WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD / Konstig känsla känns bra

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.

Kiruna Forever. Kiruna – a city in the northernmost part of Sweden – is experiencing one of the biggest urban transformation projects in recent history.

Exhibition: Kiruna Forever. 24 April - February. Kiruna – a city in the northernmost part of Sweden – is experiencing one of the biggest urban transformation projects in recent history. The city centre is being relocated three kilometres northeast due to the extension of the iron ore 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 taking shape. But how do you move a city?
Lennart Durehed Kiirunavaara, 2019
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The new city hall pulls the next phases of Kiruna’s bold move eastwards as if by a magnet. Credit: Photo by Hufton + Crown, Courtesy of Henning Larsen (2018)
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Cred: Jessica Nildén, The pic was taken on 2017-08-31 when the house was moved. Building: Ingenjörsvillan. Info: Ingenjörsvillan is LKAB’s 39th building in order and was completed in year 1900.
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The new structure relocates not just the city’s place for gathering and governing but the heart of its shared memory and identity. Even on the greyest of days, the dawn will dazzle with the light of two golden suns. Credit: Photo by Hufton + Crown, Courtesy of Henning Larsen (2018)
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Girjegumpi - The Sámi Architectural Library is a mobile resource bank and a social platform that aims to shed light on indigenous architecture and colonial history in relation to architecture. It is built up around a collection of 250+ books dealing with diverse topics from old ethnographic registrations to more contemporary and political ideas and theory such as feminism, anarchism, decolonisation and land rights. The project has been touring the last 3 years and for each new destination there are various craft and design workshops held as part of the initiative. (Photo: Astrid Fadnes)
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Liselotte Wajstedt, Still from film ''Bromsgatan'', 2020
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Ralph Erskine, architect Lars Harald Westman, illustrator An Ecological Arctic Town, 1958 Gouache and pencil on print ArkDes Collections
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Outi Pieski Title: Ruossalas bálgát - Crossing Paths, 2014. Material: Rowan saplings and sámi shawl tassels Cred: Jussi Tiainen.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Ralph Erskine, architect Lars Harald Westman, Illustrator Arctic Town, 1958 Gouache on paper ArkDes Collections
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Borg Mesch Untitled, 1900 Kiruna Municipality Collections The photograph portrays the Söderberg family with one of the first buildings of the industrial settlement in Kirunavaara. The girl at the center of the image is the first female baby born in the settlement, who was given the name Kiruna by the Chairman of the Board of LKAB, GE Broms. The name Kiruna has been passed on to a sixth generation of the family until today.
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Hans Ragnar Mathisen Sábmi with only Sámi place names, 1975 Digital print on paper Courtesy of the author Hans Ranar Mathisen has devoted his artistic life to map Sápmi, the lands where Sámi people have lived for time immemorial across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The map presents the nordic region without border limits and marked exclusively with Sámi names for cities, towns and Sami villages. In addition to the 1975 map, Mathisen has made more than 50 maps of regions of Sápmi, as well as other Indigenous peoples. Sábmi with only Sámi place names is a reminder of the multiple ways in wich Kiruna (Giron in Sami) has been historically 'relocated' beyond the buildings and the built environment. Photo: Björn Strömfeldt.
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Hakon Ahlberg, architect Lennart Olson, photographer Iron Ore Hoisting and Separating Plant in Kiruna, 1960 Silver geliatine photograph ArkDes Collections.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Erik Lefvander Kiruna City Hall, 2018 Digital C-print Photographic series of the last days of the Kiruna City Hall before demolition. Courtesy of the author Lefvander's photos are part of "The last light", a publication in collaboration with architect and writer Ylva Frid, with the support of LKAB and Kiruna Municipality.
