I just got back from another Scandinavian trip, this time browsing the museums and design shops of Malmö and Copenhagen. There was so much inspiration it is difficult to squeeze it into a single post.
I am a bit fan of geometric patterns (as you might have guessed from the hexagon obsession) and saw a multitude of bold examples in the museums and galleries.
I made a pretty fine tea towel purchase in Hay house; geometrics and neon!
I also saw many inspiring examples of organic forms in pattern.
There were some beautiful examples of innovative textile construction.
And plenty of that quirky Scandinavian style.
During the 20th century, Danish designers like Arne Jacobsen and my personal design hero, Verner Panton, created interior architecture for hotels, concert halls, public, private and commercial spaces with a meticulous approach to detail; designing every aspect of the space and every object within in, from the furniture and lighting to custom fabrics and sculptures, and even cutlery. I think this has a lot to do with contemporary attitudes to design in Scandinavia. It seems more central to the lifestyle (there’s a designer homewares shop on practically every corner in Copenhagen). Applied arts are regarded highly compared with the UK, which makes Sweden and Denmark such inspiring places to visit for anyone interested in crafts and making.
If you’re that there’s a lot of Japanese influence here among these, you’d be absolutely right. One of my highlights from the trip was the Learning from Japan exhibition at Design Museum Danmark; a display of objects and artwork showing the parallels between Japanese graphic and applied arts and Danish art and industrial design. Japanese themes were also evident in some of the delicate and meticulously created works on display at Malmo’s Form Design Centre.
Thanks Jovanna for showing me around.