Design House Stockholm, the Scandinavian furniture and domestic products manufacturer, celebrated its 20th anniversary at NYIGF this. Founded by Anders Fandig in 1992, the company was set up to facilitate creative product development for local designers and craftspeople. They started off with a bang with Harri Koskinen's Block Lamp, a glass block-encased light bulb that became "an immediate classic, earning a place in MoMA's permanent collection and winning numerous awards all over the world." Since then Design House Stockholm has grown from a consultancy to an brand internationally recognized for quality gods and a clean, minimal Scandinavian aesthetic.
To celebrate two decades of success, Design House Stockholm shot its 2012 catalogue in the Hallwyl House in downtown Stockholm. Designed in 1898 by Isak Gustaf Clason, the most renowned architect in Sweden at the time, the Hallwyl House was built as a winter palace for Count and Countess Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl. Now it houses a museum with a mishmash of furnishings from the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Victorian eras that are in stark contrast to Design House Stockholm's signature Scandinavian style. It makes for an ideal setting, highlighting the austerity of the furnishings while also making them feel more 'homey' than they would in what we might think of as a more complimentary surrounding of gallery-white walls and polished concrete floors.
The products photographed for the catalogue and on view at NYIGF were the same as those we featured in our ICFF coverage in May. The affordable Form Pendants by Form Us With Love and the Rock Chair by Fredrik Farg were again crowd favorites. Download the catalogue to see the entire collection.