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Unknown photographer Ralph Erskine in front of Ormen Långe, Svappavaara, 1963 Silver Gelatin photograph ArkDes collections
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Ingela Johansson Silver tongue, the great miners’strike 1969-70, 2020 Three-channel video, 57 min. Commissioned by ArkDes Since 2010, Ingela Johansson has been working on her investigation around the great miners’ strike of 1969-70. Using archival material, Silver tongue, the great miners’strike 1969-70 is a sound and image interpretative cut out from the big assembly meetings ocurred at the Kiruna City Hall and other locations in Svappavaara, Kiruna, and Malmberget during the 57-day wildcat strike of 4,800 miners at LKAB. Archival images from Norrbotten Museums image archive and Kiruna Municipalitiy image archive. The sound provides from Kenny Karlssons’ private tape recordings from the big meetings in Kiruna and Malmberget. The sound is complemented by Malmberget meetings with tape recordings from Gällivare museum archive. The video piece was made possible due to the collaboration with Norrbottens Media together with its press-photographers, freelancing for various newspapers in Norrbotten, documenting the strike: Duff Deutgen, Rolf Eriksson, Jacob Forsell, Lennart Norman, Börje Rönnberg, Lars Öqvist and many more whose names were not mentioned in the archives. Kiruna Municipality has contributed with Börje Rönnbergs photographs. Thanks to: Norrbottens Media, Kiruna Municipality, Norrbottens museums bildarkiv, Arkivcentrum Norrbotten, Martin Ehrencrona, Nils Fridén, Emil Myrsell, Tomas Örn.
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Fanny Carinasdotter, Anja Örn, Tomas Örn A place disappearance, 2020 Film, copper plates and photography Commissioned by ArkDes and Konstmuseet i Norr with support by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee Sound: Robert Pörschke While the focus is often put in buildings in the relocation of Kiruna, A place disappearance describes the movement of nature that also takes place around the extractive efforts in the north of Sweden. Focusing on 22 of the trees relocated from an ancient forest surrounding the copper mine in Aitik, the installation puts in dialogue different forms of movement: The scientific community collecting data from the dead wood, the emptied natural spaces left behind that become places of worship, and the transformation of the villages of Sakajärvi and Liikavaara where people need to leave their homes behind due to the mining expansion.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020

Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. Discover the most exciting young Swedish design of the moment. The exhibition Ung Svensk Form/ Young Swedish Design 2020 includes unique works from a number of different disciplines, from architecture and fashion to product design and crafts. ArkDes is the first venue for the exhibition, which will then go on tour in Sweden.
Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. LEO FIDJELAND & LINNEA VÅGLUND – PINK CHICKEN PROJECT. Pink Chicken Project proposes genetically modifying all chickens in the world to have pink bones and feathers, using a novel biotechnology called “CRISPR Gene Drive”. This intervention, somewhere between utopia and dystopia, would modify the geological trace of humankind – colouring it pink! (Portrait photo: Sara Kollberg) Jury citation Skilfully made, speculative design that does the job. It makes us raise our eyes, alter perspectives and fantasise about other futures in an unimaginably long time frame. Do we really want to end up as pink sediment? Pink Chicken looks death in the eye, but with a smile.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March. KARIN ANDERSSON & JOHANNA BRATEL – VÄNSKAPSTORGET. Friendship Square in Malmö an activity space for teenagers, is the result of a collaborative design process. Our ambition was to give young people a voice, and to create a welcoming, inclusive meeting-place that young people in the city can feel ownership of and want to spend time at. Jury citation In an age where the public space is changing, new ideas and new practices are needed, and this has brought about a stronger focus on citizen dialogue and processes. Friendship Square is one of the more successful examples we have seen.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. MATTIS DALLMANN – WITH / OUT. This project explores modern definitions of masculinity in fashion. The body is often secondary when it comes to the male silhouette. I have challenged this by creating an extra body, printed on organza and placed on top of archetypical men’s clothes. Jury citation Materiality that strives to capture the image we project of the physical body, and that doesn’t quite fit into the tailored man’s uniform. It’s a tender, close-up portrait of masculinity through the ages, a digital shroud for the outdated male role.
