Stockholm 2016 – Claesson Koivisto Rune challenges industry with a different compensation model that assigns to designers 75% of the consumer price. The Swedish studio’s brand SmallerObjects presents the new collection of simple, yet practical home accessories and tableware developed also by Nendo, Luca Nichetto, Giulio Cappellini, Jim Kuramoto and Ingegerd Råman.
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The new participative model sees designers as entrepreneurs who finance their own production and don’t get paid until the objects are sold, while SmallObjects provides a service of promotion, on-line sale and delivery. In return, instead of the traditional compensation of 2-5%, the participating designer receives 75% of the list price, that equals the revenue from retailers.
”We are very happy to be able to replace the old compensation model with a new concept”, says Mårten Claesson. “To realize the designers’ ideas we have been inspired by the sharing economy” adds Eero Koivisto. “It’s a new era, demanding new business models and new methods of working” comments Ola Rune.
Claesson Koivisto Rune focused on simple and small sized products as it helps to contain costs and allow designers to work on few suppliers they trust better. Little Big Ear espresso cup by Luca Nichetto balances mass and tactility. Produced by Bosa near Venice, it is made of a newly refined ’gres’ porcelain” with a close to 0% water absorption that was then glazed.
Nendo created tab note, a minimal notebook for designers, journalists or researchers. L-shaped perforations along the sides of the pages can be folded out to create customised indexes, making it easy to organise and keep track of the notebook’s contents.
The pages are free of any lines or margins can be neatly torn away from perforations along the seams. The book itself has been crafted in the style of traditional Japanese bookbinding with matte-finish thread. The covers are all plain-coloured.
Phantom by Jim Kuramoto is a small desk organizer where to put keys, change or small items we find in the pockets. The light design is made in a heat-pressing polyester mesh and comes different shaded pastel colours that give an almost non-material look. Just like a ghost.
Giulio Cappellini, founder of Italian furniture brand Cappellini, presents the Puntino pillow. When designing the pattern in 2005 he was asked by Claesson Koivisto Rune – at the time art directors for a furniture textile brand – to contribute with a pattern that would bring the kind of elegance of tailor’s bespoke suit fabrics to furniture.
One Happy Cloud bowl was designed by Ingegerd Råman for a Japanese Stockholm restaurant by Claesson Koivisto Rune. The design is moulded in matt anthracite glazed stoneware by historic Swedish manufacturer Gustavsberg. The inside of the rim has an in-fold to serve as a support to help grip food like noodles with your chopsticks.
The collection is completed by products by Claesson Koivisto Rune as well. Cold Cooler is a tactile and natural glassette made in soapstone, a 400 million years old material that can hold temperature and keep wine cool at the table. The design matches coordinated coasters in soapstone as well.
Flat Iron is a set of concentric blackened cast iron trivets that fit into each other. The pieces are inspired by hotplates from 19th-century wood-burning stoves. The Swedish design studio created also a hat rest in wood and a personalized luggage tag in heavy-duty tooling leather that reminds horse riding equipment.
Photos by Claesson Koivisto Rune.