Stories by the Water exhibition by University of Gothenburg student Matz Engdahl at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Photography by Sophie Hardy Stories by the Water exhibition featuring University of Gothenburg student Matz Engdahl at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Photography by Sophie Hardy
Stories by the Water exhibition by University of Gothenburg student Matz Engdahl at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Photography by Sophie Hardy Stories by the Water exhibition featuring University of Gothenburg student Matz Engdahl at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Photography by Sophie Hardy
Stories by the Water exhibition by University of Gothenburg student Jonatan Appelfeldtl at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Photography by Sophie Hardy Stories by the Water exhibition featuring University of Gothenburg student Jonatan Appelfeldtl at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Photography by Sophie Hardy
Stories by the Water exhibition by University of Gothenburg student Emil Olander at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Photography by Sophie Hardy Stories by the Water exhibition featuring University of Gothenburg student Emil Olander at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016. Photography by Sophie Hardy

Stockholm Design Week 2016: On location

10 : 02 : 2016 Stockholm Furniture Fair : Stockholm Furniture And Light Fair 2016 : Product Design

Stockholm – Students from the University of Gothenburg (HDK) have explored life by Sweden’s Dalsland Canal for Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

  • Stories by the Water was led and curated by Designer of the Year 2015 award-winner Note design studio
  • The exhibition is in The Greenhouse area of the show, a space reserved for emerging design talent 

Taking 150-year-old Dalsland Canal in southwest Sweden as a starting point, seven designers – undergraduate and graduate students from the university’s Wood Oriented Furniture Design programme – each selected a site-specific reference from the waterway to inform their final piece.

Matz Engdahl’s starting point for his monumental object Funt was a local church and paper mill. Engdahl aimed to honour the sacred location and the ‘unity, lifecycle, duty, economic support and therefore routines and rituals’ through his highly experimental making process. 

After digging a hole in the church grounds, Engdahl cast liquid jesmonite straight into the rubble, leaving it to harden. Once the jesmonite had solidified, a rough and crudely textured baptismal font was revealed. 

This investigatory process is reminiscent of our Eruptia design direction in which designers relinquish control over the look of their work.  

The Big Picture

LS:N Global is reporting live from Stockholm Design Week 2016, so keep an eye on our Seed and Shows sections.

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