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Brief Published: 11 Feb 2014

Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014: Unexpected Composites


Collective designers Eli Gutierrez, Rui Pereira and Ryosuke Fukusada respond to our changing contemporary living habits and spatial demands with the launch of Unexpected Composites: a colourful collection of lightweight desks and woven lamps.

Addressing the changing needs for portability – the Gen Y desire underpinning our Industry Trend, Shift – the pop-up Office Box is a flexible table and stool that can be used anywhere and carried with ease. The worktop pivots to reveal a cork container underneath where the table and stool can be neatly stowed. 

Also tapping into the practicalities of flat-pack furniture (see more in our Flat-Pack Futures report), the compact unit mixes industrial and natural materials consciously picked for their lightness in weight. Black cork, corrugated zinc panels, wood, granite and leather combine for portability and material tactility.

The Gabbia lamp collection of woven shades mixes both traditional and industrial techniques. Produced by a bamboo-weaving atelier in Kyoto specialising in small-scale objects, the designers introduced the use of a new material – coloured acetate – to create value and a fresh approach to handmade.

Material combinations are cleverly applied to create lighter and more practical product. For more on this trend and the designers looking to more unusual material composites, look to our Composites: Smart Mixes report, publishing later this week.

The Unexpected Composites collection is one of many in our highlights report from the Stockholm Furniture Fair and Design Week. Look out for full coverage, coming soon.