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Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune



The Nordic influence and impact on world history has been nothing short of phenomenal considering the relative size of the population and land occupied. Unfortunately, most common knowledge about Scandinavia and Scandinavian history is limited to the Vikings. Despite their perceived ill repute, this nomadic tribe was responsible for creating one of the worlds largest trading networks: one that stemmed from the tip of Scandinavia to what was once North Africa. More importantly, perhaps, is the fact that it was this same group which founded many of the cities in current Russia and paved the road for the first Europeans to appear in North America some 500 years before Columbus.

The Swedes are back and contemporary history notwithstanding; the current Nordic triumvirate invading the world go by the names Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune. Exhibiting dogged dynamism the trio has almost single- handedly created a global design legacy in only a few short years. You won't hear them admit it, but consider an amazing oeuvre for a small office working a few steps off the street in a lower level former sausage factory in the middle of Stockholm. Within the last four or five years the team has designed over a dozen private homes, boutiques, offices, restaurant interiors and

exhibitions - everything from a Gucci to a McDonalds. - And winning awards in the process - (the accolades alone would increase the hat sizes of most designers). In addition to the architectural projects, the team works either collectively or individually on product and furniture design commissions that span dozens of currently produced pieces by some of the world's top manufacturers including Boffi, Cappellini, David Design, Offecct, Swedese, and Living Divani to name a few. All this and more from three men who usually dress in black and who actually seem to get along with each other.
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