Case studies / Latest
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
On a hunt for ‘less but better’ Design House Stockholm turned to Form Us With Love in a quest to re-invent the basics—the objects around us that are sometimes just to dull to exist but has the potential to be turned into personal items that people truly love.Read more
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
The future designer is one whose work is aimed at change. It’s not a choice, given the state of our planet and how we as people have instigated its spiralling decline. In part designers are to blame of course, as is anyone who’s contributed to the act of consume and discard.
As a result, today’s design has a civic duty to perform. A duty Form Us With Love acknowledges freely. And civic work is an act we know needs doing. Greenhouse became an investigation into how Form Us With Love can change a relatively traditional environment in the context of the design fair. How can the environment of a show become a place that draws a visitor for more reasons than design eye candy alone? The studio sat and went through a variety of solutions to bring a real value to both visitor and participant. Interventions that initiate rather than suppress dialogue.
The Greenhouse space should be a place where established meets new on a level playing field, where a conversation about design as an industry goes two ways. And is reciprocal from both sides. It’s necessary to introduce designers to the world of ‘design as a business’ early in their fledgling careers. The aim was for Greenhouse 2016 to be a place that plays an active part in participants’ future careers—meeting and learning, showing and telling but also listening and questioning.
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
During late fall of 2014, Form Us With Love were among a selected few, approached by Chinese start-up ZaoZuo. A furniture brand managed by Shu Wei, a clever and driven Chinese entrepreneur, who wants to supply the Chinese market with premium design and lifestyle products.Read more
Thinking / Problems
Our first chair project, was called Highway—a collaboration with the brothers at Mitab. After meeting Peter and Marcus in London it had not taken us long before we became regulars in their factory in Tranås. We were impressed by their welding robots, but wondered why they were not actively working.
The brothers told us that the robots normally worked on welding shopping baskets but there was not enough subcontracting at the moment. We thought long and hard and returned with an idea. ‘Perhaps we could design something based on what the robot was capable of doing, that way we would both stay true to the brand and optimise their production line,’ we thought.
It was a bit of a eureka moment when we realised the robots had nothing to do. For us it became very important to realise that we were not only designing something, but letting design solve a logistics problem. To learn every step of a production line as a designer, allowed for adjustments to be made along the way, preventing any details going unnoticed. If the atmosphere does not allow for questioning, its difficult to walk away with a good outcome, or any outcome at all for that matter. In the case of Mitab, it was fairly straight forward. The producer will always listen more carefully if you—in a respectful manner—discuss problems which will turn into profit.
Thinking / Publications
Swedish lighting company Ateljé Lyktan collaborated with Form Us With Love when redesigning its visual identity. Tack Studio lead the project editorially and graphically; creating two journals for the brand in 2012 and 2013. The journals include the Plug Lamp, Hood and Ogle.Read more
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
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 usDesign Assistant info
We’re blessed with a vibrant office culture, with co-workers from around the globe. Hands on individuals who share our common goal of not only producing relevant, beautiful design but helping our collaborators to work, produce, function and think more effectively.
Periodically we open the studio to a batch of selected international applicants for an intensive period of workshops with the aim of finding one or two who’ll remain with us as interns for two times five months.
They’ll be immersed wholeheartedly into Form Us With Love, as part of our design team. It’s not uncommon that this internship develops into something more permanent, with our current team boasting many ex-interns as full-time colleagues.
We are growing, with a steady recruitment every year, the studio is now looking to further expand the team. With new projects, from both existing and new International clients—it’s time for the studio’s annual Summer Workshop.
Join the studio during a couple of days for insights into process, creative methods and client experiences, an exchange that could lead to landing a design role at the studio. Applicants must hold a BFA in Industrial Design, have a good spoken and written English and be entitled to work in Sweden. Last day to apply is October 25. For more details, Download the attached PDF.