A few, of many, highlights
The Design Bar
The Design Bar continues to explore contemporary aesthetics and gastronomy. Just off the Entrance Hall, the Victoria Hall hosts the fusion of a design exhibition and top-class restaurant with the stage for the Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks – a cross-pollination that this year takes on a fun fair-inspired look, created by unorthodox designer Fredrik Paulsen.
“Stockholm can be bleak in February, so I want to transport visitors to the place of their dreams. I’ve looked at the promenades of the French Riviera, bars on the Balearic Islands, casinos in Las Vegas and amusement parks such as Coney Island. I’m hoping to design a meeting place where people feel welcome and inspired.”
The menu is composed by chefs Marion Ringborg and Linn Söderström from pop-up restaurant Garba.
Exhibition: 70 years of Scandinavian Design
The String shelf, the Bat chair and Carl Malmsten’s comfy Farmor armchair all helped to furnish the Swedish home after the furniture made its big entrance at S:t Eriksmässan. The year was 1951, making Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2020 the 70th in a very long line. The fair’s anniversary exhibition presents selected classics from seven decades – some famous, others less well-known and even a few future classics. Furniture, lighting, textiles… Timeless design through the ages, produced today.
The exhibition is curated by design journalist Dan Gordan.
Exhibition: Re-defining the office. The (human centred) post-spatial workspace
Has there been a paradigm shift in the notion of what work is? One where we have moved on from seeing work as a place we go to, and instead consider it an activity where the workplace could just as well be a tree stump in a forest, a boat on the middle of the Atlantic Ocean or even a virtual space? The (human centred) post-spatial workspace aims to discuss and illuminate issues connected to the experience of working.
The Cloud is the key to present and future working practices as it connects everyone and everything, yet at the same time it creates distance. Thus, the exhibition scrutinizes issues such as the need for physical meetings, designed environments and human connection in the digital age. It raises awareness of integrity, wellbeing and community in connection to work, as it discusses a vision or a speculation about what the future of work might look like based on the principles of place, technology and sustainability.
A joint venture by Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, the Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture Industry (Trä- och Möbelföretagen), Architects Sweden (Sveriges Arkitekter), in partnership with Tengbom, with support by Swedish Wood (Svenskt Trä). Curated by Tengbom.
Digital explorers Wang & Söderström create set design for Greenhouse
Greenhouse is an international platform for up-and-coming designers, such as once upon a time Front, GamFratesi and Form Us With Love. This year’s Greenhouse jury has selected 37 independent designers and 30 design schools to participate in the area which will be specially designed by the acclaimed Copenhagen-based design duo Wang & Söderström.
– We are a little hard to pin down, admits Anny Wang. We’re trained architects, but we work just as much in the digital world. Traditionally, these have been seen as polar opposites: one real, the other pretend. But we don’t see that division. We approach both with the same level of pragmatism.
At the fair, this cross-pollination will manifest itself in a 120 meter long and 3 meter tall enclosure, a combination of digital screens and large-format images.
– The idea is to project digital renderings of natural objects, moving sequences that emphasize wildness and growth. We want it to feel unreal, yet real. Not fully defined. Just like the designers exhibiting in the Greenhouse.
Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks
Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks invites the most interesting and creative speakers from around the world. The program is designed to promote knowledge and innovation and cause evolution within the fields of design and architecture. In 2020 talks within the following tracks and themes will be presented: Sustainability & Social Impact, Business & Digital, Future Workplace and Trends. Among the speakers are Vo Throng Nghia, founder VTN Architects, Sevil Peach, founder Studio SevilPeach, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner BIG, Giulio Ridolfo, colourist and textile designer and many more.
Full program »
Arranging Things – bazaar and ambiance
Arranging things, run by Lisa Milberg and Leo Forssell, is an umbrella organisation containing an interior decoration company, a once-a-week-shop and a consulting business focusing on all ambiance related things, mostly interior and music. Aside from the interior decoration they also help retail stores, restaurants, and other businesses to find their musical profile.
For this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Arranging Things have curated the music and their playlists can be heard in Greenhouse, in the entrance hall as well as in the Design Bar, which is also where we will find their pop up shop, Arranging Things Bazaar.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair – awards
Design award: Born Classic
Born Classic is a collaboration between Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and the Bukowskis auction house. The award goes to a new item of furniture or lighting that is judged to be a potential design classic of the future. The objective is to recognize and encourage good, sustainable design.The jury, comprising three experts from the prestigious auction house, will nominate five products. Bukowskis will also hold guided tours of the nominated items and share why they consider them to have the qualities of a Born Classic.
The winner will be announced on the Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks stage at 11.30 on Saturday, February 8, when the fair is open to the public.
Editors’ Choice Award
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair will be hosting the fifth annual Editors’ Choice Award this year. The award has three categories: Rising Star, Best Stand and Best Product/Best Project. The jury members choose their favorites from among the exhibitors at the fair. This is followed by a few hours of intense deliberation before the respective winners are announced.
Award ceremony: February 5 at 14:00 at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.
Best Performance selected by the Greenhouse jury
Presented for the first time in 2018, the award recognizes the product that best embodies the core values of Greenhouse: curiosity, innovation and sustainability. The objective is to encourage the designers to think about the bigger picture and present their design in a well-thought-out manner. In collaboration with Volvo Studio. The winner will receive EUR 5,000.
The winner will be announced at the press information in Greenhouse at 10:00, February 4.