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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2011: Part I

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This week marks the return of the Stockholm Furniture Fair, the largest annual design event in the Nordic part of the world. Celebrating its sixtieth year in existence, the fair is hosting nearly 800 exhibitors from 30 different countries. We're kicking off our coverage of the show by featuring new works found at the Greenhouse, the portion of the fair dedicated to independent designers and students. Much like Salone Satellite in MIlan, the Greenhouse is comprised of young designers' prototypes; a juried panel makes a final selection from the many submissions that fly in from design schools both near and far. Many of today's prominent designers were discovered here, including Nendo, Front, and Folkform, and this year's jury included Anna von Schewen, Matti Klenell, David Carlsson, and Louise Campbell. Here we present a small selection of pieces on display.
 

 

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  Pockit, by Jeanette Stavik Kjøsnes, a student at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The plywood pockets have brightly hued interiors, which bounce light back onto the wall.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    Pockit, by Jeanette Stavik Kjøsnes, a student at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The plywood pockets have brightly hued interiors, which bounce light back onto the wall.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  Yggdrasil, an LED lamp by Gotlund University student Edvin Sjoberg.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    Yggdrasil, an LED lamp by Gotlund University student Edvin Sjoberg.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  Park Box, by Gotland University student Christina H. Garthe. Constructed of recycled corrugated cardboard, this piece is intended as a souvenir "to bring a little bit of the forest home with you". Seedlings are encased within the package, and can be coaxed to grow in the box or moved to another planter.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    Park Box, by Gotland University student Christina H. Garthe. Constructed of recycled corrugated cardboard, this piece is intended as a souvenir "to bring a little bit of the forest home with you". Seedlings are encased within the package, and can be coaxed to grow in the box or moved to another planter.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  A close-up view displays text, not in English, alas, that describes Christina's concept.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    A close-up view displays text, not in English, alas, that describes Christina's concept.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  Poele, by Markus Westerberg. Poele is a wood-burning stove designed for refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa. The design is minimal, efficient and strictly functional. Constructed to withstand the harsh conditions of a refugee camp, the piece has a slightly brushed metal surface that's meant to be easy to maintain, repair, and transport.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    Poele, by Markus Westerberg. Poele is a wood-burning stove designed for refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa. The design is minimal, efficient and strictly functional. Constructed to withstand the harsh conditions of a refugee camp, the piece has a slightly brushed metal surface that's meant to be easy to maintain, repair, and transport.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  Clover, by Bergen National Academy of the Arts student Hanne Kari Ravndal. This rocking chair features an oak base and a removable wool cushion.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    Clover, by Bergen National Academy of the Arts student Hanne Kari Ravndal. This rocking chair features an oak base and a removable wool cushion.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  A playground concept, called Lumlum Borgen, by Linnea Engstrom, a student at Gotlund University.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    A playground concept, called Lumlum Borgen, by Linnea Engstrom, a student at Gotlund University.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  Dumbo, by Lotte Fynboe. This stool, meant for children, can be assembled without the use of tools. Materials used: plywood and a rubber band.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    Dumbo, by Lotte Fynboe. This stool, meant for children, can be assembled without the use of tools. Materials used: plywood and a rubber band.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  Alvi Silkchair, by Asa Alvi Karolina Karner, a student at The Danish Design School. Karner's piece sports a simple oak frame threaded by silk.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    Alvi Silkchair, by Asa Alvi Karolina Karner, a student at The Danish Design School. Karner's piece sports a simple oak frame threaded by silk.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  Mosaiik, by Annika Birgitta Goransson, another student at The Danish Design School. This lounge chair has a metal grid framework, woven with foam and wool.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    Mosaiik, by Annika Birgitta Goransson, another student at The Danish Design School. This lounge chair has a metal grid framework, woven with foam and wool.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  Goransson says the form is inspired by flowerbuds and corncobs.  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    Goransson says the form is inspired by flowerbuds and corncobs.

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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  We end with a concept piece created by a group of students: Karl-Johan Hjerling, Karin Widmark, Susanne von Ajkay, Therese Broberg. Called "Spring Project", the piece was accompanied by this description (copied verbatim): "[This is] a table that exquisitely shows that however we are forced down, held down, we carry on, and resistance is contagious. Short stories will be written, novels and pamphlets. In the shade of the laminates, which roll themselves up and become tree once again, bills will be paid with a smile. Good for Sweden too!"

Young designers! Get in on the Greenhouse action next year, and submit your work to be considered! The last day to apply to Greenhouse 2012 is September 22, 2011. Visit StockholmFurnitureFair.com for more informationEveryone else, please stay tuned for more Swedish Furniture Fair 2011 coverage to come!  Photo by: Amanda Dameron
    We end with a concept piece created by a group of students: Karl-Johan Hjerling, Karin Widmark, Susanne von Ajkay, Therese Broberg. Called "Spring Project", the piece was accompanied by this description (copied verbatim): "[This is] a table that exquisitely shows that however we are forced down, held down, we carry on, and resistance is contagious. Short stories will be written, novels and pamphlets. In the shade of the laminates, which roll themselves up and become tree once again, bills will be paid with a smile. Good for Sweden too!" Young designers! Get in on the Greenhouse action next year, and submit your work to be considered! The last day to apply to Greenhouse 2012 is September 22, 2011. Visit StockholmFurnitureFair.com for more informationEveryone else, please stay tuned for more Swedish Furniture Fair 2011 coverage to come!

    Photo by: Amanda Dameron

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