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January 11, 2010

Anna Battista (IT)

Anna Battista (IT) stayed at Creators Inn by Elvine at Hotel Scandic Malmen in Stockholm. She also gave us the longest answers so far. I guess that is what you should expect from a “compulsive blogger”. Don’t miss out on all her tips and recommendations regarding places to visit in Stockholm below.

Who are you and what do you do?
I’m a writer, freelance journalist (fave topics: arts, cinema, culture, fashion, politics, social issues and style), film lecturer and compulsive blogger.

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January 8, 2010

Bjørn Torske (NO)

Who are you and what do you do?
I am Bjørn Torske, 38, working as a dj almost all around the world, as well as composing and producing my own music.

Do you consider yourself creative and if so, in what way?
With reference to my answer above, I consider myself creative. I also enjoy cooking all kinds of food, and a little drawing on the side as well…

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January 5, 2010

Magnus Larsson (UK/SE)

UK based Swede, Magnus Larsson stayed at the capsule version of Creators Inn by Elvine at LAT, while in Gothenburg to give a speech at TEDxGöteborg. Interview and a previously recorded TED presentation video found after the jump.

How would you describe yourself for someone that have never met you?
I’m an architect who used to be – and still occasionally dabbles as – a journalist and a copywriter. My DNA was tested a few years ago for an article, and having seen those results, I know that I’m excruciatingly boring, the most common man on the planet: no interesting major diseases, an ever-so-slightly-above average tendency for rheumatic problems, and a lineage that makes me 1/25 Ethiopian jew. I’m the same as everyone, really.

What is creativity for you?
Creativity is the combined act of making yourself receptive to the usually sudden realisation that something is potentially possible, followed by the stubborn actualisation of that something. I believe, with Tibor Kalman, that everything is an experiment: if you actually pause to look at things, it’s very hard to not be inspired by them. In that way, pausing is creativity. But you also have to let go of that pause button. The people at TBWA/Chiat Day and Apple got it wrong: it’s not about thinking different. It’s about thinking-and-acting different, though of course that hasn’t got quite the same ring to it. To stay in the world of advertising slogans, creativity is the whole chain: Think different > Go create > Just do it. Remember “Tank Man,” the unknown Chinese rebel who stopped with his bags of groceries in front of the tank in the Tiananmen Square in 1989 and refused to move? That’s creativity.

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December 18, 2009

A Christmas story: The spirit of Sinter Klaas

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a jolly monk named St. Nicholas. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping poor creatives. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe, especially in Holland. The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). Sinter Klaas was described as everything from a fashionista with a blue three-cornered hat, red waistcoat, and yellow stockings to a clown wearing a broad-brimmed hat and a “huge pair of Flemish trunk hose.” Either way, he made an impression on people and quickly became a celebrated style icon.

Sinter has always been a great source of inspiration for Elvine, not only for his fashion sense, but also for his work helping out poor creatives. In his spirit we started Creators Inn by Elvine – a project offering traveling creators a place to stay for free. We think that’s what the holidays are all about. And now we challenge you to continue in Sinter’s foot steps. Why not invite a poor creative to sleep at your place?

Happy holidays!

December 14, 2009

Sac Magique (UK/FI)

Sac Magique (UK/FI) stayed at Creators Inn by Elvine at Scandic Malmen in Stockholm.

Who are you and what do you do? Do you consider yourself creative and if so, in what way?
My name’s Sac Magique – I’m an illustrator and graphic artist. I’ve always believed that everyone is born creative – but many lose it on the way to adulthood; I’m clinging on to mine.

What was your reason for visiting Stockholm, and what happened while you were here?
I had a couple of reasons for coming – to mount an exhibition of my prints at bar Ljunggren and also to meet the people and illustrators at Woo, my Swedish agency.

How did you like the room, and what do you think about the Creators Inn by Elvine concept?
The room was great – perfect location and much more personal than the usual hotel room. Unfortunately I didn’t really have time to take advantage of the full Creators Inn by Elvine concept as I was busy hanging my show and stuff – would have been nice to have called one of the concierges for a drink or had a soak in the bath.

