallly I get to present my piece of furniture to the world; the ‘Love Connection’!
Yesterday it was official at Stockholm Furniture Fair.
Here’s the producer Green Furniture Sweden’s words;
“It started with a Love Seat idea – connected armchairs facing each other.
And while connecting, why not connect many (a lot of Love!). And if making
the armchairs from several smaller ‘pieces of pie’, different sizes armchairs
can be made and connecting them can make a winding creation of Love.
Adding straight pieces shapes a sofa and the Love is complete!
Upholstered on a wooden frame with horse hair/natural rubber topped with
wool felt and eco labelled fabrics.”
George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom
I stumbled upon this cool picture the other day. I guess you could call this crowd of esteemed colleagues “The Mad Men of Modern Design”. I wouldn’t mind belonging to that rat pack, one day. Sometime I wish I grew up in the 60s instead …
At the moment I’m designing a tourist map. To make the sights extra interesting I decided to draw the buildings in a bird’s-eye-view. I must say I’m pretty happy with these hand drawn 3D-buildings.
I were inspired by the beautiful buildings in Rome … How the final result will turn out I will share as soon as the map is finished.
Here’s a sneak peak … where we are test sitting. So can you, live! Come by and say hi!
More updates shortly …
The other day I was interviewed by the design blog Formrepubliken. Which is by the way one of Swedens most inspiriational blogs when it comes to design. And I must add – a favorite of mine. So it made my day when I got contacted by Peter Aderstedt, the man behind the site.
Visit the link above to read it. Google Translate it if you’re not Swedish speaking. Enjoy. Hope I get to see you at Stockholm Furniture Fair!
YES my new business cards JUST arrived!
I like ‘em alot. What do you say?
Perfect timing for Stockholm Design Week/Stockholm Furniture Fair.
Size: 80×50 mm – to fit my belt card holder. For a quick delivery. ;)
Paper: Plike, black, 300 gr
Colors: 2 color screen print; White and Magenta
Extra: Relief logo
A couple of my designs had a nice appearence in the magazine Härligt Hemma. The showed one of the new color settings on trays and classic black and white Pride Romance wallpaper. Fun. Nice mix of stuff!
THE END. It’s been a tough year on the personal level – to be honest I’m kind of looking forward to it ending. And even more looking forward to the new year. A new beginning. A year of happiness and realization!
THE BEGINNING. Let’s make 2012 the best year ever!
Thanks for all love and support during 2011.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
:Peter with love
01. MAKE LISTS
02. CARRY A NOTEBOOK EVERYWHERE
03. TRY FREE WRITING
04. GET AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER
05. QUIT BEATING YOURSELF UP
06. TAKE BREAKS
07. SING IN THE SHOWER
08. DRINK COFFEE
09. LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC
10. BE OPEN
11. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE
12. GET FEEDBACK
14. DON’T GIVE UP
15. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
16. ALLOW YOURSELF TO MAKE MISTAKES
17. GO SOMEWHERE NEW
18. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
19. GET LOTS OF THE REST
20. TAKE RISKS
21. BREAK THE RULES
22. DON’T FORCE IT
23. READ A PAGE OF THE DICTIONARY
24. CREATE A FRAMEWORK
25. STOP TRYING TO BE SOMEONE ELSE’S PERFECT
26. GOT AN IDEA ? WRITE IT DOWN
27. CLEAN YOUR WORKSPACE
28. HAVE FUN
29. FINISH SOMETHING
Finally, I got them in my hand! I’m talking about the new game chips I’ve designed for Casino Cosmopol. Feel great in the hand. Looks good too. *happy designer*
Last night when I had some time for my self I past this bar, that had this “classic” beer. If you’ve seen The Simpsons a couple of times you know what I’m talking about. So, I just had to go in and get one!
The taste? Well, one’s enough. Premium beer my … But, I dig the idea though! And totally overpriced.
By the way …
… this is me Simpsonized!
Got surprised the other day by my wife. A pre-x-mas gift I guess. She loves me yeah, yeah … But I can tell you this; I will not wear it all at the same time! I don’t want to look like Karim Rashid … no offense K. :P
#versace #H&M #jacket #pants #shoes
At the moment I’m pretty much in to creating photographic artworks. Here’s one of my latest one’s, ‘Look Back’.
Want to be a part of this artwork?
Set your own message (word) and choose a favorite color. We’ll both sign it.
Here below you can see some examples of intergrated artworks.
