The last couple of weeks has been spent on the road and in the workshop. We have been in Dals Långed with a two day workshop on the Wood orientated Furniture Design program. This workshop started with a lecture about Lith Lith Lundin and the way we work sustainable. The participants then developed their own concepts and investigated materials in their surroundings that lead to very well worked and interesting presentations at the end of the workshop. The Steneby School is located in Dals Långed in Dalsand and is a part of the University of Gothenburg. They have amazing facilities at the school and the physical room for creativity seems just about endless. The participants where interested and hardworking despite having to work with their finals simultaneously. After the workshop ended we joined in on the barbecue that was the end of this term and got to applaud the pupils that got there master degree and the ones that finished the two year program.
When we got back to Torsåker we had the woodworking and wrought program visiting from Västerbergs Folkhögskola in Storvik. This has become an annual visit and it’s always fun to show them what we are up to and discuss materials, sustainability and different assembly techniques. Another thing that we have made is the finishing work on a portal for the Folk Theatre Gävleborg (folkteatern) for their set “ett sjukande skepp / ett växande slott”. The climate, different aspects of sustainability, the future and the past is some of the topics that is covered in the theater.
We also made a short swing-by to greet Kibandu Pello-Esso who is exhibiting his thesis project together with the other graduate student from the industrial design program at högskolan i Gävle. Kibandu has made a thesis with us as a case study on how to market sustainable and green design. It is a very interesting topic and Kibandu has made a great work and we look forward to continuing our discussions with him. Besides that we are currently working on some new test on our linseed oil and we will get back with more information about this as soon as we have some results. One last thing. We have heard from a few people that it sometimes is hard to reach us through email, that the email bounces. If you have sent a mail and still waiting for an answer, please try again or you can always call us.
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.