Oslo Design Fair

It’s no more than a brief moment ago, since most interiors were designed in versions of white. You could stumble upon a contrast-colored, decorative cushion here and there – put together in “a personal manner” in homes where you would proclaim your love of colors – but the main impression remained white-on-white. Therefor it’s interesting to witness how fast the shift has been to dark and/or colourful interiors. A visit to Oslo design Fair is manifesting that impression. Here, the more-is-more trend has far outgrown the Scandinavian minimalism, although this also has its followers, with suitable exhibitors. The main impression is no less maximalism, with a little hint of decadence. There are gliding boundaries between the different tendencies, but I have made three categories all the same. My designerhead demands that.

New Colonial

This is, in my opinion, the main trend at the fair. We see a lot of references to the european colonial era, with wall decor from that time, heavy textiles, mighty frames, monumental decorations and animal statues in all kinds of versions. The colors are a mix of saturated ochre, orange and burgundy, placed together with dusty green, baby pink and blue. The plants – and those should be large and plentiful – is everywhere. This is a trend that you could go for by its very essence, like Jakobdals are doing below, or go for a slightly softer version, like the one that HK Living is presenting further down. I would assume that we will see more of the HKs version in Scandinavian homes, but my-oh-my how bold it is when one dares go for its purest form.

Jakobsdal textil

HK living, left and right.

HK living to the left, Filipiniana Sweden to the right

Glitz & Glamour

This is a trend for the bravest of us, with ditto intense colors like pink, cerise, orange, burgundy and gold, fighting for attention. Here we see palms, ornaments, velvet, silk, pineapples, “jewels” for the home and gold-plated elements in full flourish. At its best this trend is juicy and full of life and energy, but it is often for the more advanced interiors enthusiast, as there is that risk for it to turn vulgar. My advice if you want to delve into this trend, is to approach it with a finely adjusted sense of material and a good balance between strong lines and decorative elements. Pick 1-3 elements that you give main focus, while adjusting the rest of you things to these. Choose a colorpalette to navigate from, and also here choose 2-3 colors to be the main focus.


Reflections Copenhagen

Modern 20s

The 20s Art Noveau and Art Deco have been my favourite references for as long as I can remember. There is no point in trying to hide my joy over it being back in trend. There is something about the play between the strict, cleanness and the obviously decorative that has this enduring appeal to me. This trend is gliding into the beformentioned trends above, but can also be found in its purest form, in several products. Yet again Globen Lighting has managed some great new inventions here, with its “Divine” pendant in different versions as a great example, but Danish House Doctor also has several products with clear hints towards the 20s. Bloomingvilles Pearlfringed lampe is another obvious example, but then this collection is called The new art deco after all. Should you wish to incorporate such products to your living space, that should’t be too hard. Try starting it off with a lamp like these, they give a lot of dna to a home, and see what happens from there.

Globe Lighting to the left, Bloomingville to the right

House Doctor


All photos by Fineforforty. Interior consultancy upon request

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