For decades, the Scandinavian countries — Denmark, Norway and Sweden — have produced some of the most singular and timeless contemporary designs. Even in a pandemic, leading manufacturers across the region have continued this rich tradition, offering up a bevy of furnishings and accessories that celebrate the craftsmanship, formal language and materiality that has become synonymous with Scandinavian design. From adaptable seating systems to sculptural lighting, these new releases bring this signature aesthetic to objects of all sizes.
Hewn from solid oak, Sakari Hartikainen’s three-part Savoa collection for Swedish brand Swedese is as charming as it is elegant. Consisting of two side and one coffee table (in two heights and three diameters), the series expertly translates the designer’s sinuous language into a sculptural object that feels at once classic and contemporary. Or, as Hartikainen puts it, “strong but flexible, traditional but innovative, solid but light.”
These dichotomies are embodied in the deft balance between the delicate circular top that appears to float above the gentle curves of the thickset base. As the designer’s first collaboration with the over 60-year-old manufacturer, it’s a striking addition to a portfolio of residential furnishings that celebrate the hallmarks of Scandinavian design: expert craftsmanship combined with a deep understanding of form and materiality.
This year, Stockholm-based designer Matti Klenell updated his graphic Front sofa system for manufacturer Offecct to provide even more versatile configurations. Originally conceived in 2018 as a suite of furnishings for the Swedish Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the tailored collection now includes two bench styles — semi-circular and linear (with or without a back) — and a side chair model fit for various settings and scenarios. The adaptable system is also available in a range of fabric and leather upholstery options, adding yet another layer of flexibility.
“From the start,” says Klenell, “the idea with the system was that it could grow out of the museum and be used in many different public spaces.” Whether convex or concave curves, straight lines or handsome accents, Front brings the Swedish brand’s signature refinement into the public realm.
A simple yet effective paring of solid aluminum in a bronze finish and an opaque recycled polymer shade defines the recently launched Pavo table lamp. Designed by Swedish duo Broberg & Ridderstråle for Klong, the luminaire boasts a distinct profile thanks to its folded fan-like diffuser cradled in a sturdy metallic base.
When off, the fixture is a sculptural presence in any setting. When on, however, a gentle glow emanates from the joint between materials, offering subtle illumination dimmable up to three levels.
All talk and no action, or so the old adage goes. When it comes to Big Talk, the latest product by Blå Station, the upholstered seat couldn’t be farther from the colloquial saying. First conceived in 2020 as part of textile giants Ferbik and Kvadrat’s “Knit project!,” the multi-colour Adam Goodrum-designed throne is a centrepiece of the Swedish manufacturer’s 2021 release.
It’s a “modular tête-à-tête sofa or Victorian-era ‘love seat’,” according to the designer, comprised of a plush tubular form atop a cylindrical base that is given a graphic edge with alternating vertical bands of bold tones. Though a distinctive presence on its own, each Big Talk seat is also designed so its rotund back and armrest match with another model, creating a serpentine composition that fosters a welcome sense of connection.
Échasse, the French term for stilts, is the departure point for Danish designer Theresa Rand’s new collection of glass vessels for Copenhagen’s Menu. Fittingly, the line’s amber-tinted, mouth-blown forms are supported by a slender brass scaffold in a bronzed finish.
Available as a low bowl or in three vase sizes (in green or clear glass) that also reference apothecary bottles and laboratory test tubes, the Échasse series elevates everything from car keys to flowers when cradled in its teardrop-like enclosure.
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From adaptable seating systems to sculptural lighting, these new releases bring a refined aesthetic to objects of all sizes.