Inspiring homewares at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013

The recent Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013 featured unique and chic design that was well worth a look. Here are a few highlights...

Oki Sato, founder of design company Nendo, created a lounge beside the entrance of the show. He exhibited for the first time at Greenhouse in 2004 and was invited back this year as the guest of honour. His bright white installation was inspired by snow-capped mountains and made from just 80 sheets of polyboard.

The Bake Me A Cake light (pictured top) by Morten and Jonas for Nothern Lighting was one of the most stunning items from the show. It’s made by inmates of a Norwegian prison near Bergen as part of a project that aims to create high-quality products within Norwegian prisons, while providing meaningful activities to build confidence and change behaviours of the inmates. When you need to change the light bulb, you simply lift the lid.

Volki's Icelandic woollen creations, in beautifully contrasting blue and yellow, are equally delightful. I wanted to take several of them home with me, especially with the sub-zero temperatures outside...

I’m a big fan of Note Design Studio so it was great to see so many of its products at the show. Its lollipop shaped sound screens were on the ZilenZio stand, and its fabulous Boet stools on the Mitlab stand.

The Montana shelving system is based on the universal paper system (A0, A1, A2 etc) and it can be arranged into over 1 billion different configurations – how clever is that? And it’s neon yellow - what's not to love?

Emerald Green might be Pantone’s colour of 2013, but Monaco Blue, one of the other colours in its Spring colour report, was definitely more in evidence in Stockholm. Johanson Design was showing beautiful blue and grey chairs and Ire had this fabulous sofa.

Another design piece that caught my eye was the Hoof table, from Samuel Wilkinson, the industrial designer and man behind the famous Plumen lights. Designed for &tradition, it was inspired by painted wooden chairs, which have feet left unpainted to prevent chips, but in this case, the table legs are painted and then the paint is removed in the same way a horse’s hoof is prepared before it is shod.

Architect Gert Wingardh and Finnish illustrator Kustaa Saksi created this incredible installation, made from sheets of A4 paper suspended in an arc, to house Hello! – Anatomy of Communication; a series of events about communication in design.

Hay can always be relied upon to serve up some fabulous colours and patterns. I loved these wooden rulers.

And finally, it wouldn’t seem right to conclude without another mention of the guest of honour – this is Curve by Nendo for Berga and the tiles are by Claesson Koivisto Rune. Serene style in Scandinavia at its best...

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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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