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”This will be a true centerpiece wherever it will be placed, in a private home, office — or why not in a library?”
Emma Olbers is one of Scandinavia’s leading designers with a mission to try to design good products. And that means good from all aspects, including being good for our planet. The same goes with the new Biblioteket rug for ASPLUND.
Emma Olbers was commissioned to design and furnish the Old Library of Sweden’s newly renovated National Museum, which was inaugurated by the end of 2018. The house, which dates from 1866, has been carefully renovated for several years. It has been a major project with a huge public interest in Sweden. Some of the best specialists, designers and craftsmen were employed in various aspects of the National museum project. After the re-opening, the museum constantly sets new visitor records. The building itself is considered to be a major attraction, maybe even one of the most beautiful museums in the world. The Old library is a central room in the building. The re-opening of the museum was considered amongst art-critics to be one of the biggest art and culture events of the decade in Sweden.
Biblioteket means library in Swedish. The rug is hand-knotted with design that represents a mixture of Emma’s first sketches of the Old Library in National Museum. With its three arches and three large windows at the top, in the middle rows of books in the old bookshelf and at the bottom the newly laid oak parquet. The rug is made in a finely hand knotted tibetan knot with 50% wool and a 50% tencel mix. (Tencel is a fast-growing wood that is converted into a textile fiber in an environmentally certified closed system.)
The mission for Emma in the Old library project has been to start off from sustainability and to create a space for rest, reflection and a place for smaller exhibitions from the large library archive.
– The inspiration has come from the old reading rooms, Swedish materials and good craftsmanship. It is a great honor to be able to decorate a room whose permanent interior was designed 100 years ago, which hopefully will be there for 100 years until maybe someone else takes over, this gives perspective. With the help of the green color, I wanted to create a calm and harmonious room, she says.
Thomas Asplund, CEO for ASPLUND, says that the best thing with all of this is that the rug will be available for worldwide sales and not only on display at the museum.
— Already before official start of sales there has been a great interest from all over the world for this unique rug. It’s no wonder because this will be a true centerpiece wherever it will be placed, in a private home, office or why not in a library? Making a unique design object available in this way makes me very proud says Thomas Asplund, CEO for ASPLUND.Emma OlbersASPLUNDNational MuseumThomas AsplundBiblioteket rug