As Niki Brantmark, creator of the renowned interior design blog My Scandinavian Home, comments in our recent chat, Nordic interiors are synonymous with white.
From walls to floors, and blinds to bedding; the Scandinavian sense of style has long been associated with light, bright living spaces, all be it with a hint of grey.
It would seem however that even the most dedicated monochrome fans are needing some colour in their lives right now.
Colour the Nordic Way
One of my all-time favourite Danish brands, Kähler, has fully embraced colour the Nordic way this season.
Traditionally the first of the design houses to showcase new collections, their exciting autumn/winter 2018 presentation, held recently in a disused Copenhagen warehouse was nothing short of a fairytale.
Drawing inspiration from tones and patterns popular in the region during the late 1800s, my personal favourites, the new ‘Balastra’ lamps and ‘Kabell’ vases incorporate strong organic shapes with sophisticated pastels.
Focussing on sensuality, cohesion and reflection, the beautifully hand-crafted ceramics in pearly grey, duck egg blue, dusty green and pale rose pink also have a contemporary matte finish to them too, adding to their fresh, bold feel.
Throughout their 175-year history Kähler have, and continue to, work with leading designers to produce iconic pieces reflective of their time.
For the unique ‘Balustre’ range they have worked in collaboration with ceramicist Turi Heisselberg Pedersen, whose work draws inspiration from architecture and is characterised by a natural interaction between glaze and clay.
Beautifully combining design with functionality, five table lamps of different sizes have been produced all with grey fabric-covered cords and handmade, tone-on-tone fabric shades.
Wherever they are placed in your home, either on a windowsill, coffee table or desk the pools of light created will add instant hygge to any room.
One of a kind
Another key element of hygge is bringing nature into your home. With the striking ‘Kabell’ vases Copenhagen-based textile designer, Susanne Schjerning has created a contemporary flower motif that does just that.
Available in three different shades and three different heights, the sculptural vases are inspired by the hugely talented painting ladies of the Kähler workshop, including the historically renowned Julie Kabell, after whom the range is named.
Each piece is hand decorated and one of a kind, and as with all Kähler products the quality of the craftsmanship and attention to detail is truly exquisite.
Whether filled with flowers or not, these beautiful pieces are sure to become much loved even during the darkest of winter months.
To find out more about the collections visit the Kähler Design website.
Kähler Design kindly gifted my ‘Balustre’ lamp and ‘Kabell’ vases, but all words and opinions are my own.
All photography by Nicola Capper.