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The Scandinavian Room Design House Stockholm 2012

11. Foreword 19. Collection 2012 59. Furniture 71. Lighting 79. Tabletop 93. Fashion & Accessories 101. Atelier 106. Our Designers 107. Contact Information

Texts, Collection 2012: Petter Eklund Translation, Collection 2012: William Jewson Design: Erik Wäppling & Håkan Ängquist Photography: Olivia Jeczmyk, Dan Sjunnesson (Studio CA), Martin Petersson, Design House Stockholm’s archive Fonts: Gravur Condensed, DHS Stencil Paper: Arctic Munken Polar Printing & Repro: Strokirk-Landströms, Lidköping © 2011 Design House Stockholm 2

Boda, Sweden. June 17 2011. Design House Stockholm OPEN under construction.The ensemble Musica Ă…fors rehearses for their opening ceremony performance next to designer group Form Us With Love, creating their Work Lamp Light Jockey installation.

A heart of glass. In 2011, Design House Stockholm started Vet Hut, a glassware studio located in the deep forests of Sm책land. A small scale creative industry fueled with passion.

June 18, 2011. Performance at Vet Hut. Glassblower Bjørn Friborg and master glassblower Christopher Ramsey makes a bowl, designed by Timo Sarpaneva, from the first collection Folded Rim.

There is a pulse that never dies. Ideas never dry up. Design House Stockholm acts as a design publisher. We aim to operate at the focal point between ideas and production. Designers come to us with their proposals and we select the designs that we believe in. For twenty years we have been working with sensible, functional, beautiful, timeless and fun ideas. Creativity is our oxygen, the dynamo that causes us to wake up and improve matters. Quality can be sensed in the hands, one can’t fool the fingertips or the eyes. Design House Stockholm is responsible for numerous “impossibilities”. We have our porcelain painted by hand at a porcelain works in Xiamen. This makes the items more expensive, but they are for real. We are quite capable of marketing a coffee cup as a sculpture. It is difficult to manufacture but is stunning to the eye. We believe that a rocking chair is something we need today; not to mention a clock with no figures. We hardly hesitate in opening a glassworks in Småland at the same time that other manufacturers are closing down. Increasing numbers of people are getting tired of mass-produced goods and are looking for things that are genuine and personal. More and more people seek a sense of closeness, of something having been made by someone using their hands. Products are always ultimately about people – about the people that make them and the people that use them. Design House Stockholm is carrying on an existing saga. Behind us are more than one hundred notable years of applied or craft art in Sweden, stretching from the call for artists to work in industry and the notion of “more beautiful everyday items”, to Swedish grace, Swedish modern and pop art for factories. This was a golden age. The Swedish manufacturers of applied arts hired artists, and gave them resources, assistants and marketing departments. “Made in Sweden” was an ideal all over the world. Ceramics, glass, textiles and furniture from Sweden won prizes at international competitions. A vase made somewhere in the forests of Småland or in a porcelain works could take pride of place on Fifth Avenue, in Tokyo, or in Venice. But every saga has its dark side too. By the 1980s these manufacturers had become large corporations that were no longer profitable. Whole industries experienced crises, were sold to new owners or were closed down. Contemporary design develops under the shadow of this once golden age. We may have continued to live on the 11

strength of our reputation. But this is no longer possible. We want to move forward. Factories may close or move to other countries, but human creativity cannot be wiped out. Design House Stockholm is helping to look after this creativity. We are developing much stronger links with the various design colleges. We are a creative organization, built up over twenty years on the solid base of our own preferences and how we think about such aspects as function, ergonomics, expression and humour. Some of the ideas are advanced and seemingly odd. Some are so simple that one wonders why no one has thought of them before. We follow our own path and we welcome surprises. Design House Stockholm has procured a glowing heart. We have started up a minimal hot-glass studio, Vet Hut, in the glass-making mecca of Boda in the forests of Småland. We issue invitations to artists to come and experiment in our studio and to produce limited editions of handmade glassware. We never know what is going to happen at Vet Hut. This keeps our curiosity on the boil. We have called the first collection from the studio Folded Rim, a dual rim that has been created by master glassmakers for centuries. The quality of our glassware is indicated by three classic glass designers: Timo Sarpaneva, legendary Finnish designer; Erik Höglund, the pioneering designer at the Boda glassworks from 1953 to 1973; and Signe Persson-Melin, the grand old lady of Swedish ceramics and glass who designed for Boda in the 1960s and 1970s. Three notable earlier collections are now being crafted by hand at Vet Hut. And further collections are on their way. We are currently collaborating with Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm on a project dealing with keeping our most precious items safe: rings, jewellery, air, silence, time… Design House Stockholm is also attracting new brand names. We are now collaborating with Pablo, a lighting business in San Francisco run by the Venezuelan-born designer Pablo Parda. He has been on the cutting edge with minimalist and technologically advanced lighting solutions in a unique, hi-tech idiom since 1993. We have also started to sell a highly prestigious collection from the MoMA shop in New York. Our collaboration with the museum goes back a long way. The classic Block Lamp designed by Harri Koskinen was sold with exclusive rights in the museum shop. We are now privileged to be able to offer a selection of MoMA’s own specialities.


