Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Stockholm - Örsjö New Collection

Stockholm Furniture Fair saw the launch of the 2010 collection from Örsjö Belysing. Further expanding their range of innovative and stylish light solutions Örsjö introduced two new lighting families; ‘Cone’ and ‘Funnel’, as well as presenting the new ‘Bell’ pendant and ‘Lean’ wall light.
Funnel by WIS design
Following their desire to work with the most contemporary designers Örsjö commissioned WIS design to create a new family for their brand. Inspired by historical Swedish street lamps, Funnel mixes nostalgic romance with industrial clarity, to create a unique and contemporary look. Available as table, floor, wall and pendant lamp.

Bell by Matti Klenell
Continuing their successful collaboration with designer-of-the-moment Matti Klenell, Örsjö launched ‘Bell’ a big ”light machine” which takes its inspiration from industrial lamps and well-lit ice hockey rinks. Extensively researched to ensure optimal light performance, along with a distinct rounded, graphic design Bell is suitable for larger spaces and yet equally impressive in more intimate settings.

Lean Wall Lamp by Jenny Bäck
Since its launch last year the Lean floor lamp has won a tremendous amount of praise from the design media, including Wallpaper, Elle Decoration, Frame and Icon. Stockholm saw development of Jenny Bäck’s design with the addition of a wall based lamp, and the release of the Lean collection in white. Skilfully mixing white steel with brass and grey rubber, the Lean in white is a true beauty.

Cone by Anna Harbom
Cone was developed from the desire to combine an interesting array of materials together with light. The glossy sheen of the glass contrasts with an additional rib knitted textiles to create a stylistically pure electrical lighting design.

Stockholm Furniture Fair – Top Picks

Having moved to the expanded Hall A of the Stockholmsmässan, the design fair almost doubled in size. In spite of the enlarged scale, and the high quality of exhibitors, a few collections really stood out amongst the crowd. Here are our top picks;

Blå Station presented Mono by Mia Cullin a small but perfectly formed coffeetable/sidetable, its glass top lifts to reveal storage in the metal body…clever. Dunder by Stefan Borselius provided extra comfy seating, who needs cushions and pillows when you have Dunder?! Shown in blocks of blue and yellow.

RVW presented their stunning collection of contemporary and beautifully crafted designs. Founded by Johannes Herbertsson and Jonas Nordgren in 2009, having previously worked together with the VUJJ brand, both as designers and producers. We thought their whole collection was very strong, but particularly liked their Mollis easy chair and the Haijk bowls.

Stick by Jonas Lindvall for Skandiform proved that beautifully crafted wood furniture still had a place in a fair dominated by block colour metal finishes.

In the student fair Greenhouse, Måns Salomonsen’s Cocoon on the Steneby stand stood out. Combining decoration with practical storage, the clay body absorbs water from the fruit and vegetables, later evaporating to cool its shell.

Other clever use of material could be found in the designs of Matilda Ringner, with her table Nomad, a twist on the trestle leg, and Shake It a multi-function rubber mat.

Stockholm - Jonas Bohlin + dry ice + garlic = Input Interior’s Bohlin Retrospective.

Jonas Bohlin has been at the centre of Swedish design for nearly 30 years, ever since the huge success of his concrete chair in 1981. Bohlin has produced an impressive body of work more than deserving of a retrospective. Thrilled to be at the opening party we were pleased to see Bohlin rejected the stark austerity of the fair stands in favour of a more theatrical approach. Filling Input Interior’s cavernous showroom with metres and metres of heavy curtain and hidden dry ice machines he transformed the space into a dramatic setting for his work.
We particularly liked his Kvist light with is raw copper tubing and organic shape (below). OK, it’s manufactured by Örsjö, so we are obviously biased, but you have to admit it does look good! And if you don’t believe us ask the Lammhults group, as the Kvist in white hung throughout their large stand at the fair.

Stockholm - Design Bar by Jonas Wagell

Theatrical tactics could also be seen inside the Fair with Jonas Wagell’s Design Bar, bedecked in his designs for Hello Industries, Berga Form and Mitab. Stage size backdrops of the city with balloon trees and clouds surrounded his chairs and lighting designs which people could admire while sitting down for a coffee and sweet treat. His designs for the bar reflected Hello Industries' colourful and playful objects including Symbio (below) - a Relay favourite.

Stockholm - Form Us With Friends

In the heart of the city centre super-cool design house Form Us With Love set up camp in the middle of an ongoing restoration to a grand 19th century hotel. Presenting new designs including some for manufacturers Voice, Ateljé Lyktan, Bolon and Arcona, they threw a pretty good party!
Favourites included the new floor version of ‘Ogle’ for Ateljé Lyktan and the new bean-bag-chair ‘Swell’ for Voice (below).

Stockholm - Transit at the Nordic Light Hotel

With so many people around the world making Stockholm a destination for design in February, Alexander Lervik took air travel as inspiration for his installation in the Nordic Light Hotel. Part of an annual commission program, the central design hotel hands over their lobby to a young designer every year for Design Week. This year Lervik ‘interprets the feeling of being on the move’ with upholstered luggage carousel sofas, bag cushions, LED lighting and projections.