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Our partner brand Materia have always sought to challenge conventions and find new solutions in their furniture design. The clearest example of this is their Newcomer award.

Sanna Gripner & Märta Hägglund

Sanna Gripner & Märta Hägglund

The idea is to give young designers a platform from which to showcase their furniture design. Every year, Materia choose a winner whose idea deserves to become reality – and a part of their range.

The Newcomer for 2017 is a sofa designed to create an outdoor feel indoors. The inspiration comes from the familiar park bench, but presented here in a new interpretation that is both interesting to look at and comfortable to sit in. Even though the first thought is green when you see a park bench in front of you, the design can vary. The slats can be ordered upholstered in several different fabrics and can just as easily give the sense of rough concrete as a verdant oasis.

The piece was designed by Sanna Gripner and Märta Hägglund who both recently graduated from Beckmans College of Design.

Is your furniture the Newcomer 2018? Apply now.


Visit Materia together with Scandinavian Spaces at the high end and contemporary furniture fair ICFF New York May 21-24, booth number 1324.  To see more from Materia: Click Here

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