October 2011. Design House Stockholm’s new head office under construction.

4:03 a.m. October 26, 2011. Photographer Olivia Jeczmyk is shooting for this catalogue at the construc足tion site of our new head office and flagship store.

The following images where taken during the creation of Design House Stockholm’s new head office and flagship store at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm.

February 7, 2012 is the date of the grand opening of our new flagship store. Join us at Norrmalmstorg during the Stockholm Furniture Fair for a week of celebration! 19

Being rocked as a means of relaxation or comfort is a timeless, basic human experience. Though at some time in the early 20th century the design development of the rocking chair stopped. Rocking chairs frequently remain in an ornate, salon mode. Fredrik Färg’s Rock Chair is a rocking chair for our own time. It continues the traditional rocking chair’s comforting function but in a modern design. “I developed the prototype during an exchange term in Australia where I was given an assignment to created a chair using only MDF board and a jig saw. It was a challenge to produce something personal and coherent using the simplest means.”

Rock Chair is a knock-down design sold in a flat pack. The five pieces are easy to fit together. When the chair has been assembled, the construction is its expressive feature. Nothing is hidden and one can see how the chair holds together. There is a toy-like charm to its simplicity. As a model, Rock Chair is like a drawing that one can sit on, as beautiful as it is cleverly functional. Rocking chairs encourage one to sit for a long time. While working on the Rock Chair Fredrik also had the idea of producing soft cushions for it. The round cushions are a graphically elegant addition to the generous forms of the rocking chair and make it comfortable. Rock Seat comes in two variants, one 21

in leather and one in cotton canvas. The idea is that the cushions should last for a long time and gain a more beautiful patina with the passing of the years. Fredrik Färg trained as a cabinetmaker. He took his master’s degree at HDK School of Design and Crafts in Gothenburg in 2008 and rapidly gained a reputation for his ‘slow fashion’ chair Coat which consisted of equal parts of an armchair and a traditional coat. He has since established himself as a designer and exhibition curator in the fields of art, fashion and design. He has received several awards and has ex­ hibited internationally. Fredrik Färg is based in Stockholm.





A product is not complete until it is filled with its content. Marcel Duchamp maintained that, to be meaningful, art needed a beholder. In the same fashion, products need their users. This is equally true of bowls, shelves, beds, buildings. In Axel Bjurström’s Magazine Table these ideas have been collected in a product. “What is one to do with the glossy magazines that are all over the place? I pile them up on a little table which gains its stability from the weight of the magazines. The table can be wheeled about like a trolley.” Magazine Table has two functions in one piece of furniture: it is a magazine rack and it is a neat side table. Place it by the sofa or use it as a bedside table. There is room for a pile of magazines 45 cm high. The angle of the rack prevents the magazines from falling off. The spines of the piled magazines create a sculpture that is in a constant state of flux.

Axel Bjurström became interested in design when he worked as a project manager for fashion company Filippa K. He took his master’s degree in interior architecture and furniture design at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm in 2007 and now runs his own studio, working with product design and architecture.




Simple is often best! Lena Bergström’s Björk and Uman Homebags, storage baskets handmade from wool, are as robust as metal boxes. The function is as evident as a wood-fetcher or a basket made of wood chippings. But that’s where the similarities end. Lena Bergström’s long experience in designing textiles and glass is highly apparent. Material and shape are so harmonious and show such a beautiful balance between fashion and the rag-mat’s timeless contentment. Carefully chosen details accentuate the effect. The leather handle meets the wool with a couple of bold rivets. The black interiors lend weight and give the impression of a cast-iron vessel.

