Stockholm 2020 – Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien of London-based studio Doshi Levien are Guests of Honour at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2020. The designers give an insight into their creative process with a labyrinthine pavilion featuring for the very first time drawings and prototypes side by side with production pieces, some created specially for the showcase.
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On show their Kundan cabinet created for Galerie Kreo, Paper Planes armchairs for Moroso, the Uchiwa collection of seats and poufs for HAY and more. Among the new works are the Maya textiles for Kvadrat and the self produced Earth to Sky lighting sculptures which comes in curvaceous organic shapes.
The works are on display in a make of inter-connected vaulted spaces – long and narrow, short and wide – inspired by churches the couple visited on a recent trip to Palermo. Concentrated beams of light cut through the dense spaces, highlighting the sensual and organic designs from Doshi Levien’s rich portfolio.
“When we tackle an assignment, whether it’s designing a fabric or a lamp or an armchair, we like to pass the idea through an architectural filter,” explains Nipa Doshi. “We want to create interior components that architects can use to define space.”
“The exhibition can be seen as a re-interpretation of the simple prototypes we’re experimenting with in our London studio,” explains Jonathan Levien. “There, we work in wood and cardboard. Here, we’ve used a solid wood structure clad in thin plywood. A ‘skin and bone structure’ that reflects our way of making prototypes in the studio.”
The wood has been grown locally to minimize transport the materials are reused after the fair. Prototypes hang up on the plywood walls, alongside drawings and the finished product, “to give visitors an insight into our working process.
All photos by Jonas Lindström – courtesy of Stockholm Furniture Fair.