Swedish Design Moves

Swedish Design Moves


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As a part of the Stockholm Design Week, the exhibition ‘Swedish Design Moves’ took place at the Tessin palace, presenting an incongruous display of ideas shown in an eighteenth-century setting—a capture of the future within a historical context—curated by Form Us With Love.

On a mission set by the governmental body, Visit Sweden, the design studio was asked to create an installation showing a selection of Swedish architecture, design, and fashion that would answer the question, ‘where?’ is Swedish design moving.

The result became a paired down, process focused arrangement, based on prototypes made by twelve Swedish architects and designers, sharing their work-in-progress and visions into the future—including works from, All Blues, Clara Von Zweigbergk, Elding Oscarson, Hope, Houdini Sportswear, Hövding, Little Liffner, Marge Arkitekter, Monica Förster Design Studio, Petra gipp arkitektur, teenage engineering, and Tham & Videgård Arkitekter.

‘We wanted to create a peek into the ‘midst of process’ and creativity in its raw form. The installation stands in deliberate contrast, to the baroque setting of the palace interior,’ John Löfgren, Creative Director at Form Us With Love explains.

Providing physical ideations —as oppose to products—revealed a gathered sense of where Swedish Design is moving, but also showed methods of future advancement. The clash between the crafted now and the polished past became a central theme in the exhibition, as many works on display illustrated a significant shift towards an almost artful curiosity.

‘A basic, LED lit, industrial shelving system, is as minimal as you can get. And it is precisely what we wanted. We knew that all prototypes would be different to one another and we, therefore, came up with a pragmatic way to house the work, celebrating each individuals way—from small sized objects to large scale hanging garments,’ says Jonas Pettersson, CEO at Form Us With Love.

Among the diverse projects shown in the governor’s palace were; an innovative housing project, a plan for a nature reserve, a handcrafted functional object, an airbag for cyclists, a portable all-in-one synthesiser, a non-gender specific fashion collection, and a single piece shell garment—all prevailing indications of where Swedish Design will be tomorrow. 

The exhibition brought Swedish architects and designers closer to the international audience through dialogue and engagement. With all the prototypes, products and ideas up for testing and debate, the contrasting environment invited those to an accessible experience in a palace normally closed to the public. ‘Swedish Design Moves’ at Tessinska became a perfect example of a tool to reconsider what progress might mean, incorporating learning from each other’s future realities.


SHAW Contract – Inside Shapes

BAUX – Arch and Curve

TID – No.1 – 33

MDD – Testing Grounds

Spritmuseum – Champagne Exhibition

IKEA – Odger

Prototypa – London

TID – No. 3

TID – Canvas

Prototypa – Milan Design Week 2017

Swedish Design Moves

BAUX – Patterns

Prototypa – Stockholm Design Week 2017


IKEA – Kungsbacka

+Halle – Nest Collection

IKEA museum

Ateljé Lyktan – Ogle Collection

ateljé Lyktan – Ogle Mini

The I-X Book

+Halle – Nest

Stockholmmässan – Greenhouse 2016

The I—X Exhibition


BAUX – 3D Pixel

Spritmuseum – Ölbryggan

TID – Display Blocks

TID – No.2

IKEA – Janinge

TID – Leather Wristbands

BAUX – Acoustic Panels

Hem – Koti

LaCividina – Join

SVEDBERGS – Forsa Collection

SPRITMUSEUM – Beer Exhibition

Pen Store

MENU – Cage Collection

Absolut – Atelier


Visit Sweden – In Real Life

PLUST – Fura

BAUX – Tiles

MR PERSWALL – Temperature Wallpaper Collection

Baux – Range Strategy

Hem – Levels

Hem – Bento Collection


RBM – Noor

Form Us With Love – Market

Cosentino – Slab Vases

TID – No. 1

BAUX – Träullit Decor – Hexagon

Form Us With Friends 2012

JOV – Hidden Stockholm Carpet

Gottsunda – Warm Bench

Muuto – Unfold

Abstracta – Plaid

Design House Stockholm – Form Pentant

FontanaArte – Yupik

TID watches – Range Strategy

ateljé Lyktan – Plug Lamp


Mitab – Button

PUB – Green Heroes Exhibition

Bolon – Botanic

Mitab – Rodeo

Mitab – Piccolo

Mitab – Lobby

ateljé Lyktan – Study Hood

Form Us With Friends 2011

ateljé Lyktan – Hood

Bolon – Range Strategy

Nordiska Museum – Dandy

Mitab – Hilo

Muuto – Match

Cappellini – Lace Metal Lamp

Westal – Facet

Voice – Swell

JUVV – Prosthesis

Form Us With Friends 2010

DePadova – Keel

Form Us With Love – Mekano

Form Us With Love – Milan Midnight Dinner

Mitab – Button

Form Us With Love – Milan Oasis


Ateljé Lyktan – Range Strategy

Design House Stockholm – Cord Lamp

Form Us With Love – B.I.O.