year at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, an architect or designer
is commissioned to create a special Design Bar. This year the
honor goes to Broberg Riddersträle Design & Architecture.
Based in Stockholm, BRDA is a mixed architecture and design practice
founded by Mats Broberg and Johan Riddersträle. The design
duo have created a range of simple yet smart products that are
often tinged with a sense of humor (Bird Table for Offecct for
Broberg and Riddersträle strive to inject a subtle emotional
element into their designs, sometimes through the use of symbols
and at other times simply through the product's functionality.
To us, the cleverness of their designs nearly always inspires a
feeling of "Now why didn't we think of that?"
An example of this is one of MOD's favorite new designs, speakers
that recently won a Wallpaper Magazine award. BRDA moved away from
the traditional black, box-shaped speaker and created a set of
white ceramic speakers, using the symbol of sound as their inspiration. "It's
the universal icon of noise," says Riddersträle of the truncated
cone shape, which sits at the perfect angle to produce optimum