Swedish design duo Folkform has offered a collection of furnishings items made utilizing Masonite hardboard sourced from a manufacturing facility that closed down over a decade in the past.
On present at Stockholm Furniture Fair, The Museum of Masonite centres round a patented sort of engineered wooden board that’s made by steam-cooking and pressure-moulding wooden fibres.
Folkform founders Anna Holmquist and Chandra Ahlsell first began experimenting with this materials 15 years in the past, in collaboration with Sweden’s final remaining Masonite producer in Rundvik.
When the manufacturing facility closed in 2011, the pair took all of the remaining inventory.
“I felt a duty to inform the story of what occurred to this materials,” defined Holmquist, who has since accomplished a PHD exploring the cultural significance of Masonite.
“It created the Swedish welfare state within the Thirties, 40s and 50s,” she informed Dezeen.
“It was produced from leftover wooden from the Swedish sawmills so it grew to become greater right here than anyplace else. Everybody was utilizing it, for every little thing from boats and caravans to homes.”
The Museum of Masonite follows the discharge of the Manufacturing Novellas, a e book revealed by Folkform detailing the outcomes of Holmquist’s PHD analysis.
Folkform is showcasing this e book alongside a few of their favorite Masonite designs created over time.
Works on show embrace the Masonite Chair, a 2021 collaboration with Åke Axelsson primarily based on an experimental design the Swedish inside architect produced in 1978.
Older items embrace a chest of drawers and a bedside cupboard, each created in 2012, which characteristic completely different materials samples organized in geometric collages.
“We mixed supplies with completely different ages, with this concept that the furnishings turns into an archive,” mentioned Holmquist.
The newest designs within the present discover a extra minimalist method, suggesting how the fabric can create the suggestion of strong blocks.
“I really feel just like the compositions might be unending as a result of we nonetheless have extra of this board,” added Holmquist.
The works are offered alongside images, illustrations and artefacts that inform the story of the manufacturing facility.
Later within the yr, the exhibition will transfer to the Laurel Museum of Artwork in Mississippi, town the place Masonite was patented in 1924 by William H Mason.
Masonite is distinct from different engineered wooden fibre boards, equivalent to MDF, as a result of it’s made with out glue. Holmquist believes the fabric might have a future in manufacturing.
“It is an attractive materials and it is very sustainable,” she concluded.
“We’re already seeing a shift in meals, the place individuals more and more care the place the issues they eat come from, so possibly it’ll additionally occur for furnishings and objects.”
At Stockholm Furnishings Truthful this yr, guests might additionally benefit from the Wekino With exhibition by South Korean furniture designers and British designer Faye Toogood’s collaboration with Finnish company Vaarnii.
The images is by Erik Lefvander except in any other case said.
The Museum of Masonite is on present at Stockholm Furniture Fair, which is open to the general public from 7 to 11 February 2024. See Dezeen Events Guide for extra Stockholm Dezeen Week exhibitions in our dedicated event guide.