When some extremely bright sparks suggested that it would be a smart move to combine Stockholm Design Week and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, they must have known they were on to something.
Stockholm has now become the February destination for many buyers, architects and designers from all over the world, who can enjoy not just one of the best and most accessible trade fairs around, but also a beautiful city, buzzing with some 200 events, installations and parties throughout the week.
The fair is still very much at the centre of it all – and although our schedules didn’t allow us to get out to Stockholm this year, we’d be doing a disservice not to bring you a selection of the most interesting products on show at both the fair and further afield, from Scandinavia’s finest.
Bolon – Elements
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.
The Elements collection reflects the tonality and textures of the natural environment. Its two warp threads have a grey and beige base, inspired by the warm and dusty melanges found in nature. These are woven into weft threads, whose shades evoke elements such as linen, oak, ash, cork, birch, marble, walnut, flint, wool and silk. The flooring has an artisanal appearance and a tactility reminiscent of linen.
EFG – Archie
The smooth, organic shape of EFG’s new Archie chair is inspired by the human body – both in design and function. ‘Archie is not only an aesthetically appealing chair,’ says designer Carl Öjerstam. ‘It is a chair that gives support to sitters of all sizes, all day long. To achieve this in such a minimalist chair, you need to go further than simply the look – you need to pay careful attention to different aspects of user ergonomics. There are thousands of chairs out there, but not all of them get the comfort right – so that is what we set out to do.’
Fredericia – Swoon Ottoman
Designed by Space Copenhagen, the ottoman is a comfortable addition to the iconic Swoon lounge chair, which was designed to ‘elevate luxurious relaxation to the next level’ – making it the perfect choice for any lounge setting, from home to hotel. In line with Space Copenhagen’s signature style, the look is both organic and contemporary. The fully upholstered ottoman has been developed to supplement the chair, creating a sophisticated lounge set that invites hours of comfort.
Fritz Hansen – Pot
Fritz Hansen has reintroduced the Pot lounge chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen. The chair was created along with the Egg and the Swan for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen in 1959. With improved comfort, modern materials and new playful fabrics, the Pot returns in better shape than ever. The low, comfortable lounge chair embraces everyone who sits in it without ever taking over the room. The chair works as beautifully standing alone in a home lounge setting as it does arranged in pairs in a welcoming cocktail bar or informal meeting room.
Kinnarps – SPACE
SPACE is a furniture concept designed by Stefan Brodbeck of Brodbeck Design for both today’s and tomorrow’s way of working, meeting and storing. The range is based on a large number of storage modules, which are connected and combined, depending on the functionality and look you want. The flexibility of the range allows for concentration or discussions, as well as offering space for group and private working. ‘Design creates differentiation as well as orientation,’ Stefan explains. ‘So does the storage system SPACE, which has exciting features and options to create functional but also emotional and inspiring office space solutions.’