Grand Palais maximizes the wood-paneled motif of Asplund's table series as an impressively scaled, drum-shaped sofa counterpart. Designers Anya Sebton and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm were originally inspired by an exhibit at Paris' Palais Royal and reflect both the ancient column motifs and the historic location in the name of the collection. A wonder of fine Swedish craftsmanship, the table is configured with solid-oak panels in a choice of stained hues that include a striking dusty pink. The matching oak-veneer tabletop comes with a durable polyurethane finish or the option of a high-performance matte laminate.
14.6" h x 36.2" dia (37x92cm)
Solid oak or ash veneer, polyurethane lacquer
“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.”