Stockholm-based designer Pia Wallén offers a contemporary take on the classic Asian wedding cabinet for Swedish brand Asplund. Named for the Chinese word for “joy,” the storage unit sits gracefully on slender tall legs, crafted in lacquered oak and MDF in a choice of hues. An oversized circular brass handle opens the double doors to 2 interior shelves.
61.02" h x 27.55" w x 17.71" d (155x70x45cm)
Lacquered oak, metal
“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.”