Alexander Lervik presents new collection at Unikat gallery

For Stockholm Design Week 2023, Swedish designer Alexander Lervik launched his latest collection, ‘Hemvist’, with historic wooden stair manufacturer Drömtrappor at his newly opened design gallery, Unikat.

Alexander Lervik furniture: three wooden seats

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The ‘Hemvist’ collection originated from the recent collaboration between the designer and the brand, which was launched simultaneously in the gallery and at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Using leftover wood from stair manufacturing, Lervik created a limited-edition series of tables, benches and chairs. Though it’s not only the materials the two projects have in common.

The furniture was produced by employing the same technique of mortise and tenon joints – which allow the user to easily replace individual steps when they wear out – as are used for the stairs, creating what he describes as a ‘pegs and wedges’ system that connects the various elements. For example, in the chair, the rounded peg is slotted into the side of the backrest and visibly supports the blocking armrest. As part of the table, henceforth, the peg sits recessed in the wooden leg. Lervik then stained the wood in shades of red, yellow, and black or left the wood’s natural grain.

Alexander Lerwik furniture design detail

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Founded in the village of Norsjö in northern Sweden in 1923, Drömtrappor has been producing wooden staircases ever since. ‘I remember the first time I visited the factory; it was the only time in my 25 years in the furniture industry that I got goosebumps from seeing how the production was done,’ recalls Lervik of his first encounter with the brand. ‘In front of me, furniture craftsmen worked with materials that mostly came from the nearby forests. It couldn’t be more sustainable.’