Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is one of our favourite Global Design Events we love watching from afar (it’s the one we still haven’t personally attended – yet!). Taking place between 5-11 February 2018, the event has left a trail of Scandinavian Design Bombs all over the internet. Social media, countless press releases and our cunning sleuthing and daily detective work ensure nobody misses out. Hooray!
Today we bring you our roundup of event highlights and best new gear unveiled at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018. Ummmm… Might want to pop a motion-sickness pill and prepare yourself for a scroll-a-thon! Sorry, not sorry.
Trend Exhibition ‘EN-AW 6082′ by Halleroed // Taking its name from an aluminium alloy suitable for welding and anodizing, one of our favourite Stockholm-based design studios, specialising in killer retail interiors, staged an installation which explored the use of materials via a series of monumental objects.
“The interior trends in recent years have been about looking to both the past and the future. There has been a growing interest in fundamental, real materials, such as wood, metal, glass and leather, as well as handicrafts made from these materials. There is also a second, parallel trend emerging primarily in the industrial sector and various industries: since “real” materials are becoming scarce or morally indefensible to extract, they are being replaced by man-made imitations, often called “fake” material,” said the design team.
“Another clear direction in interiors is inspiration from the art world, either in the form of collaboration with artists or conceptually in the work with rooms, furniture and objects. Given the major transformation that is taking place within the retail trade due to online services, etc., in-store behaviour has changed dramatically. It has become more important to offer an experience to visitors when they walk into a store since the act of buying the product can be handled online. Many retailers are therefore interested in broadening their approach to their interiors and are looking at the art world to enhance the customer experience. In this exhibition, we wanted to display these trends,” concludes Halleroed.
Photography by by Abi Dare.
‘A Quiet Reflection’ Installation curated by Annaleena Leino for My Residence Bookazine with Ariake Furniture & Wastberg Lighting // This sublime installation was set inside the former Mexican embassy in Stockholm – a stunning townhouse dating back to 1896, which will soon be transformed into a private home. Layers of texture and history provided the perfect backdrop for Ariake’s minimalist furniture and sleek Wästberg lamps. Scandi-design-porn at it’s best.
Photography by Staffan Sundström.
‘The Lookout’ Installation by Note Design Studio for Tarkett Flooring // Tarkett enlisted Note to reinterpret the typical fair stand and showcase the design potential of flooring. With architectonic elements and a progressive colour palette, the combination of materials, colours and shapes demonstrates a whole new world of flooring possibilities, with surprising results. Nailed it!
Photography by Mikael Lundblad. Styling by Fanny Skoglund & Jessica Lagerman.
TypeO x Temporärt Pop-Up // Swedish online store TypeO moved into Temporärt’s physical retail space, creating a multisensory design experience that merged design, interiors, products with coffee and food during Stockholm Design Week. Not sure about you, but we are unlikely to gett sick of Pop-Ups anytime soon, especially when they look this good.
FLOORING & TEXTILES.
Bolon Launches Nature-Inspired Flooring Collection ‘Elements’ designed by Neri&Hu // Bolon’s new flooring collection brings the harmony of the natural world to interior spaces. Discreet and versatile, the Elements range acts as a bridge between objects and their surroundings, demonstrating the positive effect that good design can have on our senses and wellbeing. Stay tuned for more about this stunning collection soon on Yellowtrace.
Rennes and Chainette textile collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat // The Bouroullec have worked alongside Kvadrat to create a textile collection featuring graphic chain-like patterns embroidered onto translucent fabric. The new collection encompasses two textiles named Rennes and Chainette, with both based on a bespoke room divider originally made for an exhibition of the Bouroullec brothers’ work.
Images © Studio Sempix.
Inga Sempé’s New Textile for Almedahls // Called ‘Drops on Line’, Paris-based Inga Sempé has created a white translucent fabric for blinds and screen dividers, featuring an unstructure line-and-dot pattern.
Harlequin rug by OkiikO Studio.
