Arik Levy is Guest of Honour 2011
He has been called a scientist and poet, Arik Levy − Guest of Honour at Stockholm Furniture Fair and Northern Light Fair 2011. For the eighth year in a row an international designer will be creating a lounge, which will now be located in the Entrance Square.
"Design is an uncontrolled muscle" Arik Levy
Designer, technician, artist, photographer, filmmaker, Levy's skills are multi-disciplinary and his work can be seen in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Respected for his furniture and light designs on all continents, Levy also creates hi-tech clothing lines and accessories for firms in the Far East.
"We want to continue to show the crossover between different design genres, which is something that we started last year with Paul Smith. This time we want to explore the boundary between design and art. Arik Levy is one of the most exciting and innovative designers of our time and we are attracted by his way of moving freely between various disciplines, between mass production and unique objects, simplicity and experiment," says Cecilia Nyberg, Event Manager, Stockholm Furniture Fair and Northern Light Fair.
Arik Levy was born in 1963 in Israel and now works in Paris. He studied industrial design at Art Center Europe in Switzerland. He has taught at École Nationale Supérieur de Création Industrielle/Les Ateliers in Paris and held several workshops at a number of design schools in Europe. He has also designed stage sets for modern dance performances at the Grand Theatre in Geneva, the Dutch dance theatre and Batsheva Dance Center in Israel. In 1997, he established the company LDesign together with Pippo Lionni. Since then they have designed for companies such as Vitra, Desalto, Molteni, Frag, Ligne Rosset, Zanotta, Swedese, Serralunga. LDesign today consists of 20 designers and graphic artists and produces brand identities, packaging, signage, exhibition and interior design.
"It is a great pleasure for me to be the Guest of Honour at Stockholm Furniture Fair and Northern Light Fair. The fair represents more than just a gathering of manufacturers in the industry; for me it's also about the Nordic region and Scandinavian culture, design and identity, that I greatly respect and appreciate. I've had many wonderful experiences in Sweden and I'm looking forward to this new opportunity of being there," says Arik Levy.
Considering himself now more of a "feeling" designer, Arik Levy continues to contribute substantially to our interior and exterior milieu, his work including public sculpture as well as complete environments that can be adapted for multi use. "Life is a system of signs and symbols," he says, "where nothing is quite as it seems."
He has had exhibitions in many places, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Pascale Cottard-Ollsson Gallery, Stockholm and ISART Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Munich.
Previous Guests of Honour include Patricia Urquiola, Spain; the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, France; Naoto Fukasawa, Japan; Konstantin Grcic, Germany; Giulio Cappellini, Italy; Ineke Hans, the Netherlands and Paul Smith, UK.
Stockholm Furniture Fair and Northern Light Fair will take place at Stockholmsmässan on 8-12 February, 2011.