Twelve highlights from Stockholm Furniture Fair 2023
Promotion: the world's largest platform for Scandinavian design, Stockholm Furniture Fair returns for 2023, and will see more than 400 exhibitors from 31 countries take part in the event.
Events at this year's fair include exhibitions presenting up-and-coming designers' work, a series of architecture and design talks and The Scandinavian Design Awards.
Read on for the highlights of Stockholm Furniture Fair 2023.
Stockholm Furniture Fair Talks
The fair has a packed program of architecture and design talks that run through the week, with speakers including designers Sabine Marcelis, Stephen Burks and Raw Edges as well as architects Anders Lendager and Victoria Millestrup.
Älvsjö Gård is a new platform for experimental, research driven and collectible design, set in one of the oldest still existing manors in Stockholm. With its close proximity to the Stockholm Furniture Fair it has a unique position to showcase limited and small scale design to a wide audience. The exhibition will showcase work from design galleries, makers, independent artist and designers
Exhibitors for 2023 include Tableu from Denmark, Pyton Gallery and Kiosken from Norway and Stockholm Modern, Coulisse Gallery and Veermakers from Sweden. The artist Fredrik Nielsen showcases the installation Mixed Emotions and the curated exhibition New Narratives shows new and unique work from a number of Swedish designers and artists. Also Tokio from Slovenia, Navet from Sweden and the Swedish sculptor and designer Kajsa Melchior will show their work here.
This year, 32 designers and 30 design schools from 18 countries will exhibit at Greenhouse. Stockholm Furniture Fair's platform for young emerging designers will include panel debates and talks at The Greenhouse Bar by Nola, which was designed by furniture brand Nola in collaboration with designers Anki Gneib and Mia Cullin.
Stockholm Design Week
More than 100 furniture brands, design studios and museums will take part in Stockholm Design Week, which is organised by Stockholm Furniture Fair. The festival features a programme of exhibitions at galleries and museums, showrooms and parties.
Now or never – 1 kg CO2e
Now or never – 1 kg CO2e will focus on "different materials affect our surroundings – and what difference our choices make". The event is organised by innovation and design agency EY and designer and sustainability strategist Emma Olbers.
Guest of Honour
Design studio Front has been chosen as the Stockholm Furniture Fair's Guest of Honour. Front is the first Swedish design studio to receive the recognition and they will show parts of their long research project focused on Swedish nature.
The studio exhibited at Greenhouse when it was a newly found design studio, and as part of this year's fair, it will create an installation.
The Gallery Edition
The Gallery Edition is an exhibition designed by stylist Sophia Bratt, which aims to offer companies from the city a chance to showcase a product during Stockholm Design Week, with the aim of strengthening connections between the city and the fair.
The bar Underbar
Interior architect Jonas Bohlin and designer Christine Ingridsdotter will create the bar Underbar in Hall B from carefully selected components that will all be reused once the fair is over. The bar aims to be a meeting place created with care and imagination, where new creations designed by Bohlin will also be on show for the first time.
The Nude Edition
The Nude Edition is a new exhibition area created with pre-built stands made of recycled material that will include Reform Design LAB and Hans K.
The area, which has small, 15-square-metre stands that will be recycled after the fair, intends to demonstrate a more sustainable way of exhibiting. The material partners for construction and flooring of the area are Recoma and Tarkett.
Young Swedish Design
The exhibition platform Ung Svensk Form – Young Swedish Design – returns to Stockholm Furniture Fair to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Ung Svensk Form is an annual award and touring exhibition that showcases young Swedish talent, organised by Svensk Form. The exhibition will be centrally located in Greenhouse.
Scandinavian Design Awards
The Scandinavian Design Awards is a new award initiated to celebrate the best design, architecture and interiors in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
The awards consist of eight categories, including Architecture of the Year and Sustainability Award of the Year. The winners will be presented at a ceremony and dinner in the Stockholm City Hall on February 6 and displayed in an exhibition in Hall B at Stockholm Furniture Fair.
The award is a collaboration between the publishing house It Is Media and Stockholm Furniture Fair.
Closing the Loop
Closing the Loop will be a guest exhibition by the design platform Solaris community that unveils how approximately 11 million tons of plastic that end up in our oceans every year. The exhibition showcases art, furniture, lighting and fashion created by designers and brands such as Karim Rashid, Pierre Balmain, Swarovski and Julia Koerner.
Stockholm Furniture Fair 2023 takes place from 7 to 11 February 2023 at Stockholmsmässan, Mässvägen 1, 125 30 Älvsjö, Sweden. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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