New products bringing nature home by Russian designers at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2016

February 9-13, Naturalist project will be on show at Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 2016 in the section for the international up-and-coming designers Greenhouse. The team of the project, including more than 15 promising Russian designers curated Tatiana Kudryavtseva, will introduce 20 interior products that bring communication with nature into the daily life of city dwellers. The products include such types as small furniture, lights, accessories, textiles and multifunctional objects. They were specially developed in a curated project with a task to focus on functional objects that will allow feeling connected to nature in a standard city apartment, without major changes in both interior planning and city lifestyle.

Naturalist is a new project by curator Tatiana Kudryavtseva and product designer Yaroslav Misonzhnikov. It continues the series launched by the creative duo in 2014 with IZBA, a project dedicated to the reinterpreting Russian traditions of living and shown in Milan, Saint Petersburg and Moscow. The new project Naturalist continues to research modes and conditions of living and bring important qualities affected by modern urban culture back to nowadays lifestyle by rethinking them in contemporary and functional products. In particular, the project explores living with nature in the urban settings and aims at bringing back nature into the everyday experience of city dwellers.

Daily communication with nature and feeling connected to the natural rhythms are important components of both physical and emotional health and well-being. Today more and more people choose moving to smaller townships in a search for a more harmonious living, escape for months to the natural sites or practice city gardening. The task for the participants of Naturalist was to design functional objects that will allow feeling connected to nature in a standard city apartment, without major changes in both interior planning and city lifestyle.

The results include objects for growing plants with convenience and high level of aestheticism, along with objects that work as a perfect set out for pieces of nature brought home to become a part of a nature lover’s collection. Small furniture, lights and accessories in such natural materials as birch bark, wicker, ceramics, porcelain, sandstone and marble continue the range. Finally, the row culminates with transformable vases, textiles capturing nature in hyperrealist prints with 3D effect, photochromic screens changing color depending on the amount of sunlight, and a bird feeder with an integrated speaker enhancing the sounds of songs of the pleased birds. Designers were welcome to enjoy freedom of sources, expression, media and typology as long as the final object represents nature inside a city home and possesses the aesthetics and functionality of contemporary design. Inspirations varied from nature as such to nature on a planetary scale, relations of nature and architecture, traditional materials in a contemporary context and visual techniques for emotional unity with nature.

We invite you to dive into our nature oasis at SFF 2016, section Greenhouse, stand VH02:23.

Stockholmsmässan Älvsjö

9-13 February

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

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