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Kilt hews to the classical architectural ratio of the golden mean but presents as a resolutely modern grid. In the K80, the vertical cabinet’s linear pattern finesses a pair of doors at the top and 4 drawers below. Multidisciplinary design/architecture firm Claesson Koivisto Rune in Stockholm teamed with Swedish maker Asplund for this strikingly versatile collection, offered in a range of understated lacquered tones as well as waxed light or dark oak.
“Small details are more important in simple minimalist design, because you see every line,” says Sandra Adrian Asplund, creative director at the eponymous Stockholm-based furniture brand. The brothers Asplund—Michael, an art dealer, and Thomas, a banker—originally teamed up to open a gallery that treated furnishings as works of fine art. When their vision took off, Sandra joined the team as creative head (and later spouse of Thomas) to develop a collection in a style they dub “Friendly Minimalism” that has grown into an internationally acclaimed design leader.
A warmer take on iconic Swedish minimalism, the Asplund look is similarly grounded in functionality and and hews to an ethos of sustainably. “Natural materials often require a bit of love and care, but in return, they age beautifully and last a lifetime,” says Sandra. Carefully produced in Sweden with environmentally friendly processes and a large measure of hand craftsmanship, Asplund goods are contemporary heirlooms, she says. “Unless every inch is perfect, it is not good enough.”