Designers Andréason & Leibel have been frequently featured at Swedish and International design exhibitions, showing their curiosity of new expressions in the borderline between minimalist design and art. Beside various design assignments they have a small scale studio production for their edition pieces just outside Malmö. A small space for experiments on form, function and the perception thereof.
What made you to become a designer?
It was due to curiosity of knowing how things are made and why they look like they do. The interest of applied art started in art school and architectural studies for me Kristin, and graphic design studies for Kristian but it wasn't until studies in product design, we found our true grounds (and living/working partner).
As a maker, where do you find inspiration for creating new things?
Often in art history, architecture, discussions and day dreaming but sometimes also in possibilities and limitations of the materials that are being used. It is easy to get addicted to the process itself in a way. Nothing better than the feeling when you think you are on to something BIG, new, poetic, fantastic, expressive, tactile…
Which direction do you see yourself going in the future?
Forward, towards a new conscious, long-lived and thoughtful design for new ways of living. By expanding or series of edition pieces. We are also interested in continuing designing for good guys, companies like Swedish Ninja that are forward thinking in these aspects.
What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design?
Innovative, poetic, interesting, conscious design beside functional aspects.
The story behind the product:
"Diagonal was designed to solve a problem in our tiny hallway. The idea was to make a perfect wall storage to keep all crazy stuff for the kids and the dog - stuff like mittens, hats and caps, scarves and dog collars. We worked a lot with the design of the grid to get the right transparency, open enough to see what's in it but closed enough to be functional and get that tidy look. And still find what you are looking for when you are in a hurry."
"Chimney is a flat-packed paper bin made entirely out of paper. Paper can be an extraordinary material to construct three-dimensional and surprisingly durable objects with small environmental footprints. Flat in transport and totally recyclable. The name Chimney is a play on that the ideas attached to paper go up in smoke ones they are rejected to the bin."