2016 is all about customisation and design collaboration. This week is Stockholm Design Week, and we’re here to take a look at the latest design trends and offer tips about the exhibitions open to the public that shouldn’t be missed!
The first exhibition worth taking a look at is the world premiere of Iittala’s collaboration with internationally-renowned fashion designer Issey Miyake. Miyake founded Miyake Design Studio in 1970 with the aim of challenging conventional ideas about garment making by highlighting the relationship between the body and clothes, and the studio has been an important global fashion industry participant ever since. During Stockholm Design Week, Finnish brand Iittala will be launching a home collection created in collaboration with Issey Miyake. The exhibition will be on display at the Wetterling Gallery in Kungsträdgården 3, Stockholm, from 8 to 11 February.
Aritco’s exclusive home lifts designed by Alexander Lervik are also one of this week’s highlights, with the exhibition at NK already receiving a great response. The home lift is a new product for the modern home. The fact that it needs no more space than a wardrobe to be installed is revolutionary – and shows that we are moving into a new era of innovation within home interior design. The use of lifts is no longer limited to public environments, but is now also adapted to individuals who appreciate the benefits of a comfortable home. Along with the fact that the lift can be customised, the new design by Alexander Lervik is a trend in itself: the patterns, images and lighting of the home lift’s back wall – the Design Wall – can be chosen in accordance with the home owner’s taste. This makes the home lift a personal statement for design lovers and an opportunity for home owners to showcase their appreciation for luxurious design.
The third collaboration of the week is ‘A Sense of Place’, Ogeborg’s new leather rug collection designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune. Together, the textile company and architectural office are launching three rugs in vegetable-tanned organic leather manufactured by Tärnsjö Garveri. The collaboration started when Claesson Koivisto Rune wanted to design a rug for the Inde/Jacobs Gallery in Marfa, Texas. The Marfa Crossroads rug was designed for this architectural project, and the idea for a collaborative collection was born. You can visit the exhibition at Nitty Gritty Store at Krukmakargatan 26, Stockholm, between 11 and 28 February.
All of the above illustrates that collaboration is a big trend for 2016 – fashion designers are creating home interiors, architects are designing rug collections and designers are reinventing lifts. Anything is possible and we love the energy that this gives to interior design! Plus, the fact that internationally-renowned companies like Iittala are choosing Stockholm as a global launch location, rather than Milan, shows that Stockholm Design Week really is the place to be for design lovers from all over the world! Welcome to Stockholm!