These are the companies that we have been or are working with. All of them are based i Norrbotten or Västerbotten region in northern Sweden. What they have in common are a sense for unique products, high quality and typical Scandinavian design. They also have a environmental thinking within their production and company.
Akenberg is a Swedish designhouse set out to create sophisticated hand-crafted accessories with a strong Scandinavian design and edgy details using the finest materials.Their first high-quality, handmade premium collection (limited edition)was released in spring 2019, and they have now 22 exclusive sunglasses to offer. All products are inspired by the spectacular nature in the north of Sweden. A new premium collection is coming this autumn. The Swedish design makes Akenberg the perfect choice for the conscious buyer. The models are all unisex, made of cellulose and bioccelate and equipped with Carl Zeiss-lenses 100% UV-protection.
Every pair of sunglasses comes with a stylish case that reflects the premium spirit of the collection.
Erica Huuva is a sami jewelry designcompany, from Idivuoma. Right now they have two employees that work and manufactures both traditional jewelry to the sami costume and jewelry with the origin from the culture but can be used by everyone to every occasion.
Vemödalen Boots was founded by Martin Eriksson, in Övertorneå 16 km below the Arctic circle. It is all about handmade boots with a modern expression created according to old tradition. Each unique pair of boots are carefully crafted, made of leather from sustainable tanneries in Europe. The finish comes from Vemödalen’s own impregnation made of Norwegian tran, beeswax and hoof oil from the region. As underflow they use sewing stripe, a way of construction from the 1800s where the boot is made easy to repair and to change the soles. In other words, Vemödalen Boots takes it all in consideration to make the most sustainable product possible.
Hikki offers firewood products for cooking and outdoor bathtubs with focus on design. The materials are long-lasting and robust such as wood, steel and aluminium. The product range currently consists of two different types of outdoor bathtubs, a beautiful wood-fired oven and a small fireplace. Hikki´s goal is to offer a number of selected products for a given concept - exclusive yet simple.
Cecilia Forsberg and John Bøge have created their own creative idyll in the village Långed in northern part of Sweden. Their visitors can experience the process of their life passions and buy stylish handcrafted ceramics and fine furniture. Cecilia and John has a unique collaboration where they use each others natural materials in their way of creating new product designs. The result is genuin classic Scandinavian design with high quality.⠀
Lotta Kvist Art works with ceramics and lives in Öjebyn, north of Piteå. Her ambition is to build a platform where she has the ability to work with ceramics. Lottas alignment is ”studio ceramics”, where each ceramic object gets it’s artistic expression. She does objects that can resemble each other, like in a series, and in a limited edition. But every object becomes unique.
The company Malin i Ratan creates handmade organic soap. In the village of Ratan I Västerbotten, where the founder Malin Lindmark also lives, she has her production of soaps. She will also re-open her farm shop really soon where other environmentally friendly products are sold and mainly from female entrepreneurs. The soaps are handcrafted and a sustainable consumption product. Malin herself says that genuine solid soap is a good choice for skin, hair and environment and that the soaps with their carefully selected ingredients give a soft skin, healthy scalp and a natural hair as well as an environmental friendly home.
The company Malin i Ratan has three employees in addition to Malin and the goal is to expand sales to the entire Nordic region.
Since 2008 the family business Care of Gerd have produced ecological skincare in Jokkmokk, Swedish Lapland. The business was founded by siblings Johan and Anna-Lena Wiklund and the core of their business is to care for nature, care for animals and care for humans. Their skincare is high functioning and most of the ingredient’s origin from Sweden and the Arctic. The true inspiration for the company was their mother – Gerd. So, in her honor they named the company C/O Gerd. The aim is to be one of the leading ecological beauty companies in the world.
Jokkmokks Tenn is a handicraft company that was founded 1944 in Jokkmokk. They design, manufactures and sell jewelry and applicances made of tin, silver and gold. Today they are four craftsmen that manages the manufacturing.
Sanna Nilsson started her company Ovrebruket back in 2005. She makes jewelry in different metals and her inspiration comes from details in the wood. Nature is her biggest inspiration and that feels even more important now revailing climate changes. Completing the process itself from idea to finished product is important and what drives her forward.
The company Risfjells Sameslöjd consists of Sven-Åke and Doris Risfjell in Vilhelmina, Southern Lapland. Doris and Sven-Åke are Sami craftsmen from the southern Sami tradition and wants to spread knowledge about Sami culture. The company Risfjells Sameslöjd was founded in 1980 by Sven-Åke Risfjell and four years later a shop was opened in connection with the craft workshop. In 2002, the museum part was supplemented with their private collection of old objects under the direction of Doris.
Their business is located in their home Risfjellsgården. The farm is situated on the shores of the lake Maljomajsjön, which is characterized by its size. The viex from their home stretches several miles towards Marsfjällen and it is also where the crafts comes to life.
“There we create Sami crafts inspired by our inspiring living environment and the light from the midnight sun and the dark winter’s sparkling northering lights.”
Cycling clothing inspired by the elegance of nature. Sigr was founded in Umeå in the north of Sweden, inspired by the surroundings and guided by Nordic values such as inclusion and equality. They offer cycling clothing made of 100% recycled ocean plastic, with their own factory it makes it easier to work sustainable. Since biking should be a natural part of everyday life they design high performance apparel that also looks great during a coffee break. Sigr offers cycling clothing for riders of any level and rides or races of any length. The riding part, that's up to you!
