The Biologika Museet is almost a Guggenheim in Bavarian-inspired miniature—the exhibition space winds around the perimeter of the cylindrical building, emphasizing a gradual interaction between the viewer and the artworks. The building's style is said to be influenced by medieval Norwegian churches. Hand-painted backdrops are by Bruno Liljefors.
A standout in the exhibition—engraved glass works by Berlin–based designer Mark Braun. Created for the famed Austrian glass company Lobmeyr, the series, called Fortune, delicately depicts topography and other scenes from nature. The designer says his creations are meant to emphasize the "essential wealth in everyday life."
The Design House Stockholm party was one of the best attended, with the company's CEO, Anders Färdig, playing emcee. He has quite the booming voice, perfect for theatrics and only enhanced by his headset-microphone. He was speaking in Swedish, so the monolingual Americans could only guess what he was saying—but judging from the crowd's reaction, it was very rousing and funny.
Later, at Blå Stationen—where they served an amazing herring-in-cream dish with potatoes and bacon that's a late-night-party mainstay in Sweden—we ran into Andreas Engesvik, who creates furniture and lighting for Muuto, Ligne Roset, StokkeAustad, and many others. We talked about the importance of friendly collaboration and respect among designers, and the need to mentor young up-and-comers. "The guys from Claesson Koivisto Rune took me to dinner long ago, and listened to my ideas, before I'd done anything," said the Oslo–based designer. "I'll always remember that." The pendants behind him are called Space-Time, constructed of painted polythene by Karim Rashid for Zero.
We end with one of the guests of honor at the NK Inredning party, Spanish designer Jaime Hayón, who unveiled a whole slew of new items at the fair, including pieces for Fritz Hansen and Sé (sneak peek slideshow coming soon). His words of advice for young designers just starting out: "Focus on your identity, where you come from. We are all unique—don't let outside influences change you." There's more Stockholm design coverage to come, please stay tuned!