What does an object do to us, to a room, to the conversations we are having? What does it say about the community where it was made? In issue four we look at the things we surround ourselves with and what they mean to us. We visit the architect Petra Gipp on her island abode and spend some time at home with brand director Petrus Palmer, who uses his family home as a testing ground for new products and furniture. We discuss the concept of home with the renowned artist Miriam Bäckström and the architect Eero Koivisto, of architecture and design practice Claesson Koivisto Rune, who shares his favourite objects with us. In his home a bowl is never just a bowl, it is a bowl with a story. “When you cease to see something, it’s time to replace it with something else,” Koivisto says. Elsewhere in the issue, we visit a home resembling a spaceship, and one built to celebrate wood. We highlight some great initiatives and some really good pieces of furniture. “I’ve never fully understood how people can be so attached to new furniture”, says design writer Hugo McDonald when asked about what he is drawn to. “It takes several decades of heavy bottoms to shape a good chair into something irresistibly comfortable. There can be no greater proof of furniture’s quality than time.”


In our second issue we visit the couple behind acclaimed interior architecture firm Halleroed at their forest hideaway, and we visit a 17th-century home and garden where time has stood still. ­Celebrated fashion designer Diana Orving creates a textile art installation in an empty museum exclusively for us, and we spend some time in the beautiful, sparse home of glass maestro Ingegerd Råman. “We are not easily tempted to buy things,” she says about her and her ­husband’s decision to live with the bare minimum of objects.

“I will defend the empty space.” Elsewhere in the issue, we ­discuss the profound effects of the built environ­ment on our wellbeing. “I want to be part of a cultural movement that recalibrates what ­matters in society, and in life,” says Danish chef Fredrik Bille Brahe in Hugo Macdonald’s article on reconnecting with our roots. “I think courage to be local is ­important.” Born at a time of change, our hope is to inspire new ideas on the subject of living well. It’s time to ­welcome in a new era.


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