Design fair Formland was the first physical fair to take place during the pandemic in the Scandinavian countries. To be more exact, here in Denmark.
It takes place in Herning, on the Danish peninsula, just 30 km from my home. I decided to visit it as I usually do almost every year.
The pandemic and quarantine have been the reason for the changes we made in our home, the way we decorate, and our lifestyle in general. As a result, the fair organized seminars and conferences with related topics such as:
- Post-corona forbrugeradfærd: Post-corona consumer behavior
- The future of family and consequences for design
- Coronaforbrug og kriseadfærd: Corona consumption and crisis behavior
- Retail Futures: Crisis, Community, and Creativity
- Life after corona – what will be the trends
Trends during and after the pandemic
Nature and natural materials
Wood, clay, textiles, and vegetable fibers are the natural materials in different brands of accessories and furniture. Bringing elements of nature into the home and as inspiration in decorative elements allows us to maintain that contact with it.
Jore caught my attention by the design of plant fiber lamps. Jore Copenhagen was founded last year by designer Josephine Reich.
Pernille Folcarelli connects us with the botanical universe through prints, fabrics, murals, and interior decoration.
Studio Aarhus presents its collection of ceramic pieces that have a perfect combination of colors and at the same time reminds us of Nordic simplicity in their details.
Crafts and cultural heritage
Although there is still a commitment to contemporary design, the influence of craftsmanship and its traditional techniques are a source of inspiration to design considering the cultural heritage of different parts of the world. Here it is important to understand and respect the patterns and designs of the different cultures of the world, allowing a correct interpretation of them.
A special mention on the blog will always be the stores or brands that bet on world handicrafts, in this case from Ghana and Burkina Faso. Hammershus Fairtrade produces and imports fair trade handicrafts from these countries that are made by women from vulnerable groups.
Khannas is a brand of handmade crafts that is inspired by traditional Indian techniques. Work in metal, stone, home textiles, glass, and wood stand out.
Glocal Art is the only gallery in Denmark that exhibits Danish and African artworks, as well as handicrafts.
Holm Taiki has 3 brands: Taishō, Seramikku and Ida Holm.
Taishō presents design posters inspired by Scandinavia and Japan. Taishō means contrast in Japanese.
Seramikku is a selection of Japanese ceramics.
“Ida Holm” has a collection of posters and gallery wall art.
Mumutane products are made from African wax-patterned textiles and leftover fabrics from the Danish brand Kvadrat. This combination of Nordic aesthetics and prints and colors that represent the African expression manages to create a unique and special design.
Amlou is committed to a design that empowers women in Morocco, its craftsmanship, the use of pure raw materials, and its concept of zero waste and green circular balance in its manufacture.
Sustainability and recycling
Issues such as sustainability and recycling will continue to be valid and even more due to the increase in plastic consumption that the pandemic has brought.
Sustainable design in decorative elements such as bouquets of flowers to decorate the house. Living Flowers brand is characterized by its sustainable flowers that look fresh and maintain their essence for at least 6 months.
Liv interior – sustainable living is a sustainable design brand with influences from around the world. I like the color palette for this season, as well as the patterns in their designs.
Minimalism and home comfort
This trend invites us to connect with a more minimalist decoration that seeks comfort in our lifestyle and that includes the decoration of our home. It is here that Nordic style serves as inspiration since it is characterized by its minimalist design where the word “hygge” is its primary element.
Columbine brand was founded in 2002 with beautiful candles made by hand in Israel and Egypt and imported into Scandinavia. Now its catalog of decorative accessories is much broader and does not lose the elegance of Danish design. I was fascinated by the materials and the perfect warm color palette for fall and winter.
ViSSEVASSE is a stationery and design studio founded by Dorthe Mathiesen. The pastel colors and its Nordic and minimalist style stand out.
Booyhood collections have been developed by designer Jakob Burgsø with natural materials such as oak and leather and following the Scandinavian artisan tradition. Mr. Beagle and its perfect finish and details caught my attention.
Decoration for Christmas was also present. They have already made me want to receive those special days and forget everything that happens with this pandemic in the planet. Fall in love with this collection of swans and owls for Christmas from Speedtsberg. Speedtsberg offers Danish design in textiles, applied art, interiors, small furniture, etc.
Maileg and its fantasy world created by Dorthe Mailil for the little ones in the house.