Held in the Swedish capital in February, the world’s leading fair for Scandinavian furniture and lighting ran parallel to Stockholm Design Week.
Spread over a 70,000 sqm space and held just before Covid-19 spread to Europe, around 700 brands and designers – with at least 80 per cent from Scandinavia – participated in the 2020 edition, which attracted 40,000 visitors from 99 countries in February.
Highlights included an installation by the guest of honour Neri&Hu that spotlit social issues in China. Other favourites were the Design Bar – a mix between an exhibition space and a top-class restaurant marrying Scandinavian atriums and Japanese aesthetics – by Anderssen & Voll of Norway, the Temperament showcase by set designer Sahara Widoff, and the NM & A New Collection exhibition highlighting the design process of the Nationalmuseum’s Restaurant.
Also, the Greenhouse exhibition showcasing emerging designers and students, and the award programme Born Classic, which crowned a mirror made from scrap wood and designed by design studio Front for Swedese as this year’s winner. Here are five trends that emerged from the fair.