Food Cabinet in Cleft Ash

20 Apr

A project in collaboration with Röhsska Design Museum in Göteborg: an interpretation of Ferdinand Boberg cabinet from 1900. Intended use is food storage, hence the pull-out chopping board and ventilated doors with wire mesh. Made in ash wood, with generous help from Martin Horgan, Juan Cappa and Adrian Coen. Forged iron hooks by Jokum Lind Jensen.

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The original Boberg cabinet, made in 1900, is lost. The one displayed in Röhsska is a replica from 1909, made for the World exhibition, and is supposedly same as the original. But what if the two cabinets weren’t the same at all: what if the difference between the two cabinets was the difference between two family faces, the intimate and the public? Obviously, the one for the exhibition displayed the refined, intricate, noble image. Could it be that the intimate one – the lost one – was more profane and not that noble at all? What if the original Boberg cabinet was actually made for storing dried meat?

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So here’s the lost Boberg cabinet: a cabinet for storing food. Dried meat goods, cheese, or garlic, with hooks hanging from its ceiling, and pull-out chopping board for slicing the goods. Rough surfaces of cleft wood reflect the food manufacturing processes, where knives and axes are used, and approximate size of pieces is more important than straight lines or clean edges.

The exhibition is open from April 29th till June 8th 2014 at Röhsska Design Museum, Göteborg.

Photographs by Martin Gustavsson.

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