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Ineke Hans

Ineke Hans Guest of Honour 2009

The Dutchwoman Ineke Hans has been the designer chosen this year to present her projects in the entrance vestibule of the fair. Trained at the Hogeschool voor of Kunsten, Hans stands out for the diversity and creativity of her proposals, with designs overflowing with touches of humour and sensuality. The 240m2 of exhibition were divided into two parts: an area fitted out as domestic spaces and an outdoor one inspired in the cold dark Swedish winters. This show completed the special attention that has been dedicated this year to Dutch design, also featuring the intervention of Li Edelkoort, an expert in trends and design, as part of the event’s programme of seminars. An outstanding Dutch participation that was confirmed with the exhibition “In Dutch Design” within the trade fair site and that sought to showcase the best in modern and contemporary Dutch design by 17 designers, both novel ones and others with an international name.

www.stockholmfurniturefair.com

 

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Omnius Nordic Light Hotel

Ominous, 1.500 black birds flying over our heads

This is the installation that the designer Monica Förster created in the vestibule of the Nordic Light hotel. Inspired in Hitchcock’s film “The Birds”, the proposal recreated a hair-raising atmosphere by putting hundreds of huge black crows on the ceiling, tied together with barbed wire. These same birds were also the protagonists of the luminaire that Zero - the Swedish lighting company - proposed for the occasion, which was baptised with the name Wing. The same hotel’s events room hosted the Swedish Style exhibition, created with the purpose of divulging the Swedish lifestyle, which centres on the design of the habitat. Among the designers showcasing their pieces are names such as Form Us With Love, TAF & Damian Williamson or Mia Cullin.

www.monicaforster.se
www.nordiclighthotel.se

 

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Green Furniture Award

Nordic Design Prizes

The Nordic Design Prize is awarded annually to the best piece of furniture made from wood. The winner this year has been the Newton table designed by Dan Sunaga and Staffan Holm and manufactured by Karl Andersson & Söner. The jury remarked about it the ingenious application of a technique for cutting the wood into sheets, minimising the surplus material and creating a unique piece in its formal language.

www.staffanholm.com

 

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Nordic Design Award

Green Furniture Award

Manolo Bossi won the Green Furniture award with his armchair Be Inspireled. A piece made from moulded birch wood and a new type of felt that uses 50% recycled fibres from plastic bottles. In addition to this material, which can be recycled again once the chair’s useful life is over, new ideas have been incorporated on how to reuse the metal, such as the metallic spirals in notebooks, left over from the paper recycling process.

www.manolobossi.it
www.berhin.se

 

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The Design Bar 09

The Designbar 2009

The collective of six young Swedish designers Camp Site was entrusting with creating a temporary bar for the trade fair. Different shades of red were chosen to display, in a softly-lit, warm ambience, the different pieces redesigned to meet the needs of The Red Cross humanitarian organisation. After the closing of the fair, the furniture, donated by the different exhibitor companies, has become part of a café and meeting point that the humanitarian organisation has in the suburbs of Stockholm.

www.stockholmfurniturefair.com
www.campsite.se

 

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Expo Folkform

Hidden Layers by Folkform

Can something seen as ugly turn into an object of beauty in another context? How can we bring added value to a surface destroyed by everyday use? How can we highlight the beauty of an aged material? The answer to all these questions was found by the two Swedish designers Chandra Ahlsell and Anna Holmquist, founders of the Folkform studio, in an old flat in Solna, a town on the outskirts of Stockholm. There, when tearing off layers of wallpaper, was their inspiration. They found wallpaper in an aged print that served as the basis for experimenting with different surfaces and materials. The result is a series of cupboards and glass cases that recreate natural cracks and textures. The beauty of the old in a piece of timeless furniture.

www.folkform.se

 

   
 
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.RIN™
designer: Hiromichi Konno
Company: Fritz Hansen

Chair with a lightweight appearance and powerful aesthetic and artistic impact thanks to its rounded seat and integrated armrests. When creating it, Hiromichi Konno was inspired by the curiosity he felt in the shape of the bird’s nest and in how something so practical and functional could be so beautiful. This concept led Konno to design the chair through the senses. The Japanese word rin is used to speak of an amazing appearance, elegant and courageous. This is a product that combines the traditions from Japanese and Danish design.

www.fritzhansen.com

 

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.Clouds
designer: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
Company: Kvadrat

