Like reeds (“vass” in Swedish) growing upwards at a lake’s shore, random indented lines border the desktop of Asplund's writing table. Designed by the Swedish architecture and design firm Claesson Koivisto Rune, that patterning actually serves to charmingly camouflage the desk's hidden drawer. With the wood base in light oak or dark walnut, the desktop is available in contrasting lacquered MDF in a range of hues or stained solid oak.
28.34" h x 47.24" w x 23.62" d (72x120x60cm)
Lacquered MDF or stained oak
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.”