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Stockholm Design Week 2020

Stockholm is Sizzling

At this year’s Stockholm Design Week, the Swedish capital greeted us with surprisingly gentle temperatures. However, the exhibitions and events around town – more than 400 this year – were anything but lukewarm. 

Here are the exhibitions that will be inspiring us for a long time to come.

The Sculptor’s Residence

Swedish brand Dux and Danish brand Menu collaboration with Danish design firm Norm Architects was the take of the town, and invited hoards of visitors into a fictional artist’s well-curated apartment. The personal and airy space featured artwork by Nicholas Shurey, Sofia Tufvasson and Atelier Armand. 

Ett Hem

Kitchen newcomer Cupboards & Goods offers handmade, tailor-made and pre-assembled kitchens made in Sweden, and temporarily took over Pom & Flora’s Studio to create an exhibition that focused around a kitchen and colour collection created in collaboration with Carl Larsson-gården, the former home and studio of the celebrated Swedish artist. We’ve had the pleasure of working with the innovative brand’s launch, and can’t wait to show more shortly!

Ted Space

The brainchild of Hanna Nova Beatice, Swedish interior design magazine Residence’s former editor-in-chief, Ted Space is named after her and partner Matti Carlsson’s toddler son. The intimate yet ultra cool Östermalm apartment featured work by A Part, Cappelin Dimyr, Frama, Anton Alvarez and Jenny Nordberg (to name just a few), and set design was by Kråkvik D’Orazio and styling by Sophia Bratt.

The Archive

Yet another project by Nova Beatrice was The Archive, set in the 400 year old Swedish National Archives building. The historic edifice hosted an exhibition that brought together work from Denmark and Japan – the brands on display were Ariake, Le Klint, Arita 2016/ and personal favourite Friends & Founders. The amazing space was styled by Annaleena Leino. 

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Chart Art Fair 2019

Nordic Art Boost

Chart, the annual Copenhagen fair that explores artistic cross-fields in contemporary art, is gaining momentum. Originally founded in 2013 by five of the city’s prominent art galleries, Kunsthal Charlottenborg has been the main location for Chart throughout the years.

2016 saw the launch of Chart Design, a new section of the fair that presents the best in Nordic design. Previously reserved for galleries only, this year marked an important change – the introduction of design studios and collectives. We were glad to see Malmö-based Stoft and Stockholm-based Normal Object Factory (which ceramist Alexandra Nilasdotter is a part of) exhibit at Chart Design at Den Frie. We were also really pleased to see another favourite, Jenny Nordberg’s mirrors, showcased.

Here, we list our five favourite finds.

Sigve Knutson

Childlike and naive, Sigve Knutson’s pieces bring to mind sketches, drawings and doodles. The Norwegian designer, represented by Galleri Format in Oslo, merges art, design and crafts in a playful way, and spans ceramics, metalwork and lighting. Having trained at Design Academy Eindhoven, he now lives and works in Oslo.

Ann Iren Buan

Norwegian artist Ann Iren Buan’s vivid work commanded our attention from across the room, and we were instantly drawn into her three-dimensional ’sculptures’. Using dry pastels, paper and water, she kneads, tears, scratches and rubs sheets of paper before layering them in her exploration of decay and destruction. Her work was showcased by OSL Contemporary. 

Frama

Not part of the official Chart line-up, but definitely worth a visit, Danish design brand Frama opened up their studio space for an exhibition named ’The Analogue Process’. As the name implies, pieces by Krøyer-Sætter-Lassen, Studio 0405, Dry Studios and Jonas Trampedach were displayed alongside Frama’s designs in a celebration for the course of making things. 

Kähler

To celebrate its 180th anniversary, Danish ceramic brand Kähler put on a retrospective exhibition in one of the halls at Den Frie, featuring historic and contemporary work alongside a collection of new designs by ceramist Turi Heisselberg Pedersen. Not a great fan of Kähler’s more recent designs (Heisselberg Pedersen’s work aside), we loved seeing some of the work by historic artists such as Svend Hammershøi and Jens Thirslund for the very first time.

Adam Jeppesen

Some artists use techniques and materials that aren’t as widely explored. Danish artist Adam Jeppesen is one such artist, that has moved from two-dimensional photography-based work to a more sculptural expression. Manifested in oil-filled tanks, he suspends a piece of silk using flax string – simultaneously restrained and free-floating. We found his work fascinating. Jeppesen is represented by Martin Asbæk Gallery. 

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Stockholm Design Week 2019

A Week of Expression

After an incredibly fun week spent in Stockholm, the capital of our home country of Sweden, at Stockholm Design Week and the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, we can once again establish that the world is full of talent and creativity.

Here are six of the highlights that caught our eye or made a special impression.

The Baker’s House

The old turn of the century dark and substantial interior space of the ancestral home of Emma Marga Blanche, co-founder of Färg & Blanche design studio, forms the backdrop for their Stockholm Design Week exhibition. We loved the setting and the personal story behind the home, as told by the duo themselves.

Soul of Nature

Our visit to the Kasthall showroom did not disappoint. The airy space was impeccably styled by Lotta Agaton and showcased the high quality that Kasthall rugs represent in a relevant way, complemented by select pieces from a number of designers and collaborators.

The Fenix Palace

Residence Magazine had, like Färg & Blanche, chosen a rich setting for their exhibition this year, which took place at Fenix Palatset. Ariake, Nedre Foss, Origin, Turn Handles, Wästberg, A part among others co-hosted the week-long expo, curated by Residence’s editor-in-chief Hanna Nova Beatrice and included works from Anderssen & Voll, Keiji Ashizawa, Staffan Holm and Norm Architects.

Into the Light

The Dux pop-up showroom was done in collaboration with Danish design firm Norm Architects who curated the expo while Tham & Videgård architectural firm designed the monochrome and bright space, featuring soft and natural colours and a number of Dux super comfortable puffy furniture along with the firm’s classics.

Scentence

On slick and icy sidewalks we made our way to experience the ‘Scentence’ project, which was unveiled during Stockholm Design Week. The project manifested as a sculpture was created as a collaboration between Muro Scents Co., Monica Förster Design Studio, Frankly//Aakerlund, and furniture maker Zanat. The creatives have come together to each create a sensual experience of memory and feelings, evoked by tailor-made scents.

Spatial Sensibilities

Even though this list is by no means ranked, but a mere representation of some of the things that resonated with us, the ‘Spatial Sensibilities’ expo was definitely on top of our list of memorable experiences. Andreas Martin Löf collaborated with Frama to showcase his own apartment, oozing craftsmanship and careful upgrading of a vintage environment, complemented by minimalist furniture and art objects.

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