Journal

A chronicle of people, places, happenings, and creations we admire.

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018 Recap

Last week’s Stockholm Furniture and Lighting Fair at the Stockholmsmässan convention center was an incredible mix of new and old.  Scandinavian makers and manufacturers both large and small brought a wide range of products from up-to-the-second design as well as the ever sought after classics from the modernist to mid-century periods. Although there were exhibitors from some 60 countries, the 'Local' brands did their best to stand out on the cutting edge.

Carl Hansen & Sons 

The venerable furniture firm created a warm, intimate environment where their classic pieces such as the 'Y' (or Wishbone) Chair by Hans Wegner could shine.  Timeless details combined with new material and color way options keep these lines desirable and fresh.

Bruno Mathsson 

The 'Mia' (Mi407) steel and leather chair in vapor blue was the hit of the Bruno Mathsson stand with supple leather and chromed steel frame that carry this classic well into the 21st century.

The Royal System | Poul Cadovius

The Royal System® by Poul Cadovius represented by Danish firm dk3 is utterly timeless with brass struts that use no fasteners supporting oak or walnut shelves that seem to defy gravity.

Claesson Koivisto Rune for Offecct

Our friends over at Claesson Koivisto Rune have created a clever new chair called 'Jacket' for Offecct.  The seat-back emulates the shape of the human shoulder and complements any article of clothing one rests upon it.

 

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KoS Editor's Picks: House Wines & Beers

Here in Sweden, we are not so blessed as we were back in New York City, with the absence of independent liquor stores and government control of all things alcoholic.  Thankfully, Systembolaget, loosely translated as 'System-Company', is the only shop in Sweden that is allowed to carry products with more than 3.5% alcohol content.  It keeps up to the minute stocks of foreign and domestic beers, wines and a bit o'the brown stuff.  These are some of the brands we keep on hand at home.

Eskilstuna Ölkultur Dubbel IPA (8.7%) - Local craft beer here in Sörmland with a great notes of lemon, caramel, basil, thyme and pineapple in the form of a strong but fresh and hoppy IPA.  Look for more about Eskilstuna Ölkultur here in the future.  KoS Rating: 5/5

Daura Damm (5.4%) - Technically I found this beer back in Brooklyn (by accident) when I had mistaken it for Estrella Damm (Barcelona) Pure coincidence, it is produced by the same Barcelona brewery known worldwide, but with a Gluten-Free twist.  Fresh, clean and extremely drinkable.  KoS Rating: 4/5

Früh Koelsch (4.8%) - We're big fans of German Koelsch, so we were psyched to find an abundance Früh Koelsch at 'System'.  A mild but still very present beer that goes great with meat, fowl or fried dishes (like deep fried Brussels Sprouts, omg!) with a nice medium amber color and sharp, but frosty finish.  KoS Rating: 4/5

Roodeberg (14%) - Roodeberg is a tried and true brand from the Western Cape of South Africa.  It's varietal blend of Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz make for an incredible combination, with notes of black currants, coffee and licorice.  We actually prefer the box to the bottle; with the built-in aerating tap, a perfectly poured glass is guaranteed every time.  KoS Rating: 5/5

Cantina Zaccagnini Pecorino (13%) - Cantina Zaccagnini Pecorino is a white wine from the fabled Abruzzo region of eastern Italy; yes from the same region where Pecorino cheese is made.  As it happens, the ewes, (female goats or 'Pecora') that produce the milk for Pecorino, have been known to eat the fallen grapes of the namesake vineyards.  No wonder the cheese and the wine of the same name go so well together! Often served with fresh rosemary, this makes for a fantastic combination.  Notes of yellow plum, pear, Galiamelon, herbs and almonds. Drink it with fish, vegetables and grilled fare, but it's great year round.  KoS Rating: 5/5

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Jaguar Announce 3 "New" Continuation Models

Jaguar have announced the 'Continuation' of three Heritage models.  The D-Type, the XKSS (McQueen drove one) and the XK-E Lightweight will have their remaining numbers fulfilled after a factory fire put a stop to production 60 years ago.  The last D-Type, for example, left the assembly line way back in 1956.  Using an archive of original drawings, details and methods, all remaining cars will be hand-built to period-correct detail. 

