On an 18th-century farmstead in rural Sweden, two Copenhagen designers handcraft a summerhouse that seamlessly melds the modern and the traditional.
Vermont-born architect Marcel Beaudin never planned to design buildings. Trained as a draftsman for the monuments his family’s granite-quarrying business produced, Beaudin was working as a junior designer of tombstones and mausoleums in New York when a fellow sculptor introduced him to Le Corbusier, who was in New York designing the United Nations headquarters at the time. Thirty seconds in Le Corbusier’s studio convinced Beaudin to drop his pursuit of sculpture and enroll in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in 1949.
Trained as interior architects, Decha Archjananun and Ploypan Theerachai of THINKK Studio are fascinated by the interplay of contrasting materials in architecture, and frequently combine industrial materials in their product designs. “We seek to blur the boundaries between East and West, craft and industry, with a uniqueness of form,” says Archjananun, a 2011 graduate of the University of Art and Design Lausanne whose thesis project, Weight Vases (right), put THINKK Studio on the global design map. A study in minimalism executed in concrete and powder-coated steel, the piece is pared down to the essence of a vase: a vessel for water and a slim support system for the stems.
Line Depping finds inspiration in corralling disorder. “We seek to have control and order, but we live in a chaotic world,” the Copenhagen-based designer says. Last year she created a storage system called Tool Boxes, which she exhibited during Milan Design Week. Six ash-wood trays in gradient colors ranging from natural wood to canary yellow stack neatly on top of one another or can be pulled out to showcase the contents of a drawer, giving “space to chaos in an indirect way.”