TitleDesigned to Last
Duration08 February 2017 to 19 March 2017
Opening HoursMonday closed / Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00 / Wednesday-Thursday 10:00 - 18:00 / Friday 10:00 - 20:00 / Saturday-Sunday 11:00 - 18:00
Telephone+46 8 520 235 00
|Title||Designed to Last||Posted In||Exhibition||Duration||08 February 2017 to 19 March 2017|
|Venue||Arkdes||Opening Hours||Monday closed / Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00 / Wednesday-Thursday 10:00 - 18:00 / Friday 10:00 - 20:00 / Saturday-Sunday 11:00 - 18:00||Location||
Exercisplan 4 Skeppsholmen
|Telephone||+46 8 520 235 00||[email protected]|
"Sustainability," the still very much in-tune buzzword among the international design community is celebrated in the “Designed to Last” exhibition, the second collaboration between the Swedish magazine, Residence, and design museum, ArkDes (in 2016's Designer of the Year exhibition they fêted Note Design Studio). Running in Stockholm until March 19th 2017, the exhibition is curated by ArkDes and its senior curator Karin Åberg Waern, as well as Residence and its editor-in-chief Hanna Nova Beatrice; the all-star Scandinavian team of contributors is joined by Norway’s leading stylist duo Kråkvik&D’Orazio, who were responsible for the exhibition's design.
Through a series of beautifully orchestrated vignettes, the participating designers, all of whom have been awarded by Residence magazine for their contributions to Swedish design during the year 2016, namely- Fredrik Färg and Emma Blanche, Johan Carpner, Folkform, Calle Forsberg, Petra Gipp, Christian Halleröd, Massproductions, Melo, Emma Olbers and Carina Seth Andersson offer their take on what sustainable design can produce and how those items are truly meant to last and be appreciated for years.
For these designers, sustainability isn't an option but, rather, a direct path. "I usually say that I begin from the end, focusing on how the product can best be recycled," says Emma Olbers adding that she tries to select materials with as low CO2 emissions as possible even in the sketching phase. Meanwhile, the five friend team behind Melo work entirely by hand with solid ash wood in order to not only preserve the wood's character for the production of their intriguing pieces, but also to be able to make use of all the waste that accumulates during their manufacturing. Folkform's Anna Holmquist and Chandra Ahlsell also share in the importance of patience in order to achieve the desired end goal. "The design process must be allowed to take time; it requires reflection to understand different materials and their properties," they say.
The geometrically focused vignettes of the exhibition draw attention to the sustainably designed items themselves with a series of pale pink, taupe, brown and off-white backgrounds. As visitors wander around the floor they are encouraged to also visualize what these items would look like in a living environment -- albeit an abstract one -- as well as how they interact with each other. As is true with all Swedish design, minimalism and purity of form can, and is, accurately be applied to all the featured items; from the large such as Christian Hallerod's wood block Byredo armchair, to the small such as Carina Seth Andersson's ceramics.