Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm, in 1995, by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. Begun as an architectural firm, it has since become an internationally-acclaimed, multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on both architecture and design. Project categories include buildings, hotels, homes, shops, offices, exhibitions, kitchens, sanitary ware, tableware, glassware, furniture, textiles, tiles, lighting, electronics, candy and trophies, including the Swedish TV-prize ‘Kristallen’.
In 2021, King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf presented the founders with The Prince Eugen Medal for outstanding artistic achievement in architecture (2020).
Projects stretch to all major continents of the world. As the first Swedish office to have exhibited in the international section at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in 2004, they are also responsible for award-winning projects such as K5 hotel in Tokyo, Inde/Jacobs gallery in Marfa, USA, the Tind Prefab house collection for Fiskarhedenvillan, Widlund House on Öland, Örsta Gallery building in Kumla, Sfera Building culture house in Kyoto and Nobis Hotel in Stockholm.
Claesson Koivisto Rune’s award-winning designs feature in the collections of more than 80 international brands: Arflex, Artifort, Asplund, Boffi, Capdell, Cappellini, David design, Dux, Emmegi, Fontana Arte, Kasthall, Living Divani, Modus, Muuto, Nikari, Offecct, Paola Lenti, Smaller Objects, Studio TK, Tacchini, Wästberg, among others. Claesson Koivisto Rune is represented in the permanent collection of Sweden’s museum of art and design, Nationalmuseum, with three further designs added during 2022; Wafer chair, Sfera chair & Font table.
Claesson Koivisto Rune has received an array of international awards and recognitions, amongst them ten American Good Design Awards 2009 – 2018; the Designpreis Deutschland (Gold and Silver) 2011 by the Federal Republic of Germany; Designer of the Year 2011 and Furniture of the Year 2012 by Elle Deco Sweden; Designer of the Year and Best Seating 2014 by Elle Decor Italia; and the Red Dot Design Award – Best of the Best 2014, making them the first office to hold the prestigious Red Dot in five different product categories. In 2021, Claesson Koivisto Rune received ‘Best Hotel Conversion’ for K5 hotel, Tokyo, in the Asia Ahead awards. They have also been the recipients of the Bruno Mathsson Award (2015), the highest honour in furniture design in Sweden and the Scandinavian region.
Claesson Koivisto Rune have written, lectured and taught internationally. A large number of portraits and feature articles have been published by architectural, design and general press including, Abitare, Architecture & Urbanism, Domus, Interni, The New York Times, Surface, Vogue and Wallpaper. To date, 12 books have been published focusing solely on the work of Claesson Koivisto Rune.
Claesson Koivisto Rune’s architectural work was featured in its own retrospective exhibition, entitled Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects, at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, October 16 – December 13, 2021, and was accompanied by a 400-page architectural monography, published by Birkhäuser, Basel, (2020).