I’ve just come back from the Stockholm Furniture and Lighting Fair at Stockholm Design Week – and BOY did it deliver!

Coinciding with Stockholm Design Week, the Furniture and Lighting Fair had just the right balance of practical and inspirational design pieces – things that I could use in projects for my clients right away, and some I’d love to take home myself! It was a treat to see so many fabulous items for the home that are really well suited to our Australian design aesthetic. There were plenty of gorgeous sofas, armchairs, tables, lamps, fabrics, rugs and even homewares from established brands, new brands with some high-quality student work in the mix.

The design of the stands alone was spectacular, and it’s wonderful to experience them in person. The environment that the brands create can be so powerful in a few meters square, evoking an atmosphere that stays with you, but can be difficult to capture in photographs. It’s about the feeling, and the experience pulls a huge following from around the world (I heard the Aussie accent everywhere I went!).

Here I’ve pulled out some of the brands, pieces and experiences that left me with that ‘Oh my god!’ feeling!

The Sculptor’s Residence by Norm Architects with Menu + Dux

A gorgeous selection of designs was curated by the team Copenhagen-based architecture and design studio Norm Architects, to create the eclectic living quarters of an imagined artist!

Located in the heart of Stockholm, four different rooms served as an exhibition space for designs from Menu and Dux, complemented by tactile sculptures by British object-maker Nicholas Shurey, functional ceramic objects by Sofia Tufvasson and Atelier Armand, limestone and marble podiums by Östersjösten and dolomite plaster plinths by St. Leo.

Although Dux is known here in Australia mainly for their (incredible) spring mattresses, they’ve been making furniture by renowned Swedish designers since the 1950s. It was a treat to see these stunning pieces upholstered in gorgeous fabrics and leathers alongside beautiful sculptures and objects set in a historic apartment. It had the casual elegance of a New York loft apartment, complete with sculptures, sketches on rolls of paper and paintbrushes, but without the mess!

Menu available from The Apartment.

‘The Sculptor’s Residence’ by Menu + Dux. Photo – Monica Grue Steffensen.

‘The Sculptor’s Residence’ by Menu + Dux. Photo – Monica Grue Steffensen.

‘The Sculptor’s Residence’ by Menu + Dux. Photo – Monica Grue Steffensen.

The Supersoft Sofa by Fogia and Note Studio. Photo – Frida-My Sundqvist.

Lyra Chaise by Fogia. Photo – Frida-My Sundqvist.

Lyra Chaise by Fogia. Photo – Frida-My Sundqvist.

The Canvas Chair designed by Børge Mogensen for Danish design house Fredericia. Photo – courtesy of Fredericia.

Left: Left: Charred vases designed by Gabriel Tan, made by João Lourenço, for Origin. Right: Ark vases designed by Norm Architects, made by João Monteiro, for Origin. Photo – courtesy of Origin.

Left: Charred vases designed by Gabriel Tan, made by João Lourenço, for Origin. Photo – courtesy of Origin.

New Works stand at Stockholm Furniture Lighting Fair. Photo – Brian Buchard. Styling – Lotta Agaton Interiors.

New Works stand at Stockholm Furniture Lighting Fair. Photo – Brian Buchard. Styling – Lotta Agaton Interiors.

Fancy shower drains at Vieser! Photo – Paavo Lehtonen.

Ilse Crawford for Wastberg ‘Ilumina’ lamp. Photo – courtesy of Wastberg.

Mobel stand at the Stockholm Furniture and Lighting Fair. Photo – courtesy of Mobel.

‘The Pair’ designed by Studio David Thulstrup for Mobel. Photo – courtesy of Mobel.

‘Eye Candy’ table by Swedish Ninja. Photo – courtesy of Swedish Ninja.

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