Furniture design is meeting in Stockholm
Each February, the Swedish capital gives us a lecture design class and offers us the opportunity to meet some of the biggest players in interior design at the European and international level. During this month, in parallel with the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair (SFLF), the Stockholm Design Week (SDW) will take place, featuring a number of design events at different locations around the city.
The idea behind expanding the main fair, known as one of the world’s largest meeting places dedicated to furniture and lighting design for both home and public environments, into an entire design week has been to strengthen Stockholm as a renowned hub for Scandinavian design, while attracting more visitors to the fair. The Stockholm Design Week arranges plenty of events, set around the largest professional meeting devoted to Scandinavian design. On the sidelines of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, designers and architects open their showrooms and workshops, exhibitions bloom, and shops offer a selection of ephemeral objects defined by the Swedes as "inspiring and well designed" products.
A total of 729 exhibitors from 31 countries will gather together under the roof of the Stockholmsmässan Exhibition & Congress Centre in Älvsjö to showcase innovations in furniture, lighting and textiles for homes and public spaces. Mainly from Sweden, Denmark (87 exhibitors), Norway (37 exhibitors) and Finland (32 exhibitors), the exponents of this 62nd annual edition, which will take place between February 5th – 9th, 2013, are committed to demonstrating an industry renewal, without departing from its concern for authenticity. Scandinavian design innovates and explores new methods, diverts materials, reinterprets heritage, accompanies societal evolution and makes “practical” attractive new products.
For the 10th consecutive year, the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair will welcome a guest of honour following Paul Smith, Naoto Fukasawa, Konstantin Grcic, Giulio Cappellini, or the French born product designer Inga Sempé. This year is the turn of Oki Sato, founder of the ever-popular studio Nendo, it has been entrusted with the implementation of the traditional lounge at the entrance of the show. Visitors could get lost in the snow “mountains” (made from sheets of foam that has been cut and stretched) within which the pieces of furniture conceived by the famous Japanese designer are hidden.
With the general aim to continue creating energy and a dynamic design week, a unique, free exhibition called Glass Elephant (a poetic design installation focusing on design, form and art in glass to tell a story about the “meeting of contrasts”) will be also opened to the general public from 5th to 9th February 2013 at the Skeppsholmen Caverns (Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Swedish National Museums of World Culture). There, original products by some of Sweden’s most exciting and trendsetting designers will be on display, and new impressions will come to life in the frontier between industrial design, arts and crafts, and performance.