As a designer and creative human being I´m always in search of new inspiration and trends originating from our cultural history to become part of our future.
Since Stockholm due to the Formex Fair and all activities created around it is full of inspo, I attended an information filled lecture by my colleague Trend Stefan Nilssons Stora Trenddagen 2018, on tuesday and then went to see Beckmans College of Design exhibit at Svenskt Tenn handling the state of the seas of the world that sadly, we know is not in the condition we want it to be in.
Yesterday I listened to and saw the artistic images of Dutch trend oracle Li Edelkoort at the Formex Fair in Älvsjö. I will definitely tell you more about all of my impressions from all I have had the opportunity to listen to.
First and foremost though I have to share the inspirational exhibit created by Tina Hellberg at Formex. Her installation that you will se more of below and hear from herself from where she got her start is to me in itself a trend.
Trends to me are never portrayed via new or old objects but in the way objects and material are arranged and put together. You can have a home filled with ”trendy” things still not be a updated home.
The way Tina Hellberg created the atmosphere, color and light in this installation shows a new way of decorating originating from a cultural expression and elevating it to a new statement.
If you thought I am just full of words (i.e shit) then looking at the photos I took of Tina´s exhibit hopefully will explain it better. Remember that I have not photographed every inch and angle of the exhibit. Just parts of it. Hope you like it as much as I do. To me this is true inspiration :
This is how Tina is introduced by the exhibit called Layout at Formex where her interpretation was one of 3. I changed the last sentence since my opinion is that this better translates to English what was said in Swedish by Tina about material :
Tina Hellberg is a stylist whose focus is interior design, set design and conceptual installations. Tina is inspired by every step in the design process, from the finished product to the initial sketches. She is also influenced by art of all kinds, finding color inspiration in fashion and attitude from architecture – especially architecture with a strong and honest feeling for the material.
This is how Tina explains why and how she choose to work with David Hockney´s painting in my translation of the text found at the Formex exhibit that opened 17th of January 2018 :
”Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy is the painting that David Hockney worked with 1969-71 and was my starting point for the exhibit. First and foremost due to it having an interesting play of colors and illumination, partly due to the fact that it is painted in a backlit room. Later I found it to have such a rich content, with many exciting references to art through our times, which I would like to explain more about another time to those who are interested. My goal has been to try and portray the painting through my choice of color and products. This is often the way I work, with a story as the basis for my interpretation. I like the title of this painting very much but after a while I understood that the name Percy was not one of the couples surname, but the name of the cat in the man´s lap. The real name of the cat was not Percy it was Blanche, but Hockney thought Percy suited it better. ”
If you are interested in the artist David Hockney read more about him here.
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