In the 17th century, the nobleman Bengt Oxenstierna built a baroque mansion on the Island of Lidö. Then along came the Russians and burned it down in 1719. These were harsh times. Since then, though, it’s been a peaceful island. Today people come here to eat at the local restaurant, or stroll through the beautiful meadows along the shore. It’s a place for hanging out without a care in the world. Pretty much like the lounge range Lidö. Made in aluminium, with clever Sunbrella fabric covered cushions, it can be put on a shore-side meadow, or anywhere, and then stand there, regardless of wind and weather. Sit down, by all means. Have a drink. Think about all the stories there must be about all the twenty-something thousand islands in the Stockholm archipelago, that have never been told.

Emma Olbers

Emma Olbers is a Swedish designer and creative director. Her mission is to try to design good products – good from all aspects, including being good for our planet. In her studio at Södermalm in Stockholm, where she has been working for over 20 years, sustainability has been consistent throughout everything she creates. Products should preferably be made from low carbon or recycled materials, be carefully produced and last for a long time. She has collaborated with a number of Scandinavian companies.


As a designer, I really enjoy being involved in every step of the design process – from the development of products and portfolios to branding and everything in between. I believe that sustainability and product lifecycles are key concerns and core values that I strives to incorporate in my work. Those concerns can translate into using recyclable and reusable components, thinking carefully of which materials to use and of course avoiding the use of harmful substances in production altogether. An ultimate vision is to be able to create products and furniture that, after a long and rich furniture life, can go directly on the compost heap when they are scrapped. Design wise, I have a strong affinity to the Scandinavian design tradition and my objective is to design products that are contemporary and at the same time down-to-earth.