Case Studies / Noor
RBM Noor is the result of a contemporary take on manufacturer and designer relations, rediscovering Scandinavian design in a quadruple venture between Norwegian chair producer Scandinavian Business Seating and Norwegian, Danish and Swedish design studios StokkeAustad, Grønlund Design and Form Us With Love. In the making of RBM Noor, the design teams were placed at a creative research centre located at an isolated fjord in the west of Norway. During a five day workshop they worked together with an engineer, a brand manager, a textile designer, a project manager and a Research and development manager, with no computers and only panoramic views of the sea at hand. Together, the group sketched, discussed and worked thoroughly to find the ultimate solution for a high volume contract seating solution.
“The trip to the fjord was very rewarding; we worked twelve hour days and went to bed tired but incredibly happy. It was the atmosphere that changed us, we all arrived as strangers and competitors and left as friends and co-workers”, says Form Us With Love.
Built on a molded seat with four different leg structures, RBM Noor creates more than fourteen different chair options all available to dismantle and recycle. The flexibility carefully brings the chair to a new level of usability.
The RBM Noor chair is changing manufacturing and designer relations forever, and for the better. RBM Noor is not based on the beauty notion of a single designer. What was created is a true design, emphasized by every aspect of the process. Combining multiple thoughts and ideas in every step, the design teams really want you to look at RBM Noor and think; this is really well thought out. Fascinated about the idea of community, Scandinavian Business Seating explored their own interpretation of Scandinavian identity through a creative relay race. One idea was passed on to someone else and finalized by a third member. Instead of going under the premises that all Scandinavian designers are the same, they wanted to use their experience of differences to really grasp the cultural innovations of Scandinavia today.
“If you work hard to reinvent creative structures you always reach something qualitative as long as your work is thorough. RBM Noor shows that design in business is changing. Today design can be a strategy, a process, as well as a way to explore cultural innovation”, says Kristin Ruth Amdal, design Manager at Scandinavian Business Seating. RBM Noor is an exercise exploring mobility, sustainability and Scandinavian identity, tossing the old royalty rules and investing in people, lots of them. Introducing no less than three Scandinavian design studios on one single chair, created in the realm of research, RBM Noor is the result of an impressive collection of skills.
“We see a shift in the way manufacturers work with designers. Traditionally, ideas were sent off to manufacturers and the designers got their royalties. Now we see that the manufacturer and several designers can work together during the whole process, paying everyone for their contributions. We want to be in the front-end of this shift, bringing the design much closer to the manufacturing community, learning from each other for the greater good”, says Kristin Ruth Amdal, Design Manager at Scandinavian Business Seating.
Process / Explore
Punāh is an initiative by one of India’s major manufacturing conglomerates,
Godrej and Boyce, focusing on re-thinking the use of industrial waste materials. This year, Form Us With Love was invited to Mumbai as curators, designing the first ever Punāh exhibition, shown at the London Design Festival Sept 2016.
Process / Futurise
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
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 […]Read more
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
In Fall 2016, Form Us With Love in collaboration with TID watches has brought an anticipated newcomer into the TID watch range, TID No1 Gold. This matt gold coloured watch, keeps the simplistic industrial look, but adds a pleasant component to the family, a somewhat affectionate take on No.1 steel.
Crafted in the same elegant manner, No1 Gold is made of stainless steel given a golden ion-coating. It´s an advanced surface finishing processes giving the watch its subtle glow. The harmony that this warm watch brings, is just the right amount of matte-versus-gloss, to complement and elevate this range.
Thinking / Excursion
We asked Ben about his experience in Hong Kong and he replied, “It is what it is! In Hong Kong there is a culture of starting production and going from there. “In Europe you talk about projects that might not happen. In Hong Kong people are doing projects and hardly ever talking about them.” So, it is easier to make things here? “Yeah, everything’s just there close by. It is much easier to have a conversation with the right people and start production; talk to different manufacturers, ask around town.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
The worlds best architects, designers and influential brands were ranked last week for Dezeen’s annual 400 strong hotlist. Form Us With Love was proud and delighted to take a firm thirty-ninth place in the designers category, next to admirable design colleagues like Nendo, Thomas Heatherwick, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Tom Dixon. Congratulation to the […]Read more
Greenhouse is an iconic part of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair where young designers show work that have not yet been produced, to connect with partners, experts and producers. Each fall, designers and institutions from across the globe apply with prototypes and ideas to participate in the exhibition. In jury this year, John Löfgren […]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
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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.