So, as always when a new season is ahead I put my ear against the Formex Fair trend forecasts. Their chosen trend theme for home decor Autumn 2012 is Nordic Charm, which – if you allow me to be a bit sarcastic – both seems and is a bit presumptuous considering Formex a meeting place for Nordic interior design. Then again, Scandinavian and Nordic interior design truly is popular worldwide and has been for a long time. Now Formex mainly stresses the “new” retro feeling that’s sweeping over the world of interior design. A mix of influences from the energy-filled and optimistic 1950s, 60s and 70s. Examples: The low sofas from that era, the wing chairs, the light and round coffee table, patterns & colours…
| lovely retro pic via sf girl by bay |
Not forgetting the mentioning of plant stands. They indeed are a new trend (obvious example in the previous post) Furthermore Formex emphazises fabrics with “a lot of spots, graphic patterns, stylized flowers, leaves and vegetables.” They might have Scandinavian stuff in mind such as Josef Frank’s timeless vegetable tree, but I’m more thinking something like these news from Anthropologie:
Inka, zigzag, ikat, suzani – global patterns!
Getting back to the Formex trend predictions for the season to come - they say that in the kitchen we’ll display our attractive kitchen equipment and locally sourced produce on open shelves against tiled walls (check, no doubt) and we? – read Swedes – are “experimenting enthusiastically with traditional Nordic fare, such as oatmeal and smushi”! Now oatmeal porridge is no news – that’s one of the reasons behind Gunde Svan winning 4 Olympic golds in Cross Country Skiing – but do anyone actually think we will have a lot of smushis this Autumn? I.e. a Danish open sandwich given a Japanese sushi twist? Nah. Formex trend predictions are fun, but they only partly make sense.