Swedish Secrets at Institut Suédois
During Paris Design Week an throughout all of September Mylhta + Elmo will be present at 'Swedish Secrets' Institut Suédois in Paris.
From the clothes we wear to the spaces we live in and the cities we build, design is everywhere! For the entire month of September, Swedish Secrets lifts the lid on contemporary Swedish design. Over 40 designers, architects and fashion designers committed to developing a more sustainable society invite professionals and design lovers to the Institut Suédois for showrooms, talks and seminars. The event is part of the Swedish National Design Program; ‘Swedish Design Movement’.
Lisa Hilland always has a strong focus on quality and sustainability in her work. When designing Lumi pouf for her own designline Mylhta, she aimed to create an upholstered strong sculptural ‘structure’ that would require minimal padding and still be soft and welcoming. This was achieved through making many smaller pockets in the pouf that also gives the pouf it’s characteristic shape resembling a snowflake.
Lumi means snow (or light) in Finnish. The two poufs selected for the exhibition ‘Swedish Secrets’ are made of softest Elmo Leather, one of Elmo Vegeta natural leather and one made of Elmo Treassure Gold. Lisa Hilland explains: “The reason I like leather so much – besides that it’s soft, beautiful and smells lovely – is that it ages well with a patina and lasts for generations. Elmo has worked with water-based tanning and dyeing since the end of the 80s and has developed a pioneering method for purifying wastewater in their own treatment plant. The water used in the process is so pure that you could drink it. The raw material – in other words, the skin – is a by-product that is processed into a beautiful and sustainable end product, instead of being thrown away or used for energy. Lumi pouf is handmade by skilled upholsterers at Eke Möbler in Glimåkra Swden and stuffed by Medvind in Glimåkra, a neighboring company to Eke-möblerhelping the long-term unemployed to find work through internships and educational programs. “
02.09.2022 – 04.10.2022
Swedish Secrets: a month of Design at the Institut Suédois!
11 rue Payenne, 75003 Paris, for opening hours and more information: www.institutsuedois.fr