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ERIKA GEIGER OHLIN – UNCANNY TRACES I have made objects from waste leather from the furniture industry. It used to be skin on a living animal – how do we value that as a material? Through my design method, double negativity, I make use of the waste and provoke thoughts about use and consumption. Jury citation Rather than adapting the cow’s body to the furniture, Uncanny Traces does the opposite and makes the invisible visible, the residues that are otherwise left on the tannery floor. The result is a special forced design language, one that’s unexpectedly inviting: sitting comfortable in the cow’s embrace. Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March
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Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March. MATILDA ELLOW – SELF TITLED I wanted to explore narcissism, identity and anonymity in branding and design, to understand how significant brands and their communities are to our individuality. That resulted in three vases in sand-cast aluminium and cast polyester. (Product photo: Klara Forsman) Jury citation Could this be the final extravagant manifestation of the consumer society? Post-ironic comment in a debate that has come to be more relevant than ever, about the personal brand. Self Titled is a bold attempt at physical portrayal of this abstract theme, in an enthralling game with the dimensions.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. OSCAR WALL – RYA CHAIR. Rya Chair was born out of my graduation project and is a part of my Ryamöbler collection. I explored how the technique of tufting can be applied to wooden furniture. I want the tufting to add soft surfaces and shapes to ornament the hard, right-angled wooden skeleton. Jury citation Is it a rya rug, a piece of furniture, or a piece of rya furniture? The obsolete rya rug is given new life by being made three-dimensional and shaping itself to the bearing wooden construction, in a revolutionary reinterpretation of the design idiom of the classic loom.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. Designer: Coby Huang, Image: R.O.S.P Ritual of Sexual Pleasue. COBY HUANG – R.O.S.P – RITUAL OF SEXUAL PLEASURE Sex is a subject we learn far too little about. I have therefore developed a series of sex education tools that can be used to learn about and explore your body. My aim is for the objects to invite discussion and exploration relating to the body and sexual health. Jury citation The womb is anything but done with in the world of design. Ritual of Sexual Pleasure gives us smartly designed tools for yet another women’s issue that has been made invisible: the orgasm. The panel would particularly like to praise the user-friendliness and the well-executed methodology.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. EMILIA ELFVIK – PUSHING EMBROIDERY. I’m driven by curiosity about the complex properties of textile materials. Pushing Embroidery is a series of sculptural objects in flax which looks into the idea of embroidery as form, the aim being to challenge our conceptions about what embroidery can be. Jury citation Craftsmanship in copious amounts, and above all a type of embroidery we have not seen before. The materials are beautiful, the forms anthropomorphic and the method itself brand new, with gravity as the designer: it’s the law of gravity that creates the shape, when the work collapses.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. SARA-LOVISE ASK EWERTSON – PUFFER-JACKET-SOFT-SQUAD, PURE SCULPTURE! With this piece of furniture, I want to question how fashion can be perceived. I have focused on the winter jacket together with the interior of the future showroom. Most of the textile parts can also be worn on the body, like an idea of what a winter jacket can be. Jury citation The project that ponders the question of the future of the retail store, the death of the mall and the new consumption patterns that are taking shape. It takes up the challenge in a thought-provoking work that explores the boundaries between experience and furniture, body and clothing.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March
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Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March. NILS LILJA & MARCELO ROVIRA TORRES – NO COMPOSITION. Exhibition design based on the ability of skateboard culture to reinterpret the city. By linking together existing, mass-produced objects with parts we made ourselves, we have invented flexible modules that make the exhibition mobile and interactive. Jury citation The skater culture makes a laudable comeback in the city, with design going back to its creative roots. In No Composition, it’s the subculture itself that informs the shape, in an affirmation of the changing nature of the public space.
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Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. MATTIAS SELLDÉN – MIX SUSHI. Mix Sushi is a series of furniture based on materials and crafts. By using the inherent contours of the wood, I can use a simple design language to create both unique and seemingly complex objects. Jury citation Here the craftsman’s inventiveness is to be lauded, in the crossover between material rawness and a sophisticated, plastic feeling. Mix Sushi is fundamentally a simple piece of furniture that encompasses a lot – both traditional craftsmanship and new ideas about what a surface can be.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. JULIA OLANDERS – BETWEENNESS Betweenness are vessels made out of plaster and insulation foam. These hidden building materials are cast in sewn fabric moulds, which are then removed. By working with dualities, the onlooker is challenged to think about what surrounds us: the norms connected to our bodies, to materials, to spaces and genders. Jury citation Objects that challenge truths about beautiful and ugly, prototype and product, traditional and innovative. Betweenness is neither or both, original forms that can be interpreted as our age’s version of ancient marble statues – made to wither in just a few months.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. LISA LINDH & KLARA W. HEDENGREN – KOLONN Kolonn is the form we are missing, an object on the border between sculpture, furniture and space. It can both create new spaces, and screen off with its flexible body. In its striving for simplicity, it is comprised of just two materials: wood and metal. (product photo: Stellan Herner). Jury citation An experiment with light and tactility, space and design idiom. But also a flexible reinterpretation of sustainability as a concept, with unexpected references to both classical and contemporary art and design – from the Greek column to Alvar Aalto and Louise Bourgeois.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. ANNAMIA LINDBLOM – I CAME, I SAW, I SEWED. This is a design proposal for a technical landscaping project, where I’ve used embroidery as a method of expressing various planting solutions. The aesthetic method shows more dimensions of landscape architecture and complements digital drawings. Jury citation An almost anti-digital project that encompasses the time it takes to embroider, in contrast with modern reality in the architecture sector where everything is done on computers. The embroidery creates other, more wondrous ways – it is allowed to be slow and thereby creates space for reflection.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March. TILDA RAGNARTZ – HOT MOVIE NEW POPULAR FULLHD. Unicorn Slippers, Fuzzy Socks, Rainbow Showers and Lollipop Slime. Hot Movie New Popular FullHD (2019) is a visual study of how global online trading platforms speak to us, get to know us and drive us to consumption. Jury citation Welcome to the last gasp of capitalism, a hedonistic garbage fest! The planet is covered in rectangular screens and we’re wading in worthless products, the natural resources of the new age, mined from the internet. A work that follows in the footsteps of artists such as Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger, but with its own, distinct imagery.
