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An indulgent way to enjoy fika, and it felt so good! Yes I said fika (the Swedish term for a moment with coffee with cake) because I love it and it’s keeping on theme with the Swedish designer of this particular collection, Sigvard Bernadotte. Not just any old Swedish designer, Prince Sigvard Bernadotte.
a little history
Sigvard was a graduate from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, 1929. One year on Sigvard visited The Stockholm exhibition in 1930 where an eye opening discovery of functionalism in design began.
The Stockholm exhibition in 1930 may be one of the most influential events for modernism in Scandinavia. It showcased arts and crafts, halls dedicated to Swedish design, home furnishings and architecture. The significance of this fair is that it held a pivotal role in the architectural history for Functionalism in Sweden. It was so popular that over 4 million people attended throughout the five months it was open. It’s the equivalent to one in every two Swedes visiting.
Gunnar Asplund was one of the head architects and designers for the fair. Known famously for his neo-classical architecture style, he then took a dramatic u-turn and focussed his work entirely on functionalism. This was how he chose to lead the Stockholm fair and became an exhibition pleading people to accept functionalism as a cultural change.
This influenced Sigvard Bernadotte so much that he chose to incorporate the functionalist ideals within his own designs. And in 1938 he designed the Bernadotte collection for Georg Jensen which is loved by generations.
The Bernadotte collection was designed during the height of the art deco period. The clean lines and ribbed textures of these stainless steel pieces are typical of that time. Being so beautifully simple in style they have a classic timeless quality. I actually think that the vase and cream jug are especially modern looking. So stunning.
In keeping with the Scandinavian style, I cycled into the local field foraging for flower and grasses to dress the table. I think this compliments the elegance of the table wear.
And instead of cake I chose to bake a pavlova so I do apologise to any Swede’s if this is not quite fika, but hey, I like it.
I’m not one that dresses the table in a formal setting, I much prefer a relaxed environment. And eating a pavlova is a wonderfully messy treat. It looks great with the Bernadotte collection, don’t you think?
the bernadotte competition
Georg Jensen are hosting a competition to win a Bernadotte coffee and tea set.
“Enjoy tea time in style with our classic Bernadotte designs in refined stainless steel. We’re giving away our large Bernadotte thermo as well as the new Bernadotte creamer and sugar bowl to a lucky winner – and that could be you. Simply sign up to receive our Georg Jensen newsletters to enter. The competition will run until 15 July 2019 and the winner will be contacted via email.*
A little technical info, a pop up will appear when entering the competition page, click NO THANKS and you’ll be ok to to enter to the competition page. Terms and conditions of the competition are stated on the competition page. Good luck!
All Photography/images © Hannah Trickett