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Skåpsagor från Bohuslän Master theisis, Cabinet-stories from Bohuslän


Exhibited at:

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014 - Greenhouse

Artipelag, Stockholm summer of 2013 - Ett, två, trä!

Konstfack spring exhibition 2013 - Master exhibition


Things are so much more than just physical function.

We express ourselves with things, remember through things and fall in love with things.

They also reflect the spirit of the times in which they were created.

Form fills an emotional function and are by that an important tool.


Skåpsagor from Bohuslän is a part of my master theisis. It is a book about the relationship between humans and their beloved things. In my book I want to demonstrate the value of things and argue that form not only follows a practical function. The result is a collection of tales about the meaning of a cabinet in a small Swedish province during a few moments in history. The story takes off in the late 1700s fisherman’s home where the magnificent rustic cabinet plays the main character. It then ends in our times where I tell my own “cabinet story”. My cabinet story depicts Bohuslän, a cabinet inspired by the rural product development, customized for our industrial society.



Bohuslän is the small county on the Swedish west coast were I grew up. Using a small perspective gives me a greater tool when analysing history. I've then used dramaturgical methods to make history come alive. Partially throigh writing stories but also by taking photos, trying to capture the spirit of the times.


Phographer: Peter Ljunggren (1780s picture) & Matilda Hunyadi

Art Director, Photo editor & Stylist: Matilda Hunyadi

Models: Ulrika Dahlquist (my mother), Martin Dahlquist (my father), Felix Dahlquist (my brother), Katarina Lindberg, Calle Thorell, Maja Norming (my cousin), Sigrún Ándersdòttír & Ava Johansson.


Special thanks to:

Johan Knutsson (professor in Furniture Culrure at Carl Malmsten - Furniture Studies) & Maria Perers curator of Folk Art at the Nordic Museum,

for their thoughts and much appreciated support in this project. Also big thanks to Bohusläns Museum and the Museum of Gothenburg.