What could be better to look for Scandinavian design inspiration than by reading it straight out of a book? And what better way to know about the book than from the writer itself? Angel Trinidad presents a book entitled “Scandinavia Dreaming: Nordic Homes, Interiors & Design”. Getting inspiration from Scandinavian Design will surely add elements of elegance, function, and tradition into your home. Turn your Scandinavian design pegs into reality through Scandinavia Dreaming. Let’s dig in deep into what the book is all about from the writer herself!
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1. Who is Angel Trinidad? Could you tell us more about yourself?
Hi! I’m Angel, an editor and writer based in Amsterdam. I am the author of Scandinavia Dreaming (Gestalten Publishers), an inspiring book which showcases Nordic homes, design and interiors. I am also co-author of Night Fever 5 (Frame Publishers) which comes out December 13. The book unveils show-stopping hospitality interiors from across the globe, as an overview of design trends for bars, restaurants and hotels. I am also the founding editor of Keen On Walls, an interior and design platform which presents inspiring interiors, design and spaces. www.keenonwalls.com
2. Out of all the styles, why did you decide to focus your inspiration on Scandinavian design?
I have always been fascinated with Scandinavia as a region. It was a teenage dream to live in Sweden, triggered by my love for Swedish Indie music (The Radio Dept., Shout Out Louds, Club 8, Sad Day for Puppets, etc.) which then branched out to the other alluring aspects of the country – particularly Swedish design, interiors, and of course – fika! I have also lived in Sweden as a student, and my love for it, and Nordic region, hasn’t really left me, even as I moved different countries.
3. Tell us more about your book, Scandinavia Dreaming. What inspired you to start writing this book and to finish it?
As an editor and writer for different magazines focusing on art, design and travel, I approached my favorite book publisher – Gestalten – sometime last year for possible collaborations. They called me a few months later and asked me to spearhead the research and writing of a book about Scandinavian interiors. My dream project! What inspired me most is that Gestalten asked me to find new and surprising projects that are different from the usual white-washed, minimalist Nordic designs (I find the Kinfolk-esque aesthetic really boring and unoriginal!) I was able to move beyond that and to show people the many nuances of Nordic design – it can be playful, moody, dark, colorful without losing its distinct Nordic elegance and timelessness.
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4. Based on the research you found, how do you compare Scandinavian design back then to how it has evolved in the present?
Scandinavian design has always been connected to nature (with regards to the use of natural materials, as well as their sense of responsibility to the environment). It brings about a mix of calm, peacefulness and tranquility as well as an unmistakeable sense of Nordic cool. Classy and elegant yet accessible and democratic. Scandinavian interiors and design is extremely likeable: wide, open spaces that invites a lot of light, the use of warm, natural materials, and simple, timeless forms that will easily fit in any home. But this doesn’t mean that Scandinavian / Nordic design has to be boring and dull. Nowadays, there’s a growing number of new designers that are rejecting the minimal and sparse aesthetic. I like that more and more, designers and consumers are leaning towards more colorful and moody spaces, but without compromising that distinct Nordic elegance.
I love the works of brands such as &tradition, Frama, Bolia, Nomess, Normann Copenhagen and designers and studios such as Halfdan Pedersen, Dodlur, Kuusta Saksi and Note Design Studio. Form still follows function, but there’s always room to experiment and be daring.
6. What’s your advice to aspiring designers/artists out there?
Stay curious, look around, don’t rely on current trends. Follow your instincts, and never give up your dreams. 🙂
Take a sneek peak of the book here:
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You can also know more about this book here: http://angeltrinidad.me/2016/09/06/scandinavia-dreaming/