24 Feb 2021 • Products
9 product highlights from Stockholm Design Week
Despite pandemic restrictions the annual Scandinavian event was not short of newsworthy launches and reworked exhibitions. Here are nine furniture and object designs from Blå Station, Tom Dixon, local students and more that stood out.
What design do you get when your top inspirations are Pop Art and Gothic buttresses? Developed by Massproductions co-founder and designer-in-chief Chris Martin, Bam! is a bold sofa with both influences. Available in three sizes, it combines two block-shaped volumes – a seat and back – giving way to a graphic, linear profile. Its complementary cushions, filled with recycled goose and down feathers, sport black embroidered patches reading ‘Bam!’ – a playful touch which pays homage to the legendary artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Gustav Winsth and Teresa Lundmark
Room Service is a collaborative show between product design students at Beckmans College of Design and Swedish furniture producers Dux, Gärsnäs, Johanson Design, Kinnarps, Källemo and Storängen Design. Part of the group collection is a daybed by Gustav Winsth and Teresa Lundmark called Dag, suited for private and social environments alike. The designers joined forces with Gärsnäs to forge Dag’s solid beech frame; the piece’s curvaceous padding is engineered to swell in and out of the woodwork’s cavities as it’s used.
Adam Goodrum’s Big Talk design for Blå Station is a seat of many colours: while the snake-like piece’s chair-fronts are unified in tone, the backrest comprises a varied palette of velvet Febrik swatches. ‘The upholstery forms a modular tête-à-tête sofa or Victorian-era “love seat” collection where two or more seats can be joined together in an undulating arrangement,’ says Goodrum of the moulded-foam composition. ‘Two people can have a quiet conversation (in keeping with Victorian modesty) side-by-side while viewing the back of the other person’s seat and the spectrum of graduated coloured bands.’
With its new Emerge flooring collection, Bolon asserts that yes, ‘there is such a thing as the perfect shade of beige and grey’. Consisting of one textured design in six hues – shades of blue, green, grey, brown and beige – the surfacing was envisioned to complement the materials most used by architects. Its numerous application potentials can be explored with a VR solution from Bolon that takes a user through hotel, museum and office settings, allowing you to get up to the product if even not in person.
Bringing the worlds of fashion and product design together, L'Art Plissé took place at Stockholms Auktionsverk’s Inside Swedish Design exhibition at Stockholm Design Week. The show gave a platform to the Plissé luminaire conceived by studio Folkform and artist Roland Hjort, who translated traditional garment pleating techniques to lighting design. The lamp, pleated from base to shade, is crafted in textile with an internal wire structure – for the show, Hjort made many renditions of the piece with eye-catching prints.
Ingrid Segring Björklund
Konstfack University student Ingrid Segring Björklund’s Fireplace was born from considering how the advent of electric fireplaces has changed the Swedish home. ‘What was historically considered its heart now comes with a built-in heating fan, plastic logs and flaming led lights,’ Björklund notes. ‘Or sometimes just [exists] as a 12-hour-long YouTube video.’ Seeking a contemporary solution that marries traditional craft and digital methods, the designer built a pine wood structure utilizing a five-axis CNC mill which emanates a warm orange light. It was shown as part of Konstfack’s Dis-played exhibition.
The latest collection from Tom Dixon and his team merges an appreciation for the natural world with a fascination for engineering techniques. Cloud, as it’s called, is a family of sculptural objects – including a platter, bowl, short and tall vessel – in highly reflective polished aluminium. Each piece is hammered and braised by a group of skilled artisans in India – each mark from the maker is embraced in the final product. ‘We’ve worked hard to make a collection that has a very natural outcome and is handmade with all of the variety and surface interests that you get from something that’s been handcrafted,’ explains Dixon.
Monica Förster Design Studio contributed to Lockdown Dialogues – a project from Zanat exploring design in an age of isolation – with the Unity Stool. Displayed at the feminist collectible design exhibition Misschiefs, the prototype is carved by hand from maple wood finished in matte black. The studio comments it is the result of an ‘eagerness to bring in the feeling of tactility to the home’ during an increasingly digital time. ‘We aim to emphasize the analogue way it was designed as well as how it was produced by Zanat's master carvers working from home during the Bosnian lockdown.’
Marking the unveiling of its Atelier Paul Vaugoyeau-revamped Stockholm showroom, Lammhults organized an installation titled Space Matters. Communicating the new creative direction of the company – focused on emphasizing ‘the importance of the spaces we inhabit and the influence they have on our daily lives’ – the installation presents three just-launched seating collections. Pictured is Sunny, a range by Note Design Studio and Gunilla Allard. Newcomers also include an easy chair designed by Peter Andersson and Johannes Foersom and Peter Hiort-Lorenzen’s Trioo series.