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The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2018 – Scandinavian design at its best

The fair is the perfect place for industry representatives to exchange ideas. For design fans, it’s a hotspot for inspiration. Over 40,000 visitors from 60 countries are expected at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair from 6 to 10 February 2018. Seminars, lectures and the Stockholm Design Week set the scene for the largest furniture trade fair in Sweden – a true trendsetter in Scandinavian design.

  

The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair – Beyond “just” interior design

Simple and understated elegance: Once again, this year’s fair stays true to its motto. Over 600 exhibitors will present new collections, products, and ideas, revealing the latest interior design trends. There will literally be no shortage of highlights: Following this year’s detailed exploration of “light” at imm cologne, the “Northern Light Fair” will also present innovative lighting systems and lamps at the same time as the furniture fair in Stockholm.

Naturally warm design trends continue

Whether we’re talking about dressers, coffee tables or children’s beds, the Scandinavian furniture design trend characterized by naturalness and sustainability continues. Not only renowned “Northern lights” like Carl Hansen & Son, Bolia, or the high-quality textile producer Kvadrat, are setting the scene with their high-end furniture and materials. Products from international labels also perfectly fit the Scandinavian style– for example, the unique solid timber products from German company Zeitraum.

Wood, passion, and craftsmanship

The preference for wood and sustainable materials seems to be growing year by year in the Greenhouse section of the fair.

Up-and-coming designers and design schools from 17 countries are presenting their prototypes at the newcomers’ platform this year. These include artists and wood carvers whose handmade products emphasise how multifaceted natural resources are.

This year’s Trend Exhibition: “EN-AW 6082” also places the spotlight on natural materials and craftsmanship. Merging reality with illusion, Swedish designer Christian Halleröd aims to demonstrate the value of pure materials like wood, stone, glass, and leather in combination with traditional craftsmanship.

Interior design on stage and at the bar

Even the Design Bar’s menu at the furniture fair is inspired by nature, taking guests on a visual and culinary journey. The exhibition’s restaurant is unpretentious, combining the atmosphere of old cinemas, Roman arenas, French gardens, and a hint of science fiction. For the first time, the Design Bar also integrates a stage for the Design & Architecture Talks during which industry experts will discuss light design, the use of colours and fabrics, and the development of new trends, among other things.

A celebration of diversity

For the third successive year, the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair also features a Design Studio Area to support smaller manufacturers wishing to present their designer furniture, lamps, and textiles to a broader audience. Italian architect and product designer Paola Navone is this year’s honorary guest, showcasing an installation. Likewise, exhibitors at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair can again hope to win an Editors’ Choice Award in the categories “Rising Star”, “Best Stand” or “Best Product”.

Architecture is also represented: The exhibition Panorama explores how modern architecture can contribute to democracy.

Stockholm Design Week: Events across the whole city

From 5 to 11 February 2018, the magnificent Stockholm Design Week will be spread throughout the whole city. Guests to Scandinavia’s largest design event will have the opportunity to explore the capital outside the exhibition halls, where over 100 events, high-end exhibitions and installations are waiting to be discovered. Since 2002, the Stockholm Design Week has expanded the furniture trade fair’s inspiring programme by making many galleries, showrooms, and cultural facilities open to the public.

In 2018, the Stockholm Design Week with its furniture trade fair will not only prove itself to be a festival for design lovers, a hotspot for industry representatives, but above all, a trendsetter for Scandinavian design.

Are you a fan of Scandinavian interior design? What are your favourite new interior design trends? We look forward to receiving your comments!

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