Stockholm Furniture Fair gets record number of foreign visitors

Published on : Tuesday, February 20, 2018

stockholmStockholm Furniture & Light Fair continues to grow and strengthen its position as the world’s largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design. The 2018 edition of the fair, which was held from February 6 to 10, saw an impressive 31 percent of visitors coming from abroad.

This year’s number of foreign visitors registered an increase of more than 4 percent over last year. The visitors came from 100 countries, as compared to 80 countries last year and 60 countries the year before. Most visitors hailed from Norway, Finland, Denmark and the UK.

Cecilia Nyberg, Event Manager for Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and Stockholm Design Week, said, “It’s fantastic that we’re growing steadily on the international design scene. We are seeing more and more interest in the fair and in Scandinavian design reaching beyond Europe’s borders, in particular from the United States, China and Japan. This year, we have put extra effort into Stockholm Design Week by adding content to the fair visits and promoting Stockholm as a design destination. More than 200 events took place during the week, and we had our own installation – The Light House – in Kungsträdgården. We are also thrilled about all the positive responses we have received from national and international visitors alike. Many people have commented on the high quality of our fair and the open atmosphere and accessibility.”

CEO of Offecct, Kurt Tingdal commented about the fair, “We’re extremely happy with our participation. We got great feedback from customers, architects, colleagues and the media – all words of praise about us and the fair, which holds a very high standard. And kudos to Ratatouille Arena by Luca Nichetto – what an installation!”

Thomas Sandell, designer and architect, and Anna Lindgren, designer at Front Design, also shared, “Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair has developed tremendously over the last few years. It feels like it has become much more international, and that makes it even more important for us Scandinavian designers to take part. And we shouldn’t forget, of course, that it’s really fun to be here – the social aspect is important.”


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