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Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March. EVELINA DOVSTEN – EVERY SAMPLING IS A TESTIMONY. These glass assemblies have come to portray me and my creation’s dialogue to talk about the subjective. Inspired by Juhani Pallasmaa, who says that objects/architecture created by people are a manifestation of their inner world. Jury citation The repetitive process is the actual point, where one work follows the other. Every Sampling is a Testimony is a beautiful story about communicating knowledge and power – and a fine example of making improvisation and loss of control into an artistic strategy.
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Designer: Jesper Eriksson, Coal: Post-Fuel. Cred: Jesper Eriksson. Stockholm Design Week: Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February – 22 March. You can discover the most exciting new works from Sweden’s emerging designers During Stockholm Design Week. The exhibition Ung Svensk Form 2020 (Young Swedish Design 2020) features unique works in a number of disciplines, from product design to handicrafts. Ung Svensk Form 2020 is a window to the future and a platform for young designers to showcase their ideas. The exhibition gives an insight into what is happening on the young design scene in Sweden today.
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Stockholm Design Week: Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February – 22 March. Emilia Elfvik, Pushing Embroidery. Image and cred: Emilia Elfvik.
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Camilla Arnbert, Surfaced Print. Cred: Jan Berg. Stockholm Design Week: Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February – 22 March.
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Designer: Coby Huang, Image: R.O.S.P Ritual of Sexual Pleasue. Cred: Liisa Widstrand. Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form 2020 4 February – 22 March. COBY HUANG – R.O.S.P – RITUAL OF SEXUAL PLEASURE Sex is a subject we learn far too little about. I have therefore developed a series of sex education tools that can be used to learn about and explore your body. My aim is for the objects to invite discussion and exploration relating to the body and sexual health. Jury citation The womb is anything but done with in the world of design. Ritual of Sexual Pleasure gives us smartly designed tools for yet another women’s issue that has been made invisible: the orgasm. The panel would particularly like to praise the user-friendliness and the well-executed methodology.
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GUSTAF HELSING – ANXIOUS RUGS I have woven rugs based on anxiety as something worth striving for. On nostalgia, speed, function and masculinity. In polypropylene, cotton rags, sisal and wool. Rugs that are large to make an impression, but are ashamed of it! Jury citation It takes up a lot of space in the room, while it’s also ashamed of doing so. The Anxious Rugs tell an endearing story of the male role in a woven piece that is not only about the end result, but also the attitude.
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MATTIAS PETTERSSON – ALIEN WORRIOR PRINCESS Dragons, weapons, spaceships, aliens, fire, monsters, dangerous animals. They’ve never interested me. Through ceramic sculpture I meet the man in me, the way society has always wanted me to. But this time from a queer place, on my own terms. Jury citation What could the male role be boiled down to, if not a little dinosaur on a totem pole? We see inside a boy’s room peopled by monstrous reptilians, but also by elusive emotional expressions such as anxiety, awkwardness and vulnerability.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March. KITTY SCHUMACHER – DESIRE_LINES. The work is a 3D-animated video installation which maps and questions our cultural perception of sexual orientation. Characters, objects and the voiceover are taken from digital services, which have then been adapted and recontextualised. Audio Composer: Adele Kosman. Jury citation Queer film that invites reflection. Before us, a suggestive symphony is under way which urges us to stop our mechanistic thinking. The perspectives are reversed: the limelight is on the normative, rather than vice versa.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February - 22 March
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020, 4 February - 22 March. ERIK OLSSON – BOJSKAUT. I’m looking into opportunities for bringing together aesthetic expressions with practical functionality. Will future fashions need to protect us from external pollutants? Even today people use face masks in big cities due to polluted air. The masks become a part of everyday life. Jury citation Armour for the ultimate time, where the security we have taken for granted is no longer a given. Bojskaut creates an unimagined bridge between two eras: photographer Jean Hermanson’s old industrial society and the time that has yet to be: the apocalyptic future.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. SOFIA ERIKSSON – BODYBUILDING MIRRORS. Bodybuilding Mirrors is a play on the corporeal. I want to lure the viewer to come close, to meet infinite variations of their body in the reflection. In the shiny metal a new shape takes form, where reality and illusion are blurred. Jury citation A strong piece of craftsmanship that reflects a contemporary age where we see ourselves through digital filters and change appearance, at the same speed we used to flick through TV channels. A new kind of narcissism is emerging, a dysmorphic age of blurred boundaries between reality and unreality.
