Running February 9 to 13, the is the place to find the latest from top Scandinavian brands like Artek, Normann Copenhagen, Kvadrat and more. Here are 11 launches we’ll be watching as the show unfolds.
1 Kaari by for
For Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s first collaboration with Finnish brand Artek, the French duo has created Kaari, a family of desks, tables and wall-mounted shelves, each of which extends a visual motif of acute triangles. The legs and brackets, made of bent steel, have a slim profile that gives the collection a surprisingly light feel.
2 Astro by for
These simple oak trays by Spanish designer Nestor Campos are intended to fit together in various configurations – a combination of order and randomness inspired by a visit to NASA: while the trays stack in ways as predictable as a planet’s orbit, the objects contained within them are a chaos of elements, controlled by a shallow edge.
3 Osaka by
The lines of Osaka, an ash wood chair with a sculpted plywood seat, pay homage to the clean graphics of Japanese-style ideograms. Available as both chair and armchair, Osaka is offered in a range of finishes, with or without upholstery.
4 Palette by for
Like a snapshot of an Alexander Calder mobile frozen in time, Jaime Hayón’s Palette desk juxtaposes two shapes in a dynamic composition. First unveiled at IMM Cologne last month, the elongated kidney-shaped worktop is offered in three shades of ash veneer and mounted in a powder-coated metal frame, and complemented by a raised platform of honed white Carrara or black marble, or satin-finished brass.
5 Landscape by for
One of three new lines creative director Hella Jongerius has conceived for Danish textile-maker Danskina, Landscape – also following a successful appearance at IMM – is a take on the painter’s craft of capturing natural terrain on canvas. The linen and wool blend is tufted into a deep pile for maximum tactility.
6 Aile by for
Lars Beller of Norway was inspired by the simplicity of classic club chairs when he set out to design Aile for Finnish manufacturer Adea. All unnecessary details are stripped away, leaving an unassuming, durable and welcoming seat. Although it feels substantial, Aile is designed to occupy a minimal spatial footprint with small apartments in mind.
7 Aria and Avia by for
Like true divas, Zaha Hadid’s sister chandeliers Aria and Avia make a statement on their own, but are truly dramatic when brought together. Each comprises 50 sheets of Slamp’s proprietary polymer, sculpted into fluid chrysalis shapes reminiscent of Hadid’s architecture; both are available in four sizes.
8 Godot by for
The Godot sofa, made in generous two and three-seater versions by Danish manufacturer Menu, is an exercise in contrasts: a hard, geometric exterior encloses a comfy inner space of h foam upholstery. With the characters of Beckett’s eponymous play in mind, Iskos Berlin ensured both the durability and comfort of the sofas would accommodate those waiting for an eternity.
9 Molly 2 by Åsa Pärson for
An update to the Danish textile manufacturer’s Molly line of wool fabric, Molly 2 adds 11 new colourways, for a total of 15. The collection’s naturally coloured Norwegian carded woolen yarn and New Zealand combed yarn are combined into subtle patterns of squares, diagonals and other motifs in a range of understated greys.
10 Savannah by for
A year after Danish manufacturer Erik Jørgensen and Swedish designer Monica Förster teamed up to make the pillowy Savannah sofa, they’ve reunited to produce a matching coffee table. The table’s solid wood frame, like the sofa’s, is offered in a variety of finishes, while the tabletop is available in two sizes, in solid wood or granite.
11 Source Materials by
Toronto studio MSDS conceived the three tables in its Source Materials collection with similar dimensions, but in three different forms that were influenced by their materials: aluminum, wood and composite sheet. Like the rest of the collection – which includes aluminum pendants, stoneware table lamps and a wooden chair – the tables are an exploration of what can be achieved using only a single material.