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We Live Here: POP Table’s stint in Stockholm

On a few snowy days in early February, POP Table moved to Stockholm with a select group of Icelandic and Swedish designers, to inhabit a single apartment for the duration of Stockholm Design Week 2015. (It was sort of like The Real World, but for inanimate objects, so there was less bickering). The result of this curated living-space was an impeccable exhibit of Nordic design. It was at once cohesive and eclectic and was executed with the type of borderline obnoxious perfection one would expect from a Nordic design cooperation. The food was beautiful and tasty, the drinks thoughtful, and even the toilet was turned into art.

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We are moving to Stockholm…

But just for a week!

POP Table is once again in good design company at the We Live Here exhibit in Stockholm from 2-8.2.  More details on this unique event below. Hope to see you in Stockholm!

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Icelandic and Finnish designers move in together to Stockholm for Stockholm Design Week 2015.

In total, over 80 designers and design studios from Finland, Iceland and Sweden along with dozens of design companies collaborate to create a contemporary home for the two design scenes.

Curated by Hlin Helga Guðlaugsdóttir, Elina Aalto and Marika Tesolin, the decoration of the home plays with pairs of items, ‘doubles’ that often occur when two people move in together, and communicates the different themes that occur in Finnish and Icelandic design today.

The home also plays host to a series of events.

Opening hours

Tuesday 3.2. 11-16

Wednesday 4.2. 11-16

Friday 6.2. 11-16

Saturday 7.2. 11-16

Sunday 8.2. 11-16

The weekend is for families, including exciting workshops during the days.

For more information, see we-live-here.org and www.stockholmdesignweek.com

WE LIVE HERE home is located on Regeringsgatan 86.

Participating designers:

Aalto+Aalto, Arela, Martin Born, Choice, Com-pa-ny, CTRL, Error Collective, Hanna Anonen, Flora & Laura, Harri Koskinen, Iina Vuorivirta, Kasper Nyman, Katriina Nuutinen, Kirsi Enkovaara, Klaus Haapaniemi, Kustaa Saksi, Kuula + Jylhä, Linda Linko, Mari Isopahkala, Maija Puoskari, Man Yau, Mika Tolvanen, Mikko Laakkonen, Minna Parikka, Poiat, POP table, R/H, Saana ja Olli, Teemu Järvi, Teemu Keisteri, Vainio Seitsonen, Vimma and &Bros.

Águsta Sveinsdóttir, Anna Thorunn, Berlinord, Brynjar Sigurðarson, Dora Hansen, Dögg Design, Fiona Cribben, Færid, Garðar Eyjólfsson, GO FORM, Ihanna, Hanna Dís Whitehead, HAF Studio, Hugdetta, Katrin Olina, Kría Jewelry, Kronkron, Magnea Einarsdóttir, MARÝ, Scintilla, Postulina, Sigga Heimis, Sigga Rún, Siggi Eggertsson, Snæfrið & Hildigunnur, STAKA, Studio Bility, Tinna Gunnarsdóttir, TOS Design, Unnur Valdís, Umemi, Vík Prjónsdóttir, Volki, Þórunn Arnadóttir and Össur.

Chorin by Katrin Greiling & Parasto Backman, Form Us With Love, Färg & Blanche, Monica Förster, Studio Greiling and TAF Architects.

We are so proud to have Codesign, Svensk Form, Stockholm Design

Week, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, Lexter Sound Design, Bolon, HEM, Mini, Marimekko, Akebono, Nordic Playlist, Iittala, Lauritz, Muuto, Viking Line, Inspired by Iceland, Icelandair, Artek, Ambronite, Hartwall, The Party Between Parties, Helsingin Villasukkatehdas, Kaesan kotileipomo, Crymogea, Finlandia, Hartwall, Lapin Kulta & Original Long Drink, Kaffaroastery, Marimekko, Four Sigma Foods, Biokia, Sun Spelt, Norðursalt, Omnom, Noi Sirius,  66North, Kreanord and Nordic Culture Fund as members of the WE LIVE HERE community.

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Helsinki Design Week 2014: in good company

In early September 2014, POP Table was featured in Helsinki Design Week's Local Design Exhibition.

We all know that parental admonition, "You are judged by the company you keep,"  which is basically a less poetic, contemporary iteration of Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous line, "Show me who a man's friends are, and I will tell you who he is." Although there have been times when we kinda hoped that this saying wasn't true--like when we were hanging out with the bad kids who skipped school and stole candy--when it comes to our fellow exhibitors at Helsinki Design Week,  we would be honored to be judged by the company we keep.

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Helsinki Design Week is the  largest design festival in the Nordic countries, and this year, the festival overall attracted a crowd of 60,000 visitors.  The Local Design/Lähimuoto exhibition was the main exhibition of the overall festival, and was dedicated to featuring local designers. The exhibit was housed at the historic Teurastamo grounds in Helsinki and received 15,000 guests over 10 days. POP Furniture Company was geeked/honored/humbled to be among the 26 local designers on exhibit.

