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Designer Portrait

Mattias Stenberg

‘To me, Northern is not just the name of a brand – it says something about the point of origin,’ explains Mattias Stenberg, the Swedish designer behind Northern’s Yam series of seating and ottomans. ‘Even though the Northern brand is rooted in the Nordic tradition, Northern seem to be evolving the concept of Scandinavian design to make it more relevant to consumers today.’ Yet, as Mattias revisits the hallmarks of the past to set benchmarks for the present, he also finds plenty of inspiration in the everyday. ‘What’s exciting right now is that designers are allowing Nordic sensibilities to guide them towards new shapes while rethinking the colour and texture of the surfaces they design,’ he says. A quick look at Mattias’ own Yam designs reveals exactly what he means. ‘The texture and the quilting were inspired by fields of soft moss that grow in the highlands of the Far North,’ he explains. ‘The moss forms slowly to create an irresistibly tactile ground-cover, just like the surfaces covering the ottomans and seats.’ Northern

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Profile for COOMBES & GABBIE LIGHTING DESIGN

Northern 2019 Catalogue  

Northern 2019 Catalogue

Northern 2019 Catalogue  

Northern 2019 Catalogue