2021-05-05 12:01Press release

Highlights of the upcoming Southern Sweden Design Days

SSDD Studio at Lokstallarna in MalmöSSDD Studio at Lokstallarna in Malmö

On 27–30 May 2021 Southern Sweden Design Days opens the doors to the southern Swedish design scene and welcomes both local residents and visitors from around the world. 

For four days Southern Sweden Design Days’ digital platform will be filled with exhibitions, seminars and workshops with a focus on sustainability, cooperation, development and innovation from a full range of design disciplines. At the same time, physical activities will be held during the event in various locations in Malmö in a safely adapted way. Southern Sweden Design Days is arranged by Form/Design Center – the leading meeting place for architecture, design and crafts in southern Sweden. 

This year the digital platform southernswedendesigndays.com will be the heart of Southern Sweden Design Days (SSDD) and will bring together everything that can be experienced during the event. From the old railway workshop Lokstallarna, in Malmö’s Kirseberg district, SSDD Studio will broadcast a packed programme featuring both established names and new designers linked to this year’s theme: “1 + 1 = 3”. The theme can be seen as a symbol of synergy and sustainability – in order to solve existing and future challenges, cooperation and innovation are needed to create new equations. In Southern Sweden Design Days’ Instagram feed we can also discover the participants’ creative environments as they broadcast live from their studios. 

Design pavilion at Lokstallarna


A 150-square-metre design pavilion designed totally in wood by the Malmö-based architectural firm Förstberg Ling is now being built at Lokstallarna in Kirseberg. Selected elements of Southern Sweden Design Days’ digital programme will be broadcast from the pavilion. The modular and reusable pavilion, which was shown for the first time at the London Design Fair in cooperation with Form/Design Center and Swedish Wood, is now being set up by the vocational high school Yrkesgymnasiet i Malmö

Virtual 3D exhibition in the design pavilion
As part of the programme, the Copenhagen-based gallery Adorno – The Curated Digital Gallery for Collectible Design – will curate a Southern Sweden Design Days collection of selected items by southern Swedish designers. The collection will be presented in the design pavilion as a virtual exhibition, which will be displayed in 3D. 

Formgivarpodden from the SSDD Studio

Equation: Design + Life = the Designer Podcast
Formgivarpodden (The Designer Podcast) is Sweden’s only podcast about life as a designer and what it involves. Every other week, textile designer Karin Olu Lindgård chats with industrial designer Kajsa Willner about design topics together with a guest. During Southern Sweden Design Days, we will join the Designer Podcast at Lokstallarna, where every day Karin and Kajsa will discuss selected items from the event’s programme at SSDD Studio and give their personal tips about the event in both its digital and physical formats.

Polymorf broadcasts 3D printing live

Equation: 3D Printing + Clay = Digital Craft
Malmö-based Polymorf is a multidisciplinary design, architecture and research practice run by Johanna Jonsson and Albin Karlsson. During Southern Sweden Design Days the design duo will broadcast live from their studio as they 3D print in clay, giving us direct insight into their creative process at the interface of craft and digital production.

Sustainable exhibition by OnMateria

Equation: Design + System = Sustainable Futures
OnMateria is a design collective based in Älmhult and Stockholm. With sustainability as its focus, OnMateria creates value chains – from the raw materials to developing practical processes all the way to the end product. The collective’s members work closely with companies and organisations, with the aim of creating bespoke solutions with a positive environmental, economic and social impact. During Southern Sweden Design Days, the exhibition Sustainable Futures will be on show. It presents the design process behind the sustainability projects Green Box, a recyclable amenity kit for hotel bathrooms, and Baked, a biocomposite-based snowboard. The exhibition is being held at Re:Do, Norra Grängesbergsgatan 35, Malmö.

Sjöbäck’s Swedish craft meets 1770s Paris 

Equation: Glass + Craft = the Sluren Glass Lamp
Sara Sjöbäck works in a cross-disciplinary way with artistic installations, scenography and the design of objects and public settings. The Sluren glass lamp was originally designed for the Swedish Institute in Paris, and will now be shown in Malmö during the Design Days. The glass lamp is blown in cooperation with Målerås glassworks. With the project, Sjöbäck stresses the importance of close collaboration between rural-based designers and crafters. Sluren will be displayed at Aplace, Davidshallsgatan 14, Malmö.

Blå Station’s three iconic chairs

Equation: Challenge + Innovation = Revolution
The Åhus-based furniture manufacturer Blå Station will exhibit both digitally and at its new showroom in Malmö three iconic chairs and their own stories of how 1 + 1 = 3. The Momang chair challenges the manufacturing process and consists of only two components – a 440-centimetre-long piece of wood and a long strip of webbing. The Röhsska chair is inspired by crafts and industrial production in Skåne with a frame made of 150-year-old beechwood from Skåne. The Dent chair made the impossible possible and became the world’s first chair made of ordinary veneer in a 3D format. 

The 2021 programme

The entire programme for the four design days will be released at southernswedendesigndays.com at the beginning of May. Visitors will then be able to browse through the programme, mark their favourites, and make their own selection from both the digital programme items and the physical ones being held in the city. The digital content will be accessible during the event days.

About Southern Sweden Design Days

Southern Sweden Design Days reinforces the link between design, architecture and social development by creating cross-sectoral collaborations and encounters between different disciplines. The event showcases design from a broader perspective and creates an understanding of design as a method for driving development towards a sustainable future. 

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About Form/Design Center

Form/Design Center is a meeting place, a venue for inspiration and a knowledge hub within architecture and design. At Form/Design Center you can visit exhibitions, our shop and café, or take part in workshops and lectures. Form/Design Center is also a platform for the design industry and a partner in selected development projects. Form/Design Center is run by Svensk Form Syd, a nonprofit organization. The Center is funded with support from the Ministry of Culture, the City of Malmö, Region Skåne and the Swedish Arts Council.


Project Manager – Southern Sweden Design Days
Ann Isler