Nearly 700 exhibitors attend the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair each year, 80 per cent of which are Scandinavian, making the event the largest meeting place for Scandinavian design. From whiteboards to modular seating systems, they have launched some very exciting new designs. We’ve selected our highlights and categorised them into offices, hospitality and apartments.
Swedish manufacturer Abstracta has enjoyed great success with its acoustic ‘Airflake’ system which uses modular felt flakes to dull constant background noise and divide space in open-plan working environments.
The new design is exactly the same principle, but in the shape of a leaf. This gives added flexibility as the leaves can be fitted together in horizontal and vertical positions. Available in a whole host of colours and shades, the Airleaf is certain to be a popular feature in open-plan spaces!
The new ‘Attach’ table system from Lammhults is a clever design with a variety of size and finish options, including a 2m diameter table top on just three legs! It is a great addition to Lammhults’ extensive office furniture offering.
The ‘Row of’ storage system from Mitab is fantastic and great for offices in terms of both style and function. The varied heights, closed/open storage and variety of colours create numerous configuration possibilities and all metal used is from recycled materials.
Meanwhile, the ‘Note’ from Lintex is a double-sided whiteboard designed for optimum flexibility around the office; either hang it up on the wall or carry it around from meeting to meeting using the in-built handles!
Other highlights included ‘Aperi’ seating from Lammhults, BAUX ‘Plank’ acoustic tiles, the ‘Pluralis’ table and the ‘Oxford Premium’ chair from Fritz Hansen.
The ‘Nest’ collection from +Halle “takes the traditional lounge area to new heights”. It combines the concepts of a bar stool and sofa and challenges the often uncomfortable feel of bar stools.
The ‘Laminett’ is the little sister to Swedese’s design classic ‘Lamino’ chair. It is 20cm lower than the Lamino and this lower height allows the chairs to work well in a group setting with a sofa.
The ‘Decostick’ pendant from Orjso was designed for a hotel restaurant, which allows one light to point directly onto the table and the other for general light. Different switches allow for different luminosity from each bulb.
‘LA PIPE’ chairs are a new addition to the small but expanding Friends & Founders collection. Founded just two years ago, the Scandinavian brand is continually launching high-quality designs for contract spaces, homes and outdoor.
Lightyears has launched a new take on the now iconic Caravaggio light - ‘Caravaggio Read’. The Cecilie Manz design is now available with a rotating shade and dimmable lamp and comes in a floor, wall and table version.
Bla Station’s ‘Dent’ chairs were launched in 2013, but seeing them again in Stockholm has sparked our enthusiasm for the expertly crafted chairs. Formed to fit the contours of the body, the Dent can be stacked and is available in moulded wood veneer or now dressed in fabric or leather.
The ‘Petite family’ from Secto is a great addition to the portfolio of wooden lights. The wall and table lights are adjustable and turn from side to side while the pendant is a smaller alternative to the traditional collection.
Other highlights for apartments include the ‘Boxplay’ seating range from Swedese; the ‘Saw’ series from Friends & Founders and the ‘Mood fabric’ board from Lintex.
As you’ll have realised, there were quite a few products worth mentioning from our visit to Stockholm this year and we’d be more than happy to provide further information on any of those listed!