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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2020: Highlights

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2020

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2020: Highlights

It’s all eyes on the Swedish capital this week for Stockholm Furniture Fair, “the world’s leading event for Scandinavian design”.

Attracting the most cutting-edge brands from across the globe, the show champions innovation, capturing key product trends and industry themes through exhibits, installations and presentations.

With so much to take in, we’ve put together our event highlights across sector themes, colour selections and material developments. (Image credit: Jonas Lindström)

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Themes

The Future Workspace

This year, ‘workplace’, and more specifically, its future, has been firmly on the agenda. Workspace Sweden presents a ‘forum for the workplace of tomorrow’, exploring the changing emphasis for employers from pure productivity to employee experience – EX.

As part of the exhibit, speakers including Tarkett’s EMEA Marketing Communications Manager, Marjolijn Verleg, led a seminar on the company’s global Worklife research, which has shown that many physical workplaces have not kept pace with the changes that are now part of our everyday lives.

Back in the main exhibition zone, The Post-Spatial Workspace installation ponders the question: “with the office in your pocket, is there any need to leave home?” With the popularity of cloud-based systems and homeworking, Tengbom architects explores how the physical workplace might adapt through three areas: location, technology and sustainability.

Image courtesy of Tengbom

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Colours

Maximalist versus minimalist

Perhaps reflecting 2020’s key colour trends more than anywhere else at the show is Fredrik Paulsen’s Design Bar, providing a beautifully bold place of refuge for visitors needing some R&R. A mint green structure houses primary coloured furniture on a jewel toned carpet, with oversized flecks of orange, yellow, green and purple.

Elsewhere, some exhibitors have taken a more traditionally Scandinavian approach, choosing a pared back, neutral palette for their pieces. This includes Astrid Textiles, which opted for mossy greens and light and dark greys; Studio Mara, with a white and wicker product selection; and Heymat, which also chose a combination of grey, beige and blue.

Image credit: Jonas Lindström

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Materials

Traditionally futuristic

Elevating lighting from functional to a form of art, Doshi Levien’s Earth to Sky collection comprises seven pieces that channel their beauty through simplicity. Minimal shapes and a subtle colour palette combine to create a quiet statement – the perfect in-between of the current maximalist and minimalist trends.

With longevity in mind, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec present the latest additions to their ceramic vase collection for Iittala. With symmetry at the design’s heart, and a thin layer of enamel providing extra depth, the results explore the relationship between the perfect and imperfect in nature.

From the traditional to the futuristic, Woodio Design exhibits the results of its material technology research – the world’s first waterproof solid wood composite. Offering an earthiness, the textured material adds a touch of warmth to bathroom interiors through baths and sinks.

Image credit: Jonas Lindström

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