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08 Feb 2016

Preview: Stockholm Furniture Fair

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The Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair is not just Scandinavia’s design calendar highlight, but a must for any savvy design seeker. Leading Scandi brands (and some international manufacturers) will launch products, while the Greenhouse showcases emerging talent and new show Established will be a platform for small studios. Guests of honour this year are Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who will design the fair’s central lounge


London-based design studio Doshi Levien has worked with Swedish floor maestros Bolon to develop its latest range, Bolon by You. As the name suggests, the range can be customised to create a unique floor design, woven to order. Doshi Levien’s range features six patterns influenced by textiles, described by Nipa Doshi as “jacquard floors”.



Swedish brand Mitab will launch Sinus, a comically named room divider inspired by its vaguely nasal flared base. Designed for temporary use, the screen easily folds out and comes with two, three or four sections. Carl Malmsten Furniture School graduate Anton Björsing first showed the concept at Milan’s Salone Satellite in 2013, where
Mitab picked it up for development.



Form Us With Love’s acoustic cladding brand Baux will show its most recent development, Baux 3D Pixel. Made from wood wool and cement, the tiles insulate, absorb sound and regulate moisture; the new products come in three different depths, giving the finished wall panels a multi-dimensional aesthetic.



UK textile company Camira will show its latest fabric collection, Synergy. An evolution of the brand’s popular Blazer fabric, it’s billed as being a softer, stronger, lighter and brighter version. It’s made from New Zealand wool with 5% polyamide, comes in no less than 75 colours, and is suitable for contract environments.



Ø is a new modular bench system by Danish brand +Halle, designed by Kilo Design. Its pebble-shaped seats come in three sizes and can be interlocked with a backrest, while the rounded shape makes it accessible from all sides, creating ‘islands’ within an interior. The range can be specified in various upholstery fabrics and leathers.




With a strong track record for discovering the next era of design stars, the Greenhouse is always full of fresh ideas. Featuring 31 designers and 32 design schools from 13 countries, this year’s crop includes Swedish-Taiwanese studio Haha Sthlm, showing its new Vima furniture (pictured) inspired by the bold architectural structures of their childhood homes. Also exhibiting is Johan Åkerström, a Swedish designer with a strong focus on sustainability, who will launch a new LED light called Illuminated.



Similar to the Greenhouse, this new curated exhibition will be separate from the main fair and offer subsidised exhibition space to established design studios (active for at least three years) rather than brands. According to its organisers, the new show is a response to the growing trend for studios running small production lines independently of large manufacturers. Exhibitors include Sami Kallio Studio, designer of &tradition’s In Between chair, and Kovac Family, whose 25 lamp (pictured) can be twisted to reveal varying amounts of light.

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