Designed By Carina Seth Andersson
The tables at the newly-opened NM& restaurant at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm are topped with Sand dinnerware, designed by Carina Seth Andersson in collaboration with Design House Stockholm. The dinner set is made from high-fired stoneware in a soft sandy shade and left bare, allowing the food served on it to become the decoration.
The matt structure exploits the play of light on the surfaces and the stoneware is fully or semi-glazed with a transparent glaze. The shapes and finishes are soft and each piece can be used in several ways — the cup without a handle could just as well be a bowl, the bowl could be used to serve soup or seve as a dish. “It’s a bit mis- matched, but it still fits, it doesn’t all have to look exactly the same to work together. The forms are what binds the dinnerware together, and there is something very Scandinavian about that,” says Carina. The work on the dinner set for Nationalmuseum is only part of a larger project that Carina was responsible for over several years, together with Matti Klenell, Stina Löfgren, and TAF architects. They led the project and the entire design and production of all of the furniture and products in the restaurant NM&. Sand is part of the contemporary his- tory of Scandinavian design and what we produce today. In The Design Depot exhibition, visitors to Nationalmuseum get to see the creation process of all of the objects in the restaurant, including Sand and the Unda drinking glass by Matti Klenell.
Carina Seth Andersson is a Swedish designer who is known for her distinctive yet purposeful objects in glass, ceramic and sometimes textile. Her design process is about scaling-back, finding the balance between simplicity and meaningful form to result in pieces that have a timeless quality.
Carina works on commissions from a wide range of Scandina- vian and international design producers, as well as in her studio in Gustavsberg, an area famous for its porcelain production in the Stock- holm archipelago.
With an MFA from Konstfack, Carina lectures at Beckmans Col- lege of Design and at various design courses throughout Sweden. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world.
Her pieces are also part of the permanent collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Am- sterdam and Designmuseum Danmark in Copenhagen.