Yesterday we were the guest at Form&Frukost at Scandic Anglais in Stockholm. Form&frukost is a series of conversations about design, crafts and handicrafts.
The knowledge of materials, the economics in design and DIY is examples of what the conversations focuses on. Frida Arnqvist Engström and Stefan Nilsson are founders and moderators and we are very happy to have been invited.
This is a very “straight up” style of conversation/interview and it was really fun being a part of this series. For more information about Form&frukost and their upcoming events please visit www.kurbits.nu which is Fridas blog.
Lith Lith Lundin is constantly working on developing renewable colors. A problem for us is finding pigments that is UV-genuine and don’t bleach in sunlight. For example we developed a nice color using red cabbage but after putting the final tests in sunlight they bleached quite fast.
To find a pigment that is renewable and UV-genuine we have been looking on plant dyeing. As most of this literature is about staining textile fibers the process often includes using heavy metals and toxins as mordants we have to find ways to work around this.
One of these ways is hopefully woad that so far has all the color characteristics that we are looking for.
From the start Lith Lith Lundin has been working with linseed oil.
When we did our first inventory of our 50 km radius we were certain that someone within our circle was growing flax. The Gästrikland and Hälsingland countys are considered classic flax ground, Hälsingland in particular, and the landscape flower of Hälsingland is flax.
After some research we could not find anyone that still were growing flax, we heard of someone that had gowned it a couple of years ago and someone that had the machinery for it but had lost interest in it and stopped.
After a good amount of research we came to the conclusion that we had to grow it ourselves.
Between the 19:th of February and the 30:th of April we are exhibiting in Stockholm at the Hallwylska Museum.
The exhibition is called "Skönhet för all i nytt ljus" (Beauty for all in a new light) and it explores the design mentality that evolved in the end of the nineteenth century. It focuses on the Swedish branch of the Arts and Crafts movement that flourished in Europe and North America approximately 1880 to 1920. It is an anti-industrial movement that stood for craftsmanship, personality and that the craftsman also should be the designer.
The English textile designer William Morris had a big part in the development of the Arts and Crafts movement and his wallpapers are shown in the exhibition in collaboration with Engelska Tapetmagasinet.
As mentioned before, we are featured in the book "New Nordic Design" by Dorothea Gundtoft.
We would like to share a review of the book and a text about traditional colors and stains.
This year’s edition of Stockholm Furniture Fair was a really interesting one. We spent two days on the fair and two nights in town meeting both old and new friends.
The vernissage at Stockholms Auktionsverk was a success with a very well composed mixture of new design together with some of the most well-known pieces from the 19´th century.
The exhibition "Austere at Adlibris Marknad" with its panel discussions on different topics every night was well visited with a stream of visitors throughout the week.
If you have the time both exhibitions are open daily and well worth a visit.
The winner of our contest during the #2016sdw is instagram user @adnanmakes, congratulations to a beautiful trivet!
During this year’s edition of Stockholm Furniture Fair we will be participating in two different exhibitions.First we will be a part of “Austere at Stockholm design week” exhibition which is a pop up exhibition at Adlibris Marknad in central Stockholm. Austere is a showroom for Scandinavian design and innovation in Los Angeles. We have been exhibiting our tensegrity furniture there and we are thrilled to launch our latest edition at their pop up exhibition.
We are also exhibiting at Stockholms Auktionsverk were we will take part in the Carl Malmsten - timeless crafts area.
We hope to see you all out there!
We have been working on our website for some time now. A lot of the visual appearance have been updated but the biggest change have been made to the texts.
The concept page has got a new describing image and a refined text to further clarify our concept. The material page is where most work has been done. It has got a new menu system to simplify the orientation and the texts has been shortened and changed to be more precise. As we always work on developing new materials and further explore our possibilities with our current materials this page is under a continual development. The contact page is updated with some great portrait sketches from Linda Granberg to visualize who we are and to make it more fun.
During the summer we had Sophie Thurner from the University of Applied Science in Dresden, Germany on an internship. She worked very hard and provided us with some great ideas and new ways of looking at materials. We are starting of 2016 by further developing one of these materials.
The idea Sophie provided us with was mycelium, the roots of mushrooms. We are now trying to grow this mycelium in “molds” to give it a desired shape. We are trying to use mycelium as reinforcement together with materials such as wood shavings and sawdust. These materials have until now been residual material from our production and we hope to find some good use for them.
We are now at hard work producing a new batch of furniture. Hannes is working long hours in the workshop and Erik is painting a big part of the new produced furniture black.
During the last months we have been refining our linseed oil to give it better drying characteristics. The most common way to do this is to add lead oxide, iron oxide and metal oxides. As these additives are toxic they are not an option for us.
Instead we use a method where you mix linseed oil with water and fine sand and then shake this mixture in different steps to “clean” the oil. The negative ions in the water binds unwanted fat and leaves you a clean oil separated from the impurities.
Lith Lith Lundin is exhibiting in Milan during the Salone Del mobile 2015.
The exhibition is a collaboration between Business Sweden, VisitSweden and the Swedish Embassy where we will show our tables Seven and Dome as well as our stool Glimm.
The design has been refined fore this years fair and we are now surfacing the furniture with our self produced oil wax.
This years exhibition is focused on durability, ergonomics, technology, innovation and the importance of relaxation and rejuvenation.
This month we are featured in in the german edition of magazines such as GQ and Architectural Digest in an ad for monoqi.com. Monoqi is a well known online retailer for design products and furniture based in Berlin, Germany.
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Starting the 20:th september we will be exhibiting at Falkenberg Museum. The museum has a hall called Projektrummet (the project room) where exhibitions with focus on science, process and experiment are in focus.
At Falkenberg Museum we will be showing all our furnitures and many of the materials we use, this to explain our concept and how we work.
During this exhibition we will show the results from Sara Olssons thesis project from Gävle Högskola, where she worked with Bois Durci a material were blood is mixed with saw-dust. We were external supervisors in this project and we are bringing some early tests of the material.
During this years edition of London Design Festival we will be exhibiting at TENT in the Old Truman Brewery on Hanbury Street between 18-21 september.
It is also the first time for us in England which is very exiting!
For press material please click HERE
Here is a short movie from the opening party of French Design Connection on Chambers Hotel in New York.
We are very proud of having been a part of the exhibition and would like to send our thanks to the organizers, especially Francesco Pirrello.
Bois Durci is a material that Lith Lith Lundin has been reading and thinking about for quite a while.
Its, in short, a material invented in France in 1856 where you take cellulose (sawdust in our case) and mix it with blood (we use blood from beef), then you dry the mixture, grind it and then mould press it under high pressure and temperature.
During the Stockholm Furniture Fair we came in contact with Sara Olsson, a design student at the university in Gävle.
She was planning her thesis and about a week after the fair we had our first meeting.
Spring is coming early this year in Torsåker and we are preparing for this years furniture fair in Milan. The exhibition we are participating in this year is called In Real Life and is curated by Form Us With Love.
One of the thing that were working with right now is new business cards. We are trying to make the most of our business cards, make it more than just a card, so we are stamping the logo by ourselves with colour from beetroot. This is always a bit of a hassle, but we are starting to get the hang of things.
We get the contact information pre-printed by Erik Axelsson at Hofors Digitaltryck, a guy that is patient and service awareness personified. After we have stamped the sheets he cuts them into cards and they are ready to get out there and create business!
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.