From Stockholm: Gärsnäs, Old & New
Since 1893, Gärsnäs has worked with furniture artisans to create wood works that are durable, pleasing to the eye, and functional. The fifty-person company always has a lovely presence at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, and this year's booth was no exception. Strong, lyrical pieces by Nina Jobs, Inga Sempé, Monica Förster, Pierre Sindre, and Åke Axelsso included everything from children's furniture to auditorium seating, reflecting the company's dedication to form and playfulness, as well as their focus on detail and thoughtful innovation. Old favorites receive slight modifications, and never-before-seen items were eagerly perused by show-goers.
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The Österlen chair is named for the area in southern Sweden in which it was built. Sempé, a southerner herself, used typical bentwood techniques to craft the piece, which features U-shaped cuts in the legs and back. Chair available in ash, stain or lacquer, with a veneer seat.
- We continue our coverage of the 2012 Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair with a selection of especially haute seats.
Zen Conference III, designed by Åke Axelsson, is availalbe with ash or stain legs, and fabric or leather upholstery.
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- When we last checked in with the young Swedish designer Fredrik Färg, as part of our New Guard roundup in 2012, he had recently launched Studio Färg & Blanche with the French-Swedish designer…
- We chat with the designers and the factories who produce some of the most iconic pieces of furniture. Plus, learn the real cost of rip-offs.
- A maker of unfussy, elegant design objects, Inga Sempé delights in things both great and small—even if she doesn’t own any.
- If there was one exhibition I longed to see last year, it was 17 Swedish Designers.