Modern Objects and Design - Newsletter 1.2 - Spring 2005

Welcome to the MOD Newsletter. MOD editors are traveling the world to find the best design, designers and events to keep you up to date and informed. This issue focuses on Sweden and all the great design coming from the land of the Vikings. We are always looking for new products, stories and environments to write about; so please feel free to contact us with your ideas, events or comments. We welcome your input!



New Product Introductions at the 2005 Stockholm Furniture Fair

The 2005 Stockholm Furniture Fair offered a bit of respite from the overblown, self-indulgent, form follows fashion presentations of the other big design fairs in Europe. Paris, Cologne, they have their strong points but this year we went away with little or no taste in our mouth... Not sweet, not sour just blah.. Then came Stockholm.. The Swedes.. and Danes and Finns and Nords for that matter, know how to produce good - clean - simple design and their restraint is refreshing. As the MOD team started to look around the fair one name kept appearing on the hottest new designs... Non other than our good friend Eero Koivisto.. more



Front is a design group made up of four friends who met while students in the Industrial design program at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm Front members are: Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken, Anna Lindgren and Katja Sävström.. The company was established in Stockholm in February 2003 with the manifesto to discuss, ask questions and experiment with design.

Front was first seen by MOD editors at the 2004 Milan Furniture Fair. We were impressed by the way FRONT looked at design from a perspective of external forces that are incorporated into the design process, sometimes in ways that are unexpected or entirely organic.


Take for example their Design By Animals series where they asked various animals to assist in the design process.

The Design By series, whereby part of the design is detemined by an external factor and series of events that affect the design process at random.

They have utilized a number of organic and technological design "assistants" such as light, temperature or motion to produce design variations that have produced dramatic effects.

more on FRONT


2005 is the Year of Design in Sweden

Swedish design is some of the best in the world - that is one reason why you see so much of it in MOD's website and catalog. Having just returned from Stockholm for the annual furniture fair, MOD editors are happy to announce that the festivities are not just limited to Scandinavia. Now you too can experience the best Sweden has to offer... With events planned by the Swedish Consulates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York as well as the Swedish Trade Council, the Vikings have landed.. again. Check out the schedule and let us know what you is a sampling

Swedish Design Events in Los Angeles

"Beyond Blond" Swedish Lifestyle Month Opens March 15
at the Pacific Design Center, B203
8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood

Highlights include "Designed in Sweden" Exhibition, Motion Picture Academy Clip Show Tribute to Greta Garbo, futuristic Volvo Car Designs, Swedish Design Seminars during Westweek, Nordic walking Fitness Series and Sweden’s Hottest New Rock Bands!

Schedule of Design Events in New York

May 11 - June 4
Designed in Sweden: an exhibition of cutting-edge contemporary Swedish design at Felissimo Design Center, curated by our good friend British author and curator Bradley Quinn.

May 14-17
Swedish by Design: the S wedish Trade Council and the Consulate of General of Sweden present a Swedish pavilion at the International Contemporary Furniture Fairs (ICFF) at the Javits Convention Center. Details to come. The fair is open to the public on May 17.

May 16
Lars Engman, Head of Design at IKEA, participates in a panel discussion on the topic of cross-cultural design at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Convention Center.

A complete list of events is available in pdf format:


The San Jose Museum of Art presents the first industrial design exhibition in its 35 year history. Blobjects & Beyond: The New Fluidity in Design gathers its energy from the premise that blobjects have become the defining products of the new millennium - the best examples of what is considered cool-looking and compellingly curvaceous. But blobjects are more than just a style - they tell a story about our society's rising visual literacy and the particular need for familiar anthropomorphic and emotional connections with the products that define our lives.

All of MOD's favorite designers are represented from: Marc Newson, Karim Rashid, Claudio Collucci, Stefano Giovannoni, etc. Check the MOD website soon to see photos of the exhibition and opening party.

Curated by: Steven Skov Holt and Mara Holt Skov

Blobjects & Beyond: The New Fluidity in Design, published by Chronicle Books and designed by San Jose-based graphic designer Gregory Hom, accompanies the exhibition.

Check it out if you are in the the Bay area... The exhibition runs until July 10th.

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