A chair will always be a chair: Functional sensuality
by Anna Moldenhauer | 4/10/2017
Concealed plastic, retro chic and stackable elegance: the number-one furniture item and its many facets.
Blå Station AB
S-296 22 Åhus
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TO BE AND TO DO... TOBEDO!
Blå Station was born from a designer's desire to put into production furniture which he himself liked and which, to his mind, deserved a place in the market.
When we moved in during the spring of 1986, we placed a few furniture prototypes in one of the corners of the building. And in the beginnig, before our production was up and running, we filled empty echoing rooms with art exhibits and jazz concerts. It was fun and the place became our “Station” – which we thought was a very fitting name. Because at a station, there´s always something going on – a constant flow of change.
Blå Station is a family business. We are located in what used to be a sewing factory in Åhus, on the southeast coast of Sweden where the ocean is just as restless as we are. The second half of our name was given. Blå Station’s founder, furniture designer Börge Lindau, used the signature BLÅ on drawings – the B and the L being the initials of his first and last name and the Å representing Åhus where he had settled.
We are driven by a desire to put into production furniture that we like and which – to our minds – deserves a place in the market. Curiosity is our fuel, as we keep searching, not for the already known and established, but for the unexpected, yet-to-be discovered.
Motivated by the pleasure of what we are doing, we continue to develop new products. But for us, it isn´t enough that a product has never been shown before. For it to be considered new, it must be able to demonstrate a new attitude towards shape, function, material or the industrial production process. New furniture should be better at something and offer an alternative to what is already available.
Our thoughts are focused on the interiors that sourrund us – how they are built and how they work. How do we interact in the public space? Has today´s society added new demands? Has our way of socializing changed? There are many questions that inspire us to think differently.
At Blå Station, we´ve taken a stand and made our choices based on emotions and our consciences. We follow our seven criteria for sustainable development and furthermore, have chosen to produce everything in Sweden. We have made this choice in order to ensure each link in the chain of production follows our criteria.
To meet today´s demands and desires, we belive it is necessary to have and open and innovative mind, a child´s curiosity as well as a heart that rejects shortcuts and apathy. To Be and To Do. ToBeDo!