Swedish designer Lisa Hilland showed a charming collection of contemporary furniture at the Salone Satellite during Milan Design Week last month - all based around the idea of inheritance.
"Inheriting things also means inheriting craftsmanship, knowledge, and stories. Inspired by family treasures, 'My Granddaughter’s Cabinet' is a collection designed to be passed on from one generation to the next." Hilland says of her new work.
And this concept also extends to the notion of inheriting the earth too; since all the materials used are natural, environmentally friendly, and carefully chosen for their ability to age beautifully as well as continuing cultural traditions.
“I have chosen birch as my main material because of its lustrous and silky surface. The last tree to be seen in our mountains before the vegetation disappears altogether in the high altitudes, birch can stand strong winds and the cold Nordic winters. It is traditionally used in Scandinavian stick back chairs."
Hilland additionally selected reindeer leather for decorative details because of its tactile qualities and softness - a material traditionally used by the nomadic Sami people, and sourced from the Scandinavian Arctic.
“My Granddaughter’s Cabinet is a collection of furniture that reflects my views as a designer on sustainability, but also my great love for my daughters Silje and Elsa. They give me inspiration and meaning in everything I do.”