Mmbls mmbltna by Gloria Hao and Ullis Ohlgren at studio OBVIOUS exhibition,  Stockholm Mmbls mmbltna by Gloria Hao and Ullis Ohlgren at studio OBVIOUS exhibition, Stockholm
Fragments by Matilda Beckman at studio OBVIOUS exhibition, Stockholm Fragments by Matilda Beckman at studio OBVIOUS exhibition, Stockholm
Grace by Viktoria Kreipke at studio OBVIOUS exhibition, Stockholm Grace by Viktoria Kreipke at studio OBVIOUS exhibition, Stockholm
The Fungus Leather Chair by Elina Johansson at studio OBVIOUS exhibition, Stockholm The Fungus Leather Chair by Elina Johansson at studio OBVIOUS exhibition, Stockholm
Incubated by Veronica Rönn at studio OBVIOUS exhibition, Stockholm Incubated by Veronica Rönn at studio OBVIOUS exhibition, Stockholm

Stating the Obvious

24 : 02 : 2016 Stockholm Furniture Fair 2016 : Örnsbergsauktio​nen : Studio Obvious

Stockholm – Studio Obvious is keen to point out the obvious problem in the design world: the lack of women.

  • The studio’s OBVIOUS exhibition at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2016 featured 12 female designers
  • It also promotes small-scale production, with each designer creating their own works

Founded in 2015 by Sweden-based designers Matilda Beckman and Erika Emerén, Studio Obvious seeks to create a new contemporary platform and conversation in the often male-dominated design industry.

The studio wants ‘women to take up a larger and more obvious space and open a discussion about who is allowed to take place on the current design stage’. Its exhibition at Verket art gallery featured female designers at the beginning of their careers, and all focused on furniture and lighting creations. 

Each piece was not only conceptualised by its designer, but also manufactured by them as well – a trend that has been growing, especially in Stockholm, with places such as Örnsbergsauktionen, a showcase of studio-produced work, receiving greater prominence during the show.

The Big Picture

For more on the changing dynamics of craft and design, see our Stockholm Design Week and Furniture Fair 2016 review.

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