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Claesson Koivisto Rune | Smaller Objects, a new company


”The useful everyday objects that we want for ourselves.”

Architects Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune officially launched Smaller Objects – smallerobjects.com – in conjunction with the Stockholm Design Week in February, 2015. Smaller Objects is a producer of selected smaller design objects. The first collection is designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune.

”When I can’t find household items for my home that I want, I start designing. This has always been a process of passion for me, like a hobby”, says Mårten Claesson. ”I know that I share this passion with other designers and now I want to make it visible and accessible.”

”I am extremely cautious about what I let over my doorstep. These objects all pass that test”, continues Eero Koivisto: ”Our first collection consists of eight self-evident yet unobtrusive objects that fit within a wide range of contexts.”

”As for everything we are involved in, we believe in cultivating a longterm perspective. I hope that we will have the opportunity to influence and inspire people to choose well-designed everyday objects that will be cherished until they’re passed on or inherited”, concludes Ola Rune.

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Smaller Objects AB is a registered brand and company. The term Smaller Objects was first coined by Claesson Koivisto Rune for an exhibition at the Stockholm Design Week in 2010. The exhibition later travelled to Tokyo, Japan. Smaller Objects is welcoming new retailers. 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the internationally acclaimed architecture and design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune.

The first Smaller Objects collection consists of the following 8 products: Metropolis Pillow. Stockholm New, house numbers. Cold Coaster. Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme, herb pot. Marfa Light, garden torch. Longboard, serving tray. Bisque, tea light holder. Over Easy, chopping board.

Metropolis Pillow

The first Smaller Objects pillow has been made in the Metropolis textile, adding an urban element to any room. The pattern is endless, with city maps morphing in and out of each other. Metropolis is woven from wool in European contract furniture quality, normally not available for retail. “The city maps are from cities around the world – Helsinki, Berlin, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Moscow, Rome, Milan, Sydney, London, Lund, New York, Athens, Tokyo, Paris, Prague, Stockholm” – says Mårten Claesson from designers Claesson Koivisto Rune. “At first glance it’s just an abstract pattern. Then it begins to reveal itself. If you’re sharp, or a local of one of the cities, you might start recognizing streets and parks.”

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Measurements: 45 x 45 cm
Material: Textile 100% wool. Filling 100% down
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune, 2005

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Stockholm New. House numbers

This is classic typography with a contemporary twist, designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune in collaboration with graphic design and branding agency BrittonBritton*. The digits 0-9 were originally designed as room numbers for the five-star Nobis Hotel** in Stockholm. They work equally well for the number of your house on your street. The feature is a tiny, yet very conscious, mismatch in size which stresses the natural variation of fired ceramics. Comes with mounting instructions. Available in semi-gloss cream white.

Hotel Nobis, NorrmalmstorgCKR12-2010

Hotel Nobis, NorrmalmstorgCKR12-2010

Christina and Claes Britton are well-known media-making eminences in the Swedish capital and also long-time friends of Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. Between 1993 and 2002 Britton & Britton published the now legendary lifestyle magazine named Stockholm New – “The most clever and attractive magazine of the decade” according to Tyler Brûlé (founding editor-in-chief of Wallpaper and Monocle magazines).

Measurements: 7.5-9.5 x 4.0-6.5 x 1.5 cm
Material: Frost resistant porcelain
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune and BrittonBritton, 2010

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Cold Coaster

The Smaller Objects coasters are made from solid soapstone. What is especially appealing with soapstone is its unique heat permittivity; the ability to hold a temperature. So, placing the coasters in the freezer before use allows the stone time to accumulate a good chill – keeping any glass placed on them colder for a longer period of time.

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“Chilled drinks on a cold soapstone coaster hold their chill longer than drinks placed on a coaster at room temperature. With our coasters beneath, you can enjoy that cold drink on a hot summer evening for just a little bit longer, ” says Ola Rune.

