The primeval forest meets meandering roads that cross water and islands. Traditional red cottages and fences. Primroses and day-old lambs dappling the blossoming meadows. Bees buzzing in lush fruit trees – biodiversity and the scent of paradise.
People have been growing apples forever in southern Småland, around Lake Åsnen. Generation after generation haspainstakingly tended the trees that grow in orchards, on meadows and on hillsides sloping toward the lake. Today, the area is unique: it is Sweden’s last cohesive agricultural area where fruit trees are grown in meadows.
The dark spruce forest opens up. A glittering river and two large lakes meet. These lakes contained the gold of Småland – bog-iron ore. We can feel the tide of history, hear the rushing water and admire the result of hard work and durable parts. Since the Viking Age, this particular place has played an important role for many people.
During the 1600s, Huseby Bruk had the exclusive right to operate ironworks in Småland. The bog-iron ore from the lakes Åsnen and Salen was turned into solid commodities such as cannons and fireplaces. Iron goods were shipped further out in Europe via the seaways.
In conjunction with the Stockholm Furniture Fair in February 2020, Swedish manufacturer Fabrikant released a new exclusive collection of stainless steel furniture. Nature is at the heart of the collection and accent parts are made using waste material in oak and merino wool. The ROOTS collection consists of a café set, stools and a standing table for use in public and private spaces.