For this week's edition of 'In Her Permanent Collection' we spoke with Kajsa Ståhl, a brilliant graphic designer, and one-quarter of the London-based design collective, Åbäke. We asked her to tell us about the one possession in her 'permanent collection' she treasures most.
Kajsa Ståhl: Oh it is a difficult choice! And perhaps I should mention that my permanent collection is shared with my daughter Luna. We selected these ceramic wind bells from Arcosanti, Arizona. Last October, I drove to New Mexico with Mariah (Nielson) and her family on a research trip for the JB Blunk book I’m designing. The visit to Arcosanti was very special—Arcosanti is a projected experimental town, whose 'arcology' project was conceived by the legendary architect, Paolo Soleri (1919–2013). We stayed the night, and I remember there being so many stars.
Permanent Collection: Why did you choose these particular two?
K.S.: Each bell has a personality and these two stood out because of their slightly odd shapes.
P.C.: Why did you decide to take a trip to Arcosanti in the first place?
K.S.: I’m lucky enough to work with amazing artists, designers, and others, where there is always some sort of exchange and cross-pollination. Aurélien Froment, who Åbäke often works with, introduced me to Arcosanti through his project “The Apse, the Bell and the Antelope.” Mariah and I made sure Arcosanti was on our map of places to visit while driving to New Mexico!
P.C.: Can you share a current part of your practice you're particularly excited about?
K.S.: Making books! I’m currently working with Linder, Tim Gutt, Shona Heath, Leila’s Shop, Martino Gamper, Sam Bakewell, Lis Rhodes, Nottingham Contemporary, Katinka Bock, Tamara Henderson, Jasleen Kaur, the J.B. Blunk Estate. One meeting leads to the next.