BOHLIN Curriculum Vitae
a designer with an artistical approach to his work, Jonas Bohlin
always crosses the borderlines but without losing the connections.
The connections to architecture, to functions, to life itself.
the beginning of his career the mixture of emotion and common sense
in design has been the very means for his success. As much as you
never can separate a designs form from its function, youre
not able to distinguish its emotional contents from its value.
Bohlin started off by making a kind of scandalous success in terms
of offended Swedish functionalism at the 1981 graduation show at
Konstfack, the National College of Arts, Craft and Design, in Stockholm.
We never quite recoverd from the shock his chair "Concrete"
created in the Swedish design community. Being meant as a piece
of sculpture in an artistic installation, the chair of steel and
concrete was obviuosly epitomizing a Swedish idea of post-modernism,
why it was produced in a limited edition, and is currently a collectors
works range from furniture, light fittings, glass and textiles,
to art objects and installations. It also comprises huge projects,
like the creation of a new design education or an eighteen months
long happening, comprising the build of a traditional, Swedish boat
for fuor rowers, and climaxing in a three month rowing session on
the channels of Europe, from Stockholm to Paris.
project was called LIV, the Swedish word for life (also Latin for
54 the total number of rowers!), and Jonas Bohlin was truly
"rowing for life". Not only his own, as it came out, but
also that of his wife and of his son, who was born almost on the
same day as the succeding exhibition LIV opened in Stockholm in
the spring of 1997.
also gave birth to a lot of new Bohlin design. A range of objects
which are natural new members of the big family of things
members but still individuals. To me Jonas Bohlins design
always have a very sociable quality they are great friends
in an otherwise mixed company.
Editor, FORM Design Magazine