Organizers of the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair have announced that the event will be pushed back from its scheduled date in February due to the coronavirus for a second year in a row.
The design fair, which is the largest of its kind in Northern Europe and attracts exhibitors from all over the world, was scheduled to take place from February 8 to 12, 2022 but was postponed from September 6 to 9, 2022.
The date change is temporary and will not affect the furniture fair’s sister event, Stockholm Design Week, which will normally run from February 7 to 13.
Relocation necessary given the “current situation in the world”
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and Stockholm Design Week project area manager Hanna Nova Beatrice said the postponement was necessary given the current state of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen the rate of rapidly increasing cases and corresponding protective measures in many countries.
“We are an international fair with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world, including neighboring Scandinavian countries,” said Beatrice.
“We have a great interest and a great commitment for the 2022 edition of the show, but we have to move it forward due to the current situation in the world.”
Event organizers said they chose the new date to avoid conflicts with other design fairs and activities, and because it would allow continued access to the usual Stockholmsmässan venue.
“By moving the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair until September, we hope to give more people the opportunity to participate, including those based in countries that now have a lockdown,” said Sanna Gebeyehu, owner of the product and the concept of Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair and Stockholm Design Week. .
“After a two-year break, it seems important to welcome as many exhibitors and visitors as possible in 2022.”
Design week to move forward
While the furniture fair takes place in September, Stockholm Design Week is expected to go ahead as planned from February 7 to 13.
This is because the festival is more focused on local exhibitors and audiences, and its events will not be hampered by Sweden’s current coronavirus restrictions.
“A lot of the exhibitions and activities planned during Stockholm Design Week can still be done and so it still seems relevant to move forward with Design Week in the city,” said Beatrice. “But of course we are following the restrictions in place.”
The Stockholm Design & Architecture Talks will also continue as planned and will be broadcast digitally. This year, they will revolve around the theme of Being a Game Changer.
Stockholm, one of the first 2022 design events canceled
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is one of the first events on the design calendar and is therefore one of the first to announce its postponement due to the global increase in coronavirus cases caused by the new omicron variant.
Another change in date is IMM Cologne Furniture and Home Fair, with organizers recently announcing the cancellation of the January 2022 event.
At this stage, Maison & Objet is still taking place in Paris from January 18 to 22 and Oslo Design Fair is still scheduled from January 26 to 28.
The photograph shows Snarkitecture’s maze-shaped booth for Bolon at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair in 2020.
The Stockholm Design Week will take place from February 7 to 13 in Stockholm and the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair will take place from September 6 to 9, 2022 in Stockholm. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events happening around the world.