Swedish maker Asplund offers versatile storage with its Kilt Light sideboard 180 variation with space behind the 3 doors on the left as well as 2 drawers on the right. The striking pattern on the front of designers Claesson Koivisto Rune’s cabinet is suggested by classic tartan and conforms to proportions of the “golden ratio,” considered the most aesthetically pleasing. Splendidly crafted in Sweden, the lacquered MDF cabinet comes a range of calm Nordic tones and features an opening at the back for ventilation or cables. The cabinet’s powder-coated metal base can be selected to match or in a contrasting color.
34.25" h x 70.86" w x 17.71" d (87x180x45cm)
Lacquered MDF, powder coated metal
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.”