In conversation with Tzocolate

Hi, A house member Lorielle. Tell us about your latest venture Tzocolaté!
We are Sweden’s first and only brand dedicated to Filipino fine flavor chocolates. We are on a mission to tell the complete Filipino chocolate story and invite you to discover its unique flavors and sustainable origins. We celebrate our heritage, salute the labor of our farmers and honor the skills of our craft makers. Not everybody knows that the Philippines grow cacao. Yet, our very own Filipino cacao, the basic raw ingredient for chocolates, has been recognized as one of the top 20 best beans in the world.

All our ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced. We work together with Filipino craft chocolate makers who advocate for sustainability and direct trade, working hand-in-hand with local farming communities, giving them the fairest possible price and livelihood. We believe chocolate should not only taste great but should also positively impact all those who help create it. From soil to bar.

Chocolate seems to have a special place in many hearts, why is that?
Chocolates have been with us for 2000+ years. Eating it gives us a feeling of comfort. The combination of its aroma and flavours brings us back to our fondest memories of childhood. We always have chocolates during special happy moments in our lives, we just can’t give that up, right?

Why is A house the place for you?
As a member, A house gives me the feeling of belongingness where I can truly be myself. Collaborating with like-minded, creative and driven individuals is never hard with fellow members.

Meet A house member Klimato

Food and counting go way back. People have been counting calories, carbs and fat. Is 2020 the year we step out of our bodies, counting for the planet instead?

The food at A house this week is carbon calculated by Klimato, the Sting start up convinced that the food industry has to start being more transparent when it comes to the climate impact of food. Check out the daily A house menu to find out the carbon footprint of your lunch.

Hi Klimato, what is it that you do?

Klimato is the application for restaurants looking to offer a climate friendly concept. With Klimato, users can plan climate friendly meals, label dishes with their carbon footprint, retrieve sustainability reports and become climate-neutral by investing in climate positive projects.

What inspires you in your daily work?

What inspires us is the fact that we help about 8000 people every day to understand the climate impact of the food they eat and actually help organizations to reduce their emissions!

Why is A house the place for you?

Because it’s a really inspiring and forward-thinking workplace for entrepreneurs and creatives to come together and share ideas. Also, there’s a bunch of cool things going on all the time that you don’t want to miss out on!

What’s your favorite climate related topic?

Well, not surprisingly it has to be the climate impact of food. What most people don’t know is that 25% of all global CO2 emissions actually stem from the food industry.

What’s your favorite Co2 packed food that is hard to avoid?

Hmm, I would have to say cheese. Vegan cheese pizza is practically impossible to find, and it’s not quite the same thing either.

Meet A house yoga teacher & member Dag Tolstoy

Hi Dag, what is it that you do here at A house when not being a yoga teacher?

I work at Relate. We are trying to create a more conscious world through awareness of personal values. It’s really good stuff! Everyone should reflect on their personal values. What makes you happy in your everyday?

Tell us about your relationship with yoga!

I started out because I wanted to be different, vainly enough. I didn’t fall in love with it like some people do but I kept coming back. And now a couple of years later I am very happy I did. The biggest benefit I feel today is my ability to let go quickly and not dwell on things. But yoga should definitely be combined with a consistent meditation practice if you want to reap the good fruits. It can be awfully boring at times but damn does it do you good.

What inspires your daily work?

Just talking and listening to people can inspire me. Having conversations that are meaningful in themselves and not a means to something else.

What do you think is the best thing about working at A house?

That so many people are excited about their work! You definitely hear less complaints around here than you do from hanging out with your other friends.

And finally – why do you think A house members should go to your Monday yoga class?

Yoga is really the best self care there is. Not only does it make you physically fit but it can also make you more composed allowing you to enjoy life a bit more. Its only 50 kr, try it out! 🙂

Meet A house member Karl-Magnus Boske

Hi Karl-Magnus, what is it that you do?

I work as a graphic designer. The work area is wide with customers all between wine producers and pharmaceutical companies. A large number of my customers are in the music and entertainment industry.  I do corporate identities, packaging design, digital design, stage and exhibition design etc. My next step is to be very good at motion graphics.

What can people ask you that you love to talk about?

I’m not really a person watching sports. But, when it comes to my hometown team Kalmar FF there is no limit to my interest. I love discussing the team’s struggle, new players, are the trainer using right set-up … ask me and I could go on for ever. Of course, it would have been easier to share my interest if I was a fan of one of the big teams, but not at all so exclusively fun.

Karl-Magnus Boske with books

Is money important to you?

Yes. And no. If that would have been very important to me, I suppose I had seen more of it.

What were your ambitions, growing up?

Having a good time and be nice. Still are. The only thing I really wanted to do as young was to travel around the world with light luggage. It was a coincidence that defined my choice of job and a miracle that gave me love and children.

