The story of Albert
If you can’t come to the pub, let the pub come to you! We asked Massproductions’s Designer in Chief, Chris Martin, to share the story behind the Albert Collection.
If you can’t come to the pub, let the pub come to you! We asked Massproductions’s Designer in chief, Chris Martin, to share the story behind the Albert Collection.
How would you describe Albert to someone who’s
never seen it?
It’s like a traditional English pub bar stool that has had a makeover by a competent woodworker who’s averse to decoration.
How would you describe the pub culture like in Stockholm?
Sometimes it feels like you are in a Disneyland version of the UK, but if you know where to go you can find somewhere pretty authentic. The concept of “The Pub”, a cosy home from home is a cherished space and we are naturally drawn to creating and enjoying them.
Have you ever fallen off an Albert Barstool?
No, its impossible to fall off something as rock solid as an Albert.
What makes a good barstool?
Besides performing its basic function, it should make a contribution to the atmosphere of the room.
“A LOT OF OUR DESIGN STARTED OUT AT THE PUB. ME AND MAGNUS FIND IT A GOOD PLACE TO SIT DOWN OVER A PINT TO DISCUSS THE COMPANY, OUR PRODUCTS AND DESIGNS. AFTER A WHILE WE STARTED TO NOTICE THE PUB BAR STOOL, I GUESS WE SPENT SO MUCH TIME WITH IT IN FRONT OF US AND STARTED TO APPRECIATE SOME OF ITS CHARACTERISTICS.”
If you had to pick one item from the Albert collection, which one would you pick?
The low Albert in walnut stained beech on a well-used Axminster carpet.
Your favorite pub in Stockholm?
I like the Halfway Inn at Mariatorget – wall to wall carpeting gives it the edge!
The Albert family is quite big, Albert stool in different heights and bench in two lengths. Can you imagine expanding the collection in the near future?
I think we have the seating covered but I have thought about adding some small tables to the collection.