STRIKING A CHORD
Swedish designer Sanna Lindström has worked closely with Mitab on many briefs but it was the sophisticated simplicity of her Chord concept that most resonated with our shared ambitions and vision of ‘good design’, creating a timeless addition to the Mitab catalogue.
Sanna established her eponymous design studio in 2007 upon graduating from Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies, design school of one of the most famous Swedish furniture designers and cultural influencers of the last century. Malmsten’s name was, at first, synonymous with luxury and artisanal craft, his furniture commissions sought after by the highest of society. However, in 1956 Malmsten turned to industrialisation and the democratisation of design, exhibiting for the first time a collection of furniture for mass production, which went on to be found in homes across Scandinavia and the World.
Sanna’s work now embraces both these realms, being finely crafted with exquisite attention to detail but also able to be mass manufactured efficiently. The ideal combination for Mitab.
Sanna kindly answered our questions about her design process and philosophy.
Can you tell us a little about your studio and your design philosophy?
What was the starting point for the design of Chord?
Can you briefly describe the design for us?
As the name implies, it’s about building chords, creating harmonies. The massive, softly-shaped wooden seat, the frame that runs from the floor with thin tubes made of high-strength recycled metal to the inside of the seat, and the circular almost floating footrest which lies a bit unusual on the outside of the frame to create a completeness – a sound of harmonies together – a Chord.
Chord gets its character from its oversized wooden seat, coloured with a translucent stain to highlight the natural life of the material. The contrast with the slim legs creates an interesting tension. When you turn Chord upside down you see the care put in production. The meticulous work and the meticulous finish.
What qualities of your work and approach are shared with Mitab?