"Today, I only do things that I love." - Jaime Hayon, this year's Guest of Honour
Last week we were at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2017 and checked out this year's news, in color, shape and materials. A highlight was the Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon, this year's Guest of Honour, who showed a diverse production with playful expressions in his pop-up pavilion at the entrance square.
A strong overall trend that we saw this year was a colourful, minimalistic and functional design. Many exhibitors showed news that had matte surfaces in bright colors, textile and details in brass with inspirations from the 1950s. Mårten Rittfeldt was there from Zenit Design and these are his main findings at this year's fair:
1. Room-in-the-room-furniture! Open-plan offices and transparency in all its glory, but now it pops up furniture with a purpose to shield. Kinnarps has smart solutions for the open office, where furniture with high backs and square shapes creates a room within the room.
2. Velvet, velvet and even more velvet! Not a sofa or armchair was without velvet coating. The fabric has been given a greater role in making the mundane more elegant. The pilates ball that otherwise are so sporty was one example of a product that by the use of fabric had completely transformed, with a purpose to be used in the office rather than at the gym!
3. Connectable! It is becoming increasingly common with furniture that has embedded charging stations, built-in the furniture. Tables, sofas and armchairs have stylish detail solutions so that we can keep the energy up.