Design with responsibility: This is how sustainable the Stockholm Furniture Fair is

Scandinavia's leading platform for design and architecture presents current trends in the furniture industry at its trade fair - sustainability also finds its place

Stockholm Furniture Fair
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Author: House of Eden

  • The Stockholm Furniture Fair serves as a central platform for business, networking and product presentations in the field of sustainable, innovative and integrative design.
  • In addition to inspiring exhibitions and knowledge exchange, the comprehensive event program offers seminars, workshops and lectures from experts.
  • The Scandinavian Design Award in the Sustainability Achievement of the Year category emphasizes the importance of sustainability and innovation in the furniture industry.

The future of architecture, innovation and integrative design. The Stockholm Furniture Fair presents current topics such as forestry, local production, waste management and aesthetics with diverse exhibitions by Scandinavian designers. The trade fair serves as a platform for business, networking, product presentations and innovative talks by over 50 speakers. In addition to seminars, workshops and expert lectures, it also offers aspiring designers the chance to establish themselves in their industry through exchange and discourse. The trade fair will take place in Stockholm from February 6th to 9th for companies and will be freely accessible on February 10th.

The Reading Room as an inspiring introduction to the furniture fair

Right in the entrance hall you will find a room full of inspiration and knowledge. The installation with seating by Studio Formafantasma offers a quiet place where further training and reflection should take place. The special feature here is the wide selection of literature. The main topic of these books includes sustainability, ecology and ecosystems, especially forests. “When we talk about furniture design we implicitly talk about wood, and if we talk about wood, we need to talk about forests. We want people to connect the product to the ecosystem from which it originates and talk about the possibilities in this, but also the problems.", says Andrea Trimarchi, guest of honor and co-founder of Formafantasma. At the end of the fair, the entire contents of the reading room given a new life: the books are donated to design schools, while the furnishings are resold at Nordiska Galleriet.

Reading Room by Formafantasma at Stockholm Furniture Fair

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Jordens Arkitekter presents the future of sustainable building

“In an age marked by uncertainties and crises, clinging to ideas and knowledge in isolation has become outdated. New thoughts ought to be shared.”, says Johnny Andersson, visionary architect and co-founder of the Jordens Arkitekter architecture studio in Stockholm. In their exhibition, the architecture studio focuses on the future of construction in sustainable architecture. She presents five groundbreaking projects. These include a series of self-built wooden houses, an innovative concept for senior living in rural areas and an urban garden in Stockholm. In addition, it also includes a material library with sustainable building materials from 30 top providers, thus offering a comprehensive insight into the future of ecological building.

Guided tour of the trade fair with designer and environmentalist Emma Olbers

The renowned furniture designer and environmentalist Emma Olbers guides visitors through the trade fair with her broad spectrum of knowledge and presents a careful selection of sustainable designs. Olbers, known for her commitment to environmental protection, provides insights into the challenges of local industry in times of global mass production. Here visitors can exchange ideas about how furniture and objects should be made in this era.

Inspiration for shaping the future

Another highlight of the trade fair are the informative talks and seminars in collaboration with PIN-UP Magazine and Disegno Journal. The new perspective on design by the architect and designer Patricia Urquiola offers valuable perspectives and solutions for the current challenges in the furniture industry. As a guest of honor, the research design studio Formafantasma also offers insights into contemporary design from an ecological, social and political perspective. Last but not least, Folkform's exhibition "The Museum of Masonite" offers an insight into the world of sustainable design. This also explains how well thought-out and environmentally friendly concepts can be turned into reality.

Sustainability Achievement of the Year

This year, the Scandinavian Design Awards honor outstanding achievements in the areas of architecture, design and interior design as well as the “Sustainability Achievement of the Year”. The winner, Home.Earth, was honored for its strong commitment to sustainability. Her project "Doughnut for Urban Development" in Copenhagen, Denmark, shows how design and sustainability can be successfully combined.

Scandinavia as a pioneer in sustainable design

Scandinavia is already a pioneer in sustainability on many levels. The Stockholm Furniture Fair now also makes it clear that groundbreaking progress has already been made in the areas of design and architecture. The trade fair highlights the urgent need for fundamental changes in the architecture and design sectors. It shows that these changes do not just present theoretical concepts, they can already be implemented in reality. The Stockholm Furniture Fair has recognized that it is high time to steer the architecture and design industry in a sustainable direction. It is up to all of us to take these ideas into account, develop them further and thus make our lives greener.

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