Students team up with six Swedish brands to create furniture prototypes
Students from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm have created six furniture prototypes in response to briefs by Swedish brands Blå Station, Gärsnäs, Johanson Design, Källemo, Massproductions and Materia.
On show at this year's Stockholm Furniture Fair, the project named Hear Us Out saw 12 students from the university's product design course spend a term working alongside the six brands.
Each brand set its own brief to the teams of two, challenging them to create a piece of furniture that would fit within their existing collections.
"It is important for us that the students graduating from Beckmans College of Design are well prepared and qualified to take on a professional brief," said course tutor Margot Barolo.
"This is one of several projects in which our students meet real employers and are thereby trained in communicating with all parties involved, both verbally and visually," she continued. "They gain an understanding of how many player that are often involved in realizing a product."
Blå Station, based in Åhus, worked alongside students Ida Björses and Celine Strömbäck to create a multifunctional piece of furniture named Kaj.
Using wood, leather and metal, the designers created a bench that is also designed to be used as a sideboard. Framed by legs that wrap around two of its corners, Kaj also features a plush leather section for seating.
A second collaboration saw students Lisa Lindh and Klara Hedengren create a sculptural room divider for Massproductions.
Named Kolonn, the corrugated divider is made entirely from cellulose fibres, which the brad claims to be a first in furniture design.
The Vent chair by Sarah Hasselqvist and Melinda Urbansdotter for Johanson Design was inspired by rising dough and features soft fabrics spilling over a metal structure.
Fortune cookies inspired the aptly named Fortuna chair, designed by Hanna Stenström and Jennie Adén for Materia. The huge chair takes on a similar shape to the sweet biscuits and has a square seat pressed into its middle.
Anna Herrmann and Lisa Jonsson designed two stools, collectively named Fransson, for brand Gärsnäs. Working alongside the company's in-house craftsmen, the stackable stool combines pine, beech and walnut woods with leather and textile.
Madeleine Nelson and Frida Pettersson were tasked by Källemo to create a shelf using the company's library of materials. Using birch wood and iron, they created an angular storage system designed to also function on its own as a sculpture.
Hear Us Out is currently on show at the Greenhouse area of the Stockholm Furniture Fair – a section of the hall filled with upcoming designers and graduate projects.
Also on show at the fair, taking place until 10 February 2018, is Fogia's 1970s-inspired collection and Snøhetta's first-ever lighting range.