From 4 to 10 February, Stockholm Design Week was held in the Swedish capital, part of which was the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair (February 5–9).
Stockholm exhibition has always attracted much attention – nowhere else is it possible to see such a concentrated portion of Scandinavian design, in which comfort, rationality, attention to environmental issues and social responsibility so skillfully rhyme.
FAINA designers not only participated in exhibitions with their objects, but also carefully studied tendencies, news of the world of product design, mainly at specialized Furniture Fair. Some of them we would be delighted to share with you.
Color Trends In London Design Festival in September 2018 we saw vibrant use of yellows, to stimulate ideas and uplift our spirits. Then, Cologne October 2018 featured more muted greens to soften the workplace and tie in with Biophilic designs. As a result, Stockholm brought these colour ranges together to create a welcoming Autumnal colour palette. Deep, rich colours were seen throughout, and most notably the blue as featured by Neri & Hu as you enter. Again natural timbers were prominent providing an accent colour against the Autumnal colours.
1. Ferm Living, image courtesy of Design Mate
2. Karl Malmsten, image courtesy of Architectural Digest
Guest of Honor Each year, the Stockholm Furniture Fair selects an honorary guest – a designer or architect to create an installation in the main hall of the exhibition complex.
This year, the guest of honor was the studio Neri & Hu. Architects and designers from China created the installation of Unfolding Village, which refers viewers to the problem of the disappearance of traditional Chinese villages. The installation consists of 6 km of pine slats, which are painted black.
The installation space refers to traditional Chinese villages with narrow streets and narrow lanes. Pitched roof installation - a reference to the image of the house. Furniture designed by Neri & Hu appears in different parts of the installation, it conditionally marks the functional areas of the house: entrance hall, living room, dining room, bathroom. The minimalist pieces reflect the spirit of traditional Chinese furniture.
On photo – the whole Unfolding village, Image Courtesy of 1) Designboom, 2)3) Stylepark
"This year, designers appeal to traditions, use natural colours, monochrome wood facture and sustainable design at its best" – marks Victoriya Yakusha, author of Ukrainian brand FAINA Design.
Sustainable and Ergonomic design
Artek, founded by Alvar Aalto, introduced the Atelier chair from TAF. The chair was designed for the new restaurant of the National Museum in Stockholm, which was under renovation for 5 years and opened its doors to visitors only in October last year. Atelier is a compact, lightweight and stackable chair. Designers have solved the problem of noise, which creates furniture, while moving it from place to place. Thanks to the lower chest, the legs are not loosened, and the chair slides across the floor silently.
Flokk uses a sustainable approach to furniture design. At the stand, they presented not only the furniture of their own production, but also recycled materials: plastic, aluminum, wool.
NM& The Swedes are very proud of both the reconstruction of the museum itself and this collection, called NM &. An entire expedition was organized, the designers dispersed to all parts of the country, carefully choosing materials, looking for equipment, manufacturers and craft workshops. By the Stockholm Design Week, a photo album was released, detailing how each thing was created.
On photo — Swedish National Museum. Image courtesy of Yatzer.
The annual Greenhouse exhibition represented 20 design schools with 37 designers and design groups sharing their prototypes. Photography courtesy of Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair.
Sustainability project of the year: “Hurry up before we collapse” by students on the Design + Change programme at Linnaeus University.
“How can a designer best contribute to a more sustainable future? Perhaps by not designing anything at all? This was the radical proposal that a group of students from Linnaeus University presented in their highly-noticed performance at the furniture fair, where they carried out a collective furniture choreography as a silent protest to the rampant consumer society”.
With their interactive performance exhibition “Hurry up before we collapse”, the second-year students on the Design + Change programme received the award for sustainability project of the year at Stockholm Furniture Fair.
Hurry Up Before We Collapse Installation ---- organizer comment.
Ukrainian design brand FAINA at SDW 2019
On photo – ZTISTA chair at Trend Zone Private image courtesy
Made of eco-materials ZTISTA chair, burnt-wood surface TREMBITA décor, sturdy clay-feet KOROTUN coffee-table, hut-hut like HATA set of vases, horned décor BARANETS vase and doll-like MOTANKA vase will be playing its role at one of the “rooms” of the installation “Temperament” by Sahara Widoff, conceptual director at Acne Studios.
Swedish design magazine “My Residence” prepared an outstanding exposition for Stockholm Design Week 2019 – a showcase of modern design brands, such as Ariake, Nedre Foss, Turn Trading, Origin, Wästberg and FAINA Collection at The Fenix Palace, former dance-hall and famous restaurant at Stockholm city-centre. The installation was curated by Swedish designer and stylist Annaleena Leino.
FAINA presented at Fenix Palace 2 new décor sets: KUMANTSY and HATA set of vases.
Image courtesy of Residence Magazine.