Round shapes and vibrant orange – we listed the interior trends of Stockholm Furniture Fair

The full spectrum of the Scandinavian interior decoration style was present at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2019. We listed the current trends and four of the most inspiring exhibitions.

Menu Tearoom armchairs
The sofas and armchairs of Menu's Tearoom collection fit not only homes but also public spaces. The series was designed by Nick Ross.

Curved shapes

This spring's new range of furniture is not only simple and minimalistic but contains plenty of round and padded silhouettes. Sofa and armchair upholstery is now sizeable with bold colors and patterns.

Betty chair by &Tradition
The seat of Thau & Kallio’s Betty chair, manufactured by &Tradition, is made of linen webbing.

The return of webbing

The classical webbing has made a comeback. Webbing is found both in new furniture and Alvar Aalto's Artek 611 chairs available in updated colors. The light rattan webbing still seems to be popular.

String System in beige
The new beige String System modules go well together with the classic white side panels and shelves.

Bold and warm colors

We were enchanted by String’s stand created with neutral colors, but were also delighted to find plenty of more vibrant hues. The most popular warm and soft colors were burnt orange, yellow, beige and brown, balanced by colder chrome surfaces and the odd bit of blue. Dark wood was also used a lot.

Vieser X Durat

Genuine, luxurious materials

Genuine materials are always topical. The furniture had leather and wool upholstery, and steel and other metal colors. Long, beautifully draped curtains have also made a comeback. Sofa and dining tables were made using plenty of luxurious stone surfaces, and terrazzo is clearly one of the trendiest materials at the moment. Durat and other composite materials were also seen a lot: we were particularly fond of the Vieser X Durat stand designed by Linda Bergroth.

+ 4 of the most inspiring exhibitions in Stockholm:

The founder of Frama, Niels Strøyer Christophersen (on the left) and architect Andreas Martin-Löf.

1. Frama – Spatial Sensibilities

The Danish furniture manufacturer Frama presented its new pieces in the Spatial Sensibilities exhibition in Kungsholmen. The space was architect Andreas Martin-Löf's own apartment, and its meticulous renovation was almost completed. We were inspired by the minimalistic presentation of Frama's products, and the skillful use of neutral colors. The fair stands had plenty of magnolia leaves, and so did Spatial Sensibilities.

The apartment had a view over Riddarfjärden to Södermalm. The small stool, A.M.L., bears the initials of its designer Andreas Martin-Löf.
The Rivet shelves had not been fixed to the wall; they were displayed as a more creative set.

2. Iwatemo at Jacksons

Ville Kokkonen and Harri Koskinen presented their new Iwatemo brand, consisting of a chair, stools and ceramics. The products were made in collaboration with artisans in Iwate in northeastern Japan. The project was started in 2016 with a study into the area's traditional production methods.

Harri Koskinen
The KI-0201HK stool by Harri Koskinen, is made of European ash.
Iwatemo teapot
Ville Kokkonen's iron KN-0301VK teapot was made in Iwate using the local traditional methods.
Harri Koskinen
Two KI-0202HK chairs designed by Harri Koskinen.

3. Luca Nichetto – Heritage

Svenskt Tenn's store displayed designer Luca Nichetto's colorful Fusa lamps and candle lanterns. Nichetto, who is from the island of Murano, Italy, learnt about the local glassblowing already as a child, because his grandfather was a glassblower and his family and many friends worked in the glass industry. He drew his inspiration for the Fusa series from Josef Frank's Terrazzo pattern. The exhibition is open in Stockholm until 31 March 2019 at Strangvägen 5.

Fusa lamps by Luca Nichetto
Josef Frank's Terrazzo pattern from 1944 (in the background) was the source of inspiration to Luca Nichetto lamps.
Luca Nichetto
The intricate details of the Fusa lamps indicate the designer's background and connection to the Murano glassblowers.
Fusa lamps by Luca Nichetto
Nichetto's Fusa lamps are available from Svenskt Tenn.

4. The Fenix Palace

The joint exhibition by Japanese furniture manufacturer Ariake and Swedish My Residence magazine in the center of Stockholm was stunning with its historical interior and dark decor. It contained a selection curated by the editor-in-chief Hanna Nova Beatrice, consisting of furniture, accessories and lamps from various brands. The designers of Ariake's new products included, among others, Norm Architects, Staffan Holm and Anderssen & Voll.

The Fenix Palace
Ariake's black table and chairs were lit by Wästberg's impressive w151 pendant.
The Fenix Palace
The building designed by architect Hjalmar Westerlund is from 1912.
The Fenix Palace
Carl Richard Söderström's Trunktree sculpture was resting at the end of Ariake's Raft sofa.

See also:

The Best of Stockholm Furniture Fair >

Edit: Mikko Vaija Images: Manufacturers and Erik Lefvander, Fanny Hansson ja Andy Liffner

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