Jesper Larsson's 2010 Design Top 5
by Jesper / January 6, 2011


Since 2010 was all about sustainability and local production I have focused my top five list on design from Gothenburg and the west coast of Sweden.



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IKEA - Homemade is best

"Homemade is best" is a cookbook for IKEA inspired by high fashion and japanese minimalism, realized by creative agency Forsman & Bodenfors, stylist Evelina Bratell and photographer Carl Kleiner. I know for a fact that they only had a couple of hectic weeks during the summer holidays in Sweden to get the work done, which makes this project even more amazing.


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Höganäs Keramik by Front

Höganäs Keramik is a ceramics factory close to my hometown of Helsingborg in the south of Sweden. I have grown up with their trademark stoneware around me, both in my family home and all my friends' homes.


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This past year design group Front updated their basic collection with a new range of timeless tableware based on the classic "Höganäskruset". I like that they updated the collection instead of creating something totally new, so the new pieces match all the old pieces me and my friends will one day inherit.


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Creatables

I came into contact with Creatables when they presented at one of our Pecha Kucha Nights in Gothenburg. Creatables map and negotiate prices for the materials left over from production of other products, and then develop their own consumer products to be applied in recurring industrial waste. Like the magazine holder "Old news" made of leftovers from the construction of felt tennis courts.


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Hövding Airbag Collar

When I first heard about Malmö based Hövding and their stylish airbag collar for bikers it felt like either a joke or science fiction.


But it turned out to be both serious and a reality since the company is planning to start selling a commercial version of Hövding in spring 2011.


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NO THING by Brikolör

Three years ago I visited the Milan Design Week eager to see how design would save the world from the inconvenient truth. But all I found was the same old hypocrisy and greenwashing. It actually made me quite sad and I haven't been to any design fairs since. Then last spring I came in contact with Gothenburg based Brikolör and found out about their thing-free exhibition at Salone del Mobile in Milan 2010 called "No thing".

With a vision reading "Fewer products for the many" they had decided not to exhibit any products since "Brikolör products need to be tools in changing systems and saving the world. The things we have are done, but they do not live up to that. Quality takes time and to make a difference takes more than a year. We stay at home, working." A refreshing thought that I hope can be of guidance to more people within the design world. And for me, I might even end up going to Milan again in 2011.


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