The Smaller Objects brand was established by Claesson Koivisto Rune in 2015 and presents 2017 design news featuring the designers Joe Doucet, James Irvine, Jin Kuramoto, Sven Markelius, Jean-Marie Massaud, Luca Nichetto, Ingegerd Råman, Nendo, Shane Schneck and Claesson Koivisto Rune themselves. – We feel very pleased that what we set out to do from the first place is increasingly valid. Objects with a strong focus on function and beauty. Always with longevity in mind. The things that we want for ourselves, says Mårten Claesson. Nytt Rom presents some of the new design, image courtesy Smaller Objects – Claesson Koivisto Rune:
Basket bowl, design Jin Kuramoto. -When I was visiting a heat-press moulding factory I found an insole stashed away in a corner. It fascinated me. And I was taught about its unique production method that integrates the finishing fabrics in the hot metal tool pressing, Kuramoto explains.
Bowl-Bowl in solid copper. -The idea was to create a container which also can be two individual bowls, says New York designer Joe Doucet.
Dot door stopper, design Claesson Koivisto Rune. – There’s nothing wrong with a normal wooden wedge as a door-stopper except… it looks untidy. It’s like this little piece that is never aligned with anything, says Eero Koivisto. The actual wedge needs to be there, of course, he continues, but the overall shape could be something that is never out of line, like the circle. This way, our doorstop factually adapts to architecture, says the designers.
Luman reversible candlestick, design James Irvine. -James Irvine (1958-2013) was a very dear friend of and early inspiration to Claesson Koivisto Rune. He showed us that working as a designer in Milan, the world’s design capital, was possible also for a non-Italian. Early on he moved permanently from London to Milan and established himself as one of the world’s leading product designers. But one thing he never left was his huge British sense of humor,” says Mårten Claesson. – It is with great pride that we can help present to the world a product, not only designed by James Irvine and never before put into production, but one of his first designs ever.
The New Eve bracelet formed of extruded aluminum, design Claesson Koivisto Rune. The bracelet was first introduced in an anodized version by Stockholm design gallery Galerie Pascale in 2008. It received the Design S award in 2008 and the Gold Award, Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011.
Vaso Carafe in different colors, design Luca Nichetto. Since the 13th century the Venetian island of Murano is famous around the world for its glassmakers, unsurpassed masters of mouth blown crystal ware, brilliant colors and texturing. (The colors are created by adding compounds or solutions. Ruby red uses gold as a coloring agent.) One of the finest glassworks on the island is Nason Moretti, where Vaso Carafe is blown especially for Smaller Objects.
All the items in the collection are for sale in the Smaller Objects’ webshop, and at select retailers in Europe, including Tate Gallery in London and Vitra Haus in Switzerland.