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Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form/Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. KAJSA SAMUELSSON – BEGINNING MIDDLE AND My work comprises a textile installation in a vat-dyed silk and cotton blend. The work is part of a larger project where I looked at the relationship between textile and pattern, and how a textile philosophy can influence my artistic practice. Jury citation Ambitious, well-considered and seemingly simple, with impressive precision in the scale. We recognise the pattern from the traditional tea towel, an everyday phenomenon that has been magnified for the public space into a monumental manifestation.
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Leo Fidjeland och Linnea Våglund, Pink Chicken Project. Foto: Nonhuman Nonsense. Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. Discover the most intriguing new designs from Sweden’s young creatives. The exhibition Young Swedish Design displays unique pieces from a range of disciplines: from product design to crafts. LEO FIDJELAND & LINNEA VÅGLUND – PINK CHICKEN PROJECT. Pink Chicken Project proposes genetically modifying all chickens in the world to have pink bones and feathers, using a novel biotechnology called “CRISPR Gene Drive”. This intervention, somewhere between utopia and dystopia, would modify the geological trace of humankind – colouring it pink! Jury citation: Skilfully made, speculative design that does the job. It makes us raise our eyes, alter perspectives and fantasise about other futures in an unimaginably long time frame. Do we really want to end up as pink sediment? Pink Chicken looks death in the eye, but with a smile.
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Boxen provides space for alternative voices to inspire discussions about architecture, design, and their relationship to society. Dehlin Brattgård Arkitekter— one of Sweden’s most exciting emerging practices—have designed a structure that, through its architecture, creates a transformative experience both inside and around it. Steel, birch plywood, and wire mesh combine to create two distinct exhibitable environments: an interior white-box and a circulatory ramp, encouraging multiple views and perspectives between both visitors and the ideas on display. Cred: Johan Dehlin.
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ELIAS BÅTH – DÖD MARK. From the lime kilns of Smedjebacken to the mines of Kiruna, I have explored some of Sweden’s most energy-demanding industries and their waste materials. Made out of slag (the unwanted product) and steel (the wanted product), the table is a diagram which highlights the problem. Jury citation Is slag the new black? Dead Ground takes us on a journey deep down into the bedrock, and highlights several major questions: about the finiteness of natural resources, the depletion of the countryside, and about an age in which the design industry needs think along new lines.
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ELIAS BÅTH – DÖD MARK. From the lime kilns of Smedjebacken to the mines of Kiruna, I have explored some of Sweden’s most energy-demanding industries and their waste materials. Made out of slag (the unwanted product) and steel (the wanted product), the table is a diagram which highlights the problem. Jury citation Is slag the new black? Dead Ground takes us on a journey deep down into the bedrock, and highlights several major questions: about the finiteness of natural resources, the depletion of the countryside, and about an age in which the design industry needs think along new lines.
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Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World

Millions of square metres of living space have been built with prefabricated concrete panels. In ArkDes’s new exhibition, curated by Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola and designed by Note Design Studio, models and material as posters, paintings, films, toys, cartoons and opera sets are gathered to reflect on how concrete panels influenced culture for the construction of a new society, both in Sweden and internationally. The exhibition tells the story of a time when flying concrete panels became a symbol of the future, both in politics and in art, and embodied the dream of a better world, from the second half of the twentieth century to the present day. In connection with the exhibition opening, ArkDes will publish a comprehensive publication with the same name. The exhibition curators received the Silver Lion award for the exhibition Monolith Controversies at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale in 2014.
Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World. October 18, 2019 – March 1, 2020. Millions of square metres of living space have been built with prefabricated concrete panels. In ArkDes’s new exhibition, curated by Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola and designed by Note Design Studio, models and material as posters, paintings, films, toys, cartoons and opera sets are gathered to reflect on how concrete panels influenced culture for the construction of a new society, both in Sweden and internationally.
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Left: M. Gordo, Long live the 1st of May!, 1959 Poster, Soviet Union. Right: B. Semionov and V. Alekseyev. The 9th Five-Year Plan. We build quickly and skilfully. Today we will mass-produce houses, 1971. Poster, Soviet Union
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Gerbert Rappaport. Director. Image from the film Cherry Town (Cheryomushki) 1963.
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M. Gordo Long live the 1st of May!, 1959 Poster, Soviet Union
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Rendering, Note Design Studio, 2019
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José Hernández, digital illustration av Kubanskt GPS system, 2019
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Rendering, Note Design Studio, 2019
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José Hernández and Helena Westerlind Skarne system – Sweden 1950s, 2017 Model, powder based 3D print
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José Hernández and Helena Westerlind Skarne system – Sweden 1950s, 2017 Model, powder based 3D print
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Sune Sundahl Installation of large-concrete panels in residential buildings, 1967–1968 Photo ArkDes Collections
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Gustav Kull, illustration Eric Ahlin, architect Navestad, residential area in Norrköping, 1967 Ink on paper ArkDes Collections
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Aleksandr Deyneka Building Peace, 1960 Sketch for a mural mosaic at the First National Art Exhibition of Soviet Russia, Moscow Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
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Rendering, Note Design Studio, 2019
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Antal Gunda Cherry Town, 1963 Affisch, Ungern
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B. Semionov and V. Alekseyev. The 9th Five-Year Plan. We build quickly and skilfully. Today we will mass-produce houses, 1971 Poster, Soviet Union
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“As if having one single face.” Yu Cherepanov, Crocodile, No. 31, 1974, Soviet Union
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“Thanks, cranes!" Written on the yellow banner: "Work for the kindergarten." Yu Cherepanov, Crocodile, No. 24, 1969, Soviet Union
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Exhibition photo. Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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Photo: Kristofer Johnsson.
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ArkDes’s exhibition programme for spring 2020.

A comprehensive exhibition about Kiruna, an exhibition during Stockholm Design Week featuring the latest young Swedish design and an exhibition that explores the internet-based subculture "ASMR" – all are part of ArkDes’s exhibition programme for spring 2020.
“Intertwine” från “Oddly Satisfying Series” av Andreas Wannerstedt
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Leo Fidjeland och Linnea Våglund, Pink Chicken Project. Foto: Nonhuman Nonsense. Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February - 22 March. Discover the most intriguing new designs from Sweden’s young creatives. The exhibition Young Swedish Design displays unique pieces from a range of disciplines: from product design to crafts. LEO FIDJELAND & LINNEA VÅGLUND – PINK CHICKEN PROJECT. Pink Chicken Project proposes genetically modifying all chickens in the world to have pink bones and feathers, using a novel biotechnology called “CRISPR Gene Drive”. This intervention, somewhere between utopia and dystopia, would modify the geological trace of humankind – colouring it pink! Jury citation: Skilfully made, speculative design that does the job. It makes us raise our eyes, alter perspectives and fantasise about other futures in an unimaginably long time frame. Do we really want to end up as pink sediment? Pink Chicken looks death in the eye, but with a smile.
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Infield by Linda Tegg. 26 May – 27 September. The internationally renowned Australian artist Linda Tegg is exhibiting for the first time in Sweden with an installation outside the ArkDes building in the summer of 2020. Titled “Infield,” the work will give visitors the opportunity to experience a natural meadow with more than 80 Swedish plant species. With Infield, Tegg wants to explore the relationship between people and nature.
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The internationally renowned Australian artist Linda Tegg is exhibiting for the first time in Sweden with an installation outside the ArkDes building in the summer of 2020.
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Kiruna Forever examines the ongoing relocation of the city of Kiruna, featuring over 100 works by architects, urban planners, and artists from the Arctic, the Nordic region, and beyond. The exhibition introduces you to the people, the ideas, and objects that tell the extraordinary history of Kiruna. From the first mines built in the northern region in the 17th Century to Ralph Erskine’s ground-breaking ideas for the Arctic in the 1960s, to the project of relocating an iconic wooden church built in 1912, and the global impact of the biggest underground iron ore mine in the world.
