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. This year we are aiming for our biggest sowing of woad (Isatis tinctoria) so far. We hope we will be able to grow woad in the open. We have a small field right by our farm with a slope facing south. Hopefully it will be sunny enough, and we are prepared to spend most of the summer weeding.
>We are also growing transplants of woad inside to ensure that we get seed for years to come. These are sowed in small greenhouses to give them the best possible start and after only a little more than a week they are looking really good.
Our woad from last year is coming along very nice and will hopefully give us more seeds this year.
The blue pigment that comes from woad is the same pigment that you will find in indigo and it’s called Indicum. Historically woad has been a very important and expensive commodity and there are archaeological finds of woad seed in Europe that dates back to about 10 000 BC.
As the Indigo crop has a much higher concentration of the Indicum pigment than woad the European market was shattered when the seaway to India was discovered. Laws and prohibitions was instituted and in 1609 the usage of Indigo led to punishment by death.
The introduction of Indigo to Europe led to reduced domestic cultivation and the growing today is in a very small scale.
The woad root is used as traditional Chinese medicine herb and is used to cool blood and relive sore throat. As the treatments has not been evaluated clinically we don’t really know how it works.
We will use it to try to dye our products blue. This has historically been done in Sweden to color the blue on the Swedish flag and to color the Carolinians (Karolinernas) uniform.
Today we are launching three new products at the Formex-fair in Stockholm! The bench Spring, the candle holder Dawn and the light screen Filter. We hope that you like them! The will be up for sale on the homepage next week!
Spring is divided by a leather strap forming two sitting areas which encourages integration.
The slender, austere design in the frame is challenged by the arch creating a tension both in the construction and the design.
Dawn is a candle holder that in one piece embodies two different states of the same material.
During the manufacturing process the birch wood is ex- posed to heat which causes it to gradually transition into the more heat resistant charcoal. The natural tensions in the wood are also released making every piece unique.
Filter is found in the no-man’s-land between art and product design. With handmade paper every piece is unique and can be used as a light screen your window or a sculptural decoration.
Filter is solely made out of pine. The paper is crafted of the inner bark and the frame is made out of high quality pine wood. In this way Filter becomes a demonstrator of pine as a material and its characteristics.
A new store has opened in a old church in Gustavsberg, Stockholm. It is named Oldschool Hantverk and focuses on Swedish small-scale craftsmanship and environmental considerations. This is a true gem in the archipelago outside of Stockholm. With a far-reaching perspective on materials and manufacturing techniques this store holds a number of classics together with an impressive collection of contemporary design.
The founder, Martina Danielsson, has a background from Carl Malmsten furniture design in Stockholm. We had a quick talk with her where she explained the store and the story behind the store.
What drives you to open this store?
It is more fun to have a clean conscience for all products leaving the store to be used by PEOPLE in their HOME - and that’s my breeding ground for this concept. I believe that a retailer should take responsibility for their products, but the reality isn’t quite there. We should ask ourselves questions like - What are the furniture made of? How are they used and by whom? How long will they last and eventually how should we handle the residue? Contrary to conventional furniture stores with an imported range you see all the amazing artisans over the country struggling to survive. I figured that maybe you could combine the different segments. Artisanal craftmanship is usually locally and sustainable of its nature, the quality is top notch and it has a story. How does your background from Malmsten shine through in your work today? When I think about Malmstens today I see four programs that combined, represent the sustainability reform that we undergo in today’s society. Conservation and Upholstery carefully preserves furniture already made. The cabinet makers and upholsterers stands for high quality and traditional craftsmanship, which is durable and source material efficient. Design has the opportunity to create something new based on the traditional knowledge and expertise available in their network. All together the cooperation brings a sort of pride and humbleness towards the end product. I couldn’t have obtained the quality awareness I have today without going to Malmstens so I am grateful to have taken part of their education. How do you select which products to sell? Our range consists of both new and vintage furniture which is quite unique for a furniture store. We usually look at production and material when selecting vendors and products. It should be made in Sweden, of high quality and have that little extra something. By being selective you will end up with an interesting line of products rather than a ”quantity"-kind of store. Your home slowly comes together by the things you find and collect through life and time. It is the mixture of stories that makes it perfect and that is precisely how I would like to build my shop.
During the Stockholm Furniture and Light fair 2017 a new and very exiting store opened in Stockholm. It is called Austere@thisisalma and it is located in the lobby of the newly opened member office space This is Alma.
The store holds several design classics and also a part of our assortment which we are very proud of. The founder of This is Alma is Fredrik Carlström who also runs the concept store/showroom AUSTERE in Los Angeles where we also are featured.
If you are looking for great design the store is located at Nybrogatan 8 in Stockholm and if you are looking for any type of office in Stockholm, apply to This is Alma.