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stockholm design fair: greenhouse (part 1)

by Amy Azzarito

From BabyBjörns to Acne jeans, Ikea and H&M, Sweden is pretty much the modern design Mecca (and I’m saying that without an ounce of hyperbole). So when we were invited by the Swedish Institute to check out the scene at the Stockholm Design Fair, I pretty much ran to the passport renewal office (and at the risk of offending the federal government, let me just say that the appointment they make you get is totally superfluous). The trip was quick and the fair was absolutely huge, but I took my job to report back on the design scene seriously, so each day for the rest of the week, I’ll take you on a little photo tour of my favorites from Stockholm.

Literally every single person who knew I was going to the Stockholm Furniture Fair told me to not miss Greenhouse. So, I did not miss Greenhouse. Greenhouse is the exhibition of upcoming designers and student work held at the Stockholm Furniture Fair each year. I love seeing student work, so with 21 schools represented in one space, I was in total heaven. And while there might not have been as many espresso machines as in the main hall, the room certainly projected its own caffeine high. There was so much fun student/indie work that I had to split it up into two parts — Part 2 is coming tomorrow! — Amy A.

Image above: Bedding by Malin Akerblom

Image above: Handknotted carpet by Maria Sandberg

Image above: Shoe storage by Heidi Borthne (I want this! So practical for a tiny apartment with a shoe-obsessed owner!)

CLICK HERE for more student and indie design from Stockholm Design Week.

Image above: Floor lamp by SHE Design

Image above: Grow pots by Caroline Brahme.  The white collar is designed to capture and magnify the sun’s rays in the winter, and then by turning the pot, provide shade in the summer.

Image above left: Stool by Martin Vallin (this stool is a little tip-y — one of the legs is off the ground and was intended to be a cross between a milking stool and a rocking chair). Image above right: Stool by Johanna Nilsson

Image above: Sami Kallio Studio AB

Image above: Minimal workstation by Fredrik Paulsen

Image above: Bo Robert Ek

*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

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