A couple weeks back, I went to Stockholm for design week. I got the impression that design is to Scandinavia as baseball is to the US. It’s a national pastime. Stockholm is design centric any time of year, but it was really going off for the furniture fair. It’s a small show relative to ICFF, but everything is good, or if not good then at least interesting.
The first night (after a nice plate of pickled herring, Swedish meatballs, and some kind of beet) we stopped by the DFTS party, where they were launching ‘the last ashtray’ by Richard Hutton. His idea was to design a beautiful ashtray to be used for his last cigarette. Then, it can be used for something else. Holding eggs looks possible.
The next day we hit up the furniture fair. So much good stuff.
Spun chair by Thomas Heatherwick for Magis
Not new but I love it – Donuts by Dirk Wynants for Extremis
Waver by Konsatntin Grcic for Vitra.
Anyone remember the move “the peanut butter solution’ ?
A little more pickled herring, and we headed over to the Form Us With Love party. It was on a small island, with candles leading the way to the exhibition space. It was for sure the event with the most excitement and energy. These guys are taking over.
Next stop on the trip was Copenhagen, where I saw so many good bikes.
Check out this stamped metal kids seat.
Two memorable swanky bars in Copenhagen – Ruby was an American Speakeasy / Prohibition type bar, with some seriously gnarly bar tenders. They make high craft cocktails. Have you ever had a drink that tastes like a campfire but still tastes good? They also had a jazz version of the US national anthem playing at one point.
Along the same lines but not as hip, although probably more authentic, was the Library Bar in the Copenhagen Plaza Hotel.