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A modern sofa system with historic roots
Nationalmuseum, which originally opened in Stockholm in 1866, was reinaugurated in 2018 after a five-year renovation. Overall responsibility for the museum’s new restaurant interior was given to Klenell. Along with a group of designers, he faced the challenging task of merging the building’s 150-year history with a contemporary design language. When the time came to develop a flexible sofa that could easily blend in with the rest of the furniture for the restaurant interior, Klenell chose to work with Offecct – and the result is Font.
“Font is based on a simple form with a round backrest, which gives the furniture its graphic expression and character, and indeed also inspired the name. The challenge was to achieve the right height and softness, and also a construction that enables you to use Font in a context outside of the museum,” Matti Klenell explains.
Font consists of one straight and one curved section, which together can be joined in numerous permutations, and a smaller table can also be attached wherever it is needed. Font is a sofa system that can grow into different public spaces far beyond the museum’s walls, and it also marks the first commercial collaboration between Klenell and Offecct.
“It was of course a privilege to be chosen to develop Font, but also confirmation that we are a producer of high quality. The collaboration with Klenell has been very successful, and we are happy to have been able to play a part in the historic modernisation of Nationalmuseum,” says Kurt Tingdal, one of the founders of Offecct.
Offecct has carried out three projects that have their origin in the renovation of Nationalmuseum. In 2017, a pattern created for a new facade by architects Gert Wingårdh and Erik Wikerstål was developed into Soundwave© Wicker. The Chapeau chair by TAF Studio and the Font sofa system by Matti Klenell, both developed for the museum’s new restaurant interior, are being launched in 2019. Offecct has also produced several pieces of bespoke furniture in collaboration with designer Matti Klenell.
Bio Matti Klenell
Matti Klenell (b. 1972) graduated in interior architecture from Konstfack – University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm in 1999, and founded his studio in 2000. Klenell moves with ease between handicraft and industrial design. He has created art glass as well as designing furniture and lamps for mass production for companies such as Fontana Arte and Iittala. Klenell has received the EDIDA Swedish Design Award four times, and several of his designs are represented in museums in Sweden and abroad. Klenell is known in the Swedish design community as a facilitator and has been responsible for the Form programme at Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, as well as design projects between Sweden and Taiwan. In 2015 Klenell was given the honourable task of overseeing aspects of the new interior for Nationalmuseum in Stockholm.
Offecct AB is a entrepreneur- led company with its headquarters and production in Tibro, Sweden. The company was founded in 1990 by Kurt Tingdal (CEO) and Anders Englund (Design Manager). They are both still actively involved in the company. The group has 75 employees and sales of SEK 180 million. The business is run in own premises which have a total area of around 20 000 m 2. The company has showrooms in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Tibro (SE), Oslo (NO), Copenhagen (DK), London (UK), Rotterdam (NL), Düsseldorf (DE) and Milan (IT). Offecct is since 2017 a part of the Flokk - the market leader in the design, development and production of workplace furniture in Europe. Read more on flokk.com
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