By Rohini Wahi published
Stockholm design week was the first major design event to take place this year from the 8th-14th February 2021, albeit in a reduced form, with low-key by appointment showroom events held alongside online launches.
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Stockholm Design Week is known for its innovative Scandinavian design still managed to create a buzz with Tom Dixon attending in hologram form, a trailblazing punk-inspired collective of women designers, and a multitude of exciting new product launches. Here are our highlights from the show.
Bang Paper Collection by Bang Universe
The eye-catching Bang Paper Collection by Bang Universe is a bright series of furniture made entirely out of wood and paper. The basis of the collection is a classic casting tube made of 100% recycled paper. The cardboard tube is mounted on a turned wooden base. The leg is then mounted in turn on a roundel that is glued under the table with no screws needed.
Tom Dixon, Cloud
As well as appearing as a hologram in various locations for his new launch - Tom Dixon unveiled his latest collection Cloud in the window display of department store NK in Stockholm and Gothenburg. The collection consists of four organic handmade aluminum vessels, a saucer, a bowl, and two vases, braised by skilled craftsmen in India, taking inspiration from seed capsules.
Folkform, L'Art Plisse Lights
Swedish design studio Folkform collaborated with fashion designer Roland Hjort on L'Art Plissé, a lighting design exhibition of table lamps based on traditional pleating techniques used in fashion. The lights are made from textile with an interior structure made from wire, with many of them featuring allover collage-style prints by Hjort.
Misschiefs is an exhibition of contemporary collectible design which showcased a unique group of eight Swedish women designers and artists for an experimental exhibition.
Designers including Lotta Lampa, Kajsa Willner and Monica Förster who created a range of offbeat, self-motivated pieces that included characterful glass totems, a flame-like fibreglass bench and lamps made from nylon stockings.
Cappelen Dimyr, No 7 Carpet
A creative collective based in Copenhagen and Stockholm, artisanal rug company Cappelen Dimyr showcased exquisite new piece 'No 7 Carpet'. Soft and irregular in texture and pattern, it is designed in Scandinavia and made by hand by artisans in India using traditional techniques and unbleached wool.
Dunsta by Alexandra Fransson
Lund University's school of industrial design presented an exhibition called Earth to Table, featuring 19 products that explored how food production, packaging and transportation can be designed to minimise waste.
The Dunsta design by Alexandra Fransson is a beautiful terracotta container that uses evaporative cooling to create a similar environment to a traditional root cellar allowing fruit and vegetables to be kept fresh without the need for electricity
Chef Deco, Tapis
As part of the Greenhouse initiative that introduces up-and-coming designers during Stockholm Design Week, Stockholm-based Chef Deco exhibited 'Tapis' a vibrant collection of hand tufted wool rugs made in Sweden and embellished with tassel ends. A complimentary line of tufted wool bolsters and cushions look like giant packaged rolls of sweets.
Dag by Gustav Winsth and Teresa Lundmark
In an exhibition called Room Service, Beckmans College of Design presented six designs which explored how furniture can adapt to the increased blurring of workspace and living space.
This daybed shown as part of the collection was designed by Gustav Winsth and Teresa Lundmark in collaboration with furniture brand Gärsnäs is designed to offer casual seating in both private and social contexts. Tubular cushions are separate from the beech frame, making the piece easy to recycle.
Ingegerd Råman for Orrefors
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One of Sweden's most renowned glass- designers Ingegerd Råman launched a luminous new series of glassware for Orrefors at the Svenskt Tenn showroom. Cut in Number is a delicate series consisting of three cylinders, the reserved silhouettes are elegantly combined with cut decor in different patterns.
Rohini Wahi is Content Editor for Livingetc Online. With a decade-long career in the interiors and design industry working as a journalist for premium lifestyle publications then delving deeper into the business as a trend forecaster, Rohini has amassed a wealth of global design knowledge that informs her work. She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home.
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