Why is A house the place for you?

A house is the right environment for creativity. I love going to work. Here I meet smart, fun and interesting people. I am involved in several joint projects.

Photographer: Anna Schori

Meet A house member Hanna Reimers

Hi Hanna, what is it that you do?

– I run Lily & Hanna Rawfood Ice Dreams – super delicious ice creams that are good for you and the environment

What were your ambitions, growing up?

– To be a nice person and to enjoy life

Which aspects of your work has made you want to continue?

– I love conceiving an idea and then see it turn into reality, it’s like magic =) Also, it’s very rewarding to work with a product that is a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative compared to what has been on the market before.

Hanna Reimers sitting with laptop

What would you say has been your greatest achievement?

– Bringing this totally new way of thinking about ice cream into the market in Sweden

What can people ask you that you love to talk about?

– Dessert =)

Photographer: Anna Schori

Meet A house member Per Spångberg

Hi Per, what is it that you do?
I’m the Founder & CEO of Levels Group, that I run together with my partners and our fantastic team of about 30 people (and growing). We develop digital products and services for our clients and partners, where some of them are large corporates, mostly within media, entertainment and financial services, but we also work with digitally based ventures and help them to scale their business to the next level.

Why is A house the place for you and your team?
I have visited a number of entrepreneurial hubs and co-working spaces, in Sweden as well as internationally, but there are only a few where you actually feel that the entrepreneurial spirit and energy is the driving force and the centre of attention. Many of these places are really just another temporary or serviced office in disguise. But here, you can really feel that entrepreneurship and innovation is at the core and always present, much thanks to the great work done by you guys, in the A House team.

What were your ambitions, growing up?
Outside the ambition of getting a proper education and have fun, all the way since my early teens, I’ve always wanted to be part of teams or groups, that do something of any kind of importance to me and others, beyond earning another krona or dollar on the margin.

Are there any particular tools that you need to start your working day?
I guess my day starts the same way as for a lot of other people – by checking my phone for news, work updates and communication, so yes my iPhone is a particular tool in my life.

If you hadn’t become what you are today, what else would you have done?

Most likely, I would have ended up as an entrepreneur in another area, but otherwise, I’ve always liked challenges within strategic thinking, negotiations and diplomacy, so that’s also a likely option.

Photographer: Anna Schori

Meet A house member Amanda Andersson

Hi Amanda, what is it that you do?

– I am Douchebags Content Manager, which means that I’m the ones responsible to ensure that we always have awesome content for all our channels.

What were your ambitions growing up?

– I’m still growing up, so my ambitions are, and have always been; make every day a great day, even though some days are way more work than leisure, you can always turn it into a great day!

What was your first encounter with your passion for bags?

– I don’t have a passion for bags. I’ve always been one of those girls who has never been able to keep track of any bag, always kept everything in my pockets and couldn’t care less about purses. Instead, my passion lies in being able to create magic material regardless of company. But I’m totally in love with Douchebags and its rebellious attitude.

Are there any particular tools that you need to start your working day?

– 8 hours in bed and three cups of coffee before leaving the house.

What can people ask you that you just love to talk about?

– My two homes, one in Stockholm and one on Gotland.
Photographer: Anna Schori

Meet A house member Delara Saleh Ebrahimi

Hi Delara, what is it that you do at Grow?
– I’m a brand strategist, meaning that I help Grow’s clients develop everything from brand platforms to commercial growth strategies and creative concepts.

Are there any particular tools that you need to start your working day?
– No, but I usually take a moment each morning to go through what I want to accomplish that day. Then I write that down on a post-it, if that counts as a tool?

What can people ask you that you love to talk about?
–  New tech, good music, bad movies, great design and anything about brands of course.

What’s on your playlist currently?
– My latest Shazamed tracks. It’s a weird mix.

What inspires you in your daily work?
– Definitely the people I work with. We have a lot of fun ☺

Photographer: Anna Schori

Meet A house member Simon Dahl

Hi Simon, what is it that you do?

– I am in the wine trade working with Terroir Vin. We find, import and sell honest wine from dedicated wine producers/farmers around Europe. Mostly to restaurants and wine bars but also to our dear monopoly, Systembolaget.

What was your first encounter with your passion for wine? 

– Having lunch on the green slopes of the Pyréneése with a bottle of wine. And Sunday dinner at my granny’s house. Wine on the table was a given.

If you hadn’t become a sommelier, what else would you have done?

– Actually, I have never worked as a sommelier, although, I have trained as one. A common misconception is that a sommelier (m.) or sommelière (f.) translates to ‘wine expert’, although this is partly true. Sommelierie is a profession meaning being responsible for an establishments wine service. So if I wasn’t working in the wine trade it’s likely that I would work as a sommelier. Or I would have aimed for a nomad profession, doing something that would make it possible to work remotely and traveling whilst working. I love exploring the world. Something creative activating the senses.

