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Stockholm Furniture Fair Design Talks

Barber & Osgerby headline Stockholm Furniture Fair's Design Talks programme

Dezeen promotion: a series of talks hosted by industry figures including design duo Barber & Osgerby (pictured) and OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu takes place as part of Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair this week.

Now in its third year, the Stockholm Design Talks programme takes place from 10 to 13 February. The 2016 theme is Scandinavia Now, and conversations will revolve around current trends in the field of design and architecture.

"We are the world's largest meeting place for Scandinavian design, so it feels logical in 2016 to zoom in for a closer look at what is happening right here, right now," said event manager Cecilia Nyberg.

"Everything from ongoing architecture and interior design projects, success factors behind our design companies and designers, current debates within topics such as how we develop our cities and responsible construction that we can leave behind for future generations," she added.

Stockholm Furniture Fair Design Talks
Shohei Shigematsu

Other guests and speakers include architects Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård, artist and human cyborg Neil Harbisson, and Snøhetta partner Jenny B Osuldsen.

Dezeen's editor in chief Marcus Fairs will chair the Stockholm Design Week Round-up, where a panel will summarise the high and low points, trends and tendencies, and icons and new names from the event.

Showcase – a new feature for 2016 – will see interesting and ongoing architectural projects presented by their designers.

Stockholm Furniture Fair Design Talks
Neil Harbisson

Stockholm Design Talks will be held in the Knowledge Center at Stockholmsmässan, next to the Design Bar in Cedar Hall.

Admission to the talks is free. The discussions will be recorded and can be viewed on the event's Youtube or Vimeo channels.

Stockholm Furniture Fair takes place from 9 to 13 February 2016. Projects on show include mirrors with indented leather frames, rugs designed for a Texas art gallery and carpets that feature patterns based on London's textures.

Read on for more information from the organisers.

Stockholm Design Talks theme for 2016 is Scandinavia Now

For the third consecutive year, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is arranging Stockholm Design Talks, the fairs own forum for knowledge and discussions within the area of design. The theme for 2016 is Scandinavia Now, and shines a light on topics and projects that are happening now.

Stockholm Design Talks offers many interesting discussions and lectures with high-profile guests from around the world. With the theme, Scandinavia Now, Stockholm Design Talks is striving to become even more up-to-date and reflect current trends in the field of design and architecture.

Stockholm Furniture Fair Design Talks
Marcus Fairs

Another new feature for 2016 is Showcase, where interesting and ongoing architectural projects will be presented by their designers. Like in previous years, Stockholm Design Talks will be led by moderators who are very knowledgeable within the area of design.

Stockholm Design Talks will be held February 10-13 in the knowledge center of Stockholmsmässan, next to the Design Bar in Cedar Hall.

First on the schedule for February 10-11 are the Architecture and Design Days, which will focus primarily on architecture, interior architects, designers and buyers. February 12 is Furniture and Light Dealers Day, which focuses on dealers. February 13 is General Admission Day with a number of inspirational, knowledgeable guests.

Guests and speakers include Neil Harbisson, artist, Judith van Vliet, fashion designer, Bolle Tham, architect, Emma Jonsteg, CEO of Utopia Arkitekter, Martin Videgård, architect, design duo Barber & Osgerby, designers and architects, Karolina Keyzer, urban architect and Hanna Wendelbo, tapestry designer.

Stockholm Furniture Fair Design Talks
Hanna Nova Beatrice

The Architecture and Design Days will be concluded with Stockholm Design Week Round-up, at which Stockholm Design Talks, under the leadership of Marcus Fairs from Dezeen and interesting panel members, will summarize the high and low points, trends and tendencies and icons and new names from the past week.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair's own forum for knowledge and discussions in the area of design and architecture - Stockholm Design Talks - presents several well-respected firms and lecturers to talk about architecture in Scandinavia and the world. Participants include Jenny B. Osuldsen from Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and Shohei Shigematsu from OMA in New York.

Snøhetta works constantly to reinvent design by using creative processes, analogue and digital tools and new challenges in "the green shift", which affects and pushes the work into the future. This will be discussed at Stockholm Design Talks using different project examples.

Snøhetta was founded in 1989 and is an award-winning architecture firm in international architecture, landscape architecture, interior design architecture and brand design. The firm focuses on collaboration with multiple professional groups, each of which explores their individual perspectives and conditions in every project. Respect for different backgrounds and cultures is the most important factor behind its work, and Snøhetta consists of designers and architects from all over the world.

Jenny B Osuldsen is a partner at Snøhetta and a professor in landscape architecture at the University of Life Science in Ås, Norway. She is also a guest professor at Ax:son-Johnson Institute of Sustainable Urban Design at the University of Lund. She started working at Snøhetta in 1995 and has been involved in a number of the firm's design projects, both for competitions as well as for several large and small projects. Jenny B Osuldsen was also the CEO when Snøhetta opened its office in New York.

Stockholm Furniture Fair Design Talks
Svante Öquist

Shohei Shigematsu, CEO of OMA New York, presents a selection of projects from OMA's office in New York that explores new parts and hybrids of architecture typologies, from food markets to raised parks and urban water strategies. Shohei Shigematsu started at OMA in 1998 and became a partner in 2008. He has been the head of the New York office since 2006, and under his leadership the office in New York has worked with several buildings throughout the USA, including Milstein Hall in 2011, which is an extension of the College for Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University.

Shohei also designed cultural buildings such as Quebec National Beaux Arts Museum and Faena Arts Center at Miami Beach – both of which are planned for completion in 2016. Shohei also headed the design project for Waist Down, Prada's exhibition that is touring the world, and his commitment to urban architecture also includes a new civic center in Bogota, Colombia and a food market in Louisville, Kentucky. He has also headed collaborations with artists such as Cai Guo Qiang, Marina Abramovic and Kanye West.

Other architectural firms that are participating include Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård, founders and architects, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, Stockholm 
Wednesday, February 10, 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM. The lecture will be about recent projects, such as the recently completed project, KTH School of Architecture, which is the first new building for the architecture program on KTH's campus since 1970, wooden houses in Frihamnen in Stockholm and other projects.