Cristian Lind, sitting in a warehouse surrounded by vintage furniture

My friends thought I was a bit weird back then, but today vintage has become a lifestyle for conscious, young consumers. When I started, my customers were 50-60 years old, whereas some of my current customers have barely finished high school.

How did Temporärt start?
C: About ten years ago I started a pop-up store helping my dad sell off his old inventory. While my dad was mostly selling traditional antiques, pieces with at least 100 years of history, I realized early on that those items wouldn’t attract people of my generation. So what really started as a “temporary” shop led to multiple projects sourcing more modern, vintage furniture for public spaces such as restaurants and clothing stores, operating mostly below the radar in our first years.
Today we still have regular pop-ups like the one ten years ago. But maybe less known is that we also create unique projects in various client collaborations by combining our handpicked vintage furniture with music, food and art. We like to be challenged and embrace new influences, but for me it’s important that we always stay true to our sustainable core. 

A conversation with
Cristian Lind

Cristian Lind runs Temporärt as founder and creative director. We exchanged a few words with him to hear more about growing up with vintage and what inspires him in his work.

What’s your relationship to vintage?
C: I grew up in a home with more or less only vintage furniture. My dad was an antique dealer and I have been following him on buying trips and to flea markets for as long as I can remember. But for me, it really started with buying my clothes second hand and realizing that vintage high-quality goods were both cheaper, long-lasting and increased in value over time. I then started buying other things second hand that I could resell which really made me interested in vintage goods and more sustainable forms of consumption.

Several vintage chairs

How would you describe your creative process?

C: Starting a project, I always visualize how I want people to feel or experience something - not just around the vintage pieces but the entire space. Maybe that’s why I’ve always been drawn to using vintage for conceptual projects rather than just interior styling. It doesn’t matter if I create the interior for a café or host an after-work at my studio - I always think holistically about the full experience.

You could say that we always try to use some form of ”additional senses” in our work. Music is one example that is both an inspiration and a means to position Temporärt’s projects in a broader context. We have just released a new series of monthly playlists curated by our friend Anders Johansson - where we invite our followers to take part in our current musical inspiration.

What's next for Temporärt?

C: We’ve got many exciting projects coming up. We’re re-launching our website to show more of what we’re up to and introduce some of the people that inspire us. We can’t wait to share it with you!

Interview by Rosanna Norman
Photography by Björn Eklund