Folkform has created a colorful line of limited edition cabinets that combine Masonite produced in 1929 (when hardboard was first produced on a large scale) with the final few sheets produced by Sweden’s last Masonite manufacturer in 2011 (before the machines were shipped off to Thailand). Dubbed Masonite:Memoriam, the collection designed exclusively for Swedish brand Svenskt Tenn captures both the newness and the oldness of this material.
The cabinets are currently showcased by Skandium in the Brompton Design District as part of London Design Festival. The collection challenges our pre-conceptions of what we consider to be valuable – in the 1900s, Masonite was a symbol for the belief in progress. “We’re interested in the hierarchies that we bestow on materials.” says Anna Holmquist, one half of Stockholm-based design studio Folkform, which she owns and runs with Chandra Ahlsell.