Events

Stockholm Bound and look What We Found!


26 Feb , 2019  

After our last sojourn at Orgatec in late 2018, the Love That Design team was once again airplane bound and crossing international waters, all the way to Stockholm for the annual Stockholm Furniture and Lighting Festival 2019.


 

This leading Scandinavian design event is nothing new in Europe, having been around since the eighties. But over the decades, and much more in the recent years, the Stockholm Lighting and Furniture Fair has gained global interest, with numbers steadily rising to a 35 percent international participation and a whopping 99 countries recorded.

The trade fair, and its wider umbrella, Stockholm Design Week, are also beloved within the region and its periphery for being the social design event of the year, and looked forward to by all. We merrily traipsed through the many stands, absorbing the creativity on display that is unique to the region, and discovered some real jewels in Scandi design in the process. It was also a great opportunity to catch up with the European arm of Love That Design’s manufacturing partners. Here is a summary of our experiences…


The Greenhouse Effect

Undoubtedly one of the main highlights of the fair is the Greenhouse, a haven for not yet established designers and design schools, to showcase their prototypes, possibly to be picked up by any of the visiting big industry players milling around.  The Greenhouse has been popular in the past for being the launch pad for major designers within the Scandinavian region. Oki Sato from Nendo, GamFratesi, Form Us With Love, Folkform, and Morten & Jonas all got their big break here.

Curiosity, innovation and sustainability are the cornerstones of eligibility into the Greenhouse. And this is where we witnessed some very innovative thought processes translated into design.


What Stood Out in Our Walkthrough

 

It was refreshing to witness a substantial number of smaller manufacturers intermingled with the global greats at an international design fair, names that you would not normally come across in the big shows. They represented their own unique and fresh brand of creativity. We also came across a fair amount of cutting edge design practices and their resulting products.

Tom Dixon

Kartell

Luce Plan

Flokk

Honed

Edsbyn

Kasthall

Seletti

Loll Design


The Lighting That We Loved


A Nod to Our Partners…

Vitra

Following on from Orgatec, Vitra continued its focus on different concepts for workspaces under the title ‘WORK’. The different concepts demonstrated how important flexibility and agility are in today’s working world, which is currently the main trend within the corporate milieu.


Interface

Interface showcased Visual Code and Drawn Lines (one of their latest LVT collections). The brand displayed the benefits of their modular system of carpet tile and LVT, and celebrated their role as the first brand with all carbon neutral products.


Herman Miller

Always ahead of their game, Herman Miller teamed up with Ergonomic Office, and exhibited a workspace environment that would encourage collaboration and creativity. Their motivation comes from the theory, backed by plenty of research, that the modern workplace should provide a range of spaces for a variety of activities. This in turn leads to progressive thought, better well being and much higher productivity. Herman Miller’s Insights Programme Manager, Bertie van Wyk, shed further light with a talk on Wellbeing and Social Ergonomics in Workplace Design.

Interstuhl

Interstuhl continued to focus on the sheer enjoyment gained from the simple act of being seated. Their aim? To create products that offer an experience for the senses, yet remain efficient ecologically, economically and ergonomically. “They protect our most important resource: people.” In Stockholm, they showcased their PureIs3 and Flextech.


Some More Visual Inspiration…

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