Whittle away cabinet | Stoft studio

| 16 : 30 – 24 January 2018 |



Whittle away cabinet is a colorful storage envisioned by story-driven design studio Stoft based in Sweden.

Located in Malmo, Stoft studio is headed by three industrial designers who focus on creating amusing design products through articulate observations. Fascinated and inspired by how things move, feel  and sound altogether alongside with cutting edge technology, craftsmanship they have come up with ‘Whittle Away’ cabinet. The product is their latest collection commissioned for the exhibition “What’s your DNA?” and presented during Dutch Design Week 2017.

Similar to fragile yet sturdy bark layers of a tree, the cabinet gives a glimpse and delightful insight into what lies beneath.

From the designers –


The concept is inspired by how the outermost bark of a tree or layers of flaking old paint slowly parts, releasing something new, curious and unspoilt that has lain dormant underneath. What now is visible is at the same time ancient as it is newly born, in the colorful pattern stories about grandparents’ joyful crafts coexist with stripped-down minimalism in a sort of cross-fertilized, ambiguous DNA’.




‘The inspiration is taken from our common heritage of colorful handicrafts as well as the patience and endurance of all the crafting hands found therein, which over time has had to give way to more time and production efficient principles.

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The cabinet forms a part of permanent collection at Kunstgewerbe museum (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Berlin and Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola Poland.






Product details –

Product name – Whittle away

Studio name Stoft studio

Designers – Jenny Ekdahl, Ola Nystedt, Joel Herslow

Product typeFurniture design, Cabinets

Studio location – Malmo, Sweden

Completion Year -2017

Photography Credits – © Ulrika Kestere

Materials used – Pine wood, Steel details, Hard wax, Natural algae paint

Colors available – Natural wood, cerise, orange, pink, grey

Dimensions – [h-w-d] Cabinet: 120 x 80 x 35 cm / Wall mounted Cabinet: 53 x 35.5 x 18.5 cm

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