Design Takes Over Swedish Capital for Stockholm Design Week (Design Milk))
A much more subdued space was the Sculptor’s Residence by Copenhagen-based architecture and design studio Norm Architects working in collaboration with DUX and MENU. The space was described by the trio as “a uniquely curated apartment space with displays of objects and furniture pieces to set the scene of a home and artist atelier.”
With its understated color palette, natural light, tactile surfaces and remnants of a creative life well lived, the overall effect was to make you consider giving notice on your own apartment and moving in immediately.
Stockholm-based Note Design Studio used typography and set design to bring a new perspective to a selection of items from the 150-year-old Swedish auction house Bukowskis in an exhibition called Adjectives.
“Note uses the language of design to inject a new discourse into that used normally to describe art,” they said. “The challenge of this unique exhibition is to show the spaces of the Bukowskis auction house, and everything within them, in the form of adjectives.”
A visit to Stockholm wouldn’t be complete without at least popping into interior design store, Svensk Tenn, founded in 1924 by art teacher and pewter artist Estrid Ericson. This time, the reward was the Famna sofa by design and architecture studio TAF. Its founders, Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom, were inspired by the spaces in which contemporary design meets the classic eclecticism of Ericson and one of her earliest and most enduring furniture designers, Austrian architect Josef Frank.
The name Famna (’embrace’) refers to its generous depth and low seat height, which invites you to rest in its embracing form – very tempting after two days exploring a design festival! It was shown in orange velvet or ‘Textile Brazil’ which features one of the biggest continuous patterns of all of Frank’s textile prints, and was designed in 1943-1945 in homage to the diversity and color of the Brazilian rainforest.
Last, but by no means least, was FORGO Essentials, an innovative new sustainable care product. Its developers, a team at design studio and incubator Form Us With Love realized that most of what we ship all over the world in bathroom products is water – so they’ve taken it out. They offer a starter kit with an empty reusable glass bottle and three paper sachets and you just buy more paper sachets when you run out. Simply mix their contents with water and you’re good to go. The project funded on Kickstarter in less than 24 hours, proving its worth almost instantly.
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