Piano Album Cover rug by Karolis Strautniekas.
New Rugs by jot.jot // Young design brand jot.jot showcased a series of new rugs – Harlequin by OkiikO Studio, and Piano Album Cover rug by Karolis Strautniekas specifically caught out attention. Made from 100% pure wool, these statement-making designs are likely not to leave anyone feeling indifferent.
Photography by Terence Chin.
Mr Fräg x Designer Rugs // Australian brand Designer Rugs unveiled a rug collection by Sydney industrial designer Mr Fräg. The collection takes its inspiration from Fräg’s fascination with timber joining techniques and his journey as a skilled craftsman.
FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES.
Belle Reeve Sofa by Luca Nichetto.
Elliot Dining Table by Jason Miller.
Handle Side Table by Neri&Hu.
Launch Performance & New Collection by De La Espada // Portuguese brand De La Espada presented ‘Let’s Pretend This Never Happened’ — an event that combined furniture design, drama, sound and music, within the intimate setting of a Stockholm home once owned by the manager of ABBA. Created by Studio Astolfi, the interactive theatrical event encouraged guests to engage with the furniture and one another with scenes that were joyful, reflective, and emotional.The total of fourteen new furniture designs were presented through a performance by two actors, Fernando Nobre and Vania Rovisco, with a specially written storyboard created to celebrate the pieces and bring them to life.
A new collaboration between De La Espada and Brooklyn-based industrial designer Jason Miller launched at the event with the introduction of five new products. Further product launches included new designs by Neri&Hu, Matthew Hilton, and Luca Nichetto.
Din Chair by OEO Studio for Fredericia // “The Din Chair is gracious, welcoming and designed for relaxed dining and generous hospitality,” explains Thomas Lykke, creative director of OEO Studio. The most prominent design feature of the chair is the contrast between the thin and lightweight wooden frame and the luxurious upholstery. Beautiful.
Rose Chair by Chris Martin of Massproductions // New technologies in industrial production enabled the development of this elegant lounge chair that proved challenging both in form and material. Chris Martin decided this next chair would be named after his daughter Rose, as other products in the Massproductions collection have been named after children of the co-founders.
“At first I thought it would be difficult to design a product with the name Rose, because the name would be strongly associated with the shape of a rose. In the end, this product seems like a perfect embodiment of a flower, given its petal-like features, but that was not thought of in the beginning! The name was, and is still, just a tribute to my daughter Rose.”
Airisto Series by Joanna Laajisto for Made by Choice // Helsinki-based Joanna Laajisto drew upon traditional Scandinavian holiday cabins when designing this collection of timber furniture for Finnish brand Made by Choice. Laajisto originally designed the namesake collection for a bed and breakfast in Turku, Finland, which is set to open in summer this year, with interiors designed also by the designer’s eponymous studio.
From left to right: Myko chair by Stefan Borselius, Gito Sideboard, Spisolini armchair by Andreas Engesvik, Enclose armchair, Hawu side table & Poppy Low pouf by Nina Jobs.
Spisolini chair by Andreas Engesvik.
Mame armchair by Luca Nichetto.
Grande table by Note Design Studio.
New Furniture Collection by Fogia // Swedish brand Fogia launched a series of fourteen new products featuring rich colours and soft curves that channelled contemporary 1970s vibes. Designed by Luca Nichetto, Note Design Studio and Andreas Engesvik, amongst others, this collection cements Fogia as one of the leading contemporary Scandinavian design brands.
Northern Debuts New Collection // Northern Lighting announced the launch of Northern lifestyle brand, with the first collection making a debut at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018. Natural materials, classic sensibilities and an edgy approach to contemporary design are the hallmarks of the new brand.
The debut collection includes pieces like the exclusive desk by Yonoh crafted from smoked oak and perforated steel, upbeat modular shelving and storage system from Rudi Wulff, sleeper sofa by Morten & Jonas, and a personal favourite – a gleaming bar cabinet by Swedish design studio Färg & Blanch.
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