Designed by Mathieu Gustafsson
Air is a sideboard for the centre of the room. It combines a graphic pattern of ribs with natural cane inlays which gives a feeling of lightness and transparency. Air can be used as freestanding room dividers or placed against a wall.
The woven cane gives it a visible surface, but also provides a sense of depth. You can glimpse what’s inside, adding some careful mystery to the piece. The fact that the design is transparent also fulfils a function. The woven cane ventilates the cupboard which is practical when storing both clothes and electronic devices. A lamp behind the see-through doors makes Air shine like a diamond.
With his mix of Swedish and French roots Mathieu was tempted to pair the Swedish and French attitudes to furniture in his design.
“My Swedish relatives furnished their homes in typical Swedish style; pared down and practical. People in France are not as uniform”, he maintains. “They can easily mix Empire with Ikea.”
Air is given a unique personality through the mixture of a refined Scandinavian idiom with a touch of French style and elegance. The use of cane is unexpected in such an item of furniture but makes the design light and fresh. It is by exceeding the usual boundaries that Scandinavian design is renewed, and this is one of many reasons why Air has a natural place with Design House Stockholm.
Mathieu Gustafsson has his roots both in Paris and in the Swedish province of Småland – the heart of the Swedish furniture industry. It is from differences and similarities between the two cultures that Mathieu fetches much of his inspiration. His creative process often starts with becoming aware of a need or a way of behaving, rather than with an object as such. Professionally, Mathieu has a background in graphic design, furniture making and furniture design. He currently runs a design studio at leading Swedish architectural practice Tengbom, focusing on furniture and industrial design. He is also creative director for furniture manufacturer Grand.