Design – Ung Svensk Form is both an exhibition and an arena for young Swedish designers. Created by Svensk Form, the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design, and the IKEA Museum, the platform is developed in collaboration with Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and the City of Malmö. Check the circular design projects we liked the most at Ung Svensk Form 2023.
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Lovisa Ingman has created the Life of Compliance chair made of recycled fridges, keyboards, and plastic boat covers. “These plastics have guided me in each step. From finding and designing them to exploring their potential to be recycled. My hope was to give plastic waste new value and new life.”
Hedvig Ljungström created the Mother Elizabeth fashion collection entirely made by upcycling old baby clothes – a resource neglected when talking about overconsumption and the waste mountain. “With a design inspired by opulent Renaissance fashion, I want to give the tiny clothes a new expression and purpose. Conclusion: old + old = new.”
With the Along New Tracks research project, Axel Danhard used waste products and residues from building sites like concrete, brick, and paving to create glazes in a sober, refined colour scheme. “The process has given the vases an aesthetic and identity that suggests a Gothenburg building upwards and outwards, and the tracks left behind.”
Frida McDavitt Wallin has created an interior by reusing architectural elements from a demolished building. Windowsills, tiles, and wooden railings are given new functions and expressions. “My project looks at how a material’s past life affects its future and whether reuse can be motivated not just by sustainability but also by an aesthetic purpose.”
Simon Mattisson has developed a wood composite from wood damaged by the spruce bark beetle. The new raw material was then 3D printed to create a sculptural furniture collection “inspired by the patterns the beetle digs beneath the spruce tree’s bark.”
Karin Bäckström uses materials she finds at flea markets and second-hand shops to create colourful forms in subtle shades where traditional fabrics like tablecloths, runners, and towels are composed with skillful precision and care. “Each woven, crocheted, embroidered thread hides stories and emotions.”