Swedish linen producer Växbo Lin has released a new style of table runner for Autumn 2019. Orion is available as a table runner in three sizes and as table mats. It is a lustrous satin-weave with a simple stripe pattern suitable for festivities or every day.
There are three colourways, white, black and red, combined with unbleached linen. The company has received an Utmärkt Svensk Form (Swedish Design award) for the pattern. Svensk Form’s goal is to demonstrate the benefits of good design to social development and to expand and deepen attitudes towards issues of form and design.
Växbo Lin is a small team of 13, who weave, sew and sell linen products in one of the last remaining linen weaving mills in Sweden. Their mission is to keep alive the handicraft tradition of linen-making, native to the Växbo region.
The company premises were founded on a cultural heritage site - Växbo Mill - in 1989. Växbo Mill was built in 1869 but was likely preceded by others in the same place. The original owners rented out the business which from 1904 up to the mid-1950s was operated by the miller Per Wannkvist. Farmers paid a share to have their grain ground to flour at the mill. The miller quit his business in the 50s, and the mill was unused and abandoned.
Växbo Lin's first owner Rolf Åkerlund began restoring the buildings in 1985 and found Per’s old cap and coat still hanging on a hook.
In 2006 the current owners Hanna and Jacob purchased the factory and began further restoration. The factory and factory store are open year round. Visitors can watch the linen being produced and join a guided tour which covers all aspects of production, from linen yarn to shining linen fabric. There is a bakery and restaurant nearby.
Read more about their story on www.vaxbolin.se