“My roots are in the northern Scandi­ navian landscape and this becomes evident in my designs. Birch trees are common in the north and they inspired me to produce my Björk [Birch] collection. Their black and white trunks have given expression to the weave. The leather details represent birch-bark. Uman is the Sami name for the Umeå river in the north of Sweden. Just like the mighty river, the collection seeks to attract attention and make itself felt. Traditional Sami colours have also inspired me.”



Lamps are like people, they are happiest in families. The Form Pendants from design group Form Us With Love are a bunch of glass lamps that are stronger as a group. The basis consists of three blown glass forms borrowed from the timeless world of the light bulb with industrial shades and globes but refined to a beautiful abstraction in white with a spatial sensation. The idea is that we should find our own combinations of lamps at work, or at home above the dinner table. Functionally amusing and beautiful. Three lamps together or 25 of them in an illuminated sculptural mobile. “With very modest means and simple forms, Form Pendants can make a big difference to an interior. There is an almost infinite number of possible combinations.” Form Us With Love is an internationally recognized design studio based in Stockholm, founded in 2005 by Jonas Pettersson, John Löfgren and Petrus Palmér. 35



Sometimes only a small twist is needed for the most usual of items to become something strange. A word, a note, a detail. There is hardly anything that is as common as a teacup, yet Anna Kraitz’s Mine is one of those remarkable objects that create something as un­ expected as it is beautiful. It communi­ cates a sort of agreement: It’s exciting, isn’t it? “I am inspired by everyday life with its products and events. In designing Mine I wanted to twist things round a bit.” The handle of the cup does not end where handles usually end. Anna found her inspiration in the art of Louise Bourgeois and the surrealists Toyen and Meret Oppenheim who often raised everyday items from their usual places and discovered new realities. Mine is both a presentation cup and a sculpture. Function is important. “A hot cup of tea expresses caring for oneself or someone else. The cup seeks to express this in its design.” Mine is made from bone china which embraces the liquid, keeping it warm. The saucer is deep. The handle, which is fitted to the cup with the utmost skill, is available in white, hand painted gold or platinum.

Anna Kraitz is one of Sweden’s leading contemporary designers. She trained in Hungary and at the Pernby School of Painting in Gothenburg. She graduated from Beckmans College of Design in 1999 and has since worked as a furniture and product designer with her own range of products as well as assignments for various manufacturers. Anna has exhibited abroad and has received numerous awards including the prestigious Bruno Mathsson prize in 2008.




The sun has given us time. Throughout the ages people have noted the passage of time by the height of the sun and the way the light falls. With his ceramic wall clock Osio (Finnish for ‘sections’ or ‘steps’), Jussi Takkinen has linked the ancient world of the sundial to modern interior design. There are no figures on the clock. The face is made of white bone china and consists of twelve sections of different heights, one for each hour. And it is light that brings life to the clock face as the shadows move round. Osio resulted from an urgent requirement. Jussi needed a clock and started to think about whether to buy one or to design one himself. Ideas often come as a surprise. “There was a pile of news­papers on the floor which formed a series of steps. The sunlight happened to fall onto the newspapers creating a striking series of shadows on the different steps. That gave me the idea for Osio.” Jussi Takkinen studied at the Lahti Institute of Design and at the University School of Arts and Creativity in Helsinki. He is a freelance designer and has specialized in furniture and lighting. He also works as a designer at Harri Koskinen’s office. 43



Life is full of little details. But there are things that we want to look after with particular care. Things that we want to hide and protect. The box is a timeless symbol for solicitude. Everyone has experienced the sensation of prying into their grandmothers jewellery box. We have sensed the magic of a box of lozenges, dried rose petals, old letters and secrets. And so we have called them Secrets: the three bone china boxes designed by Signe Persson-Melin. She produced the prototypes by hand in her Malmö studio. The designs were then adapted for factory production. “Having three boxes and building with them is fun. The sizes and shapes were chosen so that they fit together.” Secrets are available in three different glazes; three nuances of classical Chinese celadon. Signe Persson-Melin is a ceramicist and designer. She trained at Konstfack, now the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm in the 1940s

and in Copenhagen, and then started her own studio. Her breakthrough as a ceramicist came at the H55 inter­ national exhibition in Helsingborg in 1955. She also designed glass for the Boda glassworks for ten years and porcelain for Rörstrand. In 1985 she became Sweden’s first professor of ceramics and glass.




