A change in set up brought a fresh energy to this year's Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, housing exhibitors better than ever before.
This year's guest of honour, Ilse Crawford, recreated her South London studio within the fair's central meeting place, as a space for visitors to explore how design affects us in the everyday. As a happy coincidence, Crawford also launched her first collaboration with IKEA in the delightful surrounds of Ett Hem - a 100-year-old Stockholm house turned boutique hotel that her studio redesigned in 2012. The new collection comprises an accessible range of furniture, lighting and smaller items including cork tables, hanging lights, accessories and a day bed.
The bright young stars of previous years showed that they are fast-becoming established brands. Case in point: Baux, who exhibited for the first time in the main hall, where they debuted a new wall system in collaboration with Stockholm studio Form Us With Love.
Taiwanese brand NAKNAK was a standout newcomer to the fair. With a background in producing metal items for other brands, the Taichung-based manufacturer showcased its first ever in-house collection of designs working with international names such as Stockholm's Kyuhyung Cho. A set of powder-coated metal wire house numbers designed by Cho and Erik Olovsson made a particularly strong impression.
This year, the fair's annual Greenhouse exhibition - a space dedicated to championing emerging talent - was created by Note Design Studio, whose mirrored pavilion expertly showcased the work of some promising new names. Danish designers Pettersen & Hein's structurally dynamic light objects stood out, as did the coloured concrete tiles and moveable chair by Glen Baghurst.
Meanwhile, established Swedish architects (and Wallpaper* Design Award winners) Claesson Koivisto Rune switched hats from designers to producers with the launch of their new homeware company 'Smaller Objects'. Honing in on everyday design, the trio presented a new collection of household items, from cooling stone coasters to clever herb pots. Elsewhere the architects launched a bright light collection with Wästberg, and a structural modular sofa and side table with Offecct.
Danish design stalwarts and fellow Wallpaper* Design Award winners Carl Hansen & Søn launched a double-sided tray table that can be folded away - sure to be an instant hit with customers. Working on an altogether larger, architectural scale, Spanish powerhouse Cosentino 'Stanze in affitto' took their ultra-compact slab material Dekton to Munich-based designer Steffen Kehrle, who crafted it into a small structure made entirely out of the surface product. The informal hangout, called 'House of Dekton', served as a welcome sanctuary from the busy aisles of the fairground.