The Best of Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2016

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

Barber & Osgerby's installation featuring pink sofas with many white Hotaru hanging lanterns at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2016.

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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

A line of different coloured Oxford chairs in a new design by Republic of Fritz Hansen at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2016.

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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

A dark wood 1950 CH22 lounge chair in a white room by Hans J Wenger at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2016.

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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

A concrete room in an industrial building set up by Massproductions with a large potted plant, turquoise sofa, standing lamp, black table and large black hanging lamp at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2016.

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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.


An easy chair designed by Gärsnäs at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2016.

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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

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

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