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Alone or paired with the complementary lounge chair, the footstool from the Spark duo by Stockholm-based Massproductions derives its name from the nickname for the traditional Nordic kick sled.
Both stool and lounge chair comprise of a a steel framework mounted on wooden runners—giving an unmistakeable resemblance to the Swedish “spark” (dubbed for the kicking motion used to propel it.) Clad in canvas and with the chair's armrests covered in leather, the seating makes the most of this offbeat inspiration, in a highly distinctive melding of imaginative design and comfort.
“Our goal is to use industrial processes to create furniture which people can get excited about, something that gives them pride of ownership,” says Chris Martin of Stockholm-based Massproductions. “You can do that with a hand-crafted piece, but for us the satisfaction comes from achieving it with an industrially produced article.” Chris, an Englishman, and Swedish business partner Magnus Elebäck first met as independent consultants and eventually put their accumulated knowledge to work for themselves in 2009 by opening their own furniture company, Massproductions.
Within modernist design codes, they strive for a “dignified simplicity” and their emblematic Tio Chair took the prestigious Golden Chair award from the Swedish Association of Architects. Also cognizant of environmental factors, a core concept is to produce “cleverly and in volume” to emphasize sustainability as well as social ethics, Chris says. "We believe that responsible and rational mass production benefits the consumer, the factory worker and everyone in-between.”