Design

Olsson och Gerthel x Swedese x Lab La Bla: Shape-shifters

Shape-shifters is an artistic collaboration between Swedese, Olsson & Gerthel, and Lab La Bla. This collab takes on Swedish furniture history and traditional craft with a contemporary focus, examining how small changes in processes and materials affect the overall expression of an object. The Shape-shifters project shows interpretations of Swedese's iconic armchair Lamino and the Flower table.

Photo: Robert Våhlström

Lab La Bla-minos is an interpretation of a Swedish furniture celebrity – the Lamino armchair – based on a number of stories from Lamino users. The stories all have one thing in common; they tend to describe Lamino as a person rather than a piece of furniture. The collective memories found in these stories have been shaped into three different expressions – Shape-shifts.

Photo: Robert Våhlström
Photo: Robert Våhlström
Photo: Robert Våhlström
Photo: Robert Våhlström

The second interpretation by Lab La Bla is based on an analysis of the production process behind the Flower table, exploring what new design languages can be hidden in a well-proven and specialized process. The tables have been turned, mirrored, extended, and stacked on top of each other – thus interpreted in a completely new design. This shape-shift can be seen as a dialogue between material, shape, and process, where the molded ash wood and the lacquered masking tape create a sketch-like condition.

Photo: Robert Våhlström
Photo: Robert Våhlström
Photo: Robert Våhlström

Lab La Bla is a Malmö-based design studio run by Axel Landström and Victor Isaksson Pirtti. Shape-shifters will be shown at Olsson & Gerthel in Malmö from 19 May to 11 June 2022, with an opening event during Southern Sweden Design Days, May 19-22.

More info on their website.