The Future is Local

Promoting local knowledge through transparency and dialogue

Welcome to the exhibition ‘The Future is Local’, curated by the VERK and A NEW SWEDEN. The exhibition is about local production and takes a transparent and inspiring look at the process of VERK’s and A NEW SWEDEN’s completely sustainable products—from raw materials to finished products.

We want to share our knowledge about manufacturing 100% Swedish-produced products and to show that sustainable production is actually possible. Total transparency benefits everyone

— Simon Anund, founder of VERK.

Both VERK and A NEW SWEDEN exclusively use Swedish materials, which are transformed into products of the highest quality through local production.

We want to show the benefits of local production. Not only does it provide increased transparency and traceability, but it substantially reduces the carbon footprint, too. The supply chain of our garments is less than a fifth of the length of the typical supply process.

— Lisa Bergstrand, founder of A NEW SWEDEN.

The exhibition was shown for the first time in February 2022 during Stockholm Design Week, in collaboration with Stockholms Auktionsverk. It highlights the players involved, the producers of the raw materials: wool, leather, glass, wood and steel, as well as the craftspeople and manufacturers of the actual products.

Both VERK and A NEW SWEDEN are proud to exhibit at Form/Design Center in Malmö to share their journeys with friends on the west coast.

With The Future is Local, VERK and A NEW SWEDEN aim to both educate and inspire, at the same time as they hope to make the concept of “Made in Sweden” to again stand for something meaningful.

12 March – 29 May Form/Design Center, Malmö

Vernissage: Saturday 12 March 14.00

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 17:00; Sunday 12 – 16:00


VERK is a sustainable Swedish furniture company whose products are produced inSweden and made exclusively from Swedish raw materials – from needle felt to surfacefinish – without compromising on comfort or design. It’s one of a kind.

A NEW SWEDEN was founded in 2019 and manufactures quality clothing in Swedenfrom Swedish wool. All garments have a fully transparent production chain from sheep farm to packaging, and all production takes place as locally as possible. No plastic materials are used, so all garments are 100% biodegradable.

About Form/Design Center

Form/Design Center is operated by Svensk Form Syd, a not-for-profit association. Form/Design Center is supported by funding from the Ministry of Culture, the City of Malmö, Region Skåne and the Swedish Arts Council.

Photography: Nicho Södling
Product photography: Jonas Ingerstedt