Young Swedish Design 2022

Humour, intelligence and probing craftsmanship in this year’s Young Swedish Design. Discover today’s young design scene!

The exhibition Young Swedish Design 2022 shows 25 projects by young designers who display their craftmanship, their feel for materials and a desire to improve our future. They do it through pieces of furniture, arts and crafts, architecture, industrial design and graphic design.

Young Swedish Design is an annual prize, awarded by a jury and exhibited as a travelling exhibition aimed at increasing and deepening awareness of young, innovative design. The exhibition Young Swedish Design 2022 raises the need for creativity and exploration to be free, without having to take account of the demands of the market.

Click here to read this year’s exhibition catalogue. 

The exhibition Young Swedish Design 2022 is a co-production between Svensk Form and IKEA Museum. The project is carried out in partnership with Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, the City of Malmö and a long list of exhibition organisers and scholarship donors.

The exhibition will be on display at the Röhsska Museum from 24 September to 6 November 2022.

The exhibition is shown in several places in the museum, some of the projects are shown in the auditorium and during the following dates access to this part of the exhibition is limited: Tue 27 Sep, Wed 28 Sep, Tue 11 Oct, Tue 1 Nov, Thu 3 Nov. For more information contact the reception.

Some of the objects you’ll find on view

VED stool is part of a project where I’ve only used fallen wood from a sick oak, which has rotted from within and died as a result of the warm winters. The project is a celebration of the richness of nature, but also a reminder of the consequences of a consumer society. It can be seen as a testament to our times: fragments of a tree that tell a story – twists and ‘defects’ caused by the weather, the wind, external influences, parasites, climate change and a distortion of natural symbiosis.

VED, Elsa Unnegård, photo: Fredrik Sundin Carlsson.

In a free and tactile process, I bring together knitted materials with textile dye. The dye runs, absorbs or is wrung into the materials. I photograph the results and make them into digital collages. I print the collages out as a raw¬length fabric, in a quality that contrasts with the original knitted material.

The picture now has a different tactile feel, and that’s what I work with when I make the garments. The work touches on the conflict that arises when an intuitive process, a non¬theoretic, emotional effort, meets a design space.

Printed Knits Series, Klara Helin, photo: Elvira Glänte.

I work exploratively with the material glass, and the transformation from soft to hard. The material shift from textile to glass is pivotal. My originals are made from fabric, with inspiration from fashion and haute couture. The shapes and structures are abstract with the feeling of soft textile. I work with a special technique in glass, called hot blow mould. It means I blow the glass in a hot plaster mould and get an exact impression of my textile original.

Hard Softness, Malin Pierre, photo: Kristoffer Marchi

Our pilot project is an interdisciplinary exploration of how ecologically rich environments along the Göta älv river can be restored. We used natural and reused materials to create a teaching pavilion and 3D¬printed clay modules that facilitate the development of common mussels in Frihamnen harbour in central Gothenburg. The project unites our love of creating social and educational spaces in the city, with our passion for digital manufacturing in grass¬roots production, with the aim of encouraging local ecological stewardship.

Above/Below, MISC, photo: Poppy Bell.

Image: /kju:b/ (cube), Gergerly Kovacs, photo: Martin Gustavsson.