Author: Maria Kruse

Blossoming Neo-Noir

Low-key images, backlight, long shadows and silhouettes. Neo-noir has all the elements of the classic film noir genre of the 1940s. Dark, cynical and apocalyptic. Kind of like a Swedish November.


Afternoon Ritual

A proper British Afternoon Tea occasion, a complex Japanese Tea Ceremony or – like we do in Scandinavia during long, dark winter afternoons – just wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy.

A World of Shadows

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty” Jun’ichirō Tanizaki concludes in his classic essay In Praise of Shadows. A tiny book of 50+ pages that that has inspired architects, designers and artists from all over the world.


Grey Area

Grey is one of the hardest colors to work with since it leans so easily towards other colors. Who hasn’t brought home a jar of paint only to find it looks green, brown, purple, blue or pink on the wall?! However, when it’s right, it’s right.

Nangijala Revisited

It’s not a book for sissies. Maybe not even for children, some has argued. But regardless; The Brothers Lionheart remains a beloved classic and Jesper Waldersten´s illustrations infuses new layers of darkness to the story.



“Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy – but mysterious. Black says this: “I don’t bother you – don’t bother me” – Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto walks his own path. Dressed in black.


The purest, simplest of forms or the playful Seletti bird? One thing that’s certain is that this time of year calls for some serious light sources.


Who is Fantôme de Maules?

A Swiss mythical character wandering the woodlands of Maules, the resurrected scent of extinct plant Silphium and a moonlit Alp cave. These are the scented stories of perfume house Stora Skuggan.

Persona pt1: Behind the Mask

From his hospital bed, sick with pneumonia and acute antibiotic poisoning, Ingmar Bergman started writing the screenplay for Persona, in order to search out a new path in his career.