ISSUE 9  |  Urban Lofts

Furniture: Olby Design Furniture in Stockholm

February 28, 2011 7:30 PM

BY Janet Hall

Since 1980, Stockholm-based Kerstin Olby has been working as a furniture designer and cabinet maker, creating timeless, simple pieces that aim to “unite excellent quality with excellent design and function.” Olby uses natural materials–wood, stone, iron, linen, wool, and cotton–that are durable, require minimal maintenance, and will acquire a beautiful patina over time. Olby’s pieces are available at her Stockholm Showroom, at More North in New York, and at Kitanosumai Sekkeisha Co. in Hokkaido, Japan. To see more of her work, go to Olby Design.

Above: The top of the Opus Coffee Table appears to float. Made of painted oak, ash and walnut, this received a 1997 Excellent Swedish Design citation: “An exquisite product with a deep feeling for material and beauty”.

Above: The small scale Karin Armchair is available in several cover options ranging from leather to wool, cotton, or flax; shown above in goat hide.

Above: The Pappi II Sideboard features a limestone top and is available in oak, ash, or walnut.

Above: The Lilla Li Stacking Stool is available with several different seats, including simple wood or an upholstered version.

Above: The Folding Ladder is designed for use in the kitchen or library and comes with a functional hanging device so that it can hang on the wall when it is not used; available in white waxed or black stained ash.

Above: The England Table is made of oak with elegantly angled legs; shown here with the companion England Arm Chair.