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Perception is putty in the inventive hands of Swedish group Form Us With Love. Like the Work Lamp and other products by the group, the Bento reflects their collective wink at expectations and at tradition. Bento designer Petrus Palmér took the Danish legacy of bending wood and exaggerated its effect by way of the bold planks. The playful functionality also resonates with One Nordic, the new design house that realized Petrus’ chair and contacted A+R to launch the brand stateside. After a leisurely lunch seated in these chairs during the 2012 Salone in Milan, we thought they were too cool and comfy not to share. What’s more, all Bento products are shipped in semi-flat boxes in order to ease international transportation and storage space. Easily assembled in four simple steps.
FORM US WITH LOVE
"We are hopelessly influenced by our strong design heritage of course, but at the same time we are utterly tired of it. The result is some kind of tweaked functionalism," say the trio known as Form Us With Love. John Löfgren, Jonas Pettersson and Petrus Palmér originally met as students in the same product design class at the university in Karlmar, Sweden. From the spacious Stockholm studio which also hosts exhibits from time to time, they now turn out their own take on modernism, achieved with a light hand and often an underlying humorous tone. As part of a new generation building Sweden's design legacy, they say, "It's great to see so much creativity spire among the young Nordic design community, with an ambition to investigate new genres, materials and expressions."
Form Us With Love's output includes furniture and lighting for several internationally recognized design companies, including Canon, Design House Stockholm, Muuto, Philips and Stockholm Furniture Fair. The studio has been honored with numerous design awards, including Red Dot, Young Swedish Design Award and an I.D Magazine citation.