A blast from the past
The arrival of the 70th Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is celebrated with a special exhibition.
Founded in 1951, the fair has undergone major changes and made a tremendous transformation, tells Project Director Cecilia Nyberg.
— We have grown year by year and gone from a small national meeting place to an international fair by taking the position as the world’s leading trade fair for Scandinavian design. Our visitors today come from more than 100 countries.
What’s the status of Scandinavian design today?
— It is hot! We see an increased focus on sustainability and circular economy. That’s become a hygiene factor and something that both exhibitors and visitors are carrying within themselves in the thought of the production process as well as the process of buying. Scandinavian design is both functional and aesthetically appealing, and we focus on quality and craftsmanship in our design. This combination is very attractive all over the world, says Nyberg.
To celebrate the anniversary, the exhibition, curated by craft and design freelance journalist Dan Gordan, presents a nice sample of furniture, lamps and textiles from the seven decades since 1951.
— It’s all about Scandinavian classics — the well-known and the lesser-known, he says. From the beautiful 50s display cabinet by Carl Malmsten and the marvelous armchair Etcetera from the early 70s, to today’s best design by Thomas Sandell, Monica Förster, Färg & Blanche and others.
What’s been the biggest challenge creating it?
— That everything had to be in production today, which meant no antiques. And there is quite a lot from the 50s and 60s re-produced but much harder to find interesting pieces from the 70s and 80s.
What’s your favourite decade?
— The 50s is a highlight in Swedish design history with so many wonderful objects. And around the millennium, a young generation gave birth to design I think will last for a long time.
Yes, what products of today do you think will be included in similar exhibitions in the future?
— Impossible to know! The innovative armchair Arabesk is shown in the exhibition and was highly appreciated when it was shown at the fair in 1955. But it soon fell into oblivion and was not rediscovered until 40 years later. So, who knows? I think some of the furniture that will be exhibited from today will last a long time, like the armchair Emma by Färg & Blanche.
— We’ve initiated a collaboration with Bukowskis auction house called ”Born classic”, where we together nominate products. It can be both furniture and lightning, that we believe will be the classics of the future. Last year, Swedish design studio Front won the Classic awards prize for the product ”Mirror” for Swedese, concludes Cecilia Nyberg.Stockholm Design Week 2020Furniture and Light Fair