In either its square or rectangular version, Oblique extends its slim dimensions and modernist elan as a generously proportioned coffee table. Designers Claesson Koivisto Rune originally came up with the look when they were furnishing the compact confines of a hotel project. Diagonal elements add visual intrigue, as suggested by the piece's name which means tilting in French. Fashioned in square steel rods with a metal-plate top and finished with a durable and smooth metallic bronze powder coating, Oblique is handmade in Sweden for boutique brand Asplund.
- Rectangular: 13.8" h x 46.5" w x 30.7" d (35x118x78cm)
- Square: 13.8" h x 46.5" w x 46.5" d (35x118x118cm)
Powder-coated metal, steel
Made in Sweden
“Small details are more important in simple minimalist design, because you see every line,” says Sandra Adrian Asplund, creative director at the eponymous Stockholm-based furniture brand. The brothers Asplund—Michael, an art dealer, and Thomas, a banker—originally teamed up to open a gallery that treated furnishings as works of fine art. When their vision took off, Sandra joined the team as creative head (and later spouse of Thomas) to develop a collection in a style they dub “Friendly Minimalism” that has grown into an internationally acclaimed design leader.
A warmer take on iconic Swedish minimalism, the Asplund look is similarly grounded in functionality and and hews to an ethos of sustainably. “Natural materials often require a bit of love and care, but in return, they age beautifully and last a lifetime,” says Sandra. Carefully produced in Sweden with environmentally friendly processes and a large measure of hand craftsmanship, Asplund goods are contemporary heirlooms, she says. “Unless every inch is perfect, it is not good enough.”