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)
Let’s talk about summer home envy and ceramics. I have some Anne Black ceramics in my home (and on my ears!) and even some knobs for my china cabinet are from her Danish design studio. I loved looking at her recent work on her website today, particularly her bloom vases. The colors are soft, earthy and pretty and I enjoy the natural forms.
But then I came across, once again the knobs that first introduced me to her line, along with some hooks, and their simplicity and colorways made me smile. Her Ruth plate with the bird is a delight for the eyes, too. The seam candle cup is another favorite. I love this snapshot below of some of them. Dots of happiness!
And have you seen her summer home in Bolig magazine? Here’s a sampling below. I want a little summer home. My good friend and neighbor Tinna is Danish and has not one but TWO summer homes and I just sit here some days thinking WHAT AM I DOING WRONG because I have to get a summer home too! I mean, it’s sort of a thing here in Europe for people to have summer getaways that they own, I know many who do… And I don’t mean big country estates. Nothing fancy or OTT. Usually they are tiny, humble cottages near the sea nestled in small villages in either the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden or the northern coast of Germany and the German islands.
I honestly don’t care how remote it is, or how in need of revamping, I just long to be near the coast and to have a small summer home to disappear to each year that little Aidan and his papa. A place to call his second home… A place to play in the yard, cook outside, sun bathe in the yard where I can wear a bikini without worrying about the wobbly bits. Where I can get a small blow up pool, finger paint on the patio with my little sweetheart… Ride bikes to the shore. Oh yes, this sounds like my kind of life. So maybe I need to find a summer home? Perhaps I’ll beginning looking next Spring… Until now, let’s all peek in on Anne’s place below photographed by the amazing (and one of my all time favorites) photographer Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer…
Do you also dream of owning a small summer cottage?
(image: anne black)
I found out lately about Arro Home on Instagram and oh my goodness I had to bookmark them so I’d remember to share with all of you. They are this wickedly cute design label out of Australia who ship worldwide and just have the most joyful and festive homewares stuff ever. Check them out.
My wish list: Dot Dash cloth napkins, Bowtie tea towels, pink lunch plate, pink snack plate, pink stripe beaker, pink stripe mug, apple cushion, microscope cushion and all of the fun pillowcases.But most of all, I would love to own the Stepped Cross Quilt. Swoon.
What do you see that lights your fire?
(images: arro home)
I have to share some great new bedding from Aura Home with you that I’m hoping to get for my bedroom redesign. I need to get my bedroom looking good because after having a baby, I didn’t bother to decorate it because the room has been all about function, function, function since our little guy has slept in there with us in his little bed for the past 6 months.
But soon, I’m thinking to move him into his room or at least start getting him in that direction even if it’s a bit sporadic as “cry it out” sleep training is not for me so I know it will take a ton of work to finally wean him into his own bed. But I’m hoping it won’t come to that and it will all just flow naturally. So far, Aidan has flowed into every next step very naturally, including teething. He has two little teeth popping up and he hasn’t cried at all or shown any signs of being cranky or in pain. I know sleep is harder, especially to get them over to their own beds, but once his new window treatments are installed I’m going to start moving in that direction so he can sleep in his room. And this also means that I REALLY WANT TO DECORATE OUR BEDROOM NOW and make it pretty (we moved in this past January so it’s about time!). I want it to be a relaxing and lovely place for us to unwind but also cheerful and modern.
OK so here is some bedding I’m loving. It’s graphic and modern but also very versatile. It’s from Aura Home. They’ve been advertising on decor8 forever but this post has nothing to do with their ads or any under the table deals I’ve cut with them or anything else. I simply love their bedding and I’m hoping to order some. I think mixing and matching and adding a quilt that is very modern, could be nice. I’ll show you another bedding post in a minute that you may also like highlighting more great looks for the bedroom.
Back in a moment. But first, what do you think of these shown above?