Tell us about the new Kolonn table series…
The tables are characterised by the sculpted leg. The initial idea was to make a generous stand-up table which, despite the smallness of its footprint, could cope with large table tops. It seemed to me that tables like that were lacking in the market, and I needed them for an interior architecture project I was doing with Wingårdhs.
The name Kolonn (meaning: column) alludes to supporting roofs and ceilings or, in the present instance, large table tops. Oher elements the leg has in common with a column are the subtle line of base, shaft and termination, as well as vertical slits between the three-dimensionally moulded veneer strips, reminiscent of the shape and structure of the classical column. The sculptural shape is functional. It provides generous support on the floor, tapers to give legroom and lightness, and then broadens out again to take the table top. By adding more columns you can build tables of any length and with no legs getting in people’s way. Any electronics can be invisibly trunked up through the central stem.
Where does your inspiration come from?
When there is a gap and a product missing on the market. I’m often surprised by the amount of furniture that is produced and how little of it fits in and is really liked. That was the genesis of Kolonn.
What’s your best time of day for creative thinking?
When I’m off duty or travelling. Sitting in an aircraft and letting my gaze and my thoughts drift away, with my senses prepared for and open to new impressions. I appreciate daily routine and regular office hours for moving ideas forward.
How do you sketch?
Sketching begins with a pencil and mostly ends there. The few ideas that are acted on are filtered through various tools and end up as three-dimensional images and/or physical models. The most important filter in sketching is the dialogue with the product developer at the producer’s. There you have a great store of vital knowledge.
What are the main criteria of success with furniture?
First and foremost, that it serves its purpose, at the same time affecting the room and the user it’s intended for.