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SWEDISH DESIGN MOVES PARIS

Swedish Design Moves Paris is back at the Institut Suédois with two highlights at the Hôtel de Marle, Hem x 6 and Designprocesser, in collaboration with renowned designers, brands and institutions. A place of exchange between France and Sweden, the Institut Suédois offers a multidisciplinary programme of cultural events addressing the major social issues of tomorrow. The Hôtel de Marle, built in 1562 and now hosting the Institut suédois, is considered one of the most beautiful hôtel particuliers in the city. Bought by Sweden in 1965, it was turned into the only Swedish cultural centre abroad in 1971.

In 2017, the Institut Suédois launched a vast renovation project spanning several years. Late October 2017, the first stage of the project was completed, culminating in the presentation of the new public-facing spaces. The ambitious renovation project was led by Studio TAF, based in Stockholm. The project also encompassed the Café Suédois, a foretaste for the concept of the Nationalmuseum’s cafe and restaurant renovation in October 2018. A selection of objects produced for the Nationalmuseum will be shown at the Institut suédois during this season of events in the Designprocesser exhibition.

Photo: Julien Bourgeois

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Protagonists: Carl Malmsten AB and designer Anna Kraitz

The renowned designer and interior decorator, Carl Malmsten (1888-1972) has had immense influence in Swedish furniture, but also more broadly in Swedish culture. His creations participated in the emergence of Folkhemmet, which translates to “people’s home”: a post-war notion according to which every citizen must have access to a modern home of one’s own, a safe place and that built the premise for what was to become “the Swedish model”. In 1915, Carl Malmsten started to garner attention when he won the first and second prizes of a competition to design Stockholm City Hall’s furniture. Soon enough, he established himself as one of the most important creators of his time, inventing furniture that is simple, functional, but also warm and humanist. A founder and teacher at the workshop-school Malmsten in Stockholm in 1930, he was also a CEO, starting his own company in 1933, which transformed into Carl Malmsten AB in 1944. Today, only a handful of companies have the authorisation to reproduce his creations (furniture, wallpaper and textile), whose intellectual property rights still belong to Carl Malmsten AB.

Intention: In this studio, Carl Malmsten AB and Anna Kraitz’s wish was to create an environment blending historical and contemporary notes. The creator’s aim was to present a work space that would be “a soft, welcoming and human setting. A space to write and/or research, where the interior design serves as a background to support the functionality and serenity of the space”. 

Photo 1 & 3: Raphaël Dautigny
Photo 2: Julien Bourgeois

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