Formland February 2016

We have entered February, which also means more interior design fairs! Thursday February 4th, we loaded the car with coffee, breakfast and excitement and headed for the Formland Interior Design Fair in Herning.

One of the trends on the fair was ”Slow Living”, where Japan was a clear influence. This pattern repeated itself at the Formland fair, as the Trend Zone “O-Ha-Yoo” included a Japanese Tea Saloon with a traditional tea ceremony, a Matcha Tea bar and a Japanese flower arranging workshop, Ikebana, among others. All things that should help us recharge and unwind, in true spirit of the “Slow Living”.  

We came just in time for the press lunch, and the Japanese trend could not be overlooked. Simple table setting with earthy colours, bamboo trees, and young people playing on traditional Japanese drums as a welcoming and opening of the press lunch, setting the mood. While we ate the Japanese inspired food and matcha dessert, Anette Eckmann from Eckmann Studio explained about the ideas behind the Trend Zones and how Japan and Scandinavia meet. The focus on craftsmanship and thoroughness is what East and West have in common. But here in the West, we should try and focus more on thoroughness, not only in design, but also in life. Take some time off to yourself and to go deeper into what you do, with no interruptions.  

With our heads and stomachs full of inspiration, we headed out to visit the stands. Among the brands were the Danish interior brand Skriver Collection and the Norwegian sisters behind the ceramic brand Ment. The thing both brands had in common at the fair, was the variety of beautiful calm colours, all inspired by the nature. It was easy on the eye and made your mood!

In good spirit and with our heads filled with the latest trends, news and inspiration, we got in the car and headed back to Copenhagen. This was definitely worth the trip!

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