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Not just a pretty face

TAF Arkitektkontor / Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom have designed the neat, low and versatile Bleck sofa and easy chair. Inspiration came from studying the construction of the reverse sides of oil paintings. The stretcher frame has a triangular brace, which is called bleck in Swedish.

Inspired by back sides of oil paintings

The frame and all the visible wooden components are in beech. The fluffy cushions are filled with down and foam. Down gives a softer and more inviting character than usual in public settings.

Crafted for both home and public use

The boundaries between home and public environments are dissolving. For example, Bleck is a design that works in both. Sofas are usually large and command the space; TAF has deliberately kept all the dimensions modest and offer a neat and simple sofa.

Appeal to fill up a room

One advantage is that even though the Bleck sofa and easy chair are deliberately low, their appeal still comes through from its character, creating a spatial feeling.

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TAF is a Stockholm based design and architecture studio founded by Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. The studio has been exhibited at MoMa and its designs are now part of the permanent collections of Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and the Danish Design Museum in Copenhagen.

»Exposed construction and playful naivism are two of TAF Arkitektkontor’s hallmarks. Add elegance to the design duo’s first upholstered piece of furniture and the result is a sofa that can be placed anywhere in the room.«

Jury’s citation of Sköna Hem Furniture of the year 2017