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Interior of Stockholm manor with art and furniture

Tableau's Funct Feast exhibition aims to "bridge the gap between furniture and art"

Copenhagen studio Tableau has curated the Funct Feast exhibition of "functional art" and collectible design at the Älvsjö Gård venue as part of Stockholm Design Week .

The exhibition showcased work by 23 different designers chosen by Tableau, ranging from bulbous stoneware bowls by Swedish designer Anneli Grimwade to sculptural oak chairs by Norwegian designer Henrik Ødegaard.

Colourful chair at Funct Feast exhibition
The Funct Feast exhibition was on show as part of Stockholm Design Week

"We chose mostly artists who focus on functional art, so they bridge the gap between furniture and art," said Boris Peianov, who is responsible for concept development, architecture and installations at Tableau.

"Also, a lot of them focus on sustainability, reuse and waste."

Interior of Älvsjö Gård in Stockholm
It showcased "functional art" by 23 artists and designers

All the artists showing as part of Funct Feast are European, with many coming from Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

"It's worth mentioning that there are a lot of newcomers and fresh graduate artists, with some established artists as well," Peianov told Dezeen. "It's a big, encompassing mix of artists and designers."

Glass sculpture at Funct Feast exhibition
Pieces by Nienke Sikkema were on show in Stockholm

The pieces were all commissioned for the exhibition at Älvsjö Gård – a new collectible design venue that launched at Stockholm Design Week this year and sits directly across from the Stockholm Furniture Fair venue.

"It's the first time that they chose to do a special place for functional art, which is exactly what we do," Peianov said.

"And as we always fight to bridge this gap between design furniture and art, taking part obviously was a no-brainer. We wanted to be here and it fits us very well."

Also on show at Funct Feast were glass artist Nienke Sikkema's mouth-blown candleholders, as well as stools and shelves by Austrian designer Laurids Gallee that offer a contemporary take on marquetry.

The pattern of the marquetry pieces contrasted with the tiled stoves found in Älvsjö Gård, which is one of the oldest manors to still exist in Stockholm, while wooden furniture by designers including Swedish duo Lab La Bla's matched the building's original parquet floor.

Marquetry furniture at Stockholm Design Week
Marquetry pieces by Laurids Gallee incorporate colourful prints

"We love the place," Peianov said of the collectible design venue. "It activated this building that just stood on the ground unused for years. And look at it, it looks amazing."

Other projects and events at Stockholm Design Week included an exhibition about the carbon emissions of common materials and a sofa reimagined as a reconfigurable hammock.

The photography is by Michael Rygaard.

Funct Feast was on show as part of Stockholm Design Week from 7 to 11 February. Browse our digital guide to the festival or visit Dezeen Events Guide for more architecture and design events taking place around the world.