In this post I’m going to very foolishly attempt to round up 2016’s Furniture Fair; an annual event accumulating the very best of Scandinavian design, in just a few hundred words.
Coinciding with a separate trip to Sweden allowed for some Friday fun at the fair. Although a flying visit, I managed to cover the main halls of the Exhibition Centre.
Ofcourse the big names in the industry such as Hay, Vitra and Muuto had impressive stalls displaying more of the classic designs they’re known for than exhibiting new pieces. That being said, there were a few debuts that still caught my eye. The Ruban Mirror by Hay was launched late last year and features a coloured ribbon frame and mound with delicate metal fittings. The Amp Lamp by Normann Copenhagen is built of a tinted glass shade and marble details, and really stood out amongst it’s Northern Lightings and Zero neighbours.
Bolon‘s impactful stand was designed by British designers Doshi Levien. The Swedish flooring company launched their new customisable range, Bolon By You. The collection gives designers the opportunity to select from a variety of base patterns and then choose from a wide spectrum of warp and weft colour ways.
Elsewhere, further highlights included the Twin 42 side tables from Danish designers By Lassen.
Edsbyn released the Gather sofa, a piece balancing an aesthetic appeal with comfort and function. The exhibited sofa was upholstered in a salmon pink fabric, a very evident hot colour of the moment. Another Edsbyn piece which caught my eye, was the Neat storage system, which does as it says on the tin; a very neat office solution.
The Emily Chair by Gärsnäs is available with both a swivel 5 star castor base, and natural ash legs. I love the way the fabric continues and wraps around the top of the chairs base.
& Tradition’s stand showcased the products the brand has become known for, but didn’t disappoint in doing so. The Mayor, as we know it today, has been around for a couple of years now, adapted and updated from Arne Jacobsen and Flemming Lassen’s original design.
Norwegian Design House exhibited for the first time in Stockholm, and displayed a small collection curated from a variety of Norway’s designers. I noted a beautiful lounge chair which would sit in a ideal little corner in my London flat. Unfortunately I didn’t pick up the name of the piece and can’t find a webpage for the design house. The details of the chair remain a mystery – so please do contact me if you recognise it!
Finally, The Greenhouse exhibited the works of design students and small businesses starting out in the industry. This year’s exhibition was designed by award winning studio Form Us With Love, who started out in this very spot a decade ago. With some ideas more conceptual than other more practical approaches, it’s refreshing to see amongst a fair of established designers. My favourites here included Mario Tsai‘s Hive light fittings and the Glen Baghurst‘s stunning GT2 concrete tiles.
So there’s my very brief round up of the 2016 event. Next year’s show is already in my diary – hope to see you there!