The cool design
– I think we’re contacted once a week by various cities all over the world, asking if we can come and exhibit the sauna egg, says Mathias Sandberg at Riksbyggen. During the exhibition at the Swedish Institute in Paris, it got a lot of media coverage, of course. Incredible media coverage, in fact. But I think it’s the cool design, more than anything, that interests both journalists and others, he continues.
Its design was created by the duo Bigert & Bergström. The request from Riksbyggen spoke about a “sculptural symbol that inspires thoughts of renaissance”. Perhaps it’s not surprising that the sauna egg ended up in Kiruna first since the whole town is being reborn. It’s also not surprising that it visited Gällivare, as it’s yet another town that’s meant to rise like a phoenix from a cloud of building dust.
– Our exhibition “Swedish design moves Paris” was meant to provide an idea of Swedish design, architecture and fashion that wasn’t just aesthetic but provided an experience. Solar Egg did that wonderfully, says Linda Williams, the manager of Visit Sweden’s office in Paris.