Crafty bids: an auction of contemporary works at Stockholm Design Week

Crafty bids: an auction of contemporary works at Stockholm Design Week

Design veterans will be braving the cold this week and flocking to Stockholm for the city’s Furniture & Lighting Fair. On the lead up to Nordic Capital’s annual event is the Örnsbergsauktionen auction – a celebration of Swedish design that focuses on craft, with all products conceived and produced by 30 designers. Preceded by an online auction and exhibition, the affair is taking place at the central location of Kägelbanan in Mosebacke.

Now in its fifth year, the 2016 edition sees the contributing makers experiment with materials as diverse as rabbit fur, pear wood and blue Brazilian marble. ‘We want to contribute to a lively and pluralist design scene,’ explains co-founder Simon Klenell, who set up the auction in 2011 alongside designers Fredrik Paulsen and Kristoffer Sundin.

Abstract shapes and mouldings become lighting, vases, mirrors and shelving in the selection of products. Testing out styles in polyurethane is Hilda Hellström, whose organic works in Jesmonite have previously drawn attention. For her auction piece, she sculpted the material, building mini-mountains of boldly painted vessels.

Rising stars from last year’s fair, Pettersen & Hein, worked with heavier matter in their trademark industrial style to create ‘Value of the undefined material’. The geometric structure pulls together concrete slabs, replete with a granite sphere and iron stand. Also offering up robust forms is Italian designer Ilaria Bianchi who merged together different hues of blue Brazilian with red imperial and dark grey Labrador marbles. 

Elsewhere, Studio Swine worked with metallics for their ornamental and animalistic work ‘UO’; while Scotsman David Taylor produced a modest copper lighting piece, factoring a cod-luxurious leather-look base in PVC.

Many of the 50 pieces up for grabs have been created especially for the event, while other works by designers including Fabien Cappello, Anton Alvarez and Silo Studio show how contemporary craft has pleasantly evolved in the last couple of years.

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