Milan 2013: these cabinets by Swedish designer Mathieu Gustafsson and furniture maker Niklas Karlsson are inspired by the use of woven rattan and brass clasps in vintage handbags.
The white pine Lock cabinet sits on raised legs and has a brass clasp to keep the doors closed.
The collection will be shown at Ventura Lambrate in Milan from 9 to 14 April. The cabinets aren't in production at present but can be ordered directly from the designers.
Photographs are by Petter Cohen.
Here's some more information from the designers:
Grand is a high-end furniture initiative created by designer Mathieu Gustafsson and cabinet maker Niklas Karlsson. The name Grand alludes to both the design and the craftsmanship ambition in the project. All production is made in Sweden by cabinet maker Niklas Karlsson under the artistic direction of designer Mathieu Gustafsson.
The ambition of Grand is to create furniture without compromising on craftsmanship, design or material. In a sentence: contemporary design with classic high-end craftsmanship.
In the design process, every material is chosen for its aesthetic and functional qualities.The right material in the right place, regardless of parameters such as pricing or current trends. Everything is subordinated to the artistic vision and the correct craftsmanship methods. "When creating our own brand we didn't want to compete in low pricing, we rather wanted to contribute in artistic expression and quality."
Above: the Palmgrens rattan bag
The first series of furniture, launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, are cabinets designed with details inspired by handbags. Many accessory details have parallels to the world of furniture and allow themselves to be translated into other forms with similar functions. It's when these details are incorporated into a new context that they become interesting objects.