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Böste is located almost as far south as you can get in Sweden. A few hundred meters away is Smygehuks lighthouse, the absolute southern tip. Böste is a small village, right by the sea. Most of the houses are whitewashed nineteenth-century houses with thatched roofs. The beach picks up where the houses end. The Böste chair is a contemporary, Scandinavian interpretation of the classic Adirondack chair. This first appeared in Adirondack, on the border between the state of New York and Vermont, about a hundred years ago.Why is this chair reminiscent of Böste? Because much of what is found around Lake Champlain in the Adirondacks is also found on the Baltic coast.
For that reason we made the chair with soft beaches, hard rock outcrops, grass between the toes, the edge of the pool or a spacious roof terrace in mind. An homage to the original Westport chair, in a durable, refined version in stainless steel and durable FSC-labeled teak. Like a sea-cut stone, the armchair has rounded edges and soft shapes. Böste can be left outside all year round and will become a beautiful silver gray over the years. The armrests are wide enough to work extra as small tables for a wine glass, a nut bowl or a book.
Stefan Borselius was born in Höllviken, at the southwestern tip of Sweden. He has studied design and furniture making for a total of eleven years. First, he studied woodwork, just like his grandfather and grandfather, who were skilled cabinetmakers. He then took, among other things, a bachelor’s degree in furniture design at Malmstenskolan and a master’s degree from Konstfack in Stockholm. In 2002 he established his own design company and since then his work has focused on furniture and interior design – everything from chairs, lamps, and room dividers to carpets and textiles. Borselius has collaborated with some of Scandinavia’s most reputable design and furniture companies.
Stefan Borselius has built a reputation for developing innovative solutions for materials, form, and function. His ambition is to find new solutions to old problems and to develop new products for how we live our lives today. He still considers himself a craftsman and views sketching and model-making as just as important as working on the computer. With his craft background, Stefan Borselius sees even the smallest details as an integral and important part of the design. His interest in new materials and techniques together with an open mind and knowledge of both traditional craftsmanship and modern industrial processes often result in unique and innovative products. Inspiration comes from both daily life and deep analytical thinking, from happy accidents, materials, functions, and unsolved problems. Stefan Borselius has won several design prizes and awards and some of his products are represented in the National Museum’s collections in Stockholm.