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February 18, 2014
Taking stock of the latest and greatest furniture and lighting seen at the 2014 Stockholm Furniture Fair, including the latest color- and material-driven interior trends.
GamFratesi Stockholm Furniture Fair textiles
Suspended over many of the various furniture pieces GamFratesi has designed for Swedese, Fredericia, FontanaArte, Casamania, Ligne Roset and others, were large Calder-like hanging textile pieces that swung and whirled ever so gently. According to the designers, it was meant to represent the everyday struggle to find balance in life, and emphasize the movement of the fair's visitors through the space. Besides being beautiful, the sculptural pieces worked as room dividers and sound absorbers. Photo by Tiffany Orvet.
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GamFratesi Stockholm Furniture Fair
The Danish-Italian design studio GamFratesi were Guests of Honor for the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014. As such, they got to design the prominent exhibition and meeting area at the entrance of the fair. Quite appropriately, they called it "Balance". Photo by Tiffany Orvet.
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Gemland bent wood sofa Lisa Hilland Stockholm Furniture Fair
Gemla is the Swedish factory that's been bending wood since the late 1800s. So how do you create a contemporary sofa out of bent wood? Lisa Hilland did it with as few components as possible; three overlapping arches wrapped in leather for a tactile touch.
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Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche Stockholm Furniture fair plywood cabinet
Fredrik Färg and Emma Marga Blanche are known for applying fashion tailoring to furniture. In their latest experiment, they use an industrial strength sewing machine to sew through plywood, creating stitched layers of wood in different hues to dramatic effect. Photo by Tiffany Orvet.
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FÄRG & BLANCHE Stockholm Furniture fair cabinet leather wood stitching
For Färg & Blanche's "Pocket Cupboard," the design duo stitched leather pockets directly onto plywood cabinet covers. If you open the cupboard doors you'll see that the stitches go all the way through.
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W.30 wall storage Sara Larsson A2 Stockholm Furniture Fair pegboard
One thing we're seeing a lot of? Pegboards. Starting with this sweet little number, W.30 wall storage by Sara Larsson for A2, that includes shelves, brackets, vase racks, display racks and mirrors that you can mix and match to your heart's content. (The cabinet is A2's new "Story" cabinet with a marble top.) Photo by Patrik Svedberg and Adam Danielsson.
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Patrik Svedberg and Adam Danielsson
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Klong brass watering can gardening Broberg & Ridderstråle Stockholm Furniture Fair
Klong tends to go for the unexpected, and this new take on the everyday watering can by Broberg & Ridderstråle is no exception. There were two prototypes on display at the start of the fair, the other with a copper finish. By day four, the brass had won out. Photo by Jaan Orvet.
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GamFratesi Swedese Stockholm Furniture Fair
Design duo GamFratesi (2014 Guests of Honor at the fair) designed the Cartoon chair for Swedese last year. This year they followed it up with a high-hacked big sister with a similarly unforgettable charm.
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glass pendant tiffany style lamp by  Åsa Jungnelius, for Bsweden Stockholm Furniture Fair
This is the first lamp from glass artist Åsa Jungnelius, for Bsweden, and it's no surprise that it's something special. "I have previously experimented with building large, flat glass sculptures and was fascinated by the glitter created on the inside, where the geometric shapes reflect on each other. I wanted to bring that into play," said Jungnelius. She succeeded.
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Plymå bench by Mattias Stenberg for Nola Stockholm Furniture Fair
Plymå bench by Mattias Stenberg for Nola The smooth curves of this indoor bench may look a bit like plush upholstered furniture, but the resemblance ends there. With its ash wood seats and optional backrest, and limestone table surface, it's durable enough for hardwearing public spaces with a softer side.
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 Folkform for Örsjo Belysning floor lamp Stockholm Furniture Fair
Taking its inspiration from Stockholm's suburban skyline, this lamp by Folkform for Örsjo Belysning is made up of block-like shapes in brass that are different from every angle. You may have seen it's sibling pendant, but this was its first foray as a floor lamp. And as if we needed any support that it was classy enough, Queen Silvia of Sweden received one of her own from the country's Prime Minister earlier this winter. Folkform were quite chuffed to install it themselves at the Royal Palace. Photo by Tiffany Orvet.
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Emily chair by Färg & Blanche for Gärsnas Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014
Emily chair by Färg & Blanche for Gärsnas A little sister companion to Färg & Blanche's "Emma" chair last year, the Emily is another beautiful example of a well-tailored armchair that looks to craftsmanship to create a unique yet classic look. Photo: by Jaan Orvet.
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GamFratesi Stockholm Furniture Fair textiles
Suspended over many of the various furniture pieces GamFratesi has designed for Swedese, Fredericia, FontanaArte, Casamania, Ligne Roset and others, were large Calder-like hanging textile pieces that swung and whirled ever so gently. According to the designers, it was meant to represent the everyday struggle to find balance in life, and emphasize the movement of the fair's visitors through the space. Besides being beautiful, the sculptural pieces worked as room dividers and sound absorbers. Photo by Tiffany Orvet.
Like kids to candy, Scandinavian design lovers flock to the Far North to brave the chilling darkness of winter in Stockholm for one week each year. It's the combined Stockholm Furniture and Northern Light Fairs, where 40,000 visitors tuck in for a fix of blond wood furniture and a glimpse at the future of cool. Here are some of our top picks at the fair that were making their big debut. (Hint: If you're thinking minimalist or monochrome, you're way off base.)
 

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