Destination: Stockholm

by Chris Ellibee

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Mid-January found us in Stockholm, Sweden for Formex, the Scandinavian Home Interiors and Gifts Show. This was our first time in Stockholm and we enjoyed our seven days in the city. Every day brought new products to see and consider for importing. Here’s a brief overview of what we saw at the show (and in boutiques) and the designs we adored during our stay.

metals

A collection of shiny metal lights hanging from the lobby ceiling of Illums

 

Heavy Metal

 

At the show and in Stockholm’s home stores, metal was the accessory of the moment. Lots of copper (the new black?), gold, silver, and bronze. Shimmery metal found its way onto lamps, furniture, accessories, tiles, and fabrics.

 

 

 

Bright Lights

The white bubble-shape pendants at the Nobis Hotel create a fantasy-land feel

The white bubble-shape pendants at the Nobis Hotel create a fantasy-land feel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look up! Decorative pendants hung from most every ceiling in the city. We dubbed it “ceiling art.” No more boring lights. In the home section of NK Department Store, several pendants were at least five feet across. Wow! That certainly would be a conversation starter at home. Our favorites were the massed glowing orbs in the lobby of the Nobis Hotel.

 

 

 

 

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Turning Gray

The color of the moment appeared to be gray and various incarnations—stone, mushroom, taupe, and greige. We saw many versions used as wall color but then lovely pops of color—turquoise, peacock, deep purple, and lush greens—used as accents in rugs, pillows, draperies, and tabletop accessories.

a pillow in a fun, mod print makes a bold statement on a stone-color sofa

a pillow in a fun, mod print makes a bold statement on a stone-color sofa

Spira’s, the Swedish homewares company, display at Formex illustrates today’s Nordic design

Spira’s, the Swedish homewares company, display at Formex illustrates today’s Nordic design

 

 

New Nordic

Back in the day when I was a home furnishings editor, Scandinavian design was soft white (or natural wood), red-check cushions, soft gray walls, and white trim. Remember? That look still is around, but the new face of Nordic design includes lots of bright colors and fresh takes on historic designs. I fell in love with a pair of wood chairs at the SAS lounge. Painted a matte black, the backs were a traditional design, while the legs were thin bent metal. The perfect combo of old and new.

 

 

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Design Inspirations

Illums Bolighus—when we visited Copenhagen we stopped into this Danish design emporium. So, we knew we had to visit their Stockholm shop. Three levels of Scandinavian furniture, homewares, lighting, and clothing.

Illums Bolighus

Step inside Illums and discover a world of Scandinavian design

Deisgnfirman Gamla Stan exterior

The exterior of Stockholm design shop, Designfirman Gamla Stan

 

Shops Not to Miss!

 

Fired Earth—we just happened to wander past the Stockholm outpost of British paint, wallcovering, tile, and bath furnishings shop. We saw what was in the windows and immediately went inside. Lovely products and perfect colorways for every room of your house.

 

Designfirman Gamla Stan—while walking in the city’s old town district (Gamla Stan), we discovered this charming concept shop (left) featuring fresh Scandinavian homewares. The store has everything from candles to vases to neckties.