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My top picks from Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017

Back in February, I went to Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair again – it’s the biggest meeting place for Scandinavian design in the world and it’s pretty epic. Spread across three, great, big halls at congress centre Stockholmsmässan, there are around 700 brands on show, with about 80% hailing from Scandinavia. So it’s true Scandinavian design heaven – from young, emerging brands to established greats, there’s always something new to discover. This year, I got the feeling that Scandinavian designers were trying to show that they were more than the cool, contemporary, monochrome minimalism they’ve become known for. There was a focus on sustainability, local craftsmanship and material details – New Nordic some might call it. They’re all aspects that have always been the backbone of Scandinavian design, but now there’s an emphasis on authenticity, warm minimalism and natural, earthy colours. Here I’ve picked out my highlights from the fair – including the latest product launches from my favourite names and hot talent to keep an eye out for. Made by Hand I wrote about Made by Hand back in 2015 …

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My top picks from Stockholm Furniture Fair

From 9 to 13 February, Stockholm positively buzzed with all things design. Not only were there more than 80 events, installations and parties across the city for Stockholm Design Week, exhibition centre Stockholmsmässan played host to around 700 brands for the largest gathering of Scandinavian design, Stockholm Furniture Fair. It was design heaven. Here I’ve gathered together all my favourite finds, from reissued classics by Danish masters, through design studios developing innovative ways of working with materials, to up-and-coming, young designers you need to know about. So grab a cuppa ‘cos this is a long one… Enjoy! Air Wardrobe by Mathieu Gustafson for Design House Stockholm With roots both in Paris and the Swedish province of Småland, Mathieu Gustafson finds inspiration in their two different approaches to furniture design. Air is a light wardrobe and sideboard that doubles as a room divider. A little French je ne sais quoi can be seen in his panels of traditional natural woven cane, while the graphic pattern of white ribs brings to mind the strict clean lines of Scandinavian design. ‘My Swedish …

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Muuto: New Nordic, Spring 2016

Last week I was in Stockholm for the furniture fair, the largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting – a haven of clean lines, functional design and muted pastel shades. One of my favourites of the 700-plus exhibitors was Danish brand Muuto, which I’ve written about before. Rooted in Scandinavian tradition, its designs are characterised by a clean aesthetic and craftsmanship, forward-looking materials and fresh creative thinking. The name Muuto comes from ‘muutos’, meaning new perspective in Finnish, hence its aim is to present a new perspective on Scandinavian design. Here is Muuto’s latest imagery from Spring 2016. Isn’t it dreamy with the textural concrete backdrop and rich palette of colours? Let me introduce you to some of the pieces. Above is the brilliant mini stacked storage system on the wall by Julien de Smedt, the Airy coffee table by Cecilie Manz, and the Connect sofa, the Oslo Chair and the Five pouf, all by Norwegian designers Anderssen & Voll. The sofa comes in 11 different modules for numerous possibilities and is upholstered in a range of rich textiles from Kvadrat. I’m …

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Made by Hand

I love sharing new design discoveries. Made By Hand is a Danish design brand that I discovered at Stockholm Furniture Fair in February. Set up in 2013, it has a passion for craftsmanship and timeless, refined products that offer ‘a sense of harmony and comfort to everyday life’. Inspired by Scandinavian traditions and styles, all the products are made – (by hand) – by local craftspeople in Denmark and abroad. I love their ethos: At Made By Hand our design perspective is shaped by our Danish heritage blended with modern interpretations of design with a straightforward function. The Made By Hand project is our simple manifesto for selecting the right design direction, the right designers, and the right design idea – making sure every new Made bBy Hand product lives up to our design values. We represent a straightforward design approach with an appreciation of all the small details, the finesse and the quality work that goes into a design made by hand. One of Made by Hand’s first products was the Workshop Lamp (first image) designed by A. …

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Menu SS 2015 collection

While I was at Stockholm Furniture Fair the other week, the new Spring 2015 collection by Danish design brand MENU caught my eye (you might have seen me instagramming these beautiful wire chairs by Studio WM…). In a fair packed to the rafters with every imaginable furniture design in all shapes and sizes, MENU’s pared-back style, clean lines and soft muted colours provided a calming respite. The furniture isn’t just pretty to look at either, all the pieces are carefully considered and designed for function and built to last. As they say: ‘You won’t find anything crazy-coloured or hyper trendy that will ware out tomorrow. Out products and designs are meant to last and to stay classy for generations to come’. The Stick System for example is a versatile shelving system designed by Czech designers Jan Plecháč & Henry Wielgus made of wooden sticks and joints of steel. It can be easily transformed into a clothing rack and work table too. ‘We wanted to create a clever and aesthetically beautiful design solution for a modern …

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Travel Guide: Stockholm

So here’s my (winter) travel guide to Stockholm – a sort of alternative guide to the city, off the tourist-trail – featuring design shops, art galleries, independent boutiques and of course, some of the best coffee shops in the city. We went last weekend, myself for the Stockholm Furniture Fair, and O joined in for the ride. It snowed relentlessly for the whole weekend, but that didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves and exploring the city. The last time I went to Stockholm was in the summer, about five years ago, when the sun was shining and the sky was blue. This time it couldn’t have been more different, but the city was still as beautiful as ever, with snow-topped roofs and softly glowing candles in all the shops and cafes. Below I’ve listed Places to See, Places to Shop and Places to Eat, all highlighted on a handy map made with Jauntful. See the printable, pocket-sized map here. PLACES TO SEE The little red houses, Master Pers Grand, Sodermalm. We trekked a little past all the shops and cafes to …