Design – At Stockholm Furniture Fair, Swedish designer and interior architect Jonas Bohlin designed the bar Underbar – Wonderful in Swedish – in close collaboration with Christine Ingridsdotter. Underbar is entirely circular, and all its carefully selected components and materials are set to be reused once the fair is over.
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All the furniture pieces have been designed by Bohlin and made in Sweden. The chairs are a cavalcade from various restaurants, and the tables were originally designed for the restaurant Taverna Brillo in Stockholm. The felt lamps, also created by Bohlin, are new products being presented for the very first time. Once the fair is over, the furniture and lamps will be used in other bars and restaurants.
The bar also features a wall made from dress shirts borrowed from friends who will get them back and a ceiling decorated with emergency blankets which will be donated after the end of the fair, potentially to Ukraine.
“Swedish furniture design and Swedish manufacturing have been, and will remain, important sectors for Swedish tradition, culture, and exports,” says Jonas Bohlin. “If we as architects, producers, and consumers fail to take the future challenges seriously, design and quality will be replaced by copies and gold bridges from China.”
“We want to show fragility and permanence and nurture imagination. To unite human presence with the presence of nature.” Explains Christine Ingridsdotter. “We also have the responsibility to make well-considered choices, regardless of whether we’re designing a restaurant built to last for decades or creating a pop-up space.”
As one of the most iconic and highly regarded designers and interior architects behind some of the most popular restaurants in Sweden, Bohlin creates long-lasting furniture made in Sweden. In the past 13 years, Bohlin has designed ten restaurants, and Christine Ingridsdotter has been responsible for the coloring and textiles in all of them. Since 2021, several of Bohlin’s furniture items have been produced under the brand Ingridsdotter.
All photos: courtesy of Stockholm Furniture Fair.