The newest name to be added to the talented
Blå Station team of innovative designers is that of Jonas Forsman.
Jonas studied technical design at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg (Gothenburg).
His final degree proj
ect in spring 2005 – a drop-leaf table – was something of a miniature technical masterpiece.
For Jonas, design work doesn’t start with a few
pretty sketches, but with the nuts and bolts of the construction. “It&rs
quo;s important,” he says, “that what
I design should be as simple as possible to manufacture.” It must be said, however, that the fact his designs tend to be both aesthetic and practical as well certainly doesn’t detract fro
m their overall appeal.
Ericsson snapped up his degree project straight away. Out went the rather cumbersome old folding tables they had previously used in their VIP tents and pavilions during the Volvo Ocean Race – and in
as’s Clip table! Sleek and slender,
with not one single component more than is necessary. One tabletop and two pairs of legs complete with the folding mechanism.
No loose parts. No fancy frills. Simplicity itself to set up and fold down.
Drop-leaf tables have long suffered from a reputation for being ugly and awkward, cluttered up with all sorts of unnecessary extras. This table, on the other hand, doesn’t need to be folded down and hidden away in a corner after
it has been u
Its good looks make it not only a practical extra piece of furniture, but also enduringly attractive as
a permanent dining table. Johan Lindau supervised Jonas’s degree work. When asked why he chose Johan as his supervisor, Jo
nas replies, “I’d seen the work Fredrik Mattson and Stefan Borselius had done for Blå Station. I love the attitude they and Johan have to design and materials. And I like the fact that they work so closely with industry.”