Collection of textiles that permits customising a room. They can be laid on the floor, fitted on the ceiling or used to line the walls, creating totally free-flowing combinations. A click system combined with several screws and strings allows the user to create from a complete wall to the most varied figures. It is available in seven different colours in packs of 8 or 24 pieces.

www.kvadrat.dk

 

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.EJ 2 Eyes
designer: Johannes Foersom & Peter Hiort-Lorenzen, MDD
Company: Erik Jøergensen

Two buttons like two staring eyes in the backrest of the chair characterise this model. Its high-density polyurethane foam casing provides it with a high degree of comfort and it comes upholstered in fabric or in leather. The finishes of the structure can be in matte silver or lacquered white steel.

www.erik-joergensen.com

 

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.Louis IX
designer: Carlos Tíscar
Company: Offecct

Chair with a neo-classical air redesigned in the language of today. The basic seat casing is made from shampoo and gel bottles recycled through a high-temperature mixing process. The structure is in steel. A model that can be used both in a domestic ambience and in public spaces such as restaurants or cafés. Available in several colours.

www.offecct.se

 

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.Kolo
designer: Jouko Järvisalo
Company: Molo

Seat moulded from a single timber panel. The arms form a flat surface, with a hole between the seat and the backrest to allow the user to sit down. Providing a sensation of very great lightness, this model is held up by a tubular steel structure.

www.mobel.fi

 

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.Coat
designer: Fredrik Färg
Company: Materia

Inspired in the classic shapes of a man’s wardrobe, this armchair has been manufactured through the application of the principles, proportions and shape of custom tailoring. The backrest is inspired in the collar of a garment and can be folded or unfolded to accompany the body of the user. The plywood structure, with the seat and backrest in white or anthracite polyester felt, joined together by means of cufflinks in matt chromed zinc.

www.materia.se

 

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.Coussin
designer: Inga Sempé
Company: LK Hjelle

Sofa in smooth shapes that is an invitation to rest and relaxation. It is based on a bed structure with a mattress and a cushion whose shape is lost in the ends as they can be placed in any position. It simulates a bed with cushions below the head and below the feet, which can envelop the user. It also permits a comfortable seating position. It can be upholstered in fabric in a wide variety of colours.

www.hjelle.no

 

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.Hanahana
designer: Setsu & Shinobu Ito
Company: Swedese

Coat stand in curved shapes that can stand on its own or be affixed to the wall. It is made from ash wood in a white or black finish.

www.swedese.se

 

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.W091t
designer: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Company: Wästberg

Tabletop luminaire in an organic design based on the idea of duality. Two parts joined together by a central spine give it balance. This is a highly technological object fitted with a rotation mechanism and a high degree of efficiency and safety. It is LED-operated.

www.wastberg.com

 

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.Twilight
Company: Bolon

Collection of floors in a metallic finish, available in three different qualities in a variety of colours and structures. They provide a high degree of convenience in any situation. Their structure creates interesting shadows and adds depth to the room. The three models are available in three warm and dark shades, with different nuances of blue and brown.

www.bolon.com

 

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.Area
designer: Anya Sebton
Company: Lammhults

Collection of seats composed of different modular elements that inspire creative and flexible solutions. It is formed by five units that can be used individually or in a group to create spaces. The asymmetrical footrest can be added to the other modules or situated as a side table for the other elements. They are upholstered in fabric and can be combined in several colours in a single group.

www.lammhults.com

 

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.Koja
designer: Fredrik Mattson
Company: Blä Station

Sofa and armchair with an interior timber structure covered in polyester foam and upholstered in fabric or in leather. The external structure and the legs are in tinted ash plywood. Available with a high and low backrest. They can include cushions.

www.blastation.se

 

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.Raw
designer: Jens Fager
Company: Muuto

Collection of chairs that are a reinterpretation of everyday objects. Each piece is unique because it is made from wood hand-cut with a saw. It is available in limited editions in several colours.

www.muuto.com

 

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.Kippis
designer: Maija Louekari
Company: Marimekko

Fabrics printed in patterns of crystal glasses and porcelain cups intercalated with crystal dishes and a bowl. These elements are combined to create a fabric imbued with the sensation of past times, but in a timeless style.

www.marimekko.com

 

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.Electro Welding
designer: Gabriel

Collection of textiles in a laminated construction of several layers of fabric and foam. Any type of protective backing can be added to achieve a three-dimensional surface. The fixing techniques work with the main polyester and wool fabrics and new combinations of fabrics, types of foam and protective backing are continuously being developed. Besides the standard fabrics, they can be customised according to the needs of each client and developed in any type of print.

www.gabriel.dk