The exhibition offers designers a possibility to meet the audience and manufacturers, a chance to initiate dialogue and establish new contacts. Ung Svensk Form is organised by Svensk Form (The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design) in cooperation with IKEA, the City of Malmö and ArkDes.
The previous exhibitions created quite a stir both in Sweden and internationally, many of the past exhibitors are well established within their fields today. The project was initiated by Svensk Form and Form/Design Center in 1998.
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Lobster – Martin Thübeck
Collective Collection – Mikaela Steby Stenfalk
Google Weaving Stop-time (X) – Emelie Röndahl
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Simon Skinner – Afropicks
A comb we have lacked, which also addresses in-betweenness as a concept. This is the very essence of design: a functional object created out of a defined need but also a collective identity.
Jan Klingler – Bacteria in a new light
Timeless fossils that make the invisible world visible. An interdisciplinary entry that perceives new possibilities in biotech materials and draws its design language influences from the laboratory.
Emmeli Rolleberg – Berggrund
A machine from industrial history has been given recognition with first-rate results: an ancient form with changeable patterns. The marbling is a jury favourite: this entry suggests another, deeper way of approaching a beloved old art form.
Mikaela Steby Stenfalk – Collective Collection
We have not yet understood the magnitude of the millions of pictures of architecture being produced today. Here we learn something new and thought-provoking about public space, in a technique that can be used in more ways in future.
Annelie Grimwade Olofsson och G. William Bell – Common ground
About the power of sharing emotions, skills and ideas with each other. This trio has welded together their melodies into a beautiful symphony of wood and glass, in which each individual object is a gem in itself.
Marie Isacsson – funYArd_
Gaming motifs meet patchwork in intricate interplay. A striking combination of handcraft and contemporary historical references, in which a splendid whole has also been won out of the fine parts.
Emelie Röndahl – Google Weaving Stop-time (X)
Two different communication methods, Google and handcraft, in deeply impressive union. Our era’s speed meets historical slowness and creates a worldwide collective tapestry in several ways.
Mathilda Nordström Florentine – Honest Impression
A solid investigation of a universal subject: honesty in branding and product presentation. The jury would particularly like to praise the contemporary relevance and the process-focused approach.
Stina Randestad – Hybrids
A new interpretation of a high-tech-inspired genre with roots in Antwerp and Leigh Bowery – and simultaneously an illustration of fashion’s dissolution. The jury particularly appreciates the awareness of fashion history and the fragility of the expression.
Axel Berner-Eyde och Kenneth Ize – KENNETH IZE
Sophisticated costume drama that won over the jury with its fine handcraft, the refreshing colours and the elegant combination of British jacket and folklore.
Maja Michaelsdotter Eriksson – Kött och blod
The placenta in rejuvenated, spectacular form: a hybrid between a rug, bed and sofa. Now the body part we are all dependent on steps out onto the living room floor. An extremely skilled entry that both makes visible and includes.
Martin Thübeck – Lobster
The teaching methods change but the school furniture remains surprisingly much the same. Lobster offers a new concept in the genre: inviting in its form but superbly functional and well made.
Jonas Eltes – Lost in Computation
What will tomorrow’s bookshelf think of saying to the chair when they talk about being and existence? We glimpse a future in dissolution, where digital communication and technology converse with the world of products and design.
Tonje Halvorsen – Obsession
A modern take on an old craft in an indomitable trompe l’oeuil-like encounter with the many aspects of the safety pin. A sharp project that has demanded blood, sweat and certainly also tears. The achievement itself is impressive but so is the high degree of fashion.
Robert Curran – Outside Material; The Transfiguration of Lines
What is this? We don’t know but here comes another! The jury guesses that this is the future. Fantastic objects that prompt discussion and whose appearance sparks the imagination.
Lisa Englund – Printomobil
In our inner vision we see Laura Ashley cycling in from the concrete suburbs on her metal snail, in an advance that tears down walls and turns old-time wallpaper patterns into modern street art. A liberating attack on the conventions in classic agitprop spirit.
Sara Bergebo – The stars look the same everywhere
An equally difficult and important topic has been given a warm manifestation. A story of vulnerability and collective trauma from a child’s perspective, with an engaging colour scheme and workmanship.
Ludvig Bratt och Calum Mitchell – Swallowed by the Sound
Global architecture in a new, highly topical sense. Architectural methods are once again used in the service of humankind, in an equally precise and telling portrait of the land mass’s mutability in the age of climate threat.
Nathalie Ruejas Jonson – Does it show yet?
The entry that creates space for autistic culture and touches on our era’s relationship to boundaries, with visual imagery that flows between the spoken and the unspoken. Skilfully told with a well-thought-out colour scale and strong artistic expression.
Anna Ting Möller – The Baby Bucha Project
The food table that must be cared for, fed and kept alive. Otherwise it will die. We see a window being opened onto a more reasonable future, where we can grow and harvest in a more sustainable way than today.
Anastasia Jansäter – The Russian Soul
Much of what is good: daring, playful, proportion distorting, wearable. An entry that disarms with its humour and simultaneously makes us ponder serious subjects like cultural identity and survival strategy.
Heinrich Ehnert – Vessels – conditions for openness
Sound shapes that make the ephemeral visible. But also a machine that works unobtrusively, marries poetry with pedagogy – and follows a good tradition of objects that expose the design process.
Kristina Lundsjö – Waste Not, Want Not!
A sensual session across the generational borders. The material has been handed down from mother to daughter and become a modern patchwork quilt – an abstract chronicle on textile piece goods, with architectonic qualities.
Petter Rhodiner – What Happens On Earth Stays On Earth
The column, bear, figurine, rosette – and now a double goose. What was unimaginable ten years ago has gained a self-evident place in today’s crafts. Out of the ruins of the old, the “new normal” grows forth, an historical condition by which everything can be renewed.
Daniel Gustafsson – Why don’t you listen to the silence
Eight metres of obsession in a double narrative about boyhood dreams and solo adventures at sea. It is also a criticism of sustainability that has taken on fixed form, in an execution that is absolutely meditative.
The jury for Ung Svensk Form 2019
- Samir Alj Fält – Designer at Design Lab S in Skärholmen
- Parasto Backman – Studio Parasto Backman is a Stockholm based graphic design studio. Alongside the studio practice Parasto also teach and tutors at Konstfack University College of Art
- Margarita Bergfeldt Matiz – Industrial designer MFA and art and design curator for international exhibitions
- Marcus Engman – Head of Design at IKEA
- Salka Hallström Bornold – Chairwoman of the jury. Journalist at Form Magazine
- Tom Hedqvist – Designer, former dean at Beckmans Collage of Design and director of Rhösska in Gothenburg.
- Åsa Jungnelius – Glass designer
- Henrik Johansson – Director, Commercial Research & Development @Spotify
- Kenneth Kvarnström – one of Scandinavia’s foremost choreographers, dance director at Kulturhuset/Stadsteatern
- Petra Lilja – Industrial designer
- Tor Lindstrand –Architect and co-owner at LLP arkitektkontor, senior lecturer at Interior Architecture and Furniture Design, Konstfack
- Kieran Long – Director, ArkDes
- Bea Szenfeld – Fashion designer
- Bolle Tham – Architect and founder of Tham & Videgård Architects
- Mats Widbom – CEO, Svensk Form
Ung Svensk Form 2019 is a co-production between ArkDes and Svensk Form supported by IKEA and the City of Malmö.