Since founding Folkform in 2005, Anna Holmquist and Chandra Ahlsell have been creating design objects that occupy the space between craft and industry. They began their collaboration while studying at Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, where they created experimental furniture with flowers pressed into Masonite hardboard.

Their work often involves close collaboration with local manufacturers and evinces a fascination with the legacy of traditional materials and an interest in the processes involved in making design objects. Past projects have involved them in recycling and reusing overlooked, often utilitarian materials, and juxtaposing differing materials in new and unexpected contexts.

Their work is included in the collections of the National Museum in Stockholm and the National Museum in Oslo, among others. In 2019, the design duo received the Bruno Mathsson Award, the largest design prize in the Nordic countries, and in 2023 they won the Designer of the Year award in the Scandinavian Design Awards. 


ReThink project