Waving a huge hello to monthly contributor, Stacey Sheppard of The Design Sheppard! Stacey’s column on European Design appears here for us on first Wednesdays of the month and I’m excited to welcome her back for her second installment!
Hello dear LTLYDA readers! I can’t believe it has been a whole month since my last column here, where on earth does the time go? Anyway in that month I have been um-ing and ah-ing over what European design trend to share with you next. There are so many of them that are starting to surface right now so it really is an exciting time for interiors. In the end I had to choose one though and I hope you will love it as much as I do.
The trend for geometrics has been around for a while but in 2013 it really has matured and there is a huge variety of products now available on the market making it easier than ever to bring this bold and self-assured look into our homes. Today I want to share the products that really stand out for me as embodying the essence of this trend.
Ferm LIVING is a fantastic Danish company that was founded by Trine Andersen in 2005, and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ferm means ‘clever’ in Danish and the designs that the company produces are firmly rooted in Scandinavian design traditions and have a certain retro charm about them but they still manage to pull off that contemporary look thanks to the strong graphic element. The collection features wallpaper, textiles, decorative objects, wall stickers, kitchen, bathroom and office accessories, as well as designs for children. I personally think this collection is a perfect way to bring the geometric trend into a residential space and I love the soft and muted color palette, which also lends itself to the trend we are seeing for pastel colours here in Europe right now. Luckily for you guys, ferm LIVING is available in the States too.
Mini Moderns is a British interior brand that I have been a big fan of for a while now. Keith and Mark specialize in applied pattern across a range of products including wallpapers, fabrics, cushions, rugs and ceramics and their designs were shortlisted for the Elle Decoration British Design Awards in the category ‘Best British Design Brand’, which is testament to just how great this creative company really is. A number of their products are just perfect for the geometric trend and one of the nicest things about Mini Moderns is the fact that it is so easy to coordinate within the collection as the colours and patterns are so carefully considered. This company is a true British design gem!
Kirath Ghundoo is a surface pattern designer based in Northern England. She has been labelled by the British media as ‘the queen of pretty geometrics’ and she is known for her eclectic wallpaper designs that really challenge the idea of ‘repeat’ and ‘matched up’ pattern. Kirath’s signature design style is instantly recognizable and her inventive wallpaper is also perfect for creating enticing blocks of colour that would work extremely well when trying to achieve the colour blocking trend that was so popular last season.
Designed by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina Ceramiche, the Azulej collection of ceramic tiles again plays on the idea of mismatching, and the pattern deliberately combines different aesthetics to brilliant effect. I love the way that this digitally printed collection brings such a sense of fun and abandon into a room and I would love to use flooring tiles like this in my home.
And one final treasure that I couldn’t possibly leave off the list is the amazing collection of vibrant and contemporary rugs by Sonya Winner, an extremely talented London-based designer. Again, her designs are frequently nominated for awards and rightly so. I think they are stunning and would make the perfect statement piece for any colour lovers looking to go bold with the geometric trend.
So that is my round up of the trend for geometrics in interiors, I hope I have been able to introduce you to some new brands as I love to help people discover great design. I’d like to thank Sarah for having me today and if you have any thoughts on this post or would like to share your favourite geometric products of the moment we would love to hear from you so please do get in touch!
Thanks so much, Stacey!
Images / via Stacey Sheppard /