The second day of the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 has just started, and we are slowley comming back to life after weeks of hard work.
At Greenhouse we are showing our latest project named Will. It is a chair where we have taken advantage of woods ability to shrink and bend when dried. To frame a construction using the shrinkage of wood is an old technique that we have refined and applyed on a more contemporary form. The chair is designd to enhances the expression of the natural movement that takes place when wood dries and in this way give every chair its unique appearance.
We are very pleased whit how the stand turned out and we hope that you have the possibility to come and se it for your self!
In our latest project, called WILL, we have been working with woods tendency to bend and shrink when dried. We want to use these properties to both fabricate and design a chair. To make this happen we have been working with green woodworking techniques to join the construction, and to supply a simple frame in which nature is free to express itself and its desires.
Depending on where the tree has grown and what it has been exposed to it will act different when dried. Because of this every chair gets a unique appearance and look even if they were produced in the exact same way. In order to do this we have built our own wood dryer, with the option to dry wood hard and fast. Usually wood is dried slowly to avoid changes in shape. We want to favor woods own will to change shape and therefore we dry it rapidly and uneven.
For a year we have been working on and planning a big project: our workshop. The original plan was to buy an old sawmill, a beautiful building with very attractive surroundings and a fantastic history! However, in order to convert it into a workshop we would pretty much have had to tear down and rebuild everything and at the same time try to keep the feeling and soul of the building. After a lot of consideration we came to the conclusion that the old sawmill would be far too much work and way too expensive for us to handle. Reluctantly we were forced to rethink. We started thinking about building the workshop on the farm where we live. However, if we started to renovate the barn we would never be able to restrict ourselves to just renovating one area and the project would grow until it would consume all of our time. Another desire we had was to separate the place where we work from the place where we live.Read more »
The two days in Torino has been really nice, the venue is amazing and the crowd is positive. We had some issues setting up the stand, but with some painting and re-organizing we think our stand shows our furniture and concept in a good way. Operae is an event with a lot going on all the time such as, lectures, workshops and presentations. There for there is always people on the move and things to get involved in.
The Italians are not too eager to speak English, which is a bit of a problem. But the Operae staff has been really good in helping us out and we have an Italian student in our stand, Sahel Rezazadeh Ardebili who is great at talking about our products and translating for us. And we now , thanks so Sahel, have a dictionary with the most important words for us such as olio di lino, uova and radice di pino.Read more »
Lith Lith Lundin is going to Torino to participate in Operae festival, a trade-exhibition for independent design. The festival is held between the 11th and the 15th at the Cantieri OGR in an old repair shop for railway carriages and locomotives.
Pictures from the venue and our stand will come up shortly upon arrival, and during the trip we will also be active on instagram (LithLithLundin) and twitter (@LithLithLundin).Read more »
Erik has during the last weeks been working hard to cut and weld metal for a reconstruction of a factory from old drawings. The challenge to build a carbon black-machine, almost a mini-scale factory, has been a hard and a bit tricky. The first time we came across carbon black was during research for different pigments and coloring techniques. We started out by trying to collect the soot from burnt birch bark in an old grill that we turned up-side-down. That method turned out to be awfully ineffective as the most of the smoke, in which the carbon black is, was gushing out on the sides. But it gave us some carbon black, enough to make a small batch of color. The result was good and we knew then that it was worth exploring further
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58 days after sowing our flax, the field now looks like this. The flowers are blossoming, with more and more appearing every day. We have planted an oil flax called Taurus, which is the variety most frequently grown in Sweden. Erik is busy with preparations for the flax harvest, searching for people and machinery suited to harvesting and pressing linseed oil. At times like these we are lucky to have friendly neighbours with plenty of knowledge and contacts!
The summer holidays are over for Lith Lith Lundin, and autumn began with a bang with a thorough restructure of our routines and workplace. The office, which was previously also a wood workshop and leather cutting area, has now been cleaned up and turned into a dedicated paper and computer office.Read more »
After a lot of research and discussion he have decided what kind of plants that were going to use to try to make stains and colors out of this fall. After building "boxes" to sow in and, with some help from our neighbor Dan, have 11 cubic meters of topsoil delivered to the farm we were ready to get to work.
We painted the boxes with our own homemade tar, or at least what we believe to be tar, and our homemade turpentine mixed with some linseed oil, to prevent them from rotting. The color turned out beautiful and the boxes smells just great!
