New Bacon at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012

The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design, had one of the stand-out student stands of the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Wittily entitled New Bacon, it was styled by a team of six students (Mads Sætter-lassen, Eva Fly, Sanna Movafagh, Emil Krøyer, Mathias Wiik and Celina Hirsch Rolmar) to look like a butcher’s shop with products and information tags hanging from butcher’s hooks in a white-tiled environment.

New Bacon Stand at Stockholm Furniture Fair

Twelve students had their work featured, including the Archilleus – Changing Habits Chair, by Harald Hermanrud, constructed from one single piece of rope:

 Archilleus Harald Hermanrud

 Bending Days Nanna Day Larsen

On a similar theme, Bending Days by Nanna Day Larsen, is made from hand-bent steel that is then welded and powder coated, to create a piece of furniture inspired by textiles and with an expression of lightness, that is nonetheless strong enough to hold the weight of the sitter.

And below, clockwise from top left, are: A Bench by Alvilde Holm, The Nordic Nomade Chair by Bjarke Frederiksen, Bu by Brian Ulbrichsen and Room for Squares by Rasmus Warberg.

New Bacon Press selection

Raft Sofie Oesterby

One of my favorite pieces was this very Nordic oak and ox skin chair called Raft by Sofie Oesterby.

And I absolutely loved Wool on Fence by Emilie Dissing Wiehe, which looked like it might just hug you. Emilie is a textiles student and so wanted to create a cloud-like interactive “textile landscape” and a range of tactile experiences.

Wool on Fence Emelie Dissing Wiehe

Next up is Big Basket by Ola Gillgren, made from felt woven into a steel frame, inspired by basket-weaving techniques. Ola wanted to make the construction of the chair visible and very much part of the aesthetic.

Big Basket Ola Gillgren

New Bacon Selection

Mathias Hergaard Wiik was inspired by “the formless, organic and uncontrolled” and a series of abstract experiments in creating his Cover Chair. He describes it has having “wild, random-angled legs” and a “calm surface.” (above, top right)

Johanna Paulsson’s Pouf (above, bottom left) is an upholstered bench “creating a volume of hidden and captured air.” Frederik Alexander Werner’s Carpet Lounge Chair (above, bottom right), meanwhile “is the product of a childlike approach to furniture and the simple idea of just ripping up your carpet and molding it into shape.”

New Bacon styling

I loved the styling of this stand almost as much as the products. Clearly, a lot of thought and effort had gone into it, and I wish these talented and enterprising students every success – they deserve it.

Our trip to Stockholm for the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012 was supported in part by

Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven journalist, author and, podcaster championing a circular approach to design – because Planet Earth needs better stories. She is also the founder and director of Making Design Circular, a program and membership community for designer-makers who want to join the circular economy. With 20 years' experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Crafts Magazine and Monocle24 – as well as being Editor at Large for Design Milk. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her fifth book, Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion, 2020), and a podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden.