JOHAN VAN HENGEL
WHATSWHAT is a Stockholm-based studio, founded by John Astbury, Bengt Brummer, and Karin Wallenbeck. Established in 2010, the trio have shown their work in New York, London, Tokyo, Paris, and Stockholm, receiving international recognition for their work along with winning the Muuto Talent Award in 2010, and an Elle Interior Award in 2012.
On Their Design Philosophy
“Having big enough eyes to see the good, even in the most unexpected places, and to trust our shared process.”
On New Nordic Design
“To us, it’s the evolution of a common heritage, representing a clarity in aesthetics and the knowledge of good craft. It’s about honesty and efficiency in materials and the simplicity of purpose. However, it is also about questioning these values and creating new perspectives in a wider context.”