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And we got an award, to boot!

The Association of Interior Design Editors also awarded POP Table and the Tick legs (from designer Jakob Schenk) as among the 12 Best Interior Design Products of 2014. It's no secret that we are new kids on the design block, so this was a distinction that we received with gratitude and a bit of surprise.  This is especially true considering that our product puts the design responsibility on the consumer to design their own POP Table--we merely provide the foundation of quality materials and designer legs, plus the freedom for the customer to create their own POP Table within our massive customization universe. In that sense, some aspects of our product aren't necessarily high design, but we are encouraged by the designation of our unique concept as worthy of such an award.

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The winning designs were featured in a separate design-container, styled by the Association of Interior Design Editors.

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 We've got new legs!

Helsinki Design Week also served as the perfect platform for us to introduce prototypes of two new legs designs that we expect to make available through our website in early 2015. The color and finish of the leg surfaces will have the same customization options as our table surfaces. In addition, there will be an uncovered, wood-finish available. The legs also pack flat, for convenient shipping and storage. More information about these to come!

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The Local Design exhibition was an outdoor exhibition, by which designers created their own exhibition space in old shipping containers. It was a unique presentation format that was well-received. Outdoor events in the autumn in Helsinki can be quite risky, but the design gods were on our side, and the sun was shining for almost the entire ten days of the exhibition.

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You guys, there were POP Tables at Flow (and now you can buy them!)

In case you missed all of our boastings about Flow Festival last week, allow us to fill you in: there were POP Tables e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. And when we say everywhere we mean that they were on the Lämpö terrace across from the main stage...which is kind of like being everywhere, and was definitely a pretty sweet spot!

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During the festival, the Lämpö terrace is the ideal spot to take a seat and have a drink while remaining in the mix of all of the mainstage action. Flow Festival gave us free reign to outfit the Lämpö terrace with our tables, with the goal of making the space as colorful as possible. Bold colors are definitely our jam, but we also know the appeal of classic black and white. So, we designed our Flow tables with a mix of all of our bold POP colors, including some classic black and white on a few surfaces and edgebands.

 

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Colorful POP Tables = tons o' fun!

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Of course we didn't spend the entire festival ogling those shiny tabletops. Slowdive was at least enough of an attraction to pull us away from the terrace for a bit.

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Sample Sale

We are now offering our made-for-Flow POP Tables at discounted sample prices. Come check them out at the Flow Festival Garage Sale at Suvilahti on Thursday, 14.8 from 14-18:00.

 

The tabletops and  Tick legs are priced individually. Each of the tables has one black or white side and one colorful side (Al Green, Ariel Pink, Kinda Blue, Orange Juice, Mellow Yellow, or Simply Red--you can check the colors here). Matte and glossy finishes available. Sizes range from 200x80/90cm. Payment accepted on-site via bank/credit card (POP table will have a separate payment system than the rest of the garage sale items).

 

Unfortunately, we can't accept advance reservations, but feel free to email us any questions at info@poptable.fi.

 

See you Thursday!

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(POP) Art happens in the darndest places

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POP Art is not dead, it's just hiding in middle Finland. In Mänttä, Finland to be exact, at the beautifully constructed Serlachius Museum.  Is it a coincidence that this POP exhibition is a mere 15 kilometers from the magical place where POP Tables are made? Absolutely not. That's not even funny. (We like to the think that the Universe supports our penchant for all things POP.)

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A collection of work from international and Finnish artists, SUPERPOP! showcases many of the eye-popping, sugary sweet, anti-elite classics from the POP art era that we all know and love (or not). Along Serlachius' vast white walls, you'll find the colorful works of Lichtenstein and Warhol hanging alongside pieces from well-known Finnish POP artists. We were, of course, quite at home with the color scheme and genuinely impressed by this expansive, high-art exhibit--especially in such an out-of-the-way place.

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It goes without saying that we were tickled pink to find such a great exhibition quite literally in our own backyard. (Speaking of pink, we've never seen Kim Jong Il look so ravishing.)

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POP Tables fit right in at The Fried Music

When POP Table launched earlier this year, one of our first business customers was The Fried Music. Fried is a music production company based in Helsinki's Punavuori district. Fried's roster of musicians includes prominent Finnish artists Anna Puu, Jenni Vartiainen, and Cheek. So, when they approached us in need of tables for their recently renovated 450 m2 studio complex, we were like, "Woah!"

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Fried customized several of their own tables for the studio's working and lounge spaces, using  a mix of classic black/white surfaces, and bold POP colors.

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The flood of natural light and white walls in the kitchen and working space at Fried welcomes the POPs of yellow and orange color, while the classic black and white surfaces adhere more to the strict Scandinavian color pallete. All in all, it's a pretty perfect POP mix.

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POP Tables + Pop music = sensory heaven

Photo credit: Jenni Kauppila

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