16 Talents to Watch From This Year’s Stockholm Design Week
Stockholm was one of the few design fairs that slid in under the wire, early in 2020 before the world shut down. So it makes even more sense that the fair’s organizers decided to exercise prudence and call this year’s edition off. Greenhouse, the section of the fair that’s typically home to design schools and talents to watch, was presented digitally, while some of the schools — including Konstfack and Beckmans — banded together to show in town. And we’re lucky they did, as it made it that much easier to realize there was still a host of great new work debuting in something of a vacuum.
Below we’re introducing you to 16 of our favorite new Swedish talents including independent designer Jone Skarbovik, who debuted a clumsy-chic chair in waxed birch, and Bang Universe, whose cylindrical table legs are made from recycled cardboard. Konstfack’s interior architecture and furniture design program created work under the banner of a project called Dis-played, in which each project played with the possibilities of craftsmanship and utility. And Beckmans students (above) launched the most ambitious project of all, Room Service, which paired final-year product design students with six of Sweden’s foremost furniture producers to create products that might work both at home and in the office, at a time when the boundary between the two has collapsed more than ever.
Room Service by Beckmans College of Design
Dis-played by Konstfack
Cumulonimbus by Julia Hager Jutterström
Birthe by Julia Rydbo
Dis-place by Stina Larsson
Monamon by Louise Tungården
Landscape Annotations by Linn Olsson
Shelf.obj by Kristoffer Knudsen