Forests are again a source of inspiration for the world's designers and architects. The Artipelag art gallery outside Stockholm is dedicating this summer's major exhibition to wood.
Houses and furniture made of wood are deeply engrained in the Nordic design language. Nature and handicrafts have been sources of inspiration ever since the first half-timbered house. At the same time it is easy to see that trends in wood have come and gone. The 1950s saw teak going through a boom period which would have sent the Nature Protection Society of today over the edge. And who can forget the obsession for pine in the 1970s when our homes had to be decorated with the wood from the floor to the ceiling? This was then followed by a long period where wood was almost banned by designers. Today at the start of the 2010s and in the wake of much environmental awareness, forests have again become an accepted source of inspiration. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport, an airport primarily constructed from wood in North Carolina, USA, was officially opened recently, and the world's tallest housing block built of wood was constructed in Hackney in north London a few years ago. This summer's major design exhibition at the Artipelag art gallery outside Stockholm shines a light on this new interest in wood. One Two Tree! takes you on a breathtaking wood experience made up of 1,200 square metres where visitors can experience all aspects of wood, from the little wooden milking stool to large houses.
From 14 June to 21 August. artipelag.se
Stylish wooden light from TAF.
Woodstock by Lars Stensö.