Modenus Tim had already been hectoring all and sundry about the Stockholm Furniture Fair being one of his favourite shows, and he does go to a lot of shows, when the good people behind the show and Stockholm Design Week invited him over as their guest. So our thanks to all concerned. We’ve been tweeting and blogging about the the designers and designs we saw all week, but just in case you haven’t had enough Scandinavian inspiration – here are a few more highlights.
Ten years ago, a young designer called Oki Sato showed his work in Green House, the Stockholm Furniture Fair ‘New designers’ feature. It is to the credit of the show that Green House is right at the front of the venue, celebrated rather than hidden away in a basement or an annex. Anyway, ten years later, after working for, amongst others, Foscarini, Swedese and Cappelini, Oki Sato is the founder of internationally renowned, Japanese design studio Nendo and the Guest of Honour invited to design the installation that greets the shows visitors this year. There is something strangely tranquil about sitting amongst the pure white spikes intended to create the illusion of snow covered peaks. Mindful of reducing environmental impact, transport was minimised by transporting the 100 plastic foam sheets from which the spikes are formed, intact, to be completed on site.
While the majority of the seven hundred plus exhibitors at Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair are from Sweden and its near neighbours of Denmark, Norway and Finland there are representatives from further afield. Nevertheless, there is a predominant style which is typified by clean lines, organic forms and a sense of fun. Above – left to right, row by row, David Trubridge lights (New Zealand), two of the stands, including some interior swings in the Green House section, Illustrated Cupboards by Kristina Nordin, A selection of miniature chairs in Green House by Swedish design school Nyckelviksskolan , a cluster of lights from Spanish company LZF, a delightful flowing chaise, designed in the 1960s by Hans Harti by Danish company Furniture Factory,Patricia Urquiola designed tiles for Centro, a really enormous light made from bent laminate wood by Weplight of Argentina and finally, if you are still with me, a table with a hole for a spiky plant from Cult Design from Sweden.
And this is the venue for Hello! Both the show, which featured a wildly entertaining and suitably bizarre performance by a singing organist, created by Architect Gert Wingardh. The program tells us that it is all about the role of communication in today and tomorrow’s’ workplace. It was bewildering but engaging.
Of course, no one in Sweden actually says ‘Hello’, they say ‘Hey Hey’, which we rather enjoy and look forward to hearing again soon. As he may have mentioned once or twice, one of Modenus Tim’s favourite shows. So, ‘tack, tack’ (thank you, thank you) to all involved.