Interior architect and designer Jonas Bohlin made his big breakthrough in the 1980s with his graduation project – the “Concrete” armchair. The chair attracted a great deal of attention and generated wide debate about what art is and should be, and it questioned the boundaries between artistic and functional design. Since then, Bohlin has created many well-known interiors mainly for Swedish clients.
Bohlin’s design work is based on timelessness as well as sustainability. He sees form from a 100-year perspective, which makes the craft tradition and the use of solid, Swedish materials in his work self-evident. The dining table A Tablé has a light, white-pigmented top in ash, a white lacquered iron base, leather covered details and brass feet. It sits up to 12 people and can be expanded without the need for supporting legs, which makes it the definitive piece in a dining room.
No table setting is complete without a seasonal flower arrangement. Svenskt Tenn’s classic Dagg (Dew) vase – designed by Carina Seth Andersson – come in four different colours, with the blue toned one reminiscent of light nights and warm summer rain. The vase is blown in a graphite form and made at Skruf’s Glassworks in Småland, Sweden. The design requires enormous precision from the master glassblower when it comes to molten glass and temperature considerations.
Svenskt Tenn’s classic P5 Chair is modern in expression, but was designed back in the late 1920s. Josef Frank designed other bentwood chairs during that period, some of which were produced for Thonet-Mundus in Vienna. The P5 chair’s original sketch has been in Svenskt Tenn’s archive for many years, but was first produced in the autumn of 2014.
The open, turned slat back gives the chair an airy impression. This is the pervading feeling in all of Josef Frank’s chairs. He wanted a chair to always be light enough to lift with a finger so it could easily be moved around a room – something that is most apparent in the P5 form.