Kärrtorp: Ready for the New Generation


A visit to the town square in the Stockholm suburb of Kärrtorp inspired journalist Dan Hallemar to review the site in Arkitektur journal. Hallemar describes the 1950’s site as a suburban idyll recently revived by a gust of fresh air under its wings, thanks to Stockholm-based architecture firm Nyréns.

Hallemar gives an account of observing a father on parental leave, who pauses at a new park bench installed at the site.
   ‘He puts his toddler down beside a high-back bench, sits himself down, lifts the child up, then peels a banana. The little toddler practically disappears inside the bench’s oversized proportions. A friend of the father comes out of the local supermarket and walks over, himself holding a banana. Both guys wear caps, and both have trendy beards. They represent the new generation. It’s the generation of densification, and a generation of gentrification too.’

The high-back bench described by Hallemar is Ultuna, designed by Daniel Ericsson and Bengt Isling, who is also the landscape architect responsible for redesigning the square. One of Nola’s contributions to the project was developing a polyfunctional table with in-built, retractable benches made specifically for the site. The table is a new edition to the Ultuna series.

Please see issue 6 of Arkitektur for the full story.

Kärrtorps Centrum on the cover of the latest issue of Swedish architecture magazine Arkitektur. Photo: Åke E:son Lindman

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We would like to thank everyone who visited us at the Swedish Institute during Paris Design Week. Nola’s Big Basket armchairs, Kaskad chairs and Kebne outdoor gym will remain at the Swedish Institute and become permanent features in the garden. The Swedish Design Movement exhibition will be open until the 3rd of October.

Welcome to a garden party at theEdelweiss Society's old chapel. Together with Anki Gneib, we invite you to an exhibition with new design inspired by the history of the surroundings — where high societies such as Hilma af Klint and Louise Adelborg frequently appeared. 

As Marimekko celebrate their 70th anniversary, designer Björn Dahlström contributes to the celebrations with a one-off version of the Kaskad armchair. The chair will be auctioned in ‘The Artists That Shaped Us’ auction at Bukowski’s in Stockholm.

As Paris Design Week approaches, Nola join the line-up of designers and manufacturers selected for the Swedish Design Movement exhibition and trade show. The event will be held in the heart of Paris at the Swedish Institute in the Marais district from 3 September to 3 October, where a programme of exhibitions, panel discussions, and talks will also take place.

The interest in workin outdoors continues and we are making additions to the Urban Office-range, designed by Superlab and researcher Charlotte Peterson Troije.

As part of the Southern Sweden Design Days event, 27–30 May, Nola is showing new products at Form/Design Center in central Malmö where visitors can try out the new normal; working under a blue sky.

Nola is one of the competition’s sponsors, which is arranged in collaboration with Swedish Architects and the landscape architecture seminar Oyster.

Nola is right now focusing on bringing you a more complete digital experience. We have now update to the BIMobject library with this years new products Work Lounge, Schoolyard, Paus, och Gry.

We are pleased to announce that the Långbordet outdoor table received a Monocle Design Award in the Best Public Furniture category. The award was presented for the version of Långbordet White Arkitekter installed in Hamntorget, a small urban plaza in central Stockholm.

There is something special about finding oneself in a room, even if it is outside. Now you can find the new pergola system Terrass in our standard assortment.

We want to congratulate our friends at Liljewall Architects for being awarded Best Architecture 2021 for their work at Kunskapshuset, an essential part of the vast structural transformation in Gällivare, Sweden. As part of the project, Liljewall Architects designed a modular bench system that Nola proudly developed.

On Tuesday, Nola’s Founder and Head of Design, Agneta Stake, participated in a panel discussion with the theme “History and Future”. The panel discussion was part of the event Inside Swedish Design and can be seen here.

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