Case studies / Latest
Seventy odd years ago, IKEA was established to cater for people’s need in the deep forests of the Swedish south. Now one of the worlds largest furniture retailers, IKEA invites the public to experience what it takes to cater for humanity, including driving forces and lesson learned, inside the very first of its kind—the IKEA […]Read more
Swedish lighting manufacturer, ateljé Lyktan approached Form Us With Love to initiate the development of a new creative strategy to reposition the company as a premium brand. The main challenge was to leverage ateljé Lyktan’s rich historical past and deep industrial knowledge to lure in new contract projects on an international scale. The brief included a stipulation that the studio design a new collection to differentiate ateljé Lyktan from other manufacturers in the sector.Read more
TID is the Swedish word for time, and marks a significant point in the studio’s development from one enlisted by third-party clients to one capable of making and maintaining a brand in its entirety. Together with Petrus Palmér and Ola E. Bernestål, Form Us With Love saw the chance to imprint its style in a new, emerging marketplace—design watches.Read more
VisitSweden is an organisation engaged in the proactive promotion of Sweden. And its work in Milan during the furniture festival has steadily become more pivotal. In 2014, together with two more of Sweden’s most active promotors (Svensk Form and Business Sweden), Visit Sweden arrived at Form Us With Love on the eve of its Milan show. The task was to fill its ‘blank canvas’ space on a limited budget and even tighter timeframe.Read more
Ateljé Lyktan – Ogle Collection
Ten years ago, Swedish design studio Form Us With Love, showed the first prototypes of the Ogle light fixture to Swedish heritage manufacturer ateljé Lyktan. A minimal pendant with a spotlight function, effectively a sphere and pipe, initially made for a hotel in Stockholm.Read more
In 2006, Form Us With Love debuted at Greenhouse, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair’s hall for non-established designers. Ten years later, the studio was asked to return to curate the space. Knowing how it feels, the studio turned away from the usual fads and put a spotlight on the debutants themselves.Read more
Form Us With Love co-founded BAUX in 2014, seizing on an opportunity to reinvent the aesthetics of a function-heavy Swedish-made building material, Träulit. While investigating the production of Träulit, a wood wool, as a proprietary material, the studio found its potential for usage compelling—even after decades years in the market.Read more
In 2014, Form Us With Love was contacted by the newly-rehoused Spritmuseum in Stockholm—a museum dedicated to alcoholic beverages. It was a timely move; perfectly in tune with the city’s growing love for craft beers, home brewing and the Swedish heritage of spirit. To help visitors navigate their way through the myriad of assembled brews, Spritmuseum required an engaging vibrant aesthetic; one befitting of the concoctions it curates.Read more
Leading Nordic bathroom specialist sought a way to explore the changes in the way people spec out their bathroom. With the studio engaged in developing a platform that could deliver an immersive design experience that empowered the customer creatively and practically.Read more
Form Us With Love – Market
Today it seems like we’re always on the hunt for an empty socket for our computer, smart phone or tablet. Together with ateljé Lyktan, Form Us With Love developed a solution to this minor niggle of daily life; a lamp with a built-in electrical socket. Our connected lives simply denote a soft need for a constant presence of power. Office, home, transport; the opportunity to top up a mobile/electrical device is a welcome pitstop.Read more
Haberdash is the contemporary dandy store in Stockholm, with a thoughtfully-curated selection of international brands for the discerning chap about town. When opening its new boutique, the store landed on Form Us With Love as the perfect partners to develop an interior concept to match its premium sourcing.Read more
“What is a dandy?” That was the brief given to the studio by Nordiska Museet in Stockholm. Its intention was to fill its cavernous space with a theoretical expose of the notion of being a contemporary dandy, with some of the country’s top stylists and fashionistas giving their own take on one of this decade’s key trends.
Form Us With Love didn’t stop there though. There were more questions that needed answers. What did a dandy wear? How does a dandy live? Who is a dandy?
Case Studies / Featured
Ateljé Lyktan – Ogle Collection
Ateljé Lyktan 2006
Ten years ago, Swedish design studio Form Us With Love, showed the first prototypes of the Ogle light fixture to Swedish heritage manufacturer ateljé Lyktan. A minimal pendant with a spotlight function, effectively a sphere and pipe, initially made for a hotel in Stockholm.
