Interview on May 4, 2011
Hello! How are you, Johan?
Pretty good, thank you!
You have designed a range of garden products for Röshults. How did the project get started?
We were asked to design a series of barbeque grills with a new take on the aesthetics of outdoor appliances. As we see it, most of the grills on the market today speak a totally different language that don't correspond well to the architecture of contemporary living. The inspiration came from the elegance and simplicity in modern architecture.
Broberg & Ridderstråle has designed a range of garden products for Röshults
What were the biggest challenges during the process?
The biggest issue was to interpret the advice and recommendations from people who were asked about the way they like their grill to function. We were introduced to a world were there are as many ideas as there are cooks! What we finally did in the end, after extensive research and a broad insight in to the world of barbeque, was to refine and effectively simplify our grills to fit the need of all barbeque lovers.
What is your speciality to prepare in the grill?
I like to keep it simple, but it depends on the moment. The beauty of barbequing is that you can prepare a quick and easy dish of your favorite meat, fish or veggies one day and a really advanced dinner course on another day – and they will both taste delicious.
Tati tables for Asplund
You have both studied in Konstfack in Stockholm. Was it a clear decision to start collaborating?
Yes. We both started working together the first year on different projects on our own and since then we have continued and refined a successful collaboration.
How does the design duo Broberg & Ridderstråle work? Do you both do everything or are you specialized in some certain areas?
We pretty much do most of our work together. We find it to be a good way of getting the best results out of a project when we both share our insights.
ABC planters for Nola
How would you describe your design aesthetics? Would you say you have a recognizable style in your work?
In few words we would describe it as simplicity with focus on details and with a slight taste for the odd. I would say that you can see this in all our work.
What are your hobbies?
Our work has become our hobby.
Who are your favorite designers and architects?
Richard Gluckman, John Pawson, Rick Joy, Vincent Van Duysen, Achille Castiglioni, Antonio Citterio... and many more.
What would be your dream project and why?
That’s a hard question. Every new project is a potential dream project.
Triumf magazine / firewood rack for Klong
You have designed the Plugged pendant light for Muuto that is also available at Finnish Design Shop. Tell us briefly about that project.
The Plugged pendant lamp plays with the elements most lighting armatures try to hide. It emphasizes how the lamp is "brought to life" thereby giving it character and difference. The space between the shade and the ceiling is highlighted by the pattern of the textile cord – and the placing of the plug on the side gives the lamp a dynamic appearance and brings life to an otherwise static typology. The concave diffuser adds to the freshness with the infinite sensation you get, when you look into the lamp.
What projects are you working on at the moment?
Lamps, chairs and tables for domestic and public use.
Wimbledon furniture range for Nola
Finally, what is the best thing to do in the summer 2011?
Relax, barbeque and enjoy. Where ever you are.
Text: Mikko Vaija