Idunn Wine offers unique and exclusive premium wine from north Sweden. It is made of healthy and local products, such as blueberries and lingonberries. Their story started back in 2012 when they produced their first blueberry wine at home, in the village of Rålund. Nowadays the professional brewery is located in Norsjö and cooperates with winemakers from Canada. Today Idunn Wine offers four different types of wine, all named after Rålund where it all started.
Stoorstålka is a sami designcompany that has been active since 2015. They have their own trademark and assortment of designproducts within home decoration, accesoaries and Craft accessoaries with more. The starting point is a sami idiom and a sami way of thinking current product selection.
They sell their own products in their own store in Jokkmokk, through resellers in Sweden, Norway and Finland (preferably in the nordic region) and directly to costumer through their webbshop.
Monica L Edmondson is an artist that, by a sami core, makes unique products of glass. She has her studio in Tärnaby and work as a full-time artist since 2002. She is inspired by the vast white winter spaces of north Sweden as well as her Sami heritage. Beside making products as vessels and sculptures she also work with public art commissions and cooperate and consult within architecture and design, exploring the use of glass in fascades, canopies and ceilings in buildings. One of her latest big projects is 100 MIGRATORY – a local and worldwide artproject dealing with the notion of origin and migration where she made 100 vessels that migrated across the world, each with their own story to tell.
Viktoria Melinder is a textile artist and designer, educated at Handarbetets Vänners Skola. She design and manufactures textiles by hand for private homes and public environments. The techniques she work with are weaving, sewing and hand tufting.
The craft, materials and time are the basis in her production. Everything is manufactured by hand.
A designer and artist, based in Kalix, in the north of Sweden. Her aesthetics is challenging. It refers to both postmodernism and the culture of greasers, balanced with the nature of Swedish Lapland. Her design process consists of simple lines, humour, inspiration of nature and the everyday life. The production is created by hand in cooperation with her father and brother. A sustainable handicraft where the origin, cooperation and the community is highly valued. Lotta Lampa already exhibit on the international arena, especially in Europe.
Designers Kajsa Nilsson and Jenny Gruffman are working on a project called The Pattern Landscape. Their different backgrounds in graphic design and textile design, respectively, have led to an interesting collaboration and a treasure trove of design ideas – covering everything from print to wallpapers, carpets and textiles. Based on hand made sketches they create design digitally and combinetheir respective drawing styles into new expressive patterns. Their inspiration comes from everywhere, but mostly, from the unique scenery and the powerful seasonal changes in Västerbotten.
Style of Norrland designs clothes and accessories with inspiration from the culture, nature and humans in the north of Sweden, where it is also designed. The story begun when the founder Jimmy Renlund fancied a modern shirt in the traditional Sami colours, something he could not find on the market. Today Style of Norrland has the ambition to spread the vibe of the region worldwide, in a stylish way, desiring to be unique.
Katarina Spik Skum lives in Jokkmokk and makes duodje, Sami crafts. Every piece is made from scratch with materials from the present nature, such as tan the reindeer skin and birch-bark. Katarina makes unique accessories to the gábdde, the traditional Sami attire, but also modern design inspired by the nature and the Sami culture.
When the world is your stage, a hat is by far the best accessory if you ask milliner Catharina Carlsson, located in Holmsund, Sweden. She uses traditional methods to handcraft hats for unique costumes and for everyday life. At her disposal she has one of the largest hat block collections in Sweden - blocks used by generations of milliners. She now wants to revitalise the profession by means of less traditional methods and techniques such as laser cutting, 3D modelling and tufting. One of her passions is experimenting with new approaches to millinery. For her extraordinary work, Catharina has already received several honourable mentions and international prizes.
Kero has a long and solid history. The company was founded 1929 in the society Sattajärvi, 20 km south of Pajala. They have during the years developed products of naturally tanned reindeerskin and their core product is so called ”Näbbsko” (as in the picture). It is a interesting shoe, not just for its peculiar and pronounced character but also for its cultural heritage. During 1900s it is mainly the sami tradition using that kind of shoe to the kolt (sami traditional clothing) that has contributed that the ”näbbsko” still excist and is used. Their businessidea is ”To offer unique handicraft in naturematerial with high quality, safe and fast delivery.” Today the product selection has grown but the sustainability is natural and obvious.
Wyilda af Norden are located in Haparanda and produces scarfs made of highquality silk. They believe a scarf is a statement piece and that you shouldn´t settle with anything else than the best.
The scarfs are made of mulberrysilk and have hand-rolled edges and their producer has OEKO-Tex certificate for each part of the production.
The scarf from Wyilda af Norden is delivered in a luxurious box with a authentication certificate, signed by one of the founders. Inside of the cover is the story of Wyilda written and there´s also the possibility to write the name of the new owner of the scarf.
Ida Björses is a designer educated at Beckmans Design College. She designs and manufactures her products by herself but sometimes also in collaborations with others. Bum is a rug made to invite the user to sit on the floor. It is inspired by moss in nature and the shape is formed from a butt print. It is hand tufted by Ida Björses and her partner Karin Björklind and its 100% wool from yarn that is left over from the rug industry. “I want to create objects to make other reflect on their behaviour and find their own way of doing things. With a positive approach I want to show alternatives for the way of everyday life.”
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