Stockholm Design Week 2020
A week-long celebration of Scandinavian design in the Swedish capital; Stockholm Design Week brings design exhibitions and installations to venues across the city.
First held in 2002, Stockholm has cemented itself as the most important event in the calendar for discovering the best in Scandinavian design.
An annual trip for the team at Nest, visiting Stockholm is one of our favourite events on the design calendar. Our CEO Christian and our Purchasing & Brand Liaison Manager Kasia braved the cold weather to travel to the 2020 Stockholm Design Week for 2 days of exceptional design.
It was a little less snowy than last year thankfully!
In the city, we visited a fantastic exhibition dedicated to designer Mattias Stenberg and had a wonderful stay at Hotel J, surrounded by pine trees and a beautiful sea view. But of course, the main event of the week for us is the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, a place which always fills us to the brim with inspiration.
On a smaller scale than Milan, we always get time to chat to our brands and spend quality time looking at new products – a feeling that can sometimes get lost at the larger fairs.
Guests of honour at this year’s fair, design duo Doshi Levien commissioned an entrance hall installation which invited you into their world of colour and material. Designers of the Uchiwa Lounge Chair for HAY, the Rabari Rugs for nanimarquina and the Paper Planes Armchairs for Moroso – this London based design studio have gained a reputation for combining culture, industrial design and beautiful craftsmanship. We were especially lucky to meet Jonathan Levien and had the chance to chat to him about his process and finished designs – thanks, Jonathan!
Stockholm for us is all about discovering the best new products and brands. Fresh from the fair – we take a look at some of Christian and Kasia’s stand out designs from Stockholm 2020. This year, we spotted lots of natural materials, earthy tones and a bigger emphasis than ever on craftsmanship…
Northern Heat Pendant in Steel
One piece that really caught our eye was the new steel finish in the Northern Heat Pendant. Blurring the boundary between art and design, this stainless-steel mesh shade shimmers as the light inside shines through. When the light is off, this sculptural piece is reminiscent of a silvery cloud hovering above the room – a truly eye-catching piece! Available for delivery from March 2020.
Retrieved from old sketches, &Tradition have reissued a series of mid-century designs by Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard Nielsen. Joining forces in the early 1940s, this design duo gained recognition for their architectural designs and mass-producible furniture pieces, but many of their design never saw the light of day.
Elegantly simple and expertly detailed, this collection of new designs includes previously unknown pieces by Hvidt and Mølgaard including the Drawn Chair, the Drop Leaf Table, the Boomerang Lounge Chair and the Pinwheel Tables.
Warm Nordic Be My Guest Sideboard
Designed by Charlotte Honcke for Danish design brand Warm Nordic, this sideboard features delicate French cane frontages and a black metal base. Use for drinks, books or games – a very stylish storage solution.
Carl Hansen BM0488 Bench
Another addition to Carl Hansen’s growing collection of designs by Børge Morgensen – the BM0488 is a versatile mix between a low table and a bench. Crafted from solid oak, this design uses the dense and flawless inner ‘heartwood’ of the tree combined with a double-woven surface for beauty, strength and durability.
New products from Ferm Living
The first of a flurry of new releases from Ferm Living, the Desert Chair and a new two-tier edition of the popular plant box grabbed our attention in Stockholm. Perfect for the summer months, both of these products are designed for indoor/outdoor living – lounge by the pool or take shelter indoors with the beautifully simple Desert Chair and organise your gardening supplies or create an indoor garden with the versatile plant stand. Keep your eyes peeled for the rest of the new collection soon.
Inspired by these designs? Shop all of our new arrivals here.