Another edition of the Stockholm Furniture & Lights Fair has recently occurred. With our greatest pleasure, we returned to the fair and we were impressed by all the stunning products we saw. High quality materials, creative design and the launch of new products, everything under the same roof. We met again some familiar names from last year, and some new ones. If you have missed the fair last year, you can read all about it here. This edition reminds me as well, that it is one year anniversary for my blog on this platform. It is rewarding to see the improvements of my writing and editing skills compared to the first articles. I have in project to keep learning and develop my blog alongside my studies at KLC School of Design.
Here below, I will share with you insights and trends from Stockholm and the other Scandinavian countries. I hope all the Nordic style lovers will find lots of inspiration, and so any design lover.
Scandinavian design, as we all know, is very sleek and minimalist. The materials most used in interiors are often wood, stones, eco fur and linen. We could see that for furniture and design schemes the most popular colours this year were: - mustard yellow, - moss green, - greys confirm themselves as one of the most popular colour together with beige and whites. This is surely showing a clear trend towards muted colours as all as colours that will link to the outdoors, in line with the support to sustainable design and ideas. If you would like to read more about my tips to create a stunning contemporary Scandinavian home, you may be interested in the first blog post I wrote, that you can find here.
One of my favourite brand is the Danish Umage, with their contemporary furniture. Their lounge chair is so cute, and I love the pastel colours too. Their furniture and lighting can be used in any contemporary home even if you are not after the Scandinavian style. Among the new discoveries New Works, also from Denmark, with timeless furniture and decorative objects and &Tradition. If you are looking for contemporary Scandi furniture more unique than the popular Ikea's collections, you should definitely have a look below.
Sustainability is a very sensitive topic for any furniture and design producer and we have seen in recent years, an increase of environmental friendly products. Following this trend, we could see that many companies have adopted sheep skin fabrics for sofa and chairs. This textile is highly sustainable, it comes in different colours to match your interiors and it is also very soft and smooth to touch for a sensational experience. You can use it to contrast, for example, a stoneware or porcelain tile in your living or bedroom to add some texture and create an interesting environment.
I was also pleased to find beautiful contemporary lights as DCW editions-Paris, they are absolutely one of my favourite. Flos was also at the fair with a complete sustainable pavilion, showcasing outdoor lights. I was also thrilled to meet a sales representant of Kundalini, gorgeous lights Made in Italy designed by leading designers from the whole globe.
Obviously, iconic Scandinavian design brands could not miss this edition and we saw many beautiful furniture in that high quality craftsmanship that always distinguishes the Nordic countries. Fredericia, Normann Copenhagen, Bruno Mathsson, Andersen from Danmark and Swedese, String, Karl Andersson & Söner, Kasthall from Sweden were some of the brands I admired the most in this edition of the Stockholm Furniture & Lights Fair. I really like the simplicity of Scandinavian design, the ergonomic of their chairs and dining table together with the quality of the wood and craftsmanship.
Among the new discoveries this year, it is a must to mention Time & Style a beautiful Japanese company offering incredible high quality furniture, porcelains and rise lamps, all made by expert craftsmen following traditional local crafting process, that they pass on from generation to generation. Meeting these extraordinary designers and learning about their culture, made me really think about the impact of our choices, as consumers and designers. We should always wonder, how furniture and lights are made, where are they constructed and assembled. Buying furniture that are still hand made, might be pricer of course, but it will help protecting a culture that is dependent on this craftsmanship knowledge from generations. With our conscious purchase will support, not only the designers, but also their families and community and they will keep providing the world with unique bespoke furniture, that we may otherwise never see again.
Dining table in dark wood and brass leg, hand made in Japan by Time & Style
At the fair this year, I also assisted at the launch of Supersoft sofa, designed by Note Studio for Fogia. This modular sofa is incredible soft and can be composed as you wish, with ottoman, lounge chair, 2- 3 seats and more and with an open modern end. It is made entirely with foam rubber inside that will allow you to squeeze it how much you want, but the shape will remain completely unaltered. In this way, you basically have and extra bed and the armrests can be used as pillows. I was also very thrilled to try the world famous Spun chair by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis. It is a really fun chair where you can spin around 360 degrees, without falling!
Supersoft sofa by Note Studio for Fogia
I hope you liked this blog post and all the beautiful things we saw at this edition of the Stockholm Furniture & Lights Fair 2020. If you would like to know more about some of the Scandinavian brands, the designers or simply if you wish to decorate your home with contemporary or classic Scandi furniture and you need some help, leave a comment or contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be delighted to assist you!
Thank you for reading & greetings from Claudia & Nicholas!