Halländska klenoder

2019

Hallands konstmuseum

Commission

Producer/Partner: Swedese

Halländska klenoder

Commissioned by Hallands Konstmuseum (Halland Art Museum) and under project management of Jenny Nordberg, Kajsa Willner was assigned the task to create a design for coffee tables, cafe tables, dining tables and bar tables for a lecture hall/cafe with inspiration from the collections of the museum as well as the nature of Halland. In close co-operation with the furniture producer Swedese, to secure the quality of the production, a site specific furniture collection “Treasures of Halland” is launched at the reopening of Hallands Konstmuseum on 26th October 2019.

The tables carry small and great stories embracing local history, culture and the typical nature of Halland. They are intended as future treasures for safeguarding the sensation of the greatness of the varying beautiful nature that Halland is associated with, a nature that may not exist in the future.

Calluna vulgaris – DINING TABLE (Indoors – summer) & CAFÈ TABLE (Outdoors – autumn/winter)

“Nowhere have the seas of heather any longer the free horizon which gave the landscape of Halland such greatness and expanse and together with the changing colour of the heather – brown with a tinge of red and olive green in spring and early summer, dark magenta at the beginning of autumn – created its poor, touching greatness.”

– Written by the poet Sten Selander, translated by Marie Willner

Calluna vulgaris is a dining table which gets its inspiration from the changing colour of the seas of heather during the summer and winter period. Sand and heaths have existed in the south part of Halland since the early Iron-Age, 500 B.C. The Halland scenery of alternating gravel and mountain ridges with valleys and hollows are all habitats where heather thrives. The agricultural landscape of Halland has undergone especially large changes during the last 200 years where Halland has gone from being a landscape associated with open heaths to becoming a landscape mainly associated with forest and agricultural land. Today the heaths are almost gone and a piece of cultural history has slowly disappeared.

Sand & the Dog rose – COFFEE TABLE

The sand along the Halland coast originated from mountains in Norway and Sweden through ice rivers more than 10 000 years ago.

Sand & the Dog rose is a coffee table which gets its inspiration from wet sand and the vegetation of the beach, which constitutes a large part of Halland’s coastal landscape.

In every grain of sand there is a history of the earth. The process from the mountains to the beach takes millions of years and begins with the erosion of the mountains that creates stones. Later on this stone will reach a brook and sooner or later it will reach a river which leads the stone to the sea. When the stone reaches the sea it will erode further and become a grain. This grain will then be transported by waves and tides and sometimes reach the place we call the beach.

The dog rose was earlier a natural element along the beaches and has in time been removed as it stops up the beach and forces out other vegetation. The long beaches of Halland are sensitive to beach erosion and the problems are already evident in places. The climate changes lead to rising sea levels, which causes erosion to increase and threaten buildings, roads and other infrastructure, but also areas with great nature values and beaches.

In future the beach and its surrounding nature, so closely associated with the coast of Halland, can be but a memory.

Elsa – CAFE TABLE

The poetry of Grave is signified by a strong and free voice, an absolute refusal to decorate itself in front of anybody else. An early feminist who had the courage to in poetry talk about that which in life is not a surface, which is not beautiful, which is meat, body and power relations. The unblushing voice of Grave received a special significance for women and women poets.

– Text taken from Göteborgsposten, written by Karin Brygger.

Elsa Grave was one of Modernism’s leading lyric poets. She lived and worked for the major part of her life in Halland and lived at Vapnö. Elsa Grave was famous for her brutal, grotesque and humorous lyric poetry and was sometimes called a witch. It has been said that she was 50 years ahead of her time when it came to highlighting issues like the environment and motherhood.

The cafe table Elsa is a tribute to Elsa Grave and my admiration for her strength and power in person and lyric poetry. The cafe table is designed with straight lines and raw materials where the naturally leading features like the graining of the ash-tree and the changes in the untreated aluminium get to take an unaffected and obvious place in the room.

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