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The linear pattern of the Kilt series camouflages a choice of inside options—drawers, door-fronts or a combination of both. The graphic frontispiece takes its eye-pleasing proportions from the classical architectural ratio known as the golden mean. This cabinet is an elegant response to storage needs. Stockholm-based multidisciplinary design-architecture firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, in partnership with Swedish maker Asplund, offers the piece in either nuanced lacquer tones or natural oak in a light or dark waxed finish.
“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.”