Bolon, the Swedish design company renowned for “inventing” woven vinyl flooring, was prominent not only as an exhibitor but also a collaborator in the design space for the 2020 Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, held in early February this year.
The wide range of Bolon flooring is exclusively distributed in South Africa by KBAC Flooring which has more than 50 years of experience in flooring.
Bolon – a regular exhibitor at the popular annual Swedish design Fair – this year chose to highlight existing collections in new settings in “The Art of Performance”, a spectacular showcase of the diverse possibilities of Bolon vinyl flooring’s designability, sustainability, and ease of cleaning.
The Art of Performance exhibition presence for the 2020 Stockholm Fair was designed for Bolon by Snarkitecture, an acclaimed New York-based collaborative practice. Snarkitecture is renowned for creating projects that transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines. “Collaborating with Bolon allowed us to create something different within the context of a design fair. Snarkitecture’s work looks to introduce moments of surprise and wonder, often in unexpected settings. So, for our installation with Bolon, we created a labyrinth-like series of rooms that invited visitors to explore, discover, and interact with both the architectural environment and Bolon products,” says Alex Mustonen, a founder of Sharkitecture.
Bolon flooring also had a major presence at the Fair’s Design Bar. Using a blend of bold colours and patterns, Bolon-commissioned designer, Fredrik Paulsen, focus was on fun. Showing the playful freedom of Bolon material, his playful installation included a stunning mix of Bolon collections: Missoni Home Fireworks, White Artisan Quartz, Artisan Fuchsia, Botanic Viva, Botanic Tulip, Silence Emotion, Bolon By You DOT in both Grey and Peach Orange – all blended into a creative pattern for great impact.
“The idea with the Design Bar was to share my vision of a total happy place. It was inspired by vacation resorts, amusement parks and effortless beach life. I wanted the floor to link everything together and look like waves and colourful confetti explosions,” says Paulsen.
When the Fair ended on February 8, all Bolon went back to the company’s plant to be recycled to become new flooring as part of the sustainable producer’s “take back” system.