The Stockholm Furniture Fair & Northern Light Fair is drawing ever bigger crowds from abroad to Sweden’s capital in February. This year the number of foreign visitors was up 15% over last year and represented more than 60 countries.
Having a front-row seat to the Scandinavian furniture industry’s best in show is always a treat, and this year’s premieres scored high marks for their collective simplicity and restraint. Class, curves, color and craft sums it up nicely. Here were my top picks.
1 - BAUX, a joint venture with Form Us With Love
Baux is a company launched during Design Week by design studio Form Us With Love together with partners Johan Ronnestam and Fredrik Franzon. BAUX is here to meet the needs of architects, engineers and builders by designing and producing construction materials that exceed expectations in both functionality and beauty. The company's first product, BAUX wall tiles, turn building materials into architectural features. Large strong panels made of a material called wood wool (spruce wood, cement & water) provide insulation, are fire resistant, regulate moisture, and absorb sound. Photos: courtesy of BAUX
2 - Sempé w153 lamp by Inga Sempé for Wästberg
Designer Inga Sempé with her beautiful, small and versatile clamp lamp that can be fixed to tabletops or walls or left free to move around. The shade rests directly on the bulb and is easily tilted to bounce light in the desired direction. The w153 lamp won Sempé this year’s Form +1 Award from Form Magazine, juried by last year’s winners Färg & Blanche. Photos: Tiffany Orvet
3 - 2015 range of lamps for Zero Lighting
Zero’s collaborations with top designers and suppliers tend to turn out interesting collections, and their 2015 offering doesn’t disappoint. Above left: Elements lamp series by Note Design Studio including pendant, floor, table and wall variations inspired by the colors of Scandinavian nature, and made with Kvadrat fabric. Photo: courtesy Zero. Above right: Tint pendant lamp by Fredrik Mattson. After much experimentation, the result is both stunning colors and shadow play that change with the location and time of day. Photo: Tiffany Orvet
4 - Madonna chair by David Ericsson for Gärsnäs
Designer David Ericsson with his lightweight beech Madonna chair for Gärsnäs. The chair is wrapped in luxuriously tactile vegetable-tanned leather with visible back fasteners, all part of his Design is not about "less is more" but about being obvious philosophy. It is also available clad in molded curves of beech veneer instead of leather. Photos: Tiffany Orvet
5 - Bowl table by Andreas Engesvik for Fogia
Bowl does double duty as storage unit and table in beautiful ash wood, keeping everyday collections close at hand. Photo: courtesy of Fogia
6 - Patch tables by Note Design Studio & Norm Architects for Menu
Inspired by an old Milanese marble floor, Patch combines mismatched slabs of marble in a lovely graphic tabletop pattern. The tables come in three sizes and are a collaboration between Denmark’s Norm Architects and Sweden’s Note Design Studio. Photo: courtesy Menu
7 - Rebind table by Mia Cullin
Mia Cullin was featured in the Fair’s special exhibition Twelve - Established Nordic Designers, now in its second year. Her Rebind table made of beech and natural leather shows off beautifully her knack for using geometry, origami and handicraft as inspiration. Photo: courtesy Mia Cullin
8 - Horizon rug by Mattias Stenberg for Asplund
Swedish landscapes on the horizon have inspired a series of three rugs by Matthias Stenberg. Stenberg believes that such views are a source of peace and pleasure. His rugs are made as much for the wall as for the floor, and are meant to bring those wonderful feelings indoors. Photo: courtesy of Asplund
9 - Braid sofa by Lisa Hilland for LK Hjelle
Braid by Lisa Hilland brings a refreshing feminine addition to the overly-masculine sphere of sofa options. Larger-than-life braided cushions make for an inviting seat that is both playful and all-grown-up at the same time. Photo: courtesy of LK Hjelle.