Scandinavian design: novelties, fashionable colors, basic rules

Want to really experience the ScandinavianDesign and learn about interesting new products in this area? Then we suggest to go to the Swedish capital, to one of the most significant exhibitions -Stockholm Furniture Fair Scandinavian design is functionality, simplicity, elegance of solutions, clean lines, absence of excessive decor and pomposity, the highest quality of products. In order to truly experience it and see it in its purest form, it is necessary to go to the annual Stockholm Fair Fair, which has been held for more than 60 years. Together with Elena Sereda, a well-known Moscow decorator and teacher of the School of Business and Design, we prepared for you, dear readers, a report about the most interesting novelties and directions of Scandinavian design that we managed to track down at the exhibition. Let's get to know them closer and see how all this can be applied in your interior. Elena Sereda, decorator, teacher: - Things of Scandinavian design never subordinate people, they serve them. You will not find there an ostentation of wealth and "beauty", which should strike everyone, neither in exhibits, nor in the design of stands. You will not find any provocations or shocking at the exhibition, but this does not mean that there is nothing to look at. Like Milan, Stockholm is a site of interesting experiments and searches; Only in order to understand this, you need to consider things, their nodes, details, connections and technical solutions - and generally look at everything a little differently, not in Moscow. In Stockholm, as everywhere else, there are lovers of classics, and the firms that produce it are also represented, but the bulk of visitors still crowd around the stands of modern design, because it is a design that produces rather than reproduces.

1. Botany

Why not let nature into your house? This is very clearly hinted Scandinavians, judging by the exhibits presented at the exhibition. The theme of the garden, rich green color and vegetable prints will be very relevant in your interior, especially when the window is almost spring. With their presence, they will make the space more fresh, light and even slightly playful. Pay attention to how luxuriously deep green shades look in a pair with brass, gold details and copper. It is possible to stop and on gentle pastel tones to soften a little a palette.

2. More red!

The color of this year was declared nobleA burgundy shade, so it's not at all surprising that he is now everywhere. Scandinavian design a little away from monotony, so that the exhibition met a lot of bright colors, including a variety of shades of red. Furniture or several lamps of red color will look great on a calm white background. You absolutely will not be mistaken if you add in your interior at least a small impregnation of this fashionable color or close to it shades. Elena Sereda, decorator, teacher: - Red was already a "king" at the previous Milan salon, but he was paired with gold, but the Scandinavians remained true to themselves - there is almost no gold, everything is modest, but there are exactly those combinations of colors that dominated In the fifties and sixties - the heyday of Scandinavian design. And the patterns of carpets and fabrics are largely from that period. So in general it looked very fun and organic.

3. Warm color scheme

The main color combinations of this year wereColors of the warm spectrum, located in the color circle next door, for example, crimson-red-orange, red-orange-yellow. Of course, there were fabrics and stands in cold colors, but there were much warmer colors. Please note that contrasting combinations have gone to the background. So if you are close to Scandinavian design, try combining neighboring colors that would complement each other. Elena Sereda, decorator, teacher: - There was a lot of pink color, as well as red color. In combination with orange, he completely loses his glamorous meaning. And in general, if the color is bright, cheerful, almost primary. Muffled dusty, gray-greenish, beige and violet are in the past, so everything looks very dynamic and bold, but not flashy, since color is just a vitamin drop on a white or gray background.

4. Incandescent lamps

We have repeatedly written about how much nowAre popular, and in Scandinavian interiors such decoration is used to apply even more than in any other styles. At the exhibition, a huge number of stylish lamps were presented, which for the most part represented all of us known incandescent lamps, and in very different interpretations. Our opinion: - Even if your apartment is not designed in the Scandinavian style, such simple but at the same time spectacular lighting devices can harmoniously fit into the living space. How about two or three pendant lamps in the kitchen above the work area? Or the chandeliers in the living room, which will be assembled in one bundle of several light bulbs on the cords? Original and tasteful!

5. All shades of gray

The color basis of the Scandinavian style isClassical and always actual white + black, but we noticed that the exhibition was a lot of gray shades: from barely perceptible to saturated coal. In general, gray is difficult to call a color, it is a transitional shades from white to black, so we can say that the Scandinavians were left to their "favorites". By the way, gray refers to, do not underestimate it. Our opinion: - Many designers agree that it is easier to work with gray color: it can smooth out the existing shortcomings of the room, balance out not very successful color combinations, harmoniously fit into any style. And in general, gray is the perfect background color. You can use it in your home as a basis or as an addition to balance the color scheme (for example, a too bright sofa can be "muffled" by a few gray cushions).

6. Functional workplace

The attitude of Scandinavians to workplaces is striking,They try to do everything to make the work really fun. Everything is also taken into account: the mobility of furniture, the transformability of spaces, the variability of the use of furnishings, the need for short-term solitude for solving some problems, the psychological problems of communication and work, the need to express one's individuality. Elena Sereda, decorator, teacher: "From my point of view, Scandinavian design is experiencing a stage of recovery after several decades of being in the shadow of Italian design. Italians invite Scandinavians to work, and they themselves work for Scandinavian firms - for example, Luca Nichetto (Luca Nichetto), who opened an office in Stockholm. And, of course, we need to mention the Italo-Scandinavian duo, which last year was a star on the show - it's Gamfratesi. This year they were replaced by Ilse Crawford, an Englishwoman, one of the few who completely falls into the concept of purity and simplicity of the Scandinavians. Instagram.com, fairview-blog.com, Elena Sereda