DESIGN

Thomas Sandell: ”It’s elegant and extremely well crafted by master carpenters”

We speak to the Swedish architect and designer on his new products for two of Scandinavia’s most classic craft companies.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
January 11, 2022

Sandell first met iconic glass company Reijmyre, founded in 1810 and one of Sweden’s oldest companies still running, in 1998, when he created the interior for the museum for modern and contemporary art, Moderna Museet, in Stockholm.

— I then made a pot for them, Louise, which sold quite well for a few years, he tells, and I was happy when they contacted me again after almost 25 years.

This winter, he’s launched a new pot, which also works as a vase, called Ebba, made entirely of lead-free crystal, so-called barium crystal, that is blow-molded in a solid graphite form.

— The idea is simple — the shape should look like there is a bubble of joy. We’re developing more products together, which will be launched this spring.

Last August, Palmgrens launched the Cross Stool, an extension of the Swedish leather specialist’s over 10-year long design collaboration with Thomas Sandell. It almost immediately sold out and to follow up, Sandell has also designed a small desk.

— For the Cross Stool, I wanted to make a stool where leather and wood craftsmanship is essential. The shape should breathe simplicity and act as a reminder of the simple life, but as always, simplicity is complex. This desk is inspired by the nomadic lifestyle of a captain in the military during the First World War. It’s elegant and extremely well crafted by master carpenters at KFK in Stockholm with the desktop in leather from Tärnsjö and the body in sipo mahogany. The leather is crafted by Sadelmakarmästarna and the product is the best of the best in craftsmanship, locally made in Stockholm, he tells.

Photography: Erik Thor

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