AT MÖBELDESIGNMUSEUM in Stockholm, Sweden
A platform for final year students from the Swedish design colleges Beckmans, HDK, Konstfack and Malmstens.
In the midst of a pandemic 2020, the graduating design degree student’s exhibitions had to take place virtual, which meant that students lost the opportunity to show their work in physical form. Möbeldesignmuseum (the Museum of Furniture Studies) wanted to highlight how important it is for students to be able to present their work in front of the eyes of the industry and receive feedback and develop new relationships with key figures and producers.
The museum’s main focus is to support design-, architect- and craft students. Our goal is to help evolve the design culture and build bridges between young designers and the Swedish furniture design industry. The Ex-works exhibition was created by the museum to help build a platform for the final year students from Beckmans, HDK-Valand, Konstfack, and Malmstens to exhibit their creations at our gallery. The Ex-Works exhibition was the first Scandinavian collective exhibition of its type. The students’ works covers a considerable range, demonstrating high-level artistic or intellectual processes, thoughtful functionality, exquisite craftsmanship and use of materials, and often a well-thought-out circularity concept.
Students meets the Industry
On a Thursday in November 2020, the Furniture Design Museum organized a "match-making" event where exhibiting design students were able to pitch their projects to the furniture industry's assortment and product managers.
It quickly became clear that the industry needed a neutral platform for conversation and networking. Interest in the event was very high, with registrations from over 40 companies, ranging from IKEA to small-scale manufacturers. However, due to increasing transmission and imposed travel restrictions, the number of participants ultimately shrunk to 13 students who were able to meet with representatives from 12 companies.
The outcome of the meeting was nonetheless highly successful. Today we know that four of the students' graduation projects have been put into production, one student has received employment, and two additional industry-related scholarships were awarded.
Two of the seminar speakers, Swedish design journalists Ingrid Sommar and Susanne Helgeson, have separately highlighted the fact that despite the majority of today´s design students being women.