You can order through the Designshop.
You have to check out my brilliant friend ‘Bald with Balls’ aka David Erikssons latest clip; ‘Red Shoes’ … he’s working on a new act. Can’t wait to see it live.
Wonder if it’s the one I inspired him with a fitting name …? Time will tell.
#inspiration #brilliant #arty #ReneAudryMusic
The artwork is inspired by the classic picture of the three monkeys who’s cover the ears, mouth and eyes. (hear nothing, see nothing, say nothing). This humouristic interpretation is more familial. As a parent, partner or child you sometimes stop listening, pretending not to see or just feel plain and simply stupied! These rolls vary of course. Family life are quite similar to caged up monkeys. Wonderful or just crazy.
This is my interpretation. What’s yours?
Artist: Peter Mäkelä, 2011
Format: 160×80 cm
Technique: Acrylic, varnish and spray can on canvas.
[HomeLess*=A creative work away experiment]
For a couple of weeks time I will move my creative workspace elsewhere and get away from my studio at home! I will post daily updates …
HomeLess stands for working less at home and getting away more. Putting myself out there – getting the feel of being homeless in a work kind of way. Pushing myself to make it work, where ever I am! A humouristic touch is that the word “Less” means being sick and tired of something, in my case working at home in my studio.
My main goals for this experiment are; Get inspired, get more focused, be more social, networking and finding energy needed for that particular day. Some places are meant to be energy boosters and creative areas others quiet and calm for ex. planning, and so on. Every place will contribute something. Whatever it is, we’ll see. It’s an interesting experiment however …
… I hope people will find this as inspiring as I do.
PLACE; S:t Anna archipelago, Swedish east coast
WORKDAY; Creating a pattern collection out of the ordinary!
MUSIC; Classical in the morning … Rock during the day and House at night
SUMMARY; A totally well needed and pretty well spent days. Got a lot done on the collection. The best times were those not in front of the computer, like my daily ocean walks and glass of red in front of the fire place. A truly calm and nice place. I will spend many quality hours here in the future!
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PLACE; The Lamp Hotel and Ardor restaurant
WORKDAY; Pressrelease, art info, applications … hopefully something creative work as well!
MUSIC; Buddha Chill Session – The Bar Lounde Edition
SUMMARY; Had a great and inspiring day here! Got alot of boring work done and even had time for some creative work. Solved a puzzle I’ve been working on mentaly for quite some time! A goood day, I’ll say. Btw, one of my favourite places so far.
www.thelamphotel.se | www.ardor.se
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PLACE; Clarion Hotel Stockholm
WORKDAY; Meetings, inspiration and sketching.
MUSIC; Classical – Albinoni and Yo-Yo Ma – Cello music.
SUMMARY; A very modern and cool atmosphere. I really enjoyed the different places you could sit and work at. The livingroom was a favourite! And a great view at the back …
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PLACE; Kulturhuset, Stockholm
WORKDAY; Meetings, marketing and planning.
MUSIC; The sound of people chit chatting and enjoying wine and dine.
SUMMARY; A place with a nice view over the city and the famous square Sergels torg. A great place to have short meetings – it’s in the middle of everything in Stockholm. Not so great to work and be creative in.
Found this online the other day. A fruit bowl I designed a couple of years ago for a company that wanted a different kind of give away. Which is inspired by their business. They work with measuring landscapes for constructions … so in short it’s a topographic map formed as a fruit bowl!
#product #design #giveaway
Last night I held a Pecha Kucha speech in Norrköping. At restaurant La Uva to be exact.
I shared ‘My secret recipe on how I became a passionate designer’
Here below you can see my 20×20 slides;
Next Pecha Kucha Night is on the 5th of december. Be there!
Now, I’ve finally listened to my interview for ‘Sisu på Svenska’. Fun doing something my relatives can understand! And about time, I guess.
Listen to the SR-interview
FYI: It starts 34:50 in to the program
The program is in Swedish and Finnish, sorry everyone else. Hopefully next time a English show wants to do something. :P
Here’s a taste of how nice my wallpaper ‘Coathangers’ can look in a hallway. I think it’s really cool that he dared to go with the negative design (light color on dark background).
Love the black and white look – amazing job Marcus! Thanks for the picture. Only one thing missing now … some colorfull shoes in the rack!
You can order ‘Coathangers’ through the Designshop.
If you have any requests about your own color settings – we can probably fix that, I know the designer pretty well. :P