disclaimer – paid in partnership with Formland. All words and thoughts are my own.
I’ve been in Denmark for two years now, but haven’t yet ventured further than Copenhagen’s design fairs. Formland is a hugely popular interiors trade fair showcasing Nordic and Scandinavian design. Over the last 35 years they’ve hosted 70 fairs and I’m super excited to go to my first one. This year’s even runs August 15 – 18, 2019.
The fair looks pretty huge, there are 8 halls filled with exhibitors. Altogether this makes a perfect place for industry, buying, networking, and inspiration.
This year there’s a great emphasis on sustainability. Good good good! If you can’t make it, don’t worry, I’ll be sharing highlights on my insta stories.
We care exhibition
The ‘We care‘ exhibition dedicated to sustainability and awareness of responsible production.
‘See a product’s reusable journey, or get an insight into how to make ‘zero waste’ production and ways to take social responsibility as a production business.‘- formland
A selection of exhibitors with sustainability in mind
Danish design with deep rooted craftsmanship, quality and beautiful design. All of their products are produced by skilled craftsmen and artisans. Produced exclusively in Europe to keep production close to home.
Paper collective creates affordable prints in collaboration with selected designers and artists. They are committed to a local and sustainable production. For each sale part of the proceeds goes to The Paper Collective Project, where they are currently building a school in Nepal.
CARE BY ME
Care by me produce clothing and home goods developed in a socially responsible manner and at the same time, helping women in developing countries.
JULIE DAMHUS STUDIO
Julie is a product designer and potter based in Denmark. Her ceramics are made with traditional turning techniques and crafts traditions. With a beautifully soft aesthetic these pieces are instantly appealing.
Ordinary Things develops textiles inspired by Nordic nature and simplicity. Made in primarily organic and GOTS-certified materials and all in subdued, muted tones. Love!
A Danish company making eco- friendly skin care and modern house hold products inspired by the Danish coasts and forests. I’ve used these products before and featured them on my site, needless to say I’m really excited to see what they will show at the fair.
These Classic Danish handmade wooden toys are famously iconic. At Formland there will be a special demonstration by Per Christiansen and he’ll show how these special little monkeys are assembled.
There will be even more sustainability-focused exhibitors at the fair, and I’m looking forward to discovering them all.
More areas in Formland…….
Trendzone – the work
As much as I like to steer clear of ‘trends’, they can be quite influential. Trends are not only selected colours and patterns but also deeper rooted research in consumer behaviour. Sustainability is a hot topic right now and will be a concurrent theme.
In addition to this the Trend zone will be presenting “WORK”, about contrasts. Industrial order and artistic chaos, global climate awareness and local and how products can create experiences in everyday life.
The Bauhaus movement will play an inspirational part in light of it’s 100th anniversary. “the slogan ‘form follows function’ coupled with foresighted humanism has positioned Bauhaus as a vital and lasting inspiration in both form and materials.” – formland
Selected influential design experts curate their own environments based on a theme of their choice. With the pick of the fair, each expert will style their space using their favourite items.
1: Anette Eckmann – Trending expert and owner of Eckmann Studio, @eckmannstudiocopenhagen
2: Allan Torp – Influencer and owner of Bungalow5, @bungalow5dk
3: Louise Dorph – Influencer and owner of Louise Dorph, @louisedorph
4: Bahne Frederiksberg Center, Retail winner of The Design Base Award and the GIA Award 2019
Café Composé – The Composite café, designed by design team HØEG + MØLLER will be a playful clash of pastels.
“The café is decorated with ‘booths’ for the more intimate dining experiences, a long table for the informal activities and an experience universe that gives visitors inspiration to use colours and put together products in new ways.
Layer-by-layer, sensual arcs, colour combinations, sharp lines and textures are essential to the design expression of Café Composé. The café must be an experience, a place to sit and get the senses, be inspired and explore.“
Visit Formland’s site for their travel guide.
Will I see you there?
Formland is located here;
MCH Exhibition Center Herning