Thursday, 6 December 2018

#CHRISTMASHUTS #LONDON

Christmas this year could easily be spent in a hut. Weather you want to shop, eat or drink, it should be in a hut. Along Southbank this Christmas you will find all sorts of huts. This one I found at the Cantina del Ponte, one of Conrans Restaurants along the river by Shad Thames. Huts has been a cosy winter thing in the Scandinavian Countries for decades and my childhood memory takes me back to the wonderful outdoor museum/zoo/park Skansen in Stockholm where the Christmas market (and all year really) is all set in huts! The same goes for the Christmas market in Stockholms Old Town on Stortorget. Unfortunately the Danes has taken this "huggy" and "snog" trend to other heights with their "hygge". A way of living and decorating during the dark and long winter which is more accurate in Sweden and Norway than in Denmark.

Private dining in style at Pont de la Tour this Christmas, next door to the Cantina del Ponte and another Conran restaurant.

This was last years Conran Christmas and these huts are now to be found at their office in Shad Thames. More from London and Christmas soon. Photo by Ann-Katrin Berggren/AKB Design.

Friday, 30 November 2018

#LONDONROCKSTHISCHRISTMAS

London rocks this Christmas. From Elton Johns platforms boots and piano at John Lewis to Father Christmas Rock stars at Selfridges. The Christmas TV-ad this year by John Lewis features Elton John and his journey through having got a piano for Christmas when he was 5! Perhaps it is a reaction to the depressing times the world is going through at the moment. Let´s rock the blues away!

Country and Western rocker at Selfridges.

Lady rocker at Selfridges.

Rocking parcels at Dr Martens on Oxford Street.

Super rocking Father Christmas at Selfridges.

Glittering punk, a gay Father Christmas?

ZZ-top inspired Father X-mas, Selfridges. All photos by AKB Design/Ann-Katrin Berggren. More to come soon...

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

#INFLUENCER WHO IS THAT? AND MINITRENDREPORT FROM #CHELSEAHARBOURDESIGNCENTRE

Am I an influencer? What is an influencer? Who is an influencer. Bloggers, instagrammers, twitters, and now Influencer. Who makes these words up? Most of those that call themselves or are called Influencers by others today are influenced by who pays them to influence their readers and followers. And it seems to work...so sad. I am a journalist and was for a long time paid by a magazine company to report, write and style new trends etc about fashion, interiors and food. Whatever I was influenced by was filtered through my integrity as a journalist to try to be fair and true towards my readers. I guess I was more of an influencer than the so called influencers of today. I was not paid by anyone to have any specific view. Today my profession is slowly dying in favour of writers, bloggers, instagrammers etc without integrity. So sad. Fortunately some of us are still around trying to share our thoughts freely about what we see and hear. At the moment I am sitting on a train into London to visit Chelsea Harbour Design Centre preview of SS19 and the new exhibition in cooperation with Ikea Musuem at the Design Museum. I will return about this soon. With some thougts and view of my own, without being influenced...




Friday, 5 October 2018

#BLACK @ #DESIGNJUNCTION #LONDONDESIGNFESTIVAL

I am moving house and when I am settled in in our new pad at Abergavenny I will finally start working on my online-magazine that has been in the back of my head for years. Meanwhile I will give you another glimpse from London Design Festival and today some black stuff that was shown at Designjunction. This year they decided to set up their mobile fair near Oxo Tower on the South Bank of London. Above, the French company Petite Friture are always on the hunt for chic design of today. Above, the ceramic is by Swedish couple Färg& Blanche.

More from Petite Friture, birds by Andras Rigler.

Coffee brewing like in Sweden by Japanese company Kinto was served in the press room. Elegant way of everyday coffee making. There will be more from me, both interiors and fashion. Do not despair, I will be more frequent once I moved. November here we come...

Thursday, 27 September 2018

#LONDONDESIGNFESTIVAL FROM #THECOALOFFICE TO #KINGSCROSS

One of my highlights at this years London Design Festival was the guided tour around the new Kings Cross Area. From Central St Martins, Tom Dixon's new "hub" at the Coal Office to the gasholders area and the new shopping centre to be. Amazing architecture that is well worth a visit. Make it a visit of a half day at the least.

Not only is the way the apartment blocks are built within the gasholders but also the garden design that surrounds it. I am impressed!

At the moment the area is still a building site, but a very decorative on...

The coal office in its full glory this sunny day.

A new collaboration with the leather expert Bill Amberg, various artists (here Timourous Beasties) and Tom Dixon at the Coal Office. Cow skins/rugs in a new light.

Kirkby design in collaboration with Tom Dixon at the Coal Office. I will return with more from Kings Cross area soon...

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

#DESIGNERSGUILD #LONDONDESIGNFESTIVAL


Normally my London Design Festival starts with Designers Guild but this year it was all a bit upside down. The Victoria and Albert Museum decided to have their press preview on the 14 September and Tom Dixon at the same time on the Monday 17 September as DG so I had to switch things around. Anyway, the new collections at DG were more colourful and brave than ever. From bright stripes in velvet to flowery wallpapers and greens with a strong Deco-feel.

Deco patterns and a mix of greens in the newly refurbished flagship store on Kings Road.

Flamboyant colour mix and graphics on the wall!

Like in a tropical garden. Tapestry like wallpapers and a mix of patterns, from stripes to octagons in velvet. Very contemporary and elegant. More tomorrow from London Design Festival.



Monday, 17 September 2018

#THECOALOFFICE TO #DESIGNERSGUILD

On a glorious sunny day yesterday I was guided through the Coal Office (Tom Dixon etc) and the new area at Kings Cross. More to come next week about this new London Development.

Designers Guild never fails to perform. An eclectic mix of bright colours, art deco, stripes and flowers at their newly refurbished flagship shop on Kings Road in London. Do not miss it when you are in London next. More next week, a blog only about DG!