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Kiruna Forever. 24 April – 31 August 2020. Kiruna is in the midst of one of the most important urban transformation projects in modern Swedish history. The city centre is being moved three kilometres north east to prevent it from collapsing into the mine that Kiruna was built around. A third of the city’s population must relocate, and landmark buildings are being demolished or moved. But how does one move a city?
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Kiruna Forever. 24 April – 31 August 2020. Kiruna is in the midst of one of the most important urban transformation projects in modern Swedish history. The city centre is being moved three kilometres north east to prevent it from collapsing into the mine that Kiruna was built around. A third of the city’s population must relocate, and landmark buildings are being demolished or moved. But how does one move a city?
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Bob Ross was an American painter, art instructor, and television host of 'The Joy of Painting' (PBS, 1983-1994). ® Bob Ross name and images are registered trademarks of Bob Ross Inc. © Bob Ross Inc. Used with permission.
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WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD. 8 April - 31 May. WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD is an immersive exhibition that explores the emergent world of “ASMR” – a physical reaction, a revolutionary internet subculture, a technology-driven craft, and a field of design.
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Designer: Jesper Eriksson, Coal: Post-Fuel. Cred: Jesper Eriksson. Stockholm Design Week: Young Swedish Design 2020. 4 February – 22 March. You can discover the most exciting new works from Sweden’s emerging designers During Stockholm Design Week. The exhibition Ung Svensk Form 2020 (Young Swedish Design 2020) features unique works in a number of disciplines, from product design to handicrafts. Ung Svensk Form 2020 is a window to the future and a platform for young designers to showcase their ideas. The exhibition gives an insight into what is happening on the young design scene in Sweden today.
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Stockholm Design Week: Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February – 22 March. Emilia Elfvik, Pushing Embroidery. Image and cred: Emilia Elfvik.
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Camilla Arnbert, Surfaced Print. Cred: Jan Berg. Stockholm Design Week: Young Swedish Design 2020 4 February – 22 March.
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Designer: Coby Huang, Image: R.O.S.P Ritual of Sexual Pleasue. Cred: Liisa Widstrand. Stockholm Design Week: Ung Svensk Form 2020 4 February – 22 March. COBY HUANG – R.O.S.P – RITUAL OF SEXUAL PLEASURE Sex is a subject we learn far too little about. I have therefore developed a series of sex education tools that can be used to learn about and explore your body. My aim is for the objects to invite discussion and exploration relating to the body and sexual health. Jury citation The womb is anything but done with in the world of design. Ritual of Sexual Pleasure gives us smartly designed tools for yet another women’s issue that has been made invisible: the orgasm. The panel would particularly like to praise the user-friendliness and the well-executed methodology.
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Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture

Cruising describes the quest for sex by homosexual men in public spaces. It is an urban pursuit taking place in parks, public toilets and car parks, as well as in dedicated establishments such as sex clubs and bathhouses. But cruising cannot be reduced to neither men nor gays, nor to any definite location. The historical model of cruising is evolving. Presenting the many facets of cruising culture through the work of international architects, designers and artists, Cruising Pavilion explores a sexual and spatial practice that spans historical and contemporary culture. The combination of digital hook-up apps, urban development, and the commodification of LGBTQ+ cultures means that traditional cruising grounds are continually adapting. Geospatial technologies have generated a psychosexual geography that spreads across digitally-connected homes and profiles.
'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' Installation View. Photo: Johan Dehlin
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Invitation to the exhibition. Image courtesy of ArkDes.
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Curators: Pierre-Alexandre Mateos, Charles Teyssou, Rasmus Myrup, and Octave Perrault (Cruising Pavilion) with James Taylor-Foster (Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Design, ArkDes).
