Design – Storm-inspired seats, ‘dis-placed’ cabinet and rocking saddles are among the projects and prototypes we liked the most at Greenhouse 2021, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair‘s platform dedicated to design schools and up-and-coming designers.
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A daybed for daydreaming
Beckmans College of Design students Gustav Winsth & Teresa Lundmark teamed up with furniture company Gärsnäs to create DAG, a daybed “created for rest outside the bedroom, a place for comfort in both private and social contexts,” explain the designers. The furniture features a functional frame and an expressive cushion with overtones of both zeppelin and science fiction. “The cushion was allowed to swell in the cavity of the frame, where the meeting between the stripped and the expressive creates contrasts that emphasize them both,” adds Gustav Winsth.
Anti-silver lining furniture
Julia Hager Jutterström, a student at Konstfack University, went through fire and electricity to forge the CUMULONIMBUS furniture collection. Inspired by a thunderstorm, the designs show the darkness of the path towards our dreams. “We strive for and speak about looking on the bright side of things. Instead, we should embrace the darkness and see that it can be beautiful. Whatever the darkness does to us, we will learn from it and become stronger.” Explains the designer.
The phygital fireplace
What once was the heart of Swedish homes now often comes with a built-in heating fan, plastic logs and flaming led lights, or sometimes just as a 12 hour-long YouTube video. From here, “I explored woodcraft with 3D-modelling, letting a 5-axis CNC-mill render the hand.” Explains Konstfack University student Ingrid Segring Björklund who created FIREPLACE, a cosy electric fireplace highlighting our disconnection from nature and materials.
Terracotta evaporative cooling
With a green wave of people starting to grow their own food in an urban setting, new storage demands arise. Lund University student Alexandra Fransson has designed DUNSTA, a terracotta storage solution for vegetables that creates an environment similar to that of the root cellar, but for a modern living arrangement. The DUNSTA allows harvested fruits and vegetables to stay crispy and fresh longer without using electricity through evaporative cooling.
A modular shapeshifting seat
Konstfack University student Louise Tungården has created MONAMON, a modular seat with a rotatable and three-dimensional hexagon unit that can be stacked both horizontally and vertically to create multiple configurations. “The beauty, continuity and the illusions in 1960’s and -70’s patterns and textile art inspired me to create modular furniture in the same spirit.”
A minimal rocking saddle
SADDLE by Aalto University graduate and Helsinki-based designer and architect Yingjie Liang, is a minimalist and playful rocking stool. Linoleum surface provides a warm skin touch with unlimited color combinations for different occasions. The simplest bending shape and bright colours bring a vivid atmosphere to space. Saddle comes in two heights for adults and children.
A well-balanced cabinet
The DIS-PLACE cabinet by Konstfack University student Stina Larsson is determined by the laws of strength and equilibrium. The student juxtaposed birch and steel, weight and lightness, fragility and robustness, craft and playfulness. “The cabinet relinquishes the right to be functional. It’s a solitaire, alone, with fulfilled needs: both dispensable and indispensable.”