Källemo og Sven Lundh
16 september 2005 - 2 january 2006
Swedish Design - Sven Lundh & Källemo
The exhibition shows avantgarde furniture put into production by the patron
of the arts and the manufacturer Sven Lundh in his company of Källemo.
Among the works are a number of significant and experimenting pieces of
furniture in between art and design made by known, in particular Swedish,
Sven Lundh established the company in 1970 and ever since then Källemo
has positioned itself by showing a different, innovative attitude to furniture
A company that likes to operate in the cross-over between design and art.
In a time where most manufacturers are focussing on profit, Sven Lundh
has shown the courage of doing excatly the opposite thing by launching
expensive, numbered pieces of furniture designed by Mats Theselius among
Furniture as art – or art as furniture. The most important is to continuously
putting the question: what is design and what is art? As a possible answer
to that Sven Lundh has replied: “It must stand wear and tear of the eye”.
One of the most sensational pieces of furniture from Källemo is the concrete
chair Concrete, designed by the Swedish designer Jonas Bohlin.
Originally, the chair was made of concrete and steel and as such it caused
excitement and fuss among designers. The chair was not in accordance with
the Scandinavian tradition of user-friendly furniture, - rather it was
an experiment of material and form. An insurrection against functional
design. However, the chair is produced today of wood and steel.
The armchair El Dorado is another of Källemo’s icons. The chair
is designed by Mats Theselius, who often works with a combination of metal,
leather and wood. In El Dorado the frame is made of etched brass, the
cushions of nubuck leather and the armrests of birch.
For Källemo the artist Fredrik Wretman has made an object that must be
characterised as a lamp. The lamp is simply called Light colour (black
cable) and is exactly what it suggests to be: a paint bucket with
light colour to which a black electrical cable is attached. The lamp can
be perceived as an ironical comment to the many designed lamps in the