The best things in life lack time. Happiness is often a state in which time seems to have stood still and hands and figures have ceased to move in a wholly present now. No Time Bracelet by Katrin Greiling is a personal ornament that looks like a watch. It does not show the time, merely the contours of the works like a shining bracelet. “I designed the No Time Bracelet in Dubai where I worked for some years. In an environment where there are lots of status symbols to be worn on the wrist, my cheap, digital, plastic watch suddenly became an item for discussion. I designed a piece of jewellery in gold, based on my old wristwatch, that turned everything upside down. The simple item suddenly became expensive, but with a twist.� The No Time Bracelet has a dual function. It is a personal ornament as well as being a subtly ironic commentary on the cult of beauty and status of our own epoch in which the wristwatch

has a prominent place. The metal bracelet is available in gold or white gold plate. Karin Greiling grew up in Germany but has lived in Sweden since 1999. She studied interior architecture and furniture design at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm from 2000 to 2005 and currently works with industrial design, interior architecture and photography. Her studio is located in Stockholm.




Bamboo is a grass. Bamboo is fantastic. This rapid-growing grass has provided food and building materials for people for thousands of years. In recent decades we have even learnt how to laminate bamboo to produce a strong wooden product. Bamboo is impact resistant; it is rigid and can be cut into. We have now chosen to translate some of our earlier products using this laminated natural material. We have a stylish collection of bamboo items: Pick Up, Stig Ahlström’s combined servers and chop sticks; David Mayhew’s serving set Whale Tongs, that are held together by a magnet; Tray, Rolf Sinnemark’s nest of trays; and Umbra, Signe Persson-Melin’s salad servers. We got so keen on bamboo that we let a couple of earlier products be born again using the new material: Chop, Ulla Christansson’s chopping boards and Hot Pot, serving mats by Åsa McCormac that can be unfolded or folded up to suit one’s needs. The bamboo collection will expand with several new members in the next few years. On the following pages: A. Tray B. Whale Tongs serving set C. Hot Pot trivet D. Umbra salad set E. Pick Up servers F. Chop chopping boards









The following pages show the result of 20 years hard work, with the ambition to create the most interesting collection of contemporary Scandinavian design.




Björk & Uman Lena Bergström “The birch, a tree that can be found all over Sweden, is my inspiration for the Björk collection. The expression in the woven structure comes from the black and white trunk of the birch and the leather represents the inside of the bark. The rug forms a beautiful flat textile surface in the home, as natural as stone or wood. To me the rugs are like poetry, like a quiet whisper in the room.” Lena Bergström has expanded her Björk collection with a stool, available in two sizes. “The stool is a natural part of the Björk collection, just like the stumps in a birch forest. They are a piece of furniture that is light and soft in its expression.” The colour tones of Björk create a marbled effect through a warp of cotton intertwined with a weft in wool, known not only for its softness, but also for its built-in resistance to soiling thanks to its natural oils. Lena Bergström has used the same mix of cotton and wool for her Uman rugs as she did with Björk. It also comes with Björk’s characteristic leather edging. “Uman is the Sami word for Umeå Älv, the river that runs straight through northern Sweden. Just like the river, Uman demands space. It wants to be seen. One could say that Uman is a colourful cousin of the Björk rugs. My inspiration comes in part from the use of colours in Sami culture, which I have blended with my own palette. You could say that Uman is a multicoloured, mini­malist, wool rag rug.”



Family Chairs Lina Nordqvist “I’m fascinated with objects, and I like when they have their own precious individuality, something beyond mere function.” Lina Nordqvist’s Family Chairs were presented as a graduation project at Beckmans College of Design with the aim of exploring the Swedish tradition of stick back chairs, and taking the concept of a very economic use of wood into a contemporary setting. A boisterous family where each member aspires to stand out as more than plain furniture objects. In 2009, the chairs were awarded with the Accent on Design Award in New York, and in 2010, the Swedish Elle Deco’s Design Award. They are also part of MoMA Store’s collection.

Arrow Gustav Hallén Three jackets, or one bicycle? Gustav Hallén has solved your storage problems with Arrow hanger. It can support hefty loads when open, but is just as useful for hanging a freshly ironed shirt and a pair of trousers. When retracted, there are still three hooks on which to hang various items. “I found my inspiration while out sailing. Larger boats have a step folded into the mast, ready to be opened when rigging the sails. It is a perfect solution for a contemporary hanger, except that my version works both when open and retracted, while also being an eyecatching decorative detail.” Arrow can adorn the wall all by itself, or why not get several, and create patterns? Arrow is made of powdercoated aluminium.



