Where do you see new trends first take off?
New trends take off in various places such as art exhibits, movies, music, architecture, fashion, new materials and technology. It can also be an international big city which is suddenly trending, a certain nationality or personalities whose lifestyles become influential.
In what way do you see fashion and interior design influence each other?
The inspiration goes both ways. Some years back, fashion was always first to introduce new trends, but nowadays there are no rules, and both fashion and interior design now influence each other. You see this in fashion stores, where many have their own unique universe where the interior design works together with the clothes and their visual expression. Both fashion and industrial designers work in both industries, which create many new design collaborations. Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov likes to work with both fashion and industrial design as does the sculptor Fos, who has created a completely unique interior universe for fashion brand Céline. During the Milan Fashion Week in 2015, the Japanese interior design duo Nendo started working together with the Swedish fashion brand Cos.
The same materials are also popular in both industries. Marble has been printed on soft textiles, and quite a few designers have added the metallic look to their 2016
collections. E.g. shiny cold metal is predominant in the 2016 collection from fashion icon Isabel Marant, though when it comes to interior design, we should not expect to see shiny cold metals until next season.
Where do you search for inspiration in your job?
In my job, inspiration is often very spontaneous. I often look for inspiration on the internet, but I am also often inspired by design fairs, magazines, showrooms and stores. In fact, inspiration is to be found everywhere - from travels to a certain mood, art, restaurants, food and people.
It has become somewhat of a cliché that anything goes, but as long as your personality still shows, the saying still works in 2016. Speaking of trends today, comfort is another key word. The chairs are upholstered, the bed is tall and closets with shelves have become standard. As opposed to this more minimalistic trend, the use of different materials and surfaces has become very predominant in kitchens. You do not need to use the same type of cabinet throughout the kitchen, and you could very well have a part of the kitchen being more open and raw in its expression, with open shelving alongside a more refined and build-in part.
From where do you predict the next big design influence will come?
These years, the influence from Italy is very hard to miss. The vintage trend has been replaced by a more classically ornamented look mastered by Italian designers such as Marco Zanuso and Gio Ponti, who peaked in the 50’es. Viennese designer Robert Stadler is also highly creative and combines materials and adds new shapes. Designers to follow are the young design duo Petterson Hein, and Gamfratesi, who are already making themselves noticeable internationally. Most importantly, I think that the new look will emerge from the use of materials. Marble and brass have now become household names and as we embrace more colours, we will also see more daring combinations of materials, and I am sure that technology will introduce brand new solutions, which will take us further into the future.
How would you define a personal kitchen?
A personal kitchen is streamlined with a mix of different materials - both warm and cold - like metal, concrete, wood, glass and ceramic. It is an integrated part of the home, also when it comes to the use of elements. The overall look is simplistic but with surprising details. The kitchen is still very much the focal point of the home, but it is okay to be able to shut it off from the rest of the home. It is important that it is inviting and surprising at the same time, with nice, functional details.