When Stockholm Furniture Fair opens its doors in February, the focus is all Scandinavian. With a Guest of Honor installation by the Swedish design studio Front and the bar Underbar by the Swedish interior architect Jonas Bohlin, Swedish design is put at the forefront for the first time in the fair’s history.
Front is the first Swedish design studio to receive the recognition and they will show parts of their long research project in the Swedish nature. The Swedish interior architect Jonas Bohlin – behind many of Swedens most iconic restaurants and bars the last 30 years – has designed a bar where all materials and furniture will be re used directly after the fair. In an installation in Hall B, all nominees for the newly established Scandinavian Design Award are presented, a collaboration between It is media and Stockholm Furniture Fair with the aim of celebrating Scandinavian design. In every category the importance of sustainability is evident. This is also true for most projects presented at the fair. Sustainability and circularity are highlighted in several panel debates and two guest exhibitions, including “Now or Never – 1kg CO2e” by designer and strategist Emma Olbers and Dobermann Sally. With the new concept The Nude Edition – with stands built from recycled material – and 100Gruppen as a new sustainability partner alongside Swedish Wood, Stockholm Furniture Fair continue their work for more sustainable ways of exhibiting.
“Now or never – 1 kg CO2e”
What impact does our furniture have on the climate? The guest exhibition “Now or never – 1 kg CO2e” shows how different materials affect our surroundings – and what difference our choices make. The exhibition is organised by Emma Olbers, designer and sustainability strategist, together with the design and innovation agency EY Doberman. Form us with Love, Polestar, Doconomy and Nrep are also participating.
Closing the Loop
The guest exhibition Closing the Loop by the Solaris community – a circular-chain platform initiated by the United Nations ESCAP in 2019 – put a spotlight on the 11 million tons of plastic that end up in our oceans every year. With upcycling as a key circular economy driving force, the exhibition showcases art, furniture, lighting and fashion created by designers and brands such as Karim Rashid, Pierre Balmain, Swarovski and Julia Koerner. The exhibition Closing the Loop is made by Solaris Community in collaboration with Materialbiblioteket.
Scandinavian Design Awards
The Scandinavian Design Awards is a new award initiated to celebrate the best design, architecture and interiors in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. The awards consist of eight categories, including Architecture of the Year and Sustainability Award of the Year. The winners are presented at a ceremony and dinner in the Stockholm City Hall on February 6 and displayed in an exhibition in Hall B at Stockholm Furniture Fair. The award is a collaboration between the publishing house It Is Media and Stockholm Furniture Fair. Tickets to the prize ceremony available here.
The Nude Edition
The Nude Edition is a new exhibition area with pre built stands made of recycled material. The stands are small, measuring only 15 square meters, and the material will return to be recycled after use. The area is a step towards a more sustainable way of exhibiting and exhibitors in Nude Edition 2023 include Herman Miller and Reform Design LAB. The material partners for construction and flooring of the area are Recoma and Tarkett.
The bar Underbar
The designer and interior architect Jonas Bohlin – behind many of Swedens most iconic restaurants and bars the last 30 years – have designed the bar Underbar in Hall B in close collaboration with Christine Ingridsdotter. The bar is made from carefully selected materials which will be reused after the fair, and the furniture and new lighting showcased and used in the bar will continue to other restaurants after the fair has ended. Jonas Bohlin is one of Swedens most highly regarded designers. Ingridsdotter produce much of his work, made in Sweden only.
Stockholm Furniture Fair Talks
Stockholm Furniture Fair offer a dedicated program with keynote speakers and inspiring design and architecture talks throughout the week. Amongst the speakers on the main stage in the Victoria Hall you will find designers such as Sabine Marcelis, Stephen Burks and Raw Edges as well as architects such Anders Lendager, Victoria Millestrup from BIG and Ukrainian architect Slava Balbek, behind a number of volunteer initiatives in his country. Many panel debates discuss circularity and sustainable ways to work moving forward.
Guest of Honour
The Guest of Honour 2023 is the design studio Front, making it the first time the distinction goes to a Swedish design studio. Front work in an art and research driven way and move freely between the industry and the gallery world. They exhibited at the Greenhouse area for young talents early on their careers. In February their Guest of Honour installation will set the tone for 72nd edition of Stockholm Furniture Fair.
Stockholm Furniture Fair will be held February 7–11, 2023 at Stockholmsmässan.
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