It’s night and I am ready on the Arlanda Airport in entrance of the gate to board a flight that may take me from these frozen lands to Amsterdam and from the there to my house city, Bucharest. The present is now over. The 62nd version of the Stockholm Furniture Fair has come to an finish, a number of days in the past. But I nonetheless really feel like I’m underneath a spell. And after respiration design for a full week within the halls of the Stockholmsmässan, I can say for positive that this gained’t be damaged any time quickly.
This is my first go to to Sweden however I can say that Stockholm is a shocking metropolis even in full winter. It glows at night time in type and has a sure attraction that makes you wander the streets and solely cease for a fast chew or some costly drinks. It’s simply as lovely through the day when it wakes as much as life and also you get see extra about its posh structure and the way every little thing is so nicely organized. That’s principally due to the Swedes – a bunch of gifted folks that someway handle to all the time provide you with beautiful concepts and assume out of the field.
Image from the Bla Station social gathering throughout Stockholm Design Week / attended with Peter Makela
For every week, Stockholm has been this nice assembly place for designers, architects, bloggers and media journalists, with individuals attending both to point out off their concepts, prototypes or merchandise, or to get a recent dose of pure Scandinavian designs to feed their want for creativity. So what precisely caught our eye chances are you’ll ask — when you haven’t adopted @alex_ion on Twitter for our stay micro-running a blog from the occasion? Here they’re, the highlights from this yr’s Stockholm Furniture Fair.
eighty Sheets Of Mountains By NENDO
Upon getting into the corridor, the very first thing you’d see can be this lovely white (giant-scale) set up by NENDO – the visitor of honor for this yr’s occasion – that mimics a panorama of snow-capped mountain ranges within the area. The designers laser-reduce eighty sheets of 5-millimetre-thick foamboard and stretched them right into a set of partitions with softly curving, added a bunch of white lamps and white aluminum chairs. The outcome was spectacular and positive received the attention of each customer.
Stockholm Design Week & Furniture Fair 2013: Beautiful Scent of Scandinavian Inspiration
Vinge Table Lamp by Note Design Studio for Örsjö Belysning
Decoist had the prospect to satisfy with the very artistic individuals from Note Design Studio. We payed them a go to of their lovely and galvanizing showroom near Luma Factory – one in every of functionalism most essential buildings in Stockholm. The Vinge desk lamp has been designed for Örsjö Belysning. The fascinating factor about it’s that when rotated you get to lower or improve the lighting in your room. That’s cool, I’d say. Don’t you assume?
Here’s extra from the designers’ mouth:
With an unadorned exterior our studio has created Vinge, a desk lamp with a movable wing that encourages interplay. The perform of dimming the sunshine is moved to the wing – which might be rotated one hundred eighty° round its personal axis – making the sweeping expertise of accelerating or reducing brightness extremely tactile.
Dent Chair in 3D-type Veneer by O4i for Bla Station
Founded in 2005 by MFA Senior Design Partners Henrik Kjellberg and Jon Lindström, the O4i design studio (identify stands for Office for concepts) has provide you with a quite fascinating chair design — one with a 3D-type, dubbed the Dent Chair. Many will ask how precisely do you make veneer to seem like this, you’ll have to take our phrase for it, O4i did it. Not solely is the Dent chair extraordinarily cozy, it’s additionally each modern and delightful working nicely with any surroundings, be it public or personal. And did I point out these chairs are stackable as a way to save area when wanted.
Bla Station, the producer of the chair, appreciated the Dent simply as a lot as we did.
“… the reality is that Dent was created out of the blood, sweat and tears that have been shed in numerous efforts to rework a tough, flat floor right into a double-curved shell that comfortably cradles the human physique,” they are saying.
Bento Chair By ‘Form Us With Love’ For One Nordic Furniture Company
The guys from One Nordic Furniture Company have had the prospect to work with nice designers. Two of the their merchandise received our consideration. The Bento Chair is the results of many hours of labor by design studio Form Us With Love. While it does sound extra like a DIY venture due to its performance (you wouldn’t consider how straightforward it truly is to place it collectively) the chair comes with constructed-in flex within the backrest to make for a extremely cozy seating expertise.
The Bento Chair combines the playfulness of mechanical toys and the performance of the Japanese lunch packing containers. The broad legs are a wink on the custom of bending wooden, however on the similar time it’s a bit daring.
Hai Lounge Chair By Luca Nichetto For One Nordic Furniture Company
Another nice design we received to drool over in Stockholm, was the Hai Lounge Chair by Venice-born designer Luca Nichetto. The chair mixes a excessive-finish design with the sensibility of flat-pack furnishings, because of its included folding backrest (it can utterly collapse ahead). That mid-century trendy look won’t require any instruments to assemble, however be warned, it’s going to set you again some €1400.
