This month, Acne Studios—a brand long known for its luxe basics, and distinctly Scandinavian sense of lo-fi cool—extends its reach to a new sphere: the home goods world. Designed by co-founder and creative director Jonny Johansson, a tightly edited selection of soft furnishings and mugs will become available bang on time for the holidays. “It was a very easy and fun project,” Johansson tells Vogue. The Acne universe, he says, has no “restrictions”; he couldn’t imagine why its upscale-cozy aesthetic shouldn’t be parlayed into objects for the home. “We can explore, have fun and design and translate new ideas,” he says. “I could have continued forever.”
The collection is principally inspired by Acne’s plush winter scarves; namely, the solid, woolen Canada; the oversized, dip-dyed Kelow; and the handsome, plaid Cassiar. For a roughly 7-by-6-foot fringed blanket and charming pillows (there’s a choice of two colors and sizes), the scarves have been chopped up and stitched together in a tastefully off-kilter patchwork motif. “I like the imperfection of it,” Johansson says. “Fast and playful moments of [color], prints, and natural materials. Very spontaneous, and that is how I like it.”
The mugs, with their quirky, angular bodies and contrasting handles, were created in collaboration with the Stockholm-based ceramicist Carl Sandgren. Each is handmade, and speaks to the spirit of “DIY” that governs Acne’s collection en masse. “For me it is important to invest in craft, and that the craftsmanship is visual,” Johansson says.
Asked if, creatively, he approached these items differently than he would, say, a garment or accessory, his response is unsurprisingly simple. “I don’t think I approach things differently depending on what I create,” he says. “For me it is not about function, it is just design. I guess all things are in a certain way an object and therefore the process is the same.”
As for whether he has further home projects on the horizon, Johansson demurs. “Nothing planned,” he says. “And what the future might bring I have no idea.” As he said, he prefers things spontaneous.
Items will be available in select stores and online from December 6.