After 10 years of being a family therapist, Charlotte Mrani felt it was time to work with her hands. A lifelong fascination with wood made her apply for a course in cabinetmaking and fine woodworking in Malmo in southern Sweden.
When I was a kid I was just crazy about wood, I liked how beautiful the veining was, and I’ve always designed it in my head, but haven’t been able to create the actual designs. She wouldn’t be the first one in her family to do so though.
My great great grandfather was a well known box and furniture maker, and I felt I wanted to pick up this old trade of fine box making from the 1700s.
During her training she soon realised she had a thing for the storage of cigars. I really enjoyed the precision work that came with humidors.They aren’t just aesthetic, they also need to be completely sealed. By the time Charlotte had graduated, she had already made nine humidors. Four years later, they are still her main focus, and she’s sure to put her own mark on them.
Normally you can always find Scandinavian design out there somewhere, but not when it came to humidors, so I figured that could be a niche.
I use only Swedish wood, and customers can choose which material they want, but I do the design. They all get old Norse names, like Viking, Fjalar and Edor. She has also figured out a way to keep them really airtight.
I seal off the air in two steps using an inner frame, and before I deliver a humidor I test it for three, four weeks. So far Charlotte has mostly sold humidors in Sweden. Through an EU project called Southern Sweden Creatives she has also found a customer in Croatia, and a retailer in France. This coming spring, she is hoping to accrue an even broader customer base. “I get to exhibit my products at the furniture convention in Milan, so hopefully I’ll get discovered”.