Warning: This post contains tons of links to amazing Scandinavian companies and oodles of photos showing what’s currently on-trend coming out of Scandinavia. If, and only if, you are okay for a little endless scrolling and tons of inspiration then let us begin. First, my friend Tinna drove up to Copenhagen to visit DesignTrade, a leading Danish interiors fair that runs from August 24-26, kicking off in just a few hours from now. I got my hands on their brochure in advance and looked up lots of their brands so I could pull together some of my favorite products with hopes of spotting a few trends. And I did!
As summer winds down it seems everyone wants get going with Fall interiors preparations especially with all of the upcoming events between back-to-school and the holidays, etc. and the changing of the seasons. Nothing gets me more inspired than seeing new collections and how brands are interpreting trends in their own way, how colors are being used, which materials are hot and what the general vibe for the Fall/Winter season will be. Here are some brands that are exhibiting at DesignTrade right now, do you spot some trends from this batch? At the bottom of this post, I’ve called out what I see trending for objects, colors, materials and the overall mood of the moment.
Pernille Snedker Hansen (art + prints)
paradisco productions (floor to ceiling posters)
I Love My Type (posters)
Paper Collective (posters)
Froh & Frau (posters)
Froh & Frau (posters)
Michelle Carlslund Illustration (posters)
Arne Jacobsen MiiBoxen from MiniMii (open it and it’s like a dollhouse that the whole family can decorate!)
Nynne Rosenvinge (illustrations)
One Must Dash (posters)
Overall: A bit Scandinavian Japanese in my eyes! My friend Sania Pell calls this style Scandinese. The ultimate in form meeting function – an excellent balance of both. Clean, clear, simple yet still manages to draw in the eye through bold geometric patterns and geometric shapes, interesting material combinations, etc.
Patterns: Geometrics – strong and clear forms and colors. Color blocking. Triangles!
Colors: Black, Mint, Salmon, Pale Blue, White, Mustard, Gray, Nude, Peach, Deep Rose
Materials: Marble, gold, glass, natural wood, ceramics, concrete, plywood, cork – some copper but definitely not trending as much as last year.
Objects: Ceramics in simple forms with gorgeous glazes, glass vases with wooden bottoms or concrete tops, etc., Porcelain vases with wooden bases, small round tables as coffee tables with marble tops, colored glass, concrete shelving, round mirrors, low benches, leaning mirrors that have slim legs, splattered “ink” on linens, paper napkins, feathers, plywood furniture, plywood art and signs, metal or marble candlestick holders etc. Also trays and stools.
Don’t you feel like we were just walking this fair together in Copenhagen? Me too! See anything that you love?
(images: linked to their sources above)