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Jonas Bohlin

Jonas Bohlin

It’s spring again. Spring is the time of coming into flower and of examinations at Konstfack. The degree exhibition conveys the students’ knowledge, proclivities and creativity in their future professional fields. It’s spring after the warmest winter for 250 years.

Climate change is as clear here as in the rest of the world. Some regions are suffering more than others from heat, storms, floods and threats to animal and plant species. As is often the case, the poor are suffering the most. Researchers are in agreement on the four principles: Everything spreads; nothing disappears; nature needs more space; resources must be saved and distributed.

Training as an interior architect, as well as the future approach of the profession, has gained a new dimension. Together with artistic expression, usability and production methods, the sustainable society should be taken into consideration in all decisions. Can the throw-away society and financial interests continue to impoverish the long-term approach, cultural heritage, quality, nature and people? Can we place the responsibility for our lifestyle on the next generation? Can we find a healthier attitude to our lives and our everyday activities?

Knowledge, awareness and the resources to achieve a healthier future are available – but do people have the courage?

This year’s undergraduates are showing their work after three years of study. Many of them will be applying to go on Konstfack’s two-year Masters program InSpace. Some of them will be applying for other Masters programs around the world, whilst others will be starting work. The nature of the students’ thesis projects varies depending on their proclivities and interests. They have worked with great integrity and an openness towards society and the world about us. One can see they have a clear will to find ‘their’ place in reality. Being involved, influencing things and taking design and the discussion forwards. Issues concerning the designer’s and the interior architect’s identity are tangible in several projects.

The Masters students are showing their degree projects after five years of study. The students have chosen different specializations such as public places, buildings and houses, flats, furniture and objects. Experiments, models, drawings and texts are interwoven to form a résumé of the students’ time at the college. All the students get to go their own way. Some of them choose to work on the planning of rooms and buildings, movable and fixed fittings. Others choose to open their own office, specializing in furniture design.

We wish our students great joy on their journey. To all the dimensions of interior architecture we wish to add courage – the courage to strive for a healthier future. It’s everyone’s duty. It’s our duty. 

Jonas Bohlin, Professor of Furniture Design