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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.

Our starting point was, as with many of our explorations, an industrial one. We packed our bags and flew to Venice, Italy—the true mecca of kitchen fronts and the most significant place in the world for kitchen surface know-how. With attention to details and the perfect balance between innovation and quality control—this particular Italian supplier quickly unveiled to be exceptional.

We learnt that half a year earlier, IKEA had given the supplier the challenge to work on a sustainable kitchen front. Upon our arrival, we all noticed the swift tension in the air. The supplier was just about to answer their brief by presenting a new, daring material solution. With close to the same intensity as the revealing of a new car model, the engineers pitched the world’s first 100% up-cycled wood-polyethylene foil, with each door keeping as many as twenty five PET bottles out of the landfill. Our heads were spinning. Was this the start of designing the world first ever 100% up-cycled kitchen front system?

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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Godrej, Visit India

About a year ago, Form Us With Love had the privilege of meeting the Chief Executive Director and Chief Design Officer, representing one of India’s most renown company—the Godrej Group. The two gentlemen casually visited the studio at St Eriksplan, to talk about strategic design and operations in aerospace, real-estate, safety, food and furniture among many other things.

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Hardware

In an era where technological farsightedness has become a new measurement for success, very few unexpected design attributes have entered the hardware scene in the last decade. This spring, Form Us With Love set out to explore the realm of technology and it did not take long before all tables in the studio where filled with objects on review, along with the designers most precious everyday staples.

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Almeria

At the end of 2011 we travelled to Almeria in Spain with Cosentino’s Swedish CEO, Pierre. The brand wanted to use design to secure its position as a premium kitchen name. We checked into the brand’s own hotel and travelled onwards to the factory, a vast 1-million sqm production facility that needed a bus to get around. We saw a brand film, spent time at the futuristic company offices. It was a really immersive experience but it felt polarised against the company’s products and ways of working.

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Österbymo

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.

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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

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.

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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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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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TID gold

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 […]

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