Tag Archives: Sweden

When buying clothing

1 Jul

SimplyRainer and I have this little household rule that we devised for the Kitchen Kingdom: If we wish to buy a new, electric kitchen appliance, we must give up of an old one. That way we try to curb increasing energy needs in the home galley. So, last time, instead of getting an electric meat-cheese-bread-whathaveyou cutter, we got a manual one. That means, instead of plug-and-play, you have to master the art of the manual slicer … at least a little bit. Actually, we also apply that rule to cookbooks, but more to curb our rapacious recipebook hunger (and, more to the point, our limited space for the books in the kitchen). Anyway, I had to think of our Little Rules when I saw this ragbag idea today: It s a shopping bag which you get with new clothing purchases, turn it inside out and put old, unneeded clothing in, close and send by pre-paid post to a charity of your choice.

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Uniforms for the Dedicated , which is where this initiative comes from, started off as a Swedish artsy collective and is now or includes a fashion label under the same name and a store in Stockholm. Currently their 2014 collection runs with silver fox (or Smoking Fox, as UftD calls it) Aiden Shaw. My, what an interesting character…

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Still life with food (not woodpecker)

5 Nov

Swedish Pjadad describes itself as a multidisciplinary experimental studio that works within the fields of design, art and branding. One of its projects is “Still Life” which it did for the Swedish food lab Atelier Food.

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af_stillife_02_kleinThe project description explains that “The still life represents the work of Atelier Food and the connection between food and society. It links the playfulness and creativity within the project with the ambitious goals and long-term challenges.”

af_stillife_03_kleinSadly this enticing website has Swedish info only (its structure made online translation use difficult) but by ways and means of non-devious kinds I was able to glean the following: Atelier Food is a platform for developing future society by food – and, at the same time, seeking the food future. It’s a platform for experimentation and studies through a series of “labs”, which in simplest terms means that a number of creative people with different knowledge are collected in a kitchen to develop new ideas, new dishes and new raw materials. The meeting between contemporary gastronomy, art and environment has emerged internationally as a tool for change and development.

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Dis-Assembly instructions

3 Nov

Swedish assembly instructions for furniture? IKEA. Assembled ingredients in a Swedish kitchen? IKEA’s cookbook Hembakat är Bäst (Homemade is Best) – even when deconstructed. The neatly organised ingredients and the knolled baked goodies are best seen on this project page which also gives all credits due: Evelina Bratell (styling), Carl Kleiner (photography), and many more.

deconstructed almond shells

deconstructed black forest cake

deconstructed black forest cake

deconstructed cream puff

deconstructed cream puff

deconstructed vanilla crescents

deconstructed vanilla crescents

deconstructed cinnamon horseshoes

deconstructed cinnamon horseshoes

deconstructed somethingsomething tartlets

deconstructed somethingsomething tartlets

deconstructed toffee cookies

deconstructed toffee cookies

deconstructed princess cake

deconstructed princess cake

deconstructed almond buns

deconstructed almond buns

The icing on the homebaked cake: The droll app Kondis (stamina). You get all of the book plus how much to exercise to eat said recipe results – and some audio motivation too. It features a granny (yay, granny!) baking cinnamon rolls and jogging through green fields to work up the right caloric deficit.

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