B E E L A M P bilampan

Aug is harvest time for straw

Beelamp exhibited by Codesign at Formex15 by Sanna Gebeyehu 
Photo by August Eriksson

Bilampan in Swedish - Beelamp in English

Beelamp is handmade from straw and tarred hemp rope.

B E E L A M P    bilampan

Beelamp is created in the same ancient technique that has been used for making beehives using straw (straw is halm in Swedish) tied together with rope. We have used a tarred hemp rope for Beelamp. Straw is a type of rye that has been used for many objects through history. From my design idea of using the artisanal handicraft of straw technique to make an electrical lamp with a LED bulb was made real by Eva Bryntesson at Halmens Hus , Bengtsfors, Sweden - that tells the story about the usage of straw in different cultures and throughout the history and teaches techniques and holds courses and exhibitions.

I´m so proud that we can present a tradition preserving forward moving product from straw technique that is useful in this organic and amazingly beautiful historic material that still exists today.

Beelamp has just been presented by Codesign and Sanna Gebeyehu at the  biannual Formex Fair in Stockholm. So thankful to see my Beelamp project become reality after many years of preparations. 


Straw hats is what was made mostly 100 years ago from straw. Until recently mostly christmas deco and now finally Beelamp is taking the historic use of straw to new and future possibilities.


SDF in skh

Photo by Lina Eidenberg Adamo

There are naturally some that would understand both the abbrivations in the headline. 

For those of you who do not
I can tell you that there is an article in Sweden´s largest interior magazine in the august issue with the abbriviation skh that stands for Sköna Hem  a interview with SDF which stands for Sarah Dawn Finer 
the Swedish singer/actor/stage personality with whom I had the pleasure of redesigning her home. She lets us in on her favorite spots and also shows parts of her Stockholm apartment.

We made wallpaper from a photo by Photographer Per Magnus Persson with the help of Photowall. 
Black and white pillows by Atelje Alt.
Bespoke black wall shelf made from reuse of a antique door done by Lövsjö Loghouse   
Black adjustable wall lights by ByRydéns.


S U M M E R palette JS HEM

Whites to beige to earthy tones Qail eggs being all of that along with staines of black. 

As August with summer vacation for most begins tomorrow the summer palette is a backdrop for all of the beauty this time of year presents in color and form in nature. The flora has all the color so the summer palette for the indoor&outdoor interiors does not need it.  The case/pouch/pocket for kitchen utensils to bring on the picnic or to hang on the wall is from Dutch company www.sukha-amsterdam.nl and the bathtub that looks like the most comfortable easy chair from the same creative country at www.houseofthol.nl has a new form needed by all of us. The wooden skelleton being the construction and the color as well as the charm. The shape being the key. Roundness needed in this time of straight line effectivity.  The qail egg has it all. The roundness. The fragility and more expressions of whites, beige to earthy tones and with staines of black. Natures wonder.

Brown leather with stone colors at the beach conected to worn wooden surfaces.

Stones on the beach with the same tones as the quail egg + grey. The stone material being important as well. Flint stone also bringing the grey tones that fit so well with the beige and brown and that complement the natural tone that leather can get. The Peña Flint house being the best example of using the stone palette.
The Les Arcs chair seen above that Madame Perriand designed is a true favorite. She gave her life accomplishments to Le Corbusier - Charles-Édouard Jeanneret - and his achivements and is now getting more recognition for her own - just as many times before behind a successful man between 1903-1999 was a creative woman.


J U L Y diy P O N D project

If you want to create a fish pond in your garden you can. Just reading about it online gives you all the info you need. We did it at home at the Stable and we are no pro´s at this. This is how we did it : 

Digging is how you start!

The location of the pond was set for a long time. Now the digging was what we needed to do and not talk about it. Just go to work so to say.  And so we did. The somewhat archeological digging mostly with finds of old wallpaper, brick and rusted pluming went on for a couple of days. A very good workout I must say!

Next came the plastic invasion. Covering all we wanted to be the future watering hole of our Stable.

Placing the heavy stones and large and small rocks in the formation that looks good and so they stay in place was the way to go and went pretty quickly and was fun. The hard part was getting all the material home. Mostly we used www.blocket.se and went and picked up what others discarded a add let us know when and where. 

We also picked up several car trailers full of stones from friends who were building. Everywhere we could find them we went to get them.

Pumping up water from our well a few meters below worked!

 First pump we bought to get the water from  our own well three meters below in a lower part of the garden and 15 meters away from the pond did now work at all...

It said it had the power for it but did not. So - we just had to go back to the store and get a new one.

Pump number two did just the right job. So now there is water in the pond!

Terry telling us that working on the pond is utterly boring.

A sail helps with shadow and gives the sense of a roof

The reflection of light at night and the sense of water surrounding the Stable.

Now this is where the evenings are spent.

The seating that surrounds the pond.

The water mirror changes the house in the very best way. 

After digging and putting and placing sand and material underneath needed - then placing the rubber in so that the stones can be put in place after which you can pump in water you feel like a miracle worker to alternate the karma of your own piece of land in this wonderful way. 

The koi and goldfish makes the pond come alive in the most amazing way.

Everyone likes the pond for their own reason.



Photo from Sköna Hem

Sköna Hem Juli 2015 visar vår Soomkai från sin bästa sida. 
Stort tack Skh! 

Swedish Interior magazine Sköna Hem is featuring my Soomkai lamp again. 
Thank you soo much!



J U L Y cement diy

Bottle vase photo from Vt wonen

PET bottle or plastic bottles of the kind you like can be used as a mold to create cool vases. Either cut of the top of the bottle and poure in the cement of choice or cut the bottom off and poure the cement in with the bottle set upside down in a glass for ex. 

What you need is to use a large screw or a glass tube or something creative to stick down the top end in the cement so that there will be a hole made for the water and place for a single flower or twig of choice. 

Seal the bottle so that the cement, that should be of a fine sort, that dries fast and then after a 24 hours you gently cut the plastic bottle away and  and take out the object of choice to make the water hole and you let it dry again out of the plastic. 

Voilá - you got a heavy, cool vase!

/ Jimmy 


J U L Y diy

B R A N C H   out

A twig on the wall can serve as a bookholder or mini book case. Adding that nature vibe. 
Also being the most inexpensive AND cool accessory with all the right Feng Shui quality. 

I found the right type of branch and used a knife to take away all of the small protruding growths to make it the way I like it. 
Not being a branch I took of a tree, but found on the ground and already dried I continued to paint it after cleaning it and letting it dry two days indoor just in case. 

Be careful when you want to drill a hole to attach it to the wall. Predrill or use a broach so that you do not crack it before it becomes the centerpiece of your wall.  Do not use hammer and nail. That will NOT turn out like you want it. 

After the two coats of paint have dried use the predrilled holes to attach the piece of beautiful hand picked tree branch and set the books in place. 


There you go. 

1 JULY DIY from me 
More to come. 

See you soon. 

/ Jimmy