Stockholm Design Week – A Scandinavian design festival of note

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Who doesn’t know Scandinavian interior design?
Since IKEA conquered the world with its easy-to-install, practical, often wooden furniture – Scandinavian, in particular, Swedish design is a household name.Stockholm Design Week streetBut there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. The clean lines, organic textures, and minimal shapes have been defining this interior style since the early 20th century. Stockholm Design Week 1And there is no stopping the minimalist, stylish décor movement.Stockholm Design Week logoThe Stockholm Design Week, a brainchild of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, has been celebrating these democratic design ideals since 2002. The 2018 Stockholm Design Week from 5 to 11 February is yet the biggest in the series with over 200 events and activities spread out throughout the city of Stockholm.Stockholm Design Week -FurnFairWith the first ever 360-degree, interactive, external light installation at Kungstraedgarden built by Ames Studio and an intensified collaboration with the city and the tourism industry, the Stockholm Design Week sets new standards for this fair. The aim for Stockholm is clearly to become Northern Europe’s Design Capital.Stockholm Design Week Main EntranceApart from the Furniture & Light Fair, galleries, showrooms, museums, cultural institutions, restaurants, and bars are taking part in the event. Previously it was mainly a meeting place for the industry to get new impulses. Stockholm Design Week 11Nowadays purchasers, buyers, architects, designers, journalists, artists, and design-interested people are converging in Sweden’s capital to mingle, get inspired, and learn about innovative techniques and new trends.Stockholm Design Week Paola Navone Guest_of_Honour_006The 2018 Guest of Honor is Paola Navone, a multi-talented architect, designer, interior leader (and more), who leads through the Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks under the theme ‘Visionary Thinking’ and is joined by many influential speakers. The panel discussions serve to discuss Nordic, Scandinavian and also international designs.Stockholm Design Week Paola Navone Guest_of_Honour_015The architects and designers are particularly celebrated. At the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, the jury-judged Young Swedish Design 2018 exhibition focuses on emerging talents and students and their work in product design and crafts. This display is open to the public until 18 March.Stockholm Design Week MUTANT-stapelDefining the interplay of space, interior design, and furniture is the essence of the Inside exhibition by star architects Ake Axelsson, Jonas Bohlin, and Mats Theselius at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Each designer interpreted the development of Swedish interior design from the mid-1950s to today in a room on the premises.
Stockholm Design Weel Trendutställningen_002Another highlight is the Trend Exhibition that abandons for a short time the natural, nature-inspired, warm and welcoming materials that are inherent to Scandinavian designs. This exhibition details the fake, man-made material EN-AW 6082 that is an aluminum and might possibly become a substitute for wood, metal, glass, and leather as they are becoming scarcer.Stockholm Design Week Trendutställningen_011The Stockholm Design Week is a festival of design with a packed program to promote the Northern European design destination and to bring innovative solutions and ideas to the design community.Stockholm Design Week 12

Source: photos are courtesy of Stockholm Design Week, Mathias Nero, Studio Mutant, etc.

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