The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017 is now over. I visit this fair every year to see new trends, beautiful furniture and lightings and to get impressions and input on what is to come in the near future when it comes to furniture and light. This year was no exception. I was there.
I visited on the one day that is for the common people, like me. The fair goes on almost the entire week for the pros. One of few fairs where you cannot buy anything unless you are a company. Liberating.
Overall impression was that the furniture is more rounded and stuffed than previous years. There are more colors. There was a lot of blond wood everywhere. There were less office chairs, more regular chairs, less office interiors, more interesting lightings (both in form and expression), more diningtables/conference tables.
This year I managed to visit all three halls and a short visit to the Green room hall. I even sat down for a while in the C hall and listened to an event about trends.
I took fewer photos this year than I use to. But, I’ll show you the ones I did take. I do not keep track on designers and/or firms or who did what. I just look at how things look and if I like them or find them interesting in one way or the other.
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The obligatory daybed. This year in green.
Rounded shelf units. Imagine that in a large room.
Crocheted floor pillow.
Bar stools with back-support.
Small wireless lamps.
Various nice lamps.
A sofa with too many details if you ask me…
Interesting lamp with 2 lampshades, one inside the other.
Shelf-light. Like it.
The floor pillow. You see them everywhere lately.
Small wireless lamps.
To have extra shelves on the lamp is a good idea.
Wall lamp with really long arm.
STRING all whites.
A blue diningroom
The greige livingroom… I would never want these colors…
Last years number one designer plants.
Triangular and rounded chair.
Really useful lamps/lights/plantstand in one.
STRING all whites.
This years number one designer plant.
A very comfortable chair.
Dingroomtable or conference table.
Natural colors carpets.
Not a butterfly chair but similar idea
Wooden trees for … where?
This should be really easy to do yourself for hanging your magazines.
I visited this years Stockholm Furniture and Lights 2016 fair on its last day which is dedicated to us regular people and non-professionals. I git the impression that there were more visitors this year than previous years, but still not too crowded. Probably because this fair is HUGE and spread out in several halls. Usually I manage about 3 hours at a fair, this time it became 4, and I was more or less done with.
Impressions of the fair? Lots of rice-paper lamps. Lots of natural materials. Lots of cushions in various pale color hues. Lots of clothes-hangers and chairs of all kinds.
I am not much for memorizing brand-names, but the below chairs are from Normann Copenhagen. Why everyone this year put the chairs either on the walls or in piles though? Saving space for the exhibitions?
There were lots of paletts too, just like last year. Where there were most new things and innovative solutions was on the lightning front. A lot is happening there nowadays with LED light making it possible to create innovative lights. As many others have said, the next big thing in interior design will probably be the carpets.
It was as always hard to take decent pictures at the fair as the lighting is what it is. All pictures have therefore been edited in Camera Raw to get rid of most of the yellow cast on them.
On Thursday, the opening day, I visited Hem, Villa & bostadsrätt. A fair about living and tending ones home. It is an odd fair. It gets more odd for each years that I visit it. This year they even built an entire 200 something m2 villa inside the fair.
Nice villa. Wouldn’t mind living in it. I also like the outside veranda.
Mix that with handknitted, lined with some soft material. The creator of the patterns also made trays with the knitting pattern on it.
What about a large fish in colored glass with enormous lips? Could be bought for SEK100 at the fair.
Or woolen winter soles for your shoes…
On display were also granit walls. Nice ones really.
I am no big fan of what she sells. Too many pastels, and rather expensive. She sold nice jeans-aprons though. No, I didn’t buy any.
As on any fair in Stockholm, the guys that sell tools to make various things with vegetables was there, showing off what could be done with the tools.
To show off current wall paper patterns as small diamond shaped forms… Not really a way to show the wall-paper in my opinion.
Now that the advent children by Lisa Larsson are no longer produced, they’ve made an illustration of them and put it on a tray… I much prefer them as the candle holders they originally are.
The stands that sell garlic jars and plates for grating garlic, were there as usual. They appear on every fair I’ven been to the last couple of years. Nice stuff actually.
Another appearance at every fair lately, is the stand with pillows, trays, cloths, postcards by Nadja Wedin.
I like her stuff, but they are far too expensive. Almost always very colorful patterns.
But sometimes also in black and white. She always mixes flowers and animals in her patterns in intricate ways.
I wouldn’t mind owning one of her pillows. Or two. But I am not prepared to pay something around SEK850 for a pillow…
This is not a fair for furniture. But there was some. I liked this grey sofa.
This firm, www.sidsid.se, were showing handmade products for bathroom and kitchen. This bathtub in brass was a bit much in my opinion…
A sink in copper…
But they also showed more normal things. like Moroccan tiles and porcelain sinks.
And the above items I really like. Have no idea what they are supposed to be used for. Very North African/Middle Eastern items.
MIO showed parts of their furnitures and lamps. The two above I like. But I presently do not need any new lamps…
Designed fire extinguishers were also on show. I don’t know if I would like to have fire extinguisher with a skull on… To me, that gives the wrong signal. It is absurd to have skulls on them as I see it.
Of course several paint companies were represented at the fair. The above one apparently is new to Sweden. I like the texture of their paint. Not chalk paint, but matte and soft.
What do sweaters do on a fair about house and home? Really? who let those in?
I also attended half a free seminar by Trendstefan about current trends in design. Unfortunately I missed the beginning of it as I lost track of time.
Doreen Månsson, often seen as a TV host for various programs, was the host for the seminars and the one posing questions to Trendstefan. I always enjoy listening to him, be it on the radio, TV or as here, a seminar at the fair.
This fair always have plenty of hot-tubs on display. Huge things… Above illustrated with a gang of rubber bath ducks floating around in it.
In a nearby hall the Bake and Chocolate fair was taking place. Lots of sweets to taste and look at and to buy.
I bought two choclatebars. One white with raspberries and candied violets, and one dark with freezedried strawberries and blackberries.
The other thing I bought was Muscovado syrup and sticks with cane sugar.
The above is a collection of some of the free stuff that was handed out at various stands. Lots of sweets, apples, pens,…
This is an odd fair as I noted at the beginning of this post. And I haven’t even mentioned some of the stuff shown, like heat pumps, windows, staircases… or anything else that can be used in a house/villa.
Nice fair, but too many visitors already the first day. The hunt for cuttings of pelargonias and other flowers was on all the time. Some of those visitors… ran all over you, pushing, got in the way, apparently afraid that they would miss a bargain.
There were so called idea gardens. I only liked one of those, the one called Hanging Garden by Trendstefan (Stefan Nilsson).
Some had brought in trees from Germany, timed to flower when the fair opened one of the exhibitors told med. They timed it right and the fragrance was lovely.
There were also a balcony competition. I didn’t like any of those balconies… What is the point of a balcony if it is so crowded with things that there is no space left to sit and enjoy outdoors on it?
One of the magazines that were there might have sold lots of subscriptions as every one who bought a subscription got a bag on wheels with the subscription. Saw those ones all over the place later…
This kind of fair sell things, hats, tools, flowers, cloths… and a lot of other things too.
I bought three things. A plant-lamp with natural light (LED) done particularly to give flowers indoor the right amount of light. And six different herbs. The lamp comes in several different colors and can be found here at Venso Eco Solutions.
No, they are not going to remain on the kitchen table. It is a temporary placement testing the lamp.
I also bought a “plantcage” because I liked it, not because I needed it. Presently hangs in the kitchen window. It has a similarity to the napkin holder I bough years ago. A bit hard to water the plant in the cage though I noticed.