Launched in 2010, the Ogle Collection was a strong concept from the very start, complete with a pendant, rail and floor light. Brought to the market, the lights were installed in a diverse set of projects, demonstrating Ogle’s ability to adjust. This inspired the Swedish design studio to return to the collection, implementing improvements that would make the popular light fixtures even more versatile.
After six years in the market and thousands of lights installed every year, Ogle earned it’s right to be revisited. Updated this year, in a die casted aluminum structure and a new lighting solution, the Ogle collection is re-entering the stage with leverage. Extending the family with Ogle Mini, measuring only 90mm, the family is also continuously growing in a sophisticated, neat and adaptable manner.
Process / Explore
When we first moved offices in 2011, we were searching for new places to have lunch. One we tried was Bonniers gallery, just down the road (bit of a trek though). While we were there we looked up and looked at the ceiling (a good design tip to look up and down every now and then). The ceiling was like the one we had at school when we were young. But here though, it looked really good somehow. Still not sure why actually, might have been that were were fuelled positive energy after moving into our new space? So we looked up who made this ceiling when we finished our lunch as it was in Sweden in a place called Österby.Read more
Process / Futurise
Back while we were in college, John and I had this naive ambition to challenge IKEA with the world’s flattest packet. It was actually a really well thought through project with the name Bendable Interior Objects, which later morphed into the beginnings of Form Us With Love.
The package was about as big as a delivery pallet, and inside would be the items the customer wanted. However, each of these exam projects required text-heavy documentation that we soon tired of making. We couldn’t really see the point of this kind of supporting texts. We just wanted to save the world from bad products. We’d never related design to monetary gain; with a very Swedish idealism that design is a right we all have. That design is for everyone. So to begin with this notion to align a collection with an IKEA-esque parallel felt natural. The irony was of course that IKEA products nearly always need a written manual!
In 2007 though we revisited some of these Bendable Interior Objects (BIO); office products made from a single piece of thin steel, punched into self-explanatory folds. We bought a coat hanger, coat hook, stool, waste paper bin, desk tidy and a clock into being. With no need for any manuals, and delivered completely flat.
Process / Concept
We went from big to small and big again. We held onto this idea of a high sofa and armchair collection. We sketched endlessly and forced through iterations, to move fast into CAD models and physical mock-ups. The idea was the design and shape be capable of creating an impact yet be comfortable and inviting. A rounded seat typically brings character. Using a straight line in this case changes everything for the worse; too hard as a silhouette.Read more
Process / Prototype
Building a box should be easy. Four sides, a top perhaps. Corners. However, as a studio, we do tend to sweat the small stuff. As a result, it took many CAD drawings to find the quality we were looking for when designing Greenhouse 2016 and its simple box-like stands for the exhibitors.Read more
Process / Qualify
Janinge Cycle times
If we envisage a chair in a restaurant environment, that chair will see action from ten sets of bums. Ten bums on one seat. And that bum will raise from that seat, what, five times. Up and down. So, 50 cycles a day. Probably 300 times during a year, that chair will see new rumps. So we can calculate around 120,000 cycles over a ten-year period. And if a chair or product passes that cycle, then we have to turn our thoughts to other non-linear tests. Like effects of the materials used. Gass off, abuse, fire retardancy. But, really, can you really ever imagine through these simple theories the real abuse a chair is going to bear witness to over its lifespan?
Typically, a new product is going to have to pass a set series of standardised tests on the design itself. Then on the safety; what happens if someone sits on the backrest. Can someone trap a finger between the armrest and a table? Will the legs snap if you lean back? In the nordics we have to take into account climatical elements, and the affect extremes in temperature have on structural integrity; during transport for example in the winter. Or societal influencing factors—a mother rises to greet a friend and her child, eager for attention, tries to wriggle free through the hole in the back of a chair.
There needs to be a balance of testing during a product’s iteration; the repetitive stressing of a product and real life scenarios. “If a chair’s not comfortable to sit on; it’s not been tested enough,” Jonas Pettersson, Form Us With Love. In the case of Janinge, testing took one year to reach a fully resolved design.
