This year saw the return of the ever popular Stockholm Furniture Fair, for more than 60 years, yes 60 YEARS, this fair has attracted purchasers, architects, designers and journalists to Stockholm. With brands such as, &Tradition, Artek, Copenhagen Bath, DCW Editions, HAY, Gubi, HC Wang Design inc, Nomess Copenhagen and Hem (for example), it shows to be an exhibition packed full of incredible design.
“Stockholmsmässan, which is Scandinavia’s largest exhibition and congress centre, organised its first furniture fair in 1951. Since then the fair has grown into what is generally considered as one of the two top-notch furniture fairs in Europe – the other one being Salone del Mobile in Milan”.
I couldn’t make it there this year (I’m so gutted!) but my Swedish design correspondent, former colleague and friend, Evelina Nilsson took a trip to the fair and gave me the low down.
This garden theme is strong, bringing nature indoors. The green tone is deep and rich paired with brass it feels luxurious and lush, soft pastels also feature in this trend to lighten and soften the palette. “There’s still a lot of copper, brass, gold details especially in lighting.”
Top left – office design, Top right – chair, dark green leather with copper pipe
Bottom left, candlestick deisgn by Richard Hutten for Skultuna , Bottom Right – fabric details
As we all know the Scandinavians are the masters of monochrome and each year they somehow reinvent this very cool trend, so what’s new this year?
Material combinations such as veined marble with cork, concrete and washed linen, hint of brass, gunmetal grey and dark hues of inky blue.
As Pantone announced their colour of the year ‘Marsala’ it was inevitable that we’d see it everywhere, those colour gurus never get it wrong! This inspired colour palette ranged from orange/pinks hues, earthy red to deep aubergine.
Bottom left – Tondo furniture range by Stefan Borselius for Fogia , Bottom right, Material colour range
Bottom left – leather details, Bottom right – surface samples
As I’ve been checking out the Stockholm furniture fairs Instagram pics and reading Evelina’s report, I have chosen my favourite item from the show, the Light Forest by &Tradition. It’s stunning and has taken the industrial trend to another level.
Next year I’ll make sure I get to the fair myself as it looks great and very inspirational, thanks Evelina for the update and snaps!
To read more about the Stockholm furniture fair visit the Fair View blog.