Wednesday, 21 August 2013


Welcome to Formex and my second trend spotting. The trends are that there are no trends. A mix of vintage, modern design, folklore, retro and materiel mix. The "trend" is to be as no trendy as possible and listen to your heart. The more eclectic and Bohemian the better. This is what I saw! I will report more from the design week later this week. Watch this space!
Welcome back to Formex. The interior and gift shop in Stockholm, Sweden. One of the exhibitors that had the honour to show themselves in the new big entrance was Mateus, china/porcelain maker, Swedish Design made in Portugal. Unfortunately the Christmas dining table they were asked to create felt like it was done with the left hand and in a haste. Perhaps all the of the energy was put into their 20 year anniversary with a special exhibition and party at NK in town and a big stand at Formex where they asked famous stylists of Sweden to do their take on Mateus. Again, a good idea that ended up quite tame and without spark. I have seen so much better displays by Mateus. Perhaps the expectations was too much for them...

The Stockholm Fair café and restaurant by the entrance had had a face lift with new furniture and interior design. I like the colourway of red, orange, white and clay!

The Swedish Fashion Council called this autumns trend exhibition Cube-ism due to the cubes they chose to use. They gave us four "trends", Maximalism, Formalism, Materialism and Eclecticism. Well, it sorts of take care of everything! Which is very much the trend! As they say in the leaflet, "The sky is the limit". Above, gold, copper, brass, warm coloured metals is widely used in the kitchen, on the dining table and in fabrics!

Romanticism, folklore etc mixed together, "Maximalism"? More from The Swedish Fashion Council.

Blues...from jeans to rag-rugs, tie dye and china. Again, folklore and eclecticism at the same time.

The cubes where stacked high and one could walk round and find new surprises in each cube. I felt like a child visiting a big dolls house! The three big colours was a turquoise blue, orange and white!

Monochrome, black & white, op, always right when it comes to interiors. Lately also very big in fashion!

Powdery pastels and sweet design mixed with naive patterns and cleverly folded paper shades. A type of Formalism! The Swedish Fashion Councils Trends.

Again, naive patterns and afroart in a nice mix! Eclecticism in a modern and fresh way. The Swedish Fashion Councils Trends.

More eclecticism when vintage and flee markets meet there match. The Swedish Fashion Councils Trends.

I love these multifunctional bags/buckets! Hinza, made in Sweden.

Multicoloured. Mix colours to create a more exciting table. From Saga Form.

More colour mixes. An old fashioned kitchen sofa with pastel coloured sheepskins and a huge map! Shephards.

Pastel mix. This "trend" has been going on for a while and takes its inspiration from plastic China, Greece and Mexico and has become very popular in Holland and Denmark.

Stripes is always right. These from Afroart.

Art as patterns from Nadja Wedin, on trays, fabric etc. Why not make these pattern into big scarves for the Fashion business!

Romantic and nostalgic and colourful. Still going strong!

I love this material and colourmix with plain wood and neoncolours! New!

Retro and vintage is still going strong. New colours are pewter blue and burnt orange!

Old warn out furniture is here to stay, a bit longer. Mix with rag-rugs and flowery patterns.

Lovely colour mix with mild pink, lime, celadon and orange. Stripes, butterflies and birds! Poetic.

The press breakfast was this year served in paper bags with papery decorations.

Natural materials and untreated wood are still going strong! Why not create your own kitchen island with reused planks and sheepskins!

China with patterns that made me feel nostalgic. We had very similar patterns in my home in the early 60-ies. RYM.

Funnels turned vases. Stark design.

Lace as a pattern! I like!

This "new" candle holder was found in a church and taken into production by Växbo Lin. I love all the bright colours!

Black and white china with poetic designs and mixed with a golden type teapots! Månses Design.

Traditional motives in monochrome. Viltra Design Studio.

Muted turquoise in different shades, one of this autumns big colours.

More muted turquoise here mixed with clay! Sophisticated colour mix!

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