2022-05-16 06:00Press release

The old railway workshops will be the main arena for Southern Sweden Design Days

On 19 May at 11 am, the doors to the festival's main venue Lokstallarna in Malmö will open. Lokstallarna is the main meeting place for the design festival with over 6,000 m² of exhibition space, a food workshop and a live studio with seminars and panel discussions open to the public. Free admission and open to all.

With a packed program with over 150 program activities, in more than 60 different places in Malmö, the city is 19–22 May filled with design. The entire program can be discovered at southernswedendesigndays.com

The design festival's main arena Lokstallarna has a strong personality and history. In the 1930s, the railway workshops were Malmö's second largest workplace. Today, the premises have been given a new life and function as a vibrant cultural and craft center.

On Thursday and Friday, 'SSDD Studio' broadcasts panel discussions, seminars, interviews and workshops live from Lokstallarna. Everyone is welcome to visit the studio and enjoy the program free of charge during the event days. The program is in English to reach an international audience.

Highlights in the program

Exhibitions at Main Location in Lokstallarna


Adorno Proximity

In collaboration with Adorno – The Curated Platform for Contemporary Collectible Design, a collection of selected objects by ten southern Swedish designers are exhibited and launched during Southern Sweden Design Days. The collection is presented both physically in an exhibition at Lokstallarna in Kirseberg in Malmö and digitally on Adorno's website. Through their participation in the exhibition, the exhibitors also get the opportunity to sell their objects via Adorno's online platform.

Participants: Andrea Santinavez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba, Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jona Berglind Stefansdottir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, Studio M



Architecture is a spatial matter and deals primarily with the qualities in and of the everyday spaces where our lives play out/ take place. This exhibition aims at showing multiple and diverse ways of addressing the notion of proximity in architecture via student projects from the school of architecture at Lund University. In Lund the students are presented with different ways of investigating, developing and designing sustainable spatial contexts for human life; rooms and places that open up possibilities for creative and inspiring conditions for everyone - locally and globally.

Participants: The School of Architecture at Lund University, LTH


The Dinner 

Our lives require more and more that we imagine our future. Time is a constant movement, and we live in relation to this movement. The Dinner is an art installation that will be mapping a dinner between friends for three hours. The purpose of the installation is to simultaneously create real world tangible experiences of future economic possibilities whilst prototyping the 'dark matter' innovations necessary for this future.

Participants: Dark Matter Labs, SVID


SPOK Punkt

SPOK steps out of our digital platform to invite you to sit down at the table. SPOK Punkt is a meeting place aiming to bring local manufacturers and designers together Displaying examples of the material knowledge that is linked to SPOK. The four furniture groups are developed by SPOK through a close collaboration with manufacturers from the first regional hubs to join SPOK. Västra Götaland, Halland, Blekinge and Skåne are represented through furniture in different materials and techniques produced by manufacturers listed at SPOK's digital platform.

Participants: SPOK



During the exhibiton Presence Blå Station is showcasing everything from this year's fascinating news to modern classics that are constantly in demand. A selection of innovative and independent products that together present an overall picture of Blå Station´s design and product philosophy.

Participants: Blå Station 


Live program activities at SSDD Studio at Lokstallarna

Tourism Matters

Innovation is a key element in pursuing a sustainable Skåne and destination where tourism is part of the solution to the societal challenges we face. A panel discussion about Design thinking, working in cross-sectoral teams, and innovating with local actors. The panel consists of members from two projects, Project Footprints and Gastrolution-Nytänkarverkstad.

Participants: Josefine Carlsson, Tirsa Ramos-Pedersen, Jens Almqvist, Edith Salminen, Adam Mikkelsen, Stina Hallström 


The ultimate inbetween

A talk about cultural and creative industries as the locomotive in a sustainable urban development – taking place in the very heart of the old railroad workshops where Malmoes most motley culture and crafts center revitalizes Lokstallarna before and during the process of urban planning.

Participants: Jernhusen, Olof Martinsson, Freddie Bergkvist, Barry McDonald, Lisa Appelqvist


Shitty Business

A roundtable discussion about the fact that the Cultural and Creative sectors are a growing, profitable and gigantic with a turnover bigger than most industries ; and at the same time a fragile gig economy of poor freelancers and micro-entrepreneurs with the office in their pocket.

Participants: STPLN, Bertil Björk, Friedrike Roedenbeck, Caroline B Le Bongoat


Program activities at SSDD Studio on website


Lisa and Esa, Jollygoodfellow Printing Studio, have spent a lot of time with the sea and are interested in the sea as a resource for a sustainable future from various aspects. Seaweed is something that they pay a little extra attention to, such as food, fertilizer, oxygen producer and exciting material. The project film shows parts of the process – the collection of information, the experimentation, different perceptions of the sea and how the fanzine Ocean takes shape.

Participants: Jollygoodfellow Printing Studio


Hej Designer

In the business development program GOING PRO, a selected group of motivated designers will be helped to take the next step in their creative entrepreneurship. The designers showcase their work in a group exhibition at Lokstallarna and is portraited in the film series "Hej Designer". The program is a collaboration between Form/Design Center and ALMI.

Participants: Gustav Carlberg, Jennifer Idrizi, Karolina Brobeck, LantzVarghans, Lottas Träd, Polymorf, sa:k design studio, Sara Sjöbäck, Scruffy little love, Studio Ebba Lindgren


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About Form/Design Center

Form/Design Center in Malmö 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
Project Manager – Southern Sweden Design Days
Ann Isler
Project Manager – Southern Sweden Design Days
Terese Alstin