This year saw the return of ever popular Stockholm Furniture Fair. Since its first fair in 1951, it has grown into what is generally considered as one of the two top-notch furniture fairs in Europe – the other one being Salone del Mobile in Milan. SFF for interior designers, purchasers, architects and enthusiasts is like Paris Fashion Week for fashionistas – what you see here will set a tone for the rest of the year.
It’s been a few days since Lan, our furniture and colour mastermind, returned from her trip to Sweden, where she visited Bolon’s manufacturing facility and Stockholm Furniture Fair. I decided to sit down with Lan and discuss current trends.
Colours – Heritage
One thing we can say about Scandinavians is that they’re masters of monochrome and this year was no exception with discreet colours dominating the scene. We have seen loads of pastels, shades of grey, deep greens and browns giving way to an elegant, sophisticated and lush style.
While chrome finish is on its way out, copper and brass detailing is getting more popular. Metals like warmly glowing gold and bronze, especially in statement lighting, remain in favour as well as matte furniture tops.
We have seen many chairs and armchairs that had a bit of a retro feel: big, comfy, heavy tops, dressed in elegant upholstery, and skinny legs. They invite one to sit down with a plush throw and a good book or game. Also, Scandinavians seem to be keen on their sit stand desks: even meeting room tables are height adjustable and mostly with dark tops, not just typical white desks.