In light of increased terror attacks involving moving vehicles on busy pedestrian streets, street barricades are becoming a sobering necessity for saving lives. The concrete bench Bob Betong by Borselius & Bernstrand for Blå Station is both attractive and functional, providing virtually indestructible seating for public spaces in cities. The series also includes Bob, an upholstered version released last year.
Bob Betong by Borselius & Bernstrand for Blå Station. Photo courtesy of Blå Station.
A highlight in the Greenhouse section, focused on rising stars, was the exhibition “Nirvana” by the Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture. This year, 12 students each designed a boldly-hued, lacquered-steel chair, intended for outdoor use. Shown here is the Piiri chair by Essi Aalto.
The Kaiku chair by Sanni Rajapolvi for “Nirvana,” presented by the Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture. Photo courtesy of the Aalto University School of Arts, Design, and Architecture.
The Handle side table by Neri&Hu for De La Espada is made for multitaskers. Thanks to a looped handle-like form built into its brass or bronze frame, you can easily carry this lightweight table all around your home—even if you have a coffee in your other hand. Photo courtesy of De La Espada.
The Handle side table by Neri&Hu for De La Espada is available in three types of wood in a range of finishes. It’s shown here in oxidized oak. Photo courtesy of De La Espada.
Maja Johansson Starander looked to vintage textiles for her design of the linen and wool Gabrielle rug for Kasthall. Hand-woven in irregular vertical stripes with twisting and turning bouclés thanks to an innovative tufting technique, Gabrielle has a distinctive crisscross pattern, shown here in gold. Photo courtesy of Kasthall.
The Gabrielle rug in cinnamon by Maja Johansson Starander for Kasthall. Photo courtesy of Kasthall.
Inspired by the numerous combinations that can be created with an alphabet’s letters, the bi-directional Alphabeta steel lamp by Luca Nichetto for Hem comes in eight different shapes and four different colorways, offering over 1,000 configuration options. Photo courtesy of Hem.
The Alphabeta floor lamp by Luca Nichetto for Hem. Photo courtesy of Hem.
Slender wood legs add understated elegance to the Din chair by OEO Studio for Fredericia. Photo courtesy of Fredericia.
Available in five wood finishes with a fabric- or leather-upholstered seat, the Din chair by OEO Studio for Fredericia is shown here in oak and leather. Photo courtesy of Fredericia.
Celebrating different ideas of what makes a good armchair, the Character collection released by Ire Möbel features four completely different armchairs by Scandinavian design studios. Shown here is Agda designed by Front, with a woven textile strap back and a soft tan brown leather seat. Photo courtesy of Ire Möbel.
An update of the classic club chair, Estrid by Emma Olbers for Ire Möbel is easily freshened up thanks to detachable and washable upholstery. Photo courtesy of Ire Möbel.
Whether a bench or an extra-long sofa is your desire, a seat in three lengths and a moveable backrest in three styles add flexibility to the Nestor modular sofa by Lars Hofsjö Nestor for Skandiform. Photo courtesy of Skandiform.
The Nestor modular sofa by Lars Hofsjö Nestor for Skandiform. Photo courtesy of Skandiform.
Columns of ancient palaces inspired the Palais series, which includes a cabinet, dining table, and two lounge tables by Anya Sebton and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm for Asplund. Shown here is the Grand Palais cabinet, with a lacquered oak panel base and an oak veneered top. Photo courtesy of Asplund.
The Grand Palais table by Anya Sebton and Eva Lilja Löwenhielm for Asplund. Photo courtesy of Asplund.
Eat another cupcake, as Rock On by Oda Homlong Klarén for Nordic Care Inclusive Design is here. A challenge to a sedentary lifestyle, this stool promises to work out your abs. Preventing the crossed-rounded base from swinging in different directions requires activation of the user’s core muscles—meaning you have a subtle way of doing crunches at home or the office. Photo courtesy of Nordic Care Inclusive Design.
The Rock On stool by Oda Homlong Klarén for Nordic Care Inclusive Design.
The binary repeat pattern of the hand-tufted woven wool and silk Print Test rug by Luca Nichetto for Fogia comes with soothing order in a digital age.
The Print Test rug by Luca Nichetto for Fogia.
Focusing on re-releases of Scandinavian designs from the 1950’s and 1960’s, new online brand Warm Nordic will release more than 100 pieces of furniture, lamps, and accessories this March. Shown here is the Gesture armchair, designed by Hans Olsen in 1957. Photo courtesy of Warm Nordic.
The Gesture armchair by Hans Olsen, a 1957 design to be re-released by Warm Nordic. Photo courtesy of Warm Nordic.
Billowing injection-moulded plastic creates the seamless-looking Pax chair by Fredrik Mattson for Materia. With foldable armrests, Pax is available with or without upholstery, which can also be limited to just the seat. Photo courtesy of Materia.
The Pax chair by Fredrik Mattson for Materia. Photo courtesy of Materia.