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Villa Mörtnäs by Fourfoursixsix Architects

Located in the Stockholm Archipelago, this private home by firm Fourfoursixsix, commissioned by Swedish developer Strömma Projekt, may appear discreet from the outside with its clean, aerated concrete exterior, but has been thoughtfully designed to best take advantage of both natural light and the home’s remarkable placement in the landscape.

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Specialized features such as large-format windows and extended-height ceilings exaggerate the scale of the upstairs living space from front-to-back, where a wall of sliding-glass doors extend to a south-facing terrace that meets a natural rock face.

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

In a simple arrangement, the bedrooms sit on the house’s lower level.

Villa Mörtnäs

Villa Mörtnäs

Whitened pine floors and clean angles make for a straightforward interior that doesn’t distract from the outside views via the artfully-placed windows.

More at: Fourfoursixsix
Photos: Wrede, Johan Dehlin

Listening / Viewing: Astrid S – Hyde


Directed by Helgi & Hörður.

Piece in Brief: Braun RT 20 Radio

Braun RT 20 Radio

Braun RT 20

Braun RT 20

The RT 20 tischsuper radio is a 1961 design by Dieter Rams and Hans Gugelot for Braun, a reduced variation of their 1956 SK 4 radiogram. The tri-band RT 20 was available in white or graphite-lacquered sheet metal with a beech or pear wood veneer casing.

The unit’s pretenseless composition, with no extraneous detail or decoration, is in the signature design philosophy of Rams: the RT 20’s face slants upward to improve legibility of controls and to further cast sound, and the orderly control panel at front makes for an intuitive user experience.

There is nothing quite like the sound of a vintage tube radio, and the RT 20 is one of the most elegant and timeless models you will come across. RT 20 units do regularly come up for sale online (eBay is a good place to start), as well as an occasional dealer sale (Wyeth/1stdibs); prices usually start around $1000, and some professional reconditioners have even revised the radio to accept input from modern devices. 

Photos: Das Programm, eBay (vende_se)

Listening / Viewing: Mind Enterprises – Chapita


Directed by The Fashtons.

Belle Époque Collection by Larose Guyon

Larose Guyon Belle Époque Collection

Larose Guyon Belle Époque Collection

Larose Guyon Belle Époque Collection

Larose Guyon Belle Époque Collection

Larose Guyon Belle Époque Collection

Larose Guyon Belle Époque Collection

Larose Guyon Belle Époque Collection

Based in Verchères, near Montreal, designers Félix Guyon and Audrée L. Larose of studio Larose Guyon have debuted their first homeware collection, Belle Époque. With copper as their material of choice, references to the dawn of the 20th century find their way into minimalist forms. The natural oxidation of copper adds depth to the straightforward designs, and with pieces named after such luminaries as Cléo de Mérode and Victor Hugo, the collection is elegant but uncomplicated.

Shown above, from top (prices converted and estimated to USD from CAD): Victor Candle Holder (set of 3), $290; Victor Candle Holder (wall), $140; Adéle Wine Support, $110; Cléo Table Mirror, $330; Henri Fruit Bowl, $220

Available for pre-order, and more at: Larose Guyon









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