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Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish architectural partnership, founded in Stockholm in 1995 by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune. It is an internationally acclaimed, multi-disciplinary office with an equal emphasis on architecture and design.
Folkform will collaborate with the craftsmen in an old bookbinding workshop in 5vie, Legatoria Conti Borbone, to make a series of unique books and to exhibit new revolving bookcases and a new reading lamp under the exhibition name Libreria Folkform.
Studio Emma Fox will exhibit in Ventura Lambrate. Emma is a New Zealand industrial designer practicing in both Sweden and in New Zealand, when in Sweden Emma is based at Lund University in Skåne.
Young ceramic designer Agnes Fries and Giada Yeya Montomoli have been invited by photographer Cristopher Broadbent to the show Here today(…) to present their first collection Something Blue, inspired by their new tool - a reinterpretation of the traditional brush into a marker. It is a modern take on cobalt painting, an ancient technique saturated in tradition.
All over Milan you will find traces of the Swedish design group Front. Among them are new collaborations with three companies from the south and west of Sweden. Its new, award-winning Button Sofa for Swedese and the Mist lamp for the lighting company Zero both launched at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. It also designs for Offecct, Thonet, Kartell, FontanaArte.
ARMOUR mon AMOUR is Färg & Blanche’s first solo exhibition in Milan, showing more than 10 new objects, furniture items, large sculpture and light installation. The 200 square meter former church, Teatro Arsenale, which today is used as a theater, will be transformed for a week in a experimental laboratory questioning the relations between hard and soft in terms of material, production methods, shape, and ideas.
Monica Förster Design Studio will be launching 15 new projects with four major Swedish furniture companies, Swedese, Offecct Skultuna, Bolon and Bosnian company Zanat – a collaboration that started in 2015. Monica Förster is the creative director of both Swedese and Zanat.
Industrial designer Anna Gudmundsdottier has been invited to participate in the Composed Exhibition in Ventura Lambrate. She will be exhibiting her collection Beyond local, consisting of everyday homeware objects created in collaboration with local manufacturers in the south of Sweden.
In a 700sqm space in Ventura Centrale, designer Luca Nichetto and perfumer Ben Gorham have created a conceptual glass installation for Murano glass company Salviati. It’s an emotional installation that invites new creations and designers.
Since 1934, the Swedish lighting manufacturer ateljé Lyktan has illuminated everything from the diamond exchange in Antwerp to the Olympic village in Munich and fashionable Götgatan in Stockholm.
At the fair and in its own showroom in town, you will find Blå Station’s successful new products such as the modular sofa system Bob, designed in collaboration Thomas Bernstrand & Stefan Borselius.
Bolon is exhibiting and collaborating with several companies at the fair and in town.
Färg & Blanche’s exhibition Armour mon Amour will host its latest collection of Bolon’s experimental textiles, along with furniture, sculptures and an interactive exhibition.
You might recognise the iconic blue and white pattern of Hästens beds. In Milan, Hästens will be launching two new beds – the first time in its165-year history that the company has engaged in a design collaboration bed where the results are available for the public to buy.
Kasthall has been designing and manufacturing unique woven and hand-tufted rugs since 1889. Over the years, Kasthall has become one of the world leaders in the design and manufacture of carpets, and is represented in 30 countries with showrooms in Stockholm, Milan and New York.
Offecct will launch its showroom in Milan this year presenting an unique installation of Luca Nichetto’s new Phoenix chair, which is a prime example of Offecct’s Lifecircle philosophy. Every detail has been designed and produced to ensure that the life cycle of the whole piece is as sustainable as possible.
Zero will be showing both at Euroluce at Rho Fiera in and in its own showroom. The new lights are designed by Front, Jens Fager, Thomas Bernstrand, Note and Johanna Jacobson Backman.
Zero is an internationally established company with designers from near and far.
Stockholm has long been an incubator of design and also an influencer in creative thinking and innovation. Now 8 newly graduates from Stockholm´s most influential design college make their second appearance on the international design scene with an exhibition at 5vie in the heart of Milan.
In a way, all objects and situations are unfinished, until someone, through their eyes, hands or actions, receives it. In the exhibition Almost Complete, students from HDK’s design and crafts programmes highlight the interaction between objects and recipients.
Give in for Green is a project developed by the third-year students of industrial design at the Gävle University. Are plants there for us or are we there for them? Can new techniques increase their sound-absorbing, air-cleaning qualities, and improve wellbeing for both humans and plants?
The industrial design education of Lund University is developed continuously and collaboratively, focusing on all ongoing changes in society, business and research.
The design studio Form Us With Love will host a four-day series of displays, breakfast talks and workshops. It will take over a Milanese architect firm, Monzoni Raboni, in the historic centre of the city and the Prototypa will take you into the studio practice, revealing critical decision-making in design, architecture and fashion.
