There are many reasons why we love a trip to the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. One of these is of course Stockholm itself – a fabulous place to visit at any time of the year. Another is that it is so easy to cover and navigate. A third reason is that, every year, there is something worth seeing. Here are just a few of the standout product introductions from the 2019 edition.
At this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, Flokk offered visitors the chance to experience the thoughts, challenges, and passions of a design team committed to sustainable innovation.
Christian Lodgaard, Senior VP Products & Brands at Flokk, says: ‘Sustainable design is very much part of Flokk’s DNA. This DNA is unchangeable, it’s a key element with which we start when thinking about a new concept. It runs through everything we do no matter what product or brand the focus may be on.’
DNA is a concept developed in collaboration with design studio Hunting & Narud, and provides a unique insight into how sustainability is at the core of all Flokk designs. Focusing on some of the key sustainable materials Flokk uses, the collection has been developed to enable design enthusiasts amongst you to see the extensive journey its products go through, from conception to delivery.
Amy Hunting, Hunting & Narud Co-Founder, teases: ‘What are these chairs made of? Where do the materials come from? What is the basic DNA of the company? We believe there are a lot of untold stories within Flokk and we wanted to turn some of them into physical concepts, which you can see around you now. We’ve taken five beautiful raw materials which will hopefully start conversations about our resources and how we use them.’
Kinnarps gave their view on the future of workspaces, with the concept Next Generation Spaces Explored, at the fair. The Swedish giant asked the question: How will we work in the future and how will it affect the way companies and organisations design their offices?
Kinnarps’ curiosity about the future was also reflected in their product development. During the fair, two major product introductions were presented. got an exclusive preview of Vibe – a new, large screen series with great flexibility.
There was also the launch of a striking stained ash veneer in 11 inspiring colours. The colours match textiles, metals and other materials in the Kinnarps range. Kinnarps believes these new products meet both today’s and tomorrow’s demands for wellbeing and sustainability.
‘When we develop our product range, it’s not only about the needs of today, but also what will be required in the future. Flexibility, sustainability and the freedom of choice are important factors today, but we believe they will be even more important in the future”,’ says Jenny Hörberg, Director Global Range & Design.
As part of a very special collaboration, the textiles of Danish American designer Jens Risom have been recreated for the first time, with Camira faithfully reimagining two fabrics, Zap and Armadillo, for today’s commercial interiors.
The original fabrics of the same name were designed and manufactured by Jens Risom in the 1960s, to complement the iconic furniture designs for which he is renowned. Paying homage to the colours, textures and tones of the original fabrics, Camira wanted to make Risom’s designs as relevant today as they were when they were first created.
Designed to work together and separately, the two ranges bring new life to the uniquely exciting textile patterns. Working closely with the Risom family and FORM Portfolios, who manage the Risom legacy, Camira has been able to introduce these mid-century fabrics to a new audience in a new era.
Abigail Bomford, Creative Director at Camira, said of the landmark collaboration: ‘Reimagining the fabrics of a design icon has been an incredible project for Camira. Not only were they such intriguing textiles, but having lain forgotten for such a long time, there was a commitment from everybody involved to making sure that we did justice to this key part of Jens’ legacy.’
The Atelier Chair, designed by TAF Studio for the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, and Alvar Aalto’s Chair 611 from 1929, are separated by decades in design history, but united in spirit by Artek. At this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair, the pair were presented side-by-side in a booth that playfully referenced the new webbing upholstery on the Aalto classic.
Atelier Chair, with its slender proportions and geometric lines, pays homage to the Orchestra Chair by Swedish architect Sven Markelius, itself a tribute to Alvar Aalto’s Chair 611. For the fair, Aalto’s first modern chair was presented in a new palette of subtle duotone colours developed in collaboration with Dutch colour and textile expert Hella Jongerius.
Font by Swedish designer Matti Klenell is a sofa system that has been developed for the new interior of Nationalmuseum, Sweden’s leading museum for art and design. Font is modern furniture for public interiors that will carry a part of the museum’s history with it as it reaches out to the international market.
Overall responsibility for the museum’s new restaurant interior was given to Matti Klenell. Along with a group of designers, he faced the challenging task of merging the building’s 150-year history with a contemporary design language. When the time came to develop a flexible sofa that could easily blend in with the rest of the furniture for the restaurant interior, Matti chose to work with Offecct – and the result is Font.
‘Font is based on a simple form with a round backrest, which gives the furniture its graphic expression and character, and indeed also inspired the name. The challenge was to achieve the right height and softness, and also a construction that enables you to use Font in a context outside of the museum,’ Matti explains.
Fritz Hansen always seeks to push the boundaries of design – which is why it has now ventured into a new realm of design, launching the Christianshavn textile series – along with new lighting, accessories, and new colours for the iconic Drop chair.
Christianshavn is a timeless collection of textiles. With the development of Christianshavn, Fritz Hansen wants to create its own colour universe and ensure that each textile is carefully created to enhance and complement every piece of furniture in its collection, giving them everlasting appeal.
Sometimes all it needs is a drop of colour to breathe new life into a design icon – and the ever-popular Drop chair has been given a makeover with the addition of four new fresh colours that are sure to appeal to the next generation of urban customers.
Bolon’s latest collection –Diversity – celebrates variation, participation and inspiration, and in this special anniversary year for the company, it also celebrates seven decades of daring to be different.
The collection includes three different patterns, Bling, Buzz and Bouquet, and comes in a total of 12 colourways. Diversity’s flowing expression binds the three designs together, even as the patterns vary. Given the collection’s carefully considered family of colours, Bling, Buzz and Bouquet can be effortlessly combined.
‘The collection creates opportunities to play with the patterns and give different floor areas of a hotel or an office space a distinctive look, without compromising on the overall impression,’ says Marie Eklund, Bolon’s CEO.
The three designs are available in four base colours – grey, beige, brown or black – into which a selection of vibrant earthy hues, such as terracotta, aquamarine and pine green, have been woven in Bolon’s jacquard looms. Bling’s twisted, chain link pattern is large in scale and bold in execution. Bouquet’s floral motifs are inspired by watercolour paintings, featuring a melange of colour and gloss threads. Buzz is softer and more modest. It has a textile-like appearance with a slight shimmer, and comfortably covers large areas.
In a world driven by the desire for personalisation, Fredericia’s Calmo offers all kinds of enticing options to customise a living space.
This new sofa series has been developed by Hugo Passos, with clean lines and discrete curves. Available in an array of sizes, intrinsic to the Calmo concept is the choice of a chaise longue to incorporate at either end, a comfy chair or ottoman (or both) for a more expansive sofa setting – not to mention several loose, 100% down filled cushions for extra comfort; all kinds of elements and components that can easily configure together.
Signature details include the gentle, graceful curve of the inside of the armrests and a subtle, discrete seam that swerves from the inside to the outside of the armrest, ending at the back of the sofa. ‘I see this collection as a contemporary update of Børge Mogensen’s ethos – to produce functional, long lasting furniture for everyday life,’ says Hugo Passos. ‘I am very happy that we have created a relaxed, strong yet elegant sofa family that I hope people enjoy.’
Alto is a versatile piece of furniture with the unusual sitting height of 630mm. The design is characterised by simplicity, as noticed in its shape and the flexibility with which you can combine a number of units to create larger arrangements. The undulating shape of its cushions, and the fact that the shape is visible from the inside and outside, further enhance the identity of this piece and show off its beauty from all angles. An additional extra is a pocket sewn into either end-piece to hold magazines or menus. Alto comes as an easy chair, two-seater, three-seater or corner sofa.