Image above: Linda Vännström
Yesterday I began my look back at the Stockholm Design Fair with a nosedive into the student/indie work in the Greenhouse section of the fair. One of my favorite sections, in this, my favorite part of the fair, was by the students from HDK — School of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. All of the students were instructed to create a design keeping with the theme “Traces of a Passionate Collector” — they were told to imagine what might happen if we changed focus from consumption to that of a passionate collector — if furniture bore the traces of our memories, stories and origins. I just found these objects to be hauntingly beautiful and certainly hope to see some of them make it into production. -Amy A
Note: Greenhouse is a great forum to show your work on an international stage. If you’re interested in applying for Greenhouse 2012, you can go here for information. The deadline is September 22, 2011.
You just had an accident and the red wine is now on your furniture. Congratulations! Your piece of furniture just became more special and now carries traces from your life. A pattern that doesn’t get ruined by a stain, it gets enriched instead. — Linda Vännström
Image above: Maria Bergström
With my project, I want to illustrate the different methods of how we measure and visualize time and the traces they leave behind. The result is a tool that makes time visible and that facilitates the overview of future assignments. You can easily see what things you postpone, but at the same time it can help to create structure. In any case, time passes, regardless of whether you choose to procrastinate or if you plan your life into the smallest of details. — Maria Bergström
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People leave different traces and characterize their surroundings in different ways. My starting point was the meeting between people, when their different traces have to merge into a new trace. This new trace implies that just these people meet, no one takes over, and all parts contribute equally and are of equal importance for the whole. My furniture can be used alone, or with several parts connected together. It can also be linked to other existing furniture to create a larger entity. — Eleonor Horner
Image above: Eunjae Lee
We exist in an invisible passage of time. We see traces of time on getting faces wrinkled, on getting wooden floor polished, and on getting an old building peeled off and faded. The traces are engraved and recollected as a name of “now, this moment.” Here, eight objects are collected from different moments. Handy coiled stoneware bowls cherish traces of the moment when they were formed and the times they have been through. — Eunjae Lee
Image above: Fredrik Lundin
Books are an incredible source of inspiration and deserve to take a certain place in your home. A book does not only tell a story. Together your books even tell who you are, a story that is formed over time. The bookshelf concept is based on a modular system which makes it easy to adapt to the desired size and shape. You are allowed to put your personal touch on the shelf and just as easily change it. — Fredrik Lundin
Image above: How can a piece of furniture make people more communicative? Writable is a unique table, which allows notes to be written onto the table surface easily. It creates a new way of communicating and enhances the relationship between people in real life. It offers possibilities for different kinds of people to use it in a way that suits them; especially those who are not good at communicating with other people face to face. Meanwhile, the marks and doodles can be seen as a symbol of their particular lives. — Tianyu Xiao
Image above from the exhibition catalogue
*Full disclosure: This trip was paid for by The Swedish Institute. We have always wanted to cover this show but unfortunately, have never been able to afford the trip. The Swedish Institute offered to cover Amy’s travel costs without any requirements for coverage or advertising, so we were thrilled and appreciative to be able to attend on terms with which we felt comfortable. xo, grace