Stockholm Furniture Fair

Rock Galpin reports.. 

Rock Galpin - Rock Galpin Studio

Rock Galpin – Rock Galpin Studio

To continue with our series in asking influential architects and designers to select their favourite finds at major design shows; once again for 2018 we asked Rock Galpin– Creative Director/Founder of Rock Galpin Design Studio to share his best finds.  This year Rock visits Stockholm Furniture Fair here’s what he found…

The strong Stockholm Furniture Fair gains ever more attention and showed excellent quality of craftsmanship from many of the Scandinavian companies and the quality throughout was largely excellent. A small but high level fair.

In terms of trends, there was as expected great deal of subtle and other more indulgent furniture pieces expressing impressive wood crafting skills and production particularly in very clever and complex furniture joint construction at quite considerable cost on the whole, so retaining a position of exclusivity. These pieces are quite often stunning in balance, technical construction, materials and elegance, whilst quite indulgent at times . Brands to take a look at are, Albin, Getama and Brdr. Kruger.

Albin

Albin

Albin

Albin

TON

Ton

BRDR.KRUGER

Brdr. Kruger

Getama

Getama

In terms of design trends, the softer, overly rounded shapes and styles, in part  referencing art deco, persists whilst very subtle at this more understated trade show, with brands from Amsterdam like Dum really going all out to communicate that trend. Herman Miller also surprisingly making a nod to this direction, whilst Pedrali came across as current, partly largely perhaps due to the impressive stand design and art direction in colour ways and lighting, whilst beyond not taking many risks.

MASS Productions

MASS Productions

Pedrali

Pedrali

Swedese

Swedese

Swedese

Swedese

Zilenzio

Zilenzio

In terms of colour and style; there was a clear colour palette with red featured very highly, along with a strong sky blue, bright mustard, fuschia whilst pale peachy pinks continue. In terms of materials, a great deal of light and mid tone woods with strong visible grain structure, there is still a fair amount of the past industrial style lingering, with thin black steel structures and raw materials as we head towards a further stripped down aesthetic in certain areas, perhaps in part reflective of a 90’s revival with the eclecticism and vibrancy of the 80’s, whilst a nod to 30’s.

Kinnarps

Kinnarps

Herman Miller

Herman Miller

Mutina- Bouroullec

Mutina- Bouroullec

DUM Amsterdam

DUM Amsterdam

DUM Amsterdam

DUM Amsterdam

Words and pictures by  Rock Galpin


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