During the last couple of weeks Erik and Martin has been working hard on completing the "clean room" that we started to build ages ago. This to be able to further develop our work with mycelium.
Mycelium is the roots of mushroom and we will try to use this as the binder in a construction. As some of you might know we have been working with mycelium before. It all started out with our intern Sophie Thurner from the University of Applied Science in Dresden who provided us with the idea of using mycelium as the "binder" in a mixture of wooden sticks, sawdust, oatmeal and water. This to be able to "grow" any kind of shape and form and to use it as one of our materials. After the first test we have been putting the project on hold due to the initially quite high investments to get the growing environment as clean as we needed.
We have after this applied to a scholarship through Kulturbryggan and we now have the funds to create the environment and start growing mycelium.
We have gotten a lot of help initially in this project and we would like to take the opportunity to thank Gunilla and AnnaKarin for their work and also Stefan Lysén for all the information and help regarding ventilation and filtration. Right now we are just completing the first batch of sterilizing all the equipment that we will use and also the first batch of mixture that the mycelium will grow in. This is done in a autoclave, a sort of high pressure cooker that steams the content and kills all the bacteria, spores of mold and other possible contamination.
After this we will introduce the mycelium to the mixture and hopefully we will soon see a growth. In our room we have a permanent circulation of air that runs through filters. We also keep the room in a constant over pressure to avoid contamination from possible air coming in from leakages. On the outside of the room we have a dehumidifier and an air filter to avoid humid air filled with mushroom spores to spread in the house. In the room right now we have a temperature of just over 22 degrees Celsius and a humidity of 80% which is just about the environment that oyster mushroom thrives in. As soon as we have some results from this we will share it with you and if you want some more frequent updates please follow us on Instagram @LithLithLundin
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.