SOME OF THE "SOUL" BEHIND THE AMAZING, CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE FURNITURE FROM SWEDEN
Claesson Koivisto Rune
The design trio Claesson Koivisto Rune (CKR) consists of Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune, all graduates of University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. CKR was formed in 1995 and have been commissioned to design numerous architectural projects ranging from private houses to offices and interiors such as the Swedish ambassador's residence in Berlin, the Sony Music headquarters in Stockholm and Scandinavian Airlines Euroshop's worldwide chain of airport stores (in progress). In addition to their architectural practice, CKR work with object and furniture design, which to date have earned them eleven Excellent Swedish Design awards. CKR is currently engaged by furniture companies in Sweden and abroad, including Boffi, Cappellini and Living Divani.
Mårten Claesson is a design coordinator as well as a freelance writer and lecturer in the field of architecture and design and has been published in Sweden and abroad. Claesson graduated in 1994 with a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) from Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. In addition, Claesson holds a degree in architecture and product design from Parsons School of Design in New York and a degree in construction engineering from the Vasa Technical College in Stockholm.
Eero Koivisto is an architect and has held the position as artistic leader at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. In addition to being an architect, Koivisto is a busy lecturer and is frequently invited by faculties from around the world. Koivisto is a graduate from Konstfack (1994) and prior to Konstfack, he graduated from UIAH, University of Art & Design in Helsinki, Finland with a degree in both Design Leadership and Architecture and Interior Design. Furthermore, Koivisto holds a degree from Parsons School of Design in New York and from Stockholm School of Arts.
Ola Rune has held the position as head teacher at Beckmans School of Design in Stockholm. He, like the others in the CKR design trio, did his MFA in 1994 at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden. In 1992, Rune graduated with a degree in Interior and Furniture Design from the Royal Academy of Art School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to this he attended Soutwark College, General Art & Design in London. Komplot Design Komplot Design was established in 1987 by Poul Christiansen & Boris Berlin. Komplot Design is engaged within the fields of industrial, furniture and graphic design. Their designs are very personal, influenced by their different backgrounds, cultures, different education, and professional experiences. Komplot Design doesn't have any specific division between them, the only rule is that they don't have rules. Instead of following rules they discuss their work with each other and they trust that both of their ideas and expressions are represented in their designs. Komplot Design has received several awards for their furniture and designs. In 2002, Komplot Design received the Swedish magazine Sköna Hem's award "Furniture of the year".
Poul Christiansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1947. He graduated from Copenhagen's Royal Academy of fine arts, School of Architecture, in 1973. Christiansen has worked as a freelance designer since 1969, among his work he has designed lamps for Le Klint A/S. Between 1977-86 Poul Christiansen was employed by Ib and Jørgen Rasmussen (architecture and design, design for Kevi and Herman Miller). In addition, Christiansen was commissioned in 1982-87 to design furniture for Sorø Stolefabrik DK, Lübke and Brunner in Germany.
Boris Berlin was born in St. Petersburg, former Leningrad, USSR, in 1953. He graduated from the Institute of Applied Arts and Design, Leningrad in 1975. In 1976, Berlin was employed by Vinte in Leningrad and also worked as a freelancer, designing a wide range of industrial products and graphics. Berlin moved to Denmark at 30 years of age and founded Boris Berlin Design. Before establishing Komplot Design with Poul Christiansen, Berlin worked for Penta Design (computerized working place for Danish Post and Telegraph).
James Irvine was born in London, England, in 1958. Trained as a furniture designer at the Royal College in London, he graduated in 1984. Since then, he is based in Milan and runs his own design studio. He was a member of the Olivetti design Studio until 1993 and also a partner of Sottsass Associati until 1997. Today Irvine's studio designs industrial products for companies such as Canon and Artemide and is also engaged by many furniture companies including B&B Italia and Magis. Irvine has recently designed the new Mercedes city bus fleet for the city of Hanover.
Jean-Marie Massaud is one of the most interesting designers in France today. Massaud is a graduate from the prestigious Les Ateliers-Ecole National Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris. Massaud draws his inspiration from the abstract and dislikes archetypes and figurative art. He believes that design should create a feeling of spiritual, physical and emotional well being. With a focus on industrial and interior design, Massaud has been commissioned by Cacharel, Lexon, Ligne, Roset, Magis, and Yamaha, among others. Jean-Marie Massaud has received several awards for his excellent and interesting designs. Furthermore, Massaud's designs are on permanent exhibit at numerous museums in Europe.
Mats Theselius was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1956. He graduated from Konstfackskolan, industrial design school, Stockholm, in 1984. In 1995, Theselius became a professor at HDK, industrial design school Gothenburg. Since his debut in the end of the 1980s, Mats Theselius has received worldwide acclaim for his personal and exclusive armchairs. Mats Theselius has designed the TXS armchair, which is in the White House in Washington, DC. Traditional craftsmanship in the form of everyday objects is a major source of inspiration for Theselius. Some of Mats Theselius designs and furniture are in the permanent collections at the National Museum in Stockholm, the Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg and the Art and Crafts Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Peter Karpf was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1940. He trained as a designer at the School of Arts and Crafts in Copenhagen, and graduated in 1961. Other studies include Cabinetmaker training at Fritz Hansens Eft. Peter Karpf is currently engaged as a furniture designer by Iform and has designed the awarded VOIXA collection. He has participated in exhibitions in Sweden and abroad. Peter Karpf's collection is represented at places such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria & Albert Design Museum in London, among others. Karpf has received numerous awards, the latest for his chair NXT in 2001.
Thomas Sandell was born in Jakobstad, Finland, in 1959. He graduated as an architect from The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm in 1985. Architectural projects include private houses, restaurants and the interiors of both the Modern Museum and the Swedish Museum of Architecture in Stockholm. Thomas Sandell has also designed the new headquarters for telecommunication company Ericsson at Saint James Square in London, and the design concept for EU 2001 (the Swedish Chairmanship over European Union). He is currently engaged as a furniture designer by several well-known Swedish and international companies, including B&B Italia. Sandell's personal style has earned him great international acclaim.
Åke Axelsson has been making beautiful, functional furniture for work and professional spaces for more than forty years. Axelsson graduated from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Craft and Design, in Stockholm in 1957. Axelsson has received numerous awards for his designs and furniture both in Sweden and abroad. In 1989, Åke Axelsson became a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm. Furthermore, Axelsson received the title of Professor, by the Swedish government in 1995.
Leo Johannsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1956. He graduated from Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, in Stockholm in 1983. Between 1983-1992 he ran his own business called I 3 Interior Architects AB. Leo Johannsson has been awarded for his designs and has participated in several exhibitions both in Sweden and abroad. Today Leo Johannsson is responsible for the furniture design program at Carl Malmsten CTD, Stockholm.