If I were furnishing my dream home, I would start by stocking each room with a curated collection of minimalist furniture, and I would definitely want to include several pieces by Swedish designer David Ericsson. This collection is entitled Carl Mamsten Made Me Do It, and was created by Ericsson for his thesis project at the Carl Mamsten Workshop in Sweden.
Ericsson’s goal for this project was the creation of objects derived from humanist values. Crafted from a combination of locally sourced wood, linen, and naturally tanned leather, each of his pieces can be thrown in the compost at the end of the owner’s life, although the thought of tossing any of these in the trash makes me want to cry. I would much rather pass these on as heirlooms, especially since the leather and wood look as if they would age beautifully, gaining more character and richness as they become worn with use.
While all of his pieces are newly crafted, his designs seem as if they already have a history. It’s hard to choose a favorite piece, but I must admit I am particularly fond of this little cabinet with leather doors and a toggle closure. Sadly these are just prototypes, but I would be shocked if these don’t garner serious attention in the design world, and hopefully they will become available for purchase soon.