The Swedish stylist Hans Blomquist

I have a huge style crush on Hans Blomquist, stylist, art director, and author.Whether he’s being moody or lighthearted, masculine or feminine, I get him. Right down to the soles of my feet. 

I discovered him slowly, as I found myself drawn to images from various sources, all connected by one name – his. Infatuation. Then I ordered his book, The Natural Homeand…love. Admittedly, his book will not be for everyone. If it’s color and contemporary design that move you, his is not the book for you. But if you love the moody, patinaed, textured, quirky and eclectic, with a distinctly European style, this book is most definitely for you.  What can I say? He’s everything I hope for in a stylist.


Fantastic drawings by Jennie Ekström

In India ink, acrylic, pencil and plywood Jennie Ekström creates a fantasy world of her own where children, strange birds and middle aged women reside in an overgrown fairytale garden. Jennie lives in Enskede where she is working as an Illustrator and artist. The exhibition takes place at Linnman Gallery. Don’t miss it if you’re in the neighbourhood.


About me and my work…
For this show I decided to realize an idea I’ve had for a long time. That was to use many of my old drawings and give them life in a much bigger format and in new constellations. I also like to use different types of materials, and had been thinking about drawing on plywood. The result of that work is what I show here at Clarion. I like the whole idea of the plywood changing over time, thus making the whole picture change with it!I find inspiration in everything from old pictures, childhood-memories or pure imagination… to the chair I sat on having coffee this morning. Often, I randomly put the drawings together without a clear idea of how it will look in the end. I like the unexpected result and how the pictures together seem to tell a story. It can also start with a penciled leaf, turning into a forest. That process is very exciting and funny, to see what becomes of a simple line on a piece of paper… or wood.I’m 36 years old and was raised in Jönköping in the southern parts of Sweden; I now live and work in Gamla Enskede here in Stockholm. Thanks for your time and I hope you will enjoy my pictures! 
Contact and to see more please visit www.jennieekstrom.se

Bali Beauty

With its striking design and easy flow between indoor and outdoor spaces, the Bali, Indonesia home of Valentina Audrito and Abhishake Kumbhat and their two children showcases their work perfectly — in 2005 Valentina and Abhishake founded the Word of Mouth design group, where they create objects, clothes and accessories as well as designing commercial spaces (Valentina is an architect too). Fascinating mix of glam, traditional and modern.


More photos here at AT Casa.
(photography by morten holtum)

Vintage Colour

I’m loving Sylvie Rochon’s cheerful Montreal apartment, furnished with great vintage finds — particularly mid century modern pieces (something Sylvie has a real eye for, as the owner of Spoutnik, a vintage furniture shop there). With its crisp white background and fantastic use of colour accessories, her space has a fresh and contemporary feel — it all feels very modern, even when you know almost everything in it is vintage. Lovely. 


(photography by angus mcritchie)

Stockholm Studio

Artist Carouschka Streijiffert is a Stockholm-based artist who works in a variety of media — painting, sculpture, collage and carpets. When it came to finding a space where she could both work and live, she chose what was originally a series of attic lofts at the top of an early 20th century building — one where the pigeons had taken up residence. After having her application to create roof openings approved, a skylight for the studio and small round windows were installed, while (due to the aging structure of the building) steel beams and poles were put for support and a birch and concrete floor added. When it came to decorating her home, Carouschka chose to play up the industrial style of her space and highlight its interesting architecture. The entire renovation was a lot of work and headaches, but the final result, a lovely, light-filled home that looks out over the rooftops of old Stockholm on the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren, is more than worth it. 


(photography by ingalill snitt)