Creative city

Rachele Frigerio

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  • Scandinavian icons: The best creations of Eero Aarnio will be the protagonist of a solo exhibit at Nationalmuseum Design in Stockholm (from February 8 to April 23). A dive into the Finnish designer’s career through his iconic pieces, from the 50s to today. Five themes – Artefacts, Mind, Time, Process and Manufacturing – to investigate Aarnio’s wilful and playful working methods, design

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9 FEB 2017
Stockholm Design Week will kick off with a whirlwind of events and initiatives combining cultural and creativity before building to a stunning climax in the form of Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. This is a city with its finger right on the pulse of the design world

Launched in 2002 by Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, which itself has built up a highly prestigious reputation over the past 60 years, Stockholm Design Week (6-12 February) has become a must-not-miss date in the international events circuit. Conceived as a sort of meeting place unconfined by the various event pavilions, it reinforces its stature year after year with a collection of 14 events and initiatives scattered throughout the city. And while the event is partially targeted at industry pros and specialist members of the public, the 2017 programme has plenty of others events going on too, from special openings of galleries and showrooms to dinners, cocktail parties, previews and talks.

Arper, Artek and Duravit will throw open the doors to their showrooms, with Bolon set to introduce their new Innovators at Heart initiative. Kvadrat have invited Doshi Levien to present his architectural installation Pilotis, while a visit to Nationalmuseum Design to see the Eero Aarnio exhibition is strongly advised. These are just a few of the events happening across the city, providing alternatives to the event pavilions of Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair (7-11 February) in Stockholmsmässan, where Spanish designer Jaime Hayon will be guest of honour. Check out Green House for the crème de la crème of young talent and the brand-new Welcome to Woodland for innovative wooden architecture, or head to one of the industry expert talks around the theme of Sustainability Thinking.