Kev Riches, Jaguar Classic Engineering Manager, said: “Recreating the nine D-type-derived XKSSs was hugely satisfying, and an even bigger technical challenge than the six missing Lightweight E-types, but lessons learned from the XKSS project have given us a head start on the final 25 D-types. Each one will be absolutely correct, down to the very last detail, just as Jaguar’s Competitions Department intended.”

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: "The XKSS occupies a unique place in Jaguar's history and is a car coveted by collectors the world over for its exclusivity and unmistakable design. 

"Jaguar Classic's highly skilled team of engineers and technicians will draw on decades of knowledge to ensure each of the nine cars is completely authentic and crafted to the highest quality.” 

Not sure how this new release will affect the auction market, we can only assume the electrics will be updated spec, let's hope!

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2018 McLaren 570S Spider

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What was already determined by many in the automotive press as the best value of the McLaren road car range, has now been enhanced with a folding hardtop.  Introducing the 570S Spider. The new flying buttress fairings appear after the driver opens to top and is integrated neatly into an already very elegant profile and shape.

The now-famous dihedral doors remain, despite the reconfigured roof, providing clearance in closed quarters parking (which McLaren owners tend to avoid)  The 570ps (562bhp) twin-turbo V8 power plant is back delivering smooth power for those long distance jaunts.

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BONHAMS AUCTIONS LIVE: Brigitte Britzke Collection Part II

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Important 1700s Meissen porcelain services, plates, platters, boxes, decanters and other curiosities and objects.  Auction is ONLINE ONLY.  Now Live.

The Monocle Quality of Life Conference 2017 | Berlin

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Another year has passed and MONOCLE is once again rolling out their Quality of Life Conference, a rarified symposium to gather, share ideas, discuss cities and what's next in societies and urban centers around the world.  From branding, hospitality, retail, and entrepreneurship to development, sustainability, high-speed transport, and design, MQOLC gathers the best and brightest minds to share and inform attendees along with entertainment, good food, drink, and conversation.  The Monocle Quality of Life Conference runs from Thursday June 29 until Saturday July 1, 2017.

List of Speakers, Panelists and Special Guests:

HIGH-SPEED NATION

A quick-fire chronicle of Germany's past

James Hawes is the author of ‘The Shortest History of Germany’ and we’ve set him an even more challenging task – explaining the nation in 15 minutes. It’s a fast-paced primer on our host nation.

Speakers

JAMES HAWES

BRAND BERLIN

Is this Europe’s most important city?

The German capital has become home to numerous start-ups and people from around the globe. And despite its complex past, it is an outpost of liberalism, possibility, and ambition. How can other cities learn from its successes – and the challenges it’s faced? Panelists will include celebrated architect Daniel Libeskind, who created the Jewish Museum Berlin, outspoken typographer Erik Spiekermann and forthright mayor Franziska Giffey.

Speakers

DANIEL LIBESKIND

ERIK SPIEKERMANN

FRANZISKA GIFFEY

STAY WITH ME, EAT WITH ME

What hospitality should do next

The world of hospitality has been shaken up by our changing lives, tastes and expectations like never before – and then there's Airbnb snapping at the heels of hotels around the globe. But hoteliers and restaurateurs are fighting back and doing rather well, thank you. We meet three star players who know about making communities, delivering experiences and taking care of a new generation of diners and travellers.

Speakers

NICK JONES

DIETMAR MÜLLER-ELMAU

OLAF KROHNE

THE FUTURE OF RETAIL

From clicks to department stores, how to thrive

Be it online or on the high street, retail is changing fast. We convene the players, including mall developers and pop-up suppliers, who know what happens next – and how to keep your business vital. Speakers: Mohamed Haouache, CEO of Paris-based Storefront; Lyn Harris, founder of Perfumer H; and Sarah McNally, founder of McNally Jackson.

Speakers

MOHAMED HAOUACHE

LYN HARRIS

SARAH MCNALLY

SPEED DATING FOR ENTREPRENEURS

How it's done

Entrepreneurs take us on a journey through their business experiences: from elevator pitches to running a successful company.

