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Sustainability was the central theme over this past week at the interior design shows. We’ve put together a recap on our favorites, as well as trends from this year’s annual Stockholm Design Week and Surface Design Show.

Stockholm Design Week

As a lover of Scandinavian design, we were very excited about Stockholm Design Week, held February 4 -10 at various venues around the city. Here are a few of our favorites from the week.

Swedish brand, Kasthall gave us color block rugs we all need in our lives. In collaboration with the founders of New York magazine, Sight Unseen created these designs with a basic web design software, Kasthall’s Rug Designer Tool. Further democratizing interior design, Kasthall made updates to the tool making it easier for customers to create their own personalized rug creation.

PC: Dezeen

Another favorite was the Baker’s House installation brought to you by Färg & Blanche, which took place inside a 19th-century building in Stockholm, the former home of Julius Westerdahl. Färg & Blanche Objects featured new furniture pieces such as lamps, stools, tables, and candlesticks.

Luxury Swedish bed manufacturer, Hästens launched a new collection of bed linens in collaboration with fashion designer, Lars Nilsson. The installation was inspired by the British countryside and surrounded in a cascade of beautiful lattice paper flowers.

PC: Terry Brown

PC: Terry Brown

Next is the Scentense project by muro, förster, frankly//aakerlund, and zanat, combining designed wooden objects and left-over wood chips which hold the perfume. According to designboom, “there are three different scents that have been created, each pertaining to a specific memory of one of the designers. The concept uses the most powerful human sense to explore the idea of memory.”

Also, check out a really awesome discussion with Dezeen, furniture brand, Vestre, design studio, Front and landscape architect, Thorbjörn Andersson on the future of urban spaces, here.

Surface Design Show

From February 5 – 7, the 2019 Surface Design Show was held at the London’s Business Design Centre. Trends from the show included scallop shapes, lots of neutrals, dynamic patterns and an emphasis on nature and sustainability.

The 2019 edition of the Specifiers Guide officially unveiled at this year’s Surface Design Show. It features the latest and greatest trends in ceramic tile and calibrated natural stone, along with advanced installation techniques. This annual industry bible is an essential specification tool for architects and designers. And its content includes an informed analysis of global tile trends, along with reports on the latest technology, and sustainability. You can read more here.

We were a little obsessed with Colour Hive’s installation dedicated to their inspirational objects and materials, in collaboration with MIX Magazine for their 52 issue. The theme was dubbed, “Of A Kind” to bring awareness of sustainable design, and to take responsibility for our over-consumption of resources.

And here are a few winners we are excited about from the Surface Design Awards:

According to Luxury Interiors Magazine, “The beautiful new Maggie’s Centre Barts, London has been declared the Supreme Winner of this year’s awards, capturing the judge’s hearts and minds” for the Public Building Exterior Award. Judge Christophe Egret stated, “You really feel that a person dealing with cancer might feel elevated in this space”. Steven Holl Architects did an amazing job with the organization’s headquarters, that provides support to cancer patients and their families.

The Portland Cultural Village (and Japanese garden) won best Sustainable Exterior by Kengo Kuma and Associates, and it gives us all kinds of zen vibes.

Lastly, the simply stunning Aesop flagship store in London took home best Retail Interior, designed by Snohetta.

Have favorites or trends to share from the design shows? Share with us in the comments!