The request to create an awesome high quality object with a robust character has met the useful necessities associated to packaging derived from the world of on-line gross sales. These wants have impressed and supported a seek for consolation that haven’t compromised on the modularity of the product, resulting in an aesthetic outcome with each basic and modern references.
The Magis Me Too Furniture for Kids
The Italians from Magis have made a behavior of working with nice designers for his or her merchandise. The similar occurred once they determined to work on youngsters furnishings. They needed a set of objects but in addition a shot of fantasy, subsequently they needed to search for gifted designers who would someway be capable of assume with the thoughts of a kid. That’s how Magis Me Too got here to life.
One of the merchandise that acquired our eye within the large halls of Stockholmsmässan was Bunky by famend Australian designer Marc Newson. Bunky is definitely a bunk mattress manufactured from rotational-molded polyethylene that’s each good wanting and extremely practical (you’ll be able to play with it like a LEGO).
Mayor Sofa by Arne Jacobsen; Reinterpretation for &Tradition
Another cease was on the &Tradition sales space. We have been amazed how trendy these conventional Scandinavian designs might be. Take the Mayor Sofa for an instance. The Danish firm has provide you with a trendy reinterpretation of the famend couch created for Copenhagen’s Jøllerød City Hall, in 1939, by world well-known designer and architect Arne Jacobsen. It’s a basic rooted in Nordic design traditions of positive woods and practical options, all combined with some worldwide modernism taste that Jacobsen was recognized for.
“With our introduction of the BELLEVUE lamps in 2011 and now the MAYOR couch, we’re making a universe centering across the barely youthful and experimenting Arne Jacobsen. The Arne Jacob¬sen designs produced by &custom are predecessors to most of the merchandise available on the market he’s recognized for immediately,” says Martin Kornbek Hansen.
In Between Chair by Sami Kallio for &Tradition
Other than the beautiful Mayor Sofa, these minimalist chairs under have made fairly an influence on us. Designed by Sami Kallio and dubbed the In Between chair, it’s made in ash and oak and comes with a crescent-formed again and armrest that attaches to the seat by way of three wooden veneer panels. It’s a ravishing conflict between the economic course of of producing and the normal methods that make us consider hand-crafted picket furnishings.
In Between Chair assortment (along with the Mass Light designed by NORM)
“I’m fascinated by a product’s type and presence within the room. How are the gaps within the design perceived? It’s all about stability, distance and proportion,” says Sami Kallio of his new chair In Between for &custom.
Muuto Furniture Speaks Minimalism!
Copenhagen based mostly producer Muuto has proven us methods to beautify a easy eating space. What they suggest is an easy setup that’s characterised by basic Scandinavian craftsmanship and iconic detailing.
They took 4 colourful NERD chairs by David Geckeler, a classy Four Flowers vase by Stockholm-based mostly designer Matti Klenell and this cool Split Table by Swedish design Staffan Holm – your eating space will certainly impress even the pickiest. Oh, and for many who’d wish to know, Thomas Bernstrand is responsible for this cool Studio Pendant lamp.
Seems like Muuto did an incredible job to get a few of the greatest of their workforce. Don’t you assume?
Demi Lamp By Mattias Stenberg For Design House Stockholm
Paying homage to Stockholm’s lengthy historical past in glass making, Swedish designer Mattias Stenberg has managed to stun everybody with the Demi Lamp for Design House Stockholm. The lamp is analogous with an beautiful glass sculpture. It has two conventional mouth-blown glass elements related by an aluminum ring with LEDs that mild within the middle creating this trendy, heat ambient mild that glows from the within.
“I needed to discover a new method to spotlight the qualities of mouth-blown glass, and sarcastically the easiest way was to mix it with a reasonably excessive-tech mild supply. Traditional glass merchandise like formal stemware and artwork glass are stored standing on the shelf for a lot of the yr. I didn’t need to do this, I needed to create a product that you need to use daily,” Stenberg stated about his design.
Grow Greenhouse Designed by Caroline Wetterling
Some say that life pleasures is within the little issues. It looks like the Stockholm-based mostly firm based by Anders Eärdig – Design House Stockholm thinks the identical. They have distinguished themselves as a writer of design moderately than a standard producer, which is why they’ve teamed up with Caroline Wetterling and got here up with a mouth-blown greenhouse for nature’s smallest flowers, and, on the similar time, a nursery for the plant’s first levels of life. It’s manufactured manually from lead-free crystal!
