Local Design

Närodlad Design Intro - Svenskt Tenn

Svenskt Tenn exhibited "Local Design" 16.09.2016 – 06.11.2016

In the autumn exhibition ”Local Design”, Svenskt Tenn takes visitors behind the scenes at five Swedish workshops where furniture, glass, carpets and pewter objects are handcrafted for the brand, as they have been for decades. The purpose is to demonstrate how the selection of materials and manufacturing methods can make a difference for people as well as for the environment.

Svenskt Tenn operates with the stated mission to support and develop Swedish handicraft. This intent is upheld by Svenskt Tenn’s choice to manufacture the major part of its range in Sweden, and through exhibitions where the craftsmanship is highlighted. This fall, curator Lisanne Fransen collaborates with Svenskt Tenn and demonstrates the rich craftsmanship that still exists in Sweden, but that risk to be lost with the new generation.

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Dutch native Lisanne Fransen works in Sweden as a curator and set designer. She holds a Master of Arts and Arts Management degree from the University of Utrecht, with additional studies at the Stockholm University College of Arts, Crafts and Design and Beckmans College of Design. She was recently the curator of Nationalmuseum’s acclaimed ”Domestic Futures” exhibition at the Stockholm House of Culture.

Manufacturers featured in the exhibition are the Eriksson och Söner joinery, which makes a large share of Svenskt Tenn’s furniture; the Humstorp metal workshop, producer of part of the brand’s classic pewter products; Reijmyre glassworks,which produces both legacy and newly designed glass items for Svenskt Tenn; carpet makers Kasthall Mattor och Golv, where a broad range of carpets are hand tufted, and basket makers Larsson Korgmakare, which for generations have manufactured Svenskt Tenn’s rattan furniture.

At the exhibition, Svenskt Tenn introduces five new products handcrafted in workshops across Sweden. The new items are a mix of classic and contemporary designs, including a revolving bookcase by Folkform, a vase designed by Tim Karlsson, a cake stand by Benjamin Curtis, a carpet by Jakob Solgren, and the “2238” Chair by Josef Frank – revived from the Svenskt Tenn archive.

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