The Nordic countries in particular have a very long-standing colour tradition, both indoors and out. It’s not just the Swedish “Falun red” that has been familiar to us all since childhood thanks to the stories by Astrid Lindgren, we also immediately associate the colourful design of Marimekko with its origins.
In Scandinavia’s long, dark winters, colours and patterns are important design elements when it comes to interiors. Textiles with eye-catching graphics and rich colours are often inspired by nature, bringing it inside the home and creating atmosphere.
Fifty years ago, Danish designer and architect Verner Panton presented his brightly coloured and revolutionary room concepts at Cologne’s furniture trade fair as part of the “Visiona 2” exhibition. At the centre of the exhibition stood the “Fantasy Landscape”, a cave-like space in vibrant colours and featuring organic forms and in which the floors, walls, ceilings and furniture merged to form a textile whole. Panton’s design concept broke up the traditional understanding of space and placed the perception of space by the senses in the foreground.
Many modernist furniture designers from Denmark were also architects and created holistic room concepts from the perspective of colour, form and material, resulting in the creation of comfortable spaces. This holistic approach can be seen in the timeless design of many classic pieces, which is why this furniture is still so popular today.
Colour is an excellent means of expressing one’s own personality and, therefore, the argument in favour of colour underscores the motto of this year’s imm cologne: “interior moments”. Emotive spaces in colour – time to upgrade Scandi style!