Embroidery Chairs by Johan Lindstén


Stockholm 2010: Stockholm designer Johan Lindstén will present a collection of chairs with backrests featuring embroidered country scenes in Stockholm next week.

Called Embroidery Chairs, the pieces have white wooden seats and turned legs with the embroidery mounted on upholstered backrests.

They will be on show 9-13 February at Check In 10 as part of Stockholm Design Week.

Here's some more information from Lindstén:


"Dream about an idyllic place…"

Many hours, many days, many weeks and years have women in older generations spent on embroidery to catch an idyll view. Many with dreams to be a part of that life with a nice little red cottage close to the water and Bambi watching over us.

These stitches and dreams are for most people forgotten and thrown away to an eternal lost never to been appreciated. This furniture’s destiny is to elevate and promote these neglected pieces of art, bring back a long lost sentimental value and mix it with contemporary aesthetic from Johan Lindstén.

Posted on Friday February 5th 2010 at 2:13 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Mook

    So, by sitting on them you would block the tapestry, and I would be worried about leaning back on them. So, I don’t think that the use of the back of the chair is the best place for the embroided surface.

    And what is the link between chairs and tapestries? No real logical connection, surely?

    Nice photo’s though.

  • i really like the idea to have decorative chairs that show an landscape picture while somebody is not sitting on them. nice project.

  • G08

    Fantastic chairs, I hear he’s a floorball player as well.

  • Hamtown

    Im looking at an chair across the desk from me and I sure wish it were a pastoral scene and not an aeron mesh staring back at me.

  • Jeremy Shockey

    Relax Mook. There’s plenty of other things more in need of your conceptual rigor than funny chairs.

  • Mp

    Mook “noun”, definition: demanding functional and conceptual rigor on anything published on dezeen.

    “i went on dezeen the other day and read some serious mooks!”

    “dont be such a mook, lighten up”.

  • These chairs possess great humor and who says embroidered surfaces are not meant for backs of chairs? Whoa – such rules.

  • These are beautiful, but wouldn’t the design get worn with people sitting in the chair constantly?

  • Mook

    Well, Jeremy. If there’s no real connection then they may as well be in frames and on walls. That’s really the point i was making, although not in such a blatant way.

  • Mook: You are more then welcome to Stockholm Design Week next week to have a seat on both of them. If you notice the dimension on the lounge chairs back no man or woman will block all of the tapestry, believe me. Thanks for all comments!

  • The form is wonderful, I’m particularly interested in the seat/back connection detail. The scene to me doesn’t juxtapose well with the form, however.

  • Mook

    Oh, I see. I make some valid points about the coherence of the pieces (albeit admittedly not particularly constructive manner) and it turns to a bandwagon. I just don’t see the relevance of the tapestry to chair, either in a dry logical way, or as a funny/humourous object.

    My point is that the creation of narrative within furniture has got to such a point that the history and culture of furniture and the actual design of the objects seems to play second fiddle to the grand concept behind it, and not just in this project.

    Johan – thanks for your invitation, but I cant make it over to Stockholm unfortunately. Your website is great and your other work is also very interesting. These pieces just don’t work for me. Personal opinion alert.

    Diatribe ends.

  • Capstick

    For me the point it´s that the design in the tapestries doesn´t propose any esthetic idea behind. I love the concept of Timorous Beasties´toile, for example. But this is just use a traditional tapestry in a different way.

  • There have been lots of antique chairs with a bit of embroidery applied here and there. However, this is a really fresh re-interpretation. They are gorgeous. We all know that chairs are mostly looked at and not sat on, so most of the time you can look at them. I also think that embroidery itself (in general) is pretty durable and definately repairable. The bit I really like is the shape of the backrest, because it curves around you the happy pastoral scenes kind of give you a little hug. Which is symbolic eh! It is furniture to cheer you up. It is unpretentious (which is high praise). Well done

  • jovel

    this is like a nice tatoo on your chest, you wear your shirt and nobody would know… i like it!

  • I love this versatile design: a functional object to sit on & a decorative object in the room where it is, nice combination, BRAVO!

    François Beydoun

  • chrisR

    The way I see it is that by sitting in the chair, the user almost enters the landscape…. user interacting with the very personal object, the hand made tapestry, being enveloped into it is the key to these pieces. It uses emotion the way and Aeron chair uses technology and research. SUPER!

  • Will

    Mook, its a swedish thing.

  • That’s a new reading for antique chairs where seat and back were lined with gobelin tapestry and I liked so much. Funny and confortable.

  • wiena

    beautiful.. the combination between traditonal craft and modern material is very inspiring…

  • amsam

    This is totally extraordinary– a great stunt to find the true beauty in a kitch art object and then place the whole in a slick high-modernist frame. The embroideries are hilarious and excellent, but nobody has commented on the coolness of the chairs themselves– the white 2001-curved back angled magically up from the simple stool. Sheer witty goodness.

    Mook, I’m sorry this caught you on a bad day, but now you look like a jerk and that’s your problem.

  • Wonderful. Most likely the most talked about chair from Stockholm Design Week.

  • Is the wide easy like chair comfortable? I would feel slightly unerved leaning back on it. I do like the overall concept though.

  • f. stachio

    I am not a fan of retro-kitsch, which is where I place these. Formally, I find them a bit top-heavy and clumsy; entirely reliant on the embroidered image for appeal.

  • What a great idea! The pieces are art are beautiful.

  • Julie G

    I love the intersection of art, design and craft. The objects take the basic wooden chair to a new design level, they bring a sense of a painted canvas on a white wall into a functional object, and reveal a new perspective on a very old craft. Well done. I would think the seats might be a little hard, but perhaps that will prevent guests from sitting on them for too long a time!

    When I look at them I see different things each time; giant inverted coffee mugs, granny’s pillows, a child’s classroom, a floating gallery exhibit, modern interior design.