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ARCTIC by Johan Linton
Cabinet in anodized aluminium, doors with parchment, fiberoptics, bone
Height 160 cm, width 90 cm, depth 33 cm
In his new piece of furniture for Källemo Johan Linton
wanted to explore qualities of his homeland the North. What particularly
moved him in relation to the North was the light and landscape. He got
the idea to make a kind of container that could be seen to hold and offer
these qualities. The purest and strongest image that then appeared to
him was the Arctic. Also, tales of the Arctic had followed him from his
childhood his grandfathers grandfather being the explorer
and paleobotanist, professor Alfred Gabriel Nathorst, who lead an expedition
in the Arctic Ocean in the summers of 1898 and 1899.
Johan Linton began to study Eskimo objects and tried to nd materials
reecting his sentiment for the large enigmatic land of ice and snow
in the far North. He found Eskimo design very pragmatic, direct and open
to new and unexpected inuences in the pursuit of purpose and function.
For the structure he chose anodized aluminium, a simple, hard material
from the modern world that could be seen as a corresponding replacement
of materials like bone or driftwood. To lter the light and cover
the interior of the cabinet he chose parchment an ancient material
comparable to the skin and intestine used by the Eskimos, and associated
with the transfer of human culture through time.
The way Johan Linton approaches the design process is deeply personal.
He has formerly made objects for Källemo characterized by his interest
for the Latin; a recliner inspired by the Italian baroque painter Caravaggio;
an easy chair as homage to the French philosopher Jacques Derrida; different
chairs translating the mood in the lm Jour de fête by the
French director Jacques Tati. In a time when the designworld mostly centres
around the trend of the season such an attitude is relieving and reects
Källemos deep engagement in the immaterial qualities of furniture.
Eskimo use of drill; specimen from narwhal and reindeer.
Illustration from Alfred Gabriel Nathorst, Två somrar i Norra Ishafvet.
Stockholm: Beijer, 1900.