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TAF Architects

by Grace Bonney

T is for Thursday and TAF Architects! They made the wood lamp in yesterday’s post, but I feel they deserve a post of their own. Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom have run the architecture and design studio TAF in Stockholm, Sweden since 2002. TAF’s aim is to make ordinary life less ordinary through subtle but effective changes in how products and architecture appear and function. A recurrent departure point in TAF projects is that everyday objects by their very commonness can be made uncommon.

Since their start they have been involved in designing so many products and spaces it’s hard to choose which ones I should show here, but I finally made a selection.

This is a shop in Stockholm called AfroArt, selling carefully selected fabrics and interior details from African countries. You should check out their homepage as they have lots of nice things, and international shipping! TAF gave them a white and minimalist backdrop to expose their colorful products and emphasize the difference between Scandinavian and African design.

The Basel clock is a modern take on the traditional cuckoo clock, and Bottle pendant lamp is flirting with the homemade light shades made from water bottles, seen in developing countries or refugee camps. Tasteless? Perhaps. At least it’s a comment on the state of the world.

Do you live in a really tight space? Then this stair solution (images above) might be for you! I’ve seen this a few times on boats, but never executed with this much style.

CLICK HERE for more images from TAF Architects (including their “parcel” furniture) after the jump!

These Photo lamps have been on my wishlist since the launch in 2006. To me this is the perfect industrial style lighting, available as wall, floor or table lights in many different colors.

And last, my very favorite design by TAF, the Soft Parcel range. These fabric covered foam pads are just pure genius!

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  • First of all: AMAZING stuff!

    Second, can we all just laugh at me when I confess that I saw the SECOND image of the staircase first, and I was all, “OMG HOW does anyone walk down that?! It’s like a series of ramps?! And ON A BOAT?! Omg I would fall and die!!!!”

    Then I looked at the pic above it and realized I’m an idiot. :P

  • WOW, I actually caught the stair design in a email that my MNL forwarded. I love the innovation and creativity they apply. Imagine how wonderful all the African fabrics & decor will look in the store. A mark of true designers. Thanks for sharing!

  • I have been following TAF for quite sometime and I am so pleased to see this featured post. Creative gods!

    Samantha @PrettyLovely

  • Stunning choices this week Emma! I love reading & being inspired by your blogg. And what a pleasure to see your product picks on one of my other favorites. (thanks Grace!) Thank you for taking the time to share with us!

  • Looked them up yesterday; I am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with just about everything…. but especially the clever, marvellous and highly inspired stairs…. That is exactly what I’d choose! And I LOVE the box furniture although it might not be very comfy for less than young and flexible people.
    Thanks for your always wonderful postings :)

  • Man, architects in other countries are so lucky that they get to play with stair design so much – those steps are gorgeous, but you could NEVER do that in the US.

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