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MAY 17 - JUNE 13, 2002


Totem Design – America’s foremost design driven, education enhanced multi-media forum for good design promoted through it’s showrooms: Totem Tribeca and Totem Soho in Manhattan and includes Totem TV, Totem Magazine and are pleased to announce a collaboration with Marten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune, the Swedish Triumvirate of contemporary design.

Mono by Ols Rune for OFFECCTWindow Table by Eero Koivisto for OFFECT
Claesson, Koivisto and Rune will realize their first US project with the re-design of the Totem Tribeca Showroom located at 71 Franklin Street (Church/Broadway) and will be featured in an exhibition of furniture designs that will be the first retrospective of their work ever compiled. Covering projects from 1998-2002 the products from Swedish companies such as David Design, Swedese, Offecct, Skandiform, Asplund etc. that Totem sells in the US will be exhibited along with Atelje Lyktan, Living Divani, Nola among others, some making their first US debut. This will be the first time that objects from various manufacturers designed by Claesson, Koivisto and Rune will be shown in one space at the same time. Included in the exhibition will also be prototypes and products introduced for the first time at this exhibition and will be augmented by images of architectural projects as well as an appearance by the designers themselves.

McDonald´s Restaurant , in Sweden for its 25th anniversary One Happy Cloud, Japanese restaurant, Stockholm 1997"Think rationally, but cultivate an artistic sensibility" recommended Henry van de Velde in 1903. This is the direction chosen by three young architects, Marten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune, who have their own practice in Stockholm since 1993. Architects, interior designers, furniture designers and teachers, they entered the professional world with Vila Wabi, an elongated box, temporarily set into the Sergel square (Stockholm), designed to house a family of four. Since then, they have designed a big number of shops, showrooms, bars & restaurants, offices and houses mostly in Sweden but also abroad. Despite an international outlook and appeal the practice makes part of an ongoing tradition of Scandinavian design.

AssiDomän Ltd, Showrooms/sales offices, London, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Vienna, Stockholm 1993-1996 "Cities in miniature" - Blueprint, February 1996Villa Wabi, experimental urban villa, Sergels torg, Sotckholm 1994 The work of Marten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune provides a recent example of the direction of Scandinavian design that will propel you out of the myths and into the present. First and foremost, a cursory look at their architecture and design will tell you that the principal fact of contemporary culture is indeed part of their work: the migration of ideas and information beyond borders. It's not that their work looks "Dutch", "American" or anything else. However, all of those strict national distinctions are fading, or at least losing their sharp edges wherever design culture is flourishing, and no less so in the work of Claesson Koivisto Rune. Thus it is possible to speak of the new characteristics of this office's work as a particular blend of the individual and the local with the corporate and the universal. For example, Claesson Koivisto Rune's non-specialized production of both architecture and design is a working method that favors the creation of environments as gesamtkunstwerken - total works of art from the overall architecture to the furnishings. This ideal has a specific Swedish expression - it is certain that the path set out by Marten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune will have important consequences for the development of architecture and design in Sweden and beyond.
Cloud by Marten Claesson for SwedeseDoppio by Eero Koivisto for OFFECCTPebbles by Marten Claesson, Eero Koivisto & Ola Rune for Cappellini Trace by Ola Rune for Asplund

Introduction by Terence Riley (extract) from Claesson, Koivisto, Rune - Published by G. Gili, 2001
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