Camron travelled to the 2016 edition of Stockholm Furniture Fair and Design Week. The Fair features some of the boldest innovation in Scandinavian lighting and furniture alongside a roster of renowned international designers with Barber & Osgerby highlighted as this year’s Guests of Honour. Stockholm is steadily becoming a must-see event in the design calendar with a stellar satellite programme spread across the city. A thoroughly exhausting three days were spent roaming and feasting upon Nordic design. A list of each designer that we enjoyed would be too vast so we’ve chosen a specific selection of our favourites to share.
Design platform Underverk collaborated with Dutch experience designer Pomme van Hoof to present KIOSK, a one-week programme showcasing different projects every day of the week by artists and designers who work with so called “intangibles”. The intention of KIOSK was to encourage visitors to experience design through activity and interaction. The projects all told different stories, and played with the perception of our five senses. We experienced Wednesday’s Present-Futures: Future Fortunes’ Planning for Change, where the KIOSK was turned into a fortune cookie making workshop that encourages you to ask yourself what fortune you wish to see in your future, by making your own cookie.
A product highlight was the launch of Iittala’s much-anticipated collaboration with Issey Miyake at the Wetterling Gallery. The collection, comprising of 30 pieces, merges the iconic fold and pleat aesthetic of Miyake’s work with Iittala’s expertise in glassware. The resulting range of work focusses on ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ items , from pleat cushions in jade green to glassware inspired by the palette of the cherry blossom tree.
The Issey Miyake team has been using a special folding and pleating technique on the brand’s clothing since the 1980s and adopted this for the cushions and napkins which reference ‘Spring blooming’. This dedication to craft and innovation is what initially brought the two brands together and the collection highlights their increasingly similar aesthetic.
An unmissable foodie spot is Woodstockholm in trendy Sodermalm. Friends Martin Stensö, Johan Edvardsson and Jon Åström Gröndahl began Woodstockholm as a small design outfit in 2011 and five years on it has grown into a celebrated design studio and restaurant. Focusing on local organic produce and seasonal wines, the interiors were designed by Lars Stensö and furnished with pieces from a number of Woodstockholm’s designers. Set out in communal style dining, the restaurant features low hanging Market pendant lamps by Stenso alongside benches and chairs from the main collection.
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