Location is fate, or a minimum of it was for Johan Lindsten. Mr. Lindsten, 34, grew up in a forested part of Sweden called the furniture kingdom, which is the home of Ikea and dozens of other housewares companies. Today, lo and behold, he creates furniture, including chairs with needlepoint nature scenes that have put him on an international phase.
I always had a furniture culture in my life, he said by phone from Stockholm, rattling off family members in business: cabinetmaker grandfather, architect sis, structural engineer sibling, etc.
Exactly what really got him started was a hunt for a CD rack at age 13. He couldn’t discover any he liked, so he developed and made one himself. Since, he stated, the delight of imagination has actually followed me.
Mr. Lindsten’s Embroidery chairs commemorate the needlepoint he admired on his granny s walls as a child. The craft, he kept in mind, has been around for 8,000 years and was as soon as a sign of wealth and status. People were to do it any longer, he stated. Now they view TV.
Giulio Cappellini, creative director of the Italian furniture company Cappellini and a renowned skill spotter saw an early idea a few years back and brought out the chairs as prototypes at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair. From May 13, a market-ready example will be shown in New York at Cappellini’s SoHo showroom throughout NYCxDesign.
The four chairs in the Embroidery series represent the 4 seasons. Even so, Mr. Lindsten stated, it takes 4 days to make a single chair.
The chairs are solid ash, stained in colors that coordinate with the seasons. As for the lounge-chair type, I would state it’s a little discreet, Mr. Lindsten said.