What is more Scandinavian than white on white with some more white? Stockholm Design Week delivered the essence of Scandinavian design with...yes, white, and many references to nature and Scandinavian life. These served as foundational design elements on which different exhibitors layered a range of textures, colors, and modern day innovations.
Returning for its ninth year, Stockholm Furniture and Northern Light Fair offered 10,000 exhibitors covering everything we could ever imagine in furnishings, lighting, and accessories for home and office. This year the fair brought in 1.5 million visitors, primarily from Scandinavia. Stockholm Design Week offered an abundance of well hosted events in historical venues and notable showrooms across town.
Amongst the graceful curves of streamlined furnishings we have come to expect from Scandinavian design, we also spotted a some trends in the melding of old world craftsmanship and new world innovations, experiential acoustical design, user informed concept design, and a massive push towards ecological innovations.
Being self proclaimed audiophiles, we were blown away with Audio Pro's line of wireless speakers and wireless sound technologies. Want to control your speakers from your iPhone/Android device? No sweat. Beautifully functional, their leather wrapped product line and exhibit made us want to curl up with a nice cocktail.
One of the things we noticed walking around Stockholm was the quiet. One major trend spotted came in the form of wall and ceiling tiles, mostly acoustical, all made of either local natural materials or recycled/recyclable materials. These were a magnificent haven in which to steal a quiet moment on the noisy show floor, host a small meeting, or just to have a little privacy for phone calls. Many of these offered magnetic backing or conformed to standard European sizing for easy installation.
Last but not least, the exhibit as a whole was wonderfully designed. Each lounge space and food spot was offered up as a design exhibit from a particular designer. It was fantastic to see designer accreditation across the show floor on a per piece basis.