Furniture expo Stockholm Furniture Fair is the largest exhibition of Scandinavian design, with 80 percent of the 730 exhibitors being from the Nordic countries. Still, the outlook is international, with Oki Sato, the founder of Japanese design studio Nendo, as this year’s Guest of Honour.
Nendo’s presence is visible not only in the entrance hall, where the installation ”80 sheets of Mountains” is placed, but also at various producers who have collaborated with the design studio on brand new products.
In the middle of the cold and dark winter, the Swedes hold their annual Stockholm Design Week, drawing exhibitors and visitors from Europe and other parts of the world. We met with a mix of established producers and new talents on the opening day, when design studios all over Stockholm welcomed international media to see their brand new pieces. While the much-debated topic among the country’s design crowd is the slightly existential question “What is Swedish design?”, one thing is certain: It is definitely alive.