Why is Made in Sweden so important to me? When I started Dalili design four years ago it was a no-brainer, I wanted my products to be produced in Sweden. It might not be the smartest move financially. The margins are substantially smaller, even a small collection requires relatively big investments and because of this, things can some times take a lot longer. But it ensures that my products are ethically produced, in a country leading the way for efficient energy use and sustainability. Where emissions from long transportation routes is kept to a minimum. And I can focus my efforts on creating high quality products that lasts.
Dalili design is above all about beautiful design. Part of what makes the designs so beautiful, to me, is the conscious decisions of ethical and sustainable production. These are core values not only to me as a person, but also to my brand. I mean, how can you run a business that doesn’t share your values? Our products are industrially made, heightened by the craftsmanship of the final details. This way we combine the best of both worlds, and support our local industry and skilled craftswomen and men. I want Dalili design to be a brand that costumers can count on in all fields. Joining the movement of sustainable and ethical design, advocating to leave cheap throwaway products behind.
In the future
Looking to our future we want to work with new innovative materials and techniques. A lot is happening on the front of smart fabrics and ethical alternatives to leather. Not to mention the great wave of possibility the 3D-printing technology presents. Now, I realize we can’t expect all this to be made in Sweden alone. There are plenty of companies around the world that focus on ethics and sustainability, same as us. I look forward to find like-minded people and companies, and to work with skilled craftspeople around the world. Dalili design will always be a Swedish company with high regard for all life, human, animal and nature alike. For the share joy of it, we will keep producing in Sweden, but our doors are always open to new, exciting ventures and collaborations outside our borders too. A Swedish brand on the global market, a thought that I find very exciting!
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Seeing as the Salone del Mobile came to its end last week and we have been bombarded with images of the same shows and exhibitions through social media, I thought it might be time I stepped up and confess. I hate fairs! Now this sounds very harsh, I know, but let me explain. The general idea of the furniture fair is kind of the same as for fashion week, I feel. It’s a glamorous place where you go to be inspired and make sure you are in the know. Followed by a bunch of fabulous parties where you meet all the right people.
I’m sitting here writing this from my* Swedish summerhouse, with no Internet connection. It’s not exactly a summerhouse, it’s a garden house in “our” allotment garden. But it is Swedish, yes most definitely! It’s a mustardish yellow with white trim and the garden is full of apple trees and lavender. Aaah, can you feel the smell? It’s Swedish summer! Read More
In February of 2015 Dalili (the interior design brand and brainchild of yours truly) exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture fair. The time leading up to the fair was wonderfully fun, exciting and extremely intense. Tackling last minute paint jobs in my parents basement* and doing all the electric work on site. But we ended up having an amazing week and we met some fantastic people! Read More
Named after Agatha Christie´s great detective Hercule Poirot and inspired by Poirot´s meticulous nature and love of symmetry and simplicity. Part of the Great detectives collection that I exhibited at the Stockholm furniture fair. Made from glass and metal, simple but stunning! Read More
Inspired by Sherlock Holmes out-of-the-box-thinking and his unorthodox methods. Holmes, the coat rack, embodies the spirit of Arthur Conan Doyle´s world famous detective, with its sleek frame and quirky functions. Part of the Great detectives collection I exhibited at the Stockholm furniture fair. The hat stand doubles as a lamp that you can rotate around its own axis to direct the light where you most need it. Read More
A few years back, when I was still at school, I had been approached by a few businesses about my designs, mainly one that had been published in the pamphlet for a aluminum design competition. This was long before I had my own company. The design they were interested in was a good looking power strip in aluminum with a innovative on/off-function. The ones who contacted me wondered if I could produce it, and they would buy it and sell it. Read More