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Aurora – Nordic Architecture and Design shines a spotlight on the unique features of Nordic design and Swedish architecture

Press Release   •   Dec 18, 2015 10:13 GMT

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair presents Aurora – Nordic Architecture and Design, an exhibition that takes a closer look at what makes Nordic design unique and displays examples of Swedish housing architecture. The exhibition consists of two parts, one focusing on architecture, The Common good! and one focusing on design, Nordic Conditions. Aurora is created in collaboration with the independent architecture and design initiative, Summit.

The name of the exhibition is borrowed from the Latin word, Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are a phenomenon associated with the Nordic region. The name reflects that there is something very specific and unique to Nordic architecture and design.

“We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to display what we believe to be an interesting selection of designs from the five Nordic countries and at the same time to create an exhibition about architecture that highlights an important topic rarely seen in a commercial context,” says Daniel Golling and Gustaf Kjellin from Summit, who have curated the exhibition.

ArchitectureExhibition Aurora - The common good!
The lack of housing is one of the largest problems facing contemporary society and a curse for both those without permanent housing and the economy. Housing architecture, however, is not part of the problem. Public housing plays a unique role on the Swedish housing market and has historically been linked with high-quality architecture. By displaying new apartment buildings designed by several of Sweden's prominent architects, The Common good!tells the story of how this rich tradition is being continued with today's public housing. The exhibition also vindicates rental apartments at a time when housing is often viewed primarily as a commodity.The architecture exhibition is created in collaboration with Swedish Association ofArchitects.

“Given the current lack of housing, it is particularly interesting to look at the role public housing can play in creating good, sustainable living environments. Our challenge today is to build a very large amount of housing in a very short period of time while also creating functional cities where people can live,” says Tobias Olsson, President of Swedish Association of Architects.

Design Exhibition Aurora – Nordic Conditions
There are many things that Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland have in common. Historical connections reaching far back in time have today resulted in very similar cultures. In terms of design, the well-known term “Scandinavian design” is often used to refer to the design from the Nordic region, but despite their similarities, the conditions for the five design stages are very different. This exhibition showcases the designs that have been created out of the unique conditions present in each of the five Nordic countries.

Here is the list of the participants in the exhibitions.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair will be held on February 9-13, 2016 at Stockholmsmässan.

For more information, please visit or contact:
Cecilia Nyberg, Event Manager, tel +46 8-749 43 86,
Lotta Signeul, Press Officer, tel +46 749 43 36,

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. Domestic and international visitors will find the most comprehensive selection of Scandinavian furniture, office furnishings, design, textiles, lighting and other interior furnishings for both homes and public spaces. Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair runs in parallel with Stockholm Design Week.

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Inspiration and information, business opportunities and new friends. Stockholmsmässan is the largest meeting place in Scandinavia hosting around 70 leading exhibitions and hundreds of national and international congresses, conferences and corporate events every year.
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