Step Karl Malmvall

Cloud Lisa Widén

Functional yet decorative, a stand­alone interior object in high gloss colour. Red, black, or white. After use, why not place it hanging on the wall as a graphical addition? “We have more and more stuff in our homes: electrical gadgets, kitchen appliances, etc. We utilise our apartments from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. I want to leave the step­ ladder readily available on the wall, instead of hiding it in a closet. Just fold it and hang it on the wall. It’s only 50 mm thick, and always ready to be used.”

Cloud slides on its hidden curved rail to provide a comfortable sitting position for anyone, accommodating both tall and small. A contemporary design with a hint of the 1950s, a play on tradition, twisting conventions ever so slightly. Lisa Widén’s graduation project from Beckmans College of Design has surprisingly modest dimensions, and will fit into any interior without dominating it. “Imagine being able to rest on a cloud! My aim was to create an upholstered chair that would be comfortable for everyone, a reclining chair that adapts itself to the user’s body, not the other way round.” Lisa found inspiration for her small, comfy design while on a flight. “I looked down at the soft cotton wool clouds and just wanted to dive down into them. If anything, I think that Cloud symbolises abandon and sublime softness.”

Twist Table Philip Edis Both a table and a shelf. Twist Table’s circular planes pivot around the axis, making it adjustable to your needs. Philip Edis found inspiration for his simple and space-saving device at the circus: “As a child, I was entranced by the clowns spinning hula hoops. With Twist Table I want to transmute that beautiful movement into a single, yet adjustable image.” Twist Table is available in white and grey lacquer. 64


Wing Sara Szyber No front and no back. The drawers in Sara Szyber’s Wing furniture collection are accessible from both sides. Sara has also added the Wing Chair to her collection of everyday life companions. A distinct figure, immediate materiality, a focused presence. A chair on the move. The back slightly inclined. The back legs flexed. Just what is necessary to raise the chair above the ordinary. The Wing collection is available in white, and from 2012 also in grey.



Order Gabriella Gustafson Gabriella Gustafson has brought together different hanger types and hooks in one continuous shape. The stand even includes an integrated double hanger especially for trousers. A design that is both functional and sculptural, and suitable for both confined and open spaces. “There are always clothes piling up on the floor and discarded on chairs in the bedroom. I wanted to bring a little order to it all, but not too much. More like lifting up the pile onto a stand that is not too neutral when it is empty, more like a sculpture.” Order is made of lacquered steel tubing.

Umbrella Stand Eva Schildt

Gardener’s Sofa & Table Eva Schildt A garden bench or a trellis for vines and flowers, or both? And a table with a birdbath on a stick. Eva Schildt’s Gardener’s Sofa and Table transform classic outdoor furniture into light objects that are easily anchored for stability. Available in grey or green.

Vitemölla A & E Design A&E Design think before they sit. That is why you can find Vitemölla in more than 200 museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Tate Modern in London. As a director’s chair, Vitemölla is suitable for everyday indoor and outdoor use. The renowned A&E Design office, with Hans Eirich and Tom Ahlström, has received the Excellent Swedish Design Award for Vitemölla, which is available in white, grey or black.

No more wet umbrellas dripping all over the hall. Eva Schildt’s umbrella stand is made of a soft artificial sponge, con­trast­ing against an austere lacquered steel frame. “I wanted to create an object that was more of a sculpture than a product, in the sense that an umbrella is something that protects us and directs water away from us, while the sponge is something which draws water in, and is its polar opposite.”

Wave Nanni Holén One or two or more. Wave can extend as far as you like, simply attach more hangers. Nanni Holén’s organic design turns a hanger into something more, as well as creating a pattern of pointing shadows.



Tablo Magnus Löfgren Magnus Löfgren’s Tablo tray table has a high rim to prevent things from slipping off. Tablo, which comes in two heights, can also be used as a side table, for plants, or as a set of tables in front of the sofa. Now available in teak, as well as in white or black lacquered rubber wood.



Box Light Jonas Hakaniemi Your hand is the dimmer. Open Box Light and light floods out, or just leave a narrow slit as a night light. “Less is more is my motto. Just touch the light! Create your own light by sliding the lid.” The idea of Box Light was born in a workshop, when Jonas Hakaniemi made a lamp from a simple matchbox, combin­ ing it with a LED light and a battery. Today, Box Light is made of aluminium, with a low energy fluorescent light bulb, and was awarded with an Honourable Mention at the Red Dot Design Award 2009. “Scandinavian design is all about timelessness and good quality objects. It has inner spirit, not just outer shapes. I hope to do more furniture design in the future, and I hope to produce beautiful and easy-to-use objects that make everyday life easier.”