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Blond will show GA7, a timeless luminaire designed by iconic architect Erik Gunnar Asplund. GA7is manufactured in a mouthblown, three-layered opaque glass, and was originally designed to light the corridors of the basement at the Woodland Cemetery. The frosted outer surface and centred light source create a uniform, general and diffuse light, but an opening in the glass also creates a direct light distribution.
Blå Station will present several new products, including the module sofa Bob, which you can buy by the metre and that has already been well received by architects and by the media, winning Editor’s Choice award 2017.
Bolon is a story of three generations of a family business. Over 60 years ago, the founder Nils-Erik Eklund had an idea – to turn textile waste into rag rugs – and Bolon was born. His granddaughters Annica and Marie have been running the company since 2003.
Lammhults will present Penne, the world’s first chair with legs made of laminated wooden tubes. Already launched with a seat and back in polypropylene and as a complete wooden version, the chair will now also be displayed with legs in aluminium.
Offecct is a Swedish company founded by Kurt Tingdal and Anders Englunc in 1990 in the town of Tibro. Together with designers and architects from around the world, Offecct develops furniture with sustainable, functional and attractive design for modern meeting places.
Swedish company String Furniture is presenting an extraordinary new design. the classic String system, designed in 1949 by Nisse Strinning, now also comes in a cool all-metal version. This takes the system to a whole new level of versatility and can be used, for example, in the hallway or in the kitchen.
Launched in 1978, with progressive changes in 2005 through new collaborations, Zero is an internationally well-established company with designers from near and far. Zero has mastered several different materials, and is not afraid to work with the latest technologies.
Örsjö Belysning AB has its roots deep in the southeast corner of Småland, in southern Sweden. This is an area known for its entrepreneurial spirit and strong tradition of design and handicraft, qualities that Örsjö has honored for over 65 years.
With innovative ideas for interior design based on experimentation and the shared perspective on sustainability, Swedish Design goes Milan brings 18 exhibitors to Milan in a blended exhibition curated by the internationally renowned architectural studio White.
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Grythyttan lies deep in the forests of Bergslagen, Sweden and it is here in their workshop next to the railway tracks, that their furniture has been produced by craftsmanship handed down through the generations since 1930.
Situated in Värnamo, the heart of Swedish furniture manufacturing, Jonas Ihreborn is the third generation in line of upholstery craftsmen and producers, making quality furniture since over 70 years.
Layered is a new interior design brand offering furniture and handwoven rugs in modern design. Launched in 2015 their vision is to create timeless pieces for contemporary and elegant homes.
With progressively designed furniture from Malmö in southern Sweden, shaped by the Scandinavian tradition and aimed for the contemporary society, Minus Tio takes care of details in the craftsmanship as well as the legacy by using fully recyclable materials.
By combining genuine craftsmanship with modern design, Pappelina makes classic Swedish rugs of contemporary high quality that are functional pieces of art for homes and projects around the globe.
The concept of Swedish Design goes Milan 2017 is mingle; to mix and bring together, combine, blend, create new combinations, unite, chit-chat. The mingle lounge contains items from the following Swedish designers: Lisa Hilland, Malin Glemme, Marie-Louise Hellgren and Saša Antić.
Blå Station, Zero, Ateljé Lyktan and Kasthall will be unveiling new designs in Milan. Offecct is launching a permanent showroom in Navigli, where you’ll find the “Lifecircle” chair Phoenix, named after the mythical bird that rises from the ashes and designed by adopted Swede Luca Nichetto. Nichetto is also collaborating with Ben Gorham on an installation with the 158-year-old Murano glass manufacturer Salviati in a 700 sqm space in Ventura Centrale.
Watch out for the ground-breaking experiments with sewing in wood and aluminium by Färg & Blanche in collaboration with the flooring carpet brand Bolon at Teatro Arsenale in 5vie district. There will even be newly composed music woven into the sculptures.
The Teatro Arsenale is also the venue for the Swedish Design Moves launch party, and the three late-night dinners offering food from different parts of Sweden. And don’t miss the work from ten alumni of the Beckman College of Design at via Lanzone 7.
Other Swedish Schools can be found in Ventura Lambrate, next to their international counterparts. The studio Form Us With Love will conduct prototype workshops in 5vie at Monzini Raboni studio from Tuesday to Friday morning, alongside key creators working in design, architecture and fashion. In 5vie Folkform will be collaborating with a traditional book-binding studio. And there’ll be plenty of internationally renowned names, such as Monica Förster, Front and Claesson Koivisto Rune, working with brands around town and at the fair. At Arflex’s showroom, there’ll be a special display celebrating 10 years of collaboration with Claesson Koivisto Rune, and the trio’s own brand, Smaller Objects, will also be presented.
To see some new talent, head to the Salone Satellite. This year it marks 20 years of showing new designers, with a special exhibition at Fabbrica del Vapore. You’ll also find student shows at Ventura Lambrate, as well as smaller brands and the Ikea micro festival exploring the future living room.
