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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 …


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 …


I wish I lived: shades of grey in Stockholm

I do love a good grey (after all, my boyfriend’s surname even translates as ‘The Grey’ in English, though I can’t say that’s the only reason I’m going out with him…!) and this Stockholm apartment has plenty – I’m desperately trying to avoid referencing 50 Shades, but I couldn’t resist with the title… There’s the deep grey of the kitchen units, the dappled white marble of the worktop, the soft grey linen sofa and the muted tones of the bedroom – I love it all. It’s so hard to get the right shade of grey – in some lights they can look brown or purple, while in others they can look cold and harsh. A good tip I learnt was to test the paint out in the corner of the room, that way you can see what it will look like on two walls at once, and often two walls with different lighting conditions (my favourite is French Grey by Little Greene). This apartment’s got it spot on though and the grey’s not too overpowering, carefully balanced …

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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 …


I wish I lived here: a monochrome home in Stockholm

This three bedroom apartment in Stockholm has been styled in three completely different ways by three different stylists. My personal fave is the moody, monochrome look seen here, created by stylist and writer Tina Hellberg. While Hans Blomquist opted for a dark, almost festive look, and Mikael Beckman a bright, blingy vibe, Tina has created a calming space using natural tones, accents of chocolate brown and modern Scandinavian furniture. I love the use of sharp, black lighting and Ray Eames’ Small Dot cushion (above and below) that seems to have inspired the whole scheme. Painting a wall half black is good idea too (see the desk space below), especially, if like me, you’re a bit cautious of using dark colours everywhere… Images: Fastighetsbyran


SINE Collection Coatstand by Studio E.O

SINE collection is a wavy hanger system for clothing and accessories designed by Stockholm-based Studio E.O in collaboration with Kyuhyung Cho. Inspired by the regular tempo of sine waves (a mathematical curve that describes a smooth repetitive oscillation), the collection consists of a clothes rack and three hangers for different purposes; one for clothes, one belts or scarves and another for accessories. Made from powder coated aluminium with marble bases and matching hangers in steel, they have evenly spaced hanging points to give your closes a bit of order and finesse, smart huh? They say: Our focus was to explore different senses of form and object, loose and tight, bold and thin, heavy and light to find our own contrast and balance. As a result of that, SINE has harmonious contrasts – soft and straight lines, light aluminium and heavy stone, openness and closeness. Images: Studio E.O


I wish I lived here: a warm and natural home in Södermalm, Stockholm

How lovely and calming is this Södermalm home? Located in the neighbourhood of Årstaviken, this two-bedroomed apartment is for sale on Fantastic Frank and has original features such as hard wood floors and mirrored doors. The living room has been styled simply and thoughtfully, with soft rugs, Scandinavian furniture and original sketches in modern frames. I love the black ladder set against the wall.    Images: Fantastic Frank

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I wish I lived here: a white Stockholm apartment

A new year calls for a fresh slate, out with the old and in with the new. This clean and white apartment in Stockholm from Fantastic Frank inspires me to strip back, paint everything white and clean everything up. I love the contrast of the bright orange Eames chairs with the whitewash floor and white kitchen cupboards. I would usually never pick orange chairs- it’s one of my least favourite colours- but this home could convince me not to be so grey and boring.   Images: Fantastic Frank

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Fantastic Frank teams up with Mes Dames

Mes Dames, the fashion house with both Swedish and French roots, has teamed up with Scandinavian estate agent Fantastic Frank to promote it’s new collection and show off a stylish apartment in Stockholm. The founder of Mes Dames, Lisa Wikander has opened two stores in Shanghai, one in Paris and one in Stockholm since starting the brand in Paris in 2009. For the Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Wikander was inspired by Estrid Ericson, the founder of Svenskt Tenn, a Swedish interiors and decoration firm. She says: Estrid was a female avant-garde entrepreneur with an exquisite sense of aesthetics. Her traveling and collection of beautiful objects, the reinterpretation of historical references, and the constant presence of nature particularly inspire us. The collection is built up around a pared down silhouette, well tailored in pure materials, with a light and natural touch, spiced up with objets de curiosité. The house itself dates back to 1912 and features two bedrooms, an open living room and kitchen as well as a small attic with a fireplace and balcony. It is for …