Tactility and texture at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2019
During one week in February, Scandinavia meets the rest of the world in Stockholm at the annual Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair. The event attracts thousands of visitors each year, who brave icy temperatures and flock to the fair venue in Älvsjö to see the best in Scandinavian design. Highlights from this year’s fair included ‘The Unfolding Village’ – Guest of Honour Neri & Hu‘s striking installation which aimed to create awareness of the issues facing villages and village culture in China – and Anderssen & Voll‘s pergola-like Design Bar, inspired by Scandinavian atriums and Japanese aesthetics.
We noticed a number of key themes at this year’s fair (find out more in our Stockholm 2019 Report), one of which was increased texture and tactility in material choices. This emphasis on texture in interiors is linked with the increased focus on health and wellbeing, both at home and at work. As a reaction to the continual connectivity in our lives and our reliance on screens, there is a growing desire for calming, more restorative spaces which allow us to disconnect. These interiors provide sensory stimulation through tactile surfaces and textures, and often include references to nature.
Of course, Scandinavian design is synonymous with the use of natural materials such as wood, leather, clay and ceramics; however, this trend is a warmer interpretation of the typical Scandi style, with highly textured upholstery, ‘imperfect’ surfaces and inherently tactile materials such as cane, wicker and stone. There is also a tendency for layering – mixing light and semi-transparent materials such as linen and textured glass. With this trend comes a deeply soothing colour palette, ranging from light grey and warm tones of white and beige, to rich brown and earthy red and chocolate tones.
Here are 15 products we spotted at this year’s fair that exemplify the increased tactility and texture trend.
Font Regular, Mobel
Designed by Studio David Thulstrup, the Font collection from møbel copenhagen is a family of chairs, lounge chairs and bar stools, available with or without armrests. The Font Regular shown here in a woolen bouclé fabric (a popular fabric choice throughout this year’s fair) can be used as a dining or armchair.
ARV chair, Brdr. Krüger
Head Chef and Founder of gastronomic mecca noma, René Redzepi, commissioned Studio David Thulstrup to design the new home of noma and a series of furniture pieces for the new space. Thulstrup worked with Brdr. Krüger to create the new collection of furniture, which includes the ARV chair. ARV is elegant and light, yet its signature craftsmanship accents make it incredibly tactile.
Barba Armchair, Fogia
Designed by Andreas Engesvik, Swedish brand Fogia’s Barba series is named after the French word for candy floss and includes a sofa and an armchair. Barba has a soft, curvaceous form that hugs the body and yet offers a strong, solid impression.
Loafer Sofa, &Tradition
Designed by design studio Space Copenhagen, the Loafer sofa offers the utmost in comfort, expertly crafted to ensure a solid construction, plush upholstery and detailed stitching. An addition to the Loafer lounge and dining chairs, the Loafer version is available in two- and three-seater versions in a range of textiles and colours.
Nakki Lounge Chair, Woud
Continuing the revival of seventies style design, Danish brand Woud were one of several brands to show products upholstered in corduroy fabrics at this year’s fair. Finnish designer, Mika Tolvanen’s Nakki Lounge Chair has ample and firm padding for a comfortable sit. Its square form and straight legs are contrasted with the soft curves on the seating.
Pal Stool, Northern
Pal’s wicker seat is woven from natural reed fibres and integrated into the frame to sit level with the surface. The solid oak version has a smooth disc in the frame that forms a solid seat. Both versions are available in oiled oak or smoked oak, providing a choice of blond wood or dark wood.
Ztista Chair, Faina Collection
Kiev-based designer Victoria Yakusha employed ancient Ukranian molding techniques to create the highly tactile and sculptural Ztista chair, which is made of flax, cotton and biopolymer.
Feather Rug, Kasthall
Kasthall’s sumptuous ‘Feather’ rug is inspired by feather plumes and coastal bays. The rug’s design combines wool and linen bouclé in two different heights, resulting in a texture reminiscent of boas and the fringes of the 70s.
Rope Rug, Hem
‘Rope’ by Hem is a contemporary take on the classic Japanese tatami pattern (a woven mat traditionally made using rice straw), offering a deep, textural surface, available in a range of earthy colourways.
Pebble Rug, Muuto
Acoustic Pulp Panels, Baux
Winner’s of 2019’s Best Stand Award, acoustic products brand Baux launched their 100% bio-based origami-inspired Acoustic Pulp Panel. Designed by Swedish studio Form Us With Love, the panels are 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable. The colour in the panels is achieved using different percentages of wheat bran—0, 5 and 30%.
Virvel Light, Örsjö
Swedish company Örsjö launched the Virvel Light designed by Ingegerd Råman. Virvel is a lightweight pendant lamp, made from a single paper circle that is folded in different ways to create a different shape every time.
Tekiò Vertical, Santa & Cole
Tekiò consists of a lighting system based on LED structures covered with paper modules. In his design for Tekiò (‘adaptation’ in Japanese), Anthony Dickens was inspired by the traditional Japanese paper lantern that is ubiquitous throughout Asia. Paper is a ductile, even malleable material; its folds makes it more resistant and time alters and improves its translucence.
Archi Sculpture, Kristina Dam Studio
Inspired by Bauhaus forms, Archi sculpture is formed by four beautiful brecha (or breccia) marble plates which lock into each other forming this magnificent sculpture. Brecha is a unique copper or brownish coloured marble with crystalline onyx deposits and it has been used in mosaics, countertops, monuments and sculptures for centuries.
Kolonn Vases, Carina Seth Andersson for Skrufs
The Kolonn Vase series was part of a collection of 82 objects specifically designed for the reopening of Stockholm’s Nationalmuseum in October 2018. Designed by Carina Seth Andersson, the elegant vases are hand-blown in Skruf’s glasswork in Sweden.
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