Textiles for Nationalmuseum
For 5 years, the National Museum in Stockholm has been closed. The reason for this is that the entire museum has undergone total renovation of the kind we have rarely seen in Sweden. Unique is not only the renovation but also the great effort made to produce unique furniture, textiles, glasses, cutlery and more. A total of about 80 products have been produced.
Behind the design is mainly design duo TAF, Carina Seth Andersson, Stina Löfgren and Matti Klenell who were also artistic leaders for the entire project. In addition to the designer, guest designers have also been invited during the project, Monica Backström, Ludvig Löfgren, Mattias Stahlbom and Jacob Solgren to name a few. Many recognized brands have been part of the project, such as Swedese, Gense and Källemo. On the textile page, the assignment has gone to Klässbols Linneväveri. A total of two projects have been completed. One of these has resulted in furniture fabrics woven in 100% wool. Each designer has made his interpretation reflected in different patterns. Matti Klenell who are born in Värmland has chosen to make an interpretation of the Schackrutan. Matti says: “For my own part it was a matter of belonging to the Klässbol square and to renew and play with the company’s legacy in an interesting way. The boxes of different sizes describe a shimmering search for a final solid shape. Of course, the cooperation with Klässbol was close to me because I am from Värmland. That’s why it’s a part of my heritage too”. A total of five different patterns were noted. All with their own identity, reflected by their respective designers. The fabrics are woven in 100% wool, which is the first time at Klässbols Linneväveri. Dick Johansson says: “We started woven in 50% linen and 50% wool, but then chose to weave completely in wool to reach a more durable product. For example, the fabrics should be used to dress furniture and therefore require more than textiles used on the tablecloth or in the kitchen and bathroom. It has been a fun and educational process for us. The pattern images were demanding to be added when they are exposed and the threads wander between warp and weft. Projects of this kind always move positions and develop production. In addition, it is a great honor to contribute products to the National Museum.” The fabric is used for furniture produced by Offect as well as for chair cushions intended for products from basket maker Larsson in Gamla Stan. All furniture fabrics have also been used to sew up a drapery. In this, you can see the different pattern images, sewn side by side on a width of 90 cm. Which results in a beautiful, effective drawer of a total width of 4.5 meters, serving as a room divider in the restaurant.
In addition to the above-mentioned designers, other designers have also been invited to various parts of the project, Jacob Solgren is one of these. Together with Klässbols Linneväveri, Jacob has produced tablecloths and napkins in 100% linen for the restaurant. The pattern is inspired by parts of the ceiling at the National Museum. A beautiful graphic pattern that appears in the natural-colored linen. In addition to napkin and canvas, Jacob Solgren has designed towels for the restaurant in a coarse, unbleached finish that gives it a beautiful structure.
A goal for the National Museum is that visitors to the museum should be given the opportunity to buy parts of the specially produced products.
From Klässbols Linneväveris range you will be able to buy both napkin and cloth.
Foto: Pia Ulin