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Storytelling instead of vision in future homes

September 7, 2012

Annedal 2012 – the housing exhibition in Stockholm, once a dull industrialarea that has been transformed in to a completely new neighborhood for 5000new inhabitants – has recently closed the gates. Interior by Anders Jakobsen (LagomBra) for Stockholmshem An expo as this, is obviously a rare opportunity for the “cr?me de la cr?me'of the greatest construction companies, architects, designers and urbandevelopers in Sweden to show us the direction forward. With sharp eyes andstrong back, one can expect they shall guide us through the latest trends andvisions for future urban living. That was my humble expectation. But themore I walked around in the expo area, I see stingless compromises andstandard solutions – from construction plans to choice of materials and inexecution. Instead of visionary designs, we meet constructed themes andinvited artists in the show apartments. Is it to surprise us or trying tosell the apartments as more exciting than the actual plan arrangements are? Interior by Anders Jakobsen (LagomBra) for Stockholmshem The housing company Stockholmshem, for example, invited the “punk craftsman'Anders Jakobsen/LagomBra to create a colorful D.I.Y. theme. He definitelyshows interesting concepts that focuses on what functions we actually needin a home. However, walking around, I get a strange feeling that [...]

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