Weekly Pics: Helena Fernström

Weekly Pics is a peek into the visual diaries of designers and design professionals. This time it takes us to Stockholm Furniture Fair with Helsinki Design Week's producer Helena Fernström.

Weekly Pics is a peek into the visual diaries of designers and design professionals. This time it takes us to Design Cruise and Stockholm Furniture Fair with Helsinki Design Week’s producer Helena Fernström.

1. Olafur Eliasson’s exhibition opening in EMMA

Espoo Museum of Modern Art, EMMA, is full of people when the danish-icelandic artist and designer Olafur Eliasson opens his exhibition Pentagonal Landscapes in EMMA. Saastamoinen foundation has bought Olafur Eliasson’s work Pentagonal mirror tunnel. In his honor EMMA is showing a collection of the artist’s works.

Pentagonal mirror tunnel creates an optical illusion. When standing in the middle of the five mirrors you have the feeling that each mirror forms it’s own tunnel.


Regamine is created with spotlights and shadows.


2. Ordinary day at the office during Shrovetide

Meeting buns. The buns make your mouth water and we are super excited with our office dog Ansa. This helps getting through the dark winter days.


3. Trip to Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

Design Cruise, organized for the second time together with Helsinki Design Week and Silja Line, took its travellers to the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair and Stockholm Design Week. On the boat, we had two exciting presentations: from stylist, blogger and designer Anna Pirkola and textile designer Johanna Gullichsen. Mesmerizing Sami Sykkö was the host of the cruise.

Anna Pirkola’s presentation about global trends addressed the way trends are born, and ho our surrounding world affects them. We also got some great tips on which trends fit the home, and which trends are better to be left on the drawing boards of professionals!


Johanna Gullichsen told us about her journey to becoming a textile designer. She stressed the importance of traditions, but also urged everyone to update traditions to keep them alive.


4.Three bites from Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair

I set foot into a large entrance hall, and this catches my eye:

The small house in the entrance hall is an installation created by Jaime Hayon, s spanish artist and designer. The Stockholm Furniture Fair has invited someone to design an installation for the entrance hall each year. In this years installation, Hayon has placed a wide array of his recent works inside the installation, which he calls “the DNA of his work”.


Hayons work have clear natural forms inspired by flora and fauna. The monkey is clearly the coolest of them all!


The Design Bar – Sulla Bocca di Tutti – on everyone’s lips


Treats for the eyes and mouth! Similar to the entrance hall, the Design Bar has an annual make over. This time the restaurant was designed by Swedish Note Design Studio. The Design Bar is part design festival, part world-class restaurant, and it has clearly been an opportunity for out-of-the-box thinkin. The colours ranging from light pink to deep burgundy are truly wonderful! Soft pastels are still clearly trendy – these colours are everywhere at the Fair.

The newest trends are extensively presented in the fair. Apparently, a clear front runner for furniture trends is velvet: on chairs and couches, but as curtains as well! In addition, suede is seen a lot.


Elina and Mimmi are enjoying the softness of these WOUD velvet couches. 

Soft tones have taken over the fair, but they are often highlghted with bold colours such as orange and red.


This Wave chair by danish Signe Ølandin I would be happy to take home!


5. Sauna in the sunlight

Winter swimming in sunlight is the best thing to do in the end of the week.