2020-01-30 06:59Press release

Swedish manufacturing platform enables locally produced design

On February 4, 2020, during Stockholm Design Week, SPOK launches a new national platform that links the design industry and the manufacturing industry in Sweden.

At the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, February 4–8, 2020 (stand C18: 21), SPOK will release a new digital platform along with a book about the project. The launch is celebrated with a big launch party on Tuesday, February 4 at Ahouse in Stockholm.

SPOK (Contemporary Production and Consumption) is a production platform that aims to gather and share knowledge about local manufacturing opportunities, from craft to industry. The new digital platform, made with support from The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, improves the visibility of local manufacturers, creates encounters and simplifies collaborations between creative industries and other companies across Sweden.

"The fact that SPOK now becomes available throughout Sweden feels like a natural step in the development of the platform. The goal has always been to create opportunities for meetings and to spread knowledge between the manufacturing industry and the design industry. Now designers across the country have the opportunity to work with more local and design driven production", says Anna Gudmundsdottir, project manager SPOK.

”Over the years, we have seen what a positive effect SPOK has had in Skåne, in southern Sweden. Now we have the opportunity to distribute the model across the country which is fantastic”, says Jenny Nordberg, founder and creative leader SPOK.

The new website, which maps the entire country, will highlight local producers and eventually generate business for both innovative companies and the manufacturing industry. The goal of the venture is to spread the platform nationally through a network of self-running, regional hubs that manage the listing of companies locally.

About SPOK
SPOK (Contemporary Production and Consumption) is a production platform that aims to gather and share knowledge about local manufacturing opportunities, from craft to industry. SPOK is founded by designer Jenny Nordberg. The initiative was launched in Skåne in 2016 with support from Region Skåne, The city of Malmö and Länsstyrelsen Skåne. Today, SPOK is run from Form/Design Center in Malmö by project manager Anna Gudmundsdottir.

PROGRAM: Stockholm Design Week 2020

SPOK at the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair 
Stand C18:21 together with Svensk Form.
4–8 February, Stockholmsmässan
 
Design Talk: SPOK Sweden – Design driven local production

4 February 10:00–10:50
Victoriahallen / The Design Bar, Stockholmsmässan
Participants: Anna Gudmundsdottir, Jenny Nordberg and Fredrik Paulsen.

Launch Party SPOK
4 February 19:00–23:00
Ahouse, The Stage, Östermalmsgatan 26A Stockholm
The evening starts with a talk by the team behind SPOK and Form/Design Center followed by Mats Widbom (Svensk Form) and designers and craftsmen who have worked with SPOK in different ways. The party continues with a welding- and music performance by SPOK founder Jenny Nordberg together with artist Andreas Kurtsson. RSVP to osa@bohmbohmroom.com
 
Press Lunch SPOK 

5 February 12:00–13:00, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair
Conference room K15 (floor 2), Stockholmsmässan
A light vegetarian lunch is included.
RSVP to marina@formdesigncenter.com


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.

Contacts

Marina Jackler
Communications Manager – Form/Design Center
Marina Jackler
Anna Gudmundsdottir
Project Manager – SPOK
Anna Gudmundsdottir