Ilse Crawford previews Ikea collection

The Stockholm Furniture Fair

This week Irene and I headed to Stockholm to check out the city’s furniture fair. This annual show with its focus on furniture and lighting provides a showcase for a myriad of Scandinavian designer brands, many of which do not exhibit at the Salone in Milan. The Guest of Honour installation at this year’s fair was London-based designer and creative director Ilse Crawford who had created a Studioilse Lounge at the entrance to the exhibition halls, which revealed her creative process as well as giving a sneak preview of her much-anticipated collection for Ikea. We discovered several brands that were new to us including two Danish companies – &tradition and Made by Hand. &tradition is renowned for producing some of Verner Panton’s and Arne Jacobsen’s most celebrated designs but also collaborates with established designers such as Luca Nichetto, Benjamin Hubert and design superstar Jaime Hayon. Made by Hand showcased a selection of pendant lights based on the original Danish workshop lamp from the 1950s designed by A. Wedel-Madsen. We especially liked the collections on display from Gubi, a Danish design brand we have been tracking for some time, which was celebrating the re-issue of the Paradiset Collection – designed by Kerstin Hörlin-Holmquist in 1956 – and Swedish lighting brand Wästberg which previewed a stunning new collection of oversized geometric pendant lights by Inga Sempé. The Stockholm Furniture Fair might be a small fair compared to the Salone but it presented a fantastic edit of Scandinavian design that is a highlight in the design calendar.