Swedish trio of architects Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune apply their creative skills not only in the designing of buildings, furniture, lighting and smaller objects, but also in the development of accompanying business processes.

Mårten Claesson and Eero Koivisto - Photo © Architonic / Anita Hackethal

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Mårten Claesson and Eero Koivisto - Photo © Architonic / Anita Hackethal


Architonic met up with the multidisciplinary architecture and design studio recently to dip a toe into the nordic design landscape.

Which material would you choose if you had to restrict yourself to working with just one for the next three years?

Mårten Claesson: I have three kids and you are asking me to choose a favourite. Wood perhaps. After all, we are from Scandinavia. We are pretty accustomed to working with wood. It is a material that tends to be both hard and soft at the same time. And it has a kind of warmth.

Eero Koivisto: I am a little bit excited about concrete right now. I like that it is a very plastic material that allows you to create different shapes. There might be a strong movement towards materials that you can mould things with. It has not really been there for 10 or 15 years, so I think this could be the future.

Mårten Claesson: One of the trends that have been quite strong over the last few years, I think, are sort of back-to-basic materials such as different metals, like brass and bronze. You also see stone, marble, granite, leather and so on. These kind of old-fashioned materials are very beautiful, but I kind of wish for something more modern again. We are living in a nostalgia.

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