2019 top five interior design highlights all the way from Stockholm Design
Top five interior design highlights all the way from Sweden
Year after year Stockholm welcomes interior designers, suppliers and beauty enthusiasts from all around the world, hosting the biggest design event in Scandinavia. The first week of February was marked on our Temza Interior Design Studio calendar too and we couldn’t wait to visit the beautiful filled with colourful city and of course stop by the buzzing Stockholm Furniture and Lighting fair. A show stopping celebration of minimal classics and design innovation.
The Swedes didn’t disappoint! Striving for functionality and bringing a sense of comfort, Scandinavian interior design has always been true to the essentials in design. We returned to London, inspired, full of excitement and interior ideas. And of course today we have specially selected for you our highlights of the event. It wasn’t easy, partly because of the endless sea of options, but here are top 5 things-tendencies and trends that our team picked and was most impressed by! Plus, you might want to equip yourself with pen and paper (or open a new One note section-if that is your go to recording information style) and let’s get right into it!
First things first, Colour! After all the maximalist patterns and colour combinations that have been obsessing the interior design industry in the UK, we were glad to be greeted by more subtle, delicate and calm shades of our favourite colours. Pink is still strong, however it is becoming more grown up and sophisticated. Leaning towards peachy shades, nude tones, and burn orange, complemented by muted earthy tones. Similar to fashion trends from a few years ago, interiors are designed in block palettes-creating comforting and soothing feel within the spaces. Pops of darker shades can also be seen, breaking the cohesive look in an elegant manner. Plus colours are not limited to walls, they fill the spaces through accessories, artwork and… glass!
Nordic Furniture Group
Interestingly enough, we spotted another interior design tendency in the presented colour schemes-darker shades, deep forest greens, burgundy, browns and blacks. Very masculine and mature, yet cozy, warm and relaxing. The aim is bringing the homey feeling back to the home, creating a safe space for more ‘staying in’.
Furniture is always an interesting one to follow and observe. In itself furniture design combines colour, texture, finishes, shapes and on top of everything has to almost always be innovative. And although we love the new takes on the basics, we were pleasantly surprised by the relaunch of some all time favourite interior design classics.
The interior design trend here must definitely be plush, as a replacement of the ‘oh so beloved’ velvet. Soft, comfortable and inviting, plush is the new sweetheart in the interior design world. We wonder how practical it is though and how long it’s going to last. For the time being though, we very much appreciate its appearance on the interior design stage and even started looking for a new plush addition to our London office-perhaps a cushion?
Tom Dixon Studio
As mentioned previously the preferred colours are off whites, creams, nudes and pinks or the complete opposite-blacks and dark browns. Continuing the dark theme, the other favourite finish-brass, seems to also be leaving its pedestal-making room for dark bronze and black painted metals. But don’t be scared if you just refurbished your home, filling it with brass. The gold looking coating is still strong in accessories!
In conclusion-great quality pieces and on reasonable prices-once again encouraging the cozy homey atmosphere preferred option for large hospitality and commercial projects too.
MID CENTURY MODERN CLASSICS
The retro is still going strong! During our stay we visited Stockholm National Museum and immediately made the link when we saw the exhibited mid century modern Scandinavian classics. The stylish elegant furniture is still very much loved by designers, but it comes with a modern twist. Replacing leather with plush, or combining rattan with velvet are just examples of the pieces we’ve seen.
Wiener GtV Design
Another substantial element of design we noticed is free standing furniture and accessories…
“Furniture has to add a sculptural element” as Kristina Dam says. Bringing a sense of authenticity and playfulness, quirky sideboards were seen popping here and there. And we love them and how light they make a space feel.
THE ART OF TIDYING UP
Creative storage solutions were another highlight of this year’s furniture fair. Minimalism and the art of tiding up are bigger than ever before and interior designers know best how to encourage you in the pursuit of the dream work space. Smart storage units, desks, shelving systems and hangers, in different colours, finishes and shapes, seem to be a current trend. With such wide variety and choice of options for both interior and exterior, we are not allowed to be messy anymore!
Tom Dixon Studio
Last but not least eco-friendly and environment friendly interior design and solutions are a hot topic and we can’t be happier about it and taking it to London.
In her lecture “Design as an attitude”, Alice Rawsthorn urges designers to really think why and who are they creating for and reminds that it is our responsibility to repair the environment. “Design is an agent of change, which can help us to make sense of what is happening and to turn it o our advatage.” Motivated by her talk, we were pleasantly surprised by the amount of pieces made of innovative recycled materials-furniture, accessories, shelving solutions. And most importantly everyone was talking about sustainability and environment friendly production techniques and developments.
With such a rich selection of design products and solutions, we will not limit ourselves to just one single post about Stockholm. And we are sure you wouldn’t mind. We hope you enjoyed reading and discovered some tendencies that you would like to incorporate in your space, and here at Temza Interior Design Studio we will gladly specify for our London projects! Coming back soon with more of Scandinavia!