Young Swedish Design is a jury-rated annual award for young designers and experimental design, run by Svensk Form since 1998. The award is also an exhibition that usually tours both in Sweden as well as internationally. Young Swedish Design 2017 consists of 20 contributions that cover the whole design scene; from fashion to crafts to architecture. After domestic displays in Stockholm, Malmö, Gothenburg, Visby and Östersund, the time has come for the international tour, which begins grandiosely with parallel shows in Hong Kong and Seoul. Young Swedish Form designers will participate in both places thanks to support from the Swedish Institute.
Prince Carl Philip inaugurates in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong, the exhibition is shown within the frames of Hong Kong Business of Design Week, to which Sweden was the partner country in 2014. Under the hashtag #SwedenTalks_HK (December 7-9), Young Swedish Design is part of the Swedish Pavilion in DesignInspire – a great international exhibition on the theme of creativity. Designers Evelina Kollberg (Människofällan) and Karin Bodin (The New Man and the Sea) participate in several public programs during the week. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, who brings two Swedish business delegations to Hong Kong, inaugurates the Swedish pavilion on December 7.
The project is collaboration between the Consulate General of Sweden, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Business Sweden in Hong Kong.
Sweden+Korea Design Week
The very same day the Sweden+Korea Design Week will open at the spectacular Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, designed by the late starchitect Zaha Hadid. That exhibition shows pieces from both this year’s nominees, as well as contributions from earlier versions of Young Swedish Design, side by side with young Korean design. The accompanying design-talks programme include conversations with Martha Brauer (Mediating Objects, USF 2017) and Kyuhyung Cho – nominee in 2013 and 2014/2015 and currently based in Seoul – and the Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA. The Sweden+Korea Design Week is a collaboration between the Embassy of Sweden in Seoul, IKEA and Young Swedish Design and is on display until December 17.
– Young Swedish Design gives a report from the young design scene in Sweden of today, and we really look forward to finally showing it in both Hong Kong and Seoul, says Karin Wiberg, project manager of Young Swedish Design.
Upcoming stops, Young Swedish Design 2018:
February19 – March 2, Ahmedabad, India
March 12 – 21, Mumbai, India
March 30 – April 16, Hyderabad, India