PEOPLE

THANK YOU!


Beckmans College of Design for supporting and funding the project as part of the College’s artistic research. Thank you, Karina Ericsson Wärn for your trust and the freedom you gave us, and many thanks to my colleagues for their practical and verbal help and encouragement. I also thank my former and current students, for forcing me to think and for inspiring hope for the future role of design in society. 


Mitab, for our partnership; your generosity and support have been crucial to the result of the project. Special thanks to Noura Fatrous and Örjan Johansson, for your skilful craftsmanship, receptiveness and hard work, and Peter Torstensson for your cheerfulness, enthusiasm and for your perception and understanding. 

 

Tärnsjö garveri; your materials and craftsmanship played an essential part in the quality and beautiful completion of some of the chairs. Special thanks to Matilda Larsson for your professional and fast feedback, and Jonas Wallo for your receptiveness and skill. 

 

Sven-Harry’s Art Museum, for providing such a wonderful public setting for the final stage of the project, in the form of a fantastic exhibition venue, and for encouragement. 

 

Kummelholmen and A-House, for letting us use your cool, beautiful venue for photography.

Margot Barolo

Fredrik Paulsen

Erik Björk

Mia Cullin

Andreas Nobel


The successful completion of a project such as The Kinship Method requires a team with certain shared characteristics, since they can expect to encounter both practical and mental challenges. It is a great advantage if the participants are good at verbalising their thoughts and actions. And differences are just as important when it comes to their artistic styles and approaches, so as to achieve the greatest possible design challenge for each and every one. It should feel, it should be, difficult. Crisis leads to progress. Below are five designers who contributed to the project, all of whom have these qualities even though they are a rather motley crew. They are also connected to design education, which is no coincidence but certainly an advantage, since pedagogy is a key aspect of this project.  

Margot Barolo, Fredrik Paulsen, Erik Björk, Mia Cullin, Andreas Nobel

Photo: Karin Björkqvist at A-House, Stockholm

Margot Barolo

A designer who has been running a design studio for two decades, alternating between assignments for the industry that span from product design and design strategies to her own artistic explorations and commissions of trust. She often engages in subjects and projects that challenge the perception of design production and the role of the designer. Since 2015, Margot Barolo has been the programme director and senior lecturer at the Beckmans College of Design. She initiated and developed The Kinship Method, in which she participates as a designer.

 

Andreas Nobel 

Designer, interior designer and professor of furniture design at Malmstens Linköping University. Previously a lecturer in History, Theory and Context at the Beckmans College of Design, he has a PhD, with a thesis titled Dimmerpå upplysningen (A Dimmer on the Enlightenment). He is a prolific writer alongside his research and was a co-founder of Ugly Cute. His design is usually in wood, which he works by hand in the workshop. Andreas Nobel participates in The Kinship Method as a designer. 

 

Erik Björk

A furniture designer, Erik Björk is also a lecturer in product design at the Beckmans College of Design, where he teachers wood and digital techniques. Since 2009, he has operated a design bureau with Mattias Karlsson, alternating design commissions with more artistic explorations. Projects span from developing furniture to concepts and more spatial installations. Erik Björk’s contribution to The Kinship Method is as a designer. 

 

Mia Cullin

A designer and interior architect, who runs a Stockholm-based design bureau since 1998, designing furniture and products for Swedish and international companies. She also operates her own production. Mia Cullin has won numerous awards. Her works are inspired by a profound interest in craftsmanship, materials and visual construction, resulting in products characterised by graphic shapes and intricate, woven details. She participates in The Kinship Method as a designer. 

 

Fredrik Paulsen

A designer with an experimental and interdisciplinary approach, whose studio practice focuses on meticulously crafted furniture out of cheap materials. His pieces are often one of a kind that end up in private homes, galleries and museums. Fredrik Paulsen is a co-founder of Örnsbergsauktionen and was invited in 2020 to create the design bar at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. He is also the recipient of numerous awards. He participates in The Kinship Method as a designer. 



 

OTHER CONTRIBUTORS


A writer, a graphic designer and a photographer were invited to further communicate, document and implement the project, on the condition that they were free to do whatever they wanted within its framework, on the condition that they also challenge themselves. No specific brief, in other words. 

 

Salka Hallström Bornold

An arts and fashion writer and journalist, who contributes regularly to Bon, Plaza Magazine and Expressen Kultur.She was one of the curators of Moderna Museet’s exhibition Fashination and is the author of the monograph on the Mah-Jong clothing brand. Salka Hallström Bornold has also been featured in several anthologies on the arts, design and fashion. In 2008, she was appointed Journalist of the Year by Sveriges Tidskrifter. She is currently the assistant editor-in-chief for the magazine Form. For The Kinship Method, Salka Hallström Bornold has contributed texts and takes the role of discussion facilitator. 

 

Samira Baoubana

A graphic designer, art director and programme director for Visual Communication at the Beckmans College of Design. She co-founded the internationally-recognised Hall of Femmes and has contributed to an essential and accurate historiography in the field of design. Samira Bouabana has run the design studio Hjärta Smärta and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work. She designed the visual communication for The Kinship Method, in connection with the exhibition at the Sven-Harry Art Museum and this book. 

 

Karin Björkquist

A photographer with a long experience of photographing interiors, design, architecture and people for a few of our largest publications, including Elle Decoration, Residence and numerous books on textile and glass design. Karin Björkquist is consulted by clients in a broad field spanning from individual craftspersons to major international corporations. Using only natural light in her practice, she decided to make an exception from her usual concept for The Kinship Method and try new approaches.

 



 

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