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Amazing Stockholm Furniture Fair 2021

| September 19, 2021 | 0 Comments
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Stockholm Furniture Fair: In a city known for its chic and sleek Scandinavian design, it is no surprise that Stockholm hosts a cutting edge furniture fair full of new and creative designs. The Stockholm Furniture Fair kicks off tomorrow, and if you are in the area, there is no excuse for not stopping by. Even if you can only afford a bit of armchair traveling, the Fair’s website is full of pictures sure to feed your modern design desires.

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I am a sucker for Scandinavian design (in fact, I am not the only one; the event draws 40,000 visitors), and although the fair attracts designers from around the world, you can definitely feel the Fair’s Nordic roots. To spice up the Fair’s international flavor, this year’s Guest of Honor is Italian designer Giulio Cappelinni. Born in Milan in 1954 he has designed for, among others, Alcantera and Flaminia.

But the fair isn’t just for well-known professionals; take the Greenhouse for example. Started in 2003, the Greenhouse is a space to showcase the work of up and coming independent designers who don’t always have the monetary means to get into the business, but who certainly have the creative eye; when independent designers meet international furniture good things happen. Designers like Johannes Norlander and Broberg Ridderstråle jumpstarted their careers here. The Greenhouse’s theme for the 2008 fair is “The Village,” and TAF architects are making sure that visitors who walk into the show hall feel that they are walking into a scaled-up version of an architect’s village plan. Think lots of various sized houses and even a communal square to encourage the congregation of artistic minds alike.

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There seems to be no limit to what designers come up with at the Stockholm Furniture Fair, beyond a great display of lighting and furnishings that would make any creative minded soul drool, there are several large scale installations sure to rev up your artistic side. Take for example the Soft Wall Labyrinth. What is it? An indoor labyrinth made by a six-member design collective working with textiles. The idea behind the installation is to create an unconventional space inspired by the softer materials in life. “Hard floors and large areas of glass often make the working environment intolerable. . . Soft materials make meetings between people and space more human,” says Synnöve Mork who is responsible for designing the layout of the project.

Stockholm is notoriously known for being green, this year represented in the Design Bar which is being turned into what has been deemed the Disaster Area to show conflict and environmental change. The brainchild of Save Our Souls, the Disaster Area is meant to encourage visitors to think deeper and reflect on what they see; this time on the ever important subject of climate change.

The Stockholm Furniture Fair is all part of the greater Stockholm Design Week, which also includes the Northern Light Fair, so about 50 design events and exhibitions are taking place all over town. Makes me want to invest in a ticket for a quick jet across the Atlantic.

The Stockholm Furniture Fair, beyond a great display of lighting and furnishings that would make any creative minded soul drool, there are several large scale installations sure to rev up your artistic side.

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