Estrid Ericson founded Svenskt Tenn in 1924, but the furniture company wouldn’t gain widespread acclaim until architect and designer Josef Frank joined her in 1934. This year, Svenskt Tenn launched the Famna 2020 sofa with Stockholm-based studio TAF. Inspired by the experience of reclining in a bathtub, it’s the first contemporary design Svenskt Tenn has released since the 1980s.
Malmstenbutiken, the showroom of historic furniture designer Carl Malmsten now in its 80th year, unveiled its Flora Collection. Designed together with Eva Schildt and Örsjö Belysning, the eight-piece collection serves as a subtle modernization of Malmstenbutiken’s original lighting designs.
In an effort to redefine the color palette often associated with Swedish design, Design House Stockholm launched the boldly hued Color Accent collection. The collection reflects the work of designer Karin Larsson. Karin’s husband, Carl, arguably Sweden’s most famed painter, frequently depicted their family home, celebrating Karin’s eye for vivid color.
The Sculptor’s Residence
In central Stockholm, an epic apartment was transformed into “The Sculptor’s Residence,” the imagined home of an enigmatic artisan. A collaboration between Swedish furniture brand Dux, Menu, and Norm Architects, the four-room apartment oozed livable luxury.
The Sculptor’s Residence installation also debuted Denmark-based St. Leo, an eco-friendly paint brand whose wall finishes and plaster added depth and texture to the space.
The Museum of Furniture Studies
The Museum of Furniture Studies, a hidden gem in the far reaches of Stockholm’s Östermalm neighborhood, features the private collection of designers Kersti Sandin and Lars Bülow. Amassed over the span of 40 years, the collection now boasts 800 pieces by more than 300 designers.
In Imaginations x12, Sven Harrys Art Museum exhibited the work of industrial designer Alexander Lervik, whose irreverent pieces explore function as the great divider between art and design. The exhibition included a rug that depicts flight traffic paired with—naturally—a paper plane machine; a bronze chair stretched to a bewildering scale; and a pair of glass lamps that transmit light and warmth to one another.
Stockholm-based design studio Form Us With Love debuted FORGO, a line of sustainable personal care products aimed at upending the industry’s immense waste.
Doshi Levien’s Installation
London-based studio Doshi Levien received the Guest of Honor distinction at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. Inside the convention center’s vast entrance hall, the design duo carved out a tranquil sanctuary to demonstrate their design process. Juxtaposing early sketches with prototypes and finished pieces, the chapel-like structure brilliantly transmuted the abstract experience of design into a hallowed physical space.
Also at the Furniture & Light Fair, Swedish wunderkind Fredrik Paulsen created the Design Bar, a central hub for fair attendees evocative of a tropical vacation: “We looked at many amusement parks around the world and other types of fun destinations—such as seafront promenades on the French Riviera, Hollywood, and Las Vegas. It’s a mishmash of all the wonderful places you can imagine.”
70 Years of Scandinavian Design
An anniversary exhibition curated by design journalist Dan Gordan showcased 70 years of Scandinavian design. Says Gordan, “The objects on display were all created during the respective decades and—importantly—are also in production today.”
A special press dinner took place at Positano Yes, a new restaurant inside Stockholm’s famed NK department store. A collaboration between Monica Förster Design Studio and Wingårdhs Architects, the buzzy eatery channels the lively spirit of the Amalfi Coast in the most unexpected of places.