Purple Diary

[January 26 2010]

Acne The NYA Berlin sofa

“The Nya Berlin (New Berlin) was an archetypal piece of Carl Malmsten’s design and was created for use in the Swedish consulate in Berlin. With this sofa as a reference, I started to look at how we worked architecturally, instead of just treating say the upholstery. I decided as an alternative to objectify it’s form from a perspective play. As we do with fashion we played with the proportion, lineage, and structure — stretching, squashing, and pulling the simplistic shape to create new sculptural forms. Denim is our heritage and I thought it was super interesting to treat the upholstery in the same way as we approach our jeans — by washing, bleaching, and hand-drying the ieces to create very bespoke finishes.” Text by the designer Jonny Johansson at the presentation of Acne’s first furniture collection

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