I don't do films. But I love making stories. Design is about making stories, and as I got challenged to fuse old and new, heritage and contemporary. I could not resist. My design work became a part of the ”Color Accent” project by Design House Stockholm including the Flip Table and the Wick Chair. I created images fusing the work and art of Karin and Carl Larsson with the work of 8 contemporary designer creating the different settings. It became an exhibition, it became a launch event. And yes - it became a 5 minutes film.
See the short film below, about the film… This is from the Swedish National Museum the 3rd of February 2020, the Design House Stockholm launch of Color Accent, Karin & Carl Larsson. Hosted by Li Pamp including an interview with me, and the second half is the very film (5 min) in itself.
Technically curious? The film is all digitally made, I have modelled the objects in 3d in Autodesk Alias, made the visualisations and animations in Keyshot, edited in Adobe Photoshop, And put it all together in Adobe Premiere Pro. Music by ANBR. The art images kindly supplied by The Carl Larsson Estate Sundborn.
Anno took two years from the identified need and the first sketch, via visualisations, models, material research and selection, detail design, engineering, sourcing of details, adaptions for production, photography and documentation to day of launch. Designing a bathroom is very much a cooperation between the designers vision, production efficiency and the identified market need. Top that with a focused market communication and you get the need for coordination and close collaboration.
Jesper and Vedum has been working together for 12 years, creating long term classics along with award winning concepts in for example Flow, Day, Mezzo, Free and Art. Anno was launched February 2020. A great start of yet another chapter.
We made a film to tell the story, see below. In Swedish.
There is also a dedicated website for this project, check it out at https://anno.vedum.se
Domino is a game of how to place rectangular shaped pieces one by one, side by side, or at an angle. From now on, Domino is also a table and bench from Byarums Bruk. Designed for outdoor use, cast in recycled aluminium. Like the game, the bench creates lots of opportunities for creativity in composition. Designed for the traditional and very important Swedish ”Fika” break.
Byarums Bruk is renowned for creating timeless design that stands the test of time. Domino is the forth project made together with Jesper. In their collection you do also find the bench Waterloo, the waste bin Monolit and the smaller waste bin Minior.
Ten years ago I designed a cupboard called No. 216. A green piece of furniture with a story of the A-format, where each size from A0 to A8 is half the size of the previous one. The mathematics of the square root of 2. Poetic and practical, it is also the perfect proportions behind the paper formats. It was time to revisit this line of thought, so I designed a smaller, more practical size of the sideboard. More playful in the composition of each A-size of door, drawer or open space. Adding a marble top and a new updated softer colour. Still green of course.
Raw brass. Sound great, doesn't it. Lighting is a bit like sound. Sound that you sometimes want to control, direct, amplify. A strong metaphor for sound is the megaphone. With the lighting series Megafon (Swedish for megaphone), designer Jesper Ståhl wanted to create a megaphone for light. A visual reference that feels familiar but in a new context. Megafon gives the light a direction, it amplifies the quality of the raw brass and the craftsmanship. A loud statement - but completely silent. Megafon is available as a single pendulum, set at a fixed angle, or an entire symphony of a number of megaphones in a ring.
It is a kind of personal project, creating a kitchen for one self. In my case, I live in a sixties house with large windows and floor heating, carefully renovated bit by bit during the ten years it has been ours. When it finally was time to do the kitchen, I wanted to make a matching kitchen to the story of the house and of myself. And of course, I gave it a project name, “Djupa Småland”, which roughly translates to “in the deep forest of Small land”, being the area of my origin. When I for my inner eye visualise Småland, I see the warm dense forest, backlit by en evening sun over the haze of a still lake. Sharp contrast, pale colours alongside monochromatic coloured stones. Blond wood, and soft ripples of a water on the stones, and the scent of a misty morning. That is exactly the kind of kitchen I aimed for.
I considered the work flow of cooking, the social aspect of a kitchen of today, and the blending between the work area and the dining area - made by interweaving wood, colours and stone, creating and angular edge on floor and even up on the cupboard drawers, blending the two areas together. Kind of like the tree line of a Småland forest. And my long time friends at Vedum was the brand to supply the parts and solutions needed. Thank you.
The well celebrated Wick chair is designed jointly by me and Karl Malmvall. It is now updated with colours! As a part of the “Color Accent by Design House Stockholm”, Wick can be ordered for a limited time in a number of colours, personally picked from the work of the Swedish Artists from a hundred years ago, Karin & Carl Larsson. Unveiled at an event at the National Museum of Sweden in February 2020, you now have the possibility to order a special version of the Wick chair. Four layers of colour and lacquer, each one rubbed in by hand to achieve the special effect of worn colour on wood, in full saturation! Red, Blue, grey, green. Sundborn edition.
We are adding flexibility and choice to the successful Free family of bathroom design for Vedum. Free is a range of basins and storage that have a distinct design featuring straight lines and soft corners transforming to an organic basin. A strong focus on functionality and flexibility of choice. Free, now in a new smaller size, a perfect choice for the smaller room in the house. To be more precise, 500 is 515 mm wide basin on 500 mm storage.
Winner - best the design of the year 2019. Flip Table by Jesper Ståhl for Design House Stockholm is awarded best design of the year 2019 by Plaza - with the motivation as follows: “Flip Table is in many ways the perfect table. It is not one table, but three. Depending on how you use the 14 hinges, it can be a dining table, a desk or a sideboard - all with different characteristics. A table to live with for a long time! "
Launched at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2019, Flip Table already got a fair share of attention. Three sizes in one; A small sideboard, a work desk or a full size Dinner table. Just flip it!
The very focus of Lystra is to create spotlights and to offer great lighting quality. We now have three families of product each with its story. For 2019/2020, we have added a new size in each of the families. An extra small footprint, an extra small physical size. In order to use the extraordinary quality of Lystra in even more places and settings. One of this is "Mocca", a spotlight inspired by the ear of a coffee cup (ses the film below). And for Mocca we also got awarded as the winner of Design S - Swedish Design Awards by Svensk Form.
The future is XS. The future is made in Sweden.
The title Masterpiece. If that is not something than what is? My most extensive designer portrait so far.
I got a magazine from South Korea, The Monthly IX Design Magazine. Towards the end of the magazine I found the most extensive article about my work ranging over 18 (!) pages. Fantastic. Then I realized that in Korean, you read starting from the other end… the article was not last, but first. Thank you Ms Sung. What the written words say however, I have no idea, but it is also found at their website; www.ixd.co.kr
Hurray from England to Smaland. I won the category "Food & Design" from the Smålands and Ölands Gastronomic Academy 2018. This was unexpectedly fun, not least for my son Aron who received the award in my name when I happened to be in London. Thank you Aron for a great "thank you" speech which echoed all the way to Heathrow Airport...
Short message: We won. :)