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. The company was this little family-run business called Träullit and we took up contact with its own salesperson, Thomas Plogby. He arranged some train tickets for us and we were astonished to be met at the station by Plogby in a black limo! After a pretty long drive we reached the factory and met with Bengt Rääf, the owner. In his office was a little sign that said everything in the factory was made with Wood wool. A mark of passion for this humble material that’s pretty ubiquitous in buildings. We know that we had to do something with Bengt and his passion for this material. It was a real instant synergy somehow. Acoustic insulation, fire-resistant, moisture controlling… great qualities with this hidden potential to really become something special. In Bengt’s world he was making a gold that was used across Sweden.
We asked where else in the world could you get this Wood wool. He replied that there wasn’t really a market! The cost of delivery was more than the material. A few hours later, we thanked Bengt and returned to the limo for the journey home. Yet that phrase clung on in our minds. “There wasn’t really a market.” That really stirred us up. Maybe we could help Bengt and his Wood wool gold?
The next day we called Träullit to thank Bengt for his time and hospitality, but broke the news we didn’t want to buy any Träullit for the office in the end. He took it well. But we did talk more about the fact that we wanted to look closer at the material itself and suggested that Träullit be a part of Form Us With Friends and said we’d be happy to design a new product for the show. Bengt’s an open fellow, so he gave us a thumbs up. More thumbs up followed and his Swedish gold began to flow out into Europe and beyond.
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.
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.Read more
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
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 […]Read more
+Halle – Fair Stand
Today, members of the contract design industry often source upholstery fabrics for sofas and chairs through the sometimes process of picking colours from a screen. It’s a risk and makes most decision makers stick with the usual choice. This is precisely why Form Us With Love in collaboration with the upholstery craftsmen at +Halle, set […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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 […]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
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 […]Read more
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 […]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 usTrainee 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.