Wood Insights

Part of Swedish Secrets, Wood Insights highlights creative pathways and brings together designers and architects around a programme entirely devoted to wood – from the base of the trunk to the tips of the branches!
A tree trunk and different wooden prototypes are set on a table and people are discussing in the background.

In the form of a presentation in the Swedish Secrets showroom and talks, the Swedish Wood Federation will initiate discussions about choice of materials, manufacturing processes and resource optimisation. The space has been interior-designed by the design studio Form Us With Love and the format is inspired by their successful concept, Prototypa.

Its aim is to prompt conversations between designers, architects and furniture manufacturers on wood sustainability and resource optimisation. Did you know, for example, that often only part of a tree is made into furniture?

Saturday 10 September will be devoted to a workshop for French and Swedish architects and designers followed by a public discussion on the opportunities for using wood in architecture and design. These discussions aim to create a virtuous cycle of inspiration, investigation and experience-sharing between professionals and enlightened amateurs.

1. Invitation-only workshop

Guest architects and designers discuss the possible use of different parts of the tree displayed on the table, focusing on resource optimisation. In Sweden, there is a trend for local production; what about France? What kind of cooperation is possible between Sweden, France and other European countries?

Participating architects and designers:

  • Otto Bosch, expert consultant on wood
  • TimothĂ©e Gauvin, architect
  • Emilia Jansson, architect and co-founder, Septembre
  • Ivana Kildsgaard, sustainable development director, Tengbom Architects
  • Patrick Kim-Gustafson, designer
  • Dag Klockby, CEO, Gärsnäs
  • Lina Lagerström, architect and co-founder, Septembre
  • Björn Nordin, director of architecture and design, Swedish Wood
  • Christophe Pillet, designer and interior architect
  • Claude Saos, head of education interior architecture & design cycle, LISAA Strasbourg
  • Camilla Schlyter, researcher and architect, Schlyter/Gezelius Architects
  • Johanna Vesterberg, CEO, Normada Design
  • Benjamin Walker, director, LISAA Strasbourg
  • Liisa Widstrand, design manager, Form Us With Love

Useful information:

  • 11:00 – 13:00
  • Moderator: Anki FrĂ©con, Swedish Wood
  • Discussions in English 
  • For further information please contact marion.alluchon@si.se

2. Public discussion

There will be a report on the morning session between architecture and design professionals, followed by a public discussion focusing on the benefits, opportunities and challenges relating to wood.

Useful information:

  • 15:00
  • In the garden, admission free
  • Moderator: Anki FrĂ©con, Swedish Wood
  • Discussions in English

Since 2005, Stockholm-based studio Form Us With Love has made a name for itself designing innovative products, strategies and projects. What sets them apart is the way they combine strategic innovation with traditional methods. Using a simple but effective tool, Form Us With Love has developed the Prototypa concept— prototype in its physical form—all over the world since 2017.

Swedish Wood is a federation of industrial firms and manufacturers that promotes the development of the Swedish timber market in architecture, construction and interior design. Wood Insights reflects the eagerness of Swedish Wood to improve knowledge and innovation relating to wood. This year, in collaboration with other stakeholders in the field, the federation has initiated a resource optimisation and sustainable development programme.

Programme initiated by Swedish Wood in collaboration with Form Us With Love.