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The year 2006´s +1-diploma goes to Björn Dahlström for the armchair Brent. The annual award is presented by the design magazine Forum to the most interesting innovation at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. This is the first time that Björn Dahlström has received the +1-diploma.

Forum‚s +1-diploma rewards the most interesting innovation at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. This year the diploma goes to the industrial designer Björn Dahlström.
The judge was Eero Koivisto, last year‚s winner of the +1-diploma. Eero Koivisto is an architect and designer and one of the trio of the internationally acclaimed office of Claesson Koivisto Rune. This was his motivation for the award:

»Only an extremely experienced designer is able to achieve such perfection. Björn Dahlström has, with the armchair Brent for David design, created Stockholm Furniture Fair‚s best proportioned item of furniture. Its design idiom links it to the stealth aesthetics that occupy several of the world‚s leading designers today, but by bevelling the transition between the planes, he has created his own expression that feels 100-percent here and now. He also succeeds with what is almost impossible, to renew the typology of the armchair; the extra long seat introduces a new way of sitting. The definitive proof of his unusually high level of ambition is the little elasticated band at the base of the back of the chair which makes it possible to take off the material, a smart detail that does away with the conventional zip. It hardly needs to be stated that Brent is also extremely comfortable.«

»I am very pleased and honoured to receive this award«, says Björn Dahlström. »Of course all signs of appreciation are important but when they come from a respected colleague, it feels very special.«

»I have always been very fond of the idea of the small armchair«, he says. »I started to design a product with an extra long seat, actually too long, and soon realised that it brought out a number of relaxed sitting positions. You can fold your legs under you or sit with them to one side or the other. In other words you don‚t always have to have the focus straight ahead. I imagine the armchair in a waiting room environment or a bar, possibly many of them in one room, sticking up like monoliths from the floor.«

This is the first time that Björn Dahlström has been awarded the +1-diploma.

Former winners are

Eero Koivisto (2005)

Norway Says (2004)

Matti Klenell (2003)

Eero Koivisto och Ola Rune (2002)

The rules for the +1 are the simplest possible. From the choice of objects shown during the Stockholm Furniture Fair, Forum chooses this year‚s innovation. Thus all the exhibited objects constitute possible prize-winners furniture, lighting, textiles, fittings both large and small. One judge selects the winning object. The last year‚s winner chooses the prize-winner and so the same designer can never win twice in succession.

For further information contact Forum‚s editor-in-chief Mark Isitt (0708 504 306); Björn Dahlström (+46 (0)8 673 42 00); David Carlson, Creative director David design (0707 98 28 97); Eero Koivisto (+46 (0)8 644 58 63).

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Brent desig Björn Dahlström.

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Brent desig Björn Dahlström.

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Brent desig Björn Dahlström.

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Brent desig Björn Dahlström.

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Forum is a quarterly magazine about Nordic architecture and design. The Forum prize is a purely honorary prize. The award-winning architects and clients each receive a diploma. A copy of the diploma is placed in the prize-winning buildings.
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