On February 8 Massproductions and Wästberg open a new studio and showroom on Hammarby Allé 51 in Stockholm. The neighbourhood by the Hammarby quay is a former industrial area that’s being colonized by creative people and businesses – a natural home for two growing design companies.
No 51 is part of “Allén”, a sleek, dark, neomodernist building designed by Johannes Norlander, with a no- nonsense industrial touch that anchors it in the history of it’s surroundings. Massproductions and Wästberg share space on the ground floor, where Wästberg’s contemporary designer lighting and Massproductions’ elegantly utilitarian furniture play off each other.
“We are two growing companies with international client lists and a similar approach to creating products. We both have our own idiosyncratic design languages and could care less about passing fads, so in many respects we are a very good match,” says Magnus Wästberg, founder and CEO of Wästberg.
The interior concept is created by Stockholm architects Guise, with natural light pouring through the window wall and artificial light by Wästberg defining the interior volume. In true modernist fashion, the fundamental components of the building are exposed, with monolithic walls dividing the space and functional materials like concrete and glass dominating.
Behind the showroom, the offices are furnished entirely with Massproductions products and illuminated by Wästberg, making the workspace an exhibition in its own right. It’s a seamless concept from Johannes Norlander’s industrial references through Guise’s sophisticated play with light and materials, to every desk and lamp.
“The building itself, the interior design, the products and the operations combine into a holistic representation of Massproductions’ and Wästberg’s work. The new showroom will be a creative home base, as well as a meeting place where clients can experience our products and ideas first hand,” says Massproductions CEO Magnus Elebäck.
Photography by Brendan Austin.