Highlights From The Stockholm Furniture Fair

February 17, 2014 1


The fourth design show in a row since January took me to Stockholm recently. Last week I shared with you some highlight stands seen on the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and today I want to take you on another stroll through the design fair with me. And promised, this time it is going to be a bit more colorful (though color remains scarce in Scandinavian design).

This time I’d decided to skip the obvious Scandinavian favorites like Muuto, Normann Copenhagen and others since I had seen them on the other fairs earlier this year. I was roaming around in search for new discoveries and inspiration. Here are a few highlight finds:

A2: A2 is a young Swedish furniture brand with a fresh twist on Nordic design. The contemporary collection is comprised of individual objects as well as furniture families and stands out due to visually interesting accents like creative fronts, integrated plant basins and color accents. The young brand is deeply rooted in the Swedish furniture tradition and every single piece is produced in Småland in Sweden. I particularly loved their funky cabinets and furniture pieces with plant basins

Northern Lighting: This Norwegian brand offers a wide range of distinct lighting solution for all kind of interiors – from sleek, typical Scandinavian pieces to colorful and more playful designs. They call themselves ‘mood makers’ and claim to produce designer lamps and lights for different moods which are inspired by the Nordic nature, culture and society.

Fjordfiesta and Røros Tweed: Two further Norwegian brands that caught my eye at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Fjordfiesta produces furniture in the typical Scandinavian design tradition but spiced up with a certain Norwegian flavor as they call it. I particularly love the Krobo bench, a design from 1960 with practical accessories that will launch in summer 2014. Røros Tweed is a Norwegian home textiles producer with high quality woolen blankets and pillows and they have been around since 1940. I am afraid I fell in love with their Konfetti blanket!

Hanna Dalrot: In the so-called Greenhouse section young design talents and design schools exhibited their creations. One of them was the Swedish designer Hanna Dalrot who caught my attention with fascinating textile designs named ‘Textile Landscapes’ in monochromatic hues with dashes of blue. I adored her beautiful, hand painted designs that combined the individuality of brush strokes with a repetitive pattern structure. I hope she will launch her products soon!

Noi Doi: Another young brand in the Greenhouse are was the Norwegian label Noi Doi. The two designers Kathrine Lønstad and Cosmin Cioroiu showcased a multifunctional bench called ‘Pulse’ and a great lighting design named ‘On the Edge’. Very Scandinavian, very cool!

Frama: The Danish design label Frama is not unknown but I was curiously inspecting their stand as I noticed many pieces I didn’t know. Frama exhibited furniture pieces, lighting, tableware, accessories – all in a wide range of materials such as wood, steel, stoneware, canvas, concrete, glass, marble and cork. Their designs stand out due to their simplicity – they almost seem Japanese. Frama puts it this way: We present a graphical and plain aesthetic approach to appearance. 

Maze: The Swedish design label Maze aims to amaze the beholder’s eye with a refined use of natural materials such as wood and leather and a playful twist in form and structure. The brand pays due attention to sustainability and its entire range of furniture and home accessories is produced locally in Sweden. I really liked their side tables. 

Enough design fun for a Monday! I hope you enjoyed the little tour at the Stockholm Furniture Fair with me and I am wishing you a successful and happy Monday!

Photography by Igor Josifovic & Riikka Kantinkoski

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  • Reply Anya Jensen February 17, 2014 at 07:49

    Great images Igor, and what a handsome chap you are 😉 Hope you have a fab start to the week my friend – X

    • Reply Igor Josifovic February 17, 2014 at 11:31

      Merci my dear – don’t make me blush here:-) Kudos to Riikka for that on-the-go shot! Happy new week, Anya!

  • Reply aurelia-m February 17, 2014 at 12:02

    Très beau reportage!! Ma tête est remplie de nouvelles inspirations!!

  • Reply vosgesparis February 17, 2014 at 13:01

    loved the Noi Doi and Frama as well I think the first pictures are really cool too, didn’t see A2 Looks interesting though 😉

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey February 17, 2014 at 13:31

    Great round-up Igor.I didn’t see half of these. Especially like the Krobo bench & the Konfetti blanket.

    I know you say that “color remains scarce in Scandinavian design”… but it’s all about the colour accents for me. They add a certain level of sophistication. The Krobo bench is a case in point.

    Thanks mister.

  • Reply Anke February 17, 2014 at 17:29

    Hi Igor,
    Thanks for this informative post. So many beautiful products and some brands still unknown to me. I think the grey, black and white colours especially dominate in the interior line. When it comes to home accessoires there are some rather colourful Scandinavian brands as e.g.. Marimekko Rice, ISAK or Rie Elise Larsen.
    Viele Grüße

    • Reply Igor Josifovic February 17, 2014 at 20:17

      That’s true Anke, luckily some home accessories brands are more colourful. And in general I find Finnish brands more colourful! The Stockholm Fair was a furniture fair thus there were not too many colourful exhibitors around but some are adorably colourful like my favorite brand Muuto:-)

  • Reply Ambika @asunnyellowindow February 18, 2014 at 02:50

    Great images Igor!

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine February 18, 2014 at 22:07

    I’ll have a blue Northern Light and the copper magazine rack 🙂 I notice the revival of the pineapple in interior decorating. Very midcentury modern 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt February 18, 2014 at 22:10

    Wonderful inspiration! I love the look in image #4 and the accessories from Frama and the Hanna Dalrot textiles.

  • Reply mu online February 19, 2014 at 08:57

    Super interiores casuales!

  • Reply Nina February 20, 2014 at 10:10

    Thanx for sharing – wonderful Scandinavian inspiration

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