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Stockholm readies for annual Design Week

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013.

Every February, Stockholm Design Week attracts architects, designers and journalists from Scandinavia and beyond to Stockholmsmässan, the region’s largest exhibition center. This year, the whole city will get involved for events, introductions and parties that celebrate the best of Scandinavian design from Feb. 4 – 10.
“The design week serves as a meeting place for promoting the furniture and lighting design industry in Scandinavia that extends well beyond Stockholmsmässan’s walls,” said Cecilia Nyberg, event manager. “It is important to us that our visitors get as positive an overall experience of the week as possible. Business and deals are done during the day, while the evenings are intended for mingling and parties in the city.”

Around 40,000 visitors from more than 60 countries are set to come to this year’s fair to view the 750 furniture, lighting and textile vendors, 80% of which come from Scandinavia.
The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair also takes place in Stockholmsmässan concurrently with Stockholm Design Week. The show features new products, materials, knowledge, trends, business contacts and environmental and technological solutions.
This year’s featured exhibition is the Glass Elephant, a design installation in the borderland between industrial design, craftsmanship and performance.

The Glass Elephant Exhibition
“The purpose of the installation is to diversify and vitalize Stockholm Design Week’s image as an innovative and dynamic meeting place for the best in Scandinavian design,” said Nyberg. “We want to create inspiring experiences and added value for both industry professionals and interested members of the public.”
The exhibition explores the properties of glass as material and muse, and tells a story about the meeting of contrasts. TAF Arkitekter has designed the exhibition architecture and the work of some of Sweden’s most trendsetting designers is featured in Glass Elephant, including Åsa Jungnelius.
Other designers taking part are Ann Wåhlström; Carina Seth Andersson; Katja Pettersson; Magnus Elebäck and Chris Martin, Massproductions; Johannes Carlström, Note Design Studio; Simon Klenell and John Astbury.
The installation is open to the public Feb. 5 – 9 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities’ Skeppsholmen Caverns.
For a complete list of exhibitors, click here. For a full calendar of events, click here.

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