SPD visit to Stockholm Design Week

From the 8th to the 12th February Stockholm was the place to be to explore the design industry. During the Stockholm Design Week, we attended many high-profile design events that were scattered around the city, including a biomimicry talk by Michael Pawlyn (hosted by Interface), Tom Dixon (at the Stockholm Furniture Fair), and Jaime Hayon and Front with  Eco Wallpaper!

We started the week with the brilliant Stockholm Furniture & Lighting Fair, www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se, held every year at Stockholmsmässan, a 10 minute train ride from Stockholm Central Station. The exhibition showcased a huge range of furniture and lighting products, all designed and created by truly inspirational designers and manufacturers. It was a great place to meet people, start networking and generate connections in the industry. It was also a great experience to learn about different methods of designing and manufacturing products and to source inspiration for the exhibitions that second and third years will soon be needing to prepare for! The ‘Greenhouse’ section was a particularly inspiring part of the show, where up-and-coming designers and design schools exhibit their ideas and prototypes.

We attended many networking evenings that started with eco-flooring manufacturer, Interface, www.interface.com. They hosted an event focused around the use of biomimicry in design and how it can improve the sustainability of products and architecture. This evening was very inspirational for the students who attended as this is a fascinating sustainable design strategy. Another evening hosted by Eco Wallpaper, www.eco.se, had an excellent party atmosphere. Jaime Hayon and design duo, Front, talked about the innovative design projects they had collaborated on with the company.

Not only did we attend the amazing design festival, we also had an opportunity to explore the culture and history of Stockholm and Sweden itself. We visited the National Museum of Design at their temporary location at Kulturhuset, to see an exhibition dedicated to leading Swedish female designers between the wars. The exhibition showcased pioneering design created in an industry that was so male orientated at the time. We also went to the museum that housed the stunning Vasa; a ship that capsized just outside Stockholm back in 1628. It laid on the seabed until 1959 when the excavation process commenced. Today, Vasa is the world’s only preserved 17th century ship and the most visited museum in Scandinavia.

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