johan kauppi launches the barn & fences at stockholm furniture fair 2018

johan kauppi launches the barn & fences at stockholm furniture fair 2018

the swedish designer johan kauppi shares ‘the barn & fences’, an office setting to be presented by glimakra of sweden at stockholm furniture fair 2018. inspired by the winter environment of swedish lapland, the little houses and space dividers are semi-transparent, yet sound absorbent.

limbus barn & fences combine transparency and sound absorption



a common element in the northern sceneries is the characteristic wooden snow-fence, lined up in rhythmic horizontal rows – a semitransparent pattern, designated to divide the landscape with weather breaking partitions, rather being boarders, while another common figure is an airy built barn, often located in the middle of a field. these elements served as kauppi’s reference for ‘limbus fences’ and ‘limbus barn’.

a silent, yet see-through pavilion – a design for large-scale interiors



‘the barn & fences has unique properties — a serene combination of sound absorption and transparency. a design for large-scale repetition in public interiors’, says johan kauppi. he suggests using the barns for meeting and workplaces, combining them due to the office’s needs.

the barn & fences is all about horizontality, repetition, and transparency



limbus fences can be repeated in rows for dividing and defining areas in offices and large-scale public interiors. the fences comprise a standalone stability and great flexibility, making the system easy to use when creating temporary areas, walkways, angled shapes or zig-zag corners.

two muted pavilions for gatherings or solitude focus



the entire furniture family is based on the same type of acoustic fabric covered baffles that have become one of glimakra of sweden‘s hallmarks. another project kauppi and glimakra of sweden are going to launch at the fair in stockholm is ‘limbus greenframe’.

limbus barn, a semi-transparent pavilion with acoustic baffles


single limbus fences floor screens of different heights

limbus fences can be repeated in rows with the clutch pipes systems, also serving as joints

all mounting hooks are consistently hidden and integrated

limbus fences used to define an open seating area

source of inspiration – weather breaking partitions in the landscape, north sweden

a muted winter landscape

illustration with main measurements


project info:


production: glimakra of sweden

designer: johan kauppi

photography and renderings: kauppi & kauppi


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

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