Paulsen's design is characterized by an experimental and interdisciplinary approach. He creates colourful objects in single copies, lifts cheap materials through artisanal care.
The design bar annually explores contemporary aesthetic and culinary expressions. In Victoriahallen, a design exhibition and a top-class restaurant with the stage for Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks were merged this spring. A cross-fertilization that this year got a funfair-inspired interior signed by un-orthodox Fredrik Paulsen.
The artist and designer Fredrik Paulsen has previously told about the process behind the acclaimed chair "Röhsska" and how he took up an assignment to interpret "democratic design", whose results for the first time was seen in the exhibition “Distressing democratic design” at the Röhsska Museum 2019. (Read the interview here). When Fredrik Paulsen was given the task of designing the Design Bar, he chose to continue his design.
Stockholm in February can be tough. Therefore, I want to give visitors a chance to dream away. I've been inspired by beach walks on the Riviera, bars in the Balearic Islands, casinos in Las Vegas and amusement parks like Coney Island. My hope is to create a meeting place where people feel welcome and inspired, says Fredrik Paulsen.
You have said that furniture has a direct function, there is no question about what its used for. What is it that you like so much about chairs?
The chair is a functional and sculptural piece of furniture that everyone has a relationship to. And it is probably the only object where you use your butt to create an opinion about something, says Fredrik and bursts into laughter.
What do you work with next?
I´m really busy at the moment. Right now, I work with objects for a group exhibition in Los Angeles, a public space in Uppsala and a beer bar in Tokyo.
Where can one find your design?
Vitra just bought an item for a show in Weil am Rhein. In Stockholm you can see the "Aldente-hooks" that I designed together with Åsa Jungnelius and Gustaf Nordenskiöld at the National Museum. The Röhsska Museum has my chairs in its collection and in Copenhagen I am represented at the Etage Projects design gallery.
Fredrik Paulsen, 1980, based in Stockholm. He holds an MFA from Royal College of Art in London and a BFA from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm, where he is now a visiting tutor.
Fredrik’s work includes furniture and interior design as well as exhibitions and he is interested in creating a sense of accessability and community, using design as a vehicle.
In the spectrum of Fredrik Paulsen’s work are notions of anti-consumerism, psychedelic escapism and counterculture. It celebrates atmosphere and artificiality through material, colour and form.
With a playful approach to the carefree and mundane, he experiments with creative processes challenging the sense of preciousness inherent to the field of design.
Have a look at Fredrik Paulsen's home in Bukowski's interview series "Unique home"
Bukowskis is proud of this collaboration where we help these unique chairs find new homes.
The chairs are all numbered and provided with a plaque showing the provenance.