CLAESSON, KOIVISTO, RUNE FURNITURE DESIGN AT TOTEM TRIBECA
MAY 17 - JUNE 13
Design Americaís foremost design driven, education enhanced multi-media
forum for good design promoted through itís showrooms: Totem Tribeca and
Totem Soho in Manhattan and includes Totem TV, Totem Magazine and wwww.totemdesign.com
are pleased to announce a collaboration with Mårten Claesson, Eero
Koivisto and Ola Rune, the Swedish Triumvirate of contemporary design.
Koivisto and Rune will realize their first US project with the re-design
of the Totem Tribeca Showroom located at 71 Franklin Street (Church/Broadway)
and will be featured in an exhibition of furniture designs that will be
the first retrospective of their work ever compiled. Covering projects
from 1998-2002 the products from Swedish companies such as David Design,
Asplund etc. that Totem sells in the US will be exhibited along
with Atelje Lyktan, Living Divani, Nola
among others, some making their first US debut. This will be the first
time that objects from various manufacturers designed by Claesson,
Koivisto and Rune will be shown in one space at the same time.
Included in the exhibition will also be prototypes and products introduced
for the first time at this exhibition and will be augmented by images
of architectural projects as well as an appearance by the designers themselves.
"Think rationally, but cultivate an artistic sensibility"
recommended Henry van de Velde in 1903. This is the direction chosen by
three young architects, Mårten Claesson, Eero
Koivisto and Ola Rune, who have their own practice in Stockholm since
1993. Architects, interior designers, furniture designers and teachers,
they entered the professional world with Vila Wabi, an elongated box,
temporarily set into the Sergel square (Stockholm), designed to house
a family of four. Since then, they have designed a big number of shops,
showrooms, bars & restaurants, offices and houses mostly in Sweden but
also abroad. Despite an international outlook and appeal the practice
makes part of an ongoing tradition of Scandinavian design.
The work of Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune provides
a recent example of the direction of Scandinavian design that will propel
you out of the myths and into the present. First and foremost, a cursory
look at their architecture and design will tell you that the principal
fact of contemporary culture is indeed part of their work: the migration
of ideas and information beyond borders. It's not that their work looks
"Dutch", "American" or anything else. However, all of those strict national
distinctions are fading, or at least losing their sharp edges wherever
design culture is flourishing, and no less so in the work of Claesson
Koivisto Rune. Thus it is possible to speak of the new characteristics
of this office's work as a particular blend of the individual and the
local with the corporate and the universal. For example, Claesson Koivisto
Rune's non-specialized production of both architecture and design
is a working method that favors the creation of environments as gesamtkunstwerken
- total works of art from the overall architecture to the furnishings.
This ideal has a specific Swedish expression - it is certain that the
path set out by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune will
have important consequences for the development of architecture and design
in Sweden and beyond.
Introduction by Terence Riley (extract) from Claesson,
Koivisto, Rune - Published by G. Gili, 2001
For more information contact:
David Shearer at 212-925-5506 or firstname.lastname@example.org