2020-02-05 11:00Press release

Southern Sweden Design Days – a new international design event in Malmö

In May 2021, the very first edition of Southern Sweden Design Days will take over the city of Malmö. The new international design event invites visitors from all over the world to experience the best the creative southern Swedish design region has to offer. 

Southern Sweden Design Days 2021 is a new annual event that highlights and builds knowledge about design – focusing on sustainability, collaboration, development and innovation. For four days, the city is filled with exhibitions, seminars, networking events and festivities in a variety of locations. Southern Sweden Design Days is organised by Form/Design Center – the main venue for architecture, design and crafts in southern Sweden.

Open to all – free admission
Southern Sweden Design Days is aimed at a design-interested public as well as professional visitors and is open and free to all. With a train ride only 30 minutes from Copenhagen, Malmö is a central hub for creativity, sustainability and culture. The participants are active in design, architecture and crafts and count both individual practitioners, offices, studios and collectives, producers and companies active in the field of design, colleges and universities, cultural institutions as well as industry organisations and associations.

Main location: Lokstallarna in Kirseberg
Southern Sweden Design Days’ main location this year will be Lokstallarna in Kirseberg, where designers, collectives, universities and innovative companies will exhibit side by side. The former railway workshop was the second largest workplace in Malmö in the 1930s and the tradition, story and original traits of the premises live on in version 2.0, where it serves as a vibrant cultural and craft centre. Lokstallarna will also be the venue for the inaugural party, the press lounge, lectures, workshops etc.

Theme 2021
The theme for Southern Sweden Design Days 2021 is “1 + 1 = 3”. This year’s theme encourages collaborations and cross-fertilisation with the aim of highlighting the region’s openness. The theme can be seen as a symbol of synergy and sustainability – to solve existing and future challenges there is a need to collaborate, innovate and bring new equations to the table. The theme is open to interpretation and can be a meeting between materials or techniques that form a new whole, different expressions and styles combined in an innovative manner or it can encourage different industries or disciplines to merge. With more than 200 participants, Southern Sweden Design Days shows the width and the weight of the region’s design scene.

Selected projects 2021 
Artifacts presents an installation – or rather, a natural history museum from the future with artifacts and remains after our post-factual society – by Stoft Studio and the lighting and video artist Olof Werngren with music specially composed by Karl Arvidson. In the interactive, site-specific Dumt Café by Siri Skillgate, Ebba Tham and Andreas Kojcevski Hansson, visitors can explore the universe of Dum Keramik and small-scale local production of ceramics. Visitors can also meet Petra Lilja, Erik Sandelin and The Un/Making Studio, part of the Design and Posthumanism Network, whose work revolves around contemporary planetary challenges and how design practices and research can grow and contribute to posthumanism.

For the interdisciplinary project, What Matter_s 2.0, six designers and six manufacturers are paired to develop new sustainable materials based on the manufacturers' residue, thus creating new ways of thinking, developing and commercialising together. See what for example Henriksson & Lindgren and Kiviks Musteri or Kajsa Willner and Stora Enso comes up with. At H.O.L – Cyber Atelier, traditional craftsmanship and new technology merge into a system of sustainable production of custom-made garments, and visitors can explore design by Hi On Life and images by Irika. Restaurang SMAK at Malmö Konsthall sets the frame for Knöl, a food and art experience by Louise Hederström, where local raw ingredients will be highlighted and presented together with objects cast in bronze at Rosengren’s metal foundry. In the collaborative project, Risokompis, 30 designers are paired in teams of two, who will design a poster together with the slight obstruction that they won’t see each other's contributions before the final poster is printed.

Explore the role of artificial intelligence and non-human knowledge with Schultz Lindberg, see the stunning new objects made from leftover metal by Jenny Nordberg and experience the pace of fashion in the form of a dance performance making you think about how we value time in The Rhythm is not OK by OKULT, Naemi Gustavsson and Lisa Mårtensson/Absurdum Temporary Art from a concept written by Lisa Lou Berggren. And in between events, one can tune in on Fomgivarpodden, a new biweekly podcast about life as a designer, where textile designer Karin Olu Lindgård talks with industrial designer Kajsa Willner. And so much more.

Pictures of selected projects and Southern Sweden Design Days as a whole can be found in our press kit.

Further information:  
Read more at southernswedendesigndays.com and formdesigncenter.com 

If you have any questions, please contact: 
Terese Alstin, Form/Design Center 
+46 (0)739-94 90 19


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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.


Marina Jackler
Communications Manager – Form/Design Center
Marina Jackler
Terese Alstin
Project Manager – Southern Sweden Design Days
Terese Alstin