As ever, one of Sweden’s hottest design studios has many irons in the fire, not least at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. Partner and designer Kristoffer Fagerström describes all the week’s activities:
“We’ll be launching a new modular sofa for Fogia, with a complementary series of tables and stools. We’ve also designed their stand and are working a great deal on their tone and visual look. In addition, we’re presenting a new ‘non-linear’ linear light fitting for Zero, which has been in development for a long time. Then there’s a follow-up to last year’s hit, Arkad, for Zilio A&C with new tables and higher backs and a brand new wooden chair for the same manufacturer. We’re also collaborating with my former mentor, idol and friend Gunilla Allard, as part of which we’ve designed a stacking sofa for outdoor use. Last but not least, there’s a coffee table for the Japanese company Ariake.
“What’s more, we’ve expanded our work on the spatial experience at the fair, designing stands for Astrid, Pholc, Vestre, Ogeborg, Tarkett and Tapwell/Bricmate/Haven.
“And that’s not all, as we have a really exciting exhibition at Bukowskis, where we’re joining forces with Kvadrat, Vibia and Mutina to create a canvas or world for Bukowskis’ auction items.”
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair appears to be a good arena for you?
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Note to meet all our clients, friends and colleagues from near and far on home turf. We and other Swedish designers and manufacturers get a chance to show that Swedish design remains relevant and challenging.”
How do you feel about the fair?
“I think generally, the fair can hold its head high. Of course, there are bigger exhibitions in the world, but it’s hard to match the quality per square meter here in Stockholm.”
Where does Scandinavian design stand in today’s market?
“Scandinavian design is a rather overused term that many try to capitalize on, including in Scandinavia itself, but over the 10 years I’ve been working as a designer, Swedish design’s trust capital has remained intact.”
What are the industry’s biggest challenges in the immediate future?
“There it is, the six-million-dollar question… There are so many challenges ahead that it’s impossible to name them all or pick out one that’s more important than the others. But obviously we face dealing with a deteriorating climate and management of the planet’s finite resources. In our role as designers, over the years we’ve found ourselves with more and more scope to set requirements, as clients become bigger and more aware. Designers that are just starting out can’t make demands in quite the same way, but the more recognized you become, the more you can be involved in the process of change.
“Personally, I believe in continued consumption, but consumption that is informed and discerning. What our industry needs to offer is the best possible options in terms of design and production, so the worse alternatives are weeded out. A good product has both an aesthetic and an originality that makes it relevant over time, with a production process that innovates on sustainability.