In February 2011, French designer, scientist, technician, artist, photographer, filmmaker and poet Arik Levy will be the Guest of Honour at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2011. Levy will create a lounge at the show's entrance titled Design is an uncontrolled muscle.
“We want to continue to show the crossover between different design genres, which is something that we started last year with Paul Smith. This time we want to explore the boundary between design and art. Arik Levy is one of the most exciting and innovative designers of our time and we are attracted by his way of moving freely between various disciplines, between mass production and unique objects, simplicity and experiment,” says Cecilia Nyberg, Event Manager, Stockholm Furniture Fair and Northern Light Fair.
“The fair represents more than just a gathering of manufacturers in the industry; for me it’s also about the Nordic region and Scandinavian culture, design and identity, that I greatly respect and appreciate. I’ve had many wonderful experiences in Sweden and I’m looking forward to this new opportunity of being there,” says Arik Levy.
Considering himself a “feeling” designer, Levy contributes substantially to interior and exterior milieu, his work including public sculpture as well as complete environments that can be adapted for multi use. “Life is a system of signs and symbols,” he says, “where nothing is quite as it seems.”
Previous Guests of Honour include Patricia Urquiola, Spain; the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, France; Naoto Fukasawa, Japan; Konstantin Grcic, Germany; Giulio Cappellini, Italy; Ineke Hans, the Netherlands and Paul Smith, UK.
Levy was born in Israel and now works in Paris. He studied industrial design at Art Center Europe in Switzerland. He has had exhibitions in many places, including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Galeries Lafayette, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Pascale Cottard-Ollsson Gallery, Stockholm and ISART Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Munich.