Växbo Lin’s small dishcloth has found its way into the Nationalmuseum (Sweden's museum of art and design) collection, where it remains, in various designs, for future generations to admire and marvel at. It has taken its place in an archive of the most important expressions of form of all time. The dishcloth compares well with other, more expensive, more intricate articles of daily use. In its simplicity, it is a refined design product that brings heritage and history into the future. By its very nature, a dishcloth is used, over and over again, for several years. Until one day it starts to lose its shape and can take on a new function, as a cleaning cloth. In order to, after another number of years, become so worn that it is time to say farewell and put it in the compost.
What Ingela Berntsson achieved with her innovative simple design, adapted to material and method, is nothing less than a paradigm shift in the view of the functional item’s threshold of originality. Or rather, a bringing back of generations’ accumulated knowledge about the importance of combining function with the experience of beauty. The weaving technique twill has traditionally been used in Sweden for coarse textiles intended for cleaning. Linen has been made at Växbo Mill, Bollnäs since 1869, albeit with a pause. Abandoned during the 1950s, Rolf Åkerlund decided to bring the past back to life in 1985 by restoring the mill back to use. Little did he know, despite the demand for Swedish linen about to wane due to an increasing number of cheaper, offshore producers, he lay the foundation for Växbo Lin to become one of the world's most expert producers of pure linen goods.
We’re pleased to offer you your own museum piece - a complimentary Växbo Lin kitchen set worth €24 with every new subscription until 15 October. Växbo Lin dishcloths are made using an open weave structure that creates an absorbent and supple cloth. Linen absorbs moisture better and dries more quickly than any other natural fibre. The Växbo Lin reusable coffee filter is used just like a normal coffee filter, but over and over again!
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