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Measurements: 8.5 x 1 cm
Material: Soapstone
Dishwasher proof. As a natural material, the appearance of each coaster varies.
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune, 2015

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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Herb pot

Fresh herbs form a sensual component in many people’s kitchens in Sweden. ”I enjoy cooking food at home and like to keep my herbs fresh and at arm’s length,” says Ola Rune. The Herb Pot holds the right amount of space for 2-3 herbs, and any excess water can easily be poured thanks to its integrated pouring rim.

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In Scandinavia and around the world, fresh herbs plants are sold in simple black plastic containers, which of course best matches the dark soil inside. Hence, the Smaller Objects’ Herb Pot is glazed in matt black. Just slip the newly bought herb, with its container, into the herb pot for a quick and tidy result with no need to re-plant.

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Dishwasher proof.
Measurements: 9 x 24 x 10 cm
Material: Matte fired black porcelain
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune, 2015

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 Marfa Light. Garden torch

In the land of the midnight sun, light and fire has an almost mythical meaning. ”A cherished tradition for us Scandinavians is to light garden torches in the afternoon or evening when guests are coming for dinner”, says Mårten Claesson. Either in the garden or outside the door, the welcoming burning flames symbolizes festivities. ”We use them all year around, even though my favourite time of year is to light up my garden during long summer evenings”, says Eero Koivisto.

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The Garden Torch in dark anthracite gray adds an aesthetic quality to any garden or park, either as a solitaire or in a formation. During daylight, the torch becomes a fine element in the outdoor room. The dark, almost black, colour also has a practical function – it is forgiving to the soot formed by burning. Before applying the powder-paint coating, the steel is entirely galvanized for rust protection.

The size of the container is optimized for the standard tin cup, 10cm diameter garden candle known in Swedish as “marschall”, and in other parts of the world as “garden candle”, “windproof outdoor candle” or similar.

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Only for outdoor use. Garden candles are purchased separately.
Measurements: 12 x 65 cm
Material: Galvanized and powder-coated steel
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune, 2015

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Longboard. Serving trays

In Japan, small trays are used for everything from serving sushi to staging miniature flower arrangements to putting your credit card on at the shop’s till. A small tray can have many uses but it always enhances the presentation. Putting a piece of cheese and a small knife on a fine tray is a simple way to turn mundane into magic.


The Longboard serving trays are a family of three small trays made in two-tone beechwood. The colour-split is always off-centre and the trays are slightly different in size. One or all of the trays can always be placed on the table in any fashion or direction and still make the table setting look appealing because asymmetry is part of the design.

One natural and one heat-treated piece of beech is glued together. Using the same wood avoids strain on the joint that can result when using woods of different properties. Heat-treatment is a method of enhancing wood’s moist durability, and a desired side effect is the darkening of the natural colour without the use of any staining chemicals. Beechwood is traditionally used with food since it leaves no taste and has an inherent anti-bacterial quality.


Measurements: 40 x 14 / 35 x 12 / 28 x 10 x 1.5 cm
Material: beechwood
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune, 2015


Bisque . Tea light holders

A trio in cream-white matte bisque, which is the thinner version of porcelain. Translucency allows for a warm, radiant feeling once candles are lit. The rounded bottom edge helps give the impression of the tealight holders floating just above the surface of the table.

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”This must be the perfect gift for anyone, both to give or receive”, says Eero Koivisto who has a life long fascination for white porcelain and ceramics. ”As often is the case, a trio is more dynamic and creates an ambience as opposed to a solitaire”, he continues. Using tea lights candles in transparent cups enhances the warm glow that spreads in the porcelain.

Measurements: 7 x 5 / 6 / 7 cm
Material: Unglazed bisque porcelain
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune, 2015

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Over Easy. Cutting board

This is a serve-all-purposes cutting board in beech. ”I am using mine as much for cutting bread as I do for laying the coffee table,” Ola Rune says. In the size of an A3 sheet, it has plenty of space for both purposes. Two opposing 45-degree edge cuts. Turn the board and cut again. The proportions of the top surface change depending on which side faces up. But the chopping board can always be gripped and easily lifted. Simple geometry, sculptural form, pleasingly functional.

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Measurements: 30 x 42 cm
Material: Beechwood
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune, 1991

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Designer: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Producer: Smaller Objects
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