Who wouldn’t want to attend the "largest professional meeting place for Nordic design" with the theme Happy at the heart of it? Bemz was lucky enough to be at the latest Formex interior design Fair in two capacities: our sofa covers were a part of the exhibit themed Happy Home created by Jan Rundgren (pictured below); and, our talented design team were there to check out upcoming trends.
Here's what they reported back: The Happy theme shrugs off the economic crisis and volcanic ash disaster and focuses on humor and budding optimism, highlighting unexpected combinations, functionality and an unrefined, raw studio feel. In conjunction with the Swedish Fashion Council, the exhibition presented three overall trends for the coming autumn / winter season.
Just as the name suggests, this theme was all about fun and community; how to create a simplified, more enjoyable day. Pair heirlooms with spontaneous purchases to create a wonderful and intensely personal mix. Look for calm colors from the 50s, such as pastels like Dusty Rose, mint green Kirsikka Turquoise and ice blue Praliini Aqua (pictured left). For an unexpected effect, combine these calm colors with splashes of joyful carnival ones, like cushion covers in Tegner Melange Real Red and Spinning Multi (pictured right).
Stripped industrial meets polished antique. Disused warehouses, workshops, factories and slaughterhouses get a new lease by being converted into restaurants and shops. The color scheme is subdued, seeing the likes of Sage Brown Belgian linen, Zinc Grey (pictured left) and Deep Navy Blue at the forefront countered with injections reminiscent of nature such a Moss Green and Bamboo Green. Included in this trend are untreated surfaces, in fabric form this could be depicted using Unbleached Belgian linen blend, along with beautifully rugged rusty hues, like Tegner Melange Burnt Orange.
This is design distilled into its most pared-down form. Functionality is at the nucleus, and simplicity prevails. The Fashion Council defines this trend as "reducing", focusing on sustainable materials and "upcycling". The palette is predominantly made up of greys, like Tegner Melange Zinc Grey and Graphite Grey, whites such as Absolute White (pictured above right) and blacks, including Chenille Jet Black and Woven Whimsy - Jet Black (pictured left). These monochromatic solids are only broken up by clear, neon accents. Daiquiri Green, Mandarin Orange (cushion pictured left), True Blue and Fandango Red would all work beautifully in that role.
Which trend best suits your mood for this fall / winter? Let the inspiration flow. Order swatches of your favorite Bemz fabrics and create your own customized moodboard along with cuttings from the old interior design magazines.
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