Katrin Olina’s practical magic

Katrin Olina's practical magic
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Katrin Olina's practical magic
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Katrin Olina's practical magic
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A new tubular steel furniture collection – inspired by the story of a wizard the Icelandic designer dreamed up – is simply charming.

Katrin Olina first gained critical acclaim for her unconventional designs when she collaborated with designer Michael Young in 2007 on an interior for a cosmetic surgery office in Florence, Italy. In 2011, she launched Miklimeir, a wildly embellished area rug (manufactured by Ege) that depicts a bug-eyed creature with a toothy grin and various whimsical motifs. Olina created the designed based on a character she dreamed up and named Miklimeir.

Her new collection is, by contrast, surprisingly minimalist, though still part of her wizard tale. Made of hand-crafted steel tubes, the simple forms are what she imagines how Miklimeir might furnish his living space.

Photographed here with the Miklimeir area rugs, the series is made up of a stool, a table, a mirror, a cabinet and a storage unit for books. Each piece is propped up on sturdy black tubes; the stool is topped with a bubbly soft seat, while the side table features a short, fringed skirt of steel. For the cabinet, Olina perched its cubic form on A-frame legs, and for her small bookcase built on four legs, Olina describes its stout shape as being similar to a dog.

The collection, named Friends of Steel, has yet to go into production, though Olina has collaborated in the past with such high-end compaies as Dupont Corian3M, porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal, and furniture manufacturer Swedese.

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