The Dezeen team have been reporting live from Stockholm Design Week in the Swedish capital (5-11 February) with updates throughout the day, including exclusive previews of products, installations and events.
6:00pm Closing off a busy few days in Stockholm, Dezeen’s Jane Englefield and Max Fraser enjoy a glass of fizz at the historic Svenskt Tenn store to celebrate the centenary of the brand.
Svenskt Tenn translates as Swedish pewter, which explains the original output of the company. In the 1930s they expanded to furniture and teamed up with Josef Frank who introduced many of the colourful and floral textile and wallpaper designs for which they’re now famous.
Reporting from Stockholm, skål from Jane, Cajsa, Amy and Max!
Read about everything that happened on day one and day two, as well.
4:30pm Sculptor Hanna Hillerová has designed bulbous pendant lamps that feature different colour schemes when they are on or off.
During the day, the lamp dons a moss-like palette of greens and greys while after dark it transforms to display fiery hues. – Jane Englefield
4:00pm Stockholm-based design studio Folkform has displayed The Museum of Masonite installation at SFF, the latest iteration in an evolving project which began 15 years ago.
Their focus is the hardboard material Masonite, which was produced in a factory in Rundvik, Sweden until 2011.
The studio’s founders Anna Holmquist and Chandra Ahlsell have produced a variety of furniture items using the last remaining Masonite boards from the factory, as well as recovered material.
Speaking about the project, Holmquist told Dezeen “when the factory closed down, I felt a responsibility to tell the story of what happened to this material.”
Old material samples are displayed alongside imagery from the now-derelict factory and accompanied by a comprehensive book documenting the story.
Later in the year, the exhibition will move to the Laurel Museum of Art in Mississippi, USA – the city in which Masonite was invented in 1924.– Max Fraser
3:30pm Japanese brand Ishinomaki Laboratory showcased a collection of outdoor furniture made from Finnish pine at Stockholm Furniture Fair this year.
The minimalist wooden pieces were created together with studios and designers including Staffan Holm, TAF and Norm Architects.
“Pine is a lovely material and it grows so fast that it is very sustainable – and even without a cushion, the wood is very soft to sit on,” Ishinomaki Laboratory designer Keiji Ashizawa told Dezeen deputy editor Cajsa Carlson when she visited the stand.
3:00pm Swedish lighting brand Wästberg is using this year’s fair as an opportunity to champion an approach to design that isn’t overly focused on creating new products.
The brand has reimagined ten lamps from its existing collection in raw, unfinished aluminium, which allows them to be produced with less energy and recycled materials. Among them are pendants by Claesson Koivisto Rune.
“Sometimes we already did the best we could with a product and there is no use trying to do something new,” said brand founder Magnus Wästberg. “And just because we did the best we could with a product, it doesn’t mean that that product cannot get better.”
There are still some new pieces to be found at the stand; David Chipperfield and Industrial Facility have both added designs to the brand’s collection. – Amy Frearson
1:30pm Artist duo Mira Bergh and Josefin Zachrisson of Swedish Girls are exhibiting at Stockholm Furniture Fair for the first time with their installation Whatever You Want Us To Be.
Their public installation Another Fountain welcomes guests to have a seat on their modular ribbed metallic structure, exhibited prominently at the show.
Smaller stool and bench versions are shown on their stand.
The duo are conscious that their studio name brings up generic, stereotypical and sometimes salacious search results on Google. The Swedish Girls website leans into this, duplicating the layout of the tech giant’s search pages but loaded with their experimental works.
The duo also created their very own gossip magazine Swedish Girls! to riff on the preconceived ideas that accompany their name, publishing their subversive version of scandal, popular culture and vacuous celebrity news. – Max Fraser
1:15pm Arranging Things has curated an exhibition called Rise and Shine, which marks the entrance to one of Stockholm Furniture Fair’s halls.
The Stockholm design store invited some of its favourite designers to each contribute a stool, with weird and wonderful results.
Each was created by a different designer, with highlights including a fluorescent creation from Fredrik Paulsen, a ghostly piece from Carl Folkesson and a playful box from Anna Levander. – Amy Frearson
12:45pm Journalists gathered for a press lunch at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, with decadent table-scaping by Dennis Valencia starring glass candle holders and vases from Swedish designer Hanna Handsdotter filled with freshly cut flowers. – Jane Englefield
10.30am There are many shades of grey on show at The Loop Design Lab, a pop-up where flooring producer Tarkett is presenting its latest innovation in working with recycled materials.
When post-consumer waste is collected, the mix of colours usually results in dull grey tones. Tarkett gave Note Design Studio the challenge of designing a collection that explores the possibilities of this colour.
Note’s design builds on the ideas of its earlier iQ vinyl flooring collection, creating a mix of visual textures.
“Before we had a lot of colour to work with, now we just have one,” said Charlotte Ackemar, designer at Note.
“We’re now grey by nature,” added studio co-founder Cristiano Pigazzini.
10:15am The Dezeen team and several hundred industry revellers attended the Scandinavian Design Awards last night at Musikaliska, the second annual ceremony in partnership with the Stockholm Furniture Fair.
The award winners were selected by a jury and given to Scandinavia-based architecture, interiors and design talents.
Winners included Copenhagen-based furniture and product designer Cecilie Manz who was presented with the accolade of designer of the year. Emerging designer was given to Didi Ng Wing Yin, whose work was featured by Dezeen at last year’s Helsinki Design Week.
The toe-curling ceremony was peculiar to say the least, hosted by an awkward comedian couple reading from an odd script littered with inappropriate jokes. – Max Fraser
10:00am Showrooms are open across Stockholm throughout design week and Dezeen kicked off day three at Swedish brand Gärsnäs,which was filled with delicate lighting by Japanese porcelain artist Hirotaka Tobimatsu. – Jane Englefield
9:15am Yesterday at Stockholm Furniture Fair, Korean brand Wekino presented its furniture outside of Korea for the first time. Among the pieces were shelves by designer Kwangho Lee and amorphous mirrors by Studio Chacha.
The brand worked with Note Design Studio on the collaboration, which showcased six Korean designers and was one of the highlights of the fair. – Cajsa Carlson
Catch up on everything that happened on day one and day two of Stockholm Design Week.
To keep you up to date, Dezeen Events Guide has created a Stockholm Design Week digital guide highlighting the key events at the festival.
See Dezeen Events Guide for all the latest information you need to know to attend the event, as well as a list of other architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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The lead image is by Max Fraser.