Corner Lamp Roberto Cárdenas A lamp made to light up all the dark corners in the world. Roberto Cárdenas’ Corner Lamp was honoured with GQ Magazine’s “Best Home Product” award in December 2006.


Block Lamp Harri Koskinen Harri Koskinen’s frozen light bulb Block Lamp is a modern classic. Since entering Design House Stockholm’s collection in 1997, the Block Lamp has received numerous awards, and became part of MoMA’s permanent collection in 2000. In 2009 Harri received the Torsten and Wanja Söderberg Prize, Scandinavia’s most prominent design award. The chairman of the jury reflected that Harri is an internationally renowned designer who, despite his young age, is perhaps Finland’s greatest contemporary designer, and whose design is a perfect combination of tradition and innovation.

Cord Lamp Form Us With Love Instead of letting the cord mess up the decor, the design trio Form Us With Love combines a larger size globe bulb, textile cord and steel tube as well as a dimmer in a simple yet characteristic product: the Cord Lamp.

Mañana Marie-Louise Gustafsson “I rarely get an idea as quickly and directly as this, but the Mañana lamp came like a flash. I had been worked too hard for an exhibition, and I was drawing my own body in different shapes in order to relax and get some perspective. The form just jumped right out at me, out of the sketchbook, and I rushed to the workshop!” Marie-Louise Gustafsson’s Mañana Lamp is made of graphite grey powderlacquered steel. 76


Work Lamp Form Us With Love A garage lamp for your living room. “We wanted to make a lamp using as little material as possible. The traditional construction lamp was already there: you can drop it, treat it roughly, it’s an everyday do-it-all object. We just had to give it a better appearance!” Work Lamp by designer trio Form Us With Love received an Honourable Mention at I.D. Magazine’s 2010 Annual Design Review. It is available in 24 K gold plate or in chrome. 78


Timo & Timo Termo Timo Sarpaneva

Quake Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Timo Sarpaneva called Timo his finest glass ever. A heat resistant glass for both hot and cold drinks. Shaped to fit both large and small hands. Dishwasher safe. The Timo glass is an excellent example of how form follows function. The Timo glass is now available with a thin silicone string that protects the hand from the heat within; we call it Timo Termo. Use Timo Termo for really hot beverages like tea or coffee. Timo Termo is also dishwasher safe.

“Quake is based on a mug of thin clay, shaken to randomly form its own unique shape. A combination of craft and random impact creating a natural shape that cannot be made in any other way. The shape makes the user aware of his or her actions; how to hold the mug, how to drink? These are central themes in my work; the forces of nature and chance, and the interface between man and object. Quake also clarifies the clay as a material, by showing its formability in its non-burnt state. It is like a small, useful sculpture, with a variation in its form that doesn’t tire the hand or the eye.” Quake is made of bone china, with its characteristic whiteness and trans­par­ ency, visible when held against the light. Available in three different combined pairs; light blue/light aqua, sand/dark aqua, and white/white.



Barbara & Fia Nina Jobs Both have their own distinctive character, both originate from the same idea. Nina Jobs has created two mouth-blown carafes for wine or water, or to be used as flower vases. The accompanying crystal ball can be used as a stopper, or can nestle at the bottom of the vase, adding a vibrant touch of colour. “Barbara got her bouncy, inflated, roundish look from the children’s character Barbapapa. Her sister Fia is taller and more elegant in appearance, but just as playful. They sure are of the same breed.”



Globe Ulla Christiansson “In the old days, fine glassware used to have a polished base. When designing the Globe glasses, I stopped the polishing process half-way through, leaving the circular base matt polished. This circular shape mirrors the round shape of the glass.” Ulla Christiansson has extended her classic Globe collection with a wine glass, also with the same characteristic matt polished base.

Focus Magnus Löfgren Mouth-blown glass and chromeplated lids. Magnus Löfgren’s Focus Vase has grown into a little family with its various sizes. The vases are perfect for a single flower, as well as a whole bouquet.

Pipette Camilla Kropp Exact measures of oil and vinegar for the table in balanced simplicity. Camilla Kropp has devised new functionality for the well-known instruments used in laboratories and pharmacies. The Pipette bottles refine the centuries-old design to conquer a new context.

