there’s nothing like a brisk drop in temperature to make the change in seasons really hit home. autumn is well and truly here and with it, happily, a vast influx of beautiful new product designs which embrace a comforting, homely aesthetic.
here’s my round-up of the best of the best from the new scandi a/w lines..
F E R M L I V I N G
ferm living are almost always my first port of call when the new season arrives as their look-books are guaranteed to be beautifully styled odes to contemporary minimalist. this season offing did not disappoint; channelling an artisan approach, the collection focuses on simple shapes brought to live with textural surfaces, contrasting finishes and a colour palette that juxtaposes vibrant and contrasting hues with layers of tonal shades and monochrome colourways. the hermann magazine stand instantly drew my eye, with the durable canvas holder fusing a vintage aesthetic with a modern material palette for a super cute retro-inspired design, and i was also charmed by the stylish geometry of the stackable ripple glass collection. naturally the new season updates to ferm’s exceptional kelim rug collection were also totally en point.
F R E D E R I C I A
the swoon lounge chair by space copenhagen for danish design brand fredericia is a one-piece shell seat that merges the armrest, back and seat to create a beautifully sculptural design with beautifully fluid lines and an organic shape. although not strictly a new launch for autumn 2016 having been introduced earlier this year, i got to try it out first hand at designjunction recently and instantly, well, swooned..
somewhere between a conventional lounge chair and a typical armchair, the ergonomic shape provides plenty of back rest support and comfortable cushioning underneath, making it a true delight to curl up in for a cosy afternoon break with a good book…
B R O S T E C O P E N H A G E N
nordic style is the very essence of ferm living and their tableware has been a firm favourite of mine since its launch in 2009. this autumn sees the introduction of a new lighter-hued variant, nordic sand, which joins the soft grey, green and blue hues of the original nordic sea, and dark, dramatic shades of the nordic coal lines.
the perfect partner for the tableware range, the new hune collection is a continuation of an old tradition for cutlery design at broste, showcasing unpretentious everyday design with the timeless qualities of a classic. available in three colours – matt black, soft espresso, and brushed steel – the shape is strong yet the lines soft, and the proportions harmonise perfectly. another winner in my book, for sure!
M E N U
the carrie led lamp by norm architects for menu is probably my favourite of all the new scandi design pieces i’ve spotted so far this season!
inspired by the danish obsession for candlelight in the home to create a warm, cosy atmosphere (an essential component of hygge!), the new lightweight portable lamp has been designed to provide the same comforting glow and offer a viable alternative to striking a match. the mouth-blown opal glass bulb sits atop a powder-coated steel base with ergonomic carry handle, for a handy little lamp that can be used throughout the home or carried outdoors for picnics, festivals or moonlit walks on the beach.
minimal in design, the blur storage boxes by antje pesel for menu are designed to add a little poetry to everyday life. the ‘blur’ is created inside the box, with gentle two-tone colours creating a soft, ethereal effect.
antje’s designs are typically characterised by reduced geometric shapes and investigate the interplay between colour, material and function, focusing on essential function, whilst encompassing emotional value. i’m totally sold on the pieces and think they would look beautiful atop a dressing table to store cosmetics or larger pieces of jewellery. they also look so nice in a stack it would be impossible to buy just the one, don’t you think?!
N O R M A N N C O P E N H A G E N
danish wonderbrand normann copenhagen unveiled a whole host of new designs at maison et objet last month, incorporating new designs for kitchen and dining that combine functionality with aesthetic pleasure. my favourite designs from the new range are the pebble series and the part cutting boards, both designed by simon legald.
despite not eating cheese (i’m intolerant to dairy) i absolutely adore the sleek, elegant form of the pebble range, with its polished monochrome marble board and matte black ceramic-coated utensils which, combined with the raw geometric form of the oiled oak part cutting boards would make hugely welcome additions to my kitchen worktop.