Convincing the likes of Harry Allen and Matali Crasset to temporarily swap industrial design for a Christmas card sounds like quite a challenge, but Stockholm-based Designgalleriet has pulled it off with remarkable ease. 'I met Harry Allen during London Design Festival and asked him to get involved first, then Ilse Crawford came on board,' says the gallery's cofounder, Stefan Nilsson. 'After that, it was pretty simple.' For want of a better phrase, things just snowballed from there.
Soon Autoban, Form Us With Love, Luca Nichetto, Moustache and Okay Studio had signed up - nudged, of course, by the charity aspect, with all proceeds going towards the
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rescue mission in Pakistan.
Highlights include Allen's Christmas tree made from dollar bills (sent flat-packed) - a neat commentary on the commercialisation of Christmas - and design studio,
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leather creation, whose pattern is formed by applying sun block to the leather and leaving it out to tan. This follows on from its sun-kissed camping furniture collection.
All cards will be on sale at the gallery, which was founded three years ago by Nilsson and Karin Skoldberg to focus on a broad spectrum of disciplines, from fashion to graphic design as well as furniture. Not all cards take traditional Christmas imagery, for example Crasset has adorned a cactus with swirling graphics. A little out there perhaps, but anything without tinsel and glitter gets our vote.