Rillo Lina Meier Functional simplicity combined with tactile sensibility. Lina Meier’s Rillo is made with an inner and outer layer in stoneware, keeping the beverage hot while fingers remain cool. The surfaces of the ceramic carafe and mugs are ribbed, making them both pleasant and easy to handle. Rillo can be used for all kinds of beverages all year round, and is perfect for a warm mulled wine.



Bono Mugs Catharina Kippel A family of four. Catharina Kippel’s Bono mugs have patterns inspired by swallows, falling rain, nets and sprouts in springtime. Available in a large version (40 cl) with handle, and in a smaller version (25 cl) without handle.

Bono Bowls Catharina Kippel A family of three. Catharina Kippel’s Bono bowls with an animated pattern of dripping water.

Spin Marie-Louise Hellgren A small kit for coffee or tea. Marie-Louise Hellgren has included an useful and spiral-shaped little saucer that also can be used as a lid for the mug, and a stirrer in teak. Spin is made of stoneware and is available in black or white

Trinity Lisa Hilland Use it as a block candle holder, or fill it with snacks, sweets, or personal trinkets. Lisa Hilland’s Trinity is made out of solid stoneware, and slides open to accommodate many different objects in a straightforward arrangement.


Blond The Relief Group A raised pattern of dots and stripes adds tactility and visuality to a classic design. Blond is made of new bone china, and consists of different cups, saucers, plates and bowls. The dinner set was invented by the Relief Group more than 10 years ago under the leadership of Signe Persson-Melin, Sweden’s first professor of ceramics. Available in celadon, sand and white.

Cobalt Catharina Kippel Catharina Kippel has continued to explore the theme of her classic Bono collection, adding a deep tone of cobalt blue to her designs. “I have based the design on basic shapes and played with stripes on a deep cobalt blue background combined with white bone china. I wanted to capture a fresh feeling inviting you to the dinner table.� The bone china is hand-painted in three layers to create a deep cobalt blue sur­face with sheer nuances. Cobalt-based blue pigments have been used since ancient times for jewellery and paints, and to impart a distinctive blue tint to glass and ceramics. The Cobalt collection consists of hand-painted jugs, bowls, plates, mugs, egg cups and salt and pepper shakers.



Top Light Lena Bergström What to do with all the empty bottles? Insert Top Light’s metal candle ring into old bottles and carafes to give them a new life. Lena Bergström’s Top Light is made of stainless steel.

Joy Josefin Hagberg

Nightlight Pia Törnell

Imagine that you are holding a bunch of candles. Drop them and freeze the very moment before they touch the ground. Josefin Hagberg’s Joy is based on that image. Low voltage electric lights and lacquered metal.

Pia Törnell has designed an updated version of a classic utility. “To carry when dusk falls. The night candle holder, our companion through time, in a modern form. Like a threedimensional graphic sign. Stringent geometry combined with soft organic forms.” Nightlight is available in black, grey and white powder coated aluminium.

Lotus Kristina Stark The Lotus hurricane lantern comes in two sizes. The larger lantern accommodates standard taper candles and block candles. The smaller lantern is designed for tealight candles. Lotus consists of a glass tube, a steel handle and a poly­resin base.

Shell Magnus Löfgren Light a tealight candle in the recessed base, and see the glow of the flame mirrored in the nickel-plated hinged lid. With Shell, Magnus Löfgren has devised a design that transcends fashions and market trends. Shell is made of polished, nickel-plated brass.

Silver Light Magnus Löfgren Put a candle in the candle holder and see the flame reflected in the silverplated disc set upright in the glass base. Magnus Löfgren’s Silver Light strives to create the same archetypical expression as with his Shell candle holder. Silver Light is made of solid clear glass and polished stainless steel. 90


Nordic Shine Jonas Grundell A classic design piece with a brand new expression. Jonas Grundell’s classic Nordic Light has been given a new glossy finish, with three layers of lacquer as shiny as a Steinway grand piano. Available in red, black or white.

Nordic Light Jonas Grundell Shape it in any way you want. Jonas Grundell’s classic foldable candelabra Nordic Light is made of partially lacquered rubber wood, with a connecting iron axis. Available as a four-arm or seven-arm model in black, red, grey and white.



Pleece Marianne Abelsson Hats, scarves, ponchos and hoods, as well as throws. Fashion accessories with a warming touch and a luxurious feel. Marianne Abelsson’s Pleece collection is suitable for indoor and outdoor use alike. These fashion accessories in polyester and viscose were created in 1997 and have turned into modern classics of their own. All models are available in a broad colour palette in aubergine, tomato red, and denim blue joining the more classic black and different shades of grey. Last autumn we also added three new colours; chocolate brown, avocado green and rust.



