Stockholm 2019 – French-Swedish design duo Färg & Blanche presents The Baker’́s House, a very personal exhibition showcased into Emma Marga Blanche’s great, great grandfather house which contained also a traditional Swedish crispbread bakery, at the core of the family’s business and fortune. The setting provides a striking backdrop for the studio’s new objects, installations and furniture.
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The Baker ́s House exhibition pays homage to Julius Westerdahl’s entrepreneurship. The collection comprises lighting designs, tables, chairs and home accessories – all inspired by the details in the house and Julius’ spirit. The designers delved into family photos, stories and memories.
“In 1867 a young moved to Stockholm together with his older brother to find a better future. In the capital the 21 years old Julius Westerdahl, my great great grandpa, developed a unique method to ferment bread with ice.” Narrates Emma Blanche.
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Mr Westerdahl built a fortune making a new style of crispbread – a traditional Swedish cracker that comes in a rounded shape with a dimpled texture. From here, Färg & Blanche designed a bespoke lighting design made from coloured glass discs on strip lights that look exactly like the crackers.
Timber tables with a star-shaped base seem to stem from the house wooden flooring patterns while glowing bulbous loaf-shaped table lamps are on display on arched stairs, and nodding to Färg & Blanche’s Succession series.
Melting candleholders stand on the mantlepiece of the fire space in the living room. On show also the By My Side table and a family of lighting designs with a soft melt-like luminous head. In the adjacent drawing room, a keyhole-shaped fabric stool was inspired by Emma Blanche’s childhood memories when she imagined parallel worlds looking through a keyhole in the house.
In Emma’s grand father room, the Mr N. chair sits at a writing desk paying homage to Mr Neil Westerdahl. “We like to see our furniture as alive, as people, we build up stories around them,” said Färg & Blanche.
All photos: courtesy of Färg & Blanche.
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