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FOUND MUJI Sweden – Work, Holiday, Everyday.

The Swedes are relaxed at work and diligent in daily lives. During holidays, the Swedes are less about relaxing but more about getting things done that one doesn't have time to do on workdays, such as painting walls at home or puttering in the garden. People use their time efficiently and keep work-life balance. They used to shift between work and leisure which allows them to enjoy fika (a coffee break) with a cup of coffee and cinnamon roll, where is a space for personal chit-chat as well as job communication.

Industry and craftsmanship have been developed in Sweden over centuries, supported by its rich natural resources supply such as mine and forest. You may also get a glimpse of the Sweden's character from the ways their industrial tools are made and used.

MUJI has searched and found a collection of enticing Swedish items from this northern European country, which allow us to discover the hints towards an enjoyable life.

Stainless Steel Bowl (Jonas)

The Swedish iron industry originated from the Middle Ages and with leading technology and high export volume from 18th to the beginning of 19th century. During this heyday, a manufacturer of stainless steel utensils called Jonas was established in the early 1900s. In addition to standard household cooking utensils, it also produced professional products which are favoured among chefs and doctors. Although the design has been developed over years, the product essence remains the same.

Wirework

Long time ago in agricultural world, pottery bowls and jars were highly treasured. They are fragile, and thus tree root and metal wire are used to repair the cracks. Later in 1800s, cooking utensils changed dramatically with the invention of firewood stove, grills, whisks, hotplates and baskets became popular. This gave rise to the 'luffare', repairmen who rode across villages with bicycles, made & repaired tools in exchange for a bed at night. It was also the 'luffare' who made those wireworks to become a common feature in Swedish households.

Hälsinge Linen Table Cloth

Hälsingland located at Central Sweden, has been the home of linen with more than 300 years. In this region, even the modest farming families used linen table cloths to decorate their dining table, to relieve from the daily hard work by transforming the dining table into an inviting place for family gathering or celebration. This kind of practice has gradually faded out due to the change of lifestyle today.

Stig Lindberg Melamine Ware

Since 1940, Stig Lindberg has brought to the Swedish dining tables with colorful and whimsical pottery featuring natural motifs. In 70s, he has designed a series of pragmatic melamine ware for Gustavsberg, the porcelain manufacturer. The stackable pieces work together, while the shallow plate can also serve as the lid for deep container. This kind of tableware is suitable for leisure time such as picnic or sailing in summer, or for simple cooking at home. The reproduction of this plain white series was made possible by the recommendation of Lisa Larson, a legendary Swedish ceramist, who has used the same original pieces for more than 40 years.

Woodwork

With 70% of Sweden covered by forest, no doubt renewable wood is an essential natural resource here. You may see the expertise and experience of the Swedes in forestry and lumbering via the usage of wood on daily life, from building materials, fuel, furniture, cutting board to handheld kitchen utensils. Major wood materials being used include European spruce, pine, alder and white birch. Wood with unique features will also be used according to its intended purpose. For example, Juniper, which is good at oil and water repellent is used to produce traditional butter knife.

Box & Landscape

Located in the basement of an old apartment complex in Stockholm, there is a Norrmalm Box Factory founded 100 years ago by Ida Josefina Ohlsson in 1916. Though the factory is as small as an atelier, it accepted large & small orders for top quality box production. Without excessive decorations, the simplicity & functionality of these boxes account for the excellence. This box is filled with landscape photos taken by the photographer Takashi Homma and presented in form of postcards.
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