1 + 1 = 3 – The Collection: Southern Sweden Design Days

Beginning today and carrying on through the weekend, the city of Malmö, Sweden will host the first edition of Southern Sweden Design Days, an annual event organised by Form/Design Center highlighting sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme is “1 + 1 = 3” which, as described by the event’s organisers, “encourages collaborations and cross-fertilisation with the aim of highlighting the region’s openness and locality”. The southern Sweden design scene is filled with “designers, craftsmen, and local producers [who] are used to working close together; [where] reaching out for collaborations, ideas, and sharing of knowledge is [available through] a wide range of events and venues for design, architecture, and craft; [and] new projects and interdisciplinary collaborations are made easy [not only] by the open approach to new ideas in the community, but also by the large amount of material knowledge and enterprise in the region”.

Adorno is pleased to present “1 + 1 = 3” – the collection – created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days, showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios participating in the event’s inaugural year. This colourful collection visualises the themes of the event, featuring a range of work – in glass, ceramic, stone, wood, and reclaimed materials – which has been developed collaboratively, reflect on sustainability through local materials, and focus on small-scale production. Together, they present a vision of this unique aspect of the larger Swedish design scene. The collection is exhibited both virtually on Adorno and physically at Lokstallarna in Malmö during SSDD in the “Swedish Pavilion”, a temple-like pine wood structure designed by Forstberg Ling. In addition to the collection pieces, both iterations of the exhibition also include the art installation “New Angels” by Jeanette Gostomski and curtains by ZigZagZurich, especially commissioned for this year’s event.

Featuring pieces from Andréason & Leibel, Karolina Brobeck & Mina Karami, Kunsik Choi, LAB LA BLA, Louise Hederström, Markus Emilsson,  Malmö Upcycling Service (M.U.S.), Polymorf, Sara Sjöbäck, and VI PÅ ÖN.

View the selected pieces in person at Lokstallarna, Malmö during Southern Sweden Design Days – Thursday, 27 May to Sunday, 30 May (see the SSDD Programme for details) – and experience the virtual exhibition and shop the collection online on Adorno.

Andréason & Leibel, “Transmit Receive” Audio Bench

“Transmit Receive” is a place for contemplation, an open structured audio bench / side table made of readily available building materials such as medium density fibre board and gold galvanized angle brackets. Equipped with two premium SEAS full-range speaker drivers, it gives an enveloping audio sensory experienc

View Andréason & Leibel’s showroom, including “Transmit Receive”

Kunsik Choi, “Pond Table Small” & “Pond Table Large”

“Pond” Table was inspired by rain water on asphalt. It conveys the experience and feeling of when small puddles reflect surrounding buildings and the sky above. Just as the shapes of puddles on asphalt are different, the table top is also produced differently, so that each top plate has a unique shape by redrawing it every time.

View Kunsik Choi’s showroom, including the “Pond Table” series

LAB LA BLA, “Liquid Liquorice”

“Liquid Liquorice” is a liquorice fudge inspired bench, hand sculpted from a solid block of diabase. An adventurous exploration of the liquid and heterogeneous state of the material. Mined from a local quarry in Brännhult.

View LAB LA BLA’s showroom, including “Liquid Liquorice”

Louise Hederström, “Lichen Leftovers”

The “Lichen Leftovers” mirror is part of a project where Louise Hederström investigates and shapes discarded lichen from Nordgröna’s production of sound absorbers. She pushes the boundaries of what is considered junk or product in a series of unique handmade mirrors.

View Louise Hederström’s showroom, including “Lichen Leftovers”

Markus Emilsson, “Bombastico” Vase (Purple/Pink)

“Bombastico” is a rich glass vase that is blown in a semi-open mold that allows the hot glass to swell out. The construction of the mold and the living character of the glass make each vase unique, leading to slight variations in shape and size. Made in a small-scale production which allows Markus Emilsson to constantly vary colors and try different combinations.

View Markus Emilsson’s showroom, including “Bombastico” Vase (Purble/Pink)

Karolina Brobeck & Mina Karami, “SANT” Sculpture

“SANT” is a collection of sculptures designed and hand-made by Mina Karami and Karolina Brobeck. The designers’ vision was to make sculptures created with different parts, not being afraid of the empty space in between them. The result: a multi-piece sculpture where the separate parts need each other to be able to stand. By putting the parts together, they unite.

View Karolina Brobeck & Mina Karami’s showroom, including “SANT” Ceramic Sculpture Series (Above: I & II)

 Malmö Upcycling Service (M.U.S.), “Knit Together”

“Knit Together” is a room divider made from thick ribbons of blue Razzle Dazzle textiles connecting Really Solid Textile Boards – a solid sheet material made by compressing end-of-life textiles. In keeping with MUS’s philosophy, the divider used only second-choice textiles from the Kvadrat Febrik knitted textiles collection. The Really boards, which lend rigidity to Knit Together, are custom-made from densely compressed knitted fabrics.

View Malmö Upcycling Service’s showroom, including “Knit Together”

Polymorf, “Tripod” Sculpture

The “Tripod” sculpture is part of a collection of objects that aim to express the inherent liveliness of matter through form and processs. It is built from 3D printed, glazed ceramic bricks that are filled with a mixture of cement and volcanic stone granulates and is assembled using mortar.

View Polymorf’s showroom, including “Tripod” Sculpture

Sara Sjöbäck, “Sluren” Glass Lamp

The “Sluren” glass lamp was originally commissioned by the Swedish Institute in Paris. It is mouth blown and produced in a limited edition. Each year has a new color. The color for 2021 is clear, transparent glass. There are still a couple of pink ones to be ordered as the original color.

View Sara Sjöbäck’s showroom, including “Sluren” Glass Lamp

VI PÅ ÖN, “Kubb”


“Kubb” is part of an investigative project that challenges the norm where form follows function. What happens if form, texture, and color comes first, and can function be found at a later stage in the process? Made out of solid wood with a hand carved texture.

View VI PÅ ÖN’s showroom, including “Kubb”

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