A by-product of the hemp industry, hemp hurds are the woody core of the hemp stem, usually burned for energy or used as animal bedding. As a bio-based material, it can also be used in combination with building limes for constructing sustainable walls. Because of their rough texture, hemp hurds rarely appears as an exposed surface. Tapping into the knowledge of building-material researcher Dr. Paulien Strandberg, Petter Thörne has modified hemp hurds’ composition to support its use in interiors. By substituting the conventional binding agent, lime, Thörne has developed a variant that can easily be moulded into more refined shapes. This family of candleholders maintain and emphasise the rough-textured character of the material, using the candle flame to create a beautiful shadow play on the material’s surface.
A collaboration with Dr. Paulien Strandberg. Strandbergis a researcher in the department of building materials at Lund University, with special interests in the insulation and moisture-transport properties of bio-based building materials and the use of lime/hemp composites in construction.
Mold is made by leftovers veneers-slivers. Designed with Anders Johnsson
In the debate on migration, living human beings tend to be transformed into anonymous volumes. One figure that made an impression on Forma was 17,000. This figure appeared in the media as a calculation of how many people would be deported from Sweden to Afghanistan. Forma wanted to understand this number and show that it is not just an anonymous volume. The installation consists of 17,000 unique small artworks mounted in wood frames. The work makes the number 17,000 visible and above all shows that it is not just a number, because behind every individual number is a personality and a history.
Keep is a table assembled with leftovers materials. Designed together with Anders Johnsson and in production by Danish design company Muuto.
The Wind Wall is a permanent public space installation at Malmölive in Malmö, Sweden. Its intention is to illuminate and honor natural forces, while defining the edges of a public space and creating a human scale on the site. It is a 3m by 18 m surface with thousands of small poly-carbonate flaps, which move in the wind.
Designed together with Jens Vium Skaarup and Joshua Morrison under the umbrella FUNDAMENT.
Wall mounted storage unit. Collaboration with Sam Weller and Nic Wallenberg under the name Studiobject.
A 3.5 meter long bench in that is so light that you can carry it on one had, yet strong enough to sit on. Available in ash or oak and price on request.
Making Money in Milan
Money was originally created as an object with an intrinsic value, whether perceived or by materiality, to help with inclusive trade. Today an increasingly impersonal, intangible and cheap symbolic form of this idea is mass produced and circulated among us.
Set in Milan 2012, during the Furniture Fair - the largest trade fair of its kind in the world - Petter Thörne, Nic Wallenberg and Sam Weller decided to take things into their own hands, cutting out this industry, using their design and 'craft' skills to create their own money. In a process of haphazard craft where they are melted, cast and mauled pewter into coins with a bespoke set of tools.