Any tips and recommendations for future guests? Did you include anything on the map?
Well, the tapas bar Sardin on Skånegatan was superb – great for veggie bastards like myself. Also Magasin 13 is really worth visiting – a wonderful art space.

What’s creativity to you?
I think creativity at it’s best is an approach to life - it’s about playfulness and finding possibilities in the everyday even when you are soaking wet and smell of wet dog.

What’s next?
Hope to keep moving forward – bigger and brighter for 2010.

December 14, 2009

Sean Bidder (UK)

Sean Bidder (UK) stayed at Creators Inn by Elvine at Scandic Malmen in Stockholm.

Who are you and what do you do?
Sean Bidder, creative director for The Vinyl Factory and editor of FACT magazine, passionate about all things creative in music and art and spend my time trying to fuse the two in exciting new ways.

Do you consider yourself creative and if so, in what way?
I guess so, though I don’t think about being “creative” too much. I’m always coming up with ideas and scribbling them down on my pad. If I couldn’t find a way to realise them I guess I’d be sad and frustrated, but I can – much of the time – so it’s all good.

How did you like the room, and what do you think about the Creators Inn by Elvine concept?
Very warm, welcoming and cool. Great bathroom – the underfloor heating was a touch! Love the record player – naturally – and found myself playing Madonna a bit too much. The concept is an inspiration, what a great idea providing a place for guests to stay free in cities all over the world. One thing the room could benefit from would be a fridge.

Any tips and recommendations for future guests? Did you include anything on the map?
My tips would be Roxy bar in SoFo, and eating fresh fish from that health food place nearby, Pet Sounds record store, and strolling round SoFo’s shops on a Sunday. And not swimming in the river/lake in Winter!

What’s creativity to you?
Never stop dreaming up new ideas. Don’t let practical problems hold you back, you can always find a way.

What’s next?
Working with two incredibly exciting music acts – The xx and Grace Jones - on new art projects.

Anything else you want to add?
Thanks again!

December 1, 2009

Andreas Emenius (SE/DK)


Photo by Mette Ohlendorff

Andreas Emenius universe unfolds between the rules of science - between the strict, defined and controlled, and its opposites, the abstract, chaos, the uncontrollable and undefined. A dualism that shows how he perceives the surrounding world. The real meets the unreal, control meets chaos in work that, as an amplifier, speaks loud about human conditions and situations, and the need to make the impalpable palpable as well as to create systems and put chaos into order - both the close and concrete and the big and unexplainable. / www.andreasemenius.com

Who are you and what do you do?
Andreas Emenius, artist

Do you consider yourself creative and if so, in what way?
By doing work

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December 1, 2009

Dave 1 / Chromeo (CAN)

David Macklovitch aka “Dave 1″, who together with Patrick Gemayel aka “P-Thugg” forms the electrofunk duo Chromeo might not be considered as “up-and-coming artists”. But we wanted to support the folks who worked really hard to bring him over to Stockholm by offering them our services. And let’s face it, it’s pretty awesome to have had half of Chromeo stay in the room.

Who are you and what do you do? Do you consider yourself creative and if so, in what way?
I’m Dave 1 from Chromeo. When I’m not working on my doctorate, I’m one half of an electrofunk band. I pay homage to the music I grew up listening to – that’s as creative as I can get, given that I don’t really believe in creation.

What was your reason for visiting Stockholm, and what happened while you were here?
I was doing a DJ gig. There for barely a night.

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November 25, 2009

Elvine x EKTA collaboration

For the autumn & winter collection 2009-2010 Elvine invited the Gothenburg-based street artist EKTA to design some prints.

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November 19, 2009

Creators Inn by Elvine in Stockholm until Dec 31!

We are excited to let you know that Elvine and Scandic Malmen have extended the successful collaboration in Stockholm, so that Creators Inn by Elvine will stay until Dec 31st! Please read more about it in the following press relase: “Elvine and Scandic Malmen extend successful collaboration – Creators Inn by Elvine”

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