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Design Moments – Stendig Calendar

Designed by Massimo Vignelli in 1966, the Stendig Calendar is part of the permanent design collection at the Museum of Modern Art.

About the calendar

The simple design of the calendar is timeless, and fits perfectly with any modern interior. The calendar is offset printed on 60 pound paper stock, and set in Helvetica.

Certain months are printed in black lettering on a white background, and others with white lettering on a black background.

The days are ordered in the European style where Monday starts off the week. The sheets are perforated to allow them to be torn away without damaging the calendar.

About Massimo Vignelli

Massimo Vignelli was born in Milan, Italy. He studied architecture in Milan and Venice.

Massimo travelled to the United States from 1957 to 1960 on fellowships from Towle Silversmiths in Massachusetts and the Institute of design, Illinois Institute
of Technology, Chicago.

In 1960, with Lella Vignelli, he established the Vignelli Office of design and architecture
in Milan. In 1965, Massimo Vignelli became co-founder and design director of Unimark International Corporation.

His work includes graphic and corporate identity programs, publication designs, architectural graphics, and exhibition, interior, furniture, and consumer product designs for many leading american and European companies and institutions.

Vignelli has had his work exhibited and entered in the permanent collections of several
museums; notably, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt-Museum in New York.

Massimo Vignelli was interviewed by designboom in 2006.

what is the best moment of the day?
when I go to bed with a feeling of some accomplishment.

when you were a child, did you want to become a designer / architect?
since I was 14 years old I had no other desire

where do you work on your designs and projects?
at my desk, no matter where it happens to be.

who would you like to design something for?
to do the vatican corporate identity program,  I would keep the symbol but change everything else…

describe your style, like a good friend of yours would describe it.
spare, essential, intellectually elegant, strong, timeless (at least I hope! )

is there any designer and/or architect from the past, you appreciate a lot?
palladio, joseph hoffmann, mies van der rohe, louis kahn…

any advice for the young ?
learn from the past, think of the present, dream of the future.

To read the full interview click here.

Images: Politiken, Weekday CarnivalScandinavian Deco, DesignBoom

Design Moments – HAY

I’ve been wanting to do a Design Moments post about the Danish brand HAY for quite some time. But my idea kept changing in my head. I didn’t want to make a long list of pictures featuring HAY’s long list of great items. But somehow, I cannot escape that, because I want to highlight what HAY is all about.

So, I’ve come up with a solution. I’m pretty sure most of you guys are familiar with quite a few of HAY’s products, so I’ll just show a few of my all-time favourites in this post, and then I’ll show you what I love most about the HAY universe – their shops here in Denmark. So stay tuned for the next couple of posts, if you want to learn much more about HAY.

HAY was established in 2002 and the furniture collection was launched in 2003 at IMM Cologne.

HAY’s ambition is to encourage Danish furniture designer’s return to the innovative greatness of the 1950’s and 1960’s but in a contemporary context.

HAY is committed to nurturing and promoting the originality of young talents as well as exploring the twisted minds of established designers.

HAY operates with three HAY Stores in Denmark, one in Norway and a wide network of dealers worldwide.

If you want to know more about the designers behind some of the HAY products, you can see them all here and get more information about them and their work.

In my next post I’ll take you inside one of the HAY Stores here in Denmark.

Images: HAY imagebank

Design Moments – ferm LIVING

The history behind ferm LIVING

ferm LIVING is a Danish interior company that aims at designing and manufacturing interior products with a graphic touch. The product range consists of wallpaper, WallStickers, textiles, kitchen items, a large KIDS collection and much more great stuff to come.

ferm LIVING originates from a graphic design agency in Aarhus, Denmark, founded by Trine Andersen in 2005. The company came to life after Trine, mostly for fun, decided to visit a clairvoyant. Trine was quite astonished when the clairvoyand saw a little bird sitting confused on a branch, not knowing which way to fly. This sight was essential for Trine’s decision to follow her dream of starting her own business. When she then founded ferm, the little bird found knew exactly where to go and now sits on top of the company logo.

The company went from being a graphic design agency to a company designs and selling lifestyle products when Trine was re-decoration her house. She was looking for graphic wallpaper, but just couldn’t find the right pattern – and when she found it, it was way too expensive. Trine decided, that other people probably felt the same way, so she decided to take it upon herself to create graphic wallpaper patterns at an affordable price.

By February 2006, the very first wallpaper collection hit the streets, and since then things have been going fast! ferm LIVING now operates in many markets around the world and has agents/distributors in Australia, USA, Finland, The Netherlands, UK, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden and Japan.

Statement by Trine Andersen:

Wallpaper is like fashion for your home

Favourite objects from different ferm LIVING collections

I’ve had many favourite items the last couple of years, but some just stay in my head and whenever I think og ferm LIVING I think of these things.



