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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015
Last Tuesday, Christian and Toni landed in the rather chilly and snow-laden city of Stockholm for the Stockholm Furniture Fair.
Showcasing both emerging and renowned brands, the fair is one of the world’s largest for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design and certainly didn’t fail to excite us.
Usually recognised for their soft pastel shades and grey, earthy tones, Muuto took a different approach at this year’s fair. Vibrant bursts of tangerine orange dominated the display, with the Base Dining Table looking remarkably retro in its new colour variation. Keep an eye out for it on our website!
Muuto have also released the Fiber Chair in a crisp white version, which offers a fresh alternative to the dusty, natural colours that originated with the design. Consisting of recycled plastic and wood fibers, the Fiber Chair is eco-conscious design at its finest. Toni and Christian also saw the new Tangerine Loom Throw in the flesh, which has a beautifully light and hand-woven texture.
The masters of quality craftsmanship, Carl Hansen & Son also explored rich tangerine hues with a reimagined version of their classic CH88T Chair. The quote ‘a chair is only finished when someone sits in it’ is rather wonderful, don’t you think?
Christian and Toni were also fortunate enough to see how the seat of the CH24 Wishbone Chair is hand-woven in the flesh. The following video captured by Christian demonstrates how quickly the wicker seats can be hand-woven by skilled craftsmen.
As well as tangerine, jewel tones were seen everywhere at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this year. &Tradition and Munna took a slightly subtler approach to this emerging trend, whilst String and Gubi experimented with plenty of colour. The new electric blue version of the String Pocket Shelving system was particularly striking, with vintage-inspired crockery drawing quite a contrast.
Working from home is much more of a common occurrence nowadays, which probably inspired the focus on home offices at this year’s diverse fair.
The Vitra Allstar Office Chair particularly captured Toni and Christian’s attention, as it’s unlike any office chair that Vitra have ever produced before. Renowned for the sophisticated Soft Pad series, Vitra have explored a more playful and contemporary form with the introduction of these colourful swivel chairs for the office. If you’re looking to add something a little different to your office space, then the Allstar Office Chairs will be available on our website soon.
Rather than pastel hues and eclectic colours, Hay toned things down for a softer and more executive look that is different to what we’d usually expect from the contemporary Danish brand. The Pinorama was a definite highlight for Christian and Toni, which is easy to customise with different compartments and accessories thanks to its metal mesh structure.
We’re all for lamps that are a little bit different and two of Wästberg’s most recent designs definitely stole the show in the lighting department. The aluminium w152 Lamp was designed in collaboration with London design studio Industrial Facility and holds 3 USB ports in its base for a design that is simple, practical and edgy. Toni adored the daintiness of the Sempé w153 Lamp, which contrasts a delicate pinched shade with a robust clamp base.
Taking things to the outdoors, Skagerak once again demonstrated the functional simplicity of their designs with a beautifully curated display consisting of soft greys and plenty of wood. The setting was earthy and relaxed, with a strong focus on what Skagerak do best – outdoor furniture. The Riviera Sun Lounger is already available on our website, but you can expect to see the Flux Table and Chairs very soon.
As well as existing brands, Toni and Christian also saw plenty of potential brands to add to the Nest.co.uk collection.
Taking a new turn on tradition, Brdr. Krüger’s designs are sophisticated and refined with an innovative edge and had a noticeably masculine appeal about them in their Stockholm display. Since 1886, the family-run business has continued to reflect the typical elements of Danish and Nordic design – simplicity and practicality. The Tray Table was designed by Hans Bølling in 1963 and holds trays that can be rotated and flipped to transform the look of the design. Named after the Latin word for the Moon, the Lune Lamps are – unsurprisingly – shaped just like the moon and have a charming and comforting appeal to them.
One brand that Toni particularly loved was Røros Tweed. Using high quality wool and traditional Norwegian production, Røros Tweed produce stunning throws and blankets that are incredibly insulated and warm. We could do with a few in the office until Spring sets in!
Hartô were ones to watch at the show with their simple stripped-back Scandinavian style. Their considered and practical collection is highly accessible and has a subtle feminine appeal thanks to hints of pretty pastel colours. The Wall Secretary Desk Gaston is unique in that it hangs from the wall and flips out to reveal a discreet and convenient desktop.
After plenty of browsing, it wasn’t difficult for Christian and Toni to select their favourite products from the show. Christian adored the Tribeca Pendant from Menu, which was made in collaboration with Søren Rose Studio, whilst Toni was particularly intrigued by the Menu Bollard Lamps. Made of rubber, these versatile little lamps can be laid down, used as up-lights or hung as pendants at different angles. The Wire Series from Norm Architects in collaboration with Menu was also beautiful to see outside of photographs.
Another of Toni’s favourites from the show was the Louis Poulsen Collage Pendant in a wonderful blue-grey finish. The lamp creates some rather interesting shadows and is definitely one that has got to be seen in the flesh.
As well as simple and contemporary designs, there were a fair few unusual pieces to be admired. The Örsjö Karamell Pendant was definitely a conversation starter and even if you wouldn’t want it in your own home, it’s certainly something to wonder!
Overall, one of the best collections from the show was the Artek Kaari collection, which has received a great deal of press recently. French design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec designed the collection, which is named after the Finnish word for ‘arch’. It’s easy to see where this name came from, as the frames are made of bent steel triangles in a distinctive arch-like shape. Pictured is Ronan, who is very proudly sitting beside his recent work!
Overall, Christian and Toni had a fantastic time and arrived back in the UK with plenty of fresh inspiration for new brands and products. If you would like further information on any of the featured products or brands, then please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0044 114 243 3000.