The veteran furniture manufacturer Swedese is notoriously associated with classic Swedish style in their Scandinavian homeland. Since its founding in 1945, Swedese has run in the same circles as fellow Scandinavian design pioneers such as Arne Jacobson and Alvar Aalto in its quest to create sensible and ecologically-evocative design. At the Salone Internazionale del Mobile this year, their simple yet stunning work proved that the initial appeal of ‘Scandanavian Modern’ had yet to fade into the sidelines. A particularly notable piece in the exhibit this year was their Breeze side table designed by Monica Forster.
A modernist-inspired composition, Breeze was softened with a rippled edge on one side of the table top, creating a sense of unexpected vulnerability within the hard edges of the overall design. Swedese solidified its commitment to sustainable development when it was awarded the ISO 14001 certificate from the Swedish Government in 2002. The certificate is only alloted to companies who continually strive to improve their manufacturing process in light of environmental preservation.