Why is A house the place for you?

– Members, members, members (and the lovely A house-staff of course)

– The community is great. A house opens up an arena of service and knowledge exchange which is not only amazing but also efficient and well needed.

Simon Dahl smelling white wine in a glass

Terroir Vin website >>

Photographer: Anna Schori

Meet A house member Ludvig Ekelund

Hi Ludvig, what is it that you do?
– Hej! I am the ceo of Super Synbiotics. We produce and market a probiotic food supplement called Synbiotics. Our product helps your gut to function well which makes your immune system stay on top of things.

Are there any particular tools that you need to start your working day?
– Not really. As long as I have a phone and a pen I am all good.

What was your first encounter with your passion for food supplements?
– My passion is rather health than food supplements. For excellent health I recommend moderate exercise, healthy food, mental balance and to indulge oneself. When I had passed my thirties, I realised that I had put too much focus on the latter hence I started to learn about the rest.

What can people ask you that you love to talk about?
– I know all there is to know about a healthy and unhealthy lifestyle. Buy me an ice cream and I´ll tell you all about it.

Break a sweat three times a week – exercise is key to stress reduction
Embrace setbacks – instead of pushing away, embrace shit and do better next time
Do it your way – know your potential, have fun and deliver with pride

Photographer: Anna Schori

Meet A house member Carolina von Rosen

Hi Carolina, what is it that you do?
We make junk-free snacks that say NO NO to empty calories, bland flavours and fad diets. And YES YES to real ingredients and mouthwatering taste!

Are there any particular tools that you need to start your working day?
A quick stretch, coffee and music!

If you hadn’t become a raw snack devotee, what else would you have done?
No idea! Maybe an actor? If I get to dream.

Carolina Von Rosen with coffee

What can people ask you that you love to talk about?

What would you say to your teenage self now?
Everything comes to you at the right time, be patient and trust the process.

Read more about Carolina’s junk-free snacks at!

Photographer: Anna Schori

Meet A house member Lisa Baumgartel

Hi Lisa, what is it that you do?
I help brands and people express ideas, sell products, and connect communities through the power of words. That is to say, I’m a copywriter.

What inspires you in your daily work?
All the amazing things my customers are doing and creating. I feel so privileged that, in my work, I get to walk through the back door of a lot of different companies and meet all these purpose-driven people who are bringing beautiful things into the world, and sometimes shaking up entire industries.

Lisa Baumgartel

What are your best tips for creating a work-life balance?
Ah. Good question. I can’t say I’ve perfected that one yet, but I do strive to schedule a mix of activities into my weekly agenda that feed my soul and serve my To Do list. I can highly recommend breaking up the work day with a cycling or yoga class, or lunch with a good friend.

What can people ask you that you love to talk about?
I love talking about health, sustainability, and new ideas. I also love just sharing feelings and philosophizing about life.

Why is A house the place for you?
A house is like a living hive of creativity. I love it because it’s a place where I can get work done, meet collaborators, and get a spark of inspiration when I need it.

Lisa Baumgartel


Photographer: Anna Schori

Meet A house member Michaela Cehlin Magnusson

Hi Michaela, what is it that you do?
I work at Little Liffner with a little bit of everything from customer service to social media. We’re a tight team of two which means you get to work with pretty much the entire business which is so much fun.

What can people ask you that you just love to talk about?
Reality shows, the cringier the better!

Who or what has had the biggest influence on you?
My mom <3

Michaela Magnusson

If you hadn’t been working with Little Liffner, what else would you have done?
I have seriously no idea but when I retire (in about 40 years) I want to be a tailor and/or run a doggy daycare.

Why is A house the place for you?
Because of all of the lovely people you get to meet every day.
Pictures by: Anna Schori

Meet A house member MACACOS

A house member Macacos – the trendy concept based on the superfruits that only grow in the Amazon rainforest, in Brazil. Açaí, the most famous of these fruits so far, and Acaí Bowls – which is a great snack / breakfast / light lunch option – has become popular throughout the whole country and is sold in selected cafes, gyms and juice bars.

Thanks to Açaí and the other fruits, the locals in the Amazon have gained a good source of income and are therefore fully committed to not letting the forest be harvested. This leads to, when we enjoy an Açaí Bowl here in Sweden, we are in the chain that helps to preserve the Amazon and, in turn, affect the whole planet!

Health effects:

Açaí is completely sugar free! Not even fructose …
Açaí has 10 times more antioxidants than blueberries!
Açaí contains healthy omegas (omega 3,6 and 9)
Açaí also contains 27 vitamins, minerals and fibers!
Açaí has been the base food in the Amazon since ancient times and now there are hundreds of scientific studies that confirm the health effects.
But above all: açaí is so heavenly gooooood!

Try the Acaí Bowl in the A house lobby.

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