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Future trends from the Danish designers

For those who enjoy the distinctive design trends that tend to come from Scandinavia, a festival that was held in Denmark recently has provided some insights into what trends we might expect to see influencing our interior designs in the coming years.

There has been a number of articles published recently on the “Three Days of Design Festival” which took place in June in Copenhagen. Based on a cross-section of these articles, here’s a summary of a few of the trends that may well make an impact in the broader global market.

The Power of One (colour)

One trend that has been emerging over the past year or so is the rise of the use of a single colour in a room. Whether it’s a pure white for serenity, the greenery of Pantone’s Colour of the Year, a dark blue to reflect security, or another shade altogether, unicolour rooms are definitely making an impact.

One Eye on the World

Environmental sustainability has always been a key factor for many Scandinavian designers, but some companies are taking this concept to a completely new level. Whether they are creating furniture entirely from recycled plastics and metals along with discarded textiles, or insisting that retailers accept unwanted older furniture when selling new pieces, the emphasis on reuse and recycling is clear.

Rediscovering old skills

In the same vein as the emphasis on recycling above, several Danish design firms have made definite moves towards rediscovering traditional production techniques. One firm that made an impact in June was Overgaard & Dyrman, a company formed by two young Danes which specialises in combining old metal-working and saddle-making techniques (pictured).

Not so white

When you think of a Scandinavian kitchen, chances are the first image that springs to mind is a white one. However, judging by this year’s exhibition, that is changing. It seems that kitchens of the future will be more colourful, with increasingly adventurous choices being made rather than sticking with the more predictable white. This includes the increased usage of warmer natural materials such as cork and wood.

Delayed gratification

Last, but not least, is a trend that will surprise many people, particularly in a digital world where instant responses are expected. Apparently, there is a growing number of people who are keen to create homes where they slow down and disconnect from the digital world. In fact, one forecast is that we will see a market for ‘Wi-Fi disrupters’ in the home… a small device that will block any digital connection to the world outside! Another forecast trend is a growth in the market for slower devices…like a move back to traditional coffee percolators rather than speedy coffee machines.

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