Last week was Stockholm's twice yearly Formex gift fair. It's a chance to get a sneak peak into what shops here in Scandinavia will be stocking through the fall and winter, and a good snapshot of the trends that are going mainstream.
At this season's fair, visitor numbers were up to about 21,000, an increase over last Fall. 900 exhibitors were represented from 13 different countries.
Predictably, the main exhibition in the entrance hall featured interior staples in sultry dark den-like hues and warm woody rustic tones perfect for hibernating in until the sun returns in Spring. It also featured plenty of the light pastels that have dominated the past year and the intricate geometric patterns we've come to expect.
If I had to choose one trend that was apparent to me, it is a shift away from the strict lines and solid colors that Nordic design is typically so defined by. Maybe it's the blinding bright summers and crisp white winters that inspire designers here to amp up the contrast. But what I'm noticing more is that the hazy days are starting to have their pull on Scandinavian design too.
There's a new subtlety to patterns that seem to disappear into fog. Colors are melding and changing. Illustrators and ceramicists are warping the lines or obliterating them altogether. It's a trend that I think reflects nature more accurately, and to me that makes it perfectly Scandinavian.
I'll be posting some of my favorite finds here at From Sthlm.