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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2013
Last week we braved the snow of Stockholm to make it to the annual Furniture Fair.
It was our first time in Stockholm but as we’d heard the fair is renowned for supporting and encouraging new talent, as well as showcasing the best big-name brands, we were very excited to be going.
We saw a whole lot of exciting design – some of which will be making its way on to the Nest site very soon so keep your eyes peeled. We also had the pleasure of seeing some new designs from established names such as Tom Dixon, Muuto and Flos among many others.
Armed with our comfiest shoes and suitcase (for all the brochures!) we headed straight to the fair for one full, jam-packed day of design. As there was so much to see we started straight away and headed for the Fredericia stand first – one of our current favourites. They had a fab display with the new Pato chair being the centre of attention.
Moving on we headed to the Tom Dixon stand where the twinkling light of the Etch Web Pendant Light caught our eye. The Etch created a beautiful display and, judging by the amount of people gathered around, was one of the most popular pieces at the fair. Tom Dixon also created a buzz with their visually stunning Fin display which featured the Round and Obround versions in blue copper and aluminium.
Colour was a large part of this year’s fair, with many brands showcasing their products in new pastel hues. Montana, Hay and Muuto launched some items in pretty pastels, perfect for spring! We particularly liked the Montana storage systems in lilac, pink and mint and the new Hay DLM Side Tables in peach and rose. We will be adding the new colours to our range very soon so watch this space. Also worth a note is the Hay Mags Modular Sofa which was looking cosy in a soft, muted biscuit/grey.
A few new finishes were also unveiled at the fair. A particular mention goes to the Flos Piani Big by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in wood and concrete which were just stunning. The new materials suit the lamp’s boxy shape so well.
It was great to see some old favourites thrown into the mix too – the Moooi stand was a delight with many of their modern classics on show. We saw the Heracleum and Dear Ingo suspension lights, the elaborately painted Altdeutsche Cabinet and Clock and the colourful Gothic Chair, among many other pieces. Muuto and Vitra also had great displays.
Finally, the little ones had something to keep them entertained this year at Magis. We spotted their fun display which included the Bunky Bunkbed, Puppy Chair, Rocky the Rocking Horse and Pingy the Penguin.
After a busy design-filled day we headed back to Sheffield, catching a wonderful sunset over Stockholm on the way. We cannot wait to visit again, and maybe next time we’ll get to see a bit more of the beautiful city as well.
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