Malmstens Linköping University is located on the island of Lidingö just outside central Stockholm. Here Linköping University offers undergraduate programmes in Furniture Design, Cabinet-making, Furniture Upholstery and Furniture Conservation. (Note that instruction is in Swedish.) Carl Malmsten is one of Sweden’s most famous furniture designers, and the programmes combine practice and theory according to his educational motto, “hand and mind in vital collaboration”.
Furniture education programmes in purpose-built premises
Tour of Campus Lidingö
The largest portion of the campus building, including workshops, studios, classrooms, etc., was finished in 2009, when Malmstens moved to Lidingö from its previous premises in central Stockholm. Peter Karlsson
The students all have their own workplaces, but collaboration flourishes both within and between the programmes, facilitated by the architecture of the new building. David Einar
In an older part of the building is the library named after construction company owner John Mattson. His daughters, Kerstin Skarne and Ann-Sofie Mattson, donated money to build it up. It specialises in furniture, wood and design, and features cosy armchairs and a piano. Maria Karlberg
There is always a lot going on in the workshops. The students have access to the building in evenings and weekends, and spend many hours on campus. David Einar
In the furniture conservation workshop, old beautiful pieces of furniture are carefully restored. Like many other rooms on Campus Lidingö, this one has chairs of all shapes and sizes placed on shelves under the ceiling. Maria Karlberg