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From 'Lesbian Xanadu (Updated Version)' series (2019) / Ann Krsul + Alexis Roworth. Courtesy of the artists. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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Cruising Labyrinth (2016) / Andreas Angelidakis. Open source. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Blueprints of The Saint (invitation to the first event)' (1980) / Charles Terrell + Bruce Mailman. Courtesy of The Saint Foundation Archives. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Boiler Club Extension' (2015) / Studio Karhard. Courtesy of the artist. Photo © Stefan Wolf Lucks. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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From the 'NYC Go Go (Postcard from the Edge)' series (2014) / Robert Getso. Courtesy of Timothy Landers. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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Still from '“AAFAGC”, Applied Art for a Gay Club' (2011) / Jaanus Samma + Alo Paistik. Courtesy of the artists. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Social Sculpture 9, Butt Shelf' (1998/2019) / John Lindell. Courtesy of the artist. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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'Reproduction of Flagrant Délit' (1975) / Madelon Vriesendorp. Courtesy of the artist. Exhibited in 'Cruising Pavilion: Architecture, Gay Sex and Cruising Culture' in Boxen at ArkDes.
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Eight Leading Architects Envision Future Stockholm at 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

In September 2019, Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron—an exhibition commissioned by ArkDes and first presented in Boxen in Spring 2019—will be on display at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition highlights the imaginations of eight of Stockholm’s most talented architects. Pushing the boundaries of architectural representation, each contribution speculatively envisions new uses for Skeppsbron in Stockholm – one of the Swedish capital’s most symbolic, yet undervalued, inner-city sites.
Eight Leading Architects Envision Future Stockholm at 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism In September 2019, Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron—an exhibition commissioned by ArkDes and first presented in Boxen (Stockholm) in Spring 2019—will be on display at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition highlights the imaginative work of eight of Stockholm’s most talented architects and practices. Pushing the boundaries of architectural representation, each contribution speculatively envisions new uses for Skeppsbron in Stockholm – one of the Swedish capital’s most symbolic yet undervalued inner-city sites.
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“Time Crystal”. Drawing: Tor Lindstrand (2019).
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“You”. Drawing: OKK+ (2019)
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“Time Crystal”. Model: Tor Lindstrand (2019)
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Skeppsbron in Stockholm
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“Island of the Dead”. Drawing: Nilsson Rahm (2019)
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“Island of the Dead”. Model: Nilsson Rahm (2019)
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“You”. Model: OKK+ (2019)
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“The Wall”. Model: Krupinski/Krupinska (2019)
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“The Wall”. Drawing: Krupinski/Krupinska (2019)
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“In Water Writ”. Drawing: Hermansson Hiller Lundberg (2019)
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“In Water Writ”. Model: Hermansson Hiller Lundberg (2019)
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“Scenes for Future Expression”. Drawing: Esencial - Carmen Izquierdo (2019)
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"Another Day in a Different Time”. Model: Elizabeth B. Hatz (2019)
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"Another Day in a Different Time”. Model: Elizabeth B. Hatz (2019)
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“City of My Dreams”. Model: AT-HH (2019)
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“City of My Dreams”. Drawing: AT-HH (2019)
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Eight Leading Architects Envision Future Stockholm at 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism In September 2019, Architecture Projects: Skeppsbron—an exhibition commissioned by ArkDes and first presented in Boxen (Stockholm) in Spring 2019—will be on display at the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism in Seoul, South Korea. The exhibition highlights the imaginative work of eight of Stockholm’s most talented architects and practices. Pushing the boundaries of architectural representation, each contribution speculatively envisions new uses for Skeppsbron in Stockholm – one of the Swedish capital’s most symbolic yet undervalued inner-city sites.
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Gingerbread House 2019

Gingerbread House 2019 is a different and aromatic exhibition of imaginative gingerbread houses. It is also a competition where children, young people, adults, amateurs and professionals compete side by side. This year, ArkDes is challenging all gingerbread-house bakers to bake something they think is HOT. What comes to your mind when you hear that word? Do you think of the hottest trends or tropical resorts? Forest fires or sunny beaches? We’re hoping for at least 100 hot interpretations of this year's theme – and want to remind everyone to load their fire alarm with fresh batteries and set their oven timer to 7 minutes, max!
Gingerbread House 2019. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018.
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Meet the jury who will choose the winners of Gingerbread House 2019. Elsa Billgren – vintage entrepreneur and blogger Frida Leijon – confectioner, Tor Lindstrand – architect Svante Öquist – freelance journalist and blogger
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Matti Östling.
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Details Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred Matti Östling.
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Details from Gingerbread House Competition 2018, Cred Matti Östling.
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Details from Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Matti Östling.
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Details from Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Matti Östling.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: ArkDes.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Details from the Gingerbread House Competition 2018. Cred: Viktoria Garvare.
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Gingerbread House Competition. Matti Östling. From previous years.
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