Case studies

Case Studies / Janinge

Janinge

IKEA 2013–2015

SITUATION

Form Us With Love was approached by IKEA to create a durable and affordable multi-purpose chair—easy to fall in love with and quick to maintain—based on the needs of both domestic and public environments.

ACTION

The challenge behind Janinge was the desire to balance the idea of detailed aesthetics with public quality. To pass, Form Us With Love had to design for strength, impact, drops, tilts and unit stability. Despite all of the above, Janinge had to be sold at thirty nine euros. Inspired by a wooden chair, Form US With Love had to keep the fine lines and edges, pushing to keep the radius as sharp as possible. The result became a visual stimuli for public areas as well as genuine durability for your home. Developing an everyday chair is a long process and after two years, Janinge passed ANSI BIFMA, the hardest quality certificate for public use, a standard few chairs on the market could ever match.

RESULT

The international press was quick to feature the Janinge chairs when first launched, which meant the best possible sale start. From the BBC, The Independent and Fast Company to Toronto Star and La Reppublica they all wanted to feature the new collection. Today, Janinge has impressive sales figures and is appreciated in IKEA restaurants across the globe. As a result the chairs received the most profound internal recognition, the Democratic Design at IKEA Award, a prize that hundreds of product developers and thousands of products strive to achieve.

Process

Process / Explore

IKEA – Kitchen

Our collaboration on the JANINGE collection had a profound impact on our understanding and admiration of the IKEA universe. We were therefore thrilled the day kitchen range manager, Gerry Dufresne, asked us to do an in-depth study of the kitchen. Together with product developer, Anna Granath, we began to unfold the complex world of the heart of the home.

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Nest Collection

The Nest collection is as unrestrained as most work from Form Us With Love, presenting a reversed silhouette—a club chair with skinny legs. Our ideas of different height layers led, as they often do, into deeper research.

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Process / Futurise

Warm Bench

Gottsunda is a civic concept created for a municipality of Uppsala, just to the north of Stockholm; and was part of Santa & Cole’s range.
At a glance the piece seems harsh and unfriendlRe: FUWL books 160113, mail 1 of 2.y, yet there’s a visual warmth and realism to using moulded concrete. It’s a material we’ve all seen so it gives off a familiarity and durability of course, which a piece for public areas requires.

Form Us With Love undertook a lengthy process of research, holding workshops with residents of this specific municipality—one that some might describe as an impoverish neighbourhood. And the interactions from the meetings of the inhabitants of Gottsunda became the fuel for making the bench a piece that wants people to sit, talk and discover that there’s more to folk than face value.

To make this happen, the studio set a series of heating loops within the bench, as they once did on the benches of Stockholm’s more exposed subway stations, using the warmth created as a byproduct of the cooling process of making electricity in nearby power plants.
To sit down alongside someone you don’t know and sharing a warmth instead of an uncertainty is something public architecture needs more of. Spaces that are inviting and generate a sense of shared pride and belonging should be encouraged on a wider level from those who plan such places.

Process / Concept

Nest Collection

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.

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Greenhouse 2017

The advantage of curating a sequence of exhibitions is that you can learn from one exhibition and apply it to the next. Last year, Form Us With Love utilised their Greenhouse design at Stockholm Furniture & Light fair as a platform for dialogue. This resulted in an unpleasant discovery, unveiling that the perceived gap between […]

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Process / Prototype

Nest Collection

The challenge with the Nest range for + Halle was the balance between the seat and legs. The importance was adding steadiness, to an exceptionally elegant, high piece of furniture.

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Greenhouse

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.

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Process / Qualify

IKEA – Odger

After a domestic chair for public use and a tech dining chair we dived headfirst into the realm of wood-polypropylene, initially started by product developer Åsa Hederberg back in 2014. Odger is an exciting, two-part chair—now at its very final but most important, qualifying stage.

Qualifying Odger, is the time when our hard work in collaboration with quality developers, Karin Engquist and Nikolay Pishiev, finally come to life and where no details are too small to revisit. But equally qualifying is the part of the process when we begin to enquire into the multifaceted production, in it’s actual materials with the correct surfaces and treatments. Under the qualify lens, the surface of Odger has proved both beautiful and challenging, meaning that we have to get the surface of the woodplastic as resistant as possible without jeopardising the unique appearance and tactility.

A key element of qualifying the Odger chair is also testing the intuitiveness in which legs and shell are mounted, using handles instead of screws. In order to get this assembly as close as possible to the consumer mind—new, yet well grounded—many handle prototypes have been made to reach that perfected self-explanatory goal. With rigorous quality control, seat and legs can now effortlessly be assembled with a new mechanism, a innovative Odger key/handle.

Thinking

Thinking / Excursion

LIENERS DESIGN LOUNGE

This month, Form Us With Love participated in an evening symposium, held at the beautiful Marmorsaal in Weissenburgpark, Stuttgart, Germany. In a series of talks, hosted by Liener büromöbel, design was tackled in three sub-sections; team, room and process. Speakers included Prof. Ulrich Weinberg from Hasso Plattner Institut in Potsdam, Markus Schiffer, Country Manager at Buzzi Space […]

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Prototypa – Milan

During Milan design week this April, Form Us With Love temporary moved their practice to engage in the second round of Prototypa—a four-day series of talks on the act of prototyping. Inhabiting a Milanese architect firm, located in the centre of the city, Prototypa brought four conversations in an honest setting, delivering actual and speculative design assessments to a […]

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Thinking / Problems

Highway Production

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

DESIGN SWEDEN 60 YEARS

Design Sweden is an independent organisation set up with the purpose to nurture and enable designers living and working in Sweden and those operating abroad. Celebrating 60 years this year, the organisation is continuing to engage in design from an industry as well as a public perspective. This years anniversary celebrations include an evening of talks around the theme of […]

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Svensk bokkonst

The I—X publication by Form Us With Love was awarded this March by the Swedish Book Art Association, ‘to serve as a model of emulation.’ As a chronological compilation, edited by Lia Forslund and designed by Hendrik Nygren Design, the book is a generously sized monograph filled with design process, insights and reflective thinking. ‘The act to present extensive material […]

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Thinking / Mistakes

Comforty Living

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

Studio / About

FORM US WITH LOVE
SANKT ERIKSGATAN 106
113 31 STOCKHOLM
SWEDEN

INFO@FORMUSWITHLOVE.SE
PRESS@FORMUSWITHLOVE.SE
JOBS@FORMUSWITHLOVE.SE
+46 8 218 002

About

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.

FORM US WITH LOVE
SANKT ERIKSGATAN 106
113 31 STOCKHOLM
SWEDEN

INFO@FORMUSWITHLOVE.SE
PRESS@FORMUSWITHLOVE.SE
JOBS@FORMUSWITHLOVE.SE
+46 8 218 002

Studio / Join us

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Trainee 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.

Studio / People

  • Jonas Pettersson

    CEO / Co-Founder

  • John Löfgren

    Creative Director / Co-Founder

  • Axel Norlander

    Project Manager

  • Christian Fiebig

    Industrial Designer

  • Hye Jin Ahn

    Designer

  • Allon Libermann

    Project Manager

  • Christian Sjöström

    Industrial Designer

  • Berta Julià Sala

    Designer

Studio / Clients

Studio / Awards

Studio / Press

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TID – Canvas – 001

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Prototypa – Milan Design Week 2017

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Swedish Design Moves

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BAUX – Patterns

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IKEA – Kungsbacka

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+Halle Nest Collection

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IKEA – Museum

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