Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden, photographer: Christer Hallgren

Ilse Crawford, Guest of Honour of Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015

Inside Scandinavian Design, Stockholm Furniture Fair 2015, photographer: Färg & Blanche


Scandinavian Design

This year’s trade fair season began last week with imm cologne and BAU Munich. If you didn’t manage to make it to Cologne or Munich, our photographic tours will bring you right up to date. They’ll be followed soon by images from Maison&Objet Paris, whose trade fair came to an end yesterday.

From 3 to 7 February all eyes will be on the capital of Sweden and the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. This is the ideal occasion for us to take a close preliminary look at Scandinavian design. Our Danish author Jesper Pagh compares developments by Danish and Swedish designers and comes to some interesting conclusions.

Contents in brief:

  • Agenda February–March 2015
  • Architonic Photo Tours: BAU Munich and imm cologne 2015
  • Scandinavian Design as Seen from the Inside
  • Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
  • Inspiring Search Results No. 36: Vases
  • Inspiring Spaces No. 28: Architecture|Sweden
  • Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

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Architonic Guide: Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2015

This year you’ll experience Stockholmsmässan in an entirely new light. The hall layout has been completely restructured, with the individual halls given the names of trees. To help you find your way around the trade fair without difficulty and to plan your stay as efficiently as possible in 2015, we have again compiled our Architonic Guide, which will lead you straight to our selection of premium manufacturers. 

Architonic Disco Stockholm

After the spectacular launch of the first Architonic Disco in Stockholm, it’s our pleasure once more to invite you, in cooperation with Form magazine, to join us in the legendary club Berns Gallery 2.35:1. This is the perfect opportunity to meet friends and colleagues and strut your stuff on the dance floor to the sounds of Stockholm DJ Staffan Lindberg. 

Architonic Disco with DJ Staffan Lindberg

3 February
9pm to 2am
Berns Gallery 2.35:1
Berzelii Park
11147 Stockholm

By invitation only!

Agenda February-March 2015

Blickfang 2015, Munich DE

13 - 15 February 2015 

Batibouw 2015, Brussels BE
26 February - 8 March 2015

ISH 2015, Frankfurt DE
10 - 14 March 2015 

IFFS 2015, Singapore SG
13 - 16 March 2015

MADE Expo 2015, Milan IT
18 - 21 March 2015 

Design Shanghai 2015, CN
27 – 30 March 2015 

Architonic Photo Tours: imm cologne 2015

We’ve put together a comprehensive photo tour of imm cologne and Design Post for you on Facebook. Enjoy!


Scandinavian Design as Seen from the Inside

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of two giants in Danish furniture design: Børge Mogensen and Hans J. Wegner. While exhibitions and book publications celebrated the two geniuses in particular and the grandeur of Danish design in general, the events once again raised the question of whether the culmination of Danish design lies in the past. (Text by Jesper Pagh)

Cover by Thomas Bentzen for Muuto (prototype exhibited at Mindcraft12 as Ash)

Often enough, when Danish design is being discussed, the so-called Golden Age of the 1950s and ’60s is used as a benchmark to criticise contemporary efforts to design new furniture and products – with the predictable conclusion that, despite their efforts, the younger generations will never reach the heights of the grand old masters. While that may well be an easy position to defend (after all, stubbornness will get you a long way), it is not necessarily a very fruitful position from which to discuss what is actually affecting contemporary developments in Danish design.

About a Chair by Hee Welling for Hay

Focusing on other factors, however, may in fact help us to see both historical and contemporary events from a different perspective. Context matters, and instead of looking at the artistic articulations in themselves, discussing design developments in relation to the development of Scandinavia’s post-war welfare systems together with the rise of the modern consumer may perhaps shed new light on the past, and thus also offer new understandings of the present. Looking across Øresund from Copenhagen towards Stockholm and across the Alps to Milan helps to understand the influence of commercial aspects on design developments in a highly globalised and commoditised world.

Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’

The Great Outdoors: Röshults Brings Comfort and Style to Al Fresco Activities

The new 2015 catalogue produced by Swedish furniture brand Röshults depicts its products positioned around the expansive terraces of a luxurious villa in the city of Nice. The managing director of Röshults, Tobias Lindberg, explains that he wanted to show how the products could contribute to ‘many people's idea of a dream lifestyle’. (Text by Alyn Griffiths)

Parking Systems by Wöhr Make the Most of Every Last Inch of Space

When the first ‘modern automobile’ was introduced to the world, it was the year 1886. The ultramodern horseless vehicle would remain the exception for a number of years, and parking problems were unknown, and still a long way off. Wöhr was founded in 1902, just 16 years later. (Text by Ulrich Büttner)

Bolon’s Flow Flooring Collection Explores New Directions in Aesthetics, Function and Sustainability

The latest woven vinyl flooring collection from pioneering Swedish brand Bolon epitomises the ethos of design-led innovation established by sisters Annica and Marie Eklund since they took control of the family business in 2003. (Text by Alyn Griffiths)

COVERINGS ETC Creates Sustainable Surfaces Fit for Future Generations

In addition to producing sustainable tiles made from familiar materials such as porcelain and cement, Miami brand COVERINGS ETC is pioneering the manufacture of solid surfaces that incorporate various types of industrial waste. (Text by Alyn Griffith)

Inspiring Search Results N° 37: 

Interior accessories > Dining-table accessories > Vases

Inspiring Spaces N° 29:

Architecture | Sweden

Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic


Mirror House
Copenhagen City | Denmark | Completed November 2011
Photographer: Stamers Kontor


Copenhagen | Denmark | Completed 2013
Photographer: Eric Laignel


Copenhagen | Denmark | Completed 2009