You bought it.
Realising there was no way they could buy all the wonderful auction finds for themselves, multi-disciplinary creatives Lisa Milberg and Leo Forssell launched Auktionstipset. One year on, we catch up with the dynamic duo.
What’s Auktionstipset all about?
Lisa: Auktionstipset is a curated website highlighting what we consider the very best pieces Sweden’s online auction houses have to offer. Usually, the site has between 300–500 active objects – from art and ceramics to chairs and beds – at any given time. Hopefully Auktionstipset encourages people to buy more old pieces and less new, boring factory-made stuff. It’s a win-win, for more interesting homes and for the environment.
Why the love for auctions, vintage pieces and flea market finds?
Lisa: I think both of us have always been drawn to objects with interesting personalities and to exploring what happens when you combine stuff and rooms suddenly come alive or die…
Leo: Yes, I’ve always liked beautiful things and I’ve always been very certain about what I like and how I like things to be. From being a young kid and finding the perfect stick during a walk in the forest, collecting pocket-knives or finding the perfect chair.
How do you go about selecting what gets featured?
Lisa: We do it very quickly, out of necessity – there are so many auctions to go through – but also because we just follow our instincts. If an object makes us feel something, we add it, pretty much. Don’t be afraid of a little bad taste, be afraid of no taste, as I think Diana Vreeland might have said once.
Leo: Yes, we are fast but I wouldn’t trust anyone else other than Lisa to do this with.
What is your favourite piece that has passed your eye throughout the first year you’ve been in business?
Leo: Pierre Friberg’s amazing mirror Lions ‘N’ Pearls and the enormous red-green-yellow Italian ceramic lamp from the 1980’s. I loved them both but didn’t buy either one of them.
Lisa: Oh dear, so many favourites! But I usually only really regret not buying the oddballs, the unique objects that quite often sell very cheaply too, but you just either accidentally forgot about the auction or weren’t really ready for that particular object at that particular time… Like totem poles, American quilts and old, one-of-a-kind wall hangings. I also wish I had gotten that old perfectly beaten up brown leather Ligne Roset Togo couch set.
How about trends – what are people into, and what will we be seeing in the near future?
Leo: Instagram is fun because it’s so easy to see what people like and don’t like. Brass remains very popular and people also really like the colour pink and palm trees (who doesn’t like a palm tree?). We try to keep the Instagram feed interesting, and post both stuff we know a lot of people like but also weird stuff that we know is going to make people lift an eyebrow when they see it.
Lisa: The 50s silhouette is very popular too, especially in sofas. The wooden root objects we put up however, not so much… Both Leo and I are crazy about wood and especially the close-to-nature aesthetic, with organic shapes and slab tables with live edges and stuff like that. We expect to see more of that, and a bigger interest in it, in the near future.
If one doesn’t feel like online auctions are one’s thing – where, in Stockholm, would you go for great finds?
Leo: Kupan, Återvinnarna and Emmaus. The cheap thrift stores. But you have to go there regularly in order to score nice finds.