Swedish Design Moves Paris at the Institut Suédois September 8 – October 27

Situated in the heart of Paris, the Institut Suédois places design at the core of its program once again, starting September 2019. Swedish Design Moves Paris comes back with two exhibitions – Hem x 6 and Designprocesser – a series of talks and visits of the renovated private apartments of the Institut Suédois in Paris, in wings that aren’t usually open to the public. This season’s program is focused on collaboration as a means to foster creativity, on the importance of innovation in the making process and the importance of showcasing artisanal know-how in support of quality, durable and traceable craft.

HEM x 6 – transposing Swedish interiors outside the home, outside Sweden

Each of these six apartments (ranging from 22 to 38 square meters) will be rehabilitated by duos of forward-thinking brands and designers committed to sustainability, offering six variations of hem in a 16th century historic mansion, a hôtel particulier. In Swedish, home can be described with two words: hus, referring to an impersonal physical space, or hem, which expresses notions of belonging, security and comfort, with a positive emotional association.

Here are the participants who rose up to the challenge of bringing Swedish interiors in France, creating a hemfor our guests:

  • Carl Malmsten AB – Anna Kraitz
  • TEA – Ulf Agnér
  • Beckmans College of Design Stockholm – Paris College of Art
  • Svenskt Tenn – in line with the philosophies of Estrid Ericsson and Josef Frank
  • Gärsnäs – Färg & Blanche
  • Dux – Septembre Architecture & Urbanisme

Since the very beginning, Kasthall has been a part of the project by offering each duo the opportunity to choose the rug that would best suit their studio arrangement. In total, more than thirty brands support the project to create a Swedish atmosphere in 6 studios, down to the finest details. Some examples include Electrolux for the appliances and Design House Stockholm for the tableware.

DESIGNPROCESSER – exhibition witnessing the creative process behind design objects from A to Z

Swedish design makes another trip to Paris with this exhibition by the Stockholm Nationalmuseum from 2018-2019, whose purpose is to show the stages of collaboration between designers and manufacturers,from idea to finished object. In order to do so, the museum has chosen to take example on the creation of the NM& collection, conceived for its new restaurant (a space created for the renovation of the Nationalmuseum and its reopening in October 2018).

The interior design and the collection of objects in the restaurant were created by a group of designers: Matti Klenell, in collaboration with the ceramist and glass designer Carina Seth Andersson, interior designers Gabriella Gustafsson (TAF) and Mattias Ståhlbom (TAF), and finally, graphic designer and illustrator Stina Löfgren. A collaborative process that generated about 80 new objects by 30 different creators.

Whether for furniture, tableware or lamps, all the different stages of creation are shown for about twenty objects, helping the viewer understand the evolution of the design as well as the steps to go from prototype to series manufacturing.

Thanks to work documents, sketches, films and works-in-progress contextualising the transformation of matter into object, visitors are invited to reflect on the way in which the objects that surround them are thought and made.

Designprocesser exhibition from September 8 to October 27 2019, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 12.00 to 18.00.

Hem x 6 exhibition from September 8 to October 27 2019, from Wednesday to Sunday, from 12.00 to 18.00.