The world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design
125 80 Stockholm
Phone +46 8 749 41 00
Fax +46 8 749 42 24
Cecilia Nyberg, Event Manager for Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and Stockholm Design Week
Phone +46 8 749 43 86
Lotta Signeul, Press Officer
Phone +46 708 19 99 19
Scandinavian design is a well known and highly valued concept for design-interested people all over the world. The largest source of inspiration in this field is Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, which for more than 60 years has attracted purchasers, architects, designers and journalists to Stockholmsmässan and the beautiful capital of Scandinavia each year in February. With the fair as its natural hub, the whole city gets involved as a large number of events, showrooms and parties are organized during the Stockholm Design Week.
About Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair
Stockholmsmässan, which is Scandinavia’s largest exhibition and congress center, organized its first furniture fair in 1951. Since then the fair has grown into what is generally considered as one of the two top-notch furniture fairs in Europe – the other one being Salone del Mobile in Milan. Today the fair attracts around 40,000 visitors from more than 60 countries and over 1,100 media representatives every year, and around 750 companies exhibit their furniture, lighting and textile products. The largest exhibitor nations, apart from Sweden, are Denmark, Finland and Norway, and usually around 80 percent of all exhibitors come from Scandinavia.
During Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholmsmässan’s 70,000 square meters are full to bursting point with the latest innovations within interior design and lighting for both homes and public spaces. New products, new materials, new knowledge, new trends, new business, new contacts and new environmental and technological solutions are displayed in a both informative and inspirational manner. The exhibitions are of the highest rate and the seminar program is extensive. The first days of the fair are restricted to professional visitors while the concluding Saturday also is open to the general public.
One of the highlights at the fair is the Guest of Honour, a highly respected international designer or design group who is asked to create a lounge in Stockholmsmässan’s entrance hall during the fair. Previous Guests of Honour have been: GamFratesi, Oki Sato/Nendo (see image above), Inga Sempé, Patricia Urquiola, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Naoto Fukasawa, Konstantin Grcic, Giulio Cappellini, Ineke Hans, Paul Smith and Arik Levy. In 2015 the guest of honour is Ilse Crawford.
Other highlights are the Greenhouse section, where new talents are given the chance to show their prototypes and meet manufacturers from the furniture industry, and the Stockholm Design Talks, the Fair's forum for knowledge and discussions concerning design. The theme of the upcoming Stockholm Design Talks is "Tales of Creativity".
About Stockholm Design Week
The same week as Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Stockholmsmässan also organizes Stockholm Design Week, presenting more than sixty high-profile design events at various venues around the city. The first design week was launched in 2002, and today this theme week has supported Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair in making Stockholm a must-place to be for purchasers, architects, designers and journalists during week 6 each year.
“The design week serves as a meeting place for promoting the furniture and lighting design industry in Scandinavia that extends well beyond Stockholmsmässan’s walls. It is important to us that our visitors get as positive an overall experience of the week as possible. Business and deals are done during the day, while the evenings are intended for mingling and parties in the city. As the organizer of Stockholm Design Week, we are delighted to see the week develop and grow in this way,” says Cecilia Nyberg at Stockholmsmässan who is Event Manager for Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and Stockholm Design Week.
Examples of events during previous design weeks include receptions, dinner parties, “after fair” meetings, vernissage cocktails and open houses at a wide variety of showrooms, design schools, restaurants and studios. To further promote the design week experience, visitors are provided with a special guide “The official guide to Stockholm Design Week” presenting all the events together with suggestions to the best shopping, restaurants and bars all over Stockholm.
All in all, the Stockholm Design Week has developed into a melting pot where just about everyone in anyway connected to or interested in Scandinavian design meet and thrive, bringing home new impulses, contacts and inspiration.