Oblique originated when Claesson Koivisto Rune's designer-architect trio were decorating a Norwegian hotel and needed a desk with thin proportions and minimal dimensions. Diagonal lines suggest a airy floating sensation, as reflected in its name which means tilting in French. Handmade in Sweden, the piece can be used as a side table or desk and is fashioned from square steel rods with a metal-plate top and finished with a durable and smooth metallic bronze powder coating.
28.3" h x 46.5" w x 19.7" d (72x118x50cm)
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.”