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Kasthall wins Wallpaper Design Award and this composer is about to create the longest symphonic piece that’s ever been made

And we meet a true fashion and designer icon who praises Scandinavian interior design.

This 27-year-old composer is fully booked until 2024 – and is about to create the longest symphonic piece that’s ever been made

Last November, composer Jacob Mühlrad premiered his new compositional work Time for one of the best choirs in the world – The Swedish Radio Choir – along with WDR Rundfunkchor (based in Cologne), Cappella SF (San Francisco), and Tapiola Chamber Choir (Espoo, Finland) in Berwaldhallen (Berwald Hall) in Stockholm. When summarizing 2018, music critics listed it as a top 3 concert in Sweden together with Paul McCartney and the Swedish soul sensation Seinabo Sey.

– It was beyond my expectations, with standing ovations. And I don’t even write for the audience, but for the musicians. But getting that response was obviously a huge plus and it makes me extremely happy to see people getting touched by my music, Mühlrad says.

He’s now booked for the coming five(!) years, including a three-year-long cooperation with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra together with several international orchestras, a clarinet concerto with The Swedish Radio Choir, and – five years from now – a project with The Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki.

He’s also writing his autobiography as well as planning a very special project:

– I’m writing the longest symphonic piece that’s ever been made. Right now, it’s 8 hours long, but who knows how long it will be? They will actually need to re-build The Stockholm Concert Hall to make this happen’.

Tonight, he’s awarded Best Dressed Man at the Swedish ELLE gala.

– It was quite surprising since I’m so intuitive every time I decide what to wear. But I like leather jackets, sports fashion like Champion, and sun-bleached colors which remind me about the Middle East, Mühlrad says.

Kasthall wins Wallpaper Design Awards

Wallpaper* Design Awards is considered to be one of the design world’s most prestigious awards, presented each year in a number of special award categories. Kasthall’s handwoven rug Ängsmark, designed by Ilse Crawford, has been named the 2019 winner of the Best Natural Selection category.

– We are delighted and extremely proud of this prestigious accolade and would like to give a major shout out to the Kasthall Design Studio, which – in collaboration with StudioIlse – did a fantastic job in developing the entire Grönska collection, says Karin Wickberg, Marketing Director, Kasthall.

Ängsmark is a thin, light, hand-woven rug in pure wool interspersed with lines of chenille that create rhythm and pattern. Kasthall and Studioilse used over-dyed mélange yarns, specially developed for the Grönska collection, to bring subtle depth and variations in color, like those found in the fields and meadows of Sweden. The mélange yarn is twisted with fine yarn in contrasting colors, which appears randomly over the surface adding to the effect. Ängsmark is available in four colors reflecting the changing seasons.

The design collaboration between Kasthall and Ilse Crawford began in spring 2017. When designing it, Ilse Crawford was inspired by the countryside around the Kasthall factory in Västergötland, Sweden. On her first visit to Kasthall, the surrounding fields and farmlands sowed the seeds for the ideas that would sprout into the Grönska collection, created as a tribute to the colors, patterns, and textures of the Swedish landscape.

Design icon praising Scandinavian interior design

78-year-old fashion and designer legend Dame Zandra Rhodes has had Princess Diana, Kate Moss, and Freddie Mercury on her client list and is the Founder of Fashion and Textile Museum in London. Her colourful outfits very well reflect her rainbow coloured penthouse home in central London as well as the multicoloured trend exhibition which she curated at this week’s Formex fair in Stockholm. When meeting her, we asked about her opinion on Scandinavian design:

– I think you always have an impeccable taste as well as a wonderful quality, which is an important thing to think about these days. And I think it’s getting more colourful than before – it’s always a matter of how you put things together, Rhodes says.

This fall sees the premier on a new documentary about her and an exhibition about her 50 years in fashion at Fashion and Textile Museum in London. &

Kasthall’s Ängsmark, Dame Zandra Rhodes at Formex, and Jacob Mühlrad.