While round, bulbous sofas seemed to reign supreme at the fair, there were several examples of beautifully streamlined loungers that also warrant attention. All sleek edges and gentle curves, Mete‘s Paris Collection established an immediate sense of comfort, its simple visual language more in keeping with what we’ve come to expect from Scandinavian designer sofas. Equally striking was the Pad Lounge Chair from Normann Copenhagen, whose Bauhaus style tubular frame lent a free-flowing edge to the moulded seat shells. Last but not least, was the Clair Cafe Sofa from Edsbyn, a neat and elegant lounger that can easily adapt to both private and public spaces. Taken together, each offered a modern update on the classic Scandi look, swapping wood feet for powdered metal and boxy shapes for svelte silhouettes.
As we reflected together over a cup of coffee, the Chaplins team discussed the evolution of Scandinavian style over the last couple of years. One considered a very pure design movement, it’s clear that the Scandi aesthetic is expanding to include global influences and softer flourishes, with new hues and techniques being developed to address modern concerns and tastes. Of course, the essence remains the same, to create outstanding modern interiors that resonate a sense of deep-rooted wellbeing. And while some purists might bemoan the new directions of this much-loved style, we can’t help but feel it’s exactly what’s needed and look forward to introducing it into our interior projects at Chaplins.