KIDS collection

Over the years, I’ve bought quite a few things for my kids from their collections. I love decorating their room with these delicious products. I still got a few things on my to-by-list, but it’ll have to wait till they get separate rooms.

For the ideal office space

Clip boards have become kind of a must-have if you like decorating just a little bit. I find them very useful, and very decorative. Remember the Susanna Vento post a few days ago. Now that was an amazing use of clip boards. Soon I’ll be re-arranging my home office, and I’m pretty sure a clip board or two will find their way to our apartment.

For the living room

I love the big collection of cushions. If you can’t fine one you like in Trine’s collection, I don’t think you’ll find one anywhere.

If you haven’t had enough of Trine Andersen and ferm LIVING, you I’ll enjoy my next post. I’ll show you how she lives. You’ll see how she uses her own design i different rooms in her house.

Source: ferm LIVING, ferm LIVING blog, Bolig Magasinet,

Design Moments – Clara von Zweigbergk

Graphic designer and illustrator Clara von Zweigbergk designed this Themis Mobile for Artencnica‘s for their 2010 summer collection. It is a delicate, geometric sculpture composed of five colorful, faceted ornaments. When I first saw it, I put the mobile on my kids’ wishlist. However, as time went by I kept thinking that the mobile would look great in our living room. So guess what, the Themis Mobile is now on my list. And now there is a new Themis Mobile II in stores.

About Clara von Zweigbergk

Clara von Zweigbergk was born in Stockholm 1970.   She studied illustration and graphic design in Sweden, France and USA. She culminated her studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, after which she worked as a graphic designer for several advertising agencies and designers in Stockholm.

In 1997 she founded Rivieran Design Studio, with two partners, as a multi-disciplinary agency spawning many successful collaborations with fashion, illustration, architecture, furniture, product and graphic design. Rivieran quickly gained the eye of the press for its unique structure and interior space.

She has designed and illustrated several books, among the “A Collection of Tickets” by Carouschka which has become a cult item in Japan. After four years as a graphic designer at Lissoni Associati in Milano, with clients such as Boffi, Porro and Alessi, she has now re-started her studio in Stockholm.


Inspired by the polyhedron solid, the five faceted geometric shapes are actually hollow ornaments lending to the lightness and bounce of the mobile when touched. Each ornament is individually colored in fluorescent neons, purples and browns.

Statement by Clara:

“The shapes quickly came together as a mobile. I think of them as planets and like to see the colors change while gently turning.”

View this video to see how the mobile folds.

Sources: Design MilkArtencnica, A+R Store,  Clara von Zweigbergk


Design Moments – Cecilie Manz

This is the first post in a new series here on the blog. I’ll highlight some of my favourite designers, their work, and other design objects or places, which have inspired me and some have become dear objects in my own home too.

I’ll start off with the Danish designer Cecilie Manz (1972), because to me she is on the forefront when it comes to the new power generation of Danish designers.

After graduation from the design school Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen in 1997, Cecilie founded her own studio (Manz Lab) in Copenhagen in 1998. In her studio, she designs lamps, furniture and glass etc. Cecilie co-operates with LightYears – and everyone of her lamps can be found in their collection.

In this post, I want to focus on her lamps. When you say Cecilie Manz, I’m pretty sure you think of the iconic lamp range Caravaggio. The first pendant was launched back in 2005. With it’s distinctive figure, the red cord and the polished surface, it has become a clear design icon of the 2000s.

Since 2005, Cecilie has added more lamps to the family: a table lamp, a floor lamp, a black edition and a pendant with a shade made of opal glass.

Statements by Cecilie Manz:

“Design should never receive greater focus than the light itself”

“I work with things that have a meaning to me. My general idea is always to have a clear argument legitimizing the designs that I make. Function is essential, and if I cannot formulate a good reason for a new product, it is better to refrain from making it”

And now there’s great news. In September/October this year a new Caravaggio lamp will see the light of day.

With the new Caravaggio Matt model, Cecilie Manz has added a new style and a new look to the simple and timeless design. The well-known and elegant design is now available in three matt shades that allow the pure lines and soft shapes of the design to speak for themselves.

It is available in three sizes: P1 (ø165mm), P2 (ø257mm) and P3 (ø400mm) in white, light grey (Grey25) and a darker grey (Grey45).

I can’t wait to see them in the shops. I’ve got two original Caravaggio’s with red cords in my kitchen. We couldn’t decide whether to hang them in the dining room or the kitchen, but the minute we put them in the kitchen the doubt was all gone. They brighten up a whole room.

Sources: LightYears, Cecilie Manz, Architonic, Fritz Hansen