I have created the trend exhibition at this weeks furniture fair in Stockholm. To me that was a bit complex since I don’t really like the way we tend to use the word trend today. As I am writing in my text at the exhibition to me trends are more about moods and tendences in the society rather than a style or the colour of the year. I believe that the world climate, politics and economy reflects and sets our needs also in interiors. After years with good economy and safety we have had bright white spaces open for exposure, but when the world climate is falling apart and economy gets more uncertain we immediately start to nest. In uncertain times we want our environment to be comforting and safe, and so our rooms gets darker, warmer and more embracing.
The exhibition space is my reflection of our times. I wanted to create a space with no set rules and to inspire people to play more with what they already have and use new materials, colours and textures. I wanted to create a space where contrasting materials and colours met in unexpected ways and show that a room and its furnitures could behave in a new way just by changing the wall colour. I have chosen furnitures and products that all have a clean lines and timeless design. When lined up together all the furnitures would fit together but by placing them in rooms with different wall colors and change the fabric, every room and piece of furniture got a totally different mood.
For example one of the rooms is an all pink office with the Bouroullec brothers strict Artek furnitures and the classic brown leather sofa by Børge Mogensen/Fredericia got a new bright pink wool fabric. I believe that by just changing the colour this room and the furnitures got a totally different expression then what we are used to.
I upholstered the classic Swan sofa by Fritz Hansen in a white fur from RAF Simons/Kvadrat and last years Fogia sofa by Monica Förster got a new cover in brown velvet, I took the legs off and placed the sofa on a wall to wall sisal carpet from Dahl in the pale sand coloured livingroom.
If you have a passion for interior and design I think it is inevitable that your taste will change from time to time and even if this weeks furniture fair is all about buying and selling let’s all stop and think for a while. Let’s buy with our hearts and invest in quality and products that are produced in good materials and with design that lasts for decades. In this exhibition there is hardly any new products, just my old favourites in new settings. Let’s embrace change wisely, play with fabrics and wall colour and give new life to our old classics!