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Watch This Designer Build A Chair By Hand In 5 Minutes

Swedish designer Jenny Nordberg makes quick work of the manufacturing process.

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Jenny Nordberg doesn’t need much time to create her furniture. The Swedish industrial designer’s latest collection features handmade pieces that were all put together in less than five minutes.

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In her series, 3 to 5 Minutes, she tries to combine mass production speed with the craft of handmade products. The project, which debuted this month at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, is “about using speed as a method to achieve new expressions and procedures,” she writes on her website. Her secret? Simple materials from the hardware store. All she has to do is make a few cuts, apply a wood finish, and drill holes for screws.

She times herself creating two chairs with pillows, a dining table (with four chairs), and a small trolley on wheels. All together, putting the line together took her less than an hour.


The results are not, obviously, perfect. There are visible screws, and the finish is a little haphazard. This is design accelerated to assembly line speeds, and it’s imperfect. Yet the handcrafted furniture still appears unique; these do not look like the chairs you would buy at Ikea.

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Three minutes is a pretty long time frame for Nordberg, anyway. One of her previous projects limited her designs to a three to five second design process.

[via Dezeen]

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