It’s no secret that Scandinavia produces some of the best designs in the world, with its effortless, simple and contemporary aesthetic incredibly sought-after. It’s no surprise, then, that the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is a much-anticipated event each year, showcasing the latest in homeware and new talent shaping modern Scandinavian design. The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2016 took place on 9-13th February, with a whole host of new products, colours, shapes and textures presented to show goers. Take a look at our favourite of the exhibitions below.
Barber & Osgerby
As this year’s Guest of Honour, London-based Barber & Osgerby presented Triptych, a three-part installation influenced by Stockholm winters. Pale pink high-back sofas and sleek tables were presented, while the stand-outs were sheepskins draped across benches and the cowhide Pilot chairs – all illuminated by Hotaru Lanterns.
Republic of Fritz Hansen
Danish brand Republic of Fritz Hansen dates back to 1872, and has been credited with revolutionising Scandinavian design. For 2016 it has revitalised the famous Oxford chair, designed by Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen in 1965. The iconic design has been modernised with a lower back, softer shape and contemporary colours, making it the perfect chair for the 21st century office.
Carl Hansen & Son
Another brand reinventing vintage designs was Carl Hansen & Son, recreating the 1950 CH22 lounge chair by Hans J Wenger. Updated in a darker wood and sinking lower towards the back, this chair blends mid-century Scandinavian design with modern functionality.
Massproductions & Wästberg
Massproductions had a big presence at this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, but our favourite was the showcase of its new joint studio with fellow Swedish brand Wästberg, in Stockholm’s Hammarby quay. Staying true to the building’s industrial past, walls come in raw concrete, with the space filled with pieces from the two studios.
Founded in 1893, family-owned Swedish brand Gärsnäs focuses on quality wooden furniture, constantly collaborating with leading designers in the field to create innovative designs. At this year’s fair, Gärsnäs expanded and renewed some of its core collections, with a new easy chair in its POP collection that took inspiration from an early 1970s Hermès silk scarf being the stand-out piece.
Words by Angharad Jones