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Case Studies / The I—X Exhibition

The I—X Exhibition

Form Us With Love 2015–2016

In its first major retrospective, design studio Form Us With Love presents a number of early pieces, celebrated classics and new work—exploring a decade of industrial design consultancy, business ventures and civic projects.

As a studio, Form Us With Love has spent the past ten years repositioning brands through design. Utilising progressive manufacturing techniques and nurturing on-going dialogues with each client, the studio has sculpted innovative collaborations with the likes of IKEA, Muuto, Absolut, Menu, La Cividina Cappellini, + Halle, DePadova, FontanaArte, Bolon, Ateljé Lyktan, Design House Stockholm and Hem.

“For us this exhibition is about the alchemy of getting things right. There is a narrative element to all our projects, as well as a cultural side, and therefore many areas for people to get interested in. Take the Plug Lamp as an example—a light we developed during 2007/2008—integrating an electrical socket into a lamp as an answer to the increasing demand of charging laptops and phones,” says Jonas Pettersson co-founder of Form Us With Love.

The studio describes its role as ‘design-led investors’, acting as a bridge between production challenges and behavioral patterns, a methodology growing in popularity but one at the studio’s core from the very start. Looking into this mix of smart, well-informed and warm hearted stories gives an insight into the potential for this approach to design.

“The design industry as a whole has matured. A new a stronger strategic sense is prevailing—as if the ‘yet another product’ designers, who were around when we first started, have finally been outgrown. Today, every product is a brand and that puts pressure on all designers to be lateral. This exhibition is about the lessons we’ve learnt,” says studio co-founder John Löfgren.

Process

Process / Explore

GODREJ, Exhibition

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.

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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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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

Greenhouse

Functional content rather than face value aesthetics. Form Us With Love’s 2016 Greenhouse concept is based firmly on substance, playing down the caricature ‘comic book’ visuals of the years before it.

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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

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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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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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

Hong Kong

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.

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Tranås

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…

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Thinking / Problems

Water Faucet

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

Dezeen Hotlist

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 […]

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Greenhouse

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 […]

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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

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.

Studio / People

  • Jonas Pettersson

    CEO / Co-Founder

  • John Löfgren

    Creative Director / Co-Founder

  • Malena Lundin

    COO

  • 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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+Halle Nest Collection

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IKEA – Museum

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ateljé Lyktan – Ogle Mini

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The I-X Book

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Nest Collection

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Greenhouse 2016

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