This lumberjack log wallpaper by Andrew Martin looks simply amazing.
As you might have noticed, I have a sort of intermittent blogging behaviour. Periods of silence goes into sudden bursts of inspiration, and back to silence. Last weekend was spent in the northern parts of the country, together with my dear sister. We browsed through loads of fresh interior design magazines, discussing back and forth. So much fun! One thing that got stuck on my mind from this activity was one designer’s (can’t remember who’s) advise to always add something orange or red if nothing else works. The room will be as fresh as the taste of an orange. I totally agree. And like nothing else, the best and ever-so-trendy time for reds & oranges is now.
This picture is from the cover of Homes & Gardens November 2011 issue. What a spark! The colour scheme is so attractive. And I suspect the botanical prints will survive (and develop) a few more seasons to come – not least because they are part of the trendification of the countryside and the popular urban farming-thinking. The only thing I immediately would like to change in this room are the matchy-matchy lamps (and the cushion arrangement – it screams precision and control). Gorgeous sofa spotted. Now, at this time a year, one only needs to look out of the window to get inspired. Nature’s wonderful display of colours surpasses every other source of inspiration.
Although it’s not this red in Stockholm city today, the inspirational beautifulness is significant. Moving along to the November issue of Living Etc, I think the use of red in this blue paradise is as excellent as can be…
And the copper, dear copper, is a crucial element. Now who’s not thrilled by a tango? Its dramatic energy, sensuality and power totally symbolizes red. (Comes to mind I actually went to Argentine tango classes some 10 years ago, believe it or not!).
Lastly, one more red masterstroke to look at. These lipstick red panton chairs (pic found via A Beautiful Living) are in my opinion what makes this kitchen wow instead of ok, nice. My future house will no doubt contain a pair, maybe not as mysteriously placed as these (guess it’s simply for relaxing while food is cooking), but I do like the unconventional vibe it entails.
Happy Autumn days!
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Today, I have a special feature for you. Trendey has had a word with the design duo behind fabulous escape from sofa. If you haven’t seen their furniture collection yet, I hereby make sure you do! Escapefromsofa are exhibiting later this month in both TENT LONDON and Istanbul Design Week with nothing less than ûber-trendey design that hits both at our love for mid-century and the surge for nature inside. Or as Henen put it: 50’s modernism meets the Flintstones. Design duo Mahmut Kefeli (industrial designer) and Kerem Ercin believe in simplicity and worship the details, and they enjoy working with new and emerging materials and technologies. Now, let’s hear some more! I found three favourites in the collection, one of them is the 2-functions-in-1 sidetable Coma (above), cravings!, and another one is this gorgeous shelf/bookcase named Longneck:
Please tell us about it!
Longneck is our first baby actually. We designed longneck while we were designing nisantasi berker house (name of the project). We created it as a tv unit and later on we decided to make it as a moduler unit. And after all we are quite satisfied.
You should be! Your furniture collection is lovely. What was your main inspirations and thoughts for the collection?
We always try to work with the sense of style, simplicity and functionality and mostly believe that scandinavian furnitures are really good designs and we as escapefromsofa try to look from their aspect. And also we believe that the devil is in the details!
For the collection also we tried to achieve the perfection of simplicity, the perfection of craftmanship and also the perfection of functionality.
Your brand name is interesting. It implies a movement away from the sofa?
That’s actually what we try to impress with the name of escapefromsofa. As you know mediterenian people live quite close to their sofas. But we as escapefromsofa try to stay away from sofas. We love our job and we love to design. You know the saying that “ let your job be your lover, so that you dont have to go work everyday!“ This is the main idea that we try to implement to our office and co workers.
As you know every designer has at least one iconic rocking chair. So that we designed one :)
Well done! Love its vibe. Lastly, what are your plans – when and how will your products be available?
Our goal is to enlarge our collection and meet with manufacturers. So that we can distrubute our products worldwide. Also if we manage to produce 1.000.000 pieces of one product than i can say that we achieved our goal :).
Our product are available at Nordist in Istanbul. Hopefully we ll come up worldwide soon :)
And yey, Trendey sincerely hopes so too!
I love this mix. So snug and comfortable! With a gorgeous Autumny colour scheme and a laidback combo of flea market finds and mid-century design. Harmonious and down-to-earty yet interesting.
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This weekend has held the Autumn 2011 Formex Fair. As always with these fairs – and maybe with this one in particular – there is much ado about nothing. Of what makes this event, fresh ideas & insights, trends and innovations are extremely small parts. Actually, you almost only find it in the marketing material! This of course is beneath contempt, since Formex could be The Place for inspiration, clearly ahead, like a fortune-teller-market. Instead, the exhibition is mainly blah when it comes to fresh new thoughts. Luckily enough though, we stayed for a lecture by Lotta Ahlvar, the CEO of Swedish Fashion Council. This very inspiring talk outlined some upcoming trends. Again it was confirmed that the Swedish white minimalist era is over. It belongs to the 00s. The successor can not be understood and defined already, of course, but Ahlvar spoke of somethng like “down-toned and cozy” as the present new concept. An anti-trend of course, after all the whiteness in this country. With the 70’s as style reference, nature as the source and the farmer as guru, a bit of style- and view-shifting is afoot.
Lotta Ahlvar highlighted a clearly growing trend in Sweden – the urban farmer. Or at least, the urban cultivator. The city is transforming into Farmville. Think potato plantations in the window and warp chickens on the balcony (and maybe a dairy cow in the garden?) Long passed are those multi-equipped fancy kitchens people never cooked in, just showed off the occasional sourdough. Now it’s time to plant some uniquely rare beans. In a cozy and 70s nostalgia environment. Crafts belong to the new (new-old) movement too and wool was noted as a trending material; knit, crocheted or tangled. Recycled. And wood! Lots of wood. Even more of the Swedish pinnstolar and Windsors (especially appropriate as one of our main resources and exports is wood). Moving on to the trend colours, the charts for 2012-2013 contained lovely reds and 70s yellows together with gold and copper (i.a., this is only one / my selection). I really believe in Brandy orange + brass. There was also charcoal and clay. Now this was some of the trend news, let’s await a greater impact! I personally am convinced Lotta Ahlvar is right on track in her trend spotting (and n.b. I’ve fueled some of the content; all excesses are on me, not the lecturer). If not already, in due course (the style-anxious) Swedes will take the new trend line very seriously. Furthermore, this path is a natural consequence of our eco-thinking, conscientious waste sorting & recycling and not least given the ongoing trendification of the countryside.
As mentioned above, the innovativeness and trend sensibility demonstrated in the Ahlvar speech (and in the written Formex material) was not very much reflected in the Formex fair’s main content: the exhibiton. Some nice things were spotted – pictured above, though seen before – but the overall impression was just as shabby chic as 2005. Loads of factory-worn or whitewashed signs with positive messages and other “newly-made antiques”. Not one single eye-opener, which leads me to conclude that the Swedish (mainstream) market for interior design products is pretty dull. Do It better Yourself – my next mission is to find/invent and share some DIY-ideas.
And speaking of, I like the DIY fair Hem & Villa and the Home fair way better. This year [Oct 13-16] it’s themed – tadá! – Close To Nature. Trend report follows.