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Publishing house for creators’ new glass and tableware line is created by two of Scandinavia’s leading designers
Design House Stockholm presents NM&, originally designed for the renovated Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, by Matti Klenell and Carina Seth Andersson.
The Swedish company has distinguished themselves as a publisher of design rather than a conventional producer, tells Sales Manager Emil Larsson.
— We’re working in the same way with designers that publishing houses work with authors, he says.
What does it mean?
— We do not have any in-house designers. Instead we invite all designers, established and unknown, to present their ideas to us, and from there we select the items that we think brings something new and exciting to their genre.
In the beginning, the NM& project around the tabletop for Nationalmuseum was meant to be just for the restaurant and not more.
— But since the re-opening of the museum, they’ve had an incredible amount of people visiting, and the response for the tabletop by Carina Seth Andersson and the glasses by Matti Klenell has been massive. So a bit over a year after the re-opening we are now very happy to launch it worldwide to all of our customers.
For the collection, Stockholm-based designer Matti Klenell has designed glass and vase Unda.
— The glass is stackable and has a simple but characteristic shape with great tactility due to the small wave on its waist, he says. This outline is now becoming the signature for a number of everyday items. You mentioned the vase where we have played with the placement of the wave in three different versions. A very nice pitcher to company the glasses is also on the way and will be launched very soon. As a designer I am always intrigued by working with a bigger context. The fact that Unda is part of a future greater collection at Design House Stockholm that will focus on everyday items for the tabletop makes it a project that is very exciting to keep working on.
Also included in NM& is designer Carina Seth Andersson’s tableware Sand.
— For me, it’s most interesting to work with some kind of every day objects that you use every day, even when I’m working with more artistic objects, I always start with that kind of problem solving, so a lot of my objects is to be used, she says, continuing,
— Sand is a kind of stone wear. It’s really hard and a natural product. We have used a kind of transparent glaze, where some parts are covering and some are not, to show the clay and get a kind of tactile feeling. It should be nice to your hand and mouth.
How has the feedback been?
— It’s been very well received. It is not often there is a new tableware collection coming and people like it, I think mostly thanks to the colour and the elegant shape.
Emil, what do you have coming at Design House Stockholm?
— A year ago we launched the first collection with quotes from Astrid Lindgren and her beloved characters and it’s been a success from day one. In 2020, one of her most beloved characters will turn 75 years old. January 1, together with Astrid Lindgren AB and Save The Children, we will launch a small collection of 4 mugs made just for Pippi Longstocking’s anniversary where we will donate 10 SEK (about one Euro) for each sold mug during 2020. This fall, we’ve launched a tea trolley by Gunilla Allard and new colours of our popular Knot cushion by the Icelandic designer Ragnheidur Ösp Sigurdardottir. We are also finishing the new collection for 2020 that we will present during Stockholm Furniture & Lightning fair 2020. It includes pieces in all of our product categories where we continue to represent the best of Scandinavian design.
Matti Klenell and Carina Seth Andersson also keep themselves busy.
— Since 10 years back I have had a quite steady collaboration with Iittala in Finland. For them I have launched a new exciting project, a glass lamp named Virva. I also currently develop furniture for Made By Choice and lights for Ateljé Lyktan so there is quite a bit going on, says Klenell.
— I’ve just had a solo exhibition in Stockholm and will have an independent craft project in Japan with local craftsmen in 2020 after the Olympic Games in Tokyo. I’ve also launched eyewear project Projekt Produkt with different fashion glasses in Korea. The brief was to design glasses that I would wear myself. They are selling in Asia and mainly in Korea, and this fall we’ve launched in France, Milan and Rome, says Seth Andersson.Matti KlenellEmil LarssonNM&Design House Stockholm NM&Design House Stockholm UndaDesign House Stockholm SandNationalmuseum Stockholm