Hemtex and Marimekko plagiarism, some thoughts.


Recently the Finnish design House Marimekko faced number of plagiarism claims, some of them seem obvious and some of them less. This series of accusations provoked a harsh discussions across the globe. As a result, the image of Marimekko was clearly damaged, thus I assume, it will be visible in their sales figures.

While reading the comments of the news articles, I saw some of the folks come up with feeling that somebody wants to fire down Marimekko as a business. The frequency of appearance of such accusations across the different media assets evoke suspicion that the blackmailing of Marimekko was started by some power, person or group, or whatever. This idea seems to me as another conspiracy paranoid bullshit, and when I discussed with my Finnish friends, nobody received this theory seriously.

A fresh twist with the latest news about similar claims against well known Swedish design firm Hemtex that clearly seems as the main competitor of Marimekko in European market, and if there is some planned actions are existing, it can be started by the powers who interested in either the collapse of one of these companies, or both of them.

What actually happening with these leading design houses of Nordic region? Please feel free to share your thoughts in comments.




KKA designs a new office building for the steel manufacturer Lecor. The building is situated in Kungälv 10 kilometers north of Gothenburg. Lecor builds advanced steel constructions and of course they like to show their skills in their own building. This combined with the opportunity of creating a landmark building visible for the nearby highway has been the starting points of our design process. Building is planned to commence during 2011.

More [at KKA site](https://www.kjellgrenkaminsky.se/component/content/article/96-lecor.html).


Ikea continuing desire to dominate the world by the New Tome


Less than two months after Ikea has published a cookbook beautiful coffee-table-worthy, the Swedish home-furnishings chain, is back, this time simply by Ikea, the Book. Cool Hunting got his first look, and while yes, this work is in Swedish, is on a two-syllable word that makes many young people, scream joy on a budget. Brand’s most successful and iconic models studied in 450 pages, of which, written by experts in Scandinavian design and shape of the journalist Staffan Bengtsson. Not a word, but if the follow-up was designed for the S: Keyword: Book and Lost Screws: Book.


New Saab 9-4X: a gem in a model range?


The new 9-4X bringing Saab design and engineering values to the growing crossover segment. Traditionally aircraft-inspired look and ride characteristics making this car an upcoming star among Saab car lovers.

Making its world premiere at next month’s Los Angles Auto Show, the 9-4X expands Saab’s product portfolio to three car lines and will provide a fresh, alternative choice for independently-minded crossover buyers. It is an important next-step in the Swedish brand’s renaissance as an independent premium car manufacturer.




Well-dressed and comfortable at work!

When you become pregnant your body changes. Clothing has previously served as a glove may feel uncomfortable and ill-fitting. Boob makes it easy to be well dressed, even when the stomach grows. Discover their superb trousers and skirts with soft, flexible waist cuff, our wrap tops, leggings and tights. Theye have pregnant garments that keeps the style of work – and are super comfortable!


Designboost brings Design for Life to Arnhem.

The theme of this spring´s DesignBoost in Stockholm at Arkitekturmuseet was Design for Life. Now the question is once again being posed, how to make design economical, ecological and fair when DesignBoost collaborates with City of Arnhem, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, ArtEZ hogeschool voor de kunsten and Premsela in Arnhem Holland.

At this DesignBoost people of worldwide reputation such as Satyendra Pakhale, Ineke Hans, Brent Richards, Richard Hutten, Flora Bowden, Roelof Mulder, David Shah, Joost Alferink, Joffrey Walonker, Sean Pillot de Chenecey and Rudy Stroink will participate. Additional participants will be announced.

Design for Life is about how we shall shape our way of life. How we plan, produce, deliver and consume everything from cities, transportation and infrastructure as well as food, entertainment, products and brands. Over the years design unfortunately has developed more and more into an exceedingly contributing source of pollution and over consumption.
Therefor some interesting names in the world of design will once again meet, to show how design and architecture may be used to create better conditions for people as well as for the environment.

One of the speakers is Ineke Hans, known for her furniture and products that come as one-offs, small series, or as mass-produced items. Next to that the studio works on exhibitions and architectural projects. We need to redefine design and focus on people´s needs, rather than just surface. When design is put in a humanistic perspective one understands the tremendous ability it has to make change happen, socially as well as economically and ecologically. With knowledge of design, we can solve and improve everyday life of people both in Sweden and globally, says Peer Eriksson.

DesignBoost – Made in [Arnhem] in Arnhem Holland will take place on the 6-7 September with around seventy five especially invited participants. During two days BoostChats (workshops) and BoostTalks (lectures) on the theme Design for Life will be held. BoostChat on the 6th is exclusively open to those especially invited guests while the BoostTalks on the 7th will be open to the public. Entrance is free!

DesignBoost invites the most pioneering thinkers. Ineke Hans is established as one of the worlds greatest designers but other brilliant talents will also attend, such as Richard Hutten, among other things involved in Droog design since 1993, David Carlson tells us. He, along with Peer Eriksson is the initiative behind DesignBoost.

Further info at https://www.designboost.se

Regarding questions, please contact:
David Carlson, david@designboost.se, +46 70-798 28 97
Peer Eriksson, peer@designboost.se, +46 70-5336631

WHERE: The BoostTalk (lectures) is open for public and takes place at Auditorium ArtEZ, Oude Kraan 26, Arnhem Holland September 7th between 10am and 4pm. Free entrance.


Electrolux Kitchen Stars

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As you probably noticed, NDB in good relationship with Electrolux, we’ve been years a media sponsor of [Electrolux Design Lab](https://www.nordicdesignblog.com/?s=electrolux), Me was chosen as jury member for their latest [Ergorapido competition](https://www.nordicdesignblog.com/archives/3558), etc. This time we have chance to being one of the first blogs to get to invite our readers to a new online gallery and a competition for Electrolux Kitchen Stars.

Here the excerpt from their press release:

Share your best kitchen moment to win!

The kitchen is a major force for social networking – a place used for more
than just creating meals. That’s why Electrolux have conducted a global
search for kitchen anecdotes. The search provided all manner of unusual,
intriguing and inspiring stories: a couple hearing their son saying his first
words; playing host to 11 Latvian weight-lifters; demonstrating how to make
orange juice at the Brazilian Embassy in Stockholm and sending out a live
24/7 webcast for three months from an Italian kitchen.

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The search for Kitchen Stars continues.

Electrolux have 89 Kitchen stories and are looking for one more to help us
celebrate our 90th anniversary. Your story could be the one that helps create
the next revolutionary kitchen product.

“Our consumers are at the heart of our products” says Martin Hörnqvist,
Electrolux global head of consumer insight. Martin Hörnqvist continues, “All
creation and development of our products at Electrolux has it’s origin in
broad consumer insight research. We study how people interact with their
appliances in their home to understand the link between lifestyles and why
consumers select a product and how they use it.”

Are you a Kitchen Star?

You qualify as a Kitchen Star if you have one or more freestanding or built-in
Electrolux appliances in your kitchen and have a story to tell about a moment
when you felt like a star in your kitchen. For inspiration, check out our site. If
you have something great to share then upload your story together with a
picture of your kitchen at www.electrolux.com/kitchenstars. Then simply tell
everyone you know to vote for your kitchen moment to see if you can
become a winner.

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The prize?

This is not only an opportunity to join an illustrious group of Kitchen stars, the
90th Kitchen Star will also receive the iconic Electrolux ErgoRapido.

For further information about Electrolux or the Kitchen Stars project, please
contact: lina.hook@electrolux.se