Lush plants, light rattan furnishings and welcoming textiles create a spring feeling in the conservatory. Beautiful lemon trees, inviting prints and watercolours, conjure up sunny summer days by the Mediterranean Sea.
It was the Austrian architect Adolf Loos who, in the 1900s, presented wicker furniture as a gentler alternative to austere tubular steel furniture. This inspired his fellow countryman, Josef Frank, who became a master at designing furniture with cane or rattan woven elements, designing chairs and sofa backs as well as stools and headboards for beds.
Hundreds of Josef Frank’s creations were furniture items made entirely of rattan and over the years at Svenskt Tenn, he began a close collaboration with basket maker John Larsson, whose workshop was located in Stockholm’s Old Town. Today, the workshop is run by his granddaughter Erica, in the same place, a cellar about three kilometres from Svenskt Tenn’s store on Strandvägen. All of the company’s rattan furniture is made here.
The classic daybed, coffee table and Chair 1184 are all new to the Svenskt Tenn rattan range. In the chair, the angular carpentry that is so often found in wood chairs is replaced by soft turns and smooth curves. The shape clearly illustrates the versatility of rattan. The lathe back has the same design as in Josef Frank’s Chair 1165, and represents a recurring basket weaving pattern.
Colourful flowers and plants look beautiful in Svenskt Tenn’s stoneware pots, designed by Erika Pekkari in 2011. They have become classics in the range. The pots come in various sizes and two new spring colours are now being launched – Ice blue and Oyster. All of the pots have bottoms with drainage holes that make them suitable for planting.
For some time now, Svenskt Tenn’s stoneware pots have been produced at Porslinsfabriken in Lidköping, one of Sweden’s few remaining porcelain factories, situated on historic land at the Rörstrand Center.
Match the muted pastel colours with textile touches in pink, green and yellow. The Capri collection was launched in the spring of 2018 at Svenskt Tenn, created by the well-renowned fashion designer Lars Nilsson. The fabrics are manufactured and printed in Italy where the collection came to fruition, during a stay at the Villa San Michele on Capri. Inspiration for the collection came from Italian Capri’s nature, flowers and the graphic patterns that formed on the horizon of the Gulf of Naples with its dramatic mountains.