IOU Design by TAFr

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Stockholm Design Week: Swedish architects TAF Arkitektkontor have designed the inaugural collection for IOU Design, a new company producing sustainable outdoor furniture.

The collection, which includes chairs, tables, a stool, a bench and a storage chest all made of Siberian larch, was launched at Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this month.

The company aims to develop and produce low-impact outdoor furniture and profits go to help the rehabilitation, employment and education of ex-criminals (according to our friends at Future Design Days, who helped us translate the IOU Design website from Swedish).

TAF Arkitektkontor's Gabriella Gustafsson and Mattias Ståhlbom also designed the Greenhouse young designers' showcase at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this year (see our reports from Stockholm for Greenhouse updates).

Here is some text about the collection, courtesy of the Future Design Days newsletter:


Swedish IOU Design is a newborn company with many good qualities. First of all they develop, produce and sell low-impact outdoor furniture. Made of Siberian larch and transported the most environmental-friendly way possible. Secondly, almost all parts of the company are run through an educational programme, with the purpose to help people in alienation to get back into the society.

Thirdly IOU Design only contract acknowledged Swedish designers. All the furniture in the first collection is created by TAF Architect Agency, run by Gabriella Gustafsson and Mattias Ståhlbom, who also for the second year in succession designed the Greenhouse area at the recently completed Stockholm Furniture Fair 2008. This first IOU collection, which is for sale now, consists of chairs, tables, a stool, a bench and a storage chest.

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  • Jillian

    I love the very smooth connections between the chairs, and how fluidly they can be set together to appear as one bench. However, I think the design would be stronger if the style wasn’t so stark… it’s just a very plain, simple design. While this certainly works in some cases, I don’t think that it emphasizes the unique conjoining features of the pieces as much as a more stylized design could.