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Every year Residence Magazine awards the Designer of the Year prize to a designer or studio that propels the Swedish design scene forward. In 2015 this prize went to Note Design Studio. The exhibition is presented at the architecture museum ArkDes in Stockholm and is curated by Lotta Agaton, one of Sweden’s leading stylists.

The designer of the year exhibition at the architecture museum Arkdes in Stockholm is open for the public 10-28/2, free entrance. In this exhibition we experience Lotta Agaton’s interpretation of the work of Note Design Studio, a collaboration that shows the increasing significance of stylists within the design industry – a comment on how we use well styled images to consume and communicate design.

Note was founded in 2008 as an interior design firm, but was quickly re-established as the visionary, multidisciplinary design studio we see today. Seven creative minds make up the studio and collaborate in different roles around a broad spectrum of projects – from accessories and furniture to interior designs for private homes and international boutiques.

Working together over a long period within different capacities, in diverse areas, has proved to be a recipe for success for Note, resulting in a unique design vocabulary that can be introduced into houses, furniture, accessories – everything in Note’s particular palette of colours.

“How does the expression of a piece of furniture change in a new setting? We are familiar with Note Design Studio’s playful colour palette and design language, so I wanted to place their products in a new environment and show the significance of context. To me, this is a way of showing how we perceive furniture depending on where and how it is presented. Today, it is almost impossible for a designer or company to launch a new piece of furniture without a well-styled image. It has become so essential that it is now a part of the designer’s creative process.

A piece of furniture or a project is not complete until it has been depicted in an image. The way in which we consume images has changed greatly in recent years, primarily through social media, and this has affected how we package and sell furniture. It has also had a great influence on my work as a stylist. I believe we will become even more selective in the future and place greater importance on the composition of an image. This exhibition is my interpretation of the work of Note Design Studio, but it is also a commentary on how we consume and sell furniture today.”
Lotta Agaton, stylist, curator and creative director Residence Magazine

Note Design Studio was awarded the Designer of the Year prize by Residence Magazine in 2015. The exhibition is a collaboration between Residence Magazine and ArkDes.

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