The tables at the newly-opened NM& restaurant at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm are topped with Sand dinnerware, designed by Carina Seth Andersson in collaboration with Design House Stockholm. The dinner set is made from high-fired stoneware in a soft sandy shade and left bare, allowing the food served on it to become the decoration.
The mat structure exploits the play of light on the surfaces and the stoneware is fully or semi-glazed with a transparent glaze. The shapes and finishes are soft and each piece can be used in several ways — the cup without a handle could just as well be a bowl, the bowl could be used to serve soup or seve as a dish. “It’s a bit mismatched, but it still fits, it doesn’t all have to look exactly the same to work together. The forms are what binds the dinnerware together, and there is something very Scandinavian about that,” says Carina. The work on the dinner set for Nationalmuseum is only part of a larger project that Carina was responsible for over several years, together with Matti Klenell, Stina Löfgren, and TAF architects. They led the project and the entire design and production of all of the furniture and products in the restaurant NM&. Sand is part of the contemporary history of Scandinavian design and what we produce today. In The Design Depot exhibition, visitors to Nationalmuseum get to see the creation process of all of the objects in the restaurant, including Sand and the Unda drinking glass by Matti Klenell.