Today marks the start of Stockholm’s annual Furniture & Light Fair 2020, part of Stockholm Design Week 2020.
Running from 3-9 February, the Stockholm Furniture Fair showcases the latest trends and innovative new products in design, and acts as a melting pot for buyers, architects, designers, press and influencers from around the world.
This annual furniture and lighting exhibition is the largest in Scandinavia, showcasing over 700 exhibitors including brands, including notable design houses Fredericia, Swedese, Carl Hansen, Kvadrat, Artek, Iittala, Poiat, Secto, & Tradition, Pholc (lighting), Örsjö (lighting).
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The fair celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, and over the five days in February, its halls will be bursting with the best of Scandinavian furniture and lighting design, as well as new concepts and ideas.
Showcasing innovative product prototypes, the fair’s Greenhouse platform invites unknown and emerging designers and design schools from all over the world.
The fair also coincides with Stockholm Design Week, which hosts over 400 design-related events throughout the city.
Here are just a few of the highlights not to be missed…
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1. Earth To Sky by Doshi Levien
Making its debut at the fair, design studio Doshi Levien unveils its Earth To Sky collection.
Entirely self-produced, the luminous sculptures represent a new step forward for the design studio. Encompassing seven pieces, the lights are intended to look more like sculptures rather than more traditional, functional lighting.
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2. Seletti lighting
On display will be Seletti (at Stand A03:21) with playful and imaginative new lighting designs.
Cujo The Cat, designed by creative duo Studio Job, is a dimmable, wireless lamp in the shape of a life-sized black cat arching its back.
Seletti’s collaboration with Marcantonio continues with the launch of their Chameleon Lamp…
…and ’80s video game-inspired Robot Lamp.
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3. Iittala’s Imperfections
Iittala presents Imperfections by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. This exhibition explores the subtle balance between perfection and imperfection; in nature, everything is essentially ‘mass-produced’, yet every ‘product’ is unique with little imperfections.
For spring 2020, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec have complemented their 2014 Ruutu collection for Iittala with ceramic vases that form the same symmetrical shape. The new editions are hollow-cast and finished by hand with a thin layer of enamel that gives a feeling of depth to the material.
Ronan Bouroullec comments, ‘I find perfection extremely boring. The mystery of imperfection creates beauty and charm to an object. The charm is the balance between the perfect and the imperfect.’
‘Good objects have a long-lasting charm, like a good song that can be enjoyed over and over for the next fifty years.’
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have worked with Iittala for almost a decade and introduced Ruutu (‘diamond’ in Finnish) vases to the collection in 2014. Due to its unique structure, the production of the vase takes 24 hours and involves at least seven craftsmen working in the iittala glass factory.
Ruutu vases are also a perfect example of Iittala’s unique colour expertise, as the vases can be combined to make seamless glass installations.
4. Adjectives by Note Design Studio
Note Design Studio presents their latest project, Adjectives, an installation created in collaboration with Vibia, Mutina and Kvadrat.
The designers explain, ‘With this installation we have challenged ourselves to use this institution, its spaces, and everything within them, to visualise adjectives. Our goal is to succeed in making the public ‘live’ the different rooms and generate the different feelings without need for clarifying words.’
‘Textile and ceramics, light and shadows, object and empty voids – all of this can hopefully be a mechanism to generate our favourites adjectives and hopefully make them yours, too’.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair takes place from 4-8 February 2020 at Stockholmsmässan, Mässvägen 1, Älvsjö, Sweden.