Local | Sustainability obvious for tomorrow’s design stars

By on November 23, 2015

The jury has now chosen who may be exhibiting in 2016 in the Greenhouse, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair’s hall for young and unestablished designers. Haha Sthlm, Maiju Uski and Darling Design are some of the exhibitors. All of them have in common sustainability in the design process. A total of 31 participating designers or design teams and 32 design schools from 13 countries.

Haha Sthlm is a Stockholm-based design studio comprised of Arash Eskafi and YuChing Chiang. The designers met during their Master’s studies at the College of Arts and has since April 2015 been working together under the name Haha Sthlm. At Greenhouse 2016, is the first public presentation of their new furniture collection, The Vima Collection.

Vima collection is a series of furniture inspired by the two designers’ upbringing. Arash grew up in the northern suburbs of Stockholm, while YuChing comes from Taiwan’s densely populated cities. The forms are consistently big and fat and reflects the great and bold architectural structures from their environment in childhood. The collection salute also the large Bauhaus era design. http://hahasthlm.tumblr.com/

Our design has a clean and direct form language that also invite users to self discover new approaches to furniture design and function. We also put great emphasis on the production process in order to be as sustainable as possible, says Arash Eskafi.

Maiju Uski has a master’s degree in furniture design from the Aalto University School of Arts in Helsinki. She recently started her own company with a focus on furniture and product design, and interior design. Her projects range in size from planning of the architecture to the products table.

It is exciting to find points of contact in these areas and to discover how the design area affects another. I get inspired by different materials, their quality and sense. My goal is to find the best way of using and combining different tactile materials in everyday products and furnishings. On that basis, I strive to create beautiful, useful, and sustainable design, says Maiju Uski.
In Greenhouse comes Maiju Uski to show the different products made of different materials; a wooden shelf, light fixture in metal, a serving cart with a metal frame, products for the dining table in ceramics, glass, wood, stone and cast iron. www.maijuuski.com
Johan Åkerström runs one-man design agency Darling Design Åre. He was educated for almost nine years ago at the HDK in Gothenburg. Since then, he has been self-employed and alternated mission with self-initiated projects.
My goal as a designer is always to work on sustainable development in large and small. I see the road to sustainability or the circular economy as our greatest challenge but also our greatest opportunity. Basically everything we do and surrounds us with needs to be rethought and changed. It opens up great possibilities for the design profession, says Johan Åkerström
At the fair, he shows Illuminated that is a “LED bulbwhich offers a new socket standard, which alter the relationship between the fitting and light source and creates conditions for a changing and resource-efficient lighting market. Illuminated is a light source which can survive many different fixtures. www.darling-design.se
To Greenhouse are invited designers and design schools from around the world to search. The jury for the Greenhouse 2016 consists of Christian Halleröd, designer; Jens Fager, designer; Susanne Helgeson, design journalist and author, and Gabriella Gustafson, designer.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair takes place at Stockholm International Fairs February 9 to 13 in 2016.
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