Stockholm 2020 – Genre-defying designer Fredrik Paulsen has created a colorful design bar at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair transporting visitors to the place of their dreams. The installation combines a design exhibition and a top-class pop-up restaurant run by by chefs Marion Ringborg and Linn Söderström of the nomadic and serendipitous Garba restaurant . It also hosts the stage for the Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks.
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“Stockholm can be bleak in February, so I want to transport visitors to the place of their dreams.” Explains the designer. “I’ve looked at the promenades of the French Riviera, bars on the Balearic Islands, casinos in Las Vegas and amusement parks such as Coney Island. I’m hoping to design a meeting place where people feel welcome and inspired.”
The designer’s experimental and multidisciplinary approach shaped one-off objects in a blaze of color, elevating cheap materials with artisanal care. Design Bar features a parterre of colourful Röhsska chairs, originally designed with Blå Station for the opening of the Röhsska museum in Gothenburg.
“When I was offered the opportunity to create the Design Bar, my first thought was ‘have they dialed the wrong number?’,” says Paulsen. “But then I realized that the way I work is perfect for the task. I like to create a strong overall design, and I prefer to begin with an idea about a party or an exhibition rather than an individual product.”
With him are chefs Marion Ringborg and Linn Söderström. The Stockholm-based duo run Garba, an experimental restaurant with no fixed address that pops up wherever there is space – be it empty shops, renovation projects or art galleries.
“Fredrik had been to one of our pop-up restaurants and liked the anarchic mix of dishes from different cultures. Plus all the greens of course. We use vegetables as often as we can. This creates a gorgeous visual that I think he sees as a good match for his colorful style,” says Marion Ringborg.
“And we also share the ambition of creating spatial connections,” adds Linn Söderström.
“We try to encourage social interaction by serving the food on long tables, where everyone takes from the same plate and pours from the same carafe. It’s the way we love to eat. We like it to be a bit chaotic.”
DESIGN BAR by Fredrik Paulsen – All photos by Jonas Lindström.