The HI Group and the return to craft
About the forgotten story of some designers and craftsmen who chose to go against the stream. Book presentation and panel discussion between author and architecture historian Johan Örn and Annica Kvint, editor of the magazine Arkitektur. The HI Group was an association of craftspeople and interior designers who sought to bring back the art of Swedish furniture design and put craftsmanship back in focus during the first half of the 1960s. In an exhibition and a book, ArkDes is now telling the forgotten story of a number of designers and craftspeople who chose to go against the prevailing norm of series-manufactured furniture.
The HI Group aimed to bring together interior designers and craftsmen at an early stage in the creative process. This was intended to provide opportunities to experiment without needing to take into account the requirements of industrial processes. But it was also a space for developing prototypes for industrialised manufacture.
The group included interior designers John Kandell, Stig Lönngren, Thea Leonhard and Åke Axelsson, master carpenter David Sjölinder and master upholsterer Gösta Engström.
Johan Örn, author and curator of the collections at ArkDes and Annica Kvint, editor of the magazine Arkitektur talk about a unique venture in the history of Swedish furniture.
This panel conversation is part of the programme for the HI Group exhibition running at ArkDes from 13 September – 19 November 2017.