2020-01-21 10:18Press release

ArkDes Announces Exhibitions for Spring and Summer 2020

Photo: Jessica Nildén
From 'Kiruna Forever', 24 April – 31 August 2020

A comprehensive exhibition about Kiruna, a city on the move; an exhibition during Stockholm Design Week presenting work by young Swedish designers; and an immersive exhibition exploring the emergent world of "ASMR". Learn more about ArkDes’ exhibition programme for Spring and Summer 2020!

Stockholm Design Week: Young Swedish Design 2020
4 February – 22 March

Stockholm Design Week is an opportunity to discover the most exciting new work by emerging designers in Sweden. Young Swedish Design 2020 features unique works from a number of disciplines, from product design to fashion and furniture. This exhibition provides a window to the near and far future and provides a platform for young designers to showcase their ideas. Understand what is happening on the young design scene in Sweden today.

Participants of Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020:
Mix Sushi - Mattias Selldén, Död Mark - Elias Båth, I came, I saw, I sewed - AnnaMia Lindblom, Surfaced Print - Camilla Arnbert, Bodybuilding Mirrors- Sofia Eriksson, Pushing Embroidery - Emilia Elfvik, BOJSKAUT - Erik Olsson, Vänskapstorget - Karin Andersson och Johanna Bratel, Ryamöbler - Oscar Wall, Ängsliga mattor - Gustaf Helsing, SELF TITLED - Matilda Ström Ellow, Uncanny Traces - Erika Geiger Ohlin, Coal:Post-Fuel - Jesper Eriksson, Mellanting - Julia Olanders, KOLONN - Lisa Lindh och Klara Wirsén, WITH / OUT - Mattis Dallmann, DESIRE_LINES - Kitty Schumacher, R.O.S.P - Ritual of Sexual Pleasure - Coby Huang, Pink Chicken Project - Leo Fidjeland och Linnea Våglund, Puffer-jacket-soft-squad, pure sculpture ! - Sara-Lovise Ewertson, BEGINNING MIDDLE AND - Kajsa Samuelsson No composition - Nils Lilja och Marcelo Rovira Torres, ALIEN WORRIOR PRINCESS - Mattias Pettersson, Every sampling is a testimony - Evelina Dovsten, Hot Movie New Popular FullHD - Tilda Ragnartz.

Ung Svensk Form / Young Swedish Design 2020 is a co-production by ArkDes and Svensk Form (The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design), with support from IKEA and The City of Malmö.

Designer: Coby Huang,  Image: R.O.S.P Ritual of Sexual Pleasue. Cred: Liisa Widstrand

Designer: Coby Huang, Image: R.O.S.P Ritual of Sexual Pleasue. Photo: Liisa Widstrand. Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form 2020, 4 February – 22 March.

April 8 – May 31

Type “ASMR” into YouTube and you will meet a stream of faces and hands, microphones and materials, and makeshift sets. These videos exist inside the world of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response—a static-like feeling of low-grade euphoria or deep calming, triggered by gentle sound, touch and movement. WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD explores this emergent world as a physical reaction, a revolutionary internet culture, a technology-driven craft, and a field of design.

“Intertwine” from “Oddly Satisfying Series” by Andreas Wannerstedt

ASMR mediates between mind and body to inject the Internet with softness and intimacy. But it is not limited to the digital sphere. It is a dynamic creative craft and an emergent field of design, loved by some and unsettling to others. Against the backdrop of growing anxiety and loneliness, connection and disconnection, ASMR offers a lens through which to understand new forms of mental and physical wellness in the context of an accelerated global society.

WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD is the first exhibition of its kind to lift ASMR out from your screen and into public space. Step into an acoustically tuned environment and experience a cross-section of global ASMR culture through never before exhibited objects. The exhibition will accommodate a programme of experimental live performances.

Curator: James Taylor-Foster
Producer: Halla Sigurðardóttir
Exhibition Design: ĒTER
Graphic Design:
Irene Stracuzzi x PostNew


Kiruna Forever
April 24–August 31

Kiruna, a city in the northernmost part of Sweden, is experiencing one of the biggest urban transformation projects in recent Swedish history. The city centre is being relocated three kilometres northeast due to the expansion of the mine around which Kiruna was built. A third of the city population must relocate, housing blocks and landmark buildings are being demolished or moved, and a new city is starting to take shape. But how do you move a city?

Kiruna Forever examines the ongoing relocation and features over 100 works by architects, urban planners, and artists who have transformed the city and addressed challenges facing the region from the first industrial settlements, today, and into the future.

The ongoing relocation of the city of Kiruna confronts us with critical issues of global relevance. What is the limit of natural resources? What happens to residents' sense of identity and security when their homes are demolished? How do we define the value of our cultural heritage and its preservation when buildings are at risk? How does the relocation affect indigenous population's ways of life? What timeframes do we design our cities for?

Cred:Jessica Nildén

Photo: Jessica Nildén

Kiruna Forever is an exhibition by ArkDes in collaboration with Kiruna Municipality and Konstmuseet i Norr, Norrbotten’s County Art Museum, located in Kiruna. Together with Konstmuseet i Norr, ArkDes has commissioned five new projects that consider alternative tools for a city in transition. These will be presented simultaneously in Kiruna and Stockholm over the period of the exhibition.

Curator: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco
Assistant Curator: Sujy Lee
Exhibition Producer: Johanna Fogel
Exhibition Design: Pernilla Ohrstedt
Graphic Design: Magdalena Czarnecki


Infield by Linda Tegg
26 May – 27 September 

During the spring and summer of 2020 the renowned Melbourne-based artist Linda Tegg will present Infield, a large-scale installation comprising over 80 different plant species native to Sweden. Representing the artist's first exhibition in the country, this natural meadow explores the relationship between people and nature.

Cred: Adjacent Field, Milan, 2019. Linda Tegg.

Internationally renowned Australian artist Linda Tegg is exhibiting for the first time in Sweden with an installation at ArkDes during Summer 2020

Infield also provides an opportunity to discuss ecosystem services—a term that describes the ways in which the human experience is advantageously altered and enhanced by the natural environment—including shade, stormwater management, and biodiversity. The plant species that make up the installation have been selected in collaboration with Stockholm University and the project is led by ArkDes ThinkTank.


Stockholm Design Lab
27 June – 23 August

Buildings, streets, and graphic design collectively make a city. Signs, texts and symbols make it possible for us to navigate in and make sense of public space, and it is through design that we understand how we can and should use the city. Much of what we value in urban space stems from graphic design, whether it is the form of stickers, tags, signs, apps, or demonstration posters. This exhibition asks: what is the role of graphic design in the urban environment?

Stockholm Design Lab is one of the country's leading branding and design agencies. Since its breakthrough in 1998 with the visual identity for the airline SAS, Stockholm Design Lab has developed many of the corporate identities that we meet in our everyday lives, such as Åhléns, Hemtex, and Stadium. Stockholm Design Lab has contributed to creating the experience of the Swedish city through the visual expressions it has given to cultural institutions, companies, airports and organizations. The exhibition shows the importance of graphic design in the public space, as well as the extent to which it not only profiles goods and services, but also gives places their identity.

Curator: Daniel Golling
Producer: Halla Sigurðardóttir 
Exhibition Design: Stockholm Design Lab
Graphic Identity: Studio Reko

About ArkDes (The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design)

ArkDes is Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design. It is a museum, a study centre and an arena for debate and discussion about the future of architecture, design and citizenship.


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