Stoft means Dust.
Dust – as in millions of small particles, constantly moving and re-arranging into new and surprising constellations.
This is what we do. We explore and break down what’s predictable into fragments that are surprising and fascinating. We focus on the creation of design through research in human behavior, materials and craftsmanship. We shape objects with slowness and sensibility, letting time itself to become the actual commodity of our work.
Stoft is a Swedish design studio based in Malmö founded by Industrial designer (MFA) Jenny Ekdahl (b.1987), Ola Nystedt (b.1985) and Joel Herslow (b.1983). Drawn together by a common fascination for how things move, sound and feel, their work builds on their different but complementary approaches towards design focusing on emotional, visual and physical interaction with objects.
Whether a conceptual or commercial project, a driving force behind Stoft‘s creative process is to find a balance between poetic design and industrial manufacturing. By exploring alternative ways of production with an experimental research phase in the development process they seek to transform and challenge society’s function- and price-oriented view and contribute to a more progressive design field.
Stoft‘s work is characterized by artistry and minimalism often inspired by traditional craftsmanship as well as advanced production technologies. Their designs are produced in unique one-offs, limited editions or in larger batches, by themselves or in collaboration with skilled craftsmen and producers.
Stoft have exhibited their work and held workshops and lectures nationally as well as internationally and been featured in many major design publications and newspapers worldwide. Stoft is also the recipient of several grants and awards, amongst others Young Swedish Design (2012) and Plaza Design Award (2013).
Aside from their own practice and assignments, Stoft is also the founder together with studio Kajsa Willner of Equals nomad, a mobile platform established to encourage collaborations and possibilities for local designers.