With its disarmingly off-center column base and elegantly curving slim tabletop, Ovale is a striking addition to the Palais series from designers Anya Sebton and Eva LiljaLöwenhielm. Asplund's sofa table echoes the panel-covered pedestal motif that defines the collection, taking both inspiration and its name from an exhibit seen at Paris's Palais Royal. Carefully crafted in Sweden from solid oak and available in a choice of stain tones, the base is also weighted for extra stability. The matching lacquered tabletop in oak veneer is treated with a durable polyurethane finish.
- 16.5" h x 43.3" w x 29.5" d (42x110x75cm)
- Base: 16.5" dia (42cm)
- 16.9" h x 59" w x 40.1" d (55x150x102cm)
- Base: 21.1" dia (53.5cm)
Stained oak or ash, polyurethane lacquer
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.”