2016

Projects we love

When Flooring Comes To Life

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Projects We Love 2016

We collected some of our most beloved projects and presented them in a magazine named Projects We Love. The magazine features interesting interviews, beautiful projects and compelling facts about the company.

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Doshi Levien
Bolon flooring in Vetenskapens hus, Luleå

Doshi Levien

26. Imaginer la beauté

Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien share how their pursuit of beauty guided them to provide the art direction for Bolon’s bespoke Bolon By You collection.

Nipa Doshi is clear about her role as a designer. “For me, beauty is very important,” she says. “ The feeling that a person has towards a material can go beyond the rational. But even if it ’s sometimes easier not to talk about beauty, because it ’s not something concrete and quantifiable, I think it ’s something that we as designers unashamedly pursue. ”

Doshi and her partner Jonathan Levien are the founders of Doshi Levien, an east London-based design practice. Doshi and Levien have created furniture, furnishings, installations and accessories for design brands and institutions such as Moroso, Kvadrat, Cappellini and Galerie kreo. Now, they have collaborated with Bolon, providing art direction for Bolon By You, a new flooring collection that can be tailored to suit different architectural projects. “How can we get people to love Bolon’s material?” asks Doshi. “ That’s the most important thing for us.”

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Bolon flooring in Vetenskapens hus, Luleå
Post Present & Future

40. Vetenskapens Hus

As a former post office in the city of Luleå is transformed into a scientific meeting place for the 21st century, we take a look at the history and future of this very public building.

When Sweden's postal service lost its monopoly in the early 1990s, the future looked bleak for its network of sorting offices and public buildings. What to do with a collection of buildings which, on the face of it, had suddenly become obsolete? It is the same question being faced by many sectors worldwide. Just as libraries are being distilled into depots and service points, so too are banking services now offered through mobile applications. Meanwhile, urban transport networks have done away with ticket cashiers and conductors almost altogether . The reassuring reliability of the pos tal service – and its centrality to city life – no longer requires the spaces it once did.

This is an outtake from Projects We Love 2016. Read the full article by downloading the magazine below.

Swedish designer and artist Martin Bergström
Fade to Grey

48. Une étrange danse

Swedish designer and artist Martin Bergström finds inspiration in materials that are not normally used for garments. In the midst of working on a project for Milan fashion week, he talks about his strikingly dynamic creations and a special project commissioned by Bolon. 

The seasonal fashion shows are in full swing, but you mostly work on a project basis. Do you prefer it this way?

I’m a bit against that seasonal system. I think it ’s a pity that it ’s so often about trends and not about fashion, because those are two different things for me. Fashion and style are amazing and it ’s interesting to see the cycle of trends but when you see the new is not really new… I have no problem with showing clothes twice a year, but to say, “next spring this is what you are going to wear,” is a bit too authoritative. We have to focus on more important things.

How did the collaboration with Bolon come about?

It all happened really nicely. I met Annica Eklund [owner and CEO of Bolon] through a friend at a Christmas party last year. We saw each other again afterwards, it clicked and we decided to do something together. Annica came up with the idea of creating something for the magazine. I visited the factory in Ulricehamn and it opened my eyes to all the possibilities. I didn’t know much about Bolon before – I only knew they created flooring. I like the way that they produce everything in Sweden, how they care for the environment. That is really very rare today. 

This is an outtake from Projects We Love 2016. Read the full article by downloading the magazine below.

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