Marginal Notes by Note Design Studio
by Harry / February 10, 2012

Note Design Studio have unveiled their Marginal Notes furniture and lighting collection at Stockholm Design Week 2012. Above, the multi-colored origami polyhedra lamp, Nour.

Created by designers Alexis Holmqvist, Susanna Wåhlin, Johannes Carlström, Kristoffer Fagerström and Cristiano Pigazzini in collaboration with Lerch Träinredningar, Marginal Notes was inspired by a camping trip. "We went deep into the forest to explore, measure and collect. With warm clothes, good shoes and woolen caps to protect us, we collected samples and took notes. With tents, mosquito screens, and some logs to sit on we set up a base camp for the night. After a long expedition, we now had plenty to look through back home."

"For the second year (over a cup of coffee) we examined our note books in search of the ideas in the margin, those unique sketches that pop out when you look again, the ones you just need to realise. Many seemed to have a common theme that we simply called 'Base Camp'; the simplistic materials and shapes of scientific field expedition tools adapted to stand wear and tear. Screens, filters, cages - to keep things inside, to let things through - were transformed into a few different pieces. Objects that separate, structure and sort Nature (or space) into understandable amounts. Other ideas connected more to the culture of exploration."

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Peep storage

"How can boxy storage furniture let more light through? We went for making their walls more transparent. After some material tests, we had a colorful group of characters, each with different sizes and functions. They hold your things, and you can decide what you want to show and what not to. The 'Keep' boxes complement the Peeps perfectly."


Settler benches

"To fell a tree, and to cut it up into useful pieces. A thing of pride for a lumberjack or a settler building their first cabin. The iconic shape of a log on a sawbuck inspired these benches, since a dead tree in the forest is really the best place for a short rest."


Tuck poufs

"We came across a picture of a bearded man in a choral red tuque (pronounced 'tuck') - or burglar beanie hat - and the color caught our attention. The hat became poufs to sit on, and the their edges were folded just like the edges of the hat. It added the function of a pocket for magazines and such, something that made us like the piece even more."


Sifter coatrack

"A gigantic sifter in the center of an excavation site, turned out to be a tall and handsome coat-hanger. Well, we discussed for a long while if it should work as a lamp or a clothes-hanger, but the first thing that comes to mind is usually the best. The net in the sifter helps with the catching of your keys falling out of your pockets, or just as a basket for your hats and gloves."


Nour table lamps

"Alexis' girlfriend Maryam came by the studio, and showed us her fascinating multi-colored origami polyhedra. We thought they would look interesting with a light inside, and a process of finding a paper with the right properties ensued. We gave the many sheets the right play of colours and patterns, and then Maryam put them all together by hand."


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