Unique Standard by Folkform

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Stockholm Design Week: Swedish designers Folkform have launched a furniture range that combines luxury materials such as Carrara marble and vintage leather with cheap imitation products such as laminate and fake leather.

Called Unique Standard, the range consists of a leather/fake leather bench (top image), a cabinet finished in Carrara marble and Carrara-effect laminate (above), and further cabinets that combine granite and laminate and Masonit and birch.

The following text and the captions are from Folkform:

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Unique Standard - “New interpretations of today´s standard materials”

The new collection Unique Standard, questions our perception of various materials. What happens when we combine the original material with surfaces that try to imitate its appearance?


Above: Masonit Chest with 18 drawers. Materials: Masonit hardboard, birch wood

Above and below: Leather Bench. Materials: leather, synthetic leather (original leather from Danish designer Arne Jacobsen's “Swan Chair” in combination with “synthetic leather imitation” and patterns often used in car seats)

Below: Marble Laminate Cabinet. Materials: Carrara marble, marble laminate

Below: MDF Display Case. Materials: MDF, granite

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Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2008 at 9:32 am by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • luxury larry

    i like the use of reappropriated materials, but the saying “cheap” materials may be a turn off for some.

  • xtiaan

    ooohhh lovely

  • fran

    Creo que estéticamente son piezas “bonitas”, pero en cuanto a diseño, un tanto descolocadas, pensé que tras cada uno de los paneles que recubren a los gaveteros se escondería una gaveta o alguna cosa similar, colocarlos por el simple hecho de contrastar lo real y lo que intenta serlo es algo superficial. Distan mucho del mobiliario moderno y sus sucesores.

    En tiempos de decadencia estética (como lo fue el rococó respecto del barroco y este del clásico) creo que las mejores alternativas se encuentran en una vuelta a la honestidad, con las correcciones respectivas producidas por la experiencia y la experimentación.

    Un saludo por un comentario que dadas las últimas experiencias no sea publicado, más allá que no hace más que una crítica respetuosa.

  • rAndom

    Brilliant ladies!!!Looking forward to see this live in Milan! Best wishes to Stockholm from London

  • K. Rimane

    the bench is WOW. very chic. not sure if i like the rest so much.

  • Thomas

    I don’t feel masonite or MDF to be fake materials. Cheap materials yes, but not fake. Fake marble is fake, and so is laminate pretending to be wood.

  • vanessa

    the idea behind the combination of materials seems to be highly influenced by the memphis group of the 80’s