Thinking / Excursion
We were in Mitab’s factory in Tranås and were impressed by the welding robots. Marcus, who was in charge of the factory told us that they didn’t really do so much with them at that point in time. They’d been used in the past to weld shopping baskets, but there wasn’t so much demand of that anymore. Poor robots eh. No jobs anywhere. Humans coming in and taking their jobs…Read more
Thinking / Problems
You try to locate the sensors, looking for those dark coloured lenses usually placed in the stem of the faucets. But you can’t see anything! It’s ‘minimalism’. You place your hands a wide as you can, moving frantically to try to maximise the chance for a reflection to hit the sensor—it still doesn’t work.
You are patient and take a breather; since the sensor might need a few seconds. Still nothing. You realise you still have soap in your hands and begin to panic. Next, you move closer. Perhaps the sensor could not quite get the signal you were trying to prevail from a distance? Half your body is doubled under the faucet, like a large bird in a small box, which remains unresponsive. You see sense, and pull your hands away to try again rationally. Other people have washed and gone by now. Your frustration is apparent. And you’ve been staring at yourself in the mirror, soapy hands dripping, for a couple of minutes. You feel stupid. A master of nothing.
Automatic faucets have hidden lenses which are designed to look for different things, hence the confusion. Some sense how close you are, or by how much you move your hands, and others just require a really strong presence. Most of the time they are just not intuitive enough, bad design making your life difficult.
Thinking / Publications
Design House Stockholm
In 2012 Design House Stockholm celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. To mark this important milestone, The Publishing House for Scandinavian design made a beautiful publication. It featured a series of photographs staging Design House Stockholm products in the rooms and halls of Hallwyl House in the centre of Stockholm, including, Work Lamp, Cord and Form Pendants […]Read more
This year the Swedish studio celebrates a decade in business, during which time it has created dozens of recognisable products including a landmark range with Ikea, and co-founded Baux. Yet, as always, they are thinking ahead. “It’s a landmark, sure, but most of the things are not done yet,” smiles Löfgren. “I’m more energetic than […]Read more
Thinking / Mistakes
In 2009, Comforty Living invited a number of renowned European designers to compete for a contract — Andersen & Voll from Norway, Philippe Negro from France, to name a few. We were invited to Warsaw to each design a sofa. The best piece was then picked by a jury and put in production.
Comforty Living is a brand divided in two parts; Comfort Living and Com40. The later being a manufacturer of sofas for IKEA. The challenge however, was not to make an IKEA sofa but quite the opposite. Comforty Living wanted us to present ideas for a premium sofa—working to virtually no restrictions.
We took the brief very literally and began researching the boundaries of a sofa and how to go beyond it. Our solution became something closer to art than a piece of furniture. We did not win the pitch, but cherished the fact that we had enabled our creativity to run past what was commercially viable, something which designers rarely get the chance to do. That ‘behind every great product is a string of failed ones,’ is a cliché. However, in the case of the ‘sofa and beyond,’ we actually aimed to fall short, which put us much closer to the target.
Studio / About
SANKT ERIKSGATAN 106
113 31 STOCKHOLM
+46 8 218 002
Form Us With Love, is the international design studio founded in 2005. Since its conception, the studio has burned with a passion for design and its democratic potential. Its belief is that we all have a right to meaningful design.
At the studio’s core lies a process that blends traditional creative practices with a lean, strategic application. The central intention is to evolve with the needs of each project, its place in the market and the ever-changing needs of real people.
Today, the work of Form Us With Love falls into three areas: Consultancy—an engagement in products, ranges, collaborations and spaces for clients around the world, Ventures—disciplined and holistic approaches to launch and build brands, Civic—based on knowledge transfers and sharing of experiences, actively contributing to the broader spectra of design.
SANKT ERIKSGATAN 106
113 31 STOCKHOLM
+46 8 218 002
Studio / Join us
Join usTrainee Program
Form Us With Love is looking towards the future, giving our very best to design real change with our global clients, ventures, and civic projects. What’s behind Form Us With Love is an international and driven team of designers collaborating towards this vision.
June 16th we hold our annual Summer Workshop for applicants interested in joining our one year Trainee Program and becoming a part of the team. We have three trainee positions open; Designer, Industrial Designer, and Content Manager.
Join us for the Summer Workshop on the 16th of June. The application deadline is May 20th. For more details, Download the attached PDF’s.