Stockholm Design Week 2016 is over and I think we can all agree that it was a good one. There is a new confidence in Stockholm and there are exciting conversations going on over the borders and between the companies and designers. For Sweden that is a new thing since we rather don’t talk to people we don’t know (and especially not competitors). Maybe this new Swedish open minded atmosphere has to do with the fact that we were invaded by our Danish design neighbors who totally overwhelmed the whole industry a couple of years ago (and threatened people tend to stick together). Or maybe it has to do with the fact that there is a major change in the boards in the Swedish design industry this year. The CEOs are moving around and there are new Creative Directors every here and there moving in between the companies, so a lot of us have all been working together at one point or might be in the future and instead of being competitive it is making us sticking together. I think that is a fantastic change and I am so looking forward to see what that will bring and I am convinced that it will lead to an even more positive feeling and stronger confidence at next years fair…And we were already dancing this year!
As for trends my biggest feeling was that I have had it with the quick producing huge Danes, they have been my biggest inspiration for several years now and I thought Sweden was out for good because we were running so far behind but this year I found my self not even going in to the stands of our mass productive Danish neighbors but having my heart skip a beat over the very well thought through long lasting design we saw at a lot of the Swedish producers. Here are some of my favorites but the list could be much longer.
Mats Theselius KORG chair for KÄLLEMO might have been my number one favorite at the fair.
MASSPRODUCTIONS new table, shelf and SPARK chair…To me Massproductions is our next generation design classics and if I could choose, this fairs Designer of the year.
BJÖRN DAHLSTRÖMS chair GIARDINI for his brand new company ARTICLES.
JULIUS by FÄRG & BLANCHES JULIUS and DAVID ERICSSON Hjort tribute for GÄRSNÄS.
EMMA OLBERS and LISA HILLANDS TALKING PIECES.
BAUX is still so amazing and so inspiring, creative and innovative.
CLAESSON KOIVISTO RUNES leather rugs for OGEBORG…and their amazing MARFA project.
And the stand of the fair in my opinion was absolutely not Foscarini but BOLONS by DOSHI & LEVIEN.
Sorry for the lack of images but there is hardly any good press images to find on any of the news..Let’s work on that for next year!