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Time for Stockholm Craft Week

In three short years, Stockholm Craft Week has established itself as the most important event for arts and crafts in Stockholm. For one week in autumn, galleries, institutions, groups and sole practitioners all get together to show and praise the world of creative crafts.

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Milan highlight: Blå Station

The only participating Swedish company at the fair grounds is Blå Station. In a conversation in the latest issue of Form magazine, design director Johan Lindau explains: “We’ve decided to go because we want to show our belief in the future. Those who aren’t going are cowards! Even if only a single visitor shows up, we can still say that we’ve been at Supersalone. It would be embarrassing if not a single Swedish company took part, we want to show solidarity with both the industry as a whole and with Milan and Italy. It’s a must.”

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Sara kulturhus in Skellefteå

On Wednesday September 8:th Sara kulturhus – a 20-storey building constructed from wood from the forests surrounding Skellefteå., will open to the public. It follows in Skellefteå's long tradition of constructing buildings in wood.

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Material Meetings soon at Form/Design Center

On the 7th of September the exhibition Material meetings open at Form/Design Center in Malmö. The exhibition shows a glimpse of the future’s textile industry, shown by the exam works of the textile design students at Textilhögskolan in Borås.

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Postcards from Swedish design schools: Beckmans

Beckmans’ Graduation Show 2021 is called “Time Well Spent”, meaning three years at Beckmans is time well spent. The three graduating classes in Fashion, Product Design, and Visual Communication have worked to explore, challenge and influence a variety of areas within design. Enjoy the exhibition in full 360°.

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Klimatorium in Lemvig

The new waterfront Klimatorium climate center in Lemvig is a forum for knowledge, education, innovation and development projects within utility services and climate change. The new building is going to support Denmark’s role as an exporter of climate solutions and help establish Lemvig and the Central Denmark Region as a center of climate change adaptation.

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Candytuft says it with flowers

Inspired by the flower language of the Victorian era, Scanian design duo candytuft solve human problems with humour. “We toyed with the i dea of what a victorian person would do on Tinder today”, says Maria O’Brian.

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Anton Alvarez: Roman Toothpaste MMXXI

This summer Anton Alvarez will be creating an an exhibition for Vandalorum in Småland. The exhibition consists of monumental clay sculptures that are produced on site. Seven tons of stoneware clay will be produced on a scale that far exceeds that we know from the world of ceramics.

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Fashion Forever at Sofiero Castle

The exhibition Fashion Forever – an exhibition about our times is being held on the exhibition floor at Sofiero Castle, with the rooms being divided into five different themes: New Fashion for Old, Innovation, Time for Creation, In Season, and Own Time, each of which are presented through the creations of both Swedish and Danish fashion designers.

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Swedish Design Movement: Tarkett

Tarkett has made flooring in Sweden since the late 19th century, and the now international company is equally historic in France. Innovative design collaborations go hand in hand with the development of recycled and bio-based materials, and anything from scrapyards to sewage treatment plans form unexpected partnerships. Sustainability director Dag Duberg knows how to transform waste into raw material and make the flooring of the future out of materials that hold a past.

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Swedish Design Movement: Swedese

Using moulded plywood, Swedese have not only created sleek design classics but also a manufacturing method that is resource-efficient from the start. Since 1945, their furniture has been produced in the Smålandian forest, and today in partnership with some twenty Swedish and international designers. From the factory in Vaggeryd, CEO Sonnie Byrling calls for more knowledge and regulations that force more companies to make long-term sustainable decisions.

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Swedish Design Movement: Diemonde

”Made in Sweden” is written in many of Diemonde’s garments. Angelo da Silveira mixes global street culture with Scandinavian minimalism when he designs clothes for a new generation of Swedes. He gained his passion for fashion growing up in Örebro, to where he came as a political refugee from the West African country of Togo. Through his own factory Fugeetex, he fuses ecological, social and economic sustainability, employing the sewing skills of newly arrived refugees.

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Swedish Design Movement: Swedish Stockings

Swedish Stockings are a pioneer company who want to be mimicked in their sustainable production. Their materials in their shiny stockings include old fishing nets and plastic bottles. While her daughter Elsa-Li is fast asleep in the pram during our walk, founder Linn Frisinger tells me about her goal of changing the entire industry. Seven years after starting the company, she has come along well.

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Swedish Design Movement: ClaessonKoivistoRune

Japanese cabinetwork and architecture made to last for generations. Ola Rune likes projects that challenge both industry and craftsmen. He is one of the founders of the architectural firm ClaessonKoivistoRune, which began in 1995 as an interesting friendship, where friction whets creativity.

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Swedish Design Movement: Emma Olbers

For furniture designer Emma Olbers, climate goals and knowledge form the basis for credible sustainability efforts. The desire to influence is translated through design jobs and activism, from well-considered material choices to Fridays for Future demonstrations. She speaks objectively about the need to tax carbon emissions and how designers do best in thinking backwards.

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Swedish Design Movement: Lammhults Möbel

For Lammhults Möbel, quality and environmental requirements go hand in hand. In their production, brightly coloured interiors meet curvy tubular steel chairs made to give character and comfort to public spaces. Sustainability director Tilda Lagerqvist has many questions on her desk. From the qualities of recycled plastics to extending the life of our durable favourites from the past decades.

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Swedish Design Movement: Kjellander Sjöberg

At the architecture firm Kjellander Sjöberg, shipyard ruins are converted into modern office spaces and London's derelict industrial areas into waterfront neighbourhoods with social ambitions. One of the founders is Stefan Sjöberg, who designs tomorrow's rooms and cities with demolition metal, a ruler and dreams.

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