Furniture collection reinterprets Nordic design, with help from Formica

The Kolho series combines coiled Scandinavian plywood with angular Formica planers.

Courtesy of Perttu Saksa

Formica laminate, the ubiquitous material for 1950s kitchen and dining counters, now covers tables and chairs by Kolho, a Made by Choice collection inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and of the industrial heritage of the eponymous Finnish city. The series was born out of a collaboration between the Finnish furniture company, American artist Matthew Day Jackson and Formica Group.

The Kolho collection consists of dining tables and chairs, as well as coffee tables, lounge chairs and two seats. The furniture is mostly made of plywood – true to its Scandinavian roots – and a special Formica laminate. This textured material, called MDJ Kuu, refers to the surface of the moon. (Kuu means “moon” in Finnish.) With its serpentine armrests and legs (representing chaos, according to Jackson) coupled with the angular planes in Formica (symbolizing reason), Kolho plays with both novelty and respect for the tradition.

“[Jackson] created something… almost radical, but still has that Nordic DNA, ”notes Niclas Ahlström, co-founder of Made by Choice. “I think it really opens people’s eyes to innovation in furniture design.

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