Stockholm Design Week wrapped up yesterday and reports of the amazing designs presented are flooding in. Started in 2002, Stockholm Design Week has become the most important week of the year for Scandinavian Design, where just about everyone in any way connected to or interested in Scandinavian design meet and bring home new trends, contacts and inspiration. The design week runs in parallel to and supports the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, the world’s leading event for Scandinavian design. Today we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite designs we’ve seen from the even so far.
The Jin Chair
Created by Japanese designer Jin Kuramoto, this chair was named the best product at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. The chair is made using flax fibers which are a completely biodegradable material that is most commonly used for money, tea bags and linen. Kuramoto devised a method that involves building and shaping thin flax fiber layers on top of each other to form both the seat and frame. A resin is then used to solidify the structure. The resin is also a bio-resin which can biodegrade or be burned. Kuramoto designed the Jin chair for Swedish furniture brand Offecct.
Swedish design brand Phloc presented these elegant new lights. The super clean Scandinavian design is highlighted by the beautiful pastel color palette. The line was designed by Swedish architects Mats Broberg and John Ridderstråle who were inspired by a plumb bob, a tool with a pointed weight on its end that architects use to ensure a vertical hang. The lights are available in a range of colors and finished and can be hung individually or grouped together.
Snøhetta Lighting Range
The Norwegian architects Snøhetta launched their first lighting range at the design fair. Called the Flik Flak collection, the line is comprised of hinged wooden lamps. The lamps were originally designed for Sweden’s Treehotel and they were inspired by the building’s exterior. The lamps feature an LED strip that is sandwiched between black birch veneer and can be opened and closed at 180-degree angle as the planks are held together by a piano hinge. In its closed state, the lamplight is focused and when opened, it disperses across space.
Yoma by Zeitraum
This sleek bed has a very flexible design that we think will be popular as more and more people look for versatile furniture. The long side of the bed serves as a shelf, while the back cushions can be fixed in different positions and arranged to feel comfortable while sleeping, reading or just lounging. The mattress only sinks down a few centimeters, making it appear to be lying on top, giving the bed a sense of weightlessness.
The Barn & Fences
Created by Swedish designer Johan Kauppi, the Barn & Fences were inspired by the winter environment of Swedish Lapland. Intended to be used in office settings, the little houses and space dividers are semi-transparent, yet sound absorbent. Kauppi suggests using the barns for meeting and workplaces, and combining them to suit the office’s needs. The fences have standalone stability and great flexibility, making the system easy to use when creating temporary areas, walkways, angled shapes or zig-zag corners.
These are just some of the great designs that came out of this year’s Stockholm Design Week. What are your favorites? Personally we’d love to have our own personal little work barns. We’re interested to see how interior designers start using these pieces in their work, and look forward to seeing these designs used in interiors going forward.