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Storytelling instead of vision in future homes

September 7, 2012

Annedal 2012 – the housing exhibition in Stockholm, once a dull industrial area that has been transformed in to a completely new neighborhood for 5000 new inhabitants – has recently closed the gates. Interior by Anders Jakobsen (LagomBra) for Stockholmshem An expo as this, is obviously a rare opportunity for the “crème de la crème' of the greatest construction companies, architects, designers and urban developers in Sweden to show us the direction forward. With sharp eyes and strong back, one can expect they shall guide us through the latest trends and visions for future urban living. That was my humble expectation. But the more I walked around in the expo area, I see stingless compromises and standard solutions – from construction plans to choice of materials and in execution. Instead of visionary designs, we meet constructed themes and invited artists in the show apartments. Is it to surprise us or trying to sell 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 definitely shows interesting concepts that focuses on what functions we actually need in a home. However, walking around, I get a strange feeling that [...]

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