When filling the boxes we again got help from our neighbor, this time Jonas, and he´s wheel loader. Filling it up with shovel and wheel barrow would be possible, but it would take some important "growing-time" from our seeds. After filling it up with the dirt...
We started out with our spring tillage a few weeks ago on a field that has been pasture at least for 60 years. The ground was hard and well packed from all the livestock that has walked the ground over the years. Erik and Hannes got much-needed advice from our neighbors Jonas and Harald on the basics of plowing and tractor knowledge. After a few abortive furrows we got control of the plow and tractor and was ultimately very pleased with our results.
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After plowing the boys got going with the harrowing, a work that needs some speed from the tractor to get the best result. Erik and Hannes, who now had been farmers for a solid two days started of harrowing with them both in the cabin of the small tractor we have for the job. Two people in the cabin, one facing forward and steering, one facing back and keeping the harrow on the right depth...
Back in Sweden after an intense time in New York. During our stay we met many new, exiting people and are now back with many contacts to follow up and new ideas to start working on.
The exhibitions in New York has been a really nice time. Maria Larsson from urban identities has done a great job setting this together. She had a great way of connecting different parts of the exhibition with her own photography´s of "Swedish forest cleaning".Read more »
During the designweeks in New York, Lith Lith Lundin are exhibiting in SOHO on "HOME in the WOODS", a exhibition by architect Maria Larsson from Sweden. If you are in town and got the time, visit us on 29 Mercer Street.
Martin from the Lith Lith Lundin-team was selected to go to New York for marketing during the exhibition "Home in the woods" 17-22 may. The exhibition is curated and produced by the Swedish architect Maria Larsson and it is held in the ground floor of her house on Mercer street in SOHO. The ICFF (international contemporary furniture fair) is a fair in New York that´s, as well as the fair in Milan or Stockholm, has spread in to town to galleries and temporary showrooms.
Among others Charlie Styrbjörn Design and Julia Gamborg Nielsen is represented on site as well as Sami Kallio Studio.Read more »
During the fair in Milan we exhibited in the Swedish pavilion in Superstudio PIÚ, downtown Milan. The pavilion was a collaboration between Möbelriket, Business Sweden, the Swedish Institute and Svensk Form.
We took part in the “New Makers And Doers”-part of the pavilion, a jury selected exhibition whit focus on new and small companies that both design and take care of there own production.
We showed new versions of furniture Seven, Dome and Glimm and we were on site throughout the fair. Looking back at the fair it gave us a lot of new contacts, both domestic and international.
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Right off the bat after arriving in Milan Sunday night we had our furniture photographed for the press review on Monday morning.
We came in contact with Milan based product photographer Sara Anfossi through earlier contact with Marco Nero from SOHOSTUDIO.
As always we are a bit picky and accurate during photo shoots, but Sara showed a great amount of patience and forbearance and after a couple of hours we had a whole bunch of “five star photos”. Sara had a beautiful studio in Milan and gave us some well needed pizza after a 48 hour streak of working and traveling to Italy.
We also would like to send our thanks to Saras mother for helping during the shoot and her meticulous placement of the last photos...Read more »
Before going to Milan we decided to make new business cards. The idea had been under discussion for quite some time and in the end it worked out pretty much as we wanted.
The idea was to print the Lith Lith Lundin-logo with beetroot on the cards. The stamp consists of a piece of leather glued to a plate of MDF. The logo was inverted and flipped to end up right on the cards and then cut out with a laser cutter.
The actual stamping of the papers was a delicate job when it came to the amount of pressure and paint, we had some trail and error before getting the hang of it but after a while it worked smoothly.
We would like to send our thanks to Erik at Hofors Digitaltryck for the patience, positive thinking, help and fast service...Read more »
During the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair in February 2013 we were a part of the Check in 13 exhibition. This was the fifth year for Check In, a platform for unestablished designers during the Stockholm fair.
The initiative for Check In comes from Trendgruppen and Stefan Nilsson. It is a temporary pop-up showroom on a new location every year. This year we were at Scandic Malmen in the south parts of Stockholm, right by the Medborgarplattsen square.
We showed the three legged stool Glimm painted in black from soot, the four legged stool Seven stained red from beetroot and the five legged table Dome in a soaped hue.Read more »