Historically, the relationship between mentor and adept played a key role amongst artisan professions. At Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair we believe in supporting the interaction between young designers and experienced key persons from the design industry. Therefore, as a Greenhouse exhibitor, you are given the chance to take part in a unique mentorship programme. The mentorship programme was launched in 2017 and involves the opportunity to get guidance and feedback from a top professional within the furniture industry over a one year period.
The mentors 2020 are:
Anders Englund, Design Manager Soft Seating, Flokk
Annica Eklund, Chief Creative Officer, Bolon
Sami Kallio, Designer
Sofia Lagerkvist och Anna Lindgren, Front.
Eva Lilja Löwenhielm, Design manager, IKEA of Sweden
Anders Englund operates as Design Manager for Soft Seating in the Flokk Group, overseeing the brands OFFECCT, Profim, HÅG, RH, RBM, BMA and Giroflex.
Anders is one of two co-founders of OFFECCT which was established in 1990. The company was acquired in 2017 by FLOKK A/S, where Anders still operates as Design Manager for the soft seating in the FLOKK Design Council.
He has extensive experience of national and international design collaborations with some of the world’s top designers and architects. Anders’ specialty and passion is developing well-designed and environmentally friendly furniture with new materials and typologies for the future.
All Flokk products are designed and manufactured with a minimum of environmental impact in mind, while maintaining a high lifetime value. For this, Flokk is both award-winning and certified.
Annica Eklund is the Chief Creative Officer and owner of the family business BOLON but also a very talented photographer under the name Annica Eklund Studio.
In 2003, Annica and her sister Marie Eklund took over the family business. They had a clear vision to lead BOLON in a new direction, from a weaving mill to become a design-driven and innovative company that produce flooring for public spaces to client such as Armani, Google, Four Seasons Hotels, Chanel, Adidas, Apple and Missoni Home. As part of the continued development, the sisters swopped roles with each other in 2018 after 14 years. The main reason was the sisters' personal development, where Marie wanted to focus on the company's strategic work while Annica, who always had a passion for fashion and design, wanted to develop her creative side.
BOLON is a lifestyle, not a product and Annica leads the company with that mindset every day. It’s all about pushing boundaries, so BOLON can keep the position as a leading global design brand with production in Sweden with zero climate footprint.
Eva Lilja Löwenhielm
Eva Lilja Löwenhielm is a Design manager at IKEA of Sweden, where she leads the design agenda for the IKEA global product range.
With a degree from Beckmans College of Design/Product and Interior Design and a background within retail, interior, advertising and furniture business, Eva has been part of the Scandinavian design scene for almost two decades. Eva’s journey with IKEA started back in 1996 when she joined the company as part of her scholarship project. She has then continued working with IKEA as a freelance designer, designing both furniture and accessories, big sellers and icons. Eva joined IKEA as a Design manager in September 2019.
Eva leads the design agenda to ensure the IKEA identity in the products. Besides leading the team of in-house designers, Eva manages and develops the network of freelance designers and collaborations with design schools to enable IKEA to be in the forefront of design and creativity.
Sami Kallio is an interior architect and furniture designer from Gothenburg. Born in Helsinki in 1975, he has a background as a cabinetmaker and an MFA in Interior Architecture from HDK (Gothenburg) & UIAH (Helsinki).
Sami Kallio often bases his work on a traditional and functional foundation, but tries to add something extra to the design so it becomes something new. He runs his own design studio and furniture workshop, where his prototypes are created by hand and tested before moving on to cooperation with the right furniture manufacturer.
His driving force is the love of good craftsmanship and a strong desire to challenge both new and well-known materials. In this way he finds the ideas to create visionary, but still traditional, furniture design. Sami Kallio’s aim is to create furniture that endures, both technically and in terms of design, and hopefully can be inherited by the next generation.
Sami Kallio Studio works with producers such as Frederecia Furniture (DK), &Tradition (DK), Gemla (SE), Balza Beskow (SE), Konsthantverk (SE), Hans K (SE), Lundbergs (SE), Albinihyssna (SE) and David Design (SE).
Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren, FRONT
Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren are the members of the Swedish design studio Front. Their works are based on common discussions, explorations and experiments and they collaborate in all projects from initial ideas to the final product. Front’s design objects often communicate a story to the observer about the design process, about the material it is made of or about conventions within the design field. In their work they have assigned part of the making of design to animals, computers or machines. They have made a constantly changing interior, created objects with explosions, robotic furniture and a range of furniture inspired by their fascination with magic.
Front’s work is represented at MoMA, Victoria & Albert Museum, M+, Nationalmuseum, Vitra Design Museum and Centre Pompidou.
As an exhibiting independent designer, you have the option of requesting a mentor through a system that is presented at the fair. Mentors then select their mentees from the requests over the course of the fair. The names of the mentors and later also their mentees will be presented in a small installation in Greenhouse. Take the time to think about which mentor would be right for you!