Frost Chair by FurnID for Stouby
Furniture designer Bo Strange and industrial designer Morten Kjær Stovegaard are the heads of Danish design studio FurnID. They are those responsible for arising with the design of the Frost Chair for Stouby.
Available in numerous colours and supplies (textile, leather-based), Frost is a extremely snug seating choice as a result of it’s made of forged foam on the surface and gentle foam, on the within. The basic look is additional enhanced by the pure oak or seashore, cleaning soap handled, lacquered or darkish stained, legs. But the general futuristic really feel is given by its form; you actually really feel prefer it hugs you.
Haiku Sofa By GamFratesi For Fredericia
Fredericia is a Danish model producing progressive Scandinavian design since 1911. The firm is well-known for his or her lengthy-standing custom of manufacturing small, easy sofas, a practice continued efficiently by Haiku. Designed by the Danish-Italian architectural duo GamFratesi, Haiku is all about transmitting sensual experiences , identical to the Japanese poems with the identical identify. It includes a extremely inviting and cozy seat that sits on slim legs with a moderately exhausting shell, making you curious and intrigued on the similar time.
PLANK Wooden Lamp With Dimmable LEDs by Northern Lighting
The second I entered the Northern Lighting sales space I was amazed; these guys have managed to encapsulate into their artistic merchandise an enormous quantity of Nordic fascination drawn from nature, tradition and society, and the temper-creating prospects of sunshine.
One such instance is the skinny, lengthy and simplistic PLANK lamp by Frida Ottemo Fröberg and Marie-Louise Gustafsson – a mild fixture made out of pure, uncooked wooden, that comes with dimmable LEDs making for a trendy environmental-pleasant answer in your room. On prime of this, it’s been constructed to function this unpolished expression with seen marks and traces from the manufacturing processes, which solely provides to its appeal.
Made In Prison: BAKE ME A CAKE Table Lamp
Same people from Northern Lighting who showcased the PLANK mild fixture, has managed to impress with one other product. Firsly, as a result of it’s made in jail. Prison, I child you not. A distinctive collaboration between the designers, Northern Lighting and the Norwegian correctional providers, allowed for this top quality designer lamp to be truly manufactured by inmates of the Bergen Prison in Norway.
The charming and playful BAKE ME A CAKE desk lamp has been designed by Morten & Jonas and is made with quite a lot of consideration to particulars with oak wooden and smoked, tinted glass.
“With this lamp challenge we needed to create an object that has a humorousness, a ravishing form and a narrative that provides the customers some ideas perhaps, and hopefully a smile on their faces,” the designers stated.
Bits Wall Sound Absorbing Module by Anya Sebton for Abstracta
The winner of this yr’s Wallpaper Design award is the sound absorbing module Bits Wall by Anya Sebton for the Swedish-based mostly furnishings producer, Abstracta. The Bits Wall modules will not be simply an progressive and useful sound-absorbent wall panel, it’s extremely aesthetic because of its triangular trendy design. Made of molded polyester fiber and coated with material, the panels guarantees to successfully blocks sound waves in excessive-type.
The triangular form works as a sensible sound diffuser in addition to an exquisite inside piece, presenting a artistic answer to the often uninteresting wanting class A absorbent. Inspired by the well-known native design sample of Sergels torgs in Stockholm, Anya Sebton has created a each playful and acquainted aesthetic for higher on a regular basis areas.
Ponti Adjustable Armchair By Andersen & Voll For STOLAB
Ponti is a really snug armchair with a constantly adjustable again, meant for these within the nursing and care enterprise who wouldn’t compromise on aesthetics to get the performance they want. Made of strong birch and out there in 10 totally different wooden stains, Ponti has been designed by Torbjørn Andersen and Espen Voll for STOLAB, as an armchair that’s each embracing and delicate. You might not see it from this image, nevertheless it’s very easy to take a seat down in or to rise up from.
Mimic Bench by Nathalie Adenling for Materia
Nathalie Adenling‘s fascination for “reminiscence foam” has materialized into this nice Mimic Bench that creates an thrilling visible and tactile expertise . A product designed for Swedish-based mostly producer, Materia, the benchwill form to your physique and to your weight (reminiscence foam is onerous when chilly and moldable when warmed up – via physique warmth, in fact). And don’t assume it’ll look dangerous for those who’re a bit heavier, Nathalie says:
However you select to take a seat on Mimic, it will form itself in a couple of seconds in a clean enveloping sensation, supporting your physique. When you rise up once more, it goes again to its unique form to welcome new friends.