Jacket (Avocado green)

Beenie (Aubergine)

Hat (Rust) Hood (Rust) Snood (Denim blue)

Poncho (Chocolate brown) 96


Carrie Marie-Louise Gustafsson

Stig Lindberg Some of the best Swedish textile design was created in the 1950s under the leadership of the legendary Astrid Sampe. Design House Stockholm has chosen to reproduce Stig Lindberg’s widely acclaimed Pottery and Lustgården [Garden of Eden], which bears the hallmark of the Swedish Modern movement. Thanks to collaboration with Ljungbergs Textiltryck, the textile printing company responsible for the prints in the original launch, the quality is as high as when Astrid Sampe’s Signed Textile Collection was first shown in 1954. The graphic collection is printed on premium bleached cotton, and includes tote bags, pillows, placemats and fabric. The fabric is sold in 10 metre rolls and is suitable for upholstery.

A bike basket inspired by traditional crocheted tablecloths. Marie-Louise Gustafsson has created another great accessory for the urban cyclist: a granny-chic bike basket, which is also available as a shopping basket, or a picnic basket. Carrie bicycle basket includes a metal frame for added durability and comes with a set of hooks, while the shopping bag comes with the strap only.

Open Flower Pot Margareta Hennix The unglazed clay walls absorb and dispense moisture and aerate the soil, while the separate black-glazed high-edge pot basin accommodates a generous volume of water. Margareta Hennix’s two-piece planter pot combines the functionality of the seasoned gardener’s clay pots with the style of modern urban living.

Tid Marianne Abelsson Marianne Abelsson’s ceramic clock Tid can be placed on the wall or on the table. A black stand is included for the clock.




Silhouette Johanna Törnqvist Is luxury found in the outrageously expensive, or is it found in unique objects treasured as carriers of distant memories and aspiring dreams? We were overwhelmed by Johanna Törnqvist’s unique handicraft and stylish neck ribbons that were shown at one of Sweden’s most renowned museums, the Röhsska Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative Arts in Gothenburg. For Design House Stockholm, Johanna has designed bracelets on the same theme, telling stories from the past and the present. “I browsed through my grandmother’s boxes and bags filled with scraps: ribbons, braids, threads, lacework, saved but never reused odd textile cut-offs from curtains, bedclothes and all types of garments. I was amazed by this treasure of tiny little snippets, and decided to make small fashion items out of them.” Johanna once studied fashion in Paris, a career she soon abandoned in favor of ceramics, but now she is back on track again, only differently, experimenting with a mix of different materials and styles. “I enjoy hunting through second-hand and vintage stores for pins, textiles and plastics that I can recycle in my projects. My pieces can appear beautiful at a first glance, or they can allude to something more distant, even provocative.”

Knapp Monica Backström “It is hard to convince men nowadays to wear jewellery, but why should it only be for women? I wanted to make something recognizable, something that would suit both men and women. So why not let the button, a fashion icon that has existed since ancient times, be a new addition to the fashion of our time? Buttons are for everybody, a unisex fashion item.” A small piece of everyday silver jewellery with a colourful inlay of enamel. To be used as cufflinks, on a bag, as a brooch, or just to give new life to a pair of well-worn jeans. Silver and glass have been the trademark of Monica Backström’s artistic career ever since the start, with shards of glass soldered with pewter, perfume phials in wrought silver and layered crystal – a sensual world born out of the worldly organic as well as outer space. After four decades at the internationally renowned glassworks Kosta Boda, contributing to a new golden age of Swedish glass, Monica Backström now enjoys the liberty of being a freelancer. The pins are available in six colours, and the cufflinks are available in three colours. 104

Our Designers More than 60 independent designers are part of our network; including internationally known names such as A&E Design, Signe Persson-Melin, Monica Förster, Nina Jobs, Ann Wåhlström and Form Us With Love. We have also distinguished ourselves by often choosing young, promising designers in addition to more established names, putting talent before name-dropping. Several young design ers have contributed with their degree projects to our collection, such as Lina Nordqvist’s Family Chairs, Jonas Hakaniemi’s Box Light, and not least Block Lamp by Harri Koskinen. Each one made by then unknown but very talented people, all now awarded with some of the most prestigious design awards, and each one now a modern classic.

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