The 2021 edition of Stockholm Design Week is augmented with IRL opportunities organised with social distancing in mind. These include by appointment showroom visits and hop-on-hop-off buses that tour citywide events and showrooms. A number of rug companies including Asplund and Ogeborg are taking part in a reduced digital edition of the annual Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair (cancelled until 2022) which forms part of the 200-event Stockholm Design Week.
Asplund carpet collections are inspired by a mix of international and Swedish traditions hand woven or hand tufted from New Zealand wool using traditional weaving techniques and modern patterns to create fresh, contemporary style. Ogeborg is timing a sneak peak of their new showroom concept designed in collaboration with Note Design Studio who first collaborated with Ogeborg in 2017 to design the Palette collection of four hand tufted rugs. This is the first phase of transforming the Ogeborg showroom into a creative space that will demonstrate to interior designers the full creative possibilities of using carpets and rugs in interior design.
Alongside Bolon and Kvadrat, the venerable design brand Kasthall is amongst the companies whose showrooms are open as part of Design Week. With design and production based in Kinna, Sweden, Kasthall participates in design collaborations that allow the company to create unique rugs. Established in 1889 it has become a leading global rug and textile flooring company with a focus on sustainability.
Participating as part of the Greenhouse initiative that introduces up-and-coming designers during Stockholm Design Week, Stockholm-based Chef Deco (founded 2020) is exhibiting vibrant hand tufted wool rugs made in Sweden and embellished with jolly tassel ends. Its Coussin line of tufted wool bolsters and cushions look like giant packaged rolls of sweets.
TAKEAWAY by Galleri Duerr is an IRL pop-up shop during design week where covetable objects include giant wall hung pansy sculptures knitted by artist Emma Hasselblad.