- "Milan is all about meeting the right people and strengthening your brand. We are glad that this year’s official resources are aimed at emphasizing the Swedish initiatives taking place all around Milan. Thanks to the Swedish Design Moves programme, we have some extra muscle to help spread the message across the world for over the next four years of the new moves of Swedish design. This drive started during Stockholm Design Week. Now we continue in Milan and in September we move on to Paris,” says Ewa Kumlin, CEO Svensk Form
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-“The temperature of Swedish furniture and interior design is high right now, and the word of today is ‘thoughtfulness’. The only way forward is to produce furniture and interior solutions that are environmentally friendly in all aspects. Since 80 % of the products’ environmental impact is decided in the design phase, it is very important to make considerate and weighed choices right from the start. In total, this creates an inspiring, sustainable and innovative environment for furniture production,” says Cecilia Ask Engström, TMF, The Swedish Federation of Wood and Furniture.
Sweden is one of Europe’s most stable furniture industries and enjoys stronger growth than most countries in these challenging times. Sweden is also one of the few European countries where local production has increased during the past ten years. Our design history is deeply connected to our rural heritage. Some of our strongest design brands have their roots in the Swedish countryside, where nature is a great source of materials, of inspiration and of a deep understanding of quality of life for this generation and the next. More producers are bringing an environmental awareness to their work that generates added value and international competitiveness.
The Swedish Design goes Milan exhibition, led by Business Sweden, sees 18 exhibitors coming to Milan with innovative ideas for interior design based on experimentation and a shared perspective on sustainability. A series of design talks will take place on the stand in collaboration with Architects Sweden and Svensk Form. Swedish brands including Blond Belysning, Blå Station, Bolon, Hästens, Karl Andersson & Söner, Kasthall, Lammhults, Offecct, String, Swedese, Zero and Örsjö will be presenting new work at their stands, mainly in halls 6 and 13-20.
– “To anyone with the slightest interest in architecture, it is clear that something has happened in Sweden. For the past ten years, numerous small offices with high-quality production have established themselves in the country. Most are well represented in international media today, a clear sign that Swedish architecture is of higher quality and more vibrant than it has been for many years,” says Charlotta Holm Hildebrand, director of industry at Architects Sweden.
At Salone del Mobile in Milan you’ll meet several prominent Swedish architects such as White Architects, Kjellander Sjöberg, Tengbom, Claesson Koivisto Rune and Marge Architects. They are some of the representatives of the change in Swedish architecture that has taken place the last years.
Annika Grottell at White architects has curated the exhibition Swedish Design Goes Milan under the theme Mingle. This will be a lounge where visitors can hang out, meet up and discuss ideas and Architects Sweden will host three talks. On Tuesday, the discussion is about interior architecture today and tomorrow. On Wednesday the theme is the fast-changing world of wooden architecture. Finally, on Thursday, they discuss what’s changing in contemporary architecture, why it’s changing and what we can look forward to.
The movie Woodland Sweden – part of an exhibition with the same name – will be shown at the fair and at Teatro Arsenale. Sweden has a long tradition of building in wood and today that tradition goes hand in hand with more experimental wooden architecture.
At Teatro Arsenale there is also information about the upcoming worldwide digital exhibition, Democratic Architecture. The concept is anchored in the Swedish tradition of creating open and democratic spaces in buildings as well as in public spaces. These modern values are especially important in a time of increasing segregation, challenges around migration and environmental threat.
– “Swedish fashion is Sweden’s fastest-growing export industry and comprises 11% of Sweden’s total export. Through the creative entrepreneurship of fashion designers and brands, quintessential Swedish values such as democracy and inclusivity are communicated to a global audience. As a young fashion nation Swedes feel free to challenge the sometimes archaic systems of fashion in regard to sustainability and new technology. Most recently the up-and-coming brand HAAL presented the first virtual reality show during Fashion Week in Stockholm AW17. We are so pleased to be able to share this pioneering presentation with visitors to Salone del Mobile in Milan,” says Emma Ohlson, secretary general of the Association of Swedish Fashion Brands.
– “A new creative energy went through the Fashion Week Stockholm 2017, with innovative fashion designers lifting fashion to another level, new talents offering an open, gender-bending look and a streetwear scene bringing yet another accessible dimension. When the political climate hardens, borders close and walls are built, fashion wants to be a strong and free counterforce,” Susanna Strömquist, fashion journalist, Dagens Nyheter
The fashion brand COS, of the H&M group, has been a regular at Salone del Mobile, with its immersive installations. This year it has joined up with Studio Swine to create a multi-sensory experience in the Cinema Arti, a blossoming sculpture that offers a moment of contemplation. The multidisciplinary fashion house Acne Studios is about to open its own shop in Brera, Milan, and students from Beckman School of Design will arrange a prototyping workshop in collaboration with by Form Us With Love.
Look out for the new Campus chair, specially created by the furniture company Lammhults together with the fashion brand Hope. Another example of the meeting of two creative and multicultural minds is that between fragrance creator and founder of Byredo Perfumes, Ben Gorham, and Luca Nichetto, who both live and work in Stockholm. Their collaboration is an installation in Ventura Centrale with Murano glass factory Salviati.