Speakers

PIP JAMIESON

BEN LEWIN

VALENTIN VODEV

LORENZ ASCHOFF

PROPERTY’S NEXT MOVE

What developers should do

The firms with winning formulas, new ideas and the ambition to change how you live convene to reveal how the sector is growing and why it’s no longer business as usual. Speakers will include Ryan Prince, co-founder of the Realstar Group, on how Uncle will reinvent rentals; Stefan Höglmaier, founder of Euoboden, on upping the quality of housing; and Monica von Schmalensee, CEO of White Arkitekter.

Speakers

RYAN PRINCE

MONICA VON SCHMALENSEE

STEFAN HÖGLMAIER

HEALTHY INCOME

Making money while keeping cities fit

The fitness business is pulling in new and inventive players. Who are the workout and healthy-eating fixers of the future? Hear from fitness leaders such as Paco Savio, co-founder of gym brand Balboa Move; Erez Galonska, the CEO of Infarm who knows how to turn our cities into farms; and Özden Akyildiz, founder of the world’s first virtual farming platform, Komşuköy.

Speakers

PACO SAVIO

EREZ GALONSKA

ÖZDEN AKYILDIZ

THINGS WE LIKE

Intelligence shared

Tyler Brûlé, our editor in chief, primes you on the things you need to see from around the globe that will inspire your life and travels in the months ahead.

THE SECRET CITY

Spies, art and strange stories

The mysteries and intrigues of Berlin revealed by leading film players, writers and art dealers. Head into the city’s shadows to understand the lure of Berlin with Anna Winger, creator of hit TV drama Deutschland 83, and Carl Woebcken, CEO of the city’s Babelsberg film studios.

Speakers

ANNA WINGER

CARL “CHARLIE” WOEBCKEN

SEAMLESS MOVES

Future of transport

The biggest mobility-thinkers on the future of transport – and the cities getting it right. And how do we make cities where mobility works for young and old? Speakers: Magnus Schmidt, the scooter maverick, Deutsche Bahn’s big thinker Meike Niedbal, and Dan Stubbergaard of Danish architecture firm Cobe.

Speakers

MAGNUS SCHMIDT

MEIKE NIEDBAL

DAN STUBBERGAARD

MEDIA MAKERS

Print bites back

How Germany is creating a media model that mixes print and digital in better ways – and what leading editors think it says about the future of news, leisure and advertising. We will be joined by Christoph Amend, editor in chief of Zeitmagazin, and Penny Martin, editor in chief of The Gentlewoman.

Speakers

CHRISTOPH AMEND

PENNY MARTIN

THIS IS MY BERLIN: AFTER DARK

When the lights go out

Berlin is a city that thrives after sunset. We give you a high-speed tour to a side of the city you need to know.

Speakers

MARKUS KÜHN

THIS IS MY BERLIN: ARTISTIC LICENCE

Creative City

What is it like to live in the German capital as an artist? We paint a picture of the inspiration and intrigue it provides for its creative residents.

Speakers

ARI BENJAMIN MEYERS

THIS IS MY BERLIN: BUILDING SOCIETY

Framework of a city

Explore the city's structures with our perfect guide: the Berlin architect and professor of design theory at Hamburg University of Fine Art.

Speakers

FRIEDRICH VON BORRIES

LAND OF ICE AND FIRE

The small city with big ambitions

He runs a city that has been shaken by everything from a collapsing economy to volcano ash clouds but which today is having to plan for almost too much success as tourist numbers boom in Reykjavík. What does the city’s mayor see happening in the future, what can everyone learn from the plucky player who’s come out on top and what are the secrets of good leadership?

Speakers

DAGUR B EGGERTSSON

Krona o Stjärna "77|17" Active Line

Our new 77|17 active line is a look back and at the same time forward to comfort, sport, leisure, and ease.  Inspired by our early days of play, sport, and competition, 77|17 captures and magnifies those elements of comfort and simplicity.  Made of Tri-Blend cotton for breathability and durability, 77|17 promises versatility for whatever activity moves you.  Look for this line to expand as we head into summer.

77|17 Active Tee - $28.00

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