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Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian design

Press Release   •   Feb 04, 2016 12:07 GMT

February 9–13 are the dates for this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, the world's largest meeting place for Scandinavian design. During the five days, the furniture and lighting industry will gather at Stockholmsmässan to meet and see the latest innovations for the home and public spaces. From Tuesday through Friday the show will be open for trade visitors and on Saturday, February 13 everyone is welcome.

Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair attracts around 40,000 visitors, and around 6,000 foreign buyers, architects, designers and journalists from more than 60 countries travel to Stockholm. Approximately 700 companies, of which 300 are international, set up exhibits in Stockholmsmässan's 70,000 m2. Around 80 percent of all of the exhibiting companies come from Scandinavia.

Fair highlights:

Guest of Honor – Barber & Osgerby
The assignment of designing a lounge for Stockholmsmässan’s Entrace Hall has gone to the British design studio Barber & Osgerby, known internationally for their innovative furniture, industrial design and architecture. Barber & Osgerby will also hold a lecture on Wednesday, February 10 at 1 p.m. at the Stockholm Design Talks stage.

The Design Bar 2016 - All the fun of the fair
The Design Bar, which is a cross between an exhibition and a world-class restaurant, was designed this year by architect Andreas Martin-Löf in cooperation with award-winning chef Fredrik Eriksson. The assignment also includes the Design Talks area, and under the concept “All the fun of the fair”, the visitor is offered an evocative, cozy atmosphere.

Trends Exhibition 2016/17
Swedish designer Emma Olbers, Finnish interior stylist Susanna Vento and Danish interior stylist Christine Rudolph were each invited to design their own space at the Fair's Trend Exhibition 2016/17: the outdoors area, the meeting room and the Teatime & Playtime room. The theme for all three is Nature is back for good!

Established – new area
For this year's event, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair has created an entirely new area for established designers and design studios - Established. The goal is to promote diversity in the industry and support designers' own small-scale productions.

Greenhouse
The design studio Form Us With Love is designing Greenhouse, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair's hall for young and unestablished designers. Greenhouse is the springboard for many of tomorrow's design stars. It will also include the premiere of the traveling exhibition Ung Svensk Form, which is run by Svensk Form in cooperation with IKEA and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

Aurora Exhibition – Nordic Architecture and Design
The exhibition takes a closer look at what makes Nordic design unique and presents examples of Swedish residential architecture. The concept and curating is made by the independent architecture and design initiative, Summit. The exhibition will consist of two parts: the architecture exhibit Public Housing Now! in partnership with the Swedish Association of Architects,and the design exhibit Nordic Conditions. The name of the exhibition was borrowed from the Latin term Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.

Stockholm Design Talks
Stockholm Design Talks are the Fair's own forum for knowledge and discussions within the area of design.This year's Scandinavia Now theme offers many interesting discussions and lectures with high-profile guests from around the world, including Jenny B. Osuldsen from the Norwegian architect firm, Snøhetta, and designer Tom Dixon from London.

On General Admission Day, Saturday, February 13, the charity auction - Fair For Hope will take place at the main stage. The auction is a cooperation between ECONEF and Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. The proceeds from the Fair For Hope auction will go in their entirety to ECONEF's children's center in Tanzania.

Editors´ Choice – new award
For this year's event, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair has introduced a new award - Editors' Choice. The jury consists of Editors-in-Chief from several of Europe's most important design forums: Marcus Fairs from Dezeen, Adeline Seidel from Stylepark and Walter Bettens from DAMn Magazine. The categories are Rising Star, Best Stand and Best Product. The winners' statue was designed by Swedish designer Lisa Hilland. The Award Ceremony will take place on the Stockholm Design Talks stage on Wednesday 10 February at 2pm. C18:35.

The Materials Library
In the Materials Library’s permanent showroom you can get inspiration from more than 2000 material samples and technical options. Plastics, metals, woods, composites and technical textiles share space with manufacturing methods, surface treatments and coming color trends.

Stockholm Design Week will be held concurrently, with around 80 design events arranged throughout the city.

For more information, please visit www.stockholmfurniturefair.com or contact:
Cecilia Nyberg, Project Area Manager, tel. +46 8 749 43 86, cecilia.nyberg@stockholmsmassan.se
Lotta Signeul, Press Officer, tel. +46 749 43 36 19, lotta.signeul@stockholmsmassan.se

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 is held concurrently with Stockholm Design Week. www.stockholmdesignweek.com

World-class meetings
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.
Love to meet you!

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