Sometimes you want to whisper and sometimes shout. This is how it is with Mats Broberg and Johan Ridderstråle's design. Their pieces can both make a splash and be unobtrusive, and their relationship to design both rational and captivating. Broberg & Ridderstråle likes to look at history and intertwine it with contemporary life to create something rooted in tradition, but not retro. Like Swedese's round table Divido - made entirely of wood, modern-looking and a subtle nod to Yngve Ekström's classic Lamino.
Mats Broberg was born in 1974 in Stockholm and Johan Ridderstråle in Lund in 1979. They met at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design where they both studied interior design. Many joint projects, from their graduation piece to an offer to exhibit in Japan, naturally opened the way to their joint office.
Broberg & Ridderstråle is based in Stockholm and works as much with architecture as with furniture and product design. The office is represented in the permanent collections of the National Museum in Stockholm and has been recognised by, amongst others, the British magazine Wallpaper and Swedish Elle Decoration.