Asplund's handsomely tall storage cabinet comes with clear glass doors for hiding clutter or making a display of things. Considered a Swedish design classic, Thomas Sandell and Jonas Bohlin's elegantly simple Snow E was first unveiled in 1994 with its characteristic cutout handles that add both a decorative element and the ease of a comfortable grip. In a choice of select Nordic hues, the cabinet is made of lacquered MDF and has a contrasting natural birch base. It's hand-assembled and made to order in the small town of Tibro in southern Sweden, known for its furniture-making tradition, and meant to last for generations. Assuredly functional on its own, the unit also mixes with other companion Snow pieces; affixing it to the wall is recommended.
- Small: 82.67" h x 35.43" w x 11.81" d (210x90x30cm)
- Large: 82.67" h x 35.43" w x 16.